BIGBANG’s ranking on Melon Music’s Yearly Chart since debut *plus additional infos*

Melon is the biggest and most influential music download site in Korea which takes up over 55 percent of the Korean music market share. So i decided to compile BIGBANG’s rankings on Melon’s Top 100 yearly chart. in 2006 (= BB’s debut) none of their songs entered the top 100.

#15 Lie 거짓말 (Always EP)
#40 Dirty Cash (BigBang Vol. 1)

#2 Haru Haru 하루 하루 (Stand Up EP)
#6 Last Farewell 마지막 인사 (Hot Issue EP)
#9 Heaven 천국 (Stand Up EP)
#21 Look only at Me 나만 바라봐 by Taeyang (Hot)
#25 I’m Sorry by Gummy feat. T.O.P
#35 How Gee 하우지 (For The World)
#38 Lie 거짓말 (Always EP) – released in 2007
#57 Red Sunset Glow 붉은 노을 (Remember)
#58 A Good Man 착한 사람 (Stand Up EP)
#61 D.I.S.C.O Uhm Jung Hwa feat. T.O.P
#76 Oh My Friend feat. No Brain (Stand Up EP)
#87 Look At Me Gwisoon by Daesung (Digital Single)
#95 Fool 바보 (Hot Issue EP)
#99 Lady (Stand Up EP)

2009 (BB hiatus)
#3 Heartbreaker by G-Dragon (Heartbreaker)
#10 Lollipop with 2ne1
#59 Red Sunset Glow 붉은 노을 (Remember) – released in 2008
#83 Wonderfulreleased in 2008
#85 A Boy by G-Dragon (Heartbreaker)
#91 Stylish (FILA limited edition) – released in 2008

2010 (BB hiatus)
#42 I Need A Girl by Taeyang feat. G-Dragon (Solar)

#2 I Cheated by Team GG Park Myung Soo and G-Dragon feat. Park Bom
#34 Tonight (4th EP)
#35 Oh Yeah by GD&TOP feat. Park Bom (GD&TOP Volume 1) – released in 2010
#43 High High by GD&TOP (GD&TOP Volume 1) – released in 2010
#63 Love Song (Special Edition)
#66 Cafe (4th EP)
#81 What Is Right (4th EP)

#5 Fantastic Baby (5th EP Alive)
#16 Monster (Still Alive)
#18 Blue (5th EP Alive)
#33 Crayon by G-Dragon (OOAK EP)
#43 Missing You by G-Dragon  feat. Kim Yuna of Jaurim (OOAK EP)
#50 That XX by G-Dragon (OOAK EP)
#57 Bad Boy (5th EP Alive)
#82 Still Alive (Still Alive)

2013 (BB hiatus)
#34 Crooked by G-Dragon (Coup D’Etat)
#41 Who You? by G-Dragon (Coup D’Etat)
#61 Black by G-Dragon feat. Jennie Kim (Coup D’Etat)
#90 Going To Try by Jung HyungDon feat. G-Dragon

2014 (BB hiatus)
#3 Eyes, Nose, Lips by TaeYang (Rise)

#1 Bang Bang Bang by BigBang (Made series A) [single album]
#6 Loser by BigBang (Made series M) [single album]
#7 Bae Bae by BigBang (Made series M) [single album]
#17 Fear by Mino ft. BigBang Taeyang
#35 If You by BigBang (Made series D) [single album]
#37 Mapsosa by Kwanghee and BigBang members Taeyang and G-Dragon (2015 Infinity Challenge Festival)
#40 Let’s Not Fall In Love by BigBang (Made series E) [single album]
#51 Sober by BigBang (Made series D) [single album]
#52 We Like 2 Party by BigBang (Made series A) [single album]
#58 Good Boy by BigBang G-Dragon & Taeyang released in 2014
#74 Zutter by GD & TOP (Made series E) [single album]

°Note: 2016 is practically another BigBang hiatus, they released Made the full album on December 12, 2016

additional infos:

some of BIGBANG's songs even made it in Melon's top 100 songs of the decade (2000-2010)

#4 Last Farewell 마지막 인사 (Hot Issue EP)
#8 Haru Haru 하루 하루 (Stand Up EP)
#15 Lie 거짓말 (Always EP)
#41 Lollipop with 2ne1
#65 Heartbreaker by G-Dragon (Heartbreaker)
#80 I’m Sorry by Gummy feat. T.O.P

BIGBANG has also captured the 1st- 3rd, 5th and 7th spots on the songs which have been in the Melon chart for more than 30 weeks:

1st ~ Lie 54 weeks (2nd week of August,07- 1st week of July, 08; 3rd week of August – 3rd of September, 09)
2nd ~ Last Farewell 45 weeks (3rd week of November, 07 – 3rd week of September, 08)
3rd ~ Haru Haru 41 weeks (1th week of August, 08 – 2th week of May, 09)
5th ~ My Heaven 34 weeks (1st week of August, 08 – 3rd week of March, 09)
7th ~ Sunset Glow 31 weeks (1st week of November,08 – 5th week of May,09)


more infos:
2004-2013 – Top artists with the most hit songs during Melon’s 10 years history

*BIGBANG @ #2 with 22 songs – group only, doesn’t include GD&TOP’s tracks & the members’ solos)
*G-Dragon @ #10 along with Lee Hyori, KCM, Gummy, K.Will (10 songs)

The list of Power Hit Makers via these 976 songs:
G-Dragon @ #5 with 28 hits

Longest-running #1 Songs by Male Idol Groups on Melon’s Digital Charts

#1 (8 Weeks)
Last Farewell by BIGBANG

#2 (7 Weeks)
Haru Haru by BIGBANG

#3 (6 Weeks)
Love Sick by FT ISLAND

#4 (5 Weeks)
Lollipop by BIGBANG

#5 (2 Weeks)
Sunset Glow by BIGBANG
Heartbeat by 2PM
Never Let You Go by 2AM

#6 (1 Week)
Tonight by BIGBANG
Love Song by BIGBANG
Fantastic Baby by BIGBANG
Monster by BIGBANG

Angel by Shinhwa
Love Love Love by FT Island
Loner by CN Blue
Again and Again by 2PM
You Won’t Answer My Calls by 2AM
I Wonder If You Hurt Like Me by 2AM

BIGBANG dominates in Songs from 2007~2012 with the most digital sales


#1 – Lies by Bigbang
#2 – Love Sick by FT Island
#3 – Dirty Cash by Bigbang

#1 – Haru Haru by Bigbang
#2 – Last Farewell by Bigbang
#3 – Heaven by Bigbang

#1 – Heartbreaker by G-Dragon
#2 – Again&Again by 2PM
#3 – Sorry Sorry by Super Junior

(note: BIGBANG went on a hiatus in 2009-2010)

#1- Tonight by Bigbang
#2 – On Rainy Days by Beast
#3 – Intuition by CNBLUE

#1 – Fantastic Baby by Bigbang
#2 – Blue by Bigbang
#3 – Monster by Bigbang

(2007~2009 is from Melon annual chart and 2010~2012 is from Gaon annual chart)

BIGBANG dominates in Idol groups' highest numbers of listeners within 24 hours on Melon

BigBang Tops for K-Pop Groups with Most No.1 Songs in Gaon Charts (2010-2017)

Source: Melon, Naver, Gaon, Starnews

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BIGBANG = a Celebrity to Celebrities *last update: 25th Sept 2014 and still updating*


local and international celebrities fanboying/fangirling over BIGBANG’s music and/or its members GD, TOP, Taeyang, Daesung and Seungri.

korean actors
Hwang Jung Min
Jang Dong Gun
Kim Ji Hoon
Kim Woo Bin
Lee Byung Hun
Lee Junki
Lee Min Ho
Lee Minki
Park Hee Soon
Song Joong Ki
Yeo Jin Goo
Yeon Jung Hoon

korean actresses
Choi Jung Yoon
Go Hyun Jung
Ha Ji won
Han Ga In
Han Su Ah
Jang Nara
Jin Se Yeon
Jo Yeo Jung
Kang Hye Jung
Kim Hee Ae
Kim Jung Nan
Kim So Yeon
Kim Yoo Jung
Lee Dae Hae
Lee Hae Ri
Lee Min Jung
Min Hyo Rin
Moon Geun Young
Nam Ji Hyun
Oh Yeon Seo
Park Min Young
Park Si Yeon
Song Hye Kyo
Yoon Eun Hye
Yoon In Na

korean singers
2ne1’s Dara
2ne1’s Park Bom
2PM’s Nichkhun
After School’s Lizzy
After School’s Nana
Bekah (former After School)
B1A4’s ShinWoo
B1A4’s Jinyoung
Baek Ah Yeon
Baek Ji Young
Bang Yedam
Bangtan Boys
Bangtan Boys’ J-Hope
Beast’s Junhyung
BEG’s Gain
Big Flo’s Ron (rookie group)
Block B’s U-Kwon
Block B‘s Zico
Block B’s Taeil
BTOB’s Lee Min Hyuk
Busker Busker’s Brad
CN Blue’s Yonghwa
Dal Shabet’s Subin
Exo’s D.O
FT Island’s JongHoon
Girl’s Day Sojin
GOT7’s BamBam (rookie group)
JYJ’s Jae Joong
Kara’s JiYoung
Kim Bada
Kim Jang Hoon
Kim Jo Han
Lee Hyori
Lee Moon Sae
Led Apple’s Han byul (@ 25:55)
Lee Hi
Lee Jong Suk
Lee Jung Hyun
Lee Seung Hwan
Lee Seung Chul
MBLAQ’s Lee Joon
MBLAQ’s Thunder
Miss A’s Jia
Miss A’s Suzy
Rania’s Xia
Park Ji Min
Secret’s Sunhwa
Shinee’s Jong Hyun
Shinhwa’s Eric
SNSD Sooyoung
Team B
T-ara’s Ham Eun Jung
T-ara’s HyoMin
T-ara’s JiYeon
Tae Jin Ah
Teen Top
Tiny G’s Mint
Wonder Girl’s Hyelim

other korean entertainers:
MCs Haha and Jung Jun Ha
MC Yoo Jae Suk
guitar prodigy Sungha Jung
Songwriter Kim In Ah

