[AUDIO] BIGBANG’s Korean Discography *revamped and updated with Taeyang’s RISE album & official MV links added*

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just click and listen to their awesome music…

Big Bang (First Single)
1. Intro (Put Your Hands Up)
2. We Belong Together (ft. Park Bom)
3. This Love (Sampling from Maroon 5)

Big Bang is VIP (Second Single)
1. La La La
2. Ma Girl (TaeYang solo)
3. V.I.P

Big Bang 03 (Third Single)
1. Victory (intro)
2. BIG BANG
3. Forever with You (ft. Park Bom)
4. GoodBye Baby
5. Big Boy

BigBang Vol. 1 – Since 2007
1. Intro (Big Bang)
2. She Can’t Get Enough
3. Dirty Cash
4. Next Day (Seungri solo)
5. Big Boy (TOP solo)
6. Shake It ft. Lee EunJu
7. A Fool of Tears
8. Ma Girl (TaeYang solo)
9. La La La
10. This Love (G-Dragon solo)

Always EP
1. We Are Big Bang (Intro)
2. Lies
3. Wrong Number
4. As If Nothing’s Wrong (TOP solo) ft. Kim Ji Eun
5. Oh Ma Baby
6. Always

Hot Issue EP
1. Hot Issue (intro)
2. Fool
3. But I Love U (Sampling of Redd Holt Unlimited)
4. I Don’t Understand
5. Crazy Dog (Sampling of Seo Taiji & Boys)
6. Last Farewell

Stand Up EP
1. Intro (Stand Up)
2. Haru Haru [Haru Haru M/V part 2]
3. Heaven
4. A Good Man
5. Lady
6. Oh My Friend

Remember
1. Everybody Scream (intro)
2. Oh, Ah, Oh
3. Sunset Glow
4. Twinkle Twinkle
5. Strong Baby
6. Wonderful
7. Foolish Love
8. Remember

4th Mini Album
1. Intro (Thank You & You)
2. Hands Up
3. Tonight
4. Somebody to Love
5. What is Right
6. Cafe

Special Edition
1. Love Song
2. Stupid Liar
3. Tonight
4. High High (G-Dragon & TOP)
5. Oh Yeah (G-Dragon & TOP ft. Park Bom)
6. Cafe
7. I Need A Girl (Taeyang feat. G-Dragon)
8. Somebody to Love
9. What Can I Do (Seungri solo)
10. Baby Don’t Cry (Daesung solo)

Alive (EP)
1. Intro (Alive)
2. Blue
3. Love Dust
4. Bad Boy
5. Ain’t No Fun
6. Fantastic Baby
7. Wings (Daesung solo)

Still Alive
1. Still Alive
2. Monster
3. Feeling
4. Fantastic Baby
5. Bad Boy
6. Blue
7. Bingle Bingle
8. Ego
9. Love Dust

GD&TOP
1. Intro
2. High High
3. Oh Yeah ft. Park Bom
4. Don’t Go Home
5. Baby Good Night
6. Knock Out
7. Oh Mom (TOP solo)
8. Obsession
9. Of All Days (TOP solo)
10. What Do You Want (G-Dragon solo)
11. Turn It Up (TOP solo) (Bonus Track)

Hot (TaeYang solo EP)
1. Intro (Hot)
2. Prayer ft. TEDDY
3. Only Look At Me
4. Sinners
5. Baby I’m Sorry
6. Make Love ft. KUSH

Heartbreaker (G-Dragon solo album)
1. A Boy
2. Heartbreaker
3. Breathe
4. Butterfly ft. Jin Jung
5. Hello ft. Sandara Park
6. Gossip man ft. Kim Gun Mo
7. Korean Dream ft. TaeYang
8. The Leaders ft. Teddy, CL
9. She’s Gone ft. KUSH [M/V from Shine A Light DVD]
10. Hollow
11. Station 1 year

Solar (TaeYang solo album)
1. Solar (intro)
2. Superstar
3. I Need A Girl (feat. G-Dragon)
4. Just A Feeling
5. You’re My
6. Move (ft. Teddy)
7. Break Down
8. 니가 잠든 후에 [After You Fall Asleep] (feat. Swings)
9. Where U At
10. Wedding Dress
11. Take It Slow

*Solar International
1. Solar (Intro)
2. Superstar
3. 기도 Prayer
4. I’ll Be There (English Version)
5. Wedding Dress (English Version)
6. Connection (English Version)
7. Move (ft. Teddy)
8. Where U At
9. I Need A Girl (feat. G-Dragon)
10. Only Look At Me
11. Take It Slow
12. I’ll Be There (Korean Version)

VVIP (Seungri solo EP)
1. VVIP
2. What Can I Do
3. Open the Window (ft. G-Dragon)
4. MAGIC
5. I Know ft. IU
6. White Love
7. Outro (In My World)

One of a Kind (G-Dragon solo EP)
1. One Of A Kind
2. Crayon
3. In the End (ft. ?? of YG’s New Girl Group)
4. That XX
5. Missing You (ft. Kim Yuna of rock group Jaurim)
6. Today (ft. Kim Jong-wan of Nell)
7. Light It on Fire (ft. Tablo and Dok2)

Let’s Talk About Love (Seungri solo EP)
1. Let’s Talk About Love (ft. G-Dragon & TaeYang)
2. 할 말 있어요 (Gotta Talk To You)
3. GG BE (ft. YG New Artist Jennie Kim)
4. 그 딴 거 없어 (No Such Thing)
5. YOU HOOOO!!!
6. Love Box
7. 할 말 있어요 (Gotta Talk To You – Hard Remix Version)

Coup D’Etat (G-Dragon solo album)
1. Coup D’etat
2. Niliria (ft. Missy Elliott)
3. R.O.D. (ft. Lydia Paek)
4. Black (ft. Jennie Kim)
5. Who You?
6. Shake the World
7. MichiGo
8. Crooked
9. Niliria (G-Dragon version)
10. Runaway
11. I Love It (ft. Zion T. and Boys Noize)
12. You Do (Outro)
13. Window
14. Black (ft. Sky Ferreira)

RISE (TaeYang solo album)
1. Intro – Rise
2. Eyes, Nose, Lips
3. 1AM
4. Stay With Me (ft. G-Dragon)
5. Body
6. Ringa Linga
7. This Ain’t It
8. Let Go
9. Love You To Death

Until Whenever

Only Look At Me part 2 (G-Dragon)

Look At Me Gwisoon (DaeSung Solo)

Stylish (FILA)

It’s A Big Hit (DaeSung Solo)

BIGBANG Ice Cream 2 CF song

Cafe Latte CF song

So Fresh, So Cool

Friend (TOP & TaeYang)

Lollipop with 2NE1

Cotton Candy (DaeSung solo)

Lollipop Pt. 2

Hallelujah (GD, TOP & TaeYang)

Like Big Bang (Daesung & Seungri)

Because 19 OST (TOP)

Shout Of Reds with Transfixion & Kim Yuna

G-Market Party (G-Dragon)

I Cheated (G-Dragon with Park Myung Soo ft. Park Bom

What’s Up OST Lunatic (Daesung)

The North Face & Never Stop Dreaming

Bubble Butt (GD&TOP)

Going To Try (Hyung Don with G-Dragon)

Doom Dada (TOP)

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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.

