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BigBang to hold Osaka concert in July

All News 16:55 March 07, 2016

By Chung Joo-won

SEOUL, March 7 (Yonhap) -- K-pop boy band BigBang will hold a two-day concert in Japan in July, its talent agency said on Monday.

Dubbed "BigBang 10th Anniversary Stadium Live 2016 in Japan," the concert will take place at Yanmar Stadium Nagai in Osaka on July 30-31, YG Entertainment said in a press release.

The concert for celebrating the five-member band's 10th anniversary is expected to draw some 11,000 concertgoers, according to the country's second largest talent agency.

Before the July concert, BigBang has a series of previously arranged spring concerts to be held in four Japanese cities in April and May.

The boy band will hold an event tour at Kobe World Kinen Hall in Kobe on April 22-24 and May 27-29. The event tour will also take place in Marine Messe Fukuoka on April 27, 29 and 30 in Fukuoka, then at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya on May 1, and then at Makuhari Messe in Chiba on May 3-5 and 14-15.

Since its debut in 2006, BigBang has set up a clear footprint for hallyu musicians, or K-pop artists who generate the global boom of Korean pop culture. Hallyu refers to the global boom of Korean pop culture such as K-pop, TV series and films.

"BigBang's popularity in Japan is enormous. It is Japan's first-ever foreign artist to draw an audience of such a massive size to the Tokyo Dome for three straight years," YG Entertainment said in a press statement.

Last month, BigBang's album and DVD sales emerged triumphant in the Japanese music market.

On Feb. 24, the South Korean quintet's "LIVE DVD & BLU-RAY," a DVD recording of the live world tour "MADE" in Japan, topped the Oricon daily and DVD charts.

Earlier on Feb. 3, the band's Japanese album "MADE Series" was dubbed No. 1 in the Oricon weekly album chart.

This upcoming summer the K-pop act is slated to throw a concert for Korean fans, but specific dates have not yet been revealed.


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