AAA’s Naoya Urata & Chiaki Ito
Arimura Miki
AKB48 Atsuko Maeda
AKB48 Mariko Shinoda
Chinatsu Wakatsuki
Hidetoshi Nakata (soccer player)
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Maeda Kentaro (and wife Narushima Saho)
Speed’s Takako Uehara
W-inds’ Keita Tachibana
Yagi Arisa

Ai Shangzhen
Claire Kuo
Bobo’s Fu Xin Bo
Charlene Choi (Ah Sa of Twins)
Chen Bo Lin
Eason Chan
JJ Lin
JL’s Jason
Joey Yung
Karen Mok
Lollipop F
Rainie Yang
Shawn Yue
Shiga Lin (@ Alive Tour)

other asian acts/celebs/prominent figures:
Indonesian singer Aurah Kasih
Thai actress Aerin Yuktadatta
Indonesian singer Afgan
Singaporean actress Ann Kok
Filipino actress-dj Francine Prieto
Malaysian singer-actor Gadaffi Ismail Sabri
Indonesian boyband Hitz
Filipino actor James Reid
Korean actress-dj raised in the Philippines Jinri Park
Indonesian model-actress Raline Syah
Malaysian ‘Kpop star hunt’ contestant Khairul Najmuddin
Laurinda Ho (daughter of Macau’s wealthiest person and amongst the wealthiest in Asia Stanley Ho)
Indonesian music critic Bens Leo
Filipino band “Chicosci’s” vocalist Miggy Chavez
Pandelela Rinong (Malaysia’s Dive queen)
Chinese-Singaporean actress Patricia Mok
Indonesian girl band PRINCESS
Filipino actor Steven Silva
Thai singer Ton AF8
Filipino actor-mc-singer Vice Ganda
Indonesian band XO IX

non-asian acts/celebs
Paris Hilton
British Singer A*M*E
Teddy Riley
Lilly Allen
Uzbekistan figure skater Misha Ge
Barbara Palvin
Peruvian band Adammo
Nelly Furtado
Adam Lambert
Katy Perry
Jessie J
Matt Bellamy
Jill Scott
Pixie Lott
Will and Jaden Smith
Jimmy Iovine
Aisha Tyler
Kevin McHale and Harry Shum Jr
Amber Riley
Peaches Geldof
Backstreet Boys

Sistar’s cover of BIGBANG’s Fantastic Baby
Got7 JR singing Taeyang’s Eyes, Nose, Lips
Entertainer Kim Shin Young’s parody of G-Dragon’s Heartbreaker
Beast’s Kikwang singing Taeyang’s Eye, Nose, Lips
K-much’s Kiu covers Taeyang’s Eyes, Nose, Lips
Jinwoon singing Taeyang’s Eyes, Nose, Lips in K-drama “Marriage, not dating”
actor Yeo Jin Goo singing Taeyang’s This Ain’t It
Block B are BIGBANG fanboys
Ryo of Japanese metal band Girugamesh’s cover of BIGBANG’s Fantastic Baby
Beast’s Gikwang singing Taeyang’s Eyes, Nose, Lips
Eric Nam’s cover of Taeyang’s Eyes, Nose, Lips
Miss A’s Jia and Fei singing Taeyang’s Eyes, Nose, Lips (starts @ 2:30)
VIXX’s Ken short singing of Taeyang’s Eyes, Nose, Lips
2Bic’s cover of Taeyang’s Eyes, Nose, Lips
Boyfriend Hyunseong’s cover of Taeyang’s You’re My
ToppDogg covers Taeyang’s Eyes, Nose, Lips
VIXX member Hyuk caught listening to Taeyang’s album Rise (@ 1:40) plus snippet of Seungri doing aegyo
Sungha Jung’s guitar cover of Taeyang’s Eyes, Nose, Lips
Taeyang’s “Stay with Me” feat. G-Dragon played on Hawaii Radio
Bangtan Boys’ Jimin imitates Taeyang
G-Dragon in Chanel’s official twitter account
C-Clown Barom’s short parody of Taeyang’s Eyes Nose Lips MV
BIGBANG’s Haru Haru and Bad Boy in a Japanese book to learn Korean through k-pop
VIXX members singing BIGBANG’s Sunset Glow
Girls’ Day covers BIGBANG’s Sunset Glow
G-Dragon mention in Chinese movie Golden Chicken 3
Kim Soo Hyun and Suzy singing Sunset Glow in Dream High
Glee star Kevin McHale still jamming to BIGBANG’s Still Alive after 2 years
G-Dragon’s Crayon and BIGBANG’s Fantastic Baby @ BBC UK radio
BIGBANG/GD/GD&TOP songs in a game on Weekly Idol
G-Dragon’s poster appeared in an Indonesian political party campaign
BIGBANG appeared in popular Japanese cartoon Crayon Shinchan
No Ju-Hyeon singing G-Dragon’s Crooked (with BIGBANG’s Sunset Glow MV) in Korean Drama Potato Star 2013 QR3
SuJu’s Ryeowook covers Taeyang’s Only Look At Me
2AM practice Taeyang’s Only Look At Me
GOT7’s Jackson rapping to GD&TOP ft. Park Bom’s We Belong Together
BIGBANG mention in Gary’s new song Mr. Gae
Yamamoto Sayaka ft. NMB48 performing Fantastic Baby
BIGBANG’s T.O.P gracing famous fashion brand Alexander McQueen‘s official twitter account
Bangtan Boys’ parody of Taeyang’s Ringa Linga
Jun Ji Hyun singing GD & HyungDon’s Going to Try in Man from Another Star
BIGBANG’s cameo in Man from Another Star episode 2
K.Will’s parody of GD’s Crooked
Lee Junki’s cover of Taeyang’s Ringa Linga
Khalil Fong That XX (cover)
Bangtan Boys’ cover of Taeyang’s I Need A Girl
Gackt’s cover of Fantastic Baby
B1A4’s Shinwoo singing G-Dragon’s Coup D’Etat
BEG Gain’s parody of G-Dragon’s One of a Kind
BTOB’s parody/covers of BIGBANG songs part 1 and part 2
Fantastic Baby on Glee
Bad Boy on NBC’s Today Show
Minzy of 2ne1’s cover of Taeyang’s Only Look At Me
BEG’s Gain singing Taeyang’s Only Look At Me
Infinite Challenge Haru Haru (parody)
2AM Fantastic Baby (cover)
Park Hyo Shin + VIXX Fantastic Baby (cover)
Epik High Fantastic Baby (cover)
Sung Si Kyung Fantastic Baby (parody)
Kim Hae Neul singing Blue in drama Gentlemen’s Dignity
Yoo Jae Suk & Lee Juck Sagging Snail (feat. Park Myung Soo copying GDYB from Monster MV lol)
Filipino movie Shake Rattle & Roll (cameo. lol)
HK drama Triumph in the Skies 2 (cameo)
Korean drama Lee Soon Shin is the Best (mention)
Korean drama The Heirs (mention) and another
Teen Top covers BIGBANG’s Sunset Glow
T-Ara’s Eunjung imitating T.O.P
ChunJi lypsinced/danced to BIGBANG’s Last Farewell
various celebrity’s parody of BIGBANG’s Lies

still under construction like SERIOUSLY cos it’s a looooooooooong list 😛

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BIGBANG’s Total Sales *last update: 170907*

BIGBANG’s total digital and physical sales as well as concerts/tours…





(compiled by Mol @ onehallyu)

– For some albums released prior to the Gaon-era (2010-present), hanteo sales as well as sales from other stores are taken into account.
— In case of Stand Up, MIAK reported sales of 190,000 by the end of 2008.
— In case of Heartbreaker, a post on YG-Life in 2010 pointed out how Heartbreaker had surpassed sales of 248,000. Gaon sales were added on top of that number.

Gaon sales:
-Used by Golden Disk Awards and some of the other end-of-year awards
-These are shipments of albums from distributor to retailers, as reported by distributors.
-Example: Albums shipped from CJ E&M, Loen, Universal Music, etc. to retailers like Synnara, Hottracks, YesAsia, etc.
-Note 1: Only distributors that are members of the Korean Music Content Industry Association have their albums reported on Gaon.
-Note 2: SME, YGE, JYPE and other management companies do not deal directly with Gaon.
-Note 3: There CAN be a margin of error between actual shipments and the shipments reported by Gaon.

Hanteo sales:
-Used by Music Bank K-Chart and other weekly award shows
-These are sales of albums from retailers that are Hanteo’s member shops to consumers, plus an amount estimated generated by Hanteo’s sampling and data-mining for the remaining non-member shops.
-Example: Albums that you buy from YesAsia or DVDHeaven
-Note 1: Hanteo’s member stores cover approximately 85% of the sales in Korea.
-Note 2: There CAN be a margin of error between actual sales and the sales reported by Hanteo.
-Note 3: Sales are reported to Hanteo’s server and updated to the charts automatically, the data is NOT manually entered into the system.

BIGBANG’s ranking on Gaon Yearly Album Chart
Note: Gaon was launched in 2010 and started tracking sales in the beginning of the same year.

