Lee Seung-hyun, better known by his stage names Seungri and V. I, is a former South Korean singer, record producer and entrepreneur. In the mid-2000s, Seungri rose to prominence as one of three vocalists and youngest member of the South Korean boy band Big Bang under YG Entertainment, which became one of the best-selling digital groups of all-time in Asia and one of the best-selling boy bands in the world. With the release of the group's second studio album Remember, in which the second single released, "Strong Baby", was performed by Seungri, he began to adopt a more mature image as an artist. Seungri furthered this image with the release of his first extended play, V. V. I. P in 2011; the EP debuted at number one on the Gaon Album Chart and yielded two singles: "VVIP" and "What Can I Do". The latter peaked at the album sold over 50,000 copies, his second Korean EP Let's Talk About Love fared better, becoming his second number one album and selling over 80,000 copies. Let's Talk About Love was supported by "Gotta Talk to You", which charted at number three on the Gaon Chart and was re-released in Japan as his first full Japanese studio album, containing previous materials from the two EPs recorded in the country's native language.
In 2018, he released his first Korean studio album, the chart-topper The Great Seungri and embarked on his first world tour as a solo artist. Making his theatrical debut with the musical Sonagi in 2008, Seungri went on to star in films such as Nineteen and Why Did You Come to My House?, both released in 2009. He branched into television with the Japanese drama Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo and the South Korean television series Angel Eyes. In recent years, he's explored other ventures, including opening a dance academy, owning a nightclub and restaurant franchise, founding a record label and investing in other businesses. On March 11, 2019, Seungri retired from the entertainment industry amidst allegations of him supplying prostitutes in 2015. Born and raised in Gwangju, South Korea, Seungri was noted for his dancing skills growing up, with the singer participating in the dance group II Hwa. Hoping to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, Seungri appeared in survival program Let's Coke Play!
Battle Shinhwa, a reality television series to find the next Shinhwa. He was eliminated in the ninth episode. Following his appearance on the show, Seungri was scouted by YG Entertainment to audition for the new boy band, Big Bang, alongside five other members: T. O. P, Taeyang, G-Dragon and Hyun-seung; the formation of the group was documented on television. Despite the initial plan of debuting six members and Hyun-seung risked elimination due to their lack of stage presence and were given one final opportunity to impress Yang Hyun-suk, founder of YG Entertainment. While Seungri was picked to stay, Hyung-seung was dropped before the official debut. Following the release of several single albums, Big Bang's first album Big Bang Vol.1 - Since 2007 was a moderate success. Seungri recorded his first solo song "The Next Day" for the album; the group's breakthrough came with the release of their first extended play, which included the number one song "Lies". The song went on to top major Korean music charts for a record-breaking seven consecutive weeks, won the group the Song of the Year award at the 9th Mnet Korean Music Festival.
Their following EPs followed its predecessor's footsteps: Hot Issue yielded "Last Farewell" while Stand Up spawned "Day by Day". Seungri continued to hone his dancing skills by competing against bandmate Taeyang in several dance competitions, as well as against Super Junior's Eunhyuk, TVXQ's Yunho and Shinee's Taemin, he choreographs a large portion of Big Bang's dances. In 2008, members of Big Bang began branching out to develop their solo careers. Seungri became the first member of Big Bang to act in a musical with Sonagi in 2008, he ventured into hosting, becoming a host for MBC's music program Show! Music Core alongside Daesung. After filming wrapped up, Seungri went back into the studio with Big Bang to record for their second Korean studio album, Remember; the album was promoted with two singles: "Sunset Glow" and "Strong Baby," a solo release by Seungri. In order to shed the "youngest member" image from Big Bang, he promoted the single with a more mature look complete with a stylized dance.