2007
#15 Lie 거짓말 (Always EP)
#40 Dirty Cash (BigBang Vol. 1)

2008
#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)

2011
#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)

2012
#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)

2015
#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)

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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)
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The list of Power Hit Makers via these 976 songs:
G-Dragon @ #5 with 28 hits
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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)
Lie by BIGBANG
Love Sick by FT ISLAND

#4 (5 Weeks)
Lollipop by BIGBANG

#5 (2 Weeks)
Sunset Glow by BIGBANG
Blue 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

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2007
#1 – Lies by Bigbang
#2 – Love Sick by FT Island
#3 – Dirty Cash by Bigbang

2008
#1 – Haru Haru by Bigbang
#2 – Last Farewell by Bigbang
#3 – Heaven by Bigbang

2009
#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)

2011
#1- Tonight by Bigbang
#2 – On Rainy Days by Beast
#3 – Intuition by CNBLUE

2012
#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*

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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
Clara
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)
Ailee
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
Boyfriend
BTOB’s Lee Min Hyuk
Busker Busker’s Brad
Crush
CN Blue’s Yonghwa
Dal Shabet’s Subin
Exo
Exo’s D.O
FT Island’s JongHoon
Girl’s Day Sojin
GI
GOT7’s BamBam (rookie group)
IU
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
Rainbow
Rania’s Xia
Nuest
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
ToppDogg
Wheesung
Wonder Girl’s Hyelim

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

japanese:
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

chinese/taiwanese:
Ai Shangzhen
Angelababy
Bii
Claire Kuo
Bobo’s Fu Xin Bo
BY2
Charlene Choi (Ah Sa of Twins)
Chen Bo Lin
Eason Chan
G.E.M
GuiGui
Hit-5
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
Pharrell
Peruvian band Adammo
Nelly Furtado
Adam Lambert
Katy Perry
Grimes
Jedward
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

*additional*
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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List of BIGBANG’s copyrighted songs in Korea *updated 2017!*

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The Korean Music Copyright Association (KOMCA) maintains the official list of music copyrighted in Korea. Music companies usually send the songs’ official writer copyright information to KOMCA before release.

The database categorizes writers by which aspect of the song they participate in writing: composition, lyrics, and arrangement.

G-Dragon
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G-Dragon (W0726200) (KWON JI YONG) – 165 Copyrighted Songs

T.O.P
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T.O.P (W0726300) (CHOI SEUNG HYUN) – 55 Copyrighted Songs

TaeYang

Taeyang (W0726100) (DONG YOUNG BAE) – 25 Copyrighted Songs

SeungRi
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Seungri (W0726500) (LEE SEUNG HYUN) – 19 Copyrighted Songs.

DaeSung
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Daesung (W0726400) (KANG DAE SUNG) – 11 Copyrighted Songs

 

 

Song Title – Song ID# – Songwriting Credit

BIGBANG SINGLES
Always – 001001121970 – Co-Written by G-Dragon
BAD BOY – 100000264983 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
BAE BAE – 100001081716 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
Beautiful Hangover – 100000065402 – Co-Written by G-Dragon
BLUE – 100000264972 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Co-Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
FANTASTIC BABY – 100000264985 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Co-Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
Forever With You – 001001110271 – Composed by G-Dragon | Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
GARA GARA GO – 001001191934 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon
IF YOU – 100001119273 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
La La La – 001001105445 – Written by Daesung, G-Dragon, Seungri, Taeyang, T.O.P
LAST DANCE – 100001507078 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Written by G-Dragon, Taeyang, T.O.P
Lollipop Pt.2 – 007000009955 – Co-Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
LOSER – 100001081712 – Co-Composed by Taeyang | Co-Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
LOVE SONG – 100000170387 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Co-Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
MONSTER – 100000346733R – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
My Heaven – 001001171895 – Co-Written, Arranged by G-Dragon
So Fresh, So Cool – 001001158870 – Written by G-Dragon
SOMEBODY TO LUV – 100000065404 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
Stylish (The FILA) – 001001148780 – Written by G-Dragon
TONIGHT – 100000154051 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
We Belong Together – 001001113846 – Composed by G-Dragon | Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
WE LIKE 2 PARTY – 100001115031 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Co-Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
With U – 001001137653 – Co-Composed, Co-Written, Co-Arranged by G-Dragon
거짓말 – 001001121966 – Composed, Written by G-Dragon
마지막 인사 – 001001127448 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
맨정신 – 100001119274 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Co-Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
뱅뱅뱅 (BANG BANG BANG) – 100001115006 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Co-Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
붉은 노을 – 001001145953 – SA by G-Dragon
사랑먼지 – 100000264980 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Co-Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
에라 모르겠다 (FXXK IT) – 100001507077 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Co-Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
우리 사랑하지 말아요 – 100001164131 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
재미없어 – 100000264984 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
쩔어 – 100001164146 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
하루 하루 – 001001140748 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon

BIGBANG ALBUM TRACKS
Baby Baby – 001001158881 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
BIGBANG – 001001108473 – Written by G-Dragon
Big Boy – 001001109961 – Co-Composed, Written by T.O.P
But I Love U – 001001127445 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
CAFE – 100000154054 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
Candle (Michitomo Remix) – 001001171889 – Arranged by G-Dragon
Crazy Dog – 001001127447 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
EGO – 100000346744 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
EGO (JAPANESE VERSION) – 100001425949 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon
Emotion – 001001171897 – Co-Written by G-Dragon
FEELING – 100000346736 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
GIRLFRIEND – 100001507080 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Co-Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
Good Bye Baby – 001001108474 – Written by Taeyang
Hands Up – 100000002723 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
HANDS UP – 100000154050 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
HARU HARU – 001001159206 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
Heaven – 001001159207 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
I Don’t Understand – 001001127446 – Written by G-Dragon
INTRO (ALIVE) – 100000264971 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Co-Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
Intro (Big Bang) – 001001113843 – Written by Daesung, G-Dragon, Seungri, Taeyang, T.O.P
Intro (Hot Issue) – 001001127443 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
Intro (Put Your Hands Up) – 001001113845 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
Intro (Stand Up) – 001001140747 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
INTRO (THANK YOU & YOU) – 100000154049 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
Intro (With U) – 001001137671 – Co-Composed, Co-Written, Co-Arranged by G-Dragon
Intro (모두 다 소리쳐) – 001001145566 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
Intro (우린 빅뱅) – 001001121965 – Written by Daesung, G-Dragon, Seungri, Taeyang, T.O.P
LADY – 001001140751 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
Mad About You – 001001159203 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
My Heaven (Club Remix) – 001001171896 – Co-Written, Arranged by G-Dragon
Oh Ma Baby – 001001121969 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
Oh My Friend – 001001140752 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
Shake It – 001001159202 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
SOMEBODY TO LOVE – 100000154052 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
STILL ALIVE – 100000346732 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Co-Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
Strong Baby – 001001145568 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
STUPID LIAR – 100000170389 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
Stylish (The FILA)-PERRY REMIX – 100000002721 – Written by G-Dragon
Victory (Intro) – 001001110270 – Co-Composed, Written, Co-Arranged by G-Dragon
V.I.P – 001001105447 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Written by Daesung, G-Dragon, Seungri, Taeyang, T.O.P
VIP (Intro) – 001001159201 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Written by Daesung, G-Dragon, Seungri, Taeyang, T.O.P
WHAT IS RIGHT – 100000154053 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
Wonderful – 001001145569 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
거짓말 HITCHHIKER REMIX – 100000002718 – Composed, Written by G-Dragon
거짓말 (Remix) – Composed, Written by G-Dragon
날개 (Daesung SOLO) – 100000264986 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Written by Daesung, G-Dragon
마지막 인사 (Remix) – 001001145573 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
멍청한 사랑 – 001001145570 – Written by G-Dragon
바보 – 001001127444 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
빅뱅처럼 – Daesung, Seungri – 001001192776 – Co-Composed, Written by Daesung, Seungri
빙글빙글 – 100000346741 – Co-Composed by G-Dragon | Co-Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
아무렇지 않은 척 – 001001121968 – Co-Composed, Written by T.O.P
아무렇지 않은 척 REMIX – 001001161082 – Co-Composed, Written by T.O.P
언제까지 – 001001149120 – Written by G-Dragon
착한 사람 – 001001140750 – Co-Composed, Written by T.O.P
천국 – 001001140749 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
천국 (ORCHESTRA VER) – 001001161080 – Co-Composed, Written, Arranged by G-Dragon
하루하루 (Acoustic Ver) – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
하루 하루 (ORCHESTRA VER) – Co-Composed, Written, Arranged by G-Dragon
흔들어 – 001001109962 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon


