Another boy band, B1A4, are the next act to arrive on U.S. shores. The group last held a concert tour in the States in 2014, but the talented quintet is coming back to the country to promote 2016’s Good Timing. B1A4’s third studio album was entirely composed by the band members, a rarity for K-pop, and balanced the group’s affinity for soulful pop-rock and quirky dance tracks. They’ll hold shows in New York (Feb. 15), Chicago (Feb. 17), San Francisco (Feb. 19), and Los Angeles (Feb. 20).
Recouping from the disbandment of 4Minute, HyunA will be the first female K-pop soloist to hold a concert this year. The starlet commandeered attention around the globe for her sultry rap performances after rising to fame through her appearance in the music video for Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and her hit “Bubble Pop.” Her shows in Chicago (March 1) and New York City (March 3) will be preceded by shows in Montreal and Toronto in February.
The third Korean boy band to hold concerts this year in the US are none other than BTS, who return after headlining KCON NY and KCON LA last summer. Arguably one of K-pop’s most popular acts internationally, the septet broke K-pop’s record on the Billboard Hot 100 last year. The hip hop-tinged act sold out the two initial concerts, necessitating three more shows being added to the tour. BTS will hold two shows in Newark on March 23-24, then head to Chicago for a show on March 29, and end things in Anaheim, CA, on April 1-2.
Rounding things out for the first few months of 2017 is Sistar’s Hyolyn, the powerhouse vocalist behind many of the group’s hits. She’ll appear in Austin in March at this year’s South By Southwest, which has increasingly seen more Korean acts in attendance. SXSW has yet to reveal which events Hyolyn will play during the music festival.
Balladeer Kim Bum Soo and rapper Paloalto will also be heading stateside early this year to hold their own shows as the demand for more -- and increasingly diverse -- Korean concerts grows in North America.