Big Bang

빅뱅

Big Bang( Hangul : 빅뱅) is a South Korean boy band formed by YG Entertainment . With members G-Dragon , T.O.P , Taeyang , Daesung , and Seungri , they are often cited as one of the most influential acts to shape the K-pop industry by helping spread the Korean Wave internationally and dubbed as the " Kings of K-pop " by the media.Their experimental and diverse use of music genres, personal involvement in producing their own records,and stage performances have been admired by music critics and served as influence to numerous K-pop and international artists.Despite their debut album,Bigbang Vol.1(2006), receiving lukewarm reception, success followed with a string of notable hits credited to the quintet, including " Lies " ( Korean :거짓말), which topped major Korean music charts for a record-breaking six consecutive weeksand won Song of the Year at the 2007 Mnet Km Music Festival and the 2008 Seoul Music Awards ;" Last Farewell " (Korean:마지막 인사); " Day by Day " (Korean:하루하루); and " Sunset Glow " (Korean:붉은노을). After receiving the Artist of the Year award from the 2008 Mnet Korean Music Festival and the 2008 Seoul Music Awards, the group expanded their endeavors to Japan, releasing four studio albums,Big Bang(2009),Big Bang 2(2011),Alive(2012), andMade Series(2016), which are all certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan .After a two-year hiatus in South Korea, the quintet produced increasingly innovative and critically acclaimed recordings. Their fourth EP ,Tonight(2011), lead to their emergence as the inaugural Best Worldwide Act winner at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards .Their fifth EP,Alive(2012), became the first Korean album to chart on theBillboard200 . Their widely acclaimed third album,Made(2016), was preceded by several chart-topping singles, winning the group their third Artist of the Year award at the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards and their first at the 2015 Melon Music Awards . The supporting world tour gathered 1.5 million people in attendance, making it the most attended concert tour headlined by a Korean act in history.Big Bang has a record of 18 number-one songs that have collectively remained atop South Korean's biggest online music service Melon for 51 weeks, more than any other act.Forbes Korearanked them as one of the most powerful celebrities in South Korea in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016. They were also the first Korean artists to enterForbes'Celebrity 100 and the 30 under 30 list of most influential musicians in the world, in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

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 Big Bang's History

2000–2006: Formation and debut

The original lineup consisted of six members: the aforementioned ones along with Daesung and Hyun-seung , who were both auditioned in. Their formation was documented on television; prior to their official debut, Hyun-seung was dropped.The Internet broadcast of the documentary exceeded one million views.

The second single, " BigBang Is V.I.P ," was released in September, eventually topping 32,000 copies sold.Their last single, " Bigbang 03 ," followed, with final sales nearing 40,000 copies.The quintet received the award of New Artist of the Month for October in the 2006 Cyworld Digital Music Awards .In December, the group held their first concert, The Real, at Olympic Gymnastics Arena for 12,000 fans.The release of their debut album,BigBang Vol. 1 – Since 2007(2006) followed. Debuting at no. 3, the album went on to sell over 110,000 copies.

2007–2008: Breakthrough success and Japanese debut

Big Bang at MTV Fast Forward, Thailand, December 2007

The EP also saw the introduction of electronic music for Big Bang. Receptions were fairly positive, most notably in regards to "Lies," which critics described as "through the roof."Released as the lead single, it became their first number one hit and the album sold over 120,000 copies.Topping music charts for six weeks,"Lies" went to become the first song to win the Song of the Month award from the Cyworld Digital Music Awards for two consecutive months, as well as gathering the highest monthly sales in Cyworld's history, with over 200,000 copies sold in September.

The digital success leadHot Issue's sales to be moved over 120,000 copies total in South Korea.They also staged their Big Bang is Great concert, with tickets selling out in 10 minutes.

The group earned a total of ₩ 12 billion ( $ 11.5 million) by year's end.