GD X TAEYANG SINGLES
GOOD BOY – 100000829846 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon


GD&TOP SINGLES
Baby Good Night – 100000100568 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
High High – 100000100565 – Co-Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
Oh Yeah (feat. Park Bom) – 100000100566 – Co-Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
뻑이가요 – 100000100569 – Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
집에 가지마 – 100000166019 – Co-Written by G-Dragon

GD&TOP ALBUM TRACKS
Intro – 100000101579 – Co-Written by G-Dragon, T.O.P
Oh Mom – 100000100570 – Co-Composed, Written by T.O.P
악몽 – 100000100571 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
오늘따라 – 100000100572 – Co-Composed, Written by T.O.P


DAESUNG SINGLES
날 봐, 귀순 – 001001139735 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
대박이야! – 001001152427 – Composed, Written by G-Dragon
솜사탕 – 007000009446 – Co-Written by Daesung


G-DRAGON SINGLES
Black (feat. Jennie Kim Of YG New Artist) – 100000550171 – Co-Written by G-Dragon
Butterfly – 007000006240 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
G MARKET – 100000097634 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
Heartbreaker – 001001181026 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
One Of A Kind – 100000385322 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
그XX – 100000385332 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
나만 바라봐 (Part 2) – 001001140303 – Co-Written by G-Dragon
늴리리야 (Niliria) (G-Dragon Ver) – 100000550180 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
니가 뭔데 (Who You?) – 100000550175 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
미치GO – 100000441600 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
삐딱하게 (Crooked) – 100000550005 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
소년이여 – 007000006239 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
쿠데타 (COUP D’ETAT) – 100000549998 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
크레용 (Crayon) – 100000385326 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon

G-DRAGON ALBUM TRACKS
Black (feat. Sky Ferreira) – 100000550191 – Co-Written by G-Dragon
Breathe – 001001181031 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
Gossip Man – 007000006242 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
Hello – 007000006241 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
Korean Dream – 001001181034 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
Missing You (feat. 김윤아 Of 자우림) – 100000385335 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
R.O.D. – 100000550170 – Co-Written by G-Dragon
Runaway – 100000550183 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
She’s Gone – 007000006244 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
The Leaders – 007000006243 – Co-Written by G-Dragon
Today (feat. 김종완 Of Nell) – 100000385337 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
WINDOW – 100000550188 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
You Do (Outro) – 100000550187 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
1년 정거장 – 007000006245 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
결국 (feat. ? Of YG New Girl Group) – 100000385329 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
너무 좋아 (feat. Zion.T & Boys Noize) – 100000550185 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
늴리리야 (Niliria) (feat. Missy Elliott) – 100000550168 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
불 붙여봐라 (feat. Tablo, Dok2) – 100000385342 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
세상을 흔들어 (Shake The World) – 100000550177 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
소년이여 (CHOICE37 REMIX) – 001001192563 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon

SEUNGRI SINGLES
V.V.I.P – 100000136716 – Co-Composed, Written by Seungri
어쩌라고 – 100000136717 – Co-Composed, Written by Seungri
할말 있어요 (Gotta Talk To U) – 100000541367 – Co-Composed, Written by Seungri

SEUNGRI ALBUM TRACKS
GG Be (지지베) – 100000541368 – Co-Composed, Written by Seungri
I KNOW – 100000136720 – Co-Composed, Written by Seungri
Let’s Talk About Love – 100000541366 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon, Seungri, Taeyang
Love Box – 100000541371 – Co-Composed, Written by Seungri
MAGIC – 100000136719 – Co-Composed, Written by Seungri
OUTRO (IN MY WORLD) – 100000136723 – Co-Composed, Written by Seungri
STRONG BABY-2010 – 001001187201 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
STRONG BABY-HITCHHIKER REMIX – 100000002719 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
WHITE LOVE – 100000136722 – Co-Composed, Written by Seungri
You Hoooo!!! – 100000541370 – Co-Composed, Written by Seungri
그딴 거 없어 (Come To My) – 100000541369 – Co-Composed, Written by Seungri
창문을 열어 – 100000136718 – Co-Written by G-Dragon

TAEYANG SINGLES
I Need A Girl – 100000004067 – Co-Written by G-Dragon
Where U At – 001001181157 – Co-Composed by Taeyang
눈, 코, 입 – 100000707158 – Co-Written by Taeyang
링가 링가 (RINGA LINGA) – 100000614430 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
웨딩드레스 (Wedding Dress) – 007000008238 – Co-Composed by Taeyang

TAEYANG ALBUM TRACKS
Baby I’m Sorry – 001001136564 – Written by G-Dragon
Intro (Hot) – 001001136559 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
Intro (RISE) – 100000707133 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by Taeyang
Just A Feeling – 100000004044 – Co-Composed by Taeyang
Solar (Intro) – 100000004040 – Co-Composed by Taeyang
Stay With Me – 100000759977 – 100000759977 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
Take It Slow – 100000004050 – Co-Composed, Written by Taeyang
Take It Slow (CLEAN VER) – 100000139914 – Co-Composed, Written by Taeyang
Wedding Dress – 100000004049 – Co-Composed by Taeyang
Wedding Dress (ENG) – 100000032686 – Co-Composed by Taeyang
니가 잠든 후에 – 100000004041 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
니가 잠든 후에 (CLEAN VER) – 100000139913 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
버리고 – 100000707129 – Co-Composed by Taeyang
아름다워 (Body) – 100000707232 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by Taeyang