He won his first triple crown for "Strong Baby" on SBS's live music show Inkigayo. When promotional activities for Remember ended, Seungri returned to acting and starred in his first film Why Did You Come to My House?, playing the love interest of Kang Hye-jung. He starred in his second musical Shouting, alongside bandmate Daesung, unable to perform at the last minute due to a car accident; the same year, he starred in the film 19-Nineteen alongside fellow member T. O. P. Seungri's first extended play, VVIP, was released on January 20, 2011 with two singles: "VVIP" and "What Can I Do". To establish an identity away from Big Bang through his music, Seungri involved himself in the production of the album and writing six out of the seven songs. "VVIP" and "What Can I Do" won
With U (EP)
With U is the second Japanese mini-album by Big Bang, released on May 28, 2008. After experiencing breakthrough success in their home country with the song "Lies" and "Last Farewell", Big Bang expanded their endeavors to Japan, hoping to produce similar results. In 2009, American music publishing company Sony/ATV Music Publishing accused YG Entertainment of plagiarism, listed four songs recorded by several of YG's artists as having been plagiarized. Big Bang's single "With U" was included as part of the accusation and deemed to have copied from R&B singer Joe's 2004 single "Ride wit U", with Sony stating they would take legal action. YG Entertainment denied all accusations
Made Series is the fifth Japanese studio album by South Korean boy band Big Bang. It was set to be released on February 3, 2016 including 11 songs: 3 Japanese versions and the original 8 songs released in Korean in 2015 from the Made album; the album was released in seven different editions, including CD, Blu-ray, Photo book, music videos, dance videos, making of mv and live performance a-nation Stadium Festival 2015. On January 6, 2016, the Japanese music video of "Loser" and "Bang Bang Bang" were released on their official channel on YouTube; the album sold 80,262 copies on the first day and charted at number one on Oricon daily album chart in the first week the album sold 128,000 copies, breaking their own record of first-week sales which held by their previous album The Best of Big Bang 2006-2014 in 2014. In the year end the album sold 201,227, ranking 20th on the best-selling album in Japan, becomes the highest charting album for Korean artist in 2016; the album was chosen as one of the best Japanese albums in 2016 by KKBox, while the Japanese version of "Bang Bang Bang" ranked 1st place on the top 10 track in Japan, praising the song as energetic, calling it a classical song from the band.
The album won three awards in 31st Japan Gold Disc Award, album of the year, best 3 albums, the Japanese version of "Bang Bang Bang" won song of the year by download. BIGBANG - LOSER M/V on YouTube BIGBANG - BANG BANG BANG M/V on YouTube Official Site YG Entertainment Big Bang Japan Official Site
Kang Dae-sung, better known by his stage name Daesung and his Japanese stage name D-Lite, is a South Korean singer and television host who made his musical debut in 2006 as a member of the South Korean boy band Big Bang under the record label YG Entertainment. He debuted as a solo artist in South Korea with the number one trot song "Look at Me, Gwisoon" in 2008. Since the inception of the Gaon Digital Chart in 2010, Daesung achieved two Top 10 songs, the digital single "Cotton Candy" and "Wings" from the Big Bang album Alive. In 2013, he released his first solo album in Japan, D'scover, under the label YGEX and embarked on his first Japanese tour; the following year, he released D'slove and his first chart-topper, Delight. D'slove Tour made him the first Korean soloist to gather over 100,000 fans for two Japanese tours in a row. In 2017, he held his first solo Japanese dome tour, performing for over 150,000 people from four shows, released his second number one album, D-Day, that made him the second foreign male solo artist to have two consecutive number one albums in Japan after Michael Jackson.
In South Korean television, he was a part of the main cast of the top-rated comedy show Family Outing from 2008 to 2010, the musical drama series What's Up, was one of the hosts of the talk show Night After Night. Daesung was born in Itaewon and attended high school at Kyeongin High School, but dropped out after a year to focus on his activities with Big Bang, he passed his college entrance exams in 2008 and got admitted into the post-modern music department at Kyung Hee University in 2008. Although his parents were against the idea of him becoming a singer, Daesung pursued a singing career and was recruited by YG Entertainment after auditioning, he appeared on a reality show which documented the formation of Big Bang with five other trainees: G-Dragon, T. O. P, Seungri, So-1. Hyunseung was dropped and Big Bang debuted in 2006 with five members. Big Bang made their first appearance as a group on August 19, 2006, at YG Family's 10th Anniversary concert. On September 23, 2006, they had their debut performance on television broadcast.
