Note: Matt Bellamy is the lead vocalist of rock band Muse. Recently he broke his foot hence the aforementioned tweet.
Big Bang‘s G-Dragon has reached 1 million followers on Twitter!
On November 30th, G-Dragon surpassed the milestone of 1,000,000 followers on Twitter, and fans swarmed to congratulate him. The Big Bang leader utilizes his Twitter often, updating fans on his whereabouts and gifting his followers with selcas.
With 1 million followers, he has joined the ranks of others such as BoA and most of Super Junior.
Congratulations to G-Dragon, and you can follow him @IBGDRGN!
Source: @IBGDRGN, AKP
Note: A fan can earn the 2013 calendar by spending 30,000 won (or $28 USD) on BSX products.
Under the Influence: Human Potential
by DARIA RADLINSKI
Givenchy and Hepburn, Saint Laurent and de la Falaise… the relationship between designer and muse has been integral to fashion history. Our favorite contemporary designers and their influences are no exception. This season, we asked designers to photograph the people, places, or objects that inspired their Fall/Winter 2012 collections. From batmobiles in Paris to the best skate spots in Moscow, they did not disappoint. Check out what else they came up with in our new series, “UNDER THE INFLUENCE.”
Today, the designers of HUMAN POTENTIAL reveal who they turn to for inspiration and it’s none other than Teddy (producer at YG Entertainment), and Taeyang and G-Dragon of BIG BANG!
Who is your muse? They are artists and musicians who are free and enjoy expressing themselves through fashion. In this shoot, our muses are Teddy, Taeyang, and G-Dragon.
How do they influence you? They are very fashion forward and are true trendsetters.
Does your inspiration change from season to season? Yes, our inspiration changes quite often. But our concepts are always inspired by the human condition.
Do you have any secret talents? I guess our secret talent is analyzing the human condition and trying to find a spiritual connection.
Where did you shoot these photos? At the YG building in Teddy’s studio. This is where many of our muses create their work.
In another life, my muses were: Philosophers
Source: www.openingceremony.us via @Choice37
“To some extent, I have been more relaxed. It can be said that I have more than I should have in the fields of music and life.
I feel that I have been changing bit by bit. Although I am not a perfect adult yet, I am right in the middle of it.
I have told myself that, ‘I have to work hard to strive for the best in my life.’ I think that is because I have such a mindset so I can handle everything.”
One sentence from ‘Star G-DRAGON’ to ‘Young Jiyong’ …’ Jiyong is really hardworking!’
Q1: You didn’t have any burdens when your new album was released?
A: Just a little bit. When I am doing music, I sometimes become over compulsive to ‘always make some new music’.
I think I am like this because I sense what others are perceiving me as. If I work extraordinarily hard because of these expectations, I will, but I just cannot produce the good music that I want.
Therefore, this album was produced not under any pressure. I just made it on my own free will.
Q2: What are the biggest differences between this one and your first solo/HEARTBREAKER?
A: I am more relaxed this time. When I was producing the first solo album, i just wanted to convey some messages through it.
The message was ’ no blood will come out even if I am pinned.’ However, after trying out different kinds of music activities, I started to change and wanted to convey my real emotion that I have in my everyday life.
I want to express the feelings that everyone has felt at least once, in music so I think people will feel/understand my songs.
Because I was making the album with this feeling, I felt more satisfied compared to the time that I made my first album. If full marks are 100, I think I at least can get 85/100? (Laugh)
Q3: The transformation in G-Dragon is… ?
Compared with 3 years ago, it seems that I have handled my work better. It was like chasing after my thoughts without thinking much about the consequences before, but now I think I know how to control it more.
Although it looks like I am now calculating how much efforts I have paid, I am cleverer in making music now. I think it can help me to reduce the chances of errors too.
When I am listening to HEARTBREAKER now, I would think, ‘why would I do an album like that?’ And there are times that I do not want to listen to it.
However, if I listen to this album 3 years later, I think I will also feel the same. When I am making music, I am growing at the same time, ain’t I?
Q 4: What is the concept of this album?
A: To be frank, there are no special concepts. I just insert the mindset of ‘the 24-year-old G-Dragon has to keep on living’ into it.
I also want to see myself is through you (the fans/audience), ‘G-Dragon is thinking like this.’ and ‘he is walking on the path of his life like this!’
Q5: You composed all of the melodies and lyrics in the album.
A: I was also very troubled as a translator since I think , ‘starting from now on, I cannot let others think that I am an amateur.’ Therefore, whenever I was free, I would write songs and lyrics.
And now my singer friends say ’ it is the music only G-Dragon can make’.
Moreover,since the whole world is now concerned more about K-pop, I want to make more great songs which can be listed to as classics.
Q6: Please introduce the title song, ‘Crayon’.
