K-Pop star J-Hope will make music history at Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival


J-hope, a member of K-pop boy group BTS, poses for a photo during a press conference promoting his new album “BE(Deluxe Edition)” in Seoul, South Korea, 20 November 2020 .REUTERS/Heo Ran/File Photo

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LOS ANGELES, July 19 (Reuters) – K-Pop star J-Hope of sensational boy band BTS will perform this month as the final act of Chicago’s annual Lollapalooza show, becoming the first South- Korean singer to headline a major US music festival, organizers announced on Tuesday.

According to Live National Entertainment.

J-Hope’s billing comes barely a month after the seven members of BTS (short for the Korean phrase Bangtan Sonyeondan, or “Bulletproof Boys”) said they were taking a break from musical projects as a group. to pursue solo projects. Read more

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Live Nation also announced that South Korean boy band Tomorrow X Together, also known as TXT, are set to perform at Lollapalooza on July 30, marking their US festival debut.

Welcoming the two artists to the “Lollapalooza family”, festival founder Perry Farrell said in a statement: “Their global audiences speak different languages ​​but possess an intense passion for their music. … They are the superstars of the phenomenon. world of K-Pop.”

J-Hope, a rapper, songwriter and dancer, was the third member to join BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, as a septet trainee, following RM and Suga.

His 2018 debut solo mixtape, “Hope World,” peaked at number 38 on the Billboard 200, making him the highest-ranking Korean solo artist on the U.S. album chart at the time, according to Wikipedia.

Yet his solo is nothing compared to the global smash hit of BTS, the best-selling act in South Korean history, with over 30 million albums sold, and one of the few bands to recording from the Beatles in the 1960s to charting four No. 1 Albums in the US in less than two years.

Lollapalooza, which began as a traveling show in 1991, has since made Chicago’s Grant Park its annual venue and ranks as one of the premier events on the music festival circuit in the United States.

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Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; edited by Jonathan Oatis

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