On Monday (July 11), K-pop boy band CNBLUE withdrew from KCON LA 2016 following a recent insider-trading scandal that rocked the group. That same day, f(x) member Amber and boy-next-door soloist Eric Nam were added to the KCON 2016 Presented by Toyota lineup.
CNBLUE’s absence was announced several days after a Seoul court issued a verdict on an insider-trading case relating to two members of the group. Vocalist Jung Yong Hwa was acquitted of the charges, while guitarist Lee Jong Hyun received a fine of 20 million KRW. The group previously performed at KCON LA in 2014 and was slated to perform Saturday, July 29, at this year’s event.
Amber will perform at Klub KCON on July 29 and appear at the concert on July 30, while Nam will perform at KCON USA 2016’s final concert on July 31.
American-born Nam and Amber each moved to South Korea to pursue their careers in the Korean market and are known for their appearances on Korean reality shows. After attending past KCONs as a special guest, Nam performed for the first time at KCON NY last month, whereas Amber appeared with f(x) at KCON Paris earlier this year and previously performed at KCON LA 2013. This is the first time Amber will perform at KCON as a soloist.
The f(x) member released her first solo album, Shake That Brass, in 2015 and has since released several additional singles, including the introspective synth hip-hop track “Borders.” Nam’s Interview album came out in March, and he also recently collaborated with the EDM/pop band Kolaj on “Into You.” Nam is expected to drop a new song on July 15.
The pair were revealed shortly after ballad-pop duo Davichi and ’90s hip-hop trio Turbo (fronted by Running Man star Kim Jong Kook) also announced special appearances at KCON LA.
SHINee, Girls’ Generation subunit TTS, BTS, Block B, GFRIEND, Twice, Astro, Dean, I.O.I, and Monsta X will also perform at KCON LA, held July 29-31 at the Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center. Tickets are currently on sale.