Name: Big Bang (빅뱅, BIGBANG)
Debut: August 19, 2006 (We Belong Together)
Members: G-Dragon (leader), T.O.P., TaeYang, DaeSung, SeungRi
Company: YG Entertainment
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- G-Dragon and dancer Taeyang were the first ones to receive training under YG Entertainment at the age of eleven. They were child models first cast as the younger version of YG artist Jinusean in their music video “A-YO”, but later CEO Yang Hyun-Seok took notice of their talent in music and dance.
- The duo released two tracks under the name GDYB, and were often featured in Wheesung, Gummy, Perry, Masta Wu, and Se7en’s albums.
- As a rapper, G-Dragon also participated in promotional activities with YG Family at fourteen years old. One of their well-known piece is “Unfold to Higher Place”, which also features fellow label mates Perry and Gummy.
- T.O.P was an underground rapperunder the stage name “Tempo”. One of his most popular track was “Buckwild” with NBK Gray.
- Seungri was a leader of a local dance team in his hometown, Gwangju. He first appeared on the reality television series Let’s Cokeplay: Mnet Battle Shinhwa, a show in which idol group Shinhwa search for members to make up the “second-generation Shinhwa”. His lack of vocal skills did not charm the panel and led to his elimination from the Top 4. He then auditioned and was accepted to train under YG, but in Big Bang’s Documentary series, it was revealed his position was in jeopardy but he later impressed CEO Yang Hyun-suk and made the cut. At the time, Seungri competed against another trainee, Hyunseung (now of BEAST fame), who was cut from Big Bang.
- Daesung was recruited in an open audition. He is well known for his strong singing ability. He was trained under Wheesung’s supervision. Before the debut of Big Bang, he was diagnosed with vocal fold nodules, caused by strain on the vocal cords.
- Big Bang held their debut on August 19, 2006 at the Gymnastics Arena in Seoul Olympic Park during the YG Family 10th Year Concert.On September 23, 2006, the group had their debut performance on television broadcast.
- Following the performance, the group’s first single, Bigbang, was released. It contained the songs “We Belong Together”, featuring labelmate Park Bom; “A Fool’s Only Tears” (Korean: 눈물뿐인 바보; Revised Romanization: Nunmulppunin Babo); and “This Love”, an adaptation of the American rock band Maroon 5 song, rewritten and performed by G-Dragon.
- The second single, BigBang Is V.I.P, was released in September, eventually topping 32,000 copies sold.
- Their last single, Bigbang 03, followed, with final sales nearing 40,000 copies.
- At the end of December 2006, Big Bang held their very first concert, The Real.
- The following month, their debut album, Since 2007, was released, selling 48,000 copies by the end of February 2007.
- On February 8, 2007, Big Bang released their live concert album, The First / Real Live Concert, which sold 30,000 copies by the end of the year.
- Their first mini-album, Always, was also released in 2007, and marked several changes for the group.
- G-Dragon composed and wrote most of the tracks included in their first mini-album including the title single, “Lies” (Korean: 거짓말; Revised Romanization: Geojitmal).The mini-album also saw the introduction of electronic music for Big Bang. Reception was fairly positive, most notably in regards to the song “Lies”, which critics described as “through the roof”.Released as the lead single, it became their first number one hit. The album itself sold 87,000 copies.
- Their second mini-album, Hot Issue, released that same year, followed its predecessor’s success: the lead-single, “Last Farewell”, (Korean: 마지막 인사; Revised Romanization: Majimak Insa) topped various charts, including the Juke-On’s chart for eight consecutive weeks.
- It also garnered the “Song of the Month (Digital Music)” award from Cyworld. Tickets for their Big Bang Is Great concert were also reportedly sold out in just nearly 10 minutes.
- Riding on the success of their mini-album, the group collected numerous awards, including “Best Male Group” and “Song of The Year” from the 2007 Mnet Asian Music Awards.
