Friday, April 10, 2015

Much Love For K POP Band Big Bang

Super Junior
My journey into KPOP music began when I stumbled into watching Korean Dramas. I was not only fascinated by the actors/actresses on the screen but the OST (Original Sound Tracks) playing throughout the episodes was catchy. I often found myself singing along and wondering, who  the singer(s) were.

After watching, Choi Si-won in the drama "Oh My Lady,"  I fell in love with the title track, "Worthless,"   I had to know who was the good-looking man with the beautiful voice. To my surprise, he was only one in a group of twelve handsome faces in the group "Super Junior"

I continued to watch dramas, learning more about Korean Actors, Actresses, and Idols. But I was pulled in deeper after watching "Boys Over Flower," This mega-hit has one the best OST, I have ever heard. It introduced me to groups like, SS501, T- Max, and Shinee. I was now on the hunt to find out about more K POP.


One day, I was doing research on new groups to listen to, when I came across a YouTube channel that does music video reviews. K POP followers live for the day, their favorite artist(s) release a single, mini album, or album. There are channels devoted to reviewing videos or take requests to review videos. I was surprised at how huge, popular, and important this is. I know for a fact, that certain K POP Idols watch some of the channels.

This particular channel received a request to do a review for a artist by the name of T.O.P. The song  was "Turn It Up" Now while the ladies were enjoying the video as was I, they kept speaking nonstop about a group called, "Big Bang" Now the only "Big Bang, I know is the "Big Bang Theory.

Big Bang
 I decided to check "Big Bang" out. What I discovered was they are a South Korean boy band formed by YG Entertainment. The group consist of five members, G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung, and Seungri. They officially debuted  on August 19, 2006. They are considered a hip hop group, but majority of their songs have a R&B flavor to them, which I really get into.

They scored a hit right out of the gate with the song "Lies." The song stayed at #1 on Korean music charts for seven consecutive weeks. The song also won song of the year at the 2007 Mnet Korea Music Festival.

The follow up songs, "Last Farewell and Harru Haru," earned the group more popularity and success. They were recognized as the Artist of the Year in 2008 at the Mnet Korean Music Festival, the group extended their wins with three awards at the MTV Video Music Awards in Japan.

The group returned in 2011 with the album, "Tonight." Big Bang emerged as the best Worldwide Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards. Several months later, Big Bang released their most successful album, "Alive"  on March 28, 2012. It was the first Korean album to chart on Billboard 200. They followed it up with the special edition album "Still Alive" on June 3, 2012.

To my surprise, I discovered that, Big Bang is a group known for composing and producing their own music. G-Dragon, the group charismatic leader has earned respect and a lot of praise for his unique writing style in the music industry. From I have seen and heard from him the past couple of years, it's rightfully deserved. As a result, Big Bang hold the record for the all-time best selling artist on the internet.

 Members of Big Bang:


Kwon Ji Jong (Leader): Known by the stage name G-Dragon, is a rapper, singer, song-writer, and producer. He has written, composed, and produced numerous hit tracks like, "Lies, Last Farewell, and Haru Haru." His own solo debut album, "Heartbreaker," became one of the most successful of the 2011. It earned, G-Dragon a Mnet Asian Music Award for album of the year. The second album, "Coup D 'Etat" (2013) matched the success of  his previous album, and he won album of the year at the 15th Mnet Asian Music Awards. He also earned the World's Best Entertainer and World's Best Album awards at the 2014 World Music Awards.

Choi Seung-hyun: Known by the stage name, T.O.P is a rapper, singer, and actor. He has starred in such films as: I Am Sam, Iris, 19- Nineteen, 71: Into The Fire, Commitment, Tazza: The Hidden Card.

In 2010, T.O.P and G-Dragon collaborated to record and release the album GD&T.O.P. Three singles from the album "High High, Oh Yeah, and Knock Out," took top position on the Goan Chart.

