iKON returns as six-member group, a 12 months after former chief B.I’s drug scandal

Okay-pop boy band iKON dropped its third EP i DECIDE final Thursday, returning to the music scene after a yearlong hiatus.

The title of the five-track album reveals the sextet’s willpower to decide on their very own path, and has garnered followers’ consideration because it units the route of iKON’s new identification as a six-piece group.

It’s their first album since former chief B.I left the staff June final 12 months amid drug buy allegations. His abrupt departure pressured the album’s launch, beforehand set in mid-2019, to be postponed.

“We’re extra nervous than typical as a result of it has been a very long time, however we are going to do our greatest because the six of us work collectively as one, ” mentioned member Jinhwan in a reside broadcast on Naver’s V Stay proper earlier than the album’s launch.

Led by the title monitor Dive, the album contains Ah Yeah, All of the World, Holding On and Flower. Having experimented with totally different genres but nonetheless gaining mainstream reputation, the band’s eclectic trait stays of their newest album.

The lead monitor, written by Bobby and B.I, had already been within the highlight for its sampler that allowed a peak of the track’s intro verse. The addictive guitar riffs and harmonica notes repeated in Dive remind the listeners of nation music whereas its general tune, although highly effective, carries a theme of sentimentality.

Within the track’s music video that facilities on dynamic choreography, the members act out the important thing message of the track: “One can do something for love.” They lose their sight, get trapped within the desert and turn out to be surrounded by sharp glass fragments, arrows, thorns or hearth, however they nonetheless “dive” to succeed in their love.

iKON has launched three full-length albums since their 2015 debut. – The Korea Herald/Asia Information Community

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