August 19th is a special day. Mainly because it’s the day when BIGBANG debuted and shook the lives of all VIPs for good. To commemorate the past 11 wonderful years with BIGBANG, here’s a look at 11 times when BIGBANG gave us butterflies.
1. When they tried their hardest to show their aegyo
They just tried so hard.
2. The times they charmed Haru on “The Return of Superman“
Oh, you lucky girl, Haru.
3. Their “FXXX IT” concept
Their “I don’t care” attitude and attire was just so relatable. So cool.
4. When we realized they’re just like us
5. Their adorable outfits on “Run, BIGBANG Scout!”
Look how innocent and cute they look!
6. The countless times they made us smile with their smiles
7. Every time they embodied the word SWAG
…which is pretty much all the time.
8. The adorable pics with their pets
9. Their random play segment on “Weekly Idol”
…and how they so savagely called each other out.
10. Their unit releases
Why is everything they do so cool?
11. The emotion they put into their performances.
Especially this one.
Happy 11th anniversary, BIGBANG!
Hey Soompiers, when does BIGBANG make your heart skip a beat? Let us know in the comments below!
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Taeyang shared he has been living alone for six years now, after leaving the dormitory he used to live in with the other BIGBANG members.
When asked if there was a particular reason why he chose to live alone, he answered, “Seungri would turn the music on loudly and frequently bring friends over. After I left, other members started to leave the dormitory as well.”
BIGBANG’s 11th anniversary is today!
The now legendary K-pop group made their debut on August 19 of 2006 at the YG Family 10th Anniversary Concert. The group has gone on to make history as one of the most successful K-pop groups both within the country and internationally as one of the leaders in the Korean Wave.
On their 11th anniversary, fans took to Twitter to celebrate the group’s big day by looking back at all their years together and sharing excitement about what’s to come. Check out some of the tweets below!
— BIGBANG facts (@Shady_BIGBANG) August 18, 2017
— JoJo ❤️ VIP ? ❤️ (@jojoblack77) August 18, 2017
— rebe #BIGBANG11 (@sheskik) August 18, 2017
— 11 Years BIGBANG ❤️ (@jiyongswifue) August 18, 2017
— 승리 pics♡ (@seungri_pics) August 18, 2017
— 880818 (@jiyongal) August 18, 2017
— jas❣ #BIGBANG11 (@seungrisenpai) August 18, 2017
— 11YEARSWITHBIGBANG (@kwonjiyongbabe) August 18, 2017
Happy anniversary, BIGBANG and VIPs!
On August 18, Taeyang guested on MBC's 'I Live Alone'. The star revealed his home for the first time and also invited fellow Big Bang members Seungri and Daesung to his house.
Taeyang went to go pick up Daesung and in the car, the two members talked about their fellow Big Bang members. Daesung commented, "I have no idea where everyone is nowadays." Taeyang responded, "Jiyong is currently touring", and revealed he recently received a call from him in the early morning.
Taeyang continued, "It kind of seemed like he was upset that I didn't invite him." Daesung laughed and added, "I also called him that morning and told him to come if he can but he was like, 'Nah, I didn't even get invited'."
- i live alone
Taeyang’s love for dance and music started when he was just a kid, leading him to sign with YG Entertainment when he was only 13 years old. From then on, he practiced and perfected his skills in order to become the well-seasoned dancer and singer that we all know today. Many people refer to Taeyang as a dance legend. As you’ll see below, he’s certainly proven himself to be worthy of the title.
1. He brings the power to dance battles
During any dance-off, Taeyang is sure to claim his title as king. When he unleashes the full power of his moves, nobody can stand in his path. Just watch him dance below:
2. He’s ready to dance at any time
Taeyang is highly skilled at dancing in any sort of situation, and cooking is definitely no exception.
3. He can dance in a variety of styles
This dance practice video from Taeyang’s earliest days in BIGBANG is more than enough proof that he is a talented dancer who can dance in a variety of different styles:
4. His memorable choreo for “Wedding Dress”
“Wedding Dress” is basically Taeyang’s golden era of dance. If there’s any choreography you should memorize by heart, this is the one.
If you haven’t already seen the MV, check it out below:
5. His smooth dance moves
Taeyang is known for his strong and smooth dance moves. With these two styles combined, he can leave any audience screaming in shock.
Check out the MV for “Where U At” below:
6. His ability to adapt
Even when the song isn’t his, Taeyang can effortlessly adapt the choreography and dance like he owns it.
7. “Ringa Linga”
I think the whole world was shookt when Taeyang released the performance video for “Ringa Linga.” Most of us won’t ever recover…
Check out the original MV below:
8. Every dance is an actual performance
Whether he’s on stage or in the practice room, one thing never changes: Taeyang treats every dance like it’s an actual performance.
