YG Entertainment‘s CEO Yang Hyun Suk drew comparisons between YG’s latest boy group Winner and the upcoming group iKON.
In a recent interview, Yang Hyun Suk confidently stated, “Winner and iKON are two completely different groups.”
He explained, “Winner and iKON are two different groups. Winner will not have one specific genre, but iKON will be focusing on hip-hop. So for now, you may feel that iKON has a stronger identity than Winner.”
“I’m not worried, because Winner and iKON have two very different directions. Even if they promote during the same time, there weren’t be many overlaps. Winner will be free from genres and they’ll show a variety of things, while iKON will paint interesting pictures in the genre of hip-hop.”
On Winner, who just completed their Japanese tour, Yang Hyun Suk added, “They have just gotten started. I didn’t debut Winner solely for the domestic market. They are a group without restrictions. They haven’t even shown 1/10 of what they’re about. They’ve only released one album so far. They still have so much to show.”
On iKON, who is currently still carrying on their survival program, he commented, “I know they have a lot of expectations upon them, from when they were Team B. I think they’re pulling through fine with the original Team B members at the core. Truthfully, I don’t know how much they’ll be able to show. I’m expecting them to show everything they’re capable of, in hip-hop.”