- They later received the “Artist of the Year” award from the 17th Seoul Music Awards.The group earned a total of ₩12 billion ($10.6 million) by year’s end.
- Their first Japanese extended play, For the World, released in early 2008, charted at number 10 on the Oricon chart with a little promotion only. The group also held a concert at the JCB Hall in Tokyo Dome City.
- Although group activities were delayed due to solo projects, their third mini-album of 2008, Stand Up, was released. Featuring Daishi Dance and the Korean rock-band No Brain, Stand Up exceeded the 100,000 mark in sales. “Day By Day” (Korean: 하루하루; Revised Romanization: Haru Haru), the lead single, topped several online charts and held the number 1 position for six consecutive weeks.
- During the release of their Korean materials, Big Bang released the Japanese song, Number 1, from their album of the same name, performing the song on Japanese radio programs and TV shows, the album peaked at number three on the Japan’s Oricon daily album chart.
- heir Korean follow-up album, Remember, also released in 2008, yielded the number 1 single, “Sunset Glow” (Korean: 붉은노을; Revised Romanization: Byulkeun Noeul). “Strong Baby”, performed solely by Seungri, was released as the second single.
- The album went on to sell over 200,000 copies.Big Bang received their second “Artist of the Year” award from the 2008 Mnet Asian Music Awards. At the end of 2008, it was reported that Big Bang earned a total of ₩36 billion ($24.5 million).
- They later reunited to collaborate with their label’s new girl group 2NE1, who had been dubbed as “The Female Big Bang”,for the song “Lollipop”. A music video was also filmed for promotion.
- Their first self-titled full-length Japanese album was released under Universal Music in August 2009 and was promoted with two singles: My Heaven and Gara Gara Go!! (ガラガラ GO!!). My Heaven, a Japanese translation of their Korean single, “Heaven” (Korean: 천국; Revised Romanization: Cheonguk) from Stand Up, was composed by Japanese composer Daishi Dance and debuted at number 3 on the Oricon Music Chart. “Gara Gara Go!” charted at the fifth spotand the album itself peaked at number 3.
- On August 18, G-Dragon released his debut album, Heartbreaker, promoting it with the album’s title track. The album went on to win the “Album of the Year” at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards, selling over 210,000 units.
- Taeyang released two digital singles, “Where U At?” and “Wedding Dress” to promote his second album released in 2010.
- T.O.P joined the cast of the Korean thriller drama Iris, playing the assassin Vick.
- They later reunited to record the song “Koe wo Kikasete” for the Japanese drama Ohitorisama ( おひとりさま One Person).
- For several days in January 2010, Big Bang performed their 2010 Big Bang Concert Big Showin the Seoul Olympic Stadium.The following month, they embarked on their Electric Love tour in Japan.
- The release of “Lollipop Part 2″ in February, the follow-up to their single, “Lollipop”‘ with 2NE1, was used to coincide with promotions for LG Cyon’s Lollipop phone.
- Their next single, Tell Me Goodbye, was recorded for the Japanese re-release of Korean drama Iris. The song proved to be popular and gained favorable reviews, winning the “Song of the Year” award at the 52nd Japan Record Awards.
- Additionally, tying in with the 2010 World Cup, the group released the song “Shout of the Reds” featuring the Korean rock band Transfixion and ice skater Kim Yu-na.
- For most of the year, the members individually promoted their own solo works and solo activities, including the release of the GD & TOP unit with their collaboration album and the release of Seungri’s first mini-album entitled VVIP.
- Big Bang also won several notable awards, including the Best 5 New Artists award from the 24th Japan Gold Disc Awards as well as the “Best New Artist” award.
- Near the end of May, the group received the awards for “Best Pop Video” and “Best New Artist” from the MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2010. They released their latest Japanese single Beautiful Hangover on August 25, 2010.
- After nearly two-year hiatus as a full group, Big Bang returned to South Korea with their 2011 Big Show concert. They also showcased songs from their latest extended play Tonight, which went on to become a chart-topper upon its release on many Korean music charts.
