Korean Pop Music, or K-pop as it is commonly known, is currently Asia’s hottest music industry. Fans all over the world have been captivated by K-pop stars' good looks, amazing dance moves, and catchy tunes. Current K-pop sensations include, Rain, TVXQ, Big Bang, and the Wonder Girls. VisitKorea has prepared a guide to some of these music superstars. You can read about their road to success, find out.
* Introduction of Korean Singers( Big Bang )
The five members of Big Bang were the winners of an arduous singing and dancing audition process, which was screened on MTV Korea. The group has two rappers and three singers, and their songs are a unique blend of hip hop and pop songs. Big Bang’s energetic catchy songs have earned them a large following that spans all generations. The members of Big Bang play a role in writing their lyrics, in composing their music, and in their choreography. Some of the members have also launched solo projects, appearing in musicals, TV dramas, and entertainment shows.
Big Bang is a very popular Korean boy band. Its five members are known as T.O.P, Seungri, Daesung, G-Dragon, and Taeyang. They were launched by the famous management company, YG Entertainment on August 19th 2006, as part of the company’s 10th anniversary concert. Big Bang immediately received praise from critics, the public, and other singers for the members’ outstanding talent.
On September 23rd, 2006, the group made their debut on the tv music show, “Music Core”, but Big Bang became famous throughout the country even before their official debut, since MTV Korea had aired an eleven-episode documentary about the making of the band. So far, as many as 1 million copies of their albums have been sold and Big Bang is popular not only in Korea, but also in Thailand, Japan and other countries around the world.
Members of Big Bang
- TEAM LEADER/ RAPPER/ VOCALIST
During his childhood he appeared in movies and TV shows, but it was always his dream to become a singer. He takes his responsibility as the leader of the band seriously. He does not tolerate mistakes, but at the same time he encourages and supports the other members. He composed “Lies”, “Look at Me, GwiSun”, “Fool” and “We Belong Together”. G-Dragon is considered by many to be the most fashionable member of the group, and many teenagers copy his flamboyant urban style.
- Real Name : Kwon Ji-yong
-Date of Birth : August 18th 1988
-Blood Type : A
-Physique : 177cm, 58kg
-Talents : Rap, dance, beat box, song writing, and fluent in English and Chinese
-ducation : Kyung Hee Univ. Postmodern Music Department
-ativities: Participated in the 2001 Korea HIPHOPFEX, appeared on YG FAMILY and PERRY Albums, and several concerts
- RAPPER / VOCALIST
T.O.P. acted in the drama “Iris” alongside actors Kim Tae Hee and Lee Byung Hun, and he will appear in the upcoming drama “My 19-year-old” with Seung Ri, another member of Big Bang.
- Real Name : Choi Seung-hyeon
-Date of Birth : November 4th, 1987
-Blood Type :181cm, 65kg
-Physique : B
-Talents : Rap, beat box, song writing, fluent in English
-Education : Danguk Univ. Film and Theatre Department
-Activities: Winner in KBS Radio’s “Rap Battle”, performances in various clubs
* SEUNG RI
Even before Big Bang’s debut, Seung Ri was widely known in his hometown, Gwangju, because of his amazing dance skills. However, he failed many auditions beause of his short height. In YG Entertainment’s Big Bang audition, he was almost eliminated, but luckily he was given a second chance, and his singing, dancing skills, and stage presence impressed the producers so much that he made it into the group.
Seung Ri was the first member of the group to be in a musical, starring in Sonagi, and the second member to debut as an actor. He appeared in the film "Why Did You Come To Our House" which was released in April 9th 2009. He will also act with T.O.P in the upcoming drama My 19-year-old. He recently released his first solo album “Strong Baby”, so these days he has a pretty busy schedule. However he always practices his singing and dancing in order to give the perfect live performance for his fans.
-Real Name :Lee Seung-hyeon
-Date of Birth :December 12th, 1990
-Physique : 177cm, 60kg
-Talents : Dance, Singing, Fluent in English
-Education : Kyung Hee Univ. Postmodern Music Department
-Activities: Member of the dancing team, Ilhwa
* TAE YANG
- SINGER/ RAPPER
Tae Yang became a trainee member of YG Entertainment when he was 13 years old. Since he was always training at YG Entertainment, he has never had a girlfriend, and so he is regarded as the pure, innocent band member by the fans. However, he is considered quite attractive due to his masculinity and dark skin color, and has more female fans in their 20s and 30s than any other member of the group. His first solo album Hot was a great success. Tae Yang likes urban hip-hop fashion and his hobby is collecting caps.
