On the September 2 broadcast of MBC’s “Infinite Challenge,” each of the members planned parts of the show. For HaHa’s corner, he planned a “small party,” inviting celebrities known for their short heights.
Some of the celebrities invited to the show were BIGBANG’s Taeyang, Wanna One’s Ha Sung Woon, Block B’s Taeil, Yoo Byung Jae, and Shorry.
At the end of the “short party,” the members gather on stage, and Ha Sung Woon and Taeyang share their secrets to how they make up for their short heights when performing. Ha Sung Woon said, “When I raise my arms, I secretly raise my heels, too. And I make my movements large.”
Taeyang added his tips for stage presence, saying, “When you stand with your core engaged, there is an aura that comes just from that. And when there are moves where you extend your arms, I always extend farther or higher than the other members.”
Taeyang, Ha Sung Woon, And Taeil Have A Blast In Final “Infinite Challenge” Episode Before Temporary Cancellation
Though “Infinite Challenge” will soon temporarily go off the air due to a strike at MBC, it’ll be going out with a bang. The last scheduled episode, to air on September 2 at 6 p.m. KST, features BIGBANG’s Taeyang, Block B’s Taeil, and Wanna One’s Ha Sung Woon.
In last week’s episode, Haha planned a party for short, but powerful people, and with Yoo Byung Jae, Shorry, and Yang Se Hyung, went out to look for people to join their “small party.” Joining the “Infinite Challenge” members were Jo Se Ho, Taeyang, Taeil, and Ha Sung Woon.
Sandara Park gave a little shoutout to G-Dragon over Instagram on September 2, thanking the BIGBANG member after she joined him on stage for several performances, including “Missing You,” “Hello,” and more, during his September 1 M.O.T.T.E tour stop in Manila.
Check out photos of the two after the concert and some fancams of the performances below.
G-Dragon also commemorated the event on his Instagram with a billboard photo, captioned, “#ACTIIIMOTTEWORLDTOUR2017 In #Manila last night W/ Special guest @daraxxi.
And now i’m taking off to #Jakarta.”
During a recent guest appearance on SBS’s “Fantastic Duo 2,” BIGBANG’s Taeyang surprised viewers by confessing that his hit solo track “Only Look At Me” was not originally written for him.
“Only Look At Me” is a track from Taeyang’s first solo album “Hot” and became a hot topic after sweeping music charts upon its release in 2008.
In the episode, songwriter Kim Ina said, “One of the lyrics [from ‘Only Look At Me’] goes, ‘Even if I cheat, only look at me,’ and the tone of these lyrics doesn’t really match Taeyang’s image.”
In response, Taeyang said, “This song was written by YG composer Teddy and was actually originally meant for another artist. But I heard the song by chance and fell in love with it immediately. So I went to Teddy right away and begged him [for the song], which is how it became one of my solo tracks.”
Meanwhile, Taeyang made his long-awaited solo comeback with “Darling” and “Wake Me Up” earlier this month. Plus, Taeyang recently talked about the reactions his jokes get from his fellow BIGBANG members as well as his girlfriend, actress Min Hyo Rin.
EXO and BIGBANG were featured in the Guinness Book Of World Records for the most MAMA Daesangs won.
MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards) is one of the major annual music awards ceremonies held at the end of the year. Organized by CJ E&M through its music channel Mnet, it aims to celebrate K-pop and other Asian musicians and celebrities.
On August 30, Guinness World Records tweeted their congratulations to the two boy bands for making it into the book.
— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) August 30, 2017
EXO won five Daesangs, winning Artist of the Year in 2014, as well as Album of the Year every year from 2013 to 2016. This matches the record of BIGBANG, who won Song of the Year in 2007 and 2015, as well as Artist of the Year in 2008, 2012, and 2015.
Congratulations to both groups!
[OSEN=김은애 기자] TAEYANG topped American Billboard’s world albums chart for two weeks in a row.
According to American Billboard chart released on August 29 (local time), TAEYANG’s new album “WHITE NIGHT” topped Billboard’s world albums chart for this week again following the same rank recorded last week, to prove his worldwide popularity once again.
