Getting star-struck is inescapable when it comes to meeting the YG Family. BIGBANG, PSY, 2NE1, Epik High and YG Entertainment’s highly anticipated new boy group – WINNER were all in town to headline the two-day YG Family 2014 GALAXY Tour: Power in Singapore event over the weekend!
YG Entertainment houses some of the biggest names in the K-Pop scene, and the mega extravaganza is indisputedly one of the hottest Hallyu stages of the year. With tour stops in Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan, the first ever YG-Family concert on the sunny island of Singapore was set to be an ultimate YG party that will attract fans from all corners of the region.
First up though before we could get to the concert was the star-studded press conference held on September 12th where the YG artistes took, not just one, but what seemed like a gazillion selcas with all the Samsung Galaxy gadgets.
Fashionably dressed in schemes of mostly black and white, the A-list artists filled the elevated stage of West Compass Ballroom at Resorts World Sentosa dazzling everyone with their good looks (cue star-struck). Regrettably, BIGBANG’s maknae, Seungri, was unable to join his label mates for this leg of the tour due to an earlier accident but is said to be recuperating in hospital, while PSY will only arrive in time for the show.
Topics at the press conference revolved around a few common themes, starting with food. BIGBANG’s Daesung reiterated Korean celebrities’ undying love for Singapore’s chili and pepper crabs – “The last time when we were on tour in Singapore, we had so much crabs, we went home walking sideways!”
Talking about inspirations and future collaborations, YG’s family love shone. BIGBANG’s T.O.P said they are inspired by their latest addition, WINNER, and would love to forge collaboration with 2NE1.
WINNER’s leader Seung Yoon, on the other hand, said that they are inspired by their seniors, BIGBANG, when it comes to composing.
They are definitly one big loving family but rebel Tablo broke the repetitiveness of the answers to the question when the leader of Epik High declared, “Without a doubt, we want to collaborate with the boss of YG”, evoking heaps of giggles, “and it will be a rap and dance collaboration”. That’s certainly something that fans could look forward to!
Visiting Singapore for the first time, Tablo shared his thoughts of the city-state, “We have only been here for 2 to 3 hours, but it’s very beautiful and we are sure that the fans who will be joining us at the concerts are also very beautiful.” When asked about the steamy weather, Tablo exclaimed “I love the heat…”
For the ladies of 2NE1, Singapore is a familiar ground and charismatic leader CL said that they are glad that fans are always so warm and welcoming. When asked to give a glimpse of what fans could expect at the YG Family concert, Dara revealed that there will be a mix of solo and exhilarating collaboration stages, where artistes could show a different side of themselves as compared to their individual concerts.
For BIGBANG, Taeyang explained that “While we had done concerts with the rest of YG Family before, we have not been on tour together. This is also the first time we have WINNER with us and we hope to show a variety of styles and performances.”
Juniors WINNER also expressed how it is an honor to be able to perform together with their sunbaes, Seung Yoon said, “We have always been in the audience seats. Now that we are artists and performing alongside our talented seniors, it will be quite an experience and we will work hard.”
In between topics, and when the artists weren’t fielding questions from the MC, they were busy making sure to get as many pictures as the could with the cameras of their Samsung Galaxy phones.Talking about the new Samsung products, Dara said, “Style is really important for us (YG artists) and these products are totally chic and great for selcas.”
Sweet Dara also raised temperature when she tried dodging the unexpected ‘crying scene’ dare by T.O.P, after the 2NE1 member spoke of her acting ambitions.
“I would like to try a kissing scene instead. So I will show you next time,” teased Dara, only to get herself in a fix after name dropping Epik High’s Mithra Jin as someone she would like to do her kissing scene with. “Do it now!” cheered CL, who was than joined by Taeyang, who started chanting “Right now! Right now!” before Tablo also chimed in dramatically, “Oh, the heat, the heat of Singapore…”
For the record, no kiss scene happened.
YG Family wrapped up the session in style when asked to ‘work it’ for the YG Family group shot – BIGBANG looked suave, 2NE1 were chic, WINNER showed you that one phone is never enough, while Tablo had his phone plastered to his ear for quite a while and got us wondering how the reception on stage was!
YG Family 2014 GALAXY Tour: Power in Singapore successfully concluded on September 13 and 14th at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Check out the photos below of the phenomenal show!
Officially KMusic would like to thank YG Entertainment, Samsung and ONE Production for the great invitation!
Article: Kathryn Zhang
Photos:Hidayah Hamdan & Samsung
Edited by: Angelspatience
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