T.O.P SINGLES
DOOM DADA – 100000569850 – Co-Composed, Written by T.O.P
Turn It Up – 001001187202 – Co-Composed, Written by T.O.P

Song Title – Performer – Song ID # – Songwriting Credit

FAMILY OUTING
패밀리의 하루 – Family Outing – 001001168521 – Co-Written by Daesung
패밀리의 하루 (Inst) – Family Outing – 001001168520 – Co-Written by Daesung

INFINITE CHALLENGE
맙소사 – Kwanghee, Taeyang, G-Dragon – 100001132862 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
바람났어 – Park Myung Soo, G-Dragon – 100000196861 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
해볼라고 – Jung Hyung Don, G-Dragon – 100000564456 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon

SHOW ME THE MONEY 3
그 XX – Olltii – 100000801622 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon

SUPERSTAR K4
청개구리 – Roy Kim – 100000412348 – Co-Written by G-Dragon

OTHER
Complex – Zion.T – 100001508321 – Co-Written by G-Dragon
Digital Bounce – Se7en – 100000010973 – Co-Written by T.O.P
D.I.S.C.O – Um Jung Hwa – 001001146424 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by T.O.P
D.I.S.C.O Part.2 – Um Jung Hwa – 001001143471 – Co-Written by G-Dragon
G-Dragon – Perry – 001000076185 – Co-Written by G-Dragon
LIVE TWICE – PNFD – 100001211682 – Written by G-Dragon
LONG TIME NO SEE – iKON – 100001203387 – Co-Composed by Taeyang
Party – Um Jung Hwa – 001001139066 – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon
So In Love Part 2 (feat. G-Dragon) – Kim Jo Han – 001001126117 – Co-Written by G-Dragon
Somebody Else – Se7en – 100000260471 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by Taeyang
Storm – Perry – 001000076181 – Co-Written by G-Dragon
Storm (Remix) – Perry – 001001113944 – Co-Written by G-Dragon
Super Fly – Lexy – 001001115964 – Co-Written by Daesung, G-Dragon, Seungri, Taeyang, T.O.P
What – YMGA – 001001144055 – Co-Written by G-Dragon
Why Be Normal? – YG Family – 001001113847 – Co-Written by G-Dragon
아니라고 – iKON – 100001268297 – Co-Composed, Co-Written by G-Dragon
오에오 – Mugadang – 001001121584 – Written by G-Dragon
저 높은 곳에 펼쳐 – YG FAMILY – 001001113844 – Written by G-Dragon, Taeyang
착한 여자 – 2NE1 – 100000614526 – Co-Written by G-Dragon
청개구리 (feat. G-Dragon) – PSY – 100000369868 – Co-Written by G-Dragon

OST
HAPPENED ON THE BUS – 19-Nineteen – 100000139599 – Composed by T.O.P
안녕 하루카 – T.O.P – Secret Message – 100001212560 – Co-Written by T.O.P
친구 – BIGBANG – Friend, Our Story – 007000005635 – Co-Composed, Written by T.O.P
할렐루야 – BIGBANG – IRIS – Co-Composed, Written by G-Dragon

Additional Credits

 

D-LITE – D’slove
想い募って – Co-Written by D-LITE
SHUT UP – Co-Written by G-Dragon
二人?一人!! – Co-Written by D-LITE
Dress – Co-Written by D-LITE
世界が終わっても – Co-Written by D-LITE

TAEYANG – RISE
Love You To Death – Co-Composed by Taeyang

 

source: KOMCA / compiled by howaboutno @ onehallyu

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BIGBANG’s Total Sales *last update: 170615*

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

°DIGITAL SALES

°PHYSICAL SALES in KOREA

°PHYSICAL SALES in JAPAN

°CONCERT TOURS

(compiled by Mol @ onehallyu)

Notes:
– 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.

2010
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

2011
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

2012
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

2013
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

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BIGBANG’s ranking on Hanteo Top 100 Yearly Album Chart

2007
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

2008
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

2009
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

2010
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

2011
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

2012
2. Big Bang – “Alive” – 156,681
7. G-Dragon – “One of a Kind” – 115,452
11. Big Bang – “Still Alive” – 87,122

2013
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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just some of BIGBANG’s achievements…

  • “Lies” topped Korean music charts for seven consecutive weeks, a feat only achieved by Seo Taiji and Boys prior to them. “Song of the Month” of August and September 2007. Beginning of electronic movement in K-Pop. Start of production of extended plays in K-Pop.
  • The “Big Bang Fashion.”
  • “National Brothers.”
  • A cultural icon.
  • “Last Farewell” topped Korean music charts for eight consecutive weeks, knocking themselves off from the previous record they had set. “Song of the Month” of December 2007.
  • “National Boy Band.”
  • Most searched celebrity at the end of 2007 with the Wonder Girls.
  • “Haru Haru” topped Korean music charts for six consecutive weeks. “Song of the Month” of August 2008.
  • “Sunset Glow” peaked at number one in all Korean music charts for a few weeks. “Song of the Month” of November 2008.
  • Most searched celebrity at the end of 2008 with the Wonder Girls.
  • “Lollipop” swept all Korean music charts as soon as its release. “Song of the Month” of April 2009.
  • Highest-paid idol group in 2009.
  • T.O.P and G-Dragon are highest-paid idols in 2009.
  • “Heartbreaker” topped all Korean music charts as soon as its release. “Song of the Month” of September 2009.
  • Most searched celebrity at the end of 2009.
  • Idols with the most number of songs charted on Melon Decade-End Chart.
  • Highest-paid idol group in 2010. Their income in 2010 was half of whole SM Entertainment’s.
  • T.O.P and G-Dragon are highest-paid idols in 2010.
  • “Tonight” charted at number 8 on 2011 Gaon Top 100 Digital Singles Chart. “Song of the Month” of March 2011.
  • “Love Song” charted at number 27 on 2011 Gaon Top 100 Digital Singles Chart. “Song of the Month” of April 2011.
  • Most searched celebrity at the end of 2011 along with Girls’ Generation and IU.
  • Highest-paid idol group in 2011.
  • T.O.P and G-Dragon are highest-paid idols in 2011.
  • “Best Asia-Pacific Act” award from the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards. Only K-Pop act to be chosen by MTV Europe.
  • “Best Worldwide Act” award from the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards. 39% of worldwide votes.
  • “Best Fan” award from the 2012 MTV Italy Total Request Live Awards. Only K-Pop act to be chosen by MTV Italy.
  • First K-Pop act to be the “Featured Artist of the Month” on MTV. Telecasted worldwide.
  • First K-Pop act to be featured on MTV World Stage. Telecasted worldwide.
  • “Blue” topped all Korean music charts as soon as its release. Two million views on YouTube in less than 24 hours, the fastest record set for a K-Pop music video on YouTube. “Song of the Month” of February 2012.
  • “Fantastic Baby” peaked at number two (but became number one later in other music charts) in all Korean music charts. “Song of the Month” of March 2012.
  • First K-Pop act to chart on Billboard 200, peaking at number 150 by selling 4,000 copies.
  • Highest-charted K-Pop act on Billboard Social 50 Chart, debuted at number 24 on April 21st, 2012 and peaked at number 11 on June 9th, 2012. Stayed on the chart for a couple of weeks later.
  • “Monster” swept all Korean music charts as soon as its release without any promotion.
  • First K-Pop act to be featured on Time Magazine twice.
  • First K-Pop act to be featured on Grammy.com twice without any Western promotions.
  • Domestic and international acclaim from music and fashion industry critics and professionals.
  • Approximately between 4 to 6 million digital downloads per title track.
  • Approximately between 2.5 to 4 million digital downloads per non-title track.
  • All extended play and studio album are above 100,000 physical units sold.
  • All concerts sold-out in South Korea and Japan.
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A Letter of a Korean VIP