A: It is the combination between Crazy and Jiyong. It means ‘just crazy with G-Dragon like when you are crazy with other things’ and ‘let’s get crazy’.
When I was producing it with Teddy, I wrote down the lyrics ‘Why So Serios?’ on blank paper.
It is a famous line of the Joker in the film ‘the Dark Knight’. I like the line very much. I want to say it to so many people, ‘why you have to be so serious?’
And I also want people to think ‘this kid has really gone crazy’ when they see my performance on the stage. Luckily, I am able to achieve all of these.
The music video is really interesting, too. I like it so much!
Q7: Why did you choose it as the title song?
A: President Yang said I should choose an interesting song to be the title song. The period of producing such a song was really hard.
At the very beginning, because I wanted to do what others wanted me to do, I ended up producing nothing.
I was also really worried beforehand because I could not write out the vocal part, but I did it when I went out with Teddy.
When I was producing ‘Crayon’, once again I felt that I could only produce music with a light heart and when I am enjoying it.
I am not saying if you have a lot of worries, you cannot produce good songs.
Q8: You wore a lot of costumes in the ‘Crayon’ MV, which one do you like best?
A:The Frankenstein costumes that I wore in the second half of the MV. Since it was a gift from a designer that I love so much, I decided to wear it.
Although I had worn it to dance in, it was cut. I have also worn skirts like a girl! There are scenes showing a pretty girl looking back.
Because I dressed like a girl, there were loads of people asking whether it was really me.
The back view was from a real girl and it was combined with my face.Because I am slim, there is such a misunderstanding!
I have worn all of the costumes that I want so I am really satisfied!
Q9: There is your unique charm in the MV and the music of ‘One Of A Kind’!
A: I want to show my unique side to you like it says my title song.
In the song which ‘only G-Dragon can do’ , I want to give you a free and impetuous feeling.
Because its the first solo album I have released in 3 years, I hope I can be ‘one of the unique artists’.
Q10: Is ‘That XX’ your real experience?
A: Not all of the songs are my real experience.
Everyone should have experienced love triangle before, I want to use some lyrics which is a bit sentimental to describe this feeling.
If you witness your lover having an affair, you will not say some gentle words, right?
Q11: You label ‘That XX’ as a song which people under 18 cannot listen to…
A: I set the borderline first. Although it was labelled like that, I don’t think the lyrics ‘that bastard’ is that tabooed.
Comparing restricting myself from doing everything, isn’t it more important if I can show my thoughts to you?
Of course there are people who hate words like ‘that bastard’, I think there also have people who don’t think like this.
I am just following my true self. If this song is entitled as ‘That Guy’ or ‘That Man’ , will the song still convey the same atmosphere?
Q12: What do you think about the censorship system that the song’s MV had to go through before it was released?
A: I was quite burdened. I think I should have been able to produce music which is even more out of the box, I could not finish it as to what I had expected.
Therefore, the MV looks a little bit plain. If it is like this, people cannot enjoy it as much as they should …
Q13: You have collaborated with JAURIM’s Kim Eung-ah and Nell’s Kim Jong-wan.
A: I tried to ask whether they are willing to sing and they promised to help in a very short time.
I have asked for the permission of president Yang faithfully, so he approved of me collaborating with Eung Ah noona to sing ‘Missing You’.
Kim Jong Wan Hyun whom I sang ‘Today’ with , I knew through Tablo hyung, though I know he is a very straight person. But in fact he is a very nice person. I have learned loads of things after working with them.
Seeing them being able to present my products more than I myself can, I have the feeling that ‘Aww.. no wonder they are my seniors.’
Because of this, I rethought again how I should work with the staff of my company.
I also want to work with more people after this.
Q14: The lyrics of ‘Light It Up’ is very interesting.
A: I write the lyrics after watching ‘War Crimes’.
I have also thought of including funny messages for the people who hate me. Originally I wanted to write this for a person who hates me but there are so many people that dislike me, I just cannot dedicate it to a particular person.
That’s why the lyrics have now become ‘although you guys hate me, I don’t care even a bit.’ I know it is a bit naive, I just hope that you can find the lyrics cute.
Because there are some cute elements in the rap starting from the very beginning.
Q15: You have collaborated with other artists, 4 songs out of the 7!
A: It is obvious that the 5 members of Big Bang have their own unique charms, I will not pursue voices other than these.
Therefore, even if we want to collaborate with each other, it is kind of difficult. But since it is the solo album that I have not released for a long time, I am a little bit more greedy. (laugh)
Q16: Who you think you must collaborate with?
A: ‘Kim Bunjan’ of ‘Wind City’.
There are songs which I have collaborated with other artists too, but they are not included in this album.
I think it will also be interesting if i can collaborate with the artists of my company.