GOT7 is no stranger to our shores – in 2016, the septet made multiple trips to our sunny shores within the year, but unfortunately couldn’t make time in their hectic schedules to pop by last year. This year, however, they came back with their A-game once again for their GOT7 2018 WORLD TOUR ‘EYES ON YOU’ IN SINGAPORE.
With Singapore being one of the last stops on their list following sold-out shows in cities such as Seoul, Bangkok, Paris, Los Angeles, New York and Buenos Aires, IGOT7 or Ahgases, as GOT7’s fans are collectively called, might have already known what to expect during the concert. Nothing, however, could’ve prepared the 4,500-strong audience for the actual show, where all seven of the members put on a performance that exceeded expectations once again.
From the very first song, ‘Hard Carry’, to the very last, ‘Go Higher’, GOT7 put in their all into every performance, so much so that Yugyeom had a wardrobe malfunction during the third song. Fellow member Bambam even did the honours of declaring that Yugyeom had ripped his pants and needed a not-so-quick change of outfit before they could carry on with the show.
During that time, the remaining six members bantered on stage, talking about everything from what they did the previous night (surprise surprise, they indulged in chilli and pepper crabs) to hyping up the audience, which was interspersed with “Yugyeom, where are you?” and “Yugyeom, please come out quickly!”
But we digress. The reason why our minds were truly blown is that in the short 19 months (yes, we’ve kept count), GOT7 has shown tremendous growth, both musically and as performers.
The best part? Before the concert ended, the boys let us in on a little secret: when they head home to Seoul, they’ll be continuing work on their new album – yes, that means we’ll be hearing more from them in the very near future. Until then, we’ll be marveling over them from afar.
As much as we’d love to tell you the 101 ways that we were impressed by GOT7’s concert, here’s the facts in numbers: GOT7 has become the first K-Pop group to perform at – and sell out - Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
The 10,000 tickets to the show were quickly snapped up after they went on sale, and this was among the many huge venues that the septet performed at this time around. Although the venue in Singapore wasn’t as large as that, ZEPP @ BIGBOX was transformed into GOT7’s playground for the night as they worked every inch of the stage that was set up especially for them.
We could feel their energy even near the back of the seated area, so we can’t imagine how intense it would’ve been for those with front row seats.
It’s no secret that GOT7 does much of the behind-the-scenes work, including writing and composing their own songs. Their most recent Korean single, ‘Look’, has leader JB on the credits, whereas Jinyoung’s ‘Thank You’, a song dedicated to their Ahgase, is also a fan favourite.
Their distinctive GOT7 sound has never changed along the way, yet the ever-evolving music that the group has put out throughout the months has brought positive results to the group (more on that later).
As the group mentioned during the concert, they’re currently in the midst of preparing a spanking new album, and with four months left in the year, we have our fingers crossed that we’ll be able to get that quality content within 2018.
Love it or not, physical sales are still one of the ways that K-Pop groups’ popularity is benchmarked against – and GOT7 outdid themselves once again this year. Their studio album, Eyes on You, was ranked among the top five best-selling albums this year, selling over 320,000 copies when the tallies were released. This is also GOT7’s best-performing physical album – so far.
Their achievements are nothing to sniff at – the others among the top five include other heavyweights such as BTS, Wanna One, EXO-CBX and TWICE.
Beyond Korea, they’ve also done remarkably well on international charts, including Japan’s Oricon Charts, along with other platforms such as iTunes and Spotify.
While GOT7 has been making waves as a group, the individual members have also been spreading their wings and working on their respective solo careers. Jinyoung, who has previously wowed with his acting chops, also tried his hand at variety this year through My Unexpected Housemate.
Jackson has also been making headway with his career in China, appearing on television shows such as Idol Producer and Hot Blood Dance Crew, along with taking on various endorsements. Bambam and Mark have also worked with clothing line Represent on official collaborations, and the list goes on.
The best part about their various solo endeavours is that while they’ve made a name for themselves on their own, they always come back together to work on where they all started – GOT7 as a group.
The unfortunate downside of their burgeoning popularity is that GOT7 inevitably gets compared to other groups – something that the group has taken in their stride.
During an interview with Billboard earlier this year, Bambam shared that GOT7 being the first K-Pop group to perform at (and sell out) certain venues is an honour, and that he feels that other groups will be able to get some energy from that too.
Most notably, he declared that “K-Pop is not just GOT7; we’re all family”. Regardless of which company the artistes are from, he hoped that laying the groundwork will help others to perform at bigger venues overseas as well.
This is what we call an intellectual.