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 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.
-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 Grammy.com, 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 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 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: