Kwon Ji Yong( Korean : 권지용; born August 18, 1988), better known by his stage nameG-Dragon( Korean : 지드래곤), is a South Korean rapper, singer, songwriter, dancer, lyricist, producer, model, endorser and fashion icon.At the age of eight he was under contract at SM Entertainment , but he decided to change record labels. After 6 years as a trainee under the record label YG Entertainment , G-Dragon officially debuted as the leader and one of two rappers for the Korean group Big Bang . G-Dragon has been involved with writing, composing, and producing many of Big Bang's hit tracks, including "Lies", "Last Farewell", and "Haru Haru".He released his debut solo album,Heartbreaker(2009), which yielded the number-one single of the same name . The album went on to become one of the most successful albums of the year, garnering sales of over 200,000 copies and winning the Mnet Asian Music Awards for Album of the Year .Heartbreakeralso sparked major controversies for the artist, including accusations of plagiarism. After almost a year of hiatus, G-Dragon and bandmate, T.O.P collaborated to record and release the albumGD & TOP(2010). The album saw the release of three singles: "High High," "Oh Yeah," and "Knock Out," all of which have charted within the top three positions of the Gaon chart, with "High High" becoming a chart-topper. In 2012, G-Dragon released his second solo album, " One of a Kind ," with hit singles "One of a Kind," "Crayon," and "That XX." Recently in 2013, he released his second full album in four yearsCoup D'Etat.G-Dragon's influence extends beyond the music industry. He has shaped major trends in South Korea . His tight control over his image and artistry have won him praise. His continuous contribution to fashion, his lyrical contents, and his composition have garnered him awards. He is the only man selected as one of the "50 Reasons Why Seoul is the Best City" by CNN .On April 2013, G-Dragon released a new song, '미치GO', through messaging app LINE . G-Dragon became the second member of Big Bang to make a solo debut in Japan after his bandmate Daesung's solo concert tour in February. G-Dragon embarked on his first worldwide tour as a solo artist, which included a four-dome tour in Japan.As of September 2013, he is promoting his albumCoup D'Etat.

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 G-Dragon's Career

1988–2009: Early life and debut with Big Bangedit source|edit

He was a trainee under the record label for five years (8-13 years old), specializing in dance before he left as he was unclear about what he wanted to do.

Kwon caught the interest of Sean of the hip-hop duo Jinusean from YG Entertainment , who later recommended him to CEO Yang Hyun Suk . After signing a contract with the record label. Kwon spent the first year cleaning the studio for the other artists in the record label and fetching them water bottles during dance practice.He and another trainee Dong Young-bae, originally planned to debut as the hip-hop duo GDYB, with Kwon choosing the stage name of G-Dragon ("Ji" is pronounced like "G", and Yong is Korean for Dragon).After six years of training, Kwon made several featured appearances on other artists' albums and even released several singles with Dong Young-bae under the name "GDYB". G-Dragon made his official debut as the leader of the group Big Bang in 2006, after six years of training under YG Entertainment, with Dong Youngbae (who chose the stage-name Taeyang ) and three other members.

in 2007, G-Dragon began to involve himself more with the production of their albums.Alwaysfeatured several songs composed by him, including the lead-single "Lies" (Korean: 거짓말; Revised Romanization :Geojitmal), which became the group's first number-one hit. Their following mini-albums followed its predecessor's footsteps:Hot Issueyielded "Last Farewell" (Korean: 마지막 인사; Revised Romanization:Majimak Insa) whileStand Upspawned "Day by Day" (Korean: 하루하루; Revised Romanization:Haru Haru); both singles, which were composed by him were chart-toppers.

2009–present: Solo, career development, World Tour, Japanese Debut and 2nd album "Coup d'etat"edit source|edit

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), titled as the "Only Look At Me Part 2" to the song. The single was released digitally. Along with Taeyang and T.O.P. , G-Dragon was featured on singer Lexy 's song "Super Fly" for her albumRush. In May 2009, he collaborated with the Japanese boy band W-inds. for their single, " Rain Is Fallin'/Hybrid Dream ."