T.O.P then released the single, "Turn It Up," the video received over a million video views within a few minutes. Making him the only Korean artist to have his song released worldwide on ITunes. In 2013, he released the single "Doom Dada"

Dong Young-bae: Better known as Taeyang (Sun) is a singer-songwriter. His first solo album, Solar was released in 2010. The album was released on iTunes, climbing to the number two spot on top R&B Soul albums in the U.S. and number one in Canada, making him the first Asian to do so. The single, "I need A Girl, I'll Be There, Wedding Dress, Only Look At Me," earned, Taeyang a Mnet Asian Music Awards and a Seoul Music Award  Best Male Artist Award.

On November 9 2013, Taeyang ranked #3 for his  new single "Ringa Linga," the album "Rise" was released on June 2, 2014. It earned an "All Kill" in Korea. The album was #1 on ITunes R&B/Soul Album chart in 19 countries that included: USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Russia, Hong Kong, and Denmark. The album  became the third highest K POP album and the highest charting  by a Solo artist on Billboard, debuting at #12 on Hot 200, #1 on Billboard World Albums, and #1 on Heatseekers Album Chart. Eyes, Nose, Lips the second single release, also peaked at #1 on the Gaon and U.S K POP Billboard charts.

Kang Dae-sung: Also known as D-Lite is a singer and actor. He has participated in various television  variety programs as well as hosting, and acting.

Dae-sung released his debut trot single, "Nal Dwa Gwisoon in 2008. The same year, he joined the variety show "Family Outing," as a permanent cast member. Daesung and band mate, Seungri hosted the "Show! Music Core," from 2008 to 2009. He released a new song, "Cotton Candy" in January 2010. He was also one of the host of the variety show "Night After Night" That same year, he starred in the drama "What's Up? "The OST single "This is The Moment" is one of my favorite song, showing off his powerful vocal skills.

On February 27, 2013, Dae-Sung released, his first solo album, "D'scover" The solo album was released in Japanese. It included his solo single, "Wings" , "Baby Don't Cry, and "I Love You" featuring Taro Hakase.  The album reached the #2 spot on the Orion Daily Album chart and #2 on Orion Weekly Album Chart

Dae-sung next album "D' slove" was released on July 16, 2014 and ranked #1 on Orion Daily Album Chart upon its released. It went on to rank #2 on the Orion Weekly Album Chart. His third album "Delight" was released on October 29,2014.

While on a 15 city tour in Japan, Dae-sung performed in front of more than 170,000 fans. He is the only Korea Solo Artist to attract more than 100,000 people, while on tour for two years in a row.

Lee Seung-hyun: The Maknae (the youngest) also known as, Seungri, V.I ( Victory), or Panda, is a singer, song-writer, and actor. He's fluent in Korean and Japanese. He is also a great dancer and choreograph a large portion of Big Bang's dance routines.

He released his first solo album, VVIP on January 20, 2011. It included the tracks, "VVIP and What Can I do,"both songs won a triple crown on M! Count down.

On August 19.2013, Seungri released the title, "I Have Something To Say," It was followed by the release of his 1st Japanese Album on October 9, 2013.  It included the songs, Let's Talk About Love,"  On February 28,2014, Seungri starred in the drama, "Angel Eyes."

What I like about this group is, whether these five talented band members releases single projects or come together as Big Bang. They have a knack for giving us hit after hit. I respect them for that. If you don't believe me, click on some of the links throughout the article. Majority of them are linked  to Big Bang Music Videos. Let me get you started below with GD X Taeyang Good Boy and the Music Video, "Fantastic Baby" that has over 143,000,000 million YouTube views. I also included, Shinee's "Obsession" Live and Super Junior's "It's You"

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                                                     GD/Taeyang (Good Boy)

                                                     Big Bang (Fantastic Baby)

                                                Shinee (Obsession Live)

                                                  Super Junior (It's You)


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