Big Bang's debut was successful, with their first single netting in sales of over 40,000 copies. It spawned several airplay titles, including "La La La", "We Belong Together" and "Forever with You" which featured label-mate Park Bom. Daesung recorded his first solo song "Try Smiling" for Big Bang's first album Since 2007; the group's breakthrough came with the release of their first extended play, which included the number one song "Lies". The song went on to top major Korean music charts for a record-breaking seven consecutive weeks, won the group the Song of the Year award at the 9th Mnet Korean Music Festival, their following EPs followed its predecessor's footsteps: Hot Issue yielded "Last Farewell" while Stand Up spawned "Day by Day". Shortly after the debut of Big Bang, Daesung was diagnosed with voice chord nodules. For nearly a year, he developed sociophobia and stage fright. However, he was able to recover with the help of fellow singer and label-mate Gummy, diagnosed with the illness, the two became close because of this situation.
Before the release of Big Bang's second album, Daesung's condition improved drastically. Daesung released his first trot single "Look at Me, Gwisoon" in 2008, he stated that although he was worried about dampening the group's image, he wanted to try something different. The same year, he joined SBS reality variety show Family Outing as a permanent cast member, he made his musical debut in Korean production of Cats, playing the role of Rum Tum Tugger. Daesung became a host for MBC's music program Show! Music Core, alongside fellow member Seungri. Daesung released his second trot single titled "Big Hit" in 2009, he was scheduled to join bandmate Seungri in the autobiographical musical Shouting. In August 2009, Daesung was injured in a car accident shortly before the musical opened, he was returning to Seoul from a filming location for Family Outing when the accident occurred on the Pyeongtaek Express highway, Gyeonggi Province. The van hit the guardrail as it skidded according to YG Entertainment. Daesung, in the passenger seat, broke his nose, injured his back, sustained minor bruises on his face and arms.
Daesung recovered and made his return to Big Bang in October 2009, joining the group to perform at the Dream Concert. Daesung released a new single, "Cotton Candy", at the end of January 2010, it was composed with Daesung penning the lyrics. In 2010, Daesung began his shoot for MBC's pre-produced musical drama What's Up, written by Song Ji-na, it started airing on MBN channel on December 3, 2011. "Lunatic", a track sung by Daesung for the drama's OST, was released online on the same day. Since November 2010, Daesung became a host for the variety-talk show Night After Night; that same year, Daesung recorded a duet with Family Outing co-star Lee Hyori titled "How Did We Get", featured on the latter's album. In 2011, Daesung released a solo song, "Baby Don't Cry", included in Big Bang's 4th mini album; the song was first performed in Big Show 2011 concert in February. Daesung had his first public appearance after the incident on November 6, 2011 wh
GD & TOP
GD & TOP is a South Korean duo formed by G-Dragon and T. O. P, the rappers of the K-pop boy band Big Bang in 2010; the release of their first album, GD & TOP was a commercial success becoming one of the best selling albums of the year in South Korea, spawning the top-five hits "High High", "Oh Yeah", "Knock Out" on the Gaon Digital Chart. After a five year hiatus, they released the single "Zutter", which peaked at number two on the Gaon Digital Chart. YG Entertainment announced the a sub-unit between G-Dragon and T. O. P under the name "GD & TOP" in November 2010, to release an album with the same name; the duo held a worldwide premiere showcase for their album at Times Square in Yeongdeungpo of Seoul, broadcast live on YouTube. The album was released on Christmas Eve, debuted at number one on the Gaon Chart with pre-orders of 200,000 copies. By the end of 2010 the album had surpassed 130,000 copies sold in a week, becoming the fifth best-selling album of the year; as of 2015 the album sold 200,000 copies.
To promote their album, G. Dragon and T. O. P released three music videos for the tracks "High High", "Knock Out", "Baby Goodnight". "High High" was released first "Baby Goodnight." However, due to the song being banned twice for being too explicit, the release of the music video for their song "Don't Go Home" was postponed till late June 2011. The singles attained commercial successes. In the Gaon Digital Chart, "Oh Yeah!" Peaked at number two, "High High" at number three, while "Knock Out" and "Don't Go Home" peaked at number five and eleven, respectively. After a four-year hiatus, YG Entertainment announced that the duo will come back with a new single as a part of Big Bang's Made Series E; the teasers were released on July 25, 2015, with the song name "Zutter". The song was a commercially success, selling 280,817 downloads in its first week on Gaon Chart peaked at number two in the Digital and Download charts; the single charted second on US Billboard World Digital Songs and in the Chinese QQ Music video chart.