It is the second time for TAEYANG to take No.1 on Billboard’s world albums chart. The first album with which TAEYANG topped the chart was “RISE”. With such record, TAEYANG became the second K-Pop solo artist who took No.1 on the chart more than twice, following the same record set by G-DRAGON, another member of BIGBANG.
TAEYANG has been enjoying explosive popularity both in and out of the country since his comeback with a new solo album on August 16 three years and two months after his last solo album, sweeping No.1 on major music charts in Korea, as well as on the iTunes charts of 26 countries around the world. He also took the second place on the iTunes albums chart of the United States, the biggest pop music market in the world.
On August 26 and 27, TAEYANG successfully hosted his solo concert “WHITE NIGHT IN SEOUL” at Jamsil Gymnasium in Seoul, to kick off his new world tour.
With the end of the Seoul concert, TAEYANG wrapped up his performances for the new album in Korea. Now, he will continue with the North American tour in total eight cities including Toronto, Canada, in which a show is given today, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, San Jose, and Los Angeles in the United States, and then Vancouver in Canada.
2017. 8. 30.
— KPOPLE (@kpoplecom) August 29, 2017
NHR (Global DJ Label)
Monkey Museum in Cheongdam Korea and China (Lounge Bar)
Cheondam D.Mansion (Club)
Cheongdam Aori Ramen
He’s the CEO of Natural High Record, the ramen restaurant, and Monkey Museum in Cheongdam.
For Monkey Museum in China, he’s the co-investor.
For D.Mansion, he’s the CEO with the majority shares
— billboard (@billboard) August 30, 2017
It’s still a White Night on Billboard‘s World Albums chart as Taeyang reigns for a second week.
The singer’s recently released solo album returns to No. 1 on World Albums with an additional 1,000 copies sold in the week ending Aug. 24, according to Nielsen Music. That pushes the eight-track set’s cumulative total for the two weeks to 3,000 copies. The achievement makes him just the second solo K-pop artist and third K-pop act overall to have an album spend multiple weeks at No. 1 on the chart.
Among K-pop acts, only Taeyang, his BIGBANG band member G-Dragon, and BTS have logged more than one week at No. 1 with the same release on World Albums. Earlier this year, G-Dragon’s Kwon Ji Yong became the first album by a solo K-pop star to spend multiple weeks atop the ranking, while BTS’ 2015 EP The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 2 and 2016 Wings album have also spent multiple weeks at No. 1.
Elsewhere, Taeyang jumps around other Billboard charts this week. White Night falls from No. 5 to No. 18 on the Heatseekers Albums chart, while the single “Wake Me Up” jumps to a new peak of No. 5, up from its debut position of No. 9, on World Digital Song Sales. Taeyang also makes gains on the Social 50 chart, rising to No. 36 from last week’s No. 47, which marked his debut on the tally when he added 46,000 Instagram followers and accrued 5.5 million Instagram reactions.
Sales could remain steady for the next weeks as Taeyang begins the U.S. leg of his 2017 world tour that begins on Sept. 1 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York before wrapping at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on Sept. 12.
BIGBANG’s Taeyang continues his reign over Billboard’s World Albums chart for the second week in a row!
On August 29, Billboard released their weekly charts for the week ending in September 9. On the World Albums chart, Taeyang sits at No. 1 once again with his album “White Night,” which made its debut in the top spot last week. The album is also at No. 18 on the Heatseekers Albums chart, and No. 42 on the Independent Albums chart.
NCT Dream’s new mini album “We Young” (featuring the title track of the same name) has made its debut on the World Albums chart at No. 3.
Coming in at No. 5 is PRISTIN’s new mini album “Schxxl Out,” which includes the title track “We Like.”
EXO’s “The War” remains on the chart at No. 7, G-Dragon’s “Kwon Ji Yong” spends its eleventh week on the chart now at No. 13, and Wanna One’s debut mini album “1×1=1 (To Be One)” has come in at No. 14 this week.
Congratulations to all the artists!
BIGBANG’s Taeyang recently appeared on the August 28 episode of MBC’s “Oppa’s Thoughts” to promote his solo comeback album.
During the show, they played a VCR on the screen saying a close confidant of Taeyang was here to expose him. This secret confidant refuted Taeyang’s claims that he never gets drunk and said he has seen him drunk many times, joking that the singer’s drunk habit was trying to convince people he was funny. He also said that Taeyang doesn’t have many friends and said, “I think I’m his only friend.”