However, EMI , the record label that distributed "Right Round" said that they saw no similarities between these two songs.On March 6, 2010, YG Entertainment announced that they personally contacted Flo Rida 's representatives requesting that he feature in G-Dragon's live album,Shine a Light, to which Flo Rida accepted.In support of his album, G-Dragon staged his first solo concert at the Olympic Park in December 2009. Entitled Shine a Light, the name of the concert was derived from the lyrics to his song " A Boy ".The concert subsequently sparked controversy following complaints of obscenityand suggestive content.The Korean Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family Affairs later asked the government prosecutors to investigate if G-Dragon or YG Entertainment violated laws on obscene performances in his concert.He was found innocent and was cleared of all charges on March 15, 2010.

while "Oh Yeah" and "Knock Out" both peaked at number two and number three respectively.The album was released on Christmas Eve , and debuted at number one on the Gaon Chartwith pre-orders of 200,000 copies.,eventually topping 130,000 copies sold.

With a collaboration with Park Myung Soo , they created a duo called GG for the Infinite Challenge Seohae Ahn Highway Song Festival 2011. They released their song 'Fired Up(바람났어)' featuring Park Bom from 2NE1 on June 2, 2011, which became an 'All Kill' on various Korean music charts.

Upon release, the album was an immediate success in South Korea. All of the tracks occupied the top positions on all major music charts.The album also places first on the Billboard World Album Chart and entered the Billboard 200 Chart at 161 for the week.As of the end of 2012, the album has sold over 200,000 copies, making it the highest selling solo album in Korea since the release of Heartbreaker in 2009, also by G-Dragon.

On November 30, 2012, he won asBest Male Solo Artistat the 14th Mnet Asian Music Awards . On January 31, 2013, he also wonRecord of the Yearaward for "One Of A Kind" at the 22nd Seoul Music Awards .

In January 2013, he was the first Korean solo Artist to embark 4 dome tour in Japan (When before replace the 3 dome tour in March) and the 1st Solo World Tour. As the beginning, the first run in Seoul starts on March 30, 2013. Japan shows started in April, and more cities were added on later dates as they were confirmed. This tour is known as G-Dragon 2013 1st World Tour .

His newest album is titled "Coup D'état". It was released in 2 parts online, on September 2nd and September 5th, with the full album being released September 13 featuring 2 songs that will be album only. Coup d'Etat featured collaborations with a star-studded list of artists and producers which included Missy Elliot , Diplo , Baauer , Boys Noize , Sky Ferreira , Siriusmo , Zion T., Lydia Paek, and label-mate Jennie Kim. G-Dragon and Missy Elliot performed their song "Niliria" at the KCON 2013 in LA.

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 G-Dragon's Image and artistry

Public Imageedit source|edit

G-Dragon's fashion is a trend setter in South Korea

magazine .Fashion icon Kang Dong Won has also acknowledged G-Dragon's influences, calling him a "fashionista."

Additionally, his constant sporting of triangular scarves became a trend among teenagers and were later nicknamed the "Big Bang scarves."

Marijuana Scandaledit source|edit

He was the only one at the party who was later tipped off to Korean authorities. He confessed that he smoked the cigarette that was offered to him, but after realizing it was not a normal cigarette, he threw it away.

Because he was not charged, he did not lose any endorsers and later made his first public appearance after the scandal at the 2011 MTV EMAs with his group Big Bang .

Musical style, lyrics and compositionedit source|edit

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From previous exposure to a range of genres with Big Bang, G-Dragon incorporated a mix of dance , hip-hop, and R&B songs intoHeartbreaker.During the production for the collaboration albumGD & TOP, G-dragon opted for a more hip-hop sound, though he does acknowledge that R&B, acoustic , and electronic music heavily influenced it.

