Friday, February 19, 2010
Big Bang profile
Big Bang (band)
Big Bang (빅뱅)
Back row: G-Dragon, T.O.P., Tae Yang
Front row: Seungri, Dae Sung
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Pop, R&B, Hip-Hop, Dance
Years active 2006 – Present
YG Entertainment (South Korea)
Universal Music Japan (Japan)
Website www. ygbigbang.com
T. O. P. Taeyang Daesung Seungri
Big Bang (Korean: 빅뱅, Japanese: ビッグバン), commonly stylized as BIGBANG, is a Korean hip-hop boyband. The group first gained recognition when their formation was documented on television from July 15th to August 13th, titled as the Big Bang Documentary. The show was also aired online on GomTV and on MTV Korea. Initially a six-member group, one member dropped out during the airing of the show before Big Bang's official debut. Following a fairly-successful debut, the group gained mainstream success with the release of "거짓말 (Lies)" from their 2007 mini-album Always. They later won two "Artist of the Year" award from the M.net KM Music Festival and the Seoul Gayo Daesang Award. The group also expanded their activities into Japan, releasing several mini-albums and airplay singles. Nonetheless, their materials would not receive proper promotions until the following year with the release of their first physical Japanese single "My Heaven." In recent years, the members have branched out to do solo activities: Taeyang and G-Dragon became solo artists while T.O.P., Daesung, and Seungri started acting.
At the end of 2009, they were the most searched artist in South Korea. The group also became the first foreign group in Japan to receive the Japan Cable Broadcasting Award for "Best Newcomer" and the first from Korea to receive the Japan Records honor.
• 1 History
o 1.1 2005—2006: Formation
o 1.2 2007—2008: Breakthrough success
o 1.3 2009—Present: Branching out
• 2 Artistry and influences
o 2.1 Musical styles
o 2.2 Dance style
o 2.3 Image and cultural impact
• 3 Awards
• 4 Discography
• 5 Concerts and tours
• 6 References
• 7 External links
Before Big Bang's debut, each member had his own degree of success and popularity in the entertainment industry. Leader G-Dragon and lead vocalist Tae Yang had already been with YG Entertainment since they were both twelve years old, known as GD and YB. Member T.O.P was well known as an underground rapper under the stage name, T.E.M.P.O.. Big Bang made their official debut at the YG Family concert, held on August 19, 2006 at the Gymnastics Arena in Seoul Olympic Park.
Prior to the release of their first album, the group released three within a span of a few months. Their first EP was The First Single Album, which spawned the airplay singles "We Belong Together," "A Fool's Only Tears", and "This Love", a cover of the American boy band Maroon 5's own single. The single debuted with over 17,000 copies sold in the month of August and later went on to sell approximately nearly 40,000 copies. The second EP Big Bang is V.I.P. was released a month later, selling 21,000 copies in that month. It finally netted sales of 32,000 copies. Their third and last EP, Bigbang 03, followed the success of their previous EPs with final sales nearing 30,000 copies. At the end of December 2006, Big Bang held their very first concert titled The Real. The following month, their first debut album Since 2007, which was a compilation of songs from their previous singles, was released; it sold 48,009 copies by the end of February 2007.
 2007—2008: Breakthrough success
On February 8, 2007, Big Bang released their live concert album entitled The First / Real Live Concert, which sold up to 30,000 copies by the end of 2007. From May to July 2007, the group also held their first national tour concert in Korea, with the headline Want You, touring a total of five cities: Incheon, Daegu, Changwon, Jeonju and Busan.
In August 16 2007, The group released their first mini album, Always, and a fan meeting was held for promotion. Taking control over their music, group-leader G-Dragon wrote and produce several songs on the album. Reception for the album was fairly positive, most notably in regards to the song "거짓말 (Lies)". The single became the group's first song to be a breakout hit, becoming their first song to reach number-one on SBS Hit Songs, followed by MBC's Music Core, KBS Music Bank, Mnet's Countdown and numerous online and offline charts for many consecutive weeks. Riding on the success of their mini-album, the group collected numerous awards towards the end of the year, including "Best Male Group" and "Song Of The Year" from the 2007 M.NET/KM Music Festival. They later claimed a "Dae Sung" award from the 17th Seoul Music Awards.
