Dong Young-bae( Hangul : 동영배; born 18 May 1988),better known by his stage nameTaeyang(meaningsunin Korean) andSOL(when performing in Japan), is a South Korean singer. After appearing in Jinusean 's music video "A-yo," Taeyang began training under YG Entertainment at the age of 12. Six years later, he made his debut in 2006 as a member of the South Korean boy band Big Bang . While the quintet's debut was met with lukewarm receptions, their follow-ups cemented their popularity, becoming one of the best-selling digital group of all-time in Asia and one of the best-selling boy bands in the world.Following the release of several albums and extended plays with his group, Taeyang pursued a solo career in 2008, releasing his first extended play ,Hot. The EP was acclaimed by critics, and went to win the award for Best R&B & Soul Album at the 6th Korean Music Awards .Hotwas followed by his first full-length studio album,Solar(2010), that garnered sales of over 100,000 copies. His second studio album,Rise(2014), peaked at number 112 on the USBillboard200 , becoming the highest ranking album by a Korean soloist in the chart,while its lead single, " Eyes, Nose, Lips ", peaked at number one on theBillboardK-pop Hot 100 , giving him his first solo chart-topper on that chart."Eyes, Nose, Lips" was awarded Song of the Year at the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards and 29th Golden Disc Awards . His third studio album,White Night, was released in 2017. Labeled as the Korean "Prince of R&B,"Taeyang's vocal skills have been admired by music critics and he is regarded as one of the best vocalists in South Korea.

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 Taeyang's Career

2006–08: Early beginnings and debut with Big Bangedit

On the occasion, Dong met Yang Hyun-suk CEO of the record label YG Entertainment and begged him for a chance to become a singer. As he got no answer, he went to his office personally to achieve his intention. Yang gave him the opportunity to audition, where he was successful, and accepted by the record label as a trainee .There, he met fellow trainee and future bandmate Kwon Ji-yong . Dong spent the first few years as a trainee cleaning the studio for the other artists in the company and fetching them water bottles during dance practices, later admitting that current artists at the time weren't friendly towards him or Kwon.In 2003, Dong provided the rap verse in singer Wheesung 's single "Player" on the latter's second album.

Choosing the stage-name Taeyang (meaningsun) because "the sun is the brightest star from the incalculable stars in the universe,"Taeyang abandoned the idea of rapping to focus on singing.

) from their first extended playAlways(2007). This was followed by " Last Farewell " (Korean: 마지막 인사; Revised Romanization:Majimak Insa) fromHot Issue(2007) and " Day by Day " (Korean:하루하루; Revised Romanization:Haru Haru) fromStand Up(2008); both were also chart-toppers.

2008–2012: Solo career development andSolaredit

Taeyang performing on Big Bang's Alive World Tour in 2012

The EP produced two singles: "Only Look at Me" (Korean: 나만 바라봐, Revised Romanization:Naman Barabwa), an R&B song written by Teddy and Kush,and "Prayer (Korean: 기도; Revised Romanization:Gido)" which featured Teddy. Promotional videos were shot for both. In support of his album, he also staged his first solo concert, theHot Concert Series.Taeyang later received two awards from the 7th Korean Music Awards : Best R&B/Soul Song for "Only Look at Me" and Best R&B/Soul Album forHot.

The latter single ranked number three on an online music poll for a Dutch radio station.

Both the regular and the deluxe versions peaked at the number one position on the Gaon Album Chart .

2013–2016:Rise, first world tour and collaborationsedit

BillboardHot 200 while topping theBillboardWorld Albums Chart andHeatseekersAlbums Chart, selling 3,000 copies.In Japan, the album ranked at number two, with 48,000 units sold.Taeyang released another two singles to promote the album: " Eyes, Nose, Lips " and "1AM." The former became his first chart topper on the Gaon Digital Chart while the latter peaked at number seven.The choreography for "Ringa Linga" spawned numerous covers on the video-sharing website YouTube,while "Eyes Nose Lips" was covered by various celebrities, including label-mates Akdong Musician , Tablo , Lydia Paek as well as Korean singer Eric Nam and Canadian pop star Michael Bublé .Comedian Yoo Jae-suk also parodied it on the popular variety programInfinite Challenge."Eyes, Nose, Lips" was the second best-performing single of 2014 in South Korea.

naming it one of best songs of the year,and debuted at the number one position onBillboard's World Digital Songs chart, the third time a Korean act topped the list and the first for a male group.The music video on YouTube currently boasts over 100 million views.

The same year, he appeared on Mnet 'sShow Me The Moneyas a featured singer on labelmate Song Min-ho 's single "Fear," composed by Zico during the semi-finalswhich became one of the best-selling singles of the year.

2017–present:White Nightand second world tour and mandatory military serviceedit

The tour is set to visit 19 cities around the world,including stops in North America, with concerts in eight cities across Canada and the United States .

Additionally, the album debuted at number one on theBillboard's World Digital Albums ,and remained the following week atop this chart, making Taeyang the second solo K-Pop artist to have an album do so.In South Korea's Gaon Album Chart , the album peaked at number three, with over 57,000 copies sold in August.

as a judge.Taeyang was revealed as one of the cast members of tvN 's new variety program,Livin' theDouble Life, along with CL and Oh Hyuk .

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 Taeyang's Artistry

hoping to blend genres like Kanye West .Taeyang lists Miguel , Frank Ocean , The Weeknd and Michael Jackson as his biggest influences,in particular the latter's albumXscape.Lyrically, he is known as a "specialist in love songs". His debut single, "Only Look at Me", narrates a selfish relationship, while in "I Need A Girl" he describes his ideal type.Acknowledging that he draws "inspiration from the African natives,"Taeyang has been criticized for culturally appropriating hip hop and African-American culture .

Once described to have "moves like Chris Brown [and] smooth vocals like Miguel,"The Straits Timeshighlighted "his vocal prowess and sex appeal" as the best traits of his performances, and claimed that his free-styled moves show off "why he is often crowned the dancing king of K-pop."A review of his first solo tour stated that:

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 Taeyang's Personal life

Beliefs and relationshipsedit

Endorsements and philanthropyedit

Taeyang partnered with Italian fashion house Fendi to design an exclusive capsule collection line "Fendi for Taeyang" which features an array of T-shirts, hoodies, jackets, accessories and sneakers - with Taeyang's signature daisy-shaped motifs and positive words like, "Faith," "Grace," "Saved," and "Passion." The collection is set to debut in Hong Kong on 27 July with the prices ranging from $447-$9,490.

Taeyang's fans donated $5,180 USD on 15 May 2014, under Taeyang's name toThe May 18 Memorial Foundationin celebration of his birthday. The following year, they donated water wells to help provide clean water to communities in need in the Southeast Asian countries of Cambodia and Myanmar, they have been donating what they named as "Taeyang's water" for three straight years through the international charity organization Worldshare.

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 Taeyang's Achievements

His second albumRiseis the highest peaking album by a Korean soloist on theBillboard200 chart by debuting at number 112.

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 Taeyang's Discography

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 Taeyang's Tours

  • Rise World Tour(2014–15)
  • White Night World Tour(2017)

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 Taeyang's Notes

  1. ^According to the credits on the album's jacket.

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 Taeyang's References

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