GD&TOP “GD&TOP: First Album” – 130,000
Taeyang “Solar” – 36,444
G Dragon “Shine A Light Live Album” – 35, 604
G Dragon “Heartbreaker” – 33,453 – released in 2009

Big Bang- Big Show 2010 Live Album 28,283
Taeyang “Solar (Deluxe Edition)” – 26,979
Taeyang “Solar (International)” – 21,182
Big Bang “2nd FULL Album: Remember” – 19,186 – released in 2008

BigBang “Tonight” – 136,594
BigBang “Tonight: Special Edition” – 89,371
Seungri “1st Mini Album V.V.I.P” – 41,812
GD&TOP “GD&TOP First Album” – 34,703 – released in 2010

BigBang “2011 Big Bang Live Concert Album `Big Show`” – 25,834

BigBang “Alive” – 266,848
G-Dragon “One Of A Kind” – 204,326
BigBang Special Edition `Still Alive` – 148,030
G-Dragon “Heartbreaker” – 16,792 – released in 2009

GD&TOP “GD&TOP First Album” – 16,518 – released in 2010

G-Dragon “COUP D’ETAT” – 195,603
Seungri “Let’s Talk About Love” – 77,532
G-Dragon “One Of A Kind” – 45,332 – released in 2012

G-Dragon “One Of A Kind In Seoul [2013 G-Dragon World Tour Live]” 20,031
BigBang “Alive Tour: 2012 BigBang Live Concert In Seoul” – 19,390
Big Bang “2013 Bigbang Alive Galaxy Tour: The Final In Seoul Live CD” – 18,466
T.O.P “Doom Dada (Special Edition)” – 16,704
BigBang “BigBang Special Edition `Still Alive` – 15,610 – released in 2012


BIGBANG’s ranking on Hanteo Top 100 Yearly Album Chart

Note: B versions and special/limited versions were combined with A versions/regular versions.
5. Big Bang – “Always” – 71,457
15. Big Bang – “Hot Issue” – 49,842
17. Big Bang – “Bigbang Vol. 1” – 46,751
77. Big Bang – “First Live Concert: The Real” – 14,098

Different versions were all counted together at this point, so unless specified, BCD versions or limited and special versions are all combined here with the A/regular version.
2. Big Bang – “Stand Up” – 154,980
4. Big Bang – “Remember” – 135,675
21. Taeyang – “Hot” – 47,034
30. Big Bang – “Hot Issue” – 35,235 – released in 2007

45. Big Bang – “2008 2nd Live Concert Album” – 27,567
60. Big Bang – “Always” – 22,059 – released in 2007

80. Big Bang – “Big Bang Vol. 1” – 15,741 – released in 2007

97. Big Bang – “Hot Issue” [reissue] – 12,123

Note: All versions were counted together on Hanteo up to about September 2009, so even though the listing says “regular edition” or “version A”, the number also includes sales of other versions (including some repackages) from January to September. (i.e. 3 months of sales for the other versions are counted elsewhere)
1. G-Dragon – “Heartbreaker” – 128,755
15. Big Bang – “Remember” – 46,277 released in 2008

22. Big Bang – “Big Show: 2009 Live Concert DVD” – 32,408
35. Big Bang – “Big Show: 2009 Live Concert Album” – 23,407
83. Big Bang – “Always” – 10,921 – released in 2007

84. Big Bang – “Hot Issue” [reissue] – 10,887 – released in 2008

90. Big Bang – “Stand Up” – 10,650 – released in 2008

95. Big Bang – “Big Bang Vol. 1” – 10,052 –released in 2007

11. GD & TOP – “GD&TOP” – 45,887
39. Taeyang – “Solar” (standard ed.) – 16,893
42. Taeyang – “Solar” (deluxe ed.) – 15,456
52. G-Dragon – “Shine A Light: Concert Live Album” – 12,516
56. Taeyang – “Solar” (international ed.) – 12,253
84. G-Dragon – “Heartbreaker” – 7,535 – released in 2009

4. Big Bang – “Tonight” – 122,908
14. Big Bang – “Tonight: Special Edition” – 56,509
30. GD&TOP – “First Album” – 27,975 – released in 2010

39. Seungri – “VVIP” – 21,538
64. Big Bang – “Big Show: 2011 Concert DVD” – 12,717
91. Big Bang – “Big Show 2011 Concert Live Album” – 8,117

2. Big Bang – “Alive” – 156,681
7. G-Dragon – “One of a Kind” – 115,452
11. Big Bang – “Still Alive” – 87,122

13. G-Dragon – “Coup D’etat” – 136,762
42. Seungri – “Let’s Talk About Love” – 26,239
63. G-Dragon – “One Of A Kind” – 15,071 released in 2012

75. Big Bang – “2012 Bigbang Alive Tour in Seoul DVD” – 11,806
95. Big Bang – “Still Alive” – 8,977 – released in 2012

99. TOP – “Doom Dada” (special ed) – 8,808
*out of top 100 but still,* GD&TOP – “GD&TOP 1st Album” – 6,237+ – released in 2010

Idol Group Total Career Hanteo Sales
*All data is through 2013 December 31 unless otherwise stated
*Anything listed separately by Hanteo (except reprints) counts as a different “version”, including repackages (i.e. different covers are not different versions)
*All DVDs, live albums, compilation albums, and “best of” albums excluded (i.e. albums not focused on new material)
*Solos and unit groups excluded
*Japanese albums/singles excluded, imported or otherwise
source: hanteo, gaon, PP + mol + Andy + fantomas + Dragonfly0915 @ OH!

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BIGBANG achievements from 2016 onwards!

LAST UPDATE: jan 11, 2017

this page is so ded. lol. BIGBANG’s MADE full album is doing so great i suddenly have the energy to compile some (cuz there’s a lot that i don’t think i can list everything at once) of BB’s achievements here. mostly recent…

-According to Soundscan, BIGBANG ranked in at 7th place in terms of cumulative sales for albums, DVD’s, and Blu-
Ray’s. The group had a total sales figure of 2.09 Billion Yen or around $19.2 million USD in the first half of 2016 and
they were the only K-pop artist to be placed in the top 20.

-BIGBANG T.O.P’s Curated Auction in Sotheby’s HK Breaks Records and Garners $17.5M

-BIGBANG is the first korean act to land on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 List

-this year, BIGBANG’s G-Dragon was appointed as Chanel’s new brand ambassador

-BIGBANG’s Daesung is set to hold his first solo
dome tour in japan, making him the second non-japanese solo artist to hold a dome tour in Japan. The first was none other than fellow BIGBANG member G-Dragon

-BIGBANG’s Japanese album “MADE SERIES” is
#20 on Oricon 2016 Yearly Chart, highest position for a korean.

-MADE SERIES album is the best-selling album by a korean artist in japan for 2016.

-IF YOU (with over 2mln DLs) and BANG3x (over 1.9mln DLs) topped KuGou's (1 of the 2 largest online music service in China) 2016 download chart. other BB songs also made it in the top 100

-"MADE THE FULL ALBUM" achieved 1 million digital sales in QQ Music (china's biggest music-streaming platform) in a span of 42 hours

-BIGBANG has the most number of MelOn roof hits for a group in 2016 with 22 roof hits for FXXK IT

-BIGBANG is still the only kpop boy group to achieve a Perfect All Kill on iChart

-BIGBANG achieves the Highest Melon First 24-hour Unique Listeners Group Songs of 2016

-BIGBANG set a new record of being the first-ever Korean group with five music videos surpassing the 100 million views mark on YouTube: “FANTASTIC BABY”, “BANG BANG BANG”, GD&TAEYANG’s “GOOD BOY”, “LOSER”, and now “BAD BOY”

-despite being inactive in korea for 2016, BIGBANG still landed at the 8th spot for Top 10 artists, and BIGBANG's G-Dragon #4 and Taeyang #9 for Top 20 individual idols in Gallup korea's annual popularity survey

credit: @hetthuocchua + shady_bigbang + yg-life + gallup + kpopchartsdata

(still under construction)

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Why has Big Bang been dominating the charts?

another interesting read about BIGBANG’s success in Korea. 🙂 this was written after the group released their 4th mini album Tonight, (=underrated by kpop fans, yet received positive responses from the critics:

Why has Big Bang been dominating the charts?

Chosun Weekly recently wrote an in depth article on the group’s recent success.

2 years and 3 months were only numbers, because when Big Bang finally released their comeback mini-album, “Tonight“, not only did it skyrocket to the top position on live music charts, but also sold 100,000 copies in a week, a truly remarkable feat in this era of 2 to 3 week promotion cycles.

They also made a specially-tailored comeback to broadcasting programs with “The Big Bang Show“, thanks to SBS.

The Big Bang frenzy isn’t just limited to the Korean peninsula, however. One of Japan’s most popular clothing brands, Uniqlo, created special-edition Big Bang t-shirts that went on to sell out in both countries.

And if you look further, it doesn’t stop just in Asia. ”Tonight” was 3rd on Billboard World Album Chart, and as high as 6th on the US iTunes Album Chart, all without any promotions in America. This exemplifies how far the reach of the Hallyu wave now extends in the world market.

Five years after their debut, Big Bang now reigns in business which is dominated by the ‘idols’. Not only is their music popular amongst the public, but music critics gave rave reviews, too. The individualized and unique activities of each member has also gone a long way in creating a marked contrast between Big Bang and the other male idol groups. Now, we want to ask why we are so drawn by these five men- G-Dragon, T.O.P., Taeyang, Daesung and Seungri.

Five years after their debut, their relationship has strengthened

The birth of Big Bang can be traced back to Yang Hyun Suk, president of YG Entertainment. Gummy and Big Mama had met the public’s desire for raw singing talent, but there still weren’t any groups that carried its distinct individual colors. Therefore, he decided to create a group to fill this gap of the music industry, and have ‘musician images’ for each member.

But they didn’t achieve success immediately after their debut. Although they released 3 singles in 4 months, their hip-hop/R&B style didn’t gain much traction with the public, since most were enraptured by idols who were visually appealing. It was few and far between to see a male idol group which put music and production ahead of popularity.

The turning point came one year after their debut, with the release of their 1st mini album “Always” (2007). The title song, “Lie” grabbed the attention of the public almost at once, and Big Bang swept the charts.

After “Lie” came a string of hits in “Last Farewell”, “Sunset Glow“, “Haru Haru“, and now, “Tonight“; each album the team released dominated its promotion cycle.

Once they decided to take this road, they didn’t give up. Big Bang has been working hard ever since their first hit, and despite the fact that they’re now the top stars in the music industry, they’re still doing the same things that they’ve been insisting on from the beginning.

Normally, after five years, most idol groups get into conflicts with their company, or are forced to be disbanded (for various reasons). However, Big Bang is unique among its peers, because the longer they’re in the industry, the stronger their relationship seems to become.

Singer-songwriter… the triumph of skill

Big Bang, with its inborn musical talent, maintains a strong lead among idol groups because they write their own songs. In 2007, Big Bang began to produce electronic music, which continued to borrow influences from hip-hop rhythms, but their sound design came from electronica, which helped them connect with the younger generation. Although electronic music has since become commonplace in the music industry, years ago, only groups like SNSD, the Wonder Girls and SG Wannabe tried it in their songs. This explains why Big Bang, which combines electronic music with new genres, has garnered such attention from the public.

Strong support of electronic music has been the key to Big Bang’s continued success. Both locally in Korea, and abroad on the Billboard charts, the electronic genre has continued to be popular since the 2000s.