9. His freestyle dancing
Even when dancing to songs from girl groups, Taeyang’s freestyle can’t be shaken. No matter what song is thrown at him, he can still keep his cool.
Taeyang is currently in the middle of his world tour for WHITE NIGHT. Check out the “Darling” MV from his latest comeback below!
Hey Soompiers, what do you love most about Taeyang’s dancing? Let us know in the comments below!
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[엑스포츠뉴스=전원 기자] BIGBANG’s TAEYANG will put on his comeback stage on SBS’s Inkigayo.
On August 18, TAEYANG will be doing the pre-recording for SBS’s Inkigayo. He will perform “WAKE ME UP” before his fans, and then do the recording of “DARLING” behind closed doors.
TAEYANG, YG Entertainment, and the Inkigayo staff have been working hard from two days before the show’s air date to make his comeback stage perfect.
TAEYANG’s recorded performance will be aired on Inkigayo on August 20. TAEYANG is to do active promotions for his new album, including making appearances in music and variety shows.
Meanwhile, TAEYANG released his new solo album “WHITE NIGHT” on August 16. The album became No.1 on the US iTunes Albums Chart, demonstrating TAEYANG’s global popularity.
2017. 8. 18.
[OSEN=정지원 기자] Group BIGBANG’s leader G-DRAGON made donation in celebration of his birthday this year again.
On August 18, his birthday, G-DRAGON donated 81.8 million Korean won to UNHCR Korea, to help refugees around the world who are suffering from civil wars and violence.
G-DRAGON has made special donations on his birthday every year. He has set a good example of donating for children with disabilities and socially disadvantaged people. He is also famous for not just making special donations but also for encouraging others to donate, by sending messages on his personal social media accounts.
G-DRAGON’s donation to UNHCR will be used for the organization’s “Global Shelter Campaign”. UNHCR has been staging the campaign from May 2016, for the purpose of providing two million refugees worldwide with safe temporary shelters and secure residential environment.
The fund raised through the campaign will be used to provide refugees with minimum temporary residential space necessary for survival. In addition, it will be used to help them overcome the physical and mental damages from violence and persecution.
G-DRAGON explained his intention of the donation, saying, “I think it would be great if we all can live in a peaceful world. It is heartbreaking to see children who are on the road to avoid war and violence. I wanted to make a small contribution to create shelters for them”.
“Peace is not something that can be achieved by words, but by our joint efforts for it. That is my message”, added G-DRAGON.
G-DRAGON will release the music video of “BULLSHIT” today (Aug. 18) at 8:18PM. It will be released exclusively through the link in flash drive album “KWON JI YONG” which emerged as a “hot issue” in the music scene when it was released. The video is drawing all the more attention, as it is the first content that is updated through the link in the flash drive for the first time since its release.
2017. 8. 18.
[Oh!SEN Talk] Producer of “Single Life” show… “Kian84 who is a big fan of BIGBANG was so happy to see TAEYANG personally”
[OSEN=유지혜 기자] BIGBANG’s TAEYANG will appear in MBC “Single Life” show. Producer Hwang Ji-young of the show unveiled behind stories of TAEYANG’s shooting for “Single Life”.
BIGBANG’s TAEYANG is appearing in the rainbow live episode of MBC’s “Single Life” show to be aired in the evening on August 18, to raise fans’ anticipation. They are paying keen attention to TAEYANG’s daily lives to be unveiled in “Single Life” show for the first time in 11 years since debut.
In TAEYANG’s still cuts, he is lounging in the house wearing pajamas and doing exercise near his house in the same pajamas. Those still cuts have already given TAEYANG a nickname of “Grandpa Dong”.
“Single Life” show’s producer Hwang Ji-young smiled while saying to OSEN, “TAEYANG’s daily lives were not like that of an idol singer”. Hwang explained, “TAEYANG’s house was very simple and it was perfectly for ‘rest’. He stays overseas and at hotels much, so his house was perfectly like ‘home’”.
Producer Hwang went on to say, “Still, TAEYANG’s personal life was also very interesting, as I could better understand his life as a super-popular idol singer. As he stays overseas for a long time during a year, he always tries to eat healthy Korean food when he is at home and he even cooks by himself. That was something unlooked for TAEYANG”.
Notably, regarding TAEYANG’s new nickname “Grandpa Dong”, Hwang explained, “The members of the rainbow club gathered at the studio gave him the nickname, watching what his every life is like. It was absolutely not something everyone expected. It was rather like the life of a retired grandfather or our fathers. Those unexpected twists were very pleasantly surprising”.
The chemistry between the stars invited to rainbow live episodes and the fixed rainbow members including Jun Hyun-moo, Park Narae, Han Hye-jin, and Lee Si-eon is usually the biggest fun of “Single Life” show. To a question about the chemistry between TAEYANG and the other rainbow members, Hwang answered, “Cartoonist Kian 84 came to the shooting of that day. He is famous as a big fan of BIGBANG. He has always sung or danced to BIGBANG songs in ‘Single Life’. His dream came true when he personally met TAEYANG at the studio. You can see how much Kian84 was happy to meet TAEYANG”.