The person was revealed to be none other than G-Dragon, and Taeyang lit up when he saw his best friend’s face on the screen. Then, G-Dragon continued the interview to give words of support to Taeyang.
G-Dragon began, “Taeyang is a friend that’s like an older brother. It looked like he got really stressed while preparing for this solo album, but as his friend, I’m happy that he is satisfied with the final product. I sincerely wish for his success.”
Taeyang later talked about how he became friends with G-Dragon when he was 13 years old and has spent half of his life with him.
BIGBANG member Taeyang appeared on the August 28 episode of MBC’s “Oppa Thinking” where he revealed his love for dad jokes.
The artist described himself as a “fun person” who likes to tell dad jokes to those around him, which result in poor reactions. According to Taeyang, BIGBANG members refuse to laugh at his jokes because they equate laughing at his jokes with losing to Taeyang. But he named G-Dragon as the member who reacts the most, saying he lets out a smile here and there.
When asked about his girlfriend Min Hyo Rin’s reactions, he revealed, “She’s pretty unresponsive. So I try to do it more. I want to receive recognition.” The other hosts were surprised and also cheered him on saying they will eventually laugh if he keeps up his dad jokes.
Taeyang is currently busy promoting his solo album “White Night” (featuring the title tracks “Darling” and “Wake Me Up”) by appearing on various variety shows.
[오마이뉴스=김윤정 기자] TAEYANG’s “WHITE NIGHT IN SEOUL” concert was held at the Jamsil Stadium on August 26-27. The concerts rounded off the Korean promotions for TAEYANG’s third solo album “WHITE NIGHT”, and at the same time, kicked off his solo world tour, during which he will be performing in 19 cities around the world.
The band played live music when TAEYANG appeared on the stage for the first time, and then he started off his concert by singing “RINGA LINGA”. Like the title “WHITE NIGHT”, TAEYANG had dyed his hair white and was in white clothes. He then performed “BODY”, “SUPER STAR”, and “WAKE ME UP” without a break.
The title of the album and the concert “WHITE NIGHT” means a night in which the sun has not gone down. It symbolizes TAEYANG’s passion for music even though 11 years have passed since his debut. It was his first solo concert in three years, and TAEYANG greeted his fans by saying, “It’s been such a long time. I’ve missed you so much.”
“I couldn’t sleep well because I was so eager to see you today. I’m sure you feel the same way. I get most excited and nervous when I’m doing a concert in Korea. I think this is because the times and the memories we’ve shared together lingers in my heart,” said TAEYANG to express his gratitude, and the audience cheered loudly.
Then he sang the tracks in his third album—“Amazin”, “Naked”, “EMPTY ROAD”, and “Ride”—along with passionate performances. TAEYANG commented, “I’ve been the happiest in making this album, and it’s the most meaningful album to me. I’m really satisfied with this album, and I hope you’ll feel the same way.”
WINNER’s MINO appeared at his concert as a surprise guest and sang “FEAR” with TAEYANG. MINO and TAEYANG did a joint stage and performed the song on Show Me The Money 3. TAEYANG went close up to the audience on the second floor while he was singing “I NEED A GIRL”, and he found WINNER’s YOON amidst the audience and passed him the mike so that he could sing a part too.
TAEYANG mentioned how he earned the nickname “dong grandpa” after appearing on MBC’s I Live Alone. He said, “Ten years ago, when we debuted, fans used to called me ‘exciting bae’. Now I have a new nickname. I really like my new nickname. I’m happy that my fans got to see a different side of me recently.”
TAEYANG then played the piano and sang BIGBANG’s “LAST DANCE”. After singing the song, TAEYANG said, “It’s hard singing a song that is usually sung by five people. But I did a good job, right?” He went on to say, “When I sing this song, it reminds me of BIGBANG members. Meeting them is the biggest joy and blessing of my life. We’ve been together and been able to sing on stage for more than ten years thanks to our fans. You guys protected us and loved us and were there for us. Thank you for keeping us together.”