The members of Big Bang have also shown their ability to compose their own songs, like “Lie” which was composed by leader G-Dragon. And when he participates in production, his musical skills grow as well. In their upcoming album, G-Dragon will be responsible for the production of all the songs, as well as collaborating with other famous composers, which is why fans are anticipating it. Whenever Big Bang promotes new songs, they want to introduce something new and tell us new stories. It is the reason why they are different from other ‘idols’, both in terms of their ‘clothing’ and ‘choreography’.

Music critics also treat Big Bang differently from other idol groups. They analyze their music separately, and treat the group as musicians rather than idols. The most important factor that determines the success of singers is the quality of their music, and Big Bang certainly has that.

Big Bang’s Fashionable Attire

They started a phenomenon not only with their music, but with their fashion, which has not only changed the public perception of idols, but also given the group a competitive edge. Their fashion style has also become a cultural phenomenon.

Big Bang didn’t lag behind in fashion. In fact, part of their explosive success with songs like “Lie” and “Last Farewell” may be attributed to their stage outfits, which were at the center of public attention. Many of the name-brand items they wore were imported, or simply unable to be purchased in Korea. Their use of brand-name products allowed them to pioneer new trends onstage with each performance. If a store was selling ‘Big Bang style’ clothes, their items would sell out.

This is a crucial part of their success. The costumes worn by SM, DSP, JYP, etc artists are created especially for the artists by their company, and so it’s difficult to for them to create a fashion trend that can be imitated right away.

Big Bang’s clothing style is an eclectic blend of hip-hop street style and sturdy practicality. A combination of fashion items from different styles created a unique color and personality for the group that distinguished them from the rest. And the fact that the younger generation follows the style of Big Bang shows how closely they connect with their idols.

There was no gap, even during their hiatus

The principal reason behind their continued popularity in Korea, even during their hiatuses, is their individual activities. Since the music industry turned digital, the popularity of an artist is measured by how well they place on music charts. It’s no mean feat for groups to maintain their popularity, but Big Bang’s members have had their own solo activities. In addition, they came up with the idea of forming a duet (GD&T.O.P.). While some members act, others who are talented in variety shows can make TV appearances, all of which allow the group to be in the public’s eye 365 days a year.

Therefore, although it’s been 2 years and 3 months since the members have joined together under the name of Big Bang, we don’t feel like they’ve been away for very long, since during this time, they’ve each released solo material.

Daesung has taken part in variety shows, T.O.P has participated in films, and even Seungri was in a musical. Moreover, in order to pave way for their comeback, their company has started their promotion since last December by producing GD&T.O.P duet album and then produced Seungri’s solo album in January.

So when we saw their comeback in February, they didn’t seem unfamiliar at all. Even after releasing 3 singles, 4 mini album and 2 full-length albums, Big Bang’s popularity is still high in Korea. Whenever they face difficulties, they address them with preparation and speed.

They have showed us how music can conquer the entertainment industry, and, with their advancement into the Japan market, we can anticipate more success for them in the future. Although electronic music is not as popular in Korea as it was in the past, we can believe that Big Bang can overcome these hurdles without any difficulties.

Source: Chosun Weekly
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BIGBANG’s list of awards

compilation of awards that BIGBANG won not only in Korea but internationally as well. some of these award shows are shady (with stupid policies like no show, no award blah blah blah,) unfortunately, politics exist everywhere.

Cyworld Digital Music Awards
2006 Big Bang Rookie of the Month (October)
2007 “Lies” Song of the Month (August)
2007 “Lies” Song of the Month (September)
2007 “Last Farewell” Song of the Month (December)
2008 “Haru Haru” Song of the Month (August)
2008 “Sunset Glow” Song of the Month (November)
2009 “Lollipop” (with 2NE1) Song of the Month (April)
2009 “Hallelujah” Bonsang
2009 Song of the Month (September) Heartbreaker (G-Dragon)
2009 Teens’ Choice Award G-Dragon
2009 “Heartbreaker” Song of the month (September) (G-Dragon)
2009 Ting’s Choice Award (G-Dragon)
2009 Bonsang Award (G-Dragon)
2011 Song of the Month (July) I Cheated (G-Dragon and Park Myungsoo)
2012 “Blue” Song of the Month (February)
2012 “Fantastic Baby” (March)

Gaon Chart Awards
2011 “Love Song” Song of the Month (April}
2012 “Blue” Song of the Month (February)
2012 “Fantastic Baby” Song of the Month (March)
2012 “Alive” Album of the Year (1st Quarter)

Golden Disk Awards
2007 Big Bang Digital Bonsang
2008 Big Bang Digital Bonsang
2013 Big Bang Digital Bonsang
2013 Big Bang MSN International Award
2013 G-Dragon CeCi Popularity Award
2013 G-Dragon One of a Kind Digital Bonsang

Melon Music Awards
2009 Album Of The Year Heartbreaker (G-Dragon)
2009 Top 10 Album of the Year Heartbreaker (G-Dragon)
2011 Tonight Bonsang
2011 Rap/Hip-Hop Song of the Year Oh Yeah (GD & TOP)
2012 Alive Bonsang

Mnet Asian Music Awards
2007 “Lies” Music Arrangement
2007 Big Bang Best Male Group
2007 “Lies” Song of the Year
2008 “Haru Haru” Mnet Music Portal Award
2008 “Haru Haru” Best Digital Single
2008 Big Bang Best Male Group
2008 Big Bang Artist of the Year
2009 Album Of The Year Heartbreaker (G-Dragon)
2010 Best Male Solo Artist (Taeyang)
2011 “Love Song” Best Music Video
2012 Big Bang Best Male Group
2012 Big Bang Guardian Angel
2012 Big Bang Artist of the Year
2012 Best Male Artist (G-Dragon)
2013 Best Male Solo Artist (G-Dragon)
2013 Best Dance Performance – Male Solo Crooked (G-Dragon)
2013 NISSAN JUKE Best Music Video Coup d’Etat (G-Dragon)
2013 Artist of the Year (G-Dragon)

Mnet 20’s Choice Awards
2008 Big Bang Hot Trend Musician
2009 “Lollipop” Hot Commercial Film Star (with 2NE1)

Seoul Music Awards
2007 Stand Up Disk Daesang
2007 Big Bang Record of the Year in Digital Release
2007 Big Bang Bonsang
2009 Big Bang Bonsang
2009 Remember Record of the Year
2009 Big Bang Mobile Popularity Award
2009 Big Bang High One Music Award
2013 Fantastic Baby Bonsang
2013 Record of the Year One of a Kind (G-Dragon)

Korean Music Awards
2008 Dance & Electronic Musician of the Year Netizen Vote Big Bang
2009 R&B/Soul Album of the Year Hot (Taeyang)
2009 R&B/Soul Song of the Year Only Look at Me (Taeyang)
2011 Male Musician of the Year Netizen Vote (Taeyang)
2013 Best Hip Hop Song “One of a Kind” (G-Dragon)
2014 Male Musician of the Year Netizen Vote (G-Dragon)

Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards
2010 Minister Commendations (Taeyang)

Japan Record Awards
2009 Big Bang New Artist
2009 Big Bang Best New Artist
2010 Big Bang Gold Award

Japan Gold Disc Award
2010 Big Bang Best 5 New Artists
2013 Alive Best 3 Albums (Asian)

Rhythmer Awards
2013 One of a Kind Best Hiphop Song of The Year

MTV Video Music Awards Japan
2010 “Gara Gara Go” Best New Artist Video
2010 “Koe wo Kikasete” Best Pop Video
2010 “Rain is Fallin” Best Collaboration Video (W-inds ft. G-Drgon)
2012 “Fantastic Baby -Ver.Final-” Best Dance Video

MTV Europe Music Awards
2011 Big Bang Best Asia Act
2011 Big Bang Best Worldwide Act

MTV Italy TRL Awards
2012 V.I.P Best Fanclub

Bugs Music Awards
2011 BIGBANG Best Male Group (Top 3)

Youtube Kpop Awards
2012 “Fantastic Baby” Top 3 Most Viewed Videos (3rd place)

8th MBC Korean Visual Arts Festival
2007 Male Singer Photogenic Award Big Bang

Nickelodeon Korea Kids’ Choice Awards
2008 Favorite Male Singer Big Bang
2009 Favorite Male Singer Big Bang

35th Korea Broadcast Award
2008 Newcomer Award Big Bang

21st Korea PD Awards
2009 Best Singer Award Big Bang

2009 Best Hits Song Festival
2009 Gold Artist Award Big Bang

42nd Japan Cable Broadcasting Award
2009 Best Newcomer Award Big Bang

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
2009 Artist of the Year Big Bang
2012 Big Bang‘s first photobook, ‘Extraordinary 20′s‘ Big Bang

United Nation Asia Pacific Global Tolerance with Music
2010 Global Unity Award Big Bang

Japanese Grand Prix du Disque
2010 Best Newcomer Big Bang

Space Shower Music Video Awards
2010 Best Choreography Video “Gara Gara Go” Big Bang

Singapore Entertainment Awards (SEA)
2011 Most Popular Korean Artist Big Bang

So-Loved Awards Europe
2011 Comeback Big Bang
2012 Best Band (Male) Big Bang
2012 Best EP(Mini Album) Alive
2012 Best Song Fantastic Baby
2012 Best Solo Artist-male (G-Dragon)

SBS PopAsia Awards
2012 Best Boy Group Big Bang
2012 Best Fan Group Big Bang
2012 Best Solo Act (G-Dragon)

Taiwan Warner Music
2012 Platinum Awards Tonight Special Edition
2012 Double Platinum Awards Alive (EP)

Youku Tudou Young Choice Awards
2013 Favorite International Artist (G-Dragon)

QQ Music Awards
2013 Most popular Korean-Japanese artist (G-Dragon)

YinYueTai V-Chart Awards 2014
2013 Top Male Artist (G-Dragon)

Remarkable German Korean Awards
2011 Best Male Group Big Bang
2012 Party Song of the Year Fantastic Baby
2012 Best Male Group Big Bang

Other Awards

47th Grand Bell Awards
2010 Hallyu Popularity (TOP)

Style Icon Awards
2010 2010 New Icon-Movie (TOP)
2013 Top 10 (G-Dragon)
2013 Style Icon of the Year (G-Dragon)

