G Dragon

Kwon Ji-yong( Hangul : 권지용); born August 18, 1988),better known by his stage nameG-Dragon, is a South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer and fashion icon. After 6 years as a trainee under the record label YG Entertainment , G-Dragon officially debuted as a member of the South 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 "Day by Day."His debut solo album,Heartbreaker(2009), yielded the number-one single of the same name and would go 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. 2012 saw the release of his first EPOne of a Kind, which yielded hit singles "One of a Kind", "Crayon", and "That XX." The album was critically acclaimed, earning Record of the Year at the 22nd Seoul Music Awards . His second full album in four years,Coup D'Etat(2013) matched the success of his previous work, and he won Artist 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 .G-Dragon became the second member of Big Bang to make a solo debut in Japan after his bandmate Daesung 's solo concert tour. He embarked on his second worldwide tour as a solo artist, which included a four-dome tour in Japan.

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G-Dragon at MTV Fast Forward, Thailand

1988–2009: Early life and debut with Big Bang[edit]

Main article: Big Bang (South Korean band)

He was a trainee under the record label for five years (from 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 him 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 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 Young-bae (who chose the stage-name Taeyang ) and three other members ( T.O.P , Daesung , & Seungri ).

Alwaysin 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 EPs 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—2011: Solo career development,Heartbreaker, andGD & TOP[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 album "'Rush'." In May 2009, he collaborated with the Japanese boy band W-inds. for their single, " Rain Is Fallin'/Hybrid Dream ."

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.

G-Dragon performing with T.O.P. in 2011

All three singles preceded the release of the album. The singles attained commercial successes: "High High" was number one on several music programswhile "Oh Yeah" peaked at number two on the Gaon Digital Chart.The album was released on Christmas Eve, and debuted at number one on the Gaon Chart[citation needed]with pre-orders of 200,000 copies,eventually topping 130,000 copies sold.

With a collaboration with Park Myung Soo , and Mr. Potato 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.

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 .

2012—2013:One of a Kind,world tour, andCoup D'Etat[edit]

G-Dragon performing on Alive Galaxy Tour in September 2012

was released in digital and physical format several days apart in September.The album was received positively, placing first on the Billboard World Album Chart and entering the Billboard 200 Chart at 161 for the week.At of the end of 2012, the album netted in over 200,000 copies, making it the highest selling solo album in Korea since the release of hisHeartbreakerin 2009. For his effort, he won the 'Best Male Solo Artist' award at the 14th Mnet Asian Music Awards and late Record of the Year award forOne of a Kindat the 22nd Seoul Music Awards .

GaonSingles Charts with "Who You?" being number one.The music video for "Coup D'Etat" was released on YouTube on September 1 while the music video for "Crooked" was released shortly after, on September 4. The success ofCoup D'étatlead to G-Dragon winning a total of four awards at the 15th Mnet Asian Music Awards : Best Male Solo Artist, Best Music Video for "Coup D'etat", Best Dance Performance for "Crooked", and the highest award, Artist of The Year.He later took home the World's Best Entertainer and World's Best Album at the World Music Awards .

He also worked with Skrillex on the song "Dirty Vibe" for the albumRecess.

2014–present: Touring, collaborations and contemporary art[edit]

G-Dragon became a face of Airbnb for Asia in 2015

The single had 1.1 million downloads in South Korea. On December 15 G-Dragon released another collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo , featuring his label mate CL . The single charted at number 19 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs .On September 2014, G-Dragon partnered up with Chow Tai Fook (周大福) jewelry, and launched a new collection designed by himself.

The show was held on Seoul, South Korea from June 6 and ran through August 23, and will travel to Shanghai and Singapore.He also became the face of Airbnb in the Asian market in August 2015.

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 G Dragon's Image and artistry

Public image[edit]

G-Dragon in stage outfit for Big Bang'sAlivetour in 2012

International Business Timeswhile Taylor Glasby from the British MagazineDazed and Confusedcharacterized GD's style as "fluid and far-reaching," calling him a "natural style chameleon."