He then expressed how he felt rounding off his third album promotions and said, “It was short and intense. Thanks to your support, I’m now going on a world tour. I’ll go out and experience the world and become a world-class singer.” He asked his fans, “I’ll still make it up to you while I’m abroad. I have a lot of ideas, so don’t be so disappointed.”
As the last song of his two-hour concert, TAEYANG sang the title track of his third album “DARLING”. Even after TAEYANG went down the stage, fans called for an encore while singing “SUPER STAR” together. He came back on the stage and performed seven songs to satisfy the audience.
TAEYANG’s third album promotions in Korea ended on August 28 with the Seoul concert. TAEYANG will tour around eight cities in North America: Toronto on August 30 and then, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, San Hose, LA, and Vancouver. Afterwards, TAEYANG will do concerts in Asia in cities like Manila, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Macao, Singapore, and Taipei.
2017. 8. 28.
After being deemed unfit to return to service as a conscripted policeman on July 31, BIGBANG’s T.O.P has officially been assigned reservist status by the Ministry of National Defense and is being transferred from the police department today, August 28, to finish the remainder of his mandatory service as a public service worker (generally those assigned reservist status complete mandatory service as a public service worker).
According to police, T.O.P will be serving under the supervision of the Military Manpower Administration in the jurisdiction of his residence. The time that T.O.P had been dismissed from duty — for the duration of his prosecution — will not count toward his total service.
[OSEN=김은애 기자] TAEYANG expressed how moved he was by his fans.
TAEYANG’s “WHITE NIGHT” concert took place at the Jamsil Stadium on August 27. At the beginning of the concert, TAEYANG said, “The sun didn’t go down tonight. I’m so happy to see you here at my concert.”
He kicked off his concert by singing “RINGA LINGA”. Then he sang “WEDDING DRESS” and said, “We have a lot of people here today. Thank you for enjoying my performance.”
He expressed his love for his fans and said, “It’s been a long time since I did a concert. Three years. I’ve missed you so much.”
He went on to say, “I was so moved yesterday seeing how much my fans cared for me. I couldn’t sleep. For real. I’m sure you think the same way.”
He added, “I get excited the most when I do a concert in Korea. I’ll make sure that my concert touches your heart. I hope we will get to cherish the memories of tonight. This album is more meaningful to me than any other albums. I’m very satisfied with it.”
2017. 8. 27.
[스타뉴스=전형화 기자] BIGBANG’s TAEYANG held his first solo concert in three years, signaling the start of his solo world tour.
On August 26-27, TAEYANG did a solo concert at the Jamsil Stadium under the title of “WHITE NIGHT in SEOUL”. It was his first solo Seoul concert in three years and the start of his second solo world tour.
At the concert, a special video that was made especially made for the concert was played. It featured a circle set that symbolizes TAEYANG. TAEYANG sang all the eight tracks in his new album, including “DARLING” and “WAKE ME UP”, with a band, which made the music more live and fresh.
He sang his solo hit songs such as “LOOK AT ME ONLY”, “I NEED A GIRL”, and “RINGA LINGA” as well as the piano version of BIGBANG’s “LAST DANCE” and “FEAR”, MINO’s song that he featured on. They were performances that you can only see at his concerts.
After his Seoul concert, TAEYANG will be touring around eight cities in North America: Toronto, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, San Hose, LA, and Vancouver.
Afterwards, he will be holding concerts in 19 cities around the world including Manila, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Macao, Singapore and Taipei and meet with his fans.
2017. 8. 27.
[OSEN=김은애 기자] “Tonight will never end. I hope the memories of tonight will stay in our hearts forever.” It was an unforgettable 120-minute experience. TAEYANG lit up the weekend nights.
On August 26-27, TAEYANG’s “WHITE NIGHT” concert was held at the Jamsil Stadium. It was his first solo Seoul concert in three years and the start of his second solo world tour.
The song list was phenomenal. He kicked off the concert by performing “RINGA LINGA”. Then he sang all the tracks in his “WHITE NIGHT” album including “DARLING” and “WAKE ME UP” as well as his past hit songs such as “LOOK AT ME ONLY” and “WEDDING DRESS”.
He said, ““The sun didn’t go down tonight. I’m so happy to see you here at my concert. It’s been a long time since I did a concert. Three years. I’ve missed you so much.”