Blue Dragon Film Awards
2010 Best New Actor (TOP)
2010 Popularity (TOP)

Max Movie Award
2010 Best New Actor (TOP)

Paeksang Arts Award
2010 Best New Actor (TOP)
2010 Popularity Award – Actor in a Motion Picture (TOP)

Busan International Film Festival Asia Star Awards
2013 Rookie Awards Commitment (TOP)

MBC Entertainment Awards
2012 G-Dragon Style Guinness Award
2013 Jung Hyung-don & G-Dragon Best Couple Award

Music Show Awards

SBS’s Inkigayo
09.09 – Lies
12.16 – Last Farewell
12.16 – Last Farewell

01.13 – Last Farewell
08.24 – Haru Haru
08.31 – Haru Haru
09.07 – Haru Haru
11.30 – Sunset Glow
12.07 – Sunset Glow
12.14 – Sunset Glow

03.06 – Tonight
03.13 – Tonight
03.20 – Tonight
04.17 – Love Song
04.24 – Love Song
05.01 – Love Song

03.11 – Blue
03.18 – Blue
03.25 – Blue

-Individual Awards-

07.06 – Only Look at Me (Taeyang)
07.13 – Only Look at Me (Taeyang)
07.20 – Only Look at Me (Taeyang)

02.15 – Strong Baby (Seungri)
02.22 – Strong Baby (Seungri)
03.01 – Strong Baby (Seungri)
09.06 – Heartbreaker (G-Dragon)
09.13 – Heartbreaker (G-Dragon)
09.20 – Heartbreaker (G-Dragon)

07.18 – I Need a Girl (Taeyang)
07.25 – I Need a Girl (Taeyang)

01.09 – High High (G-Dragon & T.O.P)
01.06 – What Can I Do (Seungri)
02.13 – What Can I Do (Seungri)

09.15 – Coup D’état (G-Dragon)
09.22 – Crooked (G-Dragon)
09.29 – Crooked (G-Dragon)
11.24 – Ringa Linga (Taeyang)

Mnet’s M! Countdown
09.27 – Lies
10.25 – Lies

01.17 – Last Farewell
08.28 – Haru Haru
09.04 – Haru Haru
09.11 – Haru Haru
09.25 – Haru Haru
12.04 – Sunset Glow

03.03 – Tonight
03.10 – Tonight
03.17 – Tonight
04.28 – Love Song

03.08 – Blue
03.15 – Fantastic Baby
03.22 – Fantastic Baby

-Individual Awards-

06.19 – Only Look at Me (Taeyang)
06.26 – Only Look at Me (Taeyang)
07.03 – Only Look at Me (Taeyang)
01.22 – Strong Baby (Seungri)
02.05 – Strong Baby (Seungri)
02.19 – Strong Baby (Seungri)
02.26 – Strong Baby (Seungri)
09.10 – Heartbreaker (G-Dragon)
09.17 – Heartbreaker (G-Dragon)
09.24 – Heartbreaker (G-Dragon)

07.08 – I Need a Girl (Taeyang)
07.15 – I Need a Girl (Taeyang)
09.02 – I’ll Be There (Taeyang)
12.30 – Oh Yeah (G-Dragon & T.O.P)

01.06 – High High (G-Dragon & T.O.P)
01.27 – V.V.I.P (Seungri)
02.03 – What Can I Do (Seungri)
02.10 – What Can I Do (Seungri)

09.27 – Crayon (G-Dragon)
10.04 – Crayon (G-Dragon)
10.11 – Crayon (G-Dragon)

09.12 – Black (G-Dragon)
09.19 – Black (G-Dragon)
09.26 – Crooked (G-Dragon)

KBS’s Music Bank

09.07 – Lies
10.05 – Lies
10.12 – Lies
12.14 – Last Farewell
12.21 – Last Farewell

01.11 – Last Farewell
02.01 – Last Farewell
08.22 – Haru Haru
09.05 – Haru Haru
09.12 – Haru Haru
09.19 – Haru Haru
09.26 – Haru Haru
11.21 – Sunset Glow
11.28 – Sunset Glow
12.26 – Sunset Glow

03.04 – Tonight
03.11 – Tonight
03.18 – Tonight
04.22 – Love Song

03.06 – Blue
03.16 – Blue

-Individual Awards-
08.28 – Heartbreaker (G-Dragon)
09.04 – Heartbreaker (G-Dragon)
09.11 – Heartbreaker (G-Dragon)
09.18 – Heartbreaker (G-Dragon)
09.25 – Heartbreaker (G-Dragon)

07.16 – I Need a Girl (Taeyang)

09.20 – Who You (G-Dragon)
09.27 – Crooked (G-Dragon)

“in reality, Big Bang doesn’t even need these awards.

The five members have already proven that they are true artists, and these awards just serve as reminders for the group to continue to strive higher and bring better music to its many fans all around the world.
” – Mnet

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An in-depth piece about Big Bang’s impact in Korea written by Kang Myung Suk (music critic and former editor-in-chief of 10Asia magazine)

note: please listen to BIGBANG’s “Lie” while reading the entire article. lol 😛

About the music business without talking about music – BIGBANG

Bigbang Part I : Succeeding like a lie

In these articles I don’t usually talk about music, but for Bigbang I’m going to talk about music, to be more specific talk about ‘Lies’. In that time, the one song ‘Lies’ satisfied all the music consumers in Korea. This song was the best to put as their bgm(background music) for their personal homepages, was first on the music charts for weeks and even made Bigbang shine on stage. Bigbang through ‘Lies’ became a group that had did well in music sales and a group where all the members became stars.

The reaction for the song ‘Lies’ starts from the unique characteristic of this song. As everyone knows, the song was influenced by the Sibuya musicians such as Free Tempo or Daishi Dance. In the beginning of the song there is a piano melody, and in the hook the entire rhythms storm; this reminds us of the Sibuya musicians. However, ‘Lies’ doesn’t only remind us about the sound of the Sibuya musicians. ‘Lies’, from the start to the end, is led by the rhythm. The only piano part that makes the melody repeats itself, making it a repeated beat. These songs usually become a performance song where the repeated sound is emphasized, or there are a lot of cases where the repeated part is emphasized more than the melody. FreeTempo’s ‘Sky high’ which ‘Lies’ had a quarrel about plagerising(which was not true), have the melody repeat itself again and again.

But, in ‘Lies’ in this sound he put in all the developments that normal kpop has. ‘Lies’ melody development starts out very softly, but when it comes to the hook ‘I’m so sorry but I love you…’ until this ends the song is at the peak, then in the middle of the song the song rises again because of the rapping part, and in the end part before the climax of the song there is a bridge ‘I’m only like this / I still cant forget you’. If you divide the melody up ‘Lies’ has all the development it needs to be a song and all the elements develop in a predictable way.

The Sibuya style sound is not very new anymore. So is the development of kpop. However, it is hard too find both of these in one song balanced out well still having the characteristics of each. The ‘sound’ of this song was better than the normal kpop, and the melody development was easy for anyone to enjoy. Before ‘Lies’ came out, the music charts were dominated by medium tempo ballad songs. Songs with an R&B style rhythm with orchestra or synthesizer sounds which where easy to listen to. The strong vocals put a lot of power into the predictable melody line and made an impact. So, these songs were suitable to put them as bgms, or as colorings.

‘Lies’ satisfied the public in a different way from these heavy medium tempo ballad songs. This repeated sound with an electronica basis gave a different feeling from the existing kpop, but at the same time was easy to listen to as a bgm. But on the other hand, the existing development of kpop was well mixed in with this song so anyone could easily enjoy the song. It could be a calm song if you wanted to, or it could even be an exciting song that you would like to sing along. Of course before ‘Lies’ a lot of people were listening to FreeTempo and Daishi Dance. But that’s the same for lounge music and Latin music too. In Korea, these songs that were based on the sound weren’t able to come into the mainstream market. Or when it did come in it became ‘kpop-ized’ and only had some of the sounds in it. ‘Lies’ made us listen to the Sibuya style sounds in the most popular way it could. The music that was good and polishing that we couldn’t easily go near, all a sudden became a song that we could sing at the karaoke.

The characteristics or ‘Lies’ is also directly reflected in the music video. The story in ‘Lies’ is not very different from the existing dramatized music video stories. A guy goes into jail for the girl he loves. But, this music video doesn’t just bluntly tell us the story word by word. The story was conveyed by a very concise edited video, and in between the members of Bigbang sing while following the girl around. The parts where Bigbang sing and the music video’s story line also are linked. Bigbang doesn’t have to ‘act’ to show their song and fashion style all they want. The plotline isn’t new, but the way they conveyed the story was new. ‘Lies’ had the elements that the market requested for them as their poll, filled up the rest of the elements with things that did not come into our mainstream market yet, and completed it as one building.

However the popularity of ‘Lies’ is not only because of the great balance between the existing kpop style and the new stuff. The more important thing is the unique ‘thing’ that came out in the process of balancing them out. Everyone wants to try to preserve the unique characteristics of the sound and make it have the existing kpop structure. The problem is how you do it. ‘Lies’ resolves this by its very unique melody structure. Most kpop usually has a structure that gradually increases. In the process the melody rises gradually and is at the climax near the end of the songs. Most ballad songs have this structure, and songs with rap usually have this structure rap-melody-rap-melody-bridge-melody. If you express this as a graph, it’s a straight line from the bottom left that goes up to the right.

On the other hand ‘Lies’ is like a staircase graph. In this song the rap and melody the members sing doesn’t link to each other, but the parts are broken and the mood of the song is raised in a short amount of this. After G-Dragon’s rapping part, melody wise with no connections ‘Without you, I can’t smile’ melody appears, then after that ‘It’s like shit…’ appears, and then the song right away goes into the hook ‘I’m so sorry but I love you…’. In the second verse TOP’s rap and Daesung’s melody come after one another and in an instant the song comes to one of it’s highlights ‘Loner who’s left alone…’, then after the rap and melody cross over one another ‘I’m so sorry but I love you…’ appears again.

