South Korea’s FTIsland Makes Moves To Take On The World

By Chuck Taylor for Kcrush.

South Korean pop/rock band FTIsland (a.k.a. Five Treasure Island) has long been a phenomenon at home, since their 2006 debut album ““Cheerful Sensibility,” was deemed the No. 6 best-selling album of the year—while their launch single “Lovesick” was lodged at the top of the K-Pop charts for 8 consecutive weeks.

In 2014, FTIsland upped the ante with the release of their latest full-length album “All About.” Writing all of their own songs, the quintet comprises members Choi Jong-hoon (guitar & keyboard), Lee Hongki (lead vocals) Lee Jae jin (bass & vocals), Song Seung-hyun (guitar & vocals) and Choi Min-hwan (percussion).

With nearly a decade of ongoing success, FTIsland is now ready to conquer the world. In January 2015, they will be performing live in Paris, Santiago, Mexico City and Los Angeles. And on Wednesday, January 28, they will take on the holy grail of entertainment cities: with a concert in New York City, at the Best Buy Theater… in the heart of Times Square. In all, the venue seats 2,100 fans. Talk about world domination!

Chuck Taylor is an award-winning Arts & Entertainment journalist, whose worked for 14 years at Billboard magazine in New York City as a Senior Writer, Editor & Single Reviews Editor.

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