Their second mini album, Hot Issue, was released a few months later and yielded the single "마지막 인사 (Last Farewell)". Mirroring its predecessor's success, the single went on to top various music charts, including Juke-On's chart for eight consecutive weeks. It later won the "Song of the Month Digital Music Award" from Cyworld. Big Bang also staged their second concert, Big Bang Is Great, from the 28th of December to the 30th where tickets were reportedly sold out in 10 minutes. The members were later hospitalized due to sickness and injuries from over performing and exhaustion, halting and limiting their promotional activities. A representative for YG Entertainment then addressed the issue by stating that though the group would perform at the MBC Music Festival on the 31st, they would cancel everything else on their schedule for the first week of next year. It was later reported in the year that Big Bang's albums and singles had been in high demand, causing the record company to reprint and repackage it for re-releases.
Near the end of 2007, Big Bang ventured overseas towards Japan. The group released their first Japanese EP For the World on January 4 2008. The EP debuted at #14 on the Oricon chart and peaked at #10, despite lack of promotions. On the 28th and 29th of March, Big Bang held a concert at the JCB Hall in Tokyo Dome City. Big Bang's second mini album, With U was released later in May. A single of the same name was also released and drew controversy over its similarity to Joe's "Ride Wit U" from his album, And Then...
The group returned to Korea mid-2008 after promotions in Japan ended. Although group activities were delayed due to solo projects, Big Bang released their third mini-album Stand Up in late 2008. The album featured artists such as Daishi Dance and the Korean rock-band No Brain for the single, "Oh My Friend". Like previous albums, G-Dragon was heavily involved with the production. Stand Up went on to exceed the 100,000 mark in sales, yielding some of the group's strongest singles: "하루하루 (Day By Day)", the lead single, topped several online charts and held the number-one position for six consecutive weeks. Following the lead single's success, other songs also charted within the Top 20, with "Heaven" at the number-two spot, "Oh My Friend" being ninth, "A Good Man" at twelfth and "Lady" being sixteenth — a total of five songs in the Top 20 for the group.
During the release of their Korean material, Big Bang released the Japanese song "Number 1" from their album of the same name and introduced the song through Japanese radio programs and TV shows; the album peaked at #3 on the Japan's Oricon daily album chart. Their Korean follow-up album, Remember was released several months afterward, yielding the number-one single "붉은노을 (Sunset Glow)". "Strong Baby", member Seung-ri's solo song, was released as the second single. The group also collected their second "Artist of the Year" from the 2008 M.NET KM Music Festival award ceremony. At the end of 2008, it was reported that Big Bang earned a total of ₩36 billion (USD$ 24.5 million).
 2009—Present: Branching out
With the group on break in early 2009, the members pursued solo activities. They later reunited to collaborate with their entertainment's new girl group 2NE1, who has been dubbed "The Female Big Bang", for the song "Lollipop". A music video was also filmed for promotion. Initially used to promote a cell phone, "Lollipop" has since reached the number-one spot on various online charts.
After activities for "Lollipop" ended, the group flew to Japan to record and release their first Japanese single, "My Heaven" in May 2009, their first major debut in Japan. A Japanese translation of their Korean single "Heaven" from their EP Stand Up, the music was composed by acclaimed Japanese composer Daishi Dance. To promote the single, the group performed on several Morning News programs, which lead to their single to debut at the number three spot on the Oricon Charts. Their second Japanese single, "Gara Gara Go!!" (ガラガラ Go!! ?, lit. Go Go Go!!) was released on July 8, 2009 and reached number 5 on the Oricon charts. "Gara Gara Go!!" marked the group's first performances on some of Japan's major music shows, such as Hey!Hey!Hey! Music Champ and Music Station. Following the release of their Japanese singles, Big Bang released their self-titled first full-length Japanese album under Universal Music which charted in at number three.
After their Japanese promotional activities ended, Big Bang returned to Korea, where the members dissolved into solo activities. On August 18, G-Dragon released his controversial debut album Heartbreaker, which spawned several hit singles including its titled song. Taeyang released two digital singes, "Where U At?" and "Wedding Dress", to promote his second album, which has an expectant release day of early 2010. Additionally, T.O.P. joined the cast of the Korean thriller drama Iris.
The group later extended their Japanese activities by providing the theme song for the Japanese TBS's Friday night drama Ohitorisama. The song was later released as a single, titled "Koe Wo Kikasete" (声をきかせて ?, lit. Let Me Hear Your Voice)) on November 4, 2009, peaking at the number 4 spot on the Oricon charts..
In late 2009 it was announced Big Bang would hold their annual concert, "2010 Big Bang Concert Big Show," which will be held from the 29th to 31st of January 2010 in Seoul Olympic Stadium. The following month, Big Bang is expected to hold their Electric Love Tour 2010 in Japan. Yang Hyun Suk, YG Entertainment's Founder, also revealed that the group will return with an album in Korea this Summer.Additionally, T.O.P, Daesung and Seungri will be working on solo projects while Taeyang will be continuing promotions for his album.