Are you worried about their sales, reputation, public image, endorsement contracts and commercial deals? If you answered yes to any of these, you are underestimating Big Bang. I understand why you would. After all, you are in another country. You did not see them at their peak. You did not experience the “Big Bang explosion.” You were not a part of us. You are neither a Korean VIP nor a citizen of our country.

But I am not belittling you. As a matter of fact, I thank you because you know Big Bang. You talk about them on Twitter, Facebook, and Allkpop, and for that, they were able to perform and visit Bangkok, Singapore City, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Belfast. If not for you and your support, our dear boys would not have travelled the world with their music. Thank you with all my heart. I really thank you.

I thank you, yes. But I would also like to explain something to you. What you read online, what you think you know, they maybe true but not accurate at all. If some people are scaring you that our people are murdering YG Entertainment and Big Bang with their words, don’t let that fool you. Words are just words. Words, most of the time, is not money. Internet is just a silly place of whatever. Hater-infested Nate, Dispatch, or Enews articles aren’t going to put an end to the career of our five national idols.

We have known Jiyong and Youngbae when they were just preteens who had no money, no food, and only had cute smiles and pride. We grew up together. We rode the Seoul Subway with them after practice. We watched them perform in the parks of 마로니에 공원 and 남산. We’ve known them since we were all just fifteen, thinking life was so easy. But I’m not saying we are friends, because we are not. We are just loyal fans and all I’m saying is, we’ve known them even before they built their houses in Chungdamdong or bought their Audis and Bentleys. We didn’t like them with their golden packages. We became fans because we saw their passion, pursuit, and patience to become artists. And they did become succesful on a national level, that’s why we are very proud.

I was seventeen when I met Seunghyun oppa, Daesung, Hyunseung, and Seunghyun. They were very different. I didn’t see among the four of them the raw talent and passion I admired in Jiyong and Youngbae. I felt like they had it easy. It took a while for our movement to realize that like our idols, these four young men were just searching for their dreams. As the months passed by, we saw that both Jiyong and Youngbae grew attached to the four, and like brothers, they had a very admirable and powerful bond. They exuded the energy of determined dreamers, of fighters, of a family. Jiyong and Seunghyun oppa always joked around, Youngbae and Hyunseung always rode the bus together, but Daesung and Seunghyun took a while to be closer. However, it was only a matter of time for our movement to see that just like the other two, Jiyong and Youngbae also treasured them dearly. I loved all of them even more, and each and everyday, my admiration for them increases.

I am writing these long and plentiful paragraphs to relay to you what we, Korean VIPs, are feeling. I am not speaking for all of us, but I can tell you for sure that what I will say is in the mind of most of us. We want you to see what we’re seeing, to listen to what we’re hearing, to read what we are knowing, to understand what is happening, and to regain your faith and strong pride in the name of Big Bang.
Throughout the years, there have been hundreds of idols that debuted in this small business. At the peak of album sales, almost 30 million albums would be sold in a year, and only about 2 million of that would be from an idol group, and just one group at that time — Seo Taiji and Boys. At the end of the last millenium, tons of groups came to light, and SM Entertainment managed to monopolize the teenagers. I don’t know how to explain it in a global scale. Let’s just say that in the past, no one gave a damn about 13-year old singers, but Disney and RBMG hit gold with Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber. Well, SM Entertainment hit the jackpot with H.O.T, Shinhwa, and S.E.S. Then they hit it further with BoA and DBSK. Other companies further stroke the iron. DSP Media with Fin.K.L, Sechs Kies, and Lee Hyori; JYP Entertainment with g.o.d and Rain; and YG Entertainment with 1tym and Se7en. It was like a wide-scale machinery — every year we would produce idols after idols after idols.

There are hundreds of idols in this industry. Namjagreup, yojeagreup, namjagasu, yeojagasu, ahyidol, hundreds of them. But few of them really mattered to the wide variety of people. But of the millions of them all, I can only provide you with few names of idols who really mattered, who really shone the brightest, who really had impact and influence to our culture, who really turned around the people and the game, who really set new trends, who people actually know and care about.

  • S.E.S became our national role models. They were a role model to our youth with their clean music and inspirational messages, and the old wanted them to be their daughters.
  • Fin.K.L became our national rebels. They projected strong females who fought for their dreams, and their messages was well-received by our youth and our parents.
  • BoA became our national idol. She was the ultimate inspiration to our young dreamers, and every parent wanted a daughter like her.
  • Lee Hyori became our national fairy. Her music and dance inspired our youth, while her charisma and attitude endeared her to our old. Like a fairy, she brought light in our darkest days.
  • Ivy became our national syndrome. Her sex appeal was something unseen of, and her forward image had actually caused a national syndrome.
  • Wonder Girls became our national sisters. Their freshness and innocence influenced our youth, and entertained all our old men or women.
  • Girls’ Generation became our national idol girl group. They set all kinds of legendary records, and their music and beauty is widely admired among every kind of our people.
  • IU became our national little sister. Her innocence and soft voice is a quality that everyone likes, and all her songs are very popular among every one.

H.O.T, Sechs Kies, Shinhwa, 1TYM, g.o.d, DBSK, SG Wannabe, SS501, Super Junior, SHINee, and 2PM. For years, we have seen uniformed men with robotic movements debut and create ruckus among female teenagers. I admit I am one of them. They have made a small niche among the minority of preteens, teens, and young adults — all female. They have perfected the art of seduction, obsessions, fanaticism, devotion, and loyalty. Their good looks, costumes, hair styles, dance moves, bodies, heights, and their either effeminate or beastly nature have locked up the support of a sure niche. There’s nothing wrong with male idol groups, because just as sure as the United States will support Twilight and Europe will support Harry Potter. Female youth will support male idol groups.

But none of them created an impact. None of them were catapulted to national ranks. None of them set any kind of new trends. None of them veered away from the formulaic ratio of good looks, dance moves, and pop music. Well, g.o.d did it for a while, but after two hit songs, they just couldn’t go further than a one-hit-wonder. It’s JYP’s fault because Rain stole their thunder.