Stand Upexceeded the 200,000 mark in sales." Day by Day ," the lead single, topped several online charts and held the number one position for seven consecutive weeks.It also became one of the most successful singles of all-time in South Korea , selling over five million digital downloads in South Korea alone. The EP also included the top-five song "Heaven," (Korean:천국; Revised Romanization:Cheonguk) the top-ten "Oh My Friend," and the top-twenty "A Good Man" (Korean: 착한 사람; Revised Romanization:Chaghan Salam) and "Lady."

Big Bang received their second Artist of the Year Award from the 2008 Mnet Asian Music Awards.At the end of 2008, it was reported that Big Bang earned a total of ₩ 36 billion ( $ 34.5 million).

2009–2011: Solo endeavors, Japanese activities, and commercial success

.""My Heaven," a Japanese re-recording of their Korean single "Heaven" fromStand Up ,debuted at number three on the Oricon Music Chart."Gara Gara Go!" charted at the fifth spotand the album itself peaked at number three.

winning Song of the Year at the 52nd Japan Record Awards .Two promotional singles were also released in their homecountry: the number one song "Lollipop Part 2" to once again promote LG Cyon 's Lollipop phone,and "Shout of the Reds" featuring the Korean rock band Transfixion and figure skater Kim Yuna in support of the 2010 World Cup .For most of the year, members individually promoted their own work,including the introduction of the sub-unit GD & TOP with their collaboration album .Big Bang also won several notable awards, including the Best 5 New Artists award from the 24th Japan Gold Disc Awardsas well as the Best New Artist award.Near the end of May, the group received the awards for Best Pop Video and Best New Artist from the MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2010 .

Its lead-single of the same name became a chart-topper on the Gaon Digital Chart , while four other album tracks peaked within the top 10, including the number-two "Café" and the number four "What is Right?".After promotions forTonightwas finished, Big Bang released a special edition album with two new tracks: the chart-topper " Love Song " and the top 3 "Stupid Liar".Their third Japanese tour, Love and Hope , kicked off in May in support of the album. All performances were sold out, and a total of 100,000 fans attended the tour.

This was followed by a release of their third Greatest Hits albumThe Best of Big Bang(2011) on December 14, which contained a Japanese version of "Day by Day". The album topped the Oricon Daily chart on its first day of release and went on to sell over 14,000 copies in the first week. It was reported that Big Bang earned ₩78 billion (USD$69.4 million) in 2011 even though they had just promoted for half a year. The earnings included Big Bang's revenue concert for SBS 's Big Bang Show, their 2011 Big Show Concert and their Love and Hope Tour in Japan.

2012–2014: International recognition, first world tour, and hiatus

Big Bang performing in 2012

Buoyed by the singles, the EP was a commercial success, selling in excess of 200,000 copies after one month.Internationally, Big Bang obtained five spots out of the top-ten onBillboardK-pop's Hot 100 and charted at no. 150 onBillboard200, making them the first Korean artist with a Korean album to do so.Their popularity also boosted them onto theBillboardSocial 50, entering at number twenty-four. They later received recognition from notable sites such asTimemagazine,and a photo of the group was featured on the Grammy Awards homepage.

The quintet also performed at three Japanese dome venues for the first time, becoming the first Korean artist to perform at all three of these venues during its tour.The group concluded the tour with concerts in Osaka in mid-January along with a three night stint at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul later that month.

Japanese promotions began with a performance at 2012's Springroove Festival alongside top American and Japanese hip hop artists. Big Bang was the first Korean act to be invited along with label-mates 2NE1 .Following the success of their comeback, Big Bang released a special edition album titledStill Aliveon June 3. It featured four new tracks including two new Korean tracks of which their lead single was titled " Monster ," as well as Korean remakes of the two additional tracks in the Japanese version ofAlive. The album sold over 100,000 copies in its first month of release.A specialMonsteredition of their JapaneseAlivealbum was also released on June 20, following its Korean counterpart.

