J-Hope to be the first South Korean artist to headline a major U.S. musical festival


K-Pop star J-Hope of the boy band sensation BTS will execute this thirty day period as the finale act at Chicago’s once-a-year Lollapalooza clearly show, turning into the initial South Korean artist to headline a major U.S. musical pageant, organizers explained on Tuesday.

J-Hope, 28, who built his debut as a member of BTS in 2013 and unveiled his initial solo mixtape five many years afterwards, is slated to close the four-working day Lollapalooza pageant with a main-stage general performance on July 31, according to Live Nation Enjoyment.

The billing of J-Hope arrives scarcely a month soon after the seven associates of BTS (quick for the Korean phrase Bangtan Sonyeondan, or “Bulletproof Boys”) explained they were being getting a crack from musical ventures as a team to pursue solo projects. 

Live Nation also declared that the 5-member South Korean boy band Tomorrow X With each other, also identified as TXT, are billed to execute at Lollapalooza on July 31, marking their U.S. competition debut.

Welcoming each acts to the “Lollapalooza loved ones,” competition founder Perry Farrell said in a statement: “Their world viewers talk various languages but have an intensive passion for their music. … These are the superstars of the world wide phenomenon of K-Pop.”

J-Hope, a rapper, songwriter and dancer, was the third member to be a part of BTS, also recognized as the Bangtan Boys, as a trainee of the septet, soon after RM and Suga.

His 2018 debut solo mixtape, “Hope World,” peaked at No. 38 on the Billboard 200, earning him the optimum-position solo Korean artist on the U.S. album chart at the time, according to Wikipedia.

Nonetheless, his solo next pales in comparison to the blockbuster world wide accomplishment of BTS, the ideal-promoting act in South Korean historical past, with above 30 million albums bought, and one particular of the couple recording groups considering the fact that the Beatles in the 1960s to have charted 4 U.S. No. 1 albums in considerably less than two years.

Lollapalooza, which commenced as a touring present in 1991, has due to the fact built Chicago’s Grant Park its yearly venue and ranks as one particular of the leading events on the U.S. musical pageant circuit.


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