None of our male idols created anything to even matter to the South Korean people who are not 18 and are not female. For years, female idols stole everything, from no. 1 song, to fashion, to television ratings, to radio airplay, to news headlines, to syndromes, to popularity surveys, to national status. All male idols locked in their hands were album sales and female fan bases. Up until now, male idols have dominated the album sales and fandom, but female idols have always reigned on public image, popularity, and other avenues of sales.

South Korea has an unfair stigma for male idols – robotic, manufactured, cheesy, shallow, unrealistic, no substance. I guess that stigma stems from such high honors and pedestal we put on our male musical artists. We have a set of higher standards for male singers because of legends such as Jo Yongpil, Lee Seungchul, the Yoon Doohyun Band, and Seo Taiji and Boys. These are strings of musical acts, not manufactured idols, who have become such important cultural figures in our society, that such male idols who debuted seemed like little stars compared to the sun like our legendary male singers. This is why Rain, amidst being an idol, shone among our public. Not since Seo Taiji and Boys have we even cared for an idol. But ten years after, there came a male singer who became our national pride. Rain appeared in television and movies and spearheaded the maintenance of Hallyu. He was such a catalyst to the spread of our culture, that even if he wasn’t as musically talented as Lee Seungchul or Kim Gunmo, the Korean society viewed him as a world star. Not since the strings of male singers I mentioned above have we cared for male performer, and an idol at that, on a national scale.

Rain became our national star. He is our world star, and he became such an integral star among the nation, not because of his music, but because of his international achievements.

But still, with the list of all the national idols I have mentioned, there seems to be one type of singer missing — a male group. The high and double standards continued, because up until the peak of boy groups such as DBSK and SS501, people from different walks of life did not give even a tiny rat’s ass for these male groups much like how my grandma knew Fin.K.L’s songs, my friend’s parents sang to the Wonder Girls, my uncles admired Lee Hyori, the ahjussi who drove the bus danced to Girls’ Generation, and the ahjummas selling ddeokbokki wanted their sons to marry IU.

No care at all.

Not until 2007, when the universe exploded with what would be known as the “Big Bang.”

 

In 2007, our country was still recovering from the Lee Hyori and Bi syndrome. We had high regards for solo singers as they ruled our society’s entertainment. As DBSK’s fanbase among female youth strenghtened, Lee Hyori and Bi were embraced by other demographics outside the female gender and the teenage. Epik High was making waves among music lovers as they offered hip-hop to mainstream light. Ivy was creating a national syndrome with “Sonata of Temptation.” Super Junior and SS501 were trying really, really, really, and I mean really hard. There’s just no room for a male idol group for the public. No room at all.

But as we waited outside YG Entertainment for almost every night of April to July, we still gave our utmost support and loyalty to Big Bang. We cheered them on, even if the odds were against them. There’s very little of us female teenagers, because most female teens were already at the mercy of DBSK. Our fan cafe was only in the 50,000 number, and as they ended “Dirty Cash” promotions, that number decreased by the day. Daesung would always joke around saying, “Don’t leave us girls! So many of you have left and went to FT Island, stay with us. Please.” And Seungri would often tease us, “Is it because Jun Suhyung and DBSK are in Japan that’s why you’re here?” They played with jokes, but we knew that in the heart of these boys, they were really worried because there’s very few of us taking them seriously.

We stayed through the fall, the rain, the heat. Our movement stayed by their side as they prepared for their album. We were expecting another single from them, and there were press released about how Jiyong and Seunghyun oppa helped in the album production. If you looked at the internet responses to these news, people were very cruel. No one believed when it was reported that Jiyong and Seunghyun oppa wrote their own songs. Everyone was crucifying the group. Hormonal girls call them “DBSK wannabes,” “ugly dogs,” “short and wannabe idols,” “lying try-hards,” “almost idols,” and that’s almost because according to many, they were “too ugly to be an idol.” Most of the Daum articles were flooded with such negative comments. It made our heart ache, and there’s nothing we could do but camp outside their doors and show them that even if the internet is infested with evil haters, we were always by their side. For every single press release for the “Always” album, there were 800 harsh taunts, and 200 positive remarks. We didn’t even have the guts to defend and protect them from those cruel netizens.

And as the D-Day neared, YG Entertainment began spreading words that this next album from Big Bang would be a mini-album, the first of its kind. It was sold in a unique price that was unheard of (10,000 won compared to an 8,000 won single and a 13,000 won album). It also contained just six songs, a first of its kind (compared to a single’s three tracks and a studio album’s ten tracks). They gave us big words such as, “This will be a trendsetter,” “We will create a new beginning to the Korean music,” “Big Bang will revolutionize the idol music.” We, the fans, were so hyped up, and at the same time, worried. YG Entertainment was bringing promises again — promises that baited the haters. “You told us before you would bring us Seo Taiji, but instead this is a lifeless dragon,” and “Yang Hyunseok with his try-hard promises again.” Only a very tiny little portion of this society, and a tiny little portion of that tiny little portion being the teenage female fans, believed in Big Bang. What was their future? We, along with Big Bang and YG Entertainment, just hoped for the best.

Then the D-Day came. August 17th, 10:00 AM, the entire mini-album was released digitally in all major music sites, and the albums dropped in the retail stores. What would have been history wasn’t felt during the first few days of release. “Lies” entered the Top 15 on its first three days, and that was already a huge achievement for a male idol group. DBSK and SS501 couldn’t even manage to be on the Top 20, and for Big Bang to penetrate the Top 15, we celebrated like crazy! Top 15 within just three days! VIPs rejoiced because that meant that the general public really liked the song.

That was the first sign of what would become a life-changing success for Big Bang. When they peaked at #14 in Melon, and #15 in Mnet, we thought that was the best it could go. But no, because critics and online reviews became the catalysts of this overwhelming success.

Reviews came in as early as the second day, and none of the critics had anything bad to say about it. None at all. Kim Jiho, a noted music critic from The Seoul Times said, “Surprisingly, leader-penned tracks “Lies” and “Oh, Ma Baby” are the strongest tracks of the newly rebirthed form mini-album. “Always” is a blend of pop and rock with hip-hop undertones that is uniquely Big Bang and has never been heard before.” Chosun Ilbo called G-Dragon the future of idol music, Korea Herald coined the album “a surprising twist that branches out from the predictable music for this generation of sloppy boy band songs — if you call that music at all.” The traditional and online print media was suddenly infested with critical rave and universal praise for “Always.”

During the next weeks, at least two to three newspapers and magazines would review the album and praise its title song, “Lies.” When Big Bang came back in Inkigayo and Music Core, online query for search terms related to Big Bang jumped almost 2000% according to Daum news. The hater-infested internet was suddenly filled with casual netizens who just merely commented about how wonderful and how fantastic “Lies” and the album, were. By the time Big Bang performed in Music Bank for their comeback on August 26th, “Lies” had already achieved a perfect all-kill status in all major Korean charts on its sixth day of release. Music Bank told VIPs the next week that Big Bang’s comeback stage increased the ratings by 6%, the highest or all six music shows that time for that year. Only on its second week of release, Big Bang, the song “Lies,” and the album “Always,” has already reigned supreme among the critics and the online society.