They also received the Best Fan category award at the Italian TRL Awards .After promotional activities wrapped up, the members pursued individual activities for the majority of 2013 and 2014.

By the end of 2014, Big Bang was the Korean artist that attracted the most concertgoers in Japan for the year and the second act overall.

2015–2016: Critical acclaim, second world tour and 10th anniversary

Big Bang performing in Dalian , China during their Made World Tour in 2015

The following month saw the release ofA, which included " Bang Bang Bang " (Korean:뱅뱅뱅) and " We Like 2 Party ," that also went on to occupy the number one and two positions onBillboard's World Digital Chart."Bang Bang Bang" won Song of the Year at the 17th Mnet Asian Music Awards ,and was the best-performing single of 2015 in South Korea according to the Gaon Digital Chart .Dwas released in July and included " Sober " (Korean: 맨정신; Revised Romanization:Maenjeongsin) and " If You ." "If You" landed onBillboard's World Digital Chart at number two and topped the Gaon Digital Chart , while "Sober" charted at number two in their home country.The consecutive monthly releases concluded withEin August, with the songs " Zutter ," (Korean: 쩔어; Revised Romanization:jjeoreo) featuring the sub-unit of GD & TOP , and " Let's Not Fall In Love "(Korean: 우리 사랑하지 말아요; Revised Romanization:Uri Saranghaji Marayo). The latter peaked at number one on the Gaon Digital Chart and onBillboard's World Digital Songs chart.

In April and May, they toured Japan for their Fantastic Babys Tour, meeting 280,000 fans.

The band also held an art exhibition, titledA TO Z, to showcase the history of the group as well as to celebrate a decade with their fans. The exhibition ran from August 5 to October 30 at the S-Factory in Seoul.The exhibition travelled to Taipei , Taiwan from June 24 to August 22 in 2017.

sold over 1 million digital copies on QQ Music , Kugou , and Kuwo, China's three major music platforms in a day.The album debuted at No. 172 on the United StatesBillboard200 with 6,000 equivalent album units, 4,000 of which were in traditional album sales, earning the band their second entry on the chart. They also debuted at no. 1 on the World Albums chart and the Heatseekers Albums chart.In their home country, South Korea, the physical version of the album topped the Gaon Albums chart .Two final concerts were held at Gocheok Sky Dome in January, 2017to wrap up their 10th anniversary tour andMade's promotional activities.

2017–2018: Touring and military service

Two final shows of the tour were also held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on December 30 and 31.

and Daesung on March 13.Seungri is set to enlist in the second half of 2018.

Billboard's World Digital Songs Chart,and the Gaon Digital Chart , where the song recorded the highest digital index of the year thus far.

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 Big Bang's Artistry

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Similarly, Seungri's first solo from the same album, "Next Day" (Korean: 다음날, Revised Romanization:Daeum Nal), was stated to have an "intense ‘90s Usher vibes."

(2012) was noted for showcasing the group's voice instead of their usual autotune, being described as having "a mature kind of intensity,"with " Blue " being distinguished for including "more interesting electronic samples and production techniques"and " Bad Boy " described as having a "nostalgic" sentiment,being called a "perfect pop song," that "transcends language."Their song " Monster " was praised for its use of the piano and orchestra soundand the composition for "Bingle Bingle" (Korean: 빙글빙글; Revised Romanization:Binggeul Binggeul) was noted for being electronic and retro, similar to the work of Katy Perry and Daft Punk .

