Earlier this month, U.S. fans got to see B1A4 up close with their first set of headlining concerts in America. From the tour’s kickoff in New York, the K-pop quintet saw their super-supportive stateside fanbase hollering for them whether they were belting, rapping or showcasing a new musical side of themselves, like when they whipped out an acoustic Bob Dylan cover.
While concertgoers certainly hype them up, who do the guys look to for artistic inspiration offstage? In the latest rendition of Billboard‘s “Gimme Five,” the guys share their top musical inspirations that range from R&B crooners to EDM powerhouses.
1. Jinyoung – Will.i.am
“He’s awesome onstage, but also musically he’s very, very talented and I’m inspired by that. I really like the sounds that he creates.”
2. CNU – Usher
“I choose Usher, but I recently listened to Chris Brown‘s new X album and I was really surprised by how amazing it was. In my mind, Usher is still No. 1, but recently Chris Brown has been up there too.”
3. Gongchan – Maroon 5
“Adam Levine‘s voice is very sexy. When I was watching the movie Begin Again, I watched it a few times, and it felt like I was falling in love for the first time.”
4. Baro – Afrojack
“I’m into the electro music these days so I’ve been listening to all these electronic songs.”
5. Sandeul – Bruno Mars
“I only saw his concerts through TV and online, but every time I watched it I felt inspired and I fall in love with him every time I watch him again and again. I saw his performance at the Super Bowl, it was great — especially his drum solo.”
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