The melody of ‘Lies’ is not connected as one, but it’s more like many pieces are just gathered together. This is because ‘Lies’ is more based on the rhythm than the sound or melody. When a new rhythm comes out the mood of the song changes, the song’s melody is replaced by another melody with a new rhythm. This structure was the core of making ‘Lies’ first on all the online charts and even making Bigbang on the top of the game. The melody rose rapidly so the members could come into their parts making a large impact, and the song goes to its climax in a short about of time. You can hear the hook of ‘Lies’ in less than one minute of the song, and in the end parts the bridge is right before the hook and the song is at its climax. When you listen to it on the computer it’s suitable as a BGM, but on stage the climaxes come out restlessly in ‘Lies’. And, during this the members get a chance to appeal themselves.

The overall development of ‘Lies’ is very experienced and skilled, making us doubt G-Dragon’s age. G-Dragon didn’t stop by repeated melodies that rise rapidly, but also when you see the song structure as a whole, the song rises. In the first verse G-Dragon and Seungri cross over each other with their rap and melody slowly building up the tension and finally reveals the hook; on the other hand in verse two TOP and Daesung develop the song in a similar way but TOP’s rap comes out strong and makes a larger impact than it did in verse 1. In the end of the song the bridge and hook brings the song to its climax. In verse one where he could’ve just made it loser, he puts in the line ‘It’s like shit’ and makes the song have a fiercer feel. These days there are ‘hook songs’ that cannot give an impact except with their repeated melody; but on the other hand ‘Lies’ when you see it as a whole, and when you see the parts separately there are no useless parts. This is why TOP’s rap part and the vocal parts are easy to remember too. G-Dragon made this song with memorable rap and melody pieces, and Bigbang through this song could show their completed style and the characteristics of each of the members at the same time.

This is why ‘Lies’ had an explosive reaction over the existing idol market. This song has this generation’s culture fortune that listened to Lula and Jinusean’s music in his childhood, listened to FreeTempo and Maroon 5 when he grew up, and can pull off the style mixing in hip-hop style clothing and other style clothing. ‘Lies’ has the generation’s code who wants to be a step forward in the trend but comfortable at the same time, and that wants to stand out but also somewhat mix in at the same time. This was a market that not exist before Bigbang’s ‘Lies, and this was the moment where the idols met this generation’s emotions.

But the interesting thing is this song that is like scenery made of pieces has also some minor and depressing characteristics. ‘Lies’ is a explosive song that runs to its climax, but the parts that make up this structure are calm and melancholy. The piano melody that is the theme for ‘Lies’, and G-Dragon’s rap and Seungri’s vocal in verse one, progress with a low tone. The parts that actually give us an explosive feeling is in verse two in TOP’s rap and the hook. In ‘Lies’ all the verses are wrapped up by a strong hook, but the process of this is more like the feelings are building up gradually than being exciting. Also in the hook ‘I’m so sorry but I love you it was all a lie, I didn’t know, I need you’, instead of going on with the powerful melody, in the ‘Eeya mollatsuh(I didn’t know’ part the notes go low and make the mood calm. You can excitingly enjoy ‘Lies’, but it doesn’t burst out all the feelings. In the hottest points the melody of ‘Lies’ leaves some aftereffect. This is probably one of the reasons why it was able to maintain its originality. Exploding, but doesn’t burst out all the feelings and ‘Lies’ became a cool song. It became a song that we wouldn’t be fed up with for a long time. Also, this became Bigbang’s stage and their appearance. Bigbang through ‘Lies’ not only did they make a new group image, but also made their group style that they’ve showed from before to define their group identity.

The path that Bigbang went after ‘Lies’ is also the story of how they changed these feelings. If ‘Lies’ is the root of Bigbang’s identity until now, the activities after this of Bigbang is how they varied this. This is the different between ‘Lies’ and ‘Haru Haru’, and also ‘Sunset Glow’. The things I’m going to talk about next are about that.

Bigbang Part II : Between a style icon and a national idol group

Since I’ve talked about the more musical things in Part 1, now I’m going to talk about everything except the music. The reason I’ve talked musically about the song ‘Lies’ is because it is impossible to explain about Bigbang without those explanations. Also it is not common to see the music(to be more specific their title tracks) that Bigbang has showed us, directly impact the flow of the music market. Bigbang through ‘Lies’ became a top star, and found a new market that the other idol groups have not found before. The big hit of ‘Lies’ showed us that idol groups could not only be the style icon for their fans, but also for the people that were living in the same time era. Everyone put the songs of idols as their background music for their homepages or blog, and guys around Bigbang’s age wore the Bigbang style clothing. When an idol group comes in contact with the ‘public’ over their fans, the commercial impact is phenomenal. They appeared on CFs that were targeted for teenagers and people in their twenties; in that age range the Bigbang fandom that grew larger and consumed the products they put out.

It is impossible for a group to do this with only one hit song. For example, if Bigbang came out with a ballad song after ‘Lies’ would they have been able to gain the popularity they have right now? The song could of somewhat succeeded, but the place that they had as the ‘style icon’ wouldn’t have been as firm. The new market was stirred up by ‘Lies’; the consumers wanted Bigbang to have the style that ‘Lies’ had, and Bigbang needed to bring out a song that was on the same lines as ‘Lies’.

From that point, the songs in their second mini album, ‘Fool’ and ‘Last Farewell’ were an intelligent choice. YG Entertainment released the second mini album not far after they finished their promotions for the first mini album. The album with the songs was different, however ‘Last Farewell’ and ‘Fool’ had the momentum of the group that had made a big hit with ‘Lies’. Bigbang in those two songs wore street fashion clothing that was on the line of ‘Lies’, and the two songs had a basis of electronica music like ‘Lies’.

However, the two songs didn’t just simply repeat ‘Lies’, but played a variation Bigbang’s style. ‘Fool’ and ‘Last Farewell’ are the two variations of ‘Lies’. ‘Fool’ has the ‘slow, low, gloomy’ part of ‘Lies’, and ‘Last Farewell’ had the ‘fast, high, exciting’ parts. The song development in ‘Fool’ is the same as ‘Lies'(Please refer to PART 1 about how ‘Lies’ was written). ‘The order of the member’s parts, melody and rap in ‘Lies’ is almost fully repeated in ‘Fool’. However this does not mean that ‘Fool’ is the repetition of ‘Lies’. G-Dragon in the same structure, was able to bring out a more calm, gloomy and sentimental melody. The voices were thinner, and in the hook they don’t rush in with power like they did in ‘Lies’; it is more like they chanted it. However, ‘Last Farewell’ emphasizes the explosiveness from ‘Lies’ even more. The tempo’s fast, and in the hook a simple and explicit melody ‘baby baby..’ appears. Contrary to ‘Fool’, this is probably why Brave Brothers participated in writing ‘Last Farewell’. Brave Brothers, like we’ve seen in ‘Crazy’, is good at writing melodies that are short and easy to remember. In the hook of ‘Last Farewell’ Bigbang dances a dance that can easily be danced by anyone; this shows the characteristics of this song(The sharing of works between G-Dragon and Brave Brothers is clearer when you hear ‘Crazy’ and ‘Saturday Night’ which he wrote by himself). ‘Fool’ emphasized the more sentimental feeling of ‘Lies’, and ‘Last Farewell’ released the style that Bigbang showed in ‘Lies’ even more to appeal to the public. This isn’t the best metaphor, but it is like how Apple made a big hit with Ipod and released the Nano and Shuffle to vary their products. So they showed the ‘Bigbang style’ to the public in a way that they would not get fed up with it; they showed different products so they would easily like it.

During this process Bigbang dominated a specific market. At that time Bigbang showed their own music and fashion, and Bigbang showed a variety of products so their consumers didn’t have to try to go find another team. The solo activities during the first half of 2008 hardened the cool and stylish image of Bigbang. Taeyang’s ‘Only Look at Me’ was not only popular, but even was acknowledged for the musicality by receiving an R&B award from the ‘Public Music Awards Ceremony’. G-Dragon became a fashionista that was acknowledged by fashion magazines. On top of this Daesung showed himself in variety shows, Seungri showed himself in a musical and TOP was casted for . Bigbang did this while maintaining their style extended their popularity. If you exclude their music, fashion, drama, musical, variety show, movies etc. the Bigbang members are just normal guys that enjoy their cultural life. They exist in all of the cultures of people around their ages, and were able to make themselves shine in that market in a way that was suitable for them. They made their music and fashion ‘cool’ and in variety shows they tried their best. The reason TOP was able to kiss Lee Hyori was because of the unique characteristics of Bigbang. They are an idol group with a fixed fandom, but they are also guys that are in their twenties that can be cool outside of the territories of their fandom.

‘Haru Haru’ and ‘Sunset Glow’ is a choice that came from Bigbang as the dominator of the music market. Bigbang through their first album found a new market, in their second mini album varied their products and by the solo activities they made their shares in the market firm. This is the ideal situation, but at the same time it means that the profit that they can gain from this field is at a saturated state. When they sell their albums, they can sell more than 200,000 and all the tickets for their performances are sold out. To receive more than this, they needed to expand their market.

This is why YG chose ‘Haru Haru’ and ‘Sunset Glow’. Some of the parts in ‘Haru Haru’ remind us of ‘Lies’. Like ‘Lies’ it starts with a piano accompaniment, and like it did in ‘Lies’ there is a hook that has a strong beginning ‘When you leave don’t look back…’. However ‘Haru Haru’ is subtly different from ‘Lies’ in many parts. Instead of having the rap and melody cross over each other, they have a development that was from the rap to the hook. Instead of how TOP had a rap part that was like a solo performance in the second verse of ‘Lies’, the song shows a similar development in the first and second verse. Also, in ‘Haru Haru’ the simple rhythm is the core of the song, contrary to ‘Lies’ where the rhythm splendidly is built up. In ‘Haru Haru’, the rest of the empty spaces are filled with the synthesizer that sounds like an orchestra.

Thus, ‘Haru Haru’ is easier for the public to easily understand than ‘Lies’. Instead of the complicated rhythm, the melody of the synthesizer comes in and instead of the kaleidoscopic development, there was the more predictable development; so, more people could come in contact with the song with less pressure. Look at how the hooks of ‘Haru Haru’ and ‘Lies’ differ. It’s the same that the melody is catchy and the voices of the members are strong, but in ‘Lies’ in the part where they sing ‘eeya mollatsuh(oh I didn’t know)’ all a sudden the tone drops and leaves a melancholy feeling. On the other hand in ‘Haru Haru’ ‘Gurukjuguk haengbokhaeyadweh(you have to be somewhat happy)’, they shout out the feelings making their voices even a little rough. In ‘Lies’ they finish off having their feeling cool, but in ‘Haru Haru’ they shout out their feelings.

