Big Bang (빅뱅), commonly stylized as BIGBANG, is a South Korean pop boy band. The group’s formation was chronicled on the television series Big Bang Documentary, from July to August 2006. The show was also aired online on GomTV and on MTV Korea. Initially a six-member group, one member, SO-1, got eliminated during the airing of the show before the official debut leading to their current line-up of G-Dragon, Taeyang, T.O.P, Daesung and Seungri.
Signed to YG Entertainment, Big Bang went on to release successful singles and EPs. Their first release, the EP Always (2007), spawned the number-one single “Lies”. Their follow-up EPs Hot Issue and Stand Up were similarly successful. After they received the “Artist of the Year” award from the M.net KM Music Festival and the Seoul Gayo Daesang Award, the group expanded their activities into Japan, releasing mini-albums and airplay singles. Their material would not receive major promotion until the following year with the release of their first physical Japanese single, “My Heaven”.
By the end of 2009, Big Bang became the most searched artist in South Korea.They also became the first foreign group in Japan to receive the Japan Cable Broadcasting Award for “Best Newcomer”, and the first from Korea to receive the Japan Records award. In recent years, the members have branched out to do solo activities: Taeyang and G-Dragon have released solo materials while T.O.P, Daesung and Seungri have started acting.
Kwon JiYong (권지용), born August 18, 1988, is better known by his stage name G-Dragon. He is a South Korean recording artist and producer. Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, he was a trainee under the record label YG Entertainment for six years before officially debuting as the leader and one of two rappers for the Korean hip-hop group Big Bang. Since their debut, G-Dragon has been involved with the production of their albums: he composed and wrote several tracks by himself, including “Lies,” “Last Farewell,” and “Haru Haru.”
Following Big Bang’s hiatus, G-Dragon 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. Heartbreaker also sparked major controversies for the artist, including accusations of plagiarism when several of his songs were deemed to be similar to that of other artists. After almost a year of hiatus, in which the rapper-singer was also involve in a controversy following complaints of obscenity and suggestive content for his concert Shine A Light, G-Dragon and bandmate T.O.P collaborated to record and release the album GD & 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.
Choi SeungHyun (최승현) born November 4, 1987, is better known by his stage name T.O.P, is a South Korean recording artist and actor. Best known as a member of the Korean boy band Big Bang, he has branched out to act in various dramas and films, including I Am Sam, Iris and 71: Into the Fire.
Prior to his involvement with YG Entertainment, Choi was an underground rapper and a childhood friend of G-Dragon, another member of Big Bang. G-Dragon and TOP became distant, and later G-Dragon contacted him again when YG Entertainment was scouting for candidates to create a boy band. The pair recorded several demos and sent them to Yang Hyun Suk, CEO of YG Entertainment, who later asked TOP to audition. He was initially rejected by the record label, which deemed him too “chubby” to fit the “idealistic version” of an idol. TOP later stated that he “went home and exercised really hard because I wanted to join YG Entertainment.” Six months later, he returned for another audition and was signed on.
Dong YoungBae (동영배), born May 18, 1988, is better known by his stage name Taeyang (태양, meaning Solar) or Sol (the Spanish word for Sun), is a South Korean recording artist and entertainer. After appearing in Jinusean’s music video “A-yo”, Taeyang began training under YG Entertainment at the age of 12 alongside fellow member and leader G-Dragon. After six years of vocal and dance training he made his debut in 2006 as a member of Big Bang. In 2008, Taeyang released his debut mini-album Hot. On July 1, 2010, he released his first full-length album titled Solar.
His first appearance in the entertainment industry was in the hip-hop group Jinusean’s music video “A-yo”.The collaboration eventually lead him to successfully auditioning into the group’s record label YG Entertainment, where he became one of the rappers alongside fellow trainee G-Dragon. The two were later coined as GDYB.
In 2003, Dong provided the rap verse in singer Wheesung’s single “Player” on the latter’s second album.
Although he was scheduled to debut alongside G-Dragon as the duo GDYB, the plan was scrapped by their record label. Instead, they were joined by four other trainees (T.O.P., Daesung, Seungri, and Hyun Seung) to form the group Big Bang. Before their official debut, however, Hyun Seung was dropped and their final lineup consisted of five members. Choosing the stage-name Taeyang, he abandoned the idea of rapping to focus on singing. The group’s formation was documented on television. Although their debut was fairly successful, the group reached mainstream success with the release of their mini-album Always, which yielded the number-one song “Lies” followed by “Last Farewell” from the mini-album Hot Issue and “Day by Day” (Haru Haru) from Stand Up, both chart-toppers.
Taeyang’s first full-length album Solar was released on July 1, 2010. Two versions of this album – the “Regular Edition” and the “Deluxe Edition” – was released. The regular edition contained 11 songs, while the deluxe edition, limited to 30,000 copies worldwide, had 13 songs, including “Only Look At Me” and “Prayer” from Hot. On the first day of sales for the limited deluxe edition, the 30,000 copies released by YG entertainment were sold out in online and offline stores. The album was later released on iTunes, charting at the number-two spot on the iTunes’ Top R&B-Soul albums chart in the United States and number-one in Canada, making him the first Asian musician. Two singles were released for promotion: “I Need A Girl” featuring his bandmate G-Dragon and “I’ll Be There.”
Kang DaeSung (강대성) born on April 26, 1989, is a member of South Korean hip hop group Big Bang. Since his debut, he has released solo singles, performed in musicals, and became a member of reality-variety series Family Outing.
Although his parents were against the idea of him becoming a singer, Daesung pursued a career as a singer and was eventually recruited by YG Entertainment after auditioning. He later appeared on a documentary show following the potential members of what eventually became Big Bang.
Their first appearance as a group was on August 19, 2006 at YG Family’s 10th Anniversary concert. On September 23, 2006, they had their debut performance. The group had its first big hit with “Lies” in 2007.
In between various albums and EPs as a group, the members were able to pursue solo activities. Daesung released his debut trot single “Nal Bwa Gwisun” in 2008;he stated that although he was worried about dampening the group’s image, he wanted to try something different.The singer also joined the reality-variety show Family Outing as a permanent member. The show revealed that his IQ was 110. He also joined the Korean production of Cats, playing the role of Rum Tum Tiger.
In the midst of Big Bang’s break in early 2009, Daesung released his second trot single in early 2009, titled “Daebakiya”.He was also scheduled to join bandmate Seungri in the autobiographical musical Shouting;however, the singer was injured in a car accident before the musical’s run, and ultimately required surgery.The injuries forced Daesung to halt all activities; he eventually made his return in October 2009, joining his group for the Dream Concert.
Lee SeungHyun (이승현), known by his stage name Seungri (승리) (Victory), is a member of Korean group Big Bang. Before joining the group, he was a member of a dance team in Gwangju. He first appeared on television on the reality television series Let’s Cokeplay: M.Net Battle Shinhwa, a show in which Shinhwa attempted to create a boy band that could be a “second Shinhwa”. Although he was noticed for his dance skills, his lack of vocal skills led to him being eliminated. He was later scouted by the record label YG Entertainment and joined the group Big Bang. Although he was initially cut on the ninth episode of the group’s documentary series, he was given another chance to impress YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun Suk and succeeded.
Seungri is known for his dance skills.In his hometown, Gwangju, he was part of the dance group II Hwa.He has competed against his fellow Big Bang member Taeyang in several dance competitions, as well as against Super Junior’s Eunhyuk, TVXQ’s Yunho, and Shinee’s Taemin.Seungri also choreographed some of Big Bang’s dance.
On January 20, 2011 Seungri released his first solo mini album titled VVIP.