- The album also became the very first K-pop album to reach the Top 10 on US iTunes chart and is the only non-English language album in the Top 100.The album had a pre-sale order of 10,000 copies in Cyworld, beating the record set by TVXQ’s 6,500 copies back in 2008.
- Seven days after the album’s release, it was reported that Big Bang had already earned ₩7 billion (USD$6.2 million).In just a week, 100,000 copies of the album were sold.Its lead-single of the same name became a chart-topper on the Gaon Chart.
- After promotions for Tonight was finished, Big Bang released a special edition album with two new tracks: “Love Song” and “Stupid Liar”. “Love Song”‘s music video on YouTube gained 2 million views within just two days. The group kicked off their Love & Hope Tour in May of the same year.
- Big Bang won the 2011 MTV EMA’s “Best Worldwide Act” award as representatives of the Asia-Pacific region with over 58 million votes.All five members were present at the awards show to receive the award, making it especially memorable since it was Daesung and G-Dragon’s first public appearance since Daesung’s car accident and G-Dragon’s accused marijuana scandal.
- On November 29, the group also won the award for “Best Music Video” award with their “Love Song” music video at the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards.
- Big Bang released their third Greatest Hits album The Best of Big Bang on December 14, which contained a Japanese version of their all-time #1 hit “Haru Haru”. The album topped the Oricon Daily chart on its first day of release and went on to sell over 14,000 copies in the first week, proving the group’s consistent popularity. It was reported that Big Bang earned ₩88 billion (USD$77.5 million) in 2011 even though they had just promoted for half a year. The earnings included Big Bang’s revenue concert for SBS’s Big Bang Show, their 2011 Big Show Concert and their Love and Hope Tour in Japan.
- Beginning from January 20, 2012, YG Entertainment began releasing teasers for Big Bang’s 5th mini-album Alive, which was released in both digital and physical formats on February 29. Preorders for Alive amounted to 260,000 copies in two weeks. The mini-album was a commercial success, selling in excess of 200,000 copies in its first month of release.
- Internationally, Big Bang obtained 5 spots out of the Top 10 on Billboard K-pop’s Hot 100 and charted at 150 on Billboard 200, making them the first Korean artist with a Korean album to do so.
- Their popularity also boosted them onto the Billboard Social 50, entering at #24. Since the release of Alive, Big Bang has received recognition from notable sites such as Time magazine, and a photo was featured on the Grammy Awards homepage.
- The album release coincided with their annual concert, Big Show 2012, held at Seoul Olympic Park Stadium from March 2–4 to a sold-out crowd of 40,000 fans.
- This marks the official kick off of their first world tour BIGBANG Alive Galaxy Tour 2012 in partnership with Live Nation.Concert footage from Big Show was broadcasted in 160 countries through MTV World Stage, which pushed the promotion for their world tour.
- The Japanese version of Alive was released on March 28 both digitally and physically, with 2 additional Japanese tracks. Included with the physical copy of their album was a bonus Japanese version of their hit song, Haru Haru. It sold over 23,000 copies on its first day of release and peaked at #2 on the Oricon charts. It eventually sold over 66,000 copies in its first month and has since been certified gold by the RIAJ.
- Following the success of their comeback, Big Bang released a repackaged edition of their mini-album Alive, titled Still Alive, on June 3. It featured Korean remakes of the two additional tracks in the Japanese version of Alive, as well as two new tracks of which their lead single was titled Monster. Their repackaged mini-album also performed commercially well, selling over 100,000 copies in its first month of release.
- A special edition of their Japanese Alive album was also released following its Korean counterpart, titled Alive -Monster Edition-. The success of the repackaged album further boosted the group’s global recognition, peaking just outside of the Top 10 at #11 on the Billboard Social 50.
- On 5 May they won the “Best Fan” category at the TRL Awards in Italy.