The second-generation idol groups are enjoying popularity comparable to their heyday with movies, concerts, and large-scale fan meetings
The group SHINee will release a film celebrating its 15th anniversary in November. It contains six solo concerts held by SHINee. In May, its 15th anniversary fan meeting was held at Jamsil Indoor Gymnasium, and the group’s arena tour in Japan began on September 30th and the finale will be held with a Tokyo Dome concert in February 2024.
Celebrating her 15th anniversary, singer IU unveiled her first concert movie of “IU Concert: The Golden Hour” last month. On September 23rd and 24th, her first fan concert was held at KSPO DOME in Songpa-gu, Seoul. The fan concert recorded 350,000 fans trying to buy tickets at the same time, despite the fact that pre-sale reservations were for fan club members only.
Last month, the group 2PM held an exclusive concert for the 15th anniversary of its debut at Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul. Taecyeon and Chansung left JYP Entertainment, but the members chose to unite as a whole during their group activities. They will hold a concert at Ariake Arena in Tokyo on October 7th and 8th.
Girls’ Generation is also united only during group activities. Sunny, Tiffany, Seohyun, and Sooyoung did not renew their contracts with SM Entertainment, but remained as members of Girls’ Generation. In September last year, they held a large-scale fan event for the 15th anniversary of their debut at KSPO DOME in Olympic Park, Seoul. At that time, even seats with limited view were sold out, and live online broadcasts were also conducted in 96 regions around the world, including the United States, Japan, and China. KARA also had a fan meeting to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its debut in Japan in March, even though the members except Heo Young-ji left their existing agency.
Some groups have reorganized and made a comeback. Marking its 15th anniversary, the 10-member boy band U-KISS has returned as a six-member group. They released a mini-album in June and completed a solo concert in Japan in July.