Until they released ‘Haru Haru’, there was no song that was like ‘Lies’, and the public could not consume the ‘Bigbang style’ without Bigbang. At this point, Bigbang released a newly designed product that still had the style that ‘Lies’ had, that the public could easily contact. The consumers still consumed ‘Haru Haru’, and the public that still did not enter Bigbang’s market yet started to get to know Bigbang’s music, style and members. Bigbang’s ‘Haru Haru’ music video was parodied by , and in an end of the year awards ceremoniy Kin Gura(comedian) mimicked TOP.

Of course you cannot only focus on the profit side for the intentions of the creator. You cannot say that ‘Haru Haru’ is a better song than ‘Lies’, but it has a different charm. Near the end of the second verse, by TOP’s fierce rapping and the synthesizer the climax is brought up; you can say that Bigbang increased the repertories that they could show. However, G-Dragon doesn’t compose/produce the Bigbang albums himself; YG’s owner Yang Hyunsuk does not only produce, but also participates in the mixing. Through ‘Sunset Glow’ you can clearly see the route that YG wanted from Bigbang. The song ‘Sunset Glow’ wouldn’t of come out if YG didn’t want to make Bigbang the ‘national idol group’. ‘Crazy Dog’ which they sampled from Seotaiji and Boy’s ‘Hwansangsokeui Geudae(You in the fantasy)’ brought one of the sounds and rebuilt the melody. Also Seotaiji and Boys and Bigbang were the starting point of the same group, so the justification as a tribute was reasonable.

However, ‘Sunset Glow’ is hard to find a connection with Bigbang’s music looking into the time period or just musically. Also they sampled ‘Sunset Glow’s main melody. Of course, you could say that sampling a legendary song is a new experiment. However, the result of ‘Sunset Glow’ is far away from that. The original song’s melody became the core of the song and the melody and original structures that they showed in ‘Lies’ and ‘Haru Haru’ disappeared. But instead, like in a lot of dance songs, the rap and hook are just grafted together. There were no tries like the reform of ‘Lies’ where they mixed in the Sibuya sounds and the popular music basis together well, or how they found a new way to develop the melody differently in ‘Haru Haru’. This gets even clearer when you compare ‘Sunset Glow’ with the series of albums they released in Japan.

Of course, while going through ‘Sunset Glow’ Bigbang received a lot of popularity. Bigbang from a survey came in second after Jang Yoonjung(trot singer) as a ‘national singer’. When an idol group has starts to hear that they are a ‘national singer’, they can have infinite choices in doing things. Bigbang is on many CF such as cell phones, beer, drinks, PMP and even games. Their own essay book became second for sales for the first half of 2009. It was possible for Bigbang to sell more books than their CDs because of the parent generation that moved. Bigbang who’s dominated the younger generation, became a ‘nation singer’. There will be nothing that Bigbang won’t be able to do in Korea.

However, the merits of ‘Sunset Glow’ overlap with this. ‘Sunset Glow’ made everyone get to know that Bigbang is becoming a ‘national singer’. Bigbang filmed a music video with Taean as the background, and in KBS’s end of the year music program they sang with Lee Moonsae(original singer of Sunset Glow). The style icons for the twenties all of a sudden started to deal with the whole country. ‘Sunset Glow’ made more of the public get to know about Bigbang, but was a choice that could made Bigbang’s ‘core’ go father away from them. Actually, ‘Sunset Glow’ didn’t’ do as good as ‘Lies’ or ‘Haru Haru’ on the digital online music charts. ‘Lies’-‘Last Farewell’ hardened the market for Bigbang, but ‘Haru Haru’-‘Sunset Glow’ hardened the new market they were aiming for but at the same time had the danger of losing their original market. This is why some of the fandoms opposed to ‘Sunset glow’ and their essay book that had their success stories in it. They liked the Bigbang that brought the new trend, not the Bigbang that talked about their success stories like adults.

Still these problems have not been raised up yet. If their book didn’t do as well, then this problem would’ve been published by the media. But the sales of Bigbang’s book was outstanding, and broke through this crisis by receiving compliments from Lee Whehsoo(writer) who’s known as a ‘cool teacher’. However there is no guarantee that they are going to have the same result again next time. And, more than anything, the style Bigbang has shown from ‘Lies’ to ‘Sunset Glow’ all are based on the specific style that started off from ‘Lies’. Until now, that style was with this generation’s style. But there is no guarantee that this generation’s consumers will keep consuming the same style. Like how it’s obvious the trend changes, the consumers right now could want another ‘Lies’ to speak by proxy to the trend right now. Bigbang is at the point where they will have to show the public if ‘Lies’ is only one of the styles they can bring out, or if that is the only style they can show.

So at this point what Bigbang needs to make an attempt to break the frame of a ‘national idol’ once more. During one of the year end music programs at SBS, G-Dragon rapped with Dynamic Duo. This was a memorable moment where YG and Movement made a collaboration, but it also reminded the people how Bigbang could naturally go out of the idol boundaries and present a new style for their generation. If until now they’ve broadened their market, now it is the time that they have to come back to their original market.

The fortunate thing is that YG proved that they know what Bigbang’s true nature is through Bigbang and 2NE1’s ‘Lollipop’. YG has put Bigbang with a new group, and interlocked with a cell phone CF by their song and music video. The song swept first place in many music charts and 2NE1 received a lot of spotlight even before their debut. But, YG wisely didn’t make a consumption of Bigbang in this huge project for 2NE1. Instead, YG offered a colorful music video and a stylish song that made Teddy’s producing skills shine. ‘Lollipop’ reminded us once more that Bigbang is a style icon. If Bigbang can renovate their own style, they’ll be able to spread their own style in a larger market than they had in ‘Lies’. There is only one thing Bigbang has to do. They have to open a post ‘Lies’ era. Their long run depends on this.

Original article written by Kang Myungsuk.
Translated by Beau @ bbvipz
taken from mol @ oh!

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Just some of BIGBANG’s achievements part 2…*last update: 30th August, 2014*

it’s 2014 and i’m sure we all miss our BIGBANG. so while we’re waiting for BIGBANG’s comeback whether this summer or early next year, let’s refresh our memory with what they’ve achieved (and the good times) after the success of their 2012 album Alive. remember how BIGBANG conquered the world with their Alive Galaxy Tour?

they had the record for the most numbers of concert attendees and are yet to be broken by any Korean act:
-Malaysia @ Stadium Merdeka (18,000-20,000)
-Philippines @ MOA Arena (13,000)
-Anaheim USA @ Honda Center (24,000)
-Newark USA @ Prudential Center (24,000)
-Peru @ Jockey Club del Perú (12,000-13,000)
-London England @ Wembley Arena (24,000)

-Shows of the Alive tour were sold out in every country that BB attended. Due to high demand, additional shows were requested to be added to the shows in some cities including Anaheim, New Jersey, London, Singapore and Hong Kong.

-They have also broken records during Alive tour, including (but not limited to) having the highest concert ticket sales in Taiwan by a Korean artist.

-Alive Tour won as the Best MOA arena concert and ranked #2 for Best Foreign Concert in Philippines’ Manila Concert Scene Awards for 2012

-Radio Programas del Perú ranked Alive tour as the best concert in South America for 2012

-Among the New York Times’ Best Concerts of 2012

-Alive Galaxy Tour attracted an estimated 800,000 attendees some of them includes big stars, celebrities and prominent figures in various Asian countries and even those non-Asian celebs like Glee Stars Kevin McHale & Harry Shum, Jedward…


-BIGBANG’s “Alive” album debuted at #150 US Billboard 200 charts selling 4,000 copies. This is the first time that any Kpop artist has landed on this chart without US promotion and gimmicks.

-BIGBANG broke a previous record by being a Korean artist to reach #3 on Top 10 Overall albums on US iTunes with “Alive”. The original record was set by BIGBANG in 2011 with “Tonight”, peaking @ #7.

-G-Dragon’s “One of a Kind” album also broke into the Billboard 200 chart, landing at #161, making him the 3rd Kpop artist to land on the chart, also without US promotions and gimmicks.

-G-Dragon was named the #1 songwriter of 2012, writing 17 successful songs in this year alone.


BIGBANG took a year off as a group since 2013 only to prove that they can also shine as individual artists.


-Daesung successfully debuted in Japan as a solo artist. His album D’scover reached #2 on Oricon Weekly Charts, his single I Love You reached #5 on Oricon Daily chart and #1 on USEN J-POP request ranking chart, and his D-Live DVD reached #3 on Oricon DVD Chart.

-D’scover was nominated for an album cover award (Music Jacket Gallery 2013), making him the only Korean artist to enter the list of nominees.

-Daesung was able to hold an MC position for MTV Japan’s ‘D-LITE & VJ Boo D’splay’, which was actually its second season as the show had been popular enough for additional airing.

-Daesung held his first solo tour across Japan in 2013 entitled “D-Lite D’scover Tour 2013 in Japan” successfully which included the highly sought after, Yokohoma Arena (capacity: 17,000). There were a total of 21 shows and the tour was sold out, seating over 100,000 fans.

-Daesung tops Japan’s iTunes with single Rainy Rainy

-Daesung also tops Oricon’s daily chart with 2nd Japanese album “D’slove” and ranks 2nd at Oricon’s weekly chart selling more than 37,000 copies.

-Daesung successfully finished “D-Lite Tour 2014 in Japan ~D’slove~”! attracting 170,000 people making him the first Korean Solo Singer To Attract More Than 100,000 People To Tour for 2 Consecutive Years


-Despite not even originally being in the YGE’s lineup, Seungri managed to release a successful album in both Korea and Japan. In Korea, Seungri managed to sell over 77,000 physical copies, which is a huge increase from his previous album VVIP, which sold over 44,000 copies.

-Let’s Talk About Love (EP) managed to reach #2 on Billboard’s World Albums. Additionally, Let’s Talk About Love also ranked in top 50 in 12  iTunes charts including the US.

-Let’s Talk About Love as a Japanese debut solo album also ranked well. It ranked #1 on USEN J-Pop Chart and #1 on Oricon Daily Chart.