In the end of 2015, the song sold 982,710 copies in South Korea and 6,000 in USA. In 2012, "Knock Out" and "High High" were both listed as one of the best K-Pop music videos of all time by Stereogum, ranking at seventh and fourth, respectively; that same year, "High High" was named the seventh greatest K-Pop song of all time by Spin Magazine. XXL Magazine listed the duo as one of "15 Korean Rappers You Should Know", stating that "if it wasn't for acts like these two, Korean rap wouldn't have amassed such international appeal that it’s garnering now." The magazine wrote that "K-Pop's full of boy bands with designated rapper as a member, nine out of ten times they're modeled after" GD & TOP. Korean magazine Ize wrote that GD & TOP inspired several idol groups to make "more extreme or extraordinary attempts" concept and music wise that their groups could not do through unit activities
Alive is the fifth Korean-language extended play by South Korean group Big Bang. It was released on February 2012 by YG Entertainment. Big Bang members G-Dragon and T. O. P wrote the music and lyrics for nearly all tracks on the album; the EP had three singles—"Blue", "Fantastic Baby", "Bad Boy". A repackaged version of the EP titled Still Alive was released on June 3, 2012, featured the single, "Monster". Both EP versions and their singles achieved commercial success on music charts in South Korea, the EP became the first K-pop album to chart on the United States' Billboard 200. On January 27, 2012, the track listing and title of Big Bang's upcoming EP, Alive were announced. Teddy Park of YG Entertainment and Big Bang member G-Dragon produced the majority of the music for the EP with the help of other producers such as DJ Murf and Peejay. G-Dragon wrote the majority of the songs on the EP with the help of T. O. P. and Teddy Park. "Blue" was released on February 22, 2012, as the EP's lead single, thereafter Big Bang released previews of other tracks on YouTube every day from February 23–28.
They announced the Alive World Tour in support of the album. The EP and its second single, "Bad Boy", were released on February 29, 2012. Promotions began with televised performances from the EP on SBS's Inkigayo. "Fantastic Baby" was the third single, released on March 7, 2012. The EP was re-titled as Still Alive; the special edition and its single "Monster" were released June 3, 2012. "Blue", "Bad Boy", "Fantastic Baby", "Monster" were re-recorded with Japanese lyrics and included on Big Bang's full-length Japanese album, Alive. Other tracks, in their original Korean language form, were included on the album. Fuse named Alive one of the best albums of the year, the only non-English album on the list, writing that the record "blurs the lines between traditional K-pop, dance pop, R&B and just about every other genre", calling it "one of Big Bang's most well-rounded releases to date." Billboard called the EP and its repackage "objectively one of the group’s best eras", noted how "each song is iconic in its own way".
Chicago Sun-Times noted that Alive included a more mature sound and "more interesting production techniques", that it displayed Big Bang's diversity. The Fader praised Alive for making "the most compelling case yet" for a rising K-pop act in the west; the Borneo Post declared that "Alive is a humble manifesto that declares Big Bang's efforts to grow into Kpop legends who live in the now. They've proven before that they're a cut above the usual" and stated "this album is everywhere, everyone-friendly." Alive became the first Korean album or EP to chart on the United States' Billboard 200 and at its time of release, held the record for being the best selling K-pop album in the United States, selling over 4,100 copies in its first week of release. It charted at number four on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart, at number twenty-two on the Independent Albums chart, number four on the World Albums chart. On March 9, 2012, it was revealed that Big Bang was the first act to occupy 5 out of the top 10 spots on Billboard's K-pop Hot 100 with "Blue", "Bad Boy", "Fantastic Baby", "Ain't No Fun", "Love Dust".
Alive reached number six on Japan's domestic Oricon weekly album chart as a Korean import. In South Korea, both Alive and Still Alive debuted at number one on the Gaon Album Chart; the EP finished 2012 as the second best-selling album of the year in South Korea, while the repackage was the sixth. In Taiwan, the EP reached the number-one spot on G-Music chart and managed to be certified double platinum; as of December 2016, according to the Gaon Chart and the Chinese music service KuGou, songs from the album have sold over 24 million downloads. Official site YG Entertainment Big Bang Japan Official site
Made (Big Bang album)
Made is the third Korean studio album and the fifth Japanese studio album by South Korean boy band Big Bang. Made was preceded by four single albums containing eight songs, all released in 2015. After over a year of delays, the full album was released on December 12, 2016, it marks the group's comeback after a three-year hiatus and their first Korean studio album in eight years. Made charted at number one on the South Korean and Taiwanese albums charts and, including the four single albums, sold over six million copies in China alone, it would be the final album to feature Seungri due to his retirement on March 11, 2019. Big Bang released their second Korean language studio album, Remember, in November 2008. Two Korean extended plays were released in 2011 and 2012 respectively; the members of the band focused with each releasing one solo project. The album was postponed. On April 20, 2015, YG Entertainment announced Big Bang's comeback after a hiatus of nearly three years following Still Alive; the trailer for Big Bang's Made World Tour was unveiled.