 Artistry and influences
Throughout their career, Big Bang has been met with praise and criticism alike. Time magazine have described the group has one of South Korea's "most promising" South Korean act to venture into Japan. Additionally, their contribution to their own materials early in their career, most notably by G-Dragon, have met with praise from critics, fans, and other singers alike. Despite this, the group have underwent criticism for plagiarism: their song "With U" was deemed to sound similar to Joe's "Ride Wit U" from his album, And Then...
 Musical styles
Big Bang's musical style can be classified for the most part as hip-hop (as seen with the songs "La, La, La" and "Goodbye Baby"), with a little vibe of R&B (as seen with the songs "We Belong Together" and "Forever With You"), mainstream ("This Love") music, and rock with "Oh My Friend". They also began experimenting with electronic with the release of "Lies", "Last Farewell", and "Haru Haru (Day By Day)," setting it as a new music trend in Korea. However, the members have branched out into different genres in their solo work, including singing ballads and mainstream pop music. Big Bang once mentioned in an interview that if they want to, they might do trot someday. Daesung's first digital single, "Look at Me, GwiSun" ("날 봐, 귀순"), was a trot song, which had been somewhat controversial considering Big Bang's primary focus on hip-hop.
The members of Big Bang often contribute to writing lyrics for their own music as well as composing. The most notable from the group to compose and write is leader G-Dragon, who wrote a majority of the group's songs including "Lies" and "Last Farewell." G-Dragon has described the group as "an idol group not born of talent but through effort." Aside from G-Dragon, the others members have contributed to writing lyrics as well: T.O.P wrote the song "Good Man" for their EP Stand up while Taeyang wrote the song "Goodbye Baby".
 Dance style
Big Bang often rely on free style and street dancing (as evidenced in their music video for "Good Bye Baby"). They are choreographed by world-class choreographer Shaun Evaristo and Lyle Beniga (as seen in "Number 1" and "With U" music videos) who also choreographs their concerts and Taeyang's solo projects. Member Seungri has choreographed some of Big Bang's moves (such as the jump rope dance from "Last Farewell") and has been noted for this.
 Image and cultural impact
Although initially a singing group, Big Bang has have major influences in the fashion industry, inspiring teenagers with street-originated flamboyant style. During their early days, the group adopted the "hip hop" image concept, where some of the members slanted their caps in many promotional photos, live performances, and music video. Member Taeyang even sported cornrows. The group continued this image concept for the rest of 2006 and into 2007 until the release of their mini-album Always, which showcased the group in a more preppy-ish punk style, sporting modern day fashion (such as the skinny jeans with Converse or high-top sneakers as seen within the music video of their song "Lies"). Taeyang also traded his cornrows for a faux hawk for this new concept.
Big Bang's unique and urban hip-up sense of style has quickly become popular in Korea as a result, known as the "Big Bang fashion". Usually, the group prefers brands such as Bape, 10 deep, Louis Vuitton, Phenomenon, and others and are often seen in customized printed hoodies. The group has been noted as well to have brought back the old school fashion, high-top shoes, such as the Nike and Reebok high-top shoes.
Leader G-Dragon is consider by many to be the most fashionable one of the group, where he tends to wear triangular scarves (shemagh/keffiyeh) around his neck, known as "Big Bang scarves". Additionally, member T.O.P. is also seen sporting sunglasses, most notably shutter shades, which are worn by American rapper Kanye West. Big Bang's fashion trends are well known throughout the internet fashion portals, thus making them one of the most sought after artists for endorsement products. The group's unique imagery and fashion has led them to release their own fragrance, entitled "BB Bud's My First Fragrance (나의 첫번째 향기)" in early 2007. Big Bang has been endorsing FILA products since 2006.
Big Bang endorsed Korean online FPS titled Sudden Attack making their own characters and voice overs. They also authored their first book, Shouting to the World, where they wrote about the difficulties in their career. The book became a best-seller in South Korea.
Main article: List of awards received by Big Bang
Further information: Big Bang discography
Korean studio albums
• Since 2007 (2006)
• Remember (2008)
Japanese studio albums
• Number 1 (2008)
• Big Bang (2009)
Concerts and tours
• The Real Concert (2006)
• Want You (2007)
• Big Bang is G.R.E.A.T. (2007)
• Global Warning (2008) • Stand Up (2008)
• Big Show (2009)
• Big Show (2010)
• Electric Love (2010)