Earlier this year, major Hallyu websites, especially those specializing in K-pop, made it known that Sechskies had signed on with YG Entertainment and would be making a K-pop comeback later this year.
Many seasoned K-pop fans who were a part of the fandom during the first generation of K-pop idol groups were excited Sechskies — consisting of Eun Ji Won, Lee Jae Jin, Kim Jae Duc, Kang Sung Hoon, and Jang Su Won (Ko Ji Yong left the music industry entirely) — was making a comeback after 16 years. However, they also knew that Sechskies being a much older K-pop group wouldn’t necessarily equate to the same popularity current K-pop groups like EXO and BTS have. Summarized, Sechskies, as well as their fan base, knew their comeback was more for nostalgic purposes, not to compete with today’s acts with their millions of fans and worldwide following.
So when news came out that Sechskies’ new comeback single, “Three Words,” not only did well, but dominated the music charts, they, along with fans and YG Entertainment, were very surprised. As a result of their newfound worldwide success, the Sechskies and YG Entertainment are considering music show promotions after their phenomenal chart performance.
As mentioned earlier, Sechskies’ K-pop was made more so for nostalgic purposes. They first performed their new single, “Three Words,” during a two-day sold-out concert last month in Seoul, South Korea. Afterwards, they released it on music platforms on Friday, October 7. According to Korea Herald, in less than 24 hours, Sechskies achieved an “All-Kill” with “Three Words” topping the Korean charts Melon, Mnet, olleh, Soribada, Genie, Bugs, Naver, and Monkey3. Sechskies also topped QQ Music (one of China’s largest music streaming platforms) and iTunes chart in Taiwan. As for other regions, it is currently a top song and still climbing the charts in Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.
The music video for Sechskies’ new song, “Three Words,” is doing very well on YouTube too. Since its upload on Friday, October 6, it has almost 700,000 views. Almost 30,000 of those viewers have liked the music video, which is very good for a 16-year-old K-pop group most international K-pop fans these days have never heard of.
Sechskies’ phenomenal chart performance got the attention of YG Entertainment. According to Korean news outlet Naver, through a translation by Soompi, a high-ranking source at the entertainment company and agency provided a statement on Sechskies’ future plans now that “Three Words” is an “All-Kill” success, which includes the first generation K-pop group performing on music shows.
“Sechskies originally had no plans to perform on music shows. However, since a lot of people have liked Sechskies’s new song ‘Three Words,’ we are currently discussing whether or not they will participate [in those shows].
“We are planning on having an in-depth discussion with the members of Sechskies once more about whether or not they will appear on music ranking programs.”
Currently on Korean television, there are eight music shows airing. Inkigayo airs on the Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS). Show! Music Core airs on Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC). Music Bank and Open Concert airs on the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). M! Countdown airs on Mnet. Show Champion airs on MBC Music. The Show airs on SBS MTV. Finally, Pops in Seoul and Simply K-Pop airs on Arirang TV.
For nostalgic reasons, it would be best for Sechskies to make their “Three Words” debut on Music Bank given the fact that they made their debut on that stage on April 15, 1997.
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