TV personality Kim Jun Hee, when speaking at the Fashion N's "Follow Me Season 2", spoke of her admiration for the artist, stating how "[n]ot only does G-Dragon have a great taste in fashion, but he can write and compose music like a genius."Canadian singer Grimes also stated that K-pop has influenced her musical style "more visually than anything else,"in particular G-Dragon.

while in 2015, was picked as one of Business of Fashion's "500 Global Fashion Leaders," making him 1 of 5 Koreans on the list, and the only K-Pop act to have made the cut.In 2016, G-Dragon was chosen as one of the top 10 most influential celebrities in China by Chinese media outlet Sina, he become the first international artist to be placed within the top 10 of Sina'sMost Influential Starsrankings.

Musical style, lyrics and composition[edit]

"Haru Haru" (2008)
was composed by G-Dragon

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During the early days of Big Bang's career, the band was marketed predominately as a hip-hop group, though they went on to experiment with electronic music and setting it as the new music trend in Korea.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.Aside from producing songs for his own band, G-Dragon has also produces for other artists, including bandmates Taeyangand Seungri, and iKon

The Korea Music Copyright Association lists at least 147 songs under G-Dragon's nameand in 2015, G-Dragon's annual earnings from song royalties was estimated to be over $700,000 a year.He is the highest paid touring singer-songwriter in Korea, as while as the only performer to be mentioned on a list of South Korean composers earning the most from songwriting royalties in 2012 and the youngest on the list.

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The South Korean indie band Hyukoh was the first artist to play at the café in September 2015.

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 G Dragon's Filmography

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2007 Come to Play MBC Guest
Miraculous Victory and Defeat SBS Guest with Seungri, episode 5
2008 Miraculous Victory and Defeat SBS Guest with Daesung, episode 8-10
Come to Play MBC Guest with T.O.P,episode 194
Family Outing SBS Guest withShin Sung-rok, episode 07-08
2009 Strong Heart SBS Guest withSeungri, episode 1
2010 You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook KBS2 withTaeyang, episode 58
2011 Star Date KBS Guest with T.O.P
Night After Night SBS Guest with T.O.P, episode 9
Kim Jung Eun's Chocolate SBS Guest with T.O.P, episode 130
Strong Heart SBS Guest withSeungri, episode 65-66
Infinite Challenge MBC Partner withPark Myeong-su, episode 247-249, 253-256
2012 Healing Camp, Aren't You Happy SBS Guest withBIGBANG, episode 31
Running Man SBS Guest with Big Bang, episode 84-85
Jung Jae-hyung & Lee Hyori's You and I SBS Guest with Big Bang, episode 3
Strong Heart SBS YG family special, episode 123-124
Go Show SBS Guest withBIGBANG, episode 3
"One of a Kind" Live Countdown Naver Special Guest
Infinite Challenge MBC Guest, episode 347-348
2013 Thank You SBS Guest, episode 3-4
Hwasin: Controller of the Heart SBS Guest withDaesung, episode 6
Running Man SBS Guest withDaesungandSeungri, episode 163
Ask in a Box: Coup D'etat 1theK Guest, episode 37
Infinite Challenge MBC Partner withJeong Hyeong-don, episode 346, 349, 351-354
Weekly Idol MBC Guest, episode 125-126
2014 The Return of Superman KBS2 Haru meets Bigbang members, episode 16
You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook KBS2 Guest with Jang Pilsoon, M.I.B, Colla Voice, episode 202
The Return of Superman KBS2 Guest with Bigbang, episode 28-29
2015 Happy Together KBS2 Guest with Big Bang, episode 398
You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook KBS2 Guest with Big Bang, episode 276
Running Man SBS Guest with Big Bang, episode 250
Infinite Challenge MBC Guest with Taeyang, episode 435-440, 442
Please Take Care of My Refrigerator JTBC Guest with Taeyang, episode 43
The Return of Superman KBS2 Visited Sarang's House, episode 97-98
2016 Devil's runway OnStyle Guest, episode 03

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Main article: List of awards and nominations received by G-Dragon
See also: List of awards and nominations received by Big Bang

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