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K-pop acts 2NE1, Epik High, Winner, Big Bang and Psy’s killer collaborative performances made their YG Family 2014 Galaxy Tour: Power in Singapore concert one for the books.
SINGAPORE: The audience at Saturday’s (Sep 13) YG Family 2014 Galaxy Tour: Power in Singapore concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium was all riled up even before the concert started, with the crowd screaming and cheering while the introduction video played.
So it was little wonder that concert-goers went absolutely crazy, leaping to their feet and screaming when K-pop quartet 2NE1 burst onto the stage, kicking off the show with their hit songs Crush and Fire.
Next up was Epik High followed by the newly formed boy band Winner. The members of Winner were slowly lowered from the ceiling on suspended platforms, and sang throughout their descent.
Their performance seemed slightly raw when compared to that of their seniors, and they appeared a tad nervous about performing in Singapore for the first time, but that didn’t stop the 10,000-strong audience from cheering for Winner all the same, as the boys introduced themselves in stilted English.
But it was Winner’s seniors, K-pop boy band Big Bang, that really got the crowd going with energetic songs like Fantastic Baby and Crayon, despite being one member short. Squeals of delight could be heard from the girls in the audience the second Big Bang’s G-Dragon appeared on stage.
Many of them could barely contain their excitement and jumped up and down at their seats, before rushing forward to snap photos of the band’s charismatic leader.
Not to be outdone, Big Bang’s label mate Psy wowed the crowds with his iconic songs Gentleman and Gangnam Style, as well as a number of his lesser-known songs like Father and Champion.
At the end of the show, all five acts – 2NE1, Epik High, Winner, Big Bang and Psy – came together for the big finish and danced to Gangnam Style before repeatedly thanking the fans for their support and exiting the stage.
As strong as their individual performances were, it was the many interesting collaborations and crossovers between the YG Entertainment artistes that really set Saturday’s concert apart from the groups’ solo gigs.
Epik High got together with Big Bang’s Taeyang to sing the latter’s new song Eyes, Nose, Lips. Big Bang sang 2NE1’s signature tune I Love You and even copied 2NE1’s feminine dance moves and poses.
These were just some of the eye-popping collaborative performances that had the audience cheering in delight over the course of the massive concert which lasted about three hours.
Even though it lacked the flow present in solo K-pop gigs, all in all, the YG Family 2014 Galaxy Tour: Power in Singapore was a great show that allowed audiences a chance to catch a variety of performances in a single evening, and proved that variety is indeed the spice of life.
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Livewire performer Psy proved that he was the big brother of K-pop at the YG Family concert held here on Saturday night.
It didn’t matter if the audience didn’t know the Gangnam Style star’s lesser known songs (meaning any titles other than the two favourites Gangnam Style and Gentleman).
“It’s okay if you guys only know two of my songs. Don’t pretend that you know (my other song) Champion,” quipped the self-deprecating Psy at the multi-act concert featuring artistes from Korean entertainment giant and talent agency YG Entertainment.
He proceeded to rock the crowd with his “unknown song” Champion, an upbeat hit in his home country during the 2002 Korea-Japan Fifa World Cup Games.
Audience members wielding official light sticks and banners in support of other YG artistes all got up on their feet and bopped along to the pulsating beats of Psy’s ditties.
That was not the only high-octane moment at the three-hour concert held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, which looked to be a sold-out concert with almost every seat filled. The organisers will release official attendance figures on Sunday.
The YG Family Concert, which runs for a second night on Sunday, had a star-studded line-up: rookie boyband Winner, hip-hop trio Epik High, A-list boyband BigBang and edgy girlgroup 2NE1. Each act had their spot in the limelight, taking turns to hold court with their own songs.
What is a family party without covering each other’s hits? The YG artistes had a blast mimicking each other, and some to hilarious effect.
The cool dudes of BigBang hammed up their feminine charms with their rendition of 2NE1’s I Love You. The group’s rapper TOP opened the song with off-pitched howls for laughs, before the four guys sashayed, cooed and pouted coquettishly.
BigBang’s youngest member Seungri, 23, was conspicuously absent from the concert. He was involved in a car accident in Seoul in the wee hours of Friday morning.
The quintet’s Taeyang took time to talk about their injured colleague, and said: “We were supposed to be five, but one of us couldn’t make it. Seungri is okay, but please pray for him. We will be back, a better BigBang.”
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Over the weekend, K-pop recording label YG Entertainment group thrilled fans in sell-out star-studded mega-concerts held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore, performing to more than 20,000 attendees in total as the stars from their line-ups including G-Dragon, TOP, Taeyang, Daesung of BIG BANG, CL and Dara along with 2NE1, Epik High, and new-comers WINNER joined international superstar PSY on the stage for a 3-hour program-filled set.
The weekend’s proceedings was kicked off on Saturday afternoon by the memorandum signing between L Capital, LVMH’s private equity arm, and YG Entertainment, with the former investing more than $100M into the South Korean company, as the latter looks to expand its efforts into China.
Artists from YG Entertainment heated up Singapore.
YG launched YG Family 2014 Galaxy Tour: Power in Singapore in Singapore indoor stadium over two days on September 13 and 14.
As the first girl group from Korea to carry on the second world tour, 2NE1 presented the opening stage with Crush from the second album released earlier this year. 2NE1 continued to perform Come Back Home and Gotta Be You, captivating the audience.
Epik High added to the heat by performing a parade of its hit songs such as Fly, With You, Love Love Love and Get Out The Way and Winner followed by performing Go Up, Empty, Smile Again, bringing out cheers from the crowd.
Big Bang then performed Haru Haru, Bad Boy and Fantastic Baby, which the fans sang along and bringing the heat of the concert to its peak.
Collaboration performances also shined on the stage. Big Bang’s G-Dragon and 2NE1’s CL sang The Baddest Male, a rearranged version of CL’s solo song The Baddest Female, as well as MTBD, showing the perfect collaboration.
Winner’s Song Min Ho and 2NE1’s Sandara Park performed T.O.P’s Doom Da Da while Big Bang’s Daesung and Winner’s Kang Seung Yoon performed 2NE1’s Ugly.
After the collaboration performances, Psy, 2NE1 and Big Bang performed their respective hit songs and at the end of the concert all the YG family members went up to the stage to sing 2NE1’s Go Away, Big Bang’s Fantastic Baby and Psy’s Gangnam Style, showing fancy and passionate performances until the end. The audience responded by clapping and cheering loudly.
YG family concert will continue in Beijing on October 19 and in Taiwan on 24.
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