-Through his Japanese album, Seungri revealed his first Japanese-written song, ‘Sorani Egaku Omoi’, and even before its official release, the song was selected as the theme song of the drama ‘Yubi Koi’.

-Seungri was the first Korean to host a cable show (on Fuji TV) in Japan.

-Seungri was recently casted in SBS’ Weekend drama “Angel Eyes” starring Goo Hye Sun.


-Doom Dada was released with no official promotions, however, the song managed to hit number one on numerous various Korean music charts, achieving an all-kill. Additionally, Doom Dada was even nominated on more than one occasion for a weekly music award.

-Doom Dada managed to reach #1 on iTunes charts in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Macao, and Malaysia.

-Doom Dada’s physical single has sold more than 17,000 copies so far

-The Commitment, a film starring TOP as a lead, was released in 588 screens in Korea alone. However, the movie was also released internationally in countries including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Taiwan, Germany, Canada, and USA.

-The Commitment managed to achieve the #1 spot in Korea’s nationwide box office and managed to attract more than 1 million audiences. As this was at about the same time as Doom Dada’s release, TOP was topping both music charts as well as the box office

-TOP won the “Rookie Award” at the Asia Star Awards in Busan International Film Festival, he was the only Korean Actor that won an award in the ceremony.

-TOP’s photo randomly appeared in website, global superstar. (lol)

-TOP was crowned the Sexiest Male Artist of 2013 by FuseTV. Britney Spears was the female winner.

-TOP was recognized by the renowned American music magazine Rolling Stone and listed him as one of the “hottest sex symbols of 2013“. T.O.P. is the only Korean and the only Asian among the 20 sexy stars in the list. Rolling Stone described T.O.P. as the Justine Timberlake of Asia and went on to say Big Bang is a star boyband gaining much popularity in the West.

-TOP’s “Doom Dada” Special EditionDVD tops Oricon’s daily chart and ranks 2nd on the weekly chart.

-TOP just finished his new movie Tazza 2: Hand of God and is set to premiere on Sept 4th.


-Immediately after the release of Ringa Linga, the track ranked number one on various Korean music charts including Genie, Mnet, Bugs, Olleh Music, Soribada, Naver Music, Cyworld Music, Daum Music.

-Despite the delay of Ringa Linga’s MV release, it was clear that anticipation was still high as three of the ten top search terms were related to Taeyang at the time.

-A short and incomplete promotion period also did not stop Taeyang from snagging weekly music awards as well as being named Inkigayo’s Top Artist of the Week.

-Ringa Linga also claimed the #1 spot on iTunes charts in 7 different countries including Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, and Macau.

-Taeyang and G-Dragon both made it into YouTube’s top 20 most viewed K-POP music videos. These included G-Dragon’s “Coup D’etat” at #20, Taeyang’s “Ringa Linga (Dance Version)” at #19, Taeyang’s “Ringa Linga” at #16, G-Dragon’s Crooked at #12 and G-Dragon’s Michigo at #10.

-Taeyang’s 2nd studio album Rise was released online in June 3 achieving an All-Kill (#1 on all charts) in Korea. Rise was also #1 on the iTunes Album Chart in 10 countries (top 50 in 21 countries). At its peak, ‘Rise’ was #1 on iTunes R&B/SOUL Album Chart in 19 countries to include USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Russia, Hong Kong, and Denmark (top 50 in 25 countries).

-following G-Dragon’s footsteps, Taeyang became the 2nd solo Korean artist with a Korean album to debut on Billboard 200 chart, ranking at #112.

-Rise album is the third highest charting K-pop album, and also the highest charting K-pop album by a solo artist, #1 on Billboard World Albums Chart, and #1 on Heatseekers Albums Chart. the album also ranked 1st in Japan’s biggest music site, Recochoku and Japan’s iTunes pop album chart (ranking #2 on overall album chart), garnering much popularity from the local fans. The achievement is especially meaningful as the album is a Korean version.

-Taeyang made a record by becoming the first Korean solo artist to top Melon’s weekly album chart for 5 consecutive weeks.

-Upon release of the Coup D’Etat album, all of the songs claimed the top spots on various music charts, gaining him an all-kill. This album broke a record on Melon as the most accessed album within 24 hours. Four of his songs (Black, Coup D’Etat, Crooked, Who You?) all won awards for being number one on weekly music shows. Coup D’Etat topped the September monthly charts of both Gaon and Hanteo.

-G-Dragon has either been in collaboration with or will be in collaboration with the following artists/producers from outside of Korea: Diplo, Boyznoize, Bauuer, Justin Bieber, Skrillex, Sky Ferreira, Pharrell Williams, and Missy Elliott.

-G-Dragon’s fashion sense has been recognized numerous times as he won Style Icon of the Year at the Style Icon Awards in Korea. He was also named one of GQ’s best dressed men of the week alongside other figures as Gerard Butler, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Liam Hemsworth.

-G-Dragon was shown to be the only idol-composer in a list of top 5 highest earning composers (via royalties) in Korea. He ranked #5 with royalties amounting to 790,000,000 won ($711,000), alongside other composers such as Teddy and Park Jin Young.

-Since the chart began in 1995, no South Korean artist has landed on the year-end chart that ranks the most album units sold by artists Billboard has classified in the “world” genre. G-Dragon, however, managed to rank #9 this year, allowing him to share the achievement of being one of the first ever Korean acts, along with SHINee who rank #10, to secure a spot on this chart.

-G-Dragon is the only K-POP act in 2013 to enter the Billboard 200.

-G-Dragon alone took home four awards from the Mnet Asian Music Awards, including Best Dance Performance (Male Solo – Crooked), Best Music Video (Coup D’Etat), Best Male Artist and Artist of the Year.

-G-Dragon’s world tour included 11 countries. In addition, he is the first Korean solo artist to host a “4 dome tour” (seating about 361,000 fans).

-G-Dragon received “Most popular international artist award” @ 1st Tudou Young Choice Music Awards as well as “Most popular Korean-Japanese artist award” @ QQ Music Awards, and “Top Male Artist” at YinYueTai V-Chart Awards 2014″ in China.

back to BIGBANG…

-Despite a full year of individual activities, BIGBANG still manages to garner interest and show their vast popularity when reunited as a group. For example, at Mnet’s Music Awards, the highest one minute rating was during BIGBANG’s performance.

-even with the lack of new group materials in 2013, BIGBANG successfully finished their Japanese dome tour, which includes 6 of Japan’s biggest venues. This tour includes 15 concerts in 6 different cities, seating 720,000 fans. In addition, this dome tour is also the largest even by domestic standards as the size has only seen by Mr. Children before. Additional shows have been added to this tour due to high demand.

-Fantastic Baby has been certified platinum by Recording Industry Association of Japan.

-BIGBANG’s Alive Tour Tokyo Dome DVD has been certified gold by Recording Industry Association of Japan.

-Fantastic Baby also ranked for two consecutive years in Recochoku’s yearly chart, #42 in 2012 and #81 in 2013.

-almost 2 years now since BIGBANG releases Alive Japanese version but the album is still selling on Oricon (running for 92 weeks now as we speak,). making Alive the Japanese album (for a Korean artist) with the longest time of charting on Oricon. beating out BoA’s Best Album which charted for 91 weeks…

-BIGBANG ranked 2nd in Forbes Korea’s Celebrity 40 for 2014. BIGBANG, along with SNSD, are the only Korean Celebrities who are consistent in the top 5 of Forbes Korea for the past 5 years.

-BIGBANG became the first Korean male group to record 100million views on Youtube.

-BIGBANG’s “Japan Dome Tour 2013-2014” DVD ranked first on Oricon’s daily chart and has already outsold their previous DVD “Alive Tour in Japan Special Final in Dome ~Tokyo Dome~ DVD” and blu-ray. as we speak, “Japan Dome Tour 2013-2014” is still slaying Oricon’s weekly DVD chart, showing BIGBANG’s increasing popularity in Japan.

-BIGBANG will make another record of becoming the first foreign artists to tour Japan’s 5 Largest Domes for 2 years in a row under the title “BIGBANG JAPAN DOME TOUR 2013-2014” from last November to this January, travelling across Seibu, Kyocera, Yahoo Oku, Nagoya, Tokyo and Sapporo Domes. Performing a total of 16 times across 6 cities, the members heated up the 771,000 fans who joined them.

-BIGBANG’s “LIES” was chosen as the “Fave Song of the decade” for M Countdown’s 10th anniversary.

-BIGBANG’s VIP won Billboard’s Fan Army face-off for 2014

-Despite their still on-going hiatus in 2014, BIGBANG members still getting CFs/Endorsements left and right including Lotte Hotel Busan, Korean Tourism Organization “To:ur Imagination” CF, Hong Kong’s widely popular smash hit mobile game “Tower of Saviors”. also grabbing solo CFs with Taeyang for “CK (Calvin Klein) ONE 2014” CF, TOP for Reebok, Millet, and French Cafe. leader G-Dragon getting the most which includeds G-Market, Hite Beer, The Saem, J.ESTINA, and so on and so forth…

It’s good that while they’re still on hiatus, BIGBANG is still gaining more popularity as artists whether as a group or individually. and we can expect them to do well in their next comeback. 😀

reference for just some of BIGBANG achievements part 1:

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Because it’s the love month…

i want to acknowledge the readers! i find it amusing that a lot of people found this little BIGBANG blog even without promoting it. thanks for the love, my dear fellow VIPs.

let’s continue to support BIGBANG, shall we? 😛

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BIGBANG… idols who step out as real Artists


Some Korean articles where BIGBANG were recognized as real artists, admired for their composing ability, fashion, as well as contributions in Korea’s music industry Then and Now…

BIGBANG set the Electronic Dance Music trend in Korea

One of Korea’s favorite hip-hop bands

Culture Icon

representative of idol group. popular not only within teens but different age groups as well

Credited for bringing back “old school” fashion into the mainstream

Acknowledge for their composing ability, a true artist and not idols – music critic Im Jin Mo

Complimented for their glamorous style and musical sensibility which further deepened during their 2009-2010 hiatus

Recognized for their role in making Korean hip-hop music popular

An idol whose framework was that of a true artist (note: this author blatantly said he doesn’t like idols)

Best Kpop group

the gods of K-pop

Legendary figure

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