No one would have thouht that these nobodies could rise to the top with such an experimental form of album. Big Bang did what Super Junior or SS501 miserably failed to do, and not even DBSK could — bring a male idol group song at the top of the charts and make the general public actually know and sing their song. Suddenly, the nobodies became the breakout stars of the moment. Big Bang was very much celebrated the entire month of September. YG Entertainment staged guerilla concerts in many malls and universities. They reached out to the people and established the fandom of teenagers. By the middle of September, Nate, Daum, Naver, Google, Cyworld, and all search engines in South Korea were filled with Big Bang. This is all without a television program appearance outside of music shows.

On September 7th, Big Bang won their first ever mutizen award and celebrated with all of us in their headquarters. A month ago, we were crying because nobody believed YG Entertainment’s press releases, and one month forward our group had no rest with all the special fan seats in all kinds of festivals, concerts, guerilla performances, and music shows. Suddenly, Big Bang had 14 high school and university appearances in just two months. It was not just Big Bang who was busy, VIPs were also going to their events to support them left and right.

The next three months was a roller coaster ride. For seven consecutive weeks, “Lies” was the no. 1 song in the entire country. It received huge airplay in radio and television broadcast shows, dramas, variety, and talk shows used “Lies” as their background music. They were the very first rookie group to achieve such a feat since Seo Taiji and Boys. Television and the internet catapulted the song to instant fame. By the middle of September, students and professors, vendors and buyers, lawyers and crimnals, mothers and children, fishermen, bus drivers, little kids, old men, and women sang, “I’m so sorry but I love you da geojitmal, iyamorasseo ijeya arasseo naega pirhyohae!” South Korea caught the “Lies syndrome.” And above all, pop culture critics and bloggers took notice of the group’s fashion. It was early September when online posts about Jiyong’s scarves collection and the boys’ ever-hanging high-top sneakers populated all sorts of boards. Daesung’s open chest top, T.O.P’s shades, Seungri’s sleeveless top and Taeyang’s hats were featured in all sorts of magazine articles.

By October, if you walk through Seoul subway and malls, you will encounter at least two teenage boys every minute wearing a Big Bang look. Walking in the malls would tell you easily that Big Bang did not just affect teenage girls, but even the boys. What’s more interesting was, Big Bang suddenly populated the background music of Korean online role playing games, which further connected Big Bang’s music to the young men. Young girls wanted Big Bang to be their boyfriends, but young boys wanted to be like Big Bang. The music video and the music performances were repeatedly aired in public places, popularizing not just the song but the group’s fashion, too. In a span of two months, without overly appearing in broadcast shows, only doing live performances and television performances for the general public, South Korea took interest in the music and career of G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung, and Seungri.

Big Bang was only dethroned by the arrival of “Tell Me,” which took the top spot by early October and stayed there for eight weeks. Which really catapulted the group to sudden celebrity status? Upon the release of “Lies” and the album, online tonality and content about Big Bang changed, and the haters-filled sites was then ruled by new armies of VIPs. It was totally amazing. Was it because of the airplay or the mutizen awards? Was it because of the no. 1 song? No. It all started with the music’s quality. Upon release, critics review flooded within the first two weeks, which resulted to numerous print and online articles that led to people’s curiosity about critics’ rave. Good music, great reviews, people’s curiosity which was then answered by good music resulted to the song getting at the peak. A good image and forward fashion resulted to attraction from teenage fans, which then resulted to online posts and raves about Big Bang fashion, which then resulted to magazine articles and online spaces about Big Bang’s image, which then resulted to more fans and more male and female teens idolizing their music and fashion, which then resulted to multiple airplays, which then resulted to public recognition, which then resulted to parents and grandparents taking interest in the music their kids are listening to, which then resulted to Big Bang reaching out to the entire South Korea.

Their music show performances and guerilla events only furthered their relatability to the public. Everything stemmed out of Big Bang themselves, with their music and their image and fashion, and critics and fans only took notice. Big Bang was the real star of 2007, thanks to the unbeatable and long unheard of alignment of the critics, the fans, and the general public. Above all, Big Bang had the media’s backing. Even of YG Entertainment did not send them to broadcast shows, the broadcast shows made sure to include Big Bang and “Lies” in their scripts, extras, and background music.

Just as sudden as the success, so are the hurdles. By middle of October, female groups took over again with the rise of the Wonder Girls. “Tell Me” stole the spotlight from “Lies” and created another syndrome – a syndrome arguably bigger than “Lies” and the biggest craze that K-Pop had ever seen. “Tell Me” became a national anthem, and suddenly allegations about Big Bang’s plagiarism of “Lies” took over. Just when they wrapped up their promotion for “Always,” controversies about plagiarism occured, and “Tell Me” further rose to the chart. Would Big Bang be just a one-hit wonder? And again, our hearts were filled with agony and worry. Our fifty thousand group rose to one hundred fifty, then more than how much Super Junior had, and more of us got worried.

But Big Bang came back with “Last Goobye” and “Hot Issue,” an album entirely produced and co-written by leader Jiyong. If the reviews for “Lies” and “Always” were fantastic, “Hot Issue” was triple of that! The album’s quality further put Big Bang at the fingertips of the professionals and critics. It also received thrice the critical acclaim and thrice the sales. The song immediately shot to no. 1, and the music and fashion just further propelled Big Bang to superstar status. Big Bang started appearing in broadcast shows to the clamor of the three media giants.

Towards the end of 2007, Big Bang stole back the limelight from the girl groups and had not just one, but two national songs. Big Bang and the Wonder Girls headlined all year-end festivals. Gallup, Leespiar, Nielsen, Forbes, Mnet, and all major search engines, revealed that Big Bang was recognized by Koreans of all ages, along with the Wonder Girls.

In less than a year, Big Bang set the trend for mini-albums, digital songs, and electronic music. Electronic music was popularized to its extreme. Big Bang was played all over Seoul night clubs and public places. 2007 ended with an explosion. “Last Goodbye” reigned supreme for eight weeks and proved to be another national syndrome, and the dance, and fashion.

Little kids, elementary and high school students, university students and graduates, young working adults, parents, grandmothers, they all knew who Big Bang is. If you asked the poor in Seoul, Jeolla, Daegu, Busan about their favorite singers, it’s Big Bang. If you ask the business men in Seoul city lights and skyscraper, their rich lawyers, architects, engineers, and family, they knew and listened to Big Bang. This group bridged the gap between the choices of the rich and the poor.