Before the official album release, the Made project was divided into four parts, each of which included two singles that were released under each letter of the word Made, as M, A, D, E. The first four parts were released on the first day of every month from May to August 2015, apart from the final part named E, released on August 5, 2015; the single releases were met with success. Additionally, three of the songs were among the five best-performing singles of 2015; the last project was to release the full album in September. However, due to Big Bang's world tour and busy schedules, the full album was delayed. On October 18, 2016, the members started filming music videos for the final release of the album in Cheongju; the second music video was filmed on October 15 in Seoul. On November 22, YG announced that the release of the full album would take place on December 12, 2016. On December 6, the lead single was revealed as "Fxxk It"; the following two days, the second single was announced to be a slow R&B song named "Last Dance", the track list of the album was released, confirming three new songs along with the eight singles that were released in 2015.
Made comprises an eclectic mix of songs, with Billboard stating that the album is "testament to the versatility K-pop acts can show in the music and just how hard it is to call K-pop a'genre.'" AllMusic wrote that, in this album, Big Bang's "trademark mix of dance-pop and R&B was blended with contemporary tropical and trap influences." During the album's recording Big Bang aimed to create an album that would allowed them "to do and show unexpected things." Commenting about the variety of music genres, G-Dragon explained that "there are performance songs, there are songs of various colors. There will always be an unexpected twist." And added "because the album styles were different, it was a bit of a free-for-all."The record's lyrical content "introduced a more mature style" to the group, but "without losing the images they had enforced through previous releases." In an interview, Taeyang said that the group "focused on the issues that our society is facing and how we look at society." He concluded that they "wanted to have an exchange and sympathize" about their struggles with the public.
In "Loser", they describe the feelings of "doubt and unhappiness that accompany the everyday life of a self-proclaimed loser." "Zutter", performed by the rappers of the group, G-Dragon and T. O. P, was noted for instead of the duo being "in reverence of themselves", they "are aware they are participating in a time-worn hip-hop tradition of unreasoning self-assertion and the debauchery that follows success.""Bae Bae" and "Fxxk It" were noted for their sexual "charms" and vulgarity, showcasing the group's ability to mix "heartfelt with tongue-in-cheek lyrics". In contrast, "Let's Not Fall in Love" presents "the pressures and worries of starting a new relationship and committing to a person, the potential pain that accompanies the risk of opening up to someone", while "Last Dance" is a message to their fans and a reflection of the group's decade together. Made opens with "Fxxk It", a mid-tempo electronic hip-hop track with tropical elements. "Last Dance" is a pop-rock ballad while "Girlfriend" is a "hip hop throwback to the group's earlier efforts."
"Let's Not Fall in Love" is a pop-rock tune with a classic dance sound, including acoustic melodies and hazy synths. "Loser" is a R&B track with the group's "brand of emotional hip-hop" while the following "Bae Bae" was observed for "taking the popular trap genre and turning it K-pop with flecks of electronica and bizarre samples.""Bang Bang Bang" presents a "explosive modern EDM buzz" with a trap breakown in the chorus, being called a "party anthem". "Sober" showcased a "more rock-driven sound", a genre heard from the group. The track includes "lush guitars mixed with a pounding percussion" with a "spunky delivery and high-energy rock sound." The following "If You" is a ballad centered "around sparse guitar strums, impassioned belts and haunting croons throughout the chorus." "Zutter" is hip-hop song with a trap-driven beat. The album ends with "We Like 2 Party", a "midtempo number with production that hits the midpoint between Steve Miller Band, One Direction, Biz Markie", with a "breezy" and relaxing melody.
Big Bang hosted a live-broadcasting on Naver V-App on December 12, one hour before the release of the album, to celebrate the release of the first full-album in eight years with fans, which attract more than 1.5 million viewers. Th