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CJ ENM Reveals Second Set of Artists for Highly Anticipated KCON:TACT 3

The world’s largest online K-Culture festival KCON:TACT 3 has revealed their 2nd round of artist to join the massive virtual event courtesy of CJ ENM.  A.C.E, BTOB, Dreamcatcher, Jessi, JO1, Stray Kids, and TXT will join KCON:TACT 3, which is packing its lineup with hottest groups in K-pop with fans from all over the world. KCON:TACT 3 is set to take place from March 20 to March 28.

Today’s artists join the already announced ENHYPEN, EVERGLOW, HA SUNG WOON, iKON, ITZY, OH MY GIRL, THE BOYZ, and WOODZ, who will also take the KCON:TACT 3 stage in March. More artists will be revealed this week. 

KCON:TACT 3 is set to follow a world tour theme by recreating signature ‘KCON’ stages from past events over the years, sending artists to different virtual locations. KCON:TACT 3 will be revisiting previous countries where KCON has taken place like the USA, Japan, Thailand, and France by using the latest in AR technology. Beyond the concerts that will pull from regional trends in the different locations, KCON:TACT 3 will also showcase tailor made content to maximize the artist-to-fan interactions, furthering the event’s mission to bring the offline concert experience into the virtual space. KCON:TACT 3 will do this by utilizing Mnet’s unique and one of a kind production techniques. Fans will be able to participate in creating digital content with their favorite artists and will be able to participate through the KCON Official and Mnet K-POP YouTube channels. 

First off is a group rising in global fame, A.C.E, who have stormed up the worldwide iTunes chart with their newest collaboration with Steve Aoki and Thutmose titled ‘Fav Boyz (feat. Thurmose) [Steve Aoki‘s Gold Star Remix]’. They have also charted on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales Chart, the fourth K-Pop artist to do so.

The highly talented group BTOB makes their way to KCON:TACT 3 for the first time. Their song “Missing You” has been streamed over 100 million times and their songs “It’s Okay” and “Remember That” have positioned them as talented idols. In addition, every time the group makes a comeback in Japan they always chart high on the Oricon charts proving their popularity is not only in Korea but worldwide. With their upcoming performance on KCON:TACT, BTOB stated “We are excited to meet Melodies all around the world. Let’s have fun together!”

Taking a fresh new look on their songs by including unique storytelling, concept, and charms, fans will be able to see Dreamcatcher at KCON:TACT 3. Recently Dreamcatcher became the first K-Pop girl group to be ranked #1 on the Billboard ‘Next Big Sound’ charts. That also topped the worldwide iTunes chart at #1 for ‘Dystopia : Road to Utopia,’ making them one of the hottest girl groups on the planet.

The charismatic female performer that took the entertainment scene by storm, Jessi will also take the global KCON:TACT 3 stage for the first time. 2020 was especially hot for Jessi with her title track “NUNU NANA” recording over 89 million views and rising. She also was awarded the ‘Favorite Dance Performance – Female Solo’ at the 2020 Mnet Asian Music Awards and other accolades from various award shows just proving her popularity in the music industry. Jessi stated “This is my first time performing at KCON:TACT 3. I am thrilled to be able to meet my fans across the globe and have a blast with them.”

Brought together by the creative Korean music system, the 11 member boy group JO1 is hitting the KCON:TACT 3 stage with momentum. JO1’s debut single, ‘PROTOSTAR’. second single ‘STARGAZER’ and first full-length album ‘The STAR’ all ranked #1 on the Oricon Album Daily Chart placing them in their well-deserved top of the rookie groups worldwide.

One of K-Pop’s next generation of global stars, Stray Kids addition to the KCON:TACT 3 lineup is sure to garner attention around the world. According to Gaon Charts, in 2020 Stray Kids record sales received over one million and their songs ‘God’s Menu’, ‘MIROH’ and ‘Back Door’ music video all reached over 100 million views, which underlines the power of their global fandom. Gathering fans not just in Korea but all over the world, all eyes are on Stray Kids as they make their way to KCON:TACT 3.

In the short time since their debut two years ago, TXT has recorded one million album sales, ranked number 25 on ‘Billboard 200’, and just last January, hit #1 on the Oricon charts with their first ever Japanese album. With every one of their performances proving to be unforgettable, TXT’s upcoming stage on KCON:TACT 3 is highly anticipated.

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography.

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