The TAEYANG episode of “Single Life” show will be broadcasted on August 18 at 11:10PM.
2017. 8. 18.
BIGBANG’s G-Dragon has made a warm donation on his birthday, August 18.
He donated a total of 81.8 million won (approximately $71,700) to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in order to help worldwide refugees fleeing war and violence.
G-Dragon has been making donations each year on his birthday for the sick and the disabled and has encouraged his fans to follow his example through his social media accounts.
G-Dragon stated, “I want us to live in a peaceful world. It breaks my heart to see children flee from civil war and violence. I want to help create a place for them to rest a while,” and added, “Peace is not achieved by simply thinking about it. It is created by our collective efforts to achieve it.”
Also today (August 18), on his birthday, he will release a music video of his song “BULLSHIT” at 8:18 p.m. KST. It will be exclusively shared through a link in his USB album “Kwon Ji Yong” and will be the first content to be updated through the USB album.
On August 18, Haha posted a video of them dunking for the program and tagged “Infinite Challenge,” “short party,” and the participants Shorry J, Yoo Byung Jae, Yang Se Hyung, Jo Se Ho, Taeyang, Taeil, and Ha Sung Woon.
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A representative for “Infinite Challenge” confirmed, “BIGBANG’s Taeyang, Block B’s Taeil, Wanna One’s Ha Sung Woon, and others will be appearing,” and shared that it is for an episode where each of the members prepare their own special corner.
Another source added, “Haha and Yang Se Hyung held a ‘short party’ and invited other celebrities who are under 170 centimeters (approximately 5 feet, 7 inches).”
Ahead of the broadcast tonight, the PD of “I Live Alone” shared his thoughts on the BIGBANG member and talked about why he was surprised by him after filming with the artist for the episode.
The preview for the episode showed a completely different side to Taeyang than what fans are used to seeing on stage, as it showed him in a completely comfortable state lounging around all day in his pajamas like a grandpa. The PD said, “His home life is very different than what people may think a star idol’s life would be like.”
The PD continued, “Taeyang really emphasizes the importance of clothing, food, and shelter. When he’s at home, he tries to be as comfortable as possible and only wears pajamas. He’s learning how to cook Korean food because spending so much time abroad has made his body weaker. I thought that he would just order delivery food all the time but he tries very hard to make sure he eats well for each meal, which was surprising to me.”
In the preview, BIGBANG’s Daesung and Seungri visited Taeyang and ended up having a wild pajama dance party at his apartment. The PD explained, “Because of their individual schedules, the members haven’t really been able to meet after their concert but were able to meet up recently.”
Meanwhile, the episode of MBC’s “I Live Alone” featuring BIGBANG’s Taeyang will air tonight, August 18 at 11:10 p.m. KST.
Taeyang’s latest solo album, “White Night,” is going strong on Korean music charts and iTunes charts worldwide!
“White Night” took the No. 1 spot on iTunes album charts in 23 countries: France, Mexico, Greece, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Brunei, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Finland, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Macao, Malaysia, Peru, the Philippines, Thailand, the Bahamas, Turkey, and Vietnam.
This number of iTunes charts broke Taeyang’s previous record. He also took No. 2 in the competitive U.S. iTunes album chart.
Domestically, as of 6 a.m. KST on August 17, title track “Darling” was No. 1 on the realtime music charts Genie and Olleh Music. Co-title track “Wake Me Up” was No. 1 on the realtime music chart Bugs.
Taeyang’s chart performance is even more impressive considering the tight domestic competition, with Wanna One’s debut album, EXO’s fourth studio album, and Yoon Jong Shin and Buzz all jostling for position on the Korean music charts.
Taeyang made his solo comeback with “White Night” on August 16. He is slated to hold the Seoul leg of his “White Night” world tour on August 26-27.
TAEYANG took No.2 on American iTunes chart… Set personal best record by topping iTunes charts of 23 countries.
[일간스포츠=황지영 기자] BIGBANG’s TAEYANG is sweeping the global music scene as a solo artist.
TAEYANG’s new album “WHITE NIGHT” released on the 16 this month is proving TAEYANG’s remarkable influence in the global music scene, by topping the iTunes albums charts of 23 countries and especially the second place on the iTunes albums chart of the United States, the birthplace of pop music and the biggest pop music market in the world.
TAEYANG also set his personal best record by taking No.1 on the iTunes charts of 23 countries including France, Mexico, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Brunei, Cambodia, Chile, Columbia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Finland, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Macao, Malaysia, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, Bahamas, Turkey, and Vietnam.