▶”WHITE NIGHT”: His first album & concert in three years
On August 16, TAEYANG released “WHITE NIGHT”, his first solo album in three years. “DARLING” and “WAKE ME UP”, the title and subtitle tracks of the album, took the charts by storm in and out of the country.
The album became No.1 on the Billboard World Albums chart and the iTunes chart of 24 countries, which was a new record even for TAEYANG. TAEYANG has participated actively in making the music of the album and the album jacket, which made it even more meaningful.
He said, “This album is more meaningful to me than any other albums. I’m very satisfied with it.”
He sang all the eight tracks of his new album live and sent the audience into a near frenzy.
▶His Truly Outstanding Live Singing
TAEYANG, a member of BIGBANG, is considered as one of the best singers in Korea. At the concert, he blew the audience off their feet with his sweet voice.
What was most surprising is that his live singing was impeccable even when he was dancing. His excellent vocal skills were evident when he sang to the piano version of BIGBANG’s “LAST DANCE” and the acoustic version of “I NEED A GIRL”.
▶Sophisticated stage performance
TAEYANG is also known for his great stage performance. He mesmerized the audience with his dance performance and didn’t even need dancers to fill the stage. There was a female dancer that danced with him from time to time, but TAEYANG’s presence so strong that the stage didn’t seem empty with him alone.
The screen at the back showed images of clouds in the sky, making TAEYANG shine like the sun. TAEYANG used a variety of props wisely such as standing mikes, bright lights, and lifts.
▶A fool for his fans
TAEYANG is famous for being a fool for his fans. He said, “I’ve missed you so much. I was moved yesterday to see how much my fans care for me. I couldn’t sleep. For real. I’m sure you feel the same way. I get excited the most when I do a concert in Korea.”
He expressed how happy he was to see his fans. He went up close to the audience and made eye contact with each one of them. He even passed on his mike to the audience and made them sing. They responded fervently by singing along with TAEYANG.
▶TAEYANG and BIGBANG are inseparable
You cannot talk about TAEYANG without mentioning BIGBANG. TAEYANG sang BIGBANG’s “LAST DANCE” by himself and said, “It’s difficult to sing a song that is usually sung by five people. This song makes me think of BIGBANG members.”
TAEYANG said, “I’m thankful to our fans whenever I sing this song. Meeting BIGBANG members is my biggest blessing and joy. We’re able to stay together for more than ten years thanks to our fans. Thank you for keeping us together”.
▶WINNER’s MINO came to show his support and YOON too, which was quite unexpected
He went up on the stage alone, but he was not lonely. MINO appeared as a surprise guest and they performed “FEAR” together. MINO and TAEYANG performed the song together when MINO was a contestant of Mnet’s Show Me The Money 4 in 2015. MINO and TAEYANG’s joint stage created quite an issue at that time.
MINO appeared on the stage in stylish clothes and his captured the hearts of the audience with his powerful rapping. TAEYANG’s sweet voice was added on to his rap, creating a phenomenal harmony.
Then, YOON appeared out of nowhere. TAEYANG was amidst the audience running about and singing “I NEED A GIRL”. Then, he spotted YOON in the audience. He passed on his mike to YOON, and YOON got to sing a part of “I NEED A GIRL”.
2017. 8. 27.
BIGBANG’s Taeyang held his concert “2017 WHITE NIGHT in SEOUL” on August 27 and shared his feelings about his fellow BIGBANG members.
He performed a solo piano version of BIGBANG’s “Last Dance,” and after the performance, he revealed, “It’s hard to sing a song that’s originally sung by five people,” adding, “Singing this song made me think of our members a lot. Meeting the members of BIGBANG was the greatest blessing and happiness of my life.”
He also thanked his fans, saying, “The reason I was able to perform my music on stage for over 10 years was because all of you stood by our members, protecting them. Whenever I’m standing in front of our fans, I try to think of what I should say. I always think about it, but I can’t think of anything besides ‘thank you.’ Thank you for protecting me, my music, and most importantly, our dear members until now.”
Meanwhile, Taeyang’s next stop for his “2017 WHITE NIGHT” world tour will be North America, starting with Toronto on August 30.
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