In 2008, Big Bang did the same, even bigger and better. The next year, the following legendary milestones happened:

  • Seoul Gayo Daesang, an award that locked Big Bang to the highest pedestal of idolatry.
  • “Lies” in Top 10 of Melon for a record-breaking 22 weeks. “Last Goodbye” at no. 1 for eight consecutive weeks and in the Top 10 for 19 weeks. “Haru Haru” broke all digital and airplay records. It was also no. 1 for eight weeks, and was downloaded for more than four million times, streamed 200 million times, and was the ringtone of 43% of SKT and Nate subcribers, a record to be broken for an idol group.
  • Big Bang topped all year-end polls and surveys.
  • Big Bang accepted five endorsement contracts, a record for a male idol group. Baskin Robbins paid an idol group 8 billion won, a price only a-list movie stars commanded. Big Bang and Baskin Robbins made waves among advertising society.
  • Big Bang became the blue chip of the industry. FILA topped the asking price with 1 billion won. And LG went all the miles with 1.1 billion won, proving the high demand over the group.
  • Big Bang toured the entire nation with their 6-city concert. “Global Warning” tour further enhanced Big Bang’s public image and increased anticipation.
  • Big Bang’s face was plastered everywhere around Seoul and other cities, Big Bang’s music was heard everywhere, Big Bang was embraced by the whole country with any television show apperance.
  • Daesung appeared in Family Outing, and up to this day, the highest-rated variety show with an idol. No other idol, aside from Yoona and Nichkhun, have ever been endeared in the hearts of the old citizens.

They did the impossible. By the end of 2008, the media coined them “the National Male Idols,” “the National Hope,” “the National Brothers.” Everything was on a national scale. No one didn’t know Big Bang. Everyone knew Big Bang. G-Dragon was conducted in the a-list, and remained to be the only idol at the time with a song book submitted in the copyright association. Big Bang was then coined as the “Most Expensive Idols.”

The year wrapped up with Big Bang in the hearts of every citizen, while DBSK came back to steal the hearts of their fan club. But that did not fool anyone. Everyone in the country would choose Big Bang over DBSK, unless they are a Cassiopeia. DBSK maybe legendary in Japan, but in South Korea, they were never as publicly recognized, loved, and honored as Big Bang. 

2009 was no joke for Big Bang. They accepted 10 endorsement contracts, earned $20 million dollars, with G-Dragon earning $12 million on his own, and still made headlines even during their hiatus. Big Bang was still unbeatable.

They did so many things, and what makes it all the more impressive was the fact that they got popular because of their self-written, self-composed, and self-produced music and trend-setting fashion, not because of their looks, dance moves, bodies or personalities. Big Bang rarely attended broadcast shows outside music shows but still maintain their status. Not even Girls’ Generation could risk not to appear on television shows. YG Entertainment just gave in to broadcast clamors by end of 2008. But overall, Big Bang propelled to the top by word of mouth, critical acclaims to their music, fashion and music that was loved by the public. They did not rub theirselves in. They were just naturally appreciated by everyone. 

And so is the main reason why when they are on a hiatus, it’s as if they get drowned with quietness. They are not the television stars, they are the idol musicians who only make news when they have something to give, and not for other reasons to expand their popularity. Never before have the public, the teenage fans, and the critics been so on terms about an idol group, and a male one at that.

Big Bang is a game changer. No one before has done such, and no one could soon do. What they have done the way they did it and the way YG Entertainment promoted them. While other idols are frequently on the television, Big Bang chose the music and popular culture route. No one else could have been on a national star with such route. Just Big Bang. Only Big Bang.

What is the point of letting you all know how Big Bang got to their national idol group status? The point is to make you see how they have become so much respected, so well-known, and so publicly embraced the way not even H.O.T, Shinhwa, g.o.d, DBSK, SS501, Super Junior, and any other boy band ever was or ever will be. Big Bang is a league of their own. No, they are not invincible. But don’t lose faith so easily. Never worry or don’t think of the worst because someone as iron clad and as wall-sturdy as Big Bang can’t be toppled by a Nate article that has 1349 negative comments. The internet is a free place, a place where fans and non-fans alike can just post anything they want. Big Bang fans are not teenagers alone, they never were just the VIPs. Everyone is their fan. Big Bang is a group patronized all throughout the country by all kinds of people of all ages.

What you think you see and what you think you read do not represent the entire public of South Korea and do not dictate Big Bang’s future. The main reason why YG Entertainment’s stock debut was more than doubled was because of Big Bang’s win in MTV Europe Music Awards and Big Bang’s financial standing all throughout this year. Big Bang is still as sturdy as ever, and you will see that in 2012.

Whenever Big Bang gets involved in any kind of controversy, they always get infested, eaten alive, asked to kill themselves or leave the country online. That’s a normal cycle of wild, uneducated netizen behavior. Big Bang was never the peefect angels like the female idols such as Girls’ Generation and IU are. Big Bang never went to the role model route. They became national idols on top of being famed alcohol drinkers and cigarette smokers. They became idol group amidst G-Dragon’s endless controversies and allegations with his cursing, tattoos, clubbing, girlfriends, and drugs. There was no good image to ruin with all these issues because they had no good image to protect in the first place. G-Dragon is the most polarizing idol in South Korea, believe me. Teens and young adults are impressed by him, but parents and old people always frown at what he does. But they still listen to him and to his music.

Why? Because they are Big Bang, the musician idols. Big Bang is nationally loved because of their music, and all the legendary and record-breaking trends they set. They are composed of members who brought in their own demographics. Daesung is so much endeared by the old people, Seungri is a hot issue for kids and teens, G-Dragon impresses the young working adults, T.O.P is respected by middle-aged adults, while Taeyang brings in the most cynical music lovers of all ages.

Big Bang is the only national male idols, along with Lee Seunggi and Rain. And among the lines of all national stars, they are probably the most dirty-imaged and most controversy-laden. To still maintain that dysfunctional status for more than four years and counting, what does that tell you?

It means that the name is very strong, very sturdy, and very firm. That’s not a reason to worry. Only worry when they get into an accident, at a health risk, at an emotional downfall, or in a civil or criminal case. But to worry over netizens’ comments about their shamelessness and inability to own up to their mistakes? That’s too shallow of a reason to doubt their name, their status, and their future. Big Bang as a group have magnetized all possible cruel and hateful online comments. They existed out of running jokes and criticisms. They were welcomed with negative remarks. Online search engines were filled and infested with anti-Big Bang comments. Before 2PM, they had the biggest amount of haters. What makes you think they are not gonna survive this?

Big Bang remains to be the only star and idol group who bridged music critics, teenage fans, and the Korean public altogether into agreeing with their choice of music and artist. Just remember that all the time, and that might give you the push you need to regain faith in these five bad boys. Remember that.

About Me: I am Cristina Kang, a member of VIP2, a 23-year old fan who was a part of the movement — a movement of fans who visited, supported, allied and protected Big Bang. I am part of the group who brought food to the five boys at 3:00 AM just to make sure they ate something during recording. I am one of those fans who provided shade and protection to the boys when they were just starting out, too unfamous for SBS or KBS to provide a good dressing room for them. I am one of the VIPs who bullied MBC Radio because they once banned Big Bang songs for five months. Yes, I am a partial VIP, and in my eyes there is no one better. But I am also aware of the reality. This is what’s happening to BIG BANG, and we are best be knowing, best be aware.

 

taken from bigbangbiased@allkpopforums

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