In " Let's Not Fall in Love ," Big Bang was complimented for being at "their most tender," with the song being described as having a "lush production that evokes a range of emotions."" Girlfriend " was a "mellow hip-hop throwback to the group’s early days."

said that "[e]ach of the five members has his own individual look, and their musical range is equally eclectic, covering R&B, hip-hop, house, electro and pop."Additionally, they have been described as "artistic superheroes" for showing "versatility and success in whatever they do" by rivaling companies.Their continued experimentation with a diverse range of musical styles and their distinct personalities have been highlighted as some of the main reasons for their popularity and longevity.The Chosun Ilboexplained their "strong lead among idol groups" as a result of the quality of their music, noting that "whenever Big Bang promotes new songs, they want to introduce something new and tell us new stories."Internationally, Big Bang is often referred to as a "K-pop" group, a label which they do not appreciate,with G-Dragon commenting that, "We are Korean, so obviously they call our music K-pop. But we never thought of our music as K-pop. Our music is just our music." In addition, T.O.P noted that "[y]ou don’t divide pop music by who's doing it. We don't say, for instance, 'white pop' when white people make music."

Songwriting and themes

having a role in producing almost their entire discography spanning ten years, and credited as the main songwriter for the group's earlier hits such as " Lies ," " Last Farewell ", and " Day by Day ". G-Dragon, T.O.P, and Taeyang also collaboratively wrote "Last Dance", with G-Dragon co-producing the song.

while "Last Dance" is an ode to the band’s time together.

A writer for Yahoo! Japan complimented the group for their involvement in their work, stating that "perhaps by contributing to their own materials, not only do they become in sync with one another, but each person's personality stands out."

Stage

Big Bang performing at their Big Show concert in 2011

The choreography for "Last Farewell", in which the group incorporates the idea of "jump roping" as a dance move, also gained attention.The dance for " Bang Bang Bang ," choreographed by Parris Goebel , was one of the most popular dances in 2015.

Their use of props during performances – including "an abundance of pyrotechnics, streamers[,] confetti,"LED lights,fog ,as well as digitalized "fire-breathing dragons and a rotor-spinning helicopter"– have been well received by critics.

They were ranked second on theNew York Timeslist of best concerts in 2012 for their Alive Tour at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey .In March 2012, Krista Mahr,Timemagazine's South Asia correspondent, wrote an article about her first K-Pop concert at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, describing the group as "K-pop gods" for their stage presence.Their Made World Tour in 2015 was a critical and commercial success, with theLos Angeles Timescalling their Anaheim concert an "incredibly significant moment for K-Pop," praising the diversity of their songs and performances, noting how the concert "escalated the craft of live K-Pop — which sometimes doesn’t live up to the overwhelming enthusiasm of its fans — into a sleeker and more adventurous kind of arena spectacular."Including the group in their list of Best Concerts of the Year for the second time,The New York Timesnoted how the "electric, sleek and dizzyingly busy concert by one of South Korea's most vital K-pop acts made even its biggest American counterparts look like rank amateurs."

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Jacques Peterson fromThe Sydney Morning Heraldcredited their success for giving a “idiosyncratic twist” on their genre that breaks the mould of the idol group formula.Suk Park, the president of DramaFever , has hailed them as the vanguard of K-pop.The Michigan Dailyhave described Big Bang as a rare group that "both innovates and defines the direction a genre takes," affirming that the group and its solo acts "have left a musical imprint that has affected the global music market."Mark James Russell, an entertainment journalist based in Seoul, praised the group for defying categorization, stating how "[o]f all the mainstream acts, they’re doing the most to push boundaries of what is considered K-pop."Anna Fifield fromThe Washington Postclaimed that they "have defined and redefined South Korean pop music. They've defied the idea that so-called K-Pop is inevitably sugarcoated and factory-produced, and that boy bands are all about pretty faces and lip-synching."Los Angeles Timespraised their constant re-imagination of sound and image, calling Big Bang as "one of the most inventive, aesthetically visionary acts in its genre."In an article published for the quintet's tenth anniversary,Billboardstated that "no act has enthralled the Korean music world in the past decade quite like Big Bang"later adding that they have "shaped the Korean music industry" and were enabled to "surpass international boundaries and shirk off the limitations of K-pop's youth-focused industry."