“WHITE NIGHT” is an album filled with TAEYANG’s trials and challenges for new style of music. From the selection of concept, TAEYANG directly took part in all the processes for the production of the album, to further raise its quality. He also presents a new appeal based on the collaboration with producer TEDDY and rookie songwriters including The Black Ray. Title track “DARLING” is extolled for TAEYANG’s’ soulful voice in it. “WAKE ME UP” is giving a refreshing feeling to music fans with the theme of dream and love sang in TAEYANG’s flagship style.
TAEYANG will more actively present himself to the public than ever before, by appearing in many TV shows including MBC’s “Single Life” show and “Thinking of Brother”, JTBC’s “Knowing Bros”, and SBS “Fantastic Duo”. On August 26 and 27, TAEYANG will kick off his 2017 world tour “WHITE NIGHT” at Jamsil Gymnasium in Seoul.
2017. 8. 17.
American Billboard extolled TAEYANG, “TAEYANG… White Night explores a range of emotions through a variety of musical influences” -Remarkable record of No.2 on iTunes albums chart of the United States and No.1 on the chart of 23 countries
[OSEN=정지원 기자] American Billboard spotlighted TAEYANG’s new album “WHITE NIGHT”.
On August 16 (local time), American Billboard reported about TAEYANG’s comeback, saying, “It’s been three years since Taeyang released his last solo work, but BIGBANG’s resident R&B smooth crooner returned with his passionate White Night album today in South Korea.”
Billboard went on to introduce “WHITE NIGHT” and each of its track in detail, saying, “Beginning with the soulful trance intro of “White Night,” the album leads directly into “Wake Me Up,” an ambient track about the dreamlike state of love. “Darling,” the impassioned lead single, follows as a piano-based pop ballad and serves as a sonic sequel to his 2014 hit “Eyes, Nose, Lips.”
Then, Billboard extolled TAEYANG’s new album by stating, “Filled with evocative melodies and heartfelt lyrics, White Night explores a range of emotions through a variety of musical influences…”
Billboard also explained, “Along with the release of the album, Taeyang dropped music videos for both “Darling” and “Wake Me Up.” The duo present Taeyang at his most sentimental as he sings amidst the glitter-infused dreamscape of “Wake Me Up” and in a variety of settings in the video for “Darling,” which shows the BIGBANG member as a mournful lover reflecting on romance from amidst fog and high above Los Angeles before transitioning to solitary reflection in a church and the isolation of Alaska.”
In line with Billboard’s rave review for TAEYANG’s new album, “WHITE NIGHT” is sweeping music charts of both in and out of the country upon its release on August 16. Notably, the album has proven TAEYANG’s substantial influence in the global music scene by taking No.2 on iTunes albums chart of the United States, the birthplace of pop music and the world’s biggest pop music market, on August 17 in the morning.
TAEYANG also set his personal best record by topping the iTunes albums charts of total 23 countries including Brunei, Cambodia, Chile, Columbia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Macao, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Bahamas, Turkey, and Vietnam.
TAEYANG will more actively present himself to the public than ever before, by appearing in many TV shows including MBC “Single Life” and “Thinking of Brother”, JTBC “Knowing Bros”, and SBS “Fantastic Duo”, as well as world tour concert. The Seoul concert of TAEYANG’s 2017 world tour “WHITE NIGHT” will be held on August 26 and 27 at Jamsil Gymnasium in Seoul.
2017. 8. 17.
On August 16, Taeyang held a V Live broadcast. He revealed, “When I was getting ready for this album, the songs went in the direction that I wanted, and I filmed two music videos. I was grateful to the company.” He said, “I told Yang Hyun Suk that I would do anything he wanted me to, and that’s how I ended up appearing on the variety show.”
About “I Live Alone” itself, he added, “I saw the preview and they edited me [acting] like a grandpa. I was surprised at what I looked like since my hair is white. Since I never see myself in everyday life, I thought it was cool and fun.”
Meanwhile, Taeyang recently released his music videos “Darling” and “Wake Me Up.”
Taeyang shared how he is trying to help T.O.P following his recent difficult times.
While he realizes that being next to T.O.P is the biggest source of strength for him, Taeyang also knows that there are some things T.O.P has to do himself.
“I think the best thing I can do for him is be next to him. There are things he has to realize by himself so instead of trying to advise him, I contact him more and visit him when I have the time.”
Taeyang shared what the two usually talk about when they meet up in person.
“I want to be next to him as much as I can. I’ll listen to his thoughts and then talk to him about them. But usually we share more stories about trivial things rather than serious things.”
Finally, he talked about how BIGBANG is one big family and how much the group means to him.
“We’ve been together since we were young, now we’re each other’s closest friends and family. Many aspects of BIGBANG’s music have influenced my own. BIGBANG is my roots and beginning, I can’t ignore that.”
No matter the situation, the BIGBANG members will always be there for each other.
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