Prior to his establishment as a solo artist, he was also involved with the production of Big Bang's albums, writing and composing majority of their songs.

The rapper also toppedForbeslisting of "Most Hardworking Idol",and made into its list "Korea 2030 Power Leaders."

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 G-Dragon's Discography

Studio albums
Digital Singles
  • Look Only at Me, Part 2(2008)
  • Michi Go(2013)
Collaboration albums
Live albums
  • Shine a Light(2010)

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 G-Dragon's Filmography

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Music videosedit source|

YearMusic videoLengthAlbumOfficial MV onYouTubeNote
2001 "G-Dragon" a.k.a "My Age is 13" 4:16 2001 Korea HipHopFlex
Perry - "Storm" 3:20 Perry's 1st albumPerry By Storm Feat. G-Dragon, Masta Wu, Sean
2002 YG Family-Hip Hop Gentlemen 4:24YG Family's 2nd Album "YG Family 2" YGEntertainment
YG Family- "YMCA Baseball Team" 3:47 YGEntertainment
YG Family- "Get Ready" 4:07 He makes an appearance, not singing
2003 1TYM- "Hot" 4:16 1TYM's 4th albumOnce N 4 All YGEntertainment He makes an appearance, not singing
2004 Jinusean- "Telephone number" 3:36 Jinusean's 4th albumNorabose YGEntertainment He makes an appearance, not singing
2009 W-Inds.- "RAIN IS FALLIN'" 3:59 W-Inds.'s 26th single "Rain Is Fallin'/Hybrid Dream"
2NE1- "Fire" (Street Ver.) 3:48 2NE11ST MINI ALBUM YGEntertainment Trolling Dancer behind Minzy
Seungri- "Strong Baby" 3:53 Seungri2nd albumRemember BIGBANG
"Heartbreaker" 3:511st albumHeartbreaker YGEntertainment
"Breathe" 3:41 YGEntertainment
"She's Gone" 3:14
"Butterfly" 3:47 YGEntertainment
"A Boy" 3:42 YGEntertainment
2010 "Gmarket Party!" 2:48 Gmarket CM SONG GmarketZone Non-Album Release
Taeyang- "I Need A Girl" 5:54 Taeyang1st albumSolar YGEntertainment with appearance ofSandara Park
2012 Se7en- "When I Can't Sing" 4:21 Se7enNEW MINI ALBUM OfficialSe7en He makes an appearance, not singing
"One Of A Kind" 3:291st miniOne of a Kind BIGBANG
"That XX" 3:35 BIGBANG Featured Jennie Kim
"Crayon" 3:45 BIGBANG
2013 "미치GO (Michi GO)" 3:442nd albumCoup D'Etat BIGBANG
"CL- The Baddest Female" 4:03 2NE1 He makes an appearance, not singing
"Coup D'etat" 3:212nd albumCoup D'Etat BIGBANG
"삐딱하게 (Crooked" 3:21 BIGBANG
"니가 뭔데 (Who You?)" TBA Upcoming
"R.O.D" TBA Upcoming

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 G-Dragon's Awards

Music Chart Winsedit source|edit

SBS's Inkigayoedit source|edit

2009September 06"Heartbreaker"
2009September 13"Heartbreaker"
2009September 20"Heartbreaker"
2011January 09"High High (Feat T.O.P)"
2013September 09"Coup D'etat"

Mnet's M! Countdownedit source|edit

2009September 10"Heartbreaker"
2009September 17"Heartbreaker"
2009September 24"Heartbreaker"
2010December 30"Oh Yeah (Feat T.O.P)"
2011January 06"High High (Feat T.O.P)"
2012September 27"Crayon"
2012October 04"Crayon"
2012October 11"Crayon"
2013September 12"Black"

KBS's Music Bankedit source|edit

2009August 28"Heartbreaker"
2009September 04"Heartbreaker"
2009September 11"Heartbreaker"
2009September 18"Heartbreaker"
2009September 25"Heartbreaker"

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