Dong-a Ilbo 'ssurvey of both the Korean public and music critics.Additionally, they were the highest ranking musicians inJoongAng Ilbo 's"Most Powerful Figures In Korean Entertainment" list, placing at number four.In 2017, they became the first Korean artists to be included onForbes30 Under 30 list of musicians revolutionizing the modern music industry.Songs released by the group, such as "Lies" and "Fantastic Baby" are considered some of K-pop's biggests hits and most iconic songs ever.In their list of "The 21 Greatest K-Pop Songs of All Time,"Spinmagazine lists "Bad Boy" at number thirteen and the song " High High " by the duo GD & TOP at number seven."Fantastic Baby" ranked at number twenty-two inRolling Stonemagazine's "50 Greatest Boy Band Songs of All Time" list.Additionally, "Fantastic Baby" placed second and "Love Song" thirteenth inStereogum 's list of "Best K-pop Videos.""Lies" was also chosen as the "Song of the Decade" by Mnet 'sM! Countdownin 2014,and voted as the "Top Male Idol Song in the Past 20 Years" inDong-a Ilbo 'ssurvey of both the Korean public and music experts, that also ranked "Bae Bae", "Fantastic Baby" and "Day by Day" at fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

Big Bang performing on their Alive Tour in September 2012

iKon ,Black Pink ,Sơn Tùng M-TPand Grimes .The Chinese boy band OkBang was specifically fashioned after Big Bang and was stated to have "many similarities to Big Bang in terms of musical style, wardrobe and hairstyles."Filipino singer-actress Glaiza de Castro draws inspirations from Big Bang and their stage presence when performing original Pilipino music and acting.Rapper BewhY , the winner ofShow Me the Money 5, revealed he started rapping after listening to Big Bang,while IU started gaining popularity after covering the quintet.

Vogue Korea's exhibition in Seoul marking 100 years of the country's fashion history.While the quintet have established themselves as fashion icons, being named one of the most stylish boy bands of all time by western media,they have been criticized for appropriating hip-hop culture, specifically their use of clothes, color coordination, and hairstyles.

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 Big Bang's Achievements

They have won three World Music Awards , including Video of the Year for "Fantastic Baby".Big Bang became the first and only Korean act to win an award at the MTV Italian Music Awards when they took home the Best Artist from the World award in 2016.The quintet has been honored with the award for Most Influential Group in Asia at the 5th Gaon Chart K-Pop Awardsand with a Special Achievement award at the 58th Japan Record Awards .

They also became the first act to top the Gaon Digital Chart for four consecutive months.Their third albumMade(2016), was certified Diamond by the Chinese music service QQ Musicand became one of the best-selling albums of all time in China . In 2016, "Lies" and "Day by Day" were revealed to be, respectively, the second and the fifth most downloaded songs in South Korea since 2006.They are YouTube's most watched Asian group,with over four billion combined views.The music video for "Fantastic Baby" became the first by a K-pop group to surpass 200 and 300 million views on YouTube.They also became the first Korean act to have nine music videos with over 100 million YouTube hits under their belt.

Big Bang's tenth anniversary concert at Seoul World Cup Stadium on August 20, 2016 was attended by 65,000 people

the largest tour in China by any Korean act,and the biggest K-pop concert staged in Canada.Behind the scenes footage from the tour was documented in their first film,Big Bang Made, which became the most viewed music documentary in Korea.Their tenth anniversary concert held at Seoul World Cup Stadium gathered 65,000 people in attendance which was the biggest audience ever for a single headlining act in South Korea.With their Last Dance Tour in 2017, Big Bang broke their own record of being the first foreign act to hold a Japanese dome tour for five consecutive years.

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 Big Bang's Discography

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 Big Bang's Filmography

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 Big Bang's Publications

  • Shouting out to the World!, 쌤앤파커스 (28 January 2009) ISBN   8992647603

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 Big Bang's Tours

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 Big Bang's See_also

  • List of best-selling singles
  • List of best-selling boybands
  • Honorific nicknames in popular music

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 Big Bang's References

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