-Real Name : Dong Young-bae
-Date of Birth : May 18th, 1988
-Blood Type :174cm, 56kg
-Physique : B
-Talents : Rap, dance, beat box, song writing, fluent in English and Japanese
-Education : Daejin Univ, Theater and film Department
-Activities: Appeared on Jinusean’s A-YO Music Video, appeared on YG Family’s
Wheesung albums, and in several concerts
* DAE SUNG
-Real Name :Kang Dae-sung
-Date of Birth :April 26th 1989
-Physique : 178cm, 63kg
-Talents : Singing, fluent in English
-Education : Kyung Hee Univ. Postmodern Music Department
-Activities: Passed the Big Bang audition while taking the MBC Academy course
Information on Big Bang
- Member : T.O.P, Seungri, Daesung, G-Dragon and Taeyang
- Date of Debut :August 19, 2006
- Official Homepage : http://www.ygbigbang.com/
- Official homepage in Japan :http://www.ygbigbang.jp/
* Big Bang's official Fan Club VIP
Big Bang's official fan club calls itself "V.I.P." (a reference to the band’s second single: "Big Bang is V.I.P."). It is estimated to have around 300,000 members. Generally at concerts in Korea, most fans will wave balloons in a specific color to show their devotion to a band, however Big Bang fans don’t wave balloons, instead they wave bandannas and crown shaped glow sticks, which are decorated with the letters BB. You can get these at YgeShop (http://www.ygeshop.com) or at concerts venues.
E-mail : email@example.com
Address : YG Entertainment, Deokyang Building, 3rd Floor, 371-26 Hapjeong-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul (zip code) 121-884
Official Fan Club :http://cafe.daum.net/YGBIGBANG?DWISI=3AD
Homepage : http://town.cyworld.com/bigbang/
2006 August 29, 2006 1st Singles Album
September 28, 2006 2nd Singles Album
November 12, 2006 3rd Singles Album
November 12, 2006 1st Album
2007 February 8, 2007 1st Live Concert Album
August 16, 2007 1st Mini Album
November 22, 2007 2nd Mini Album
2008 January 4, 2008 1st Singles Album in Japan
February 27, 2008 2nd Live Concert Album
May 28, 2008 2nd Singles Album in Japan
May 22, 2008 TAE YANG’s 1st Mini Album
June 16, 2008 DAE SUNG’s Solo Digital Singles Album
< Look at Me, GwiSun >
June 30, 2008 G-Dragon’s Solo Digital Singles Album
August 8, 2008 3rd Mini Album
October 22, 2008 1st Album in Japan
November 5, 2008 2nd Album
2006 Seoul Music Awards New Artist
Music Festival Song of the Year/ Best Male Group/ Music Arrangement;
the Korea Visual Arts Festival: the Most Photogenic award -Male Group
Seoul Music Awards Digital Music /Top Artist / Artist Of The Year; M.NET/KM Music Festival: Artist of the Year/ Best Male Group of the Year/ Digital Music / Music Portal M.NET Award; Annual Korean People's Music Choice Awards - Netizen Award: Dance & Electronic Section Prize; Mnet20’s Choice HOT Trend Musician Award; The National Assembly of South Korea Pop Culture & Media Awards: Pop Music; Style Icon Awards: Best Male Singer
Seoul Music Awards High1 Award/ Best Album / Mobile Popularity; Korea PD Awards: Best Singer
Commercials and Other Activities
In the first half of 2009, Big Bang emerged as one of consumers’ top 10 favorite commercials models. The group has appeared in commercials for numerous products, such as cell phones, clothing, and drinks. They appeared in the Lollipop CM phone commercial and the song featured in the commercial, which was sung by Big Bang and YG’s brand new female group 2NE1, was No1 in all online music charts, which shows the extent of Big Bang’s popularity.
In addition to commercials, Big Bang have even appeared in the FPS video game, “Sudden Attack”. The game, which had featured K-pop star, Rain, in the past, used the Big Bang members as characters in the game, as well as Big Bang themed items, and the group’s hit songs as backgroud music.
The Big Bang members’ biographical book Shouting Out To The World! was released in January 28th, 2009. The 280-page book was written by the members and tracks Big Bang’s road to success. It starts from their debut in summer 2006 and gives inside details on their breakout success and then their triumph on the J-pop scene.
Commercials featuring Big Bang : SK Telecom MMS T PLAN(07), SK Telecom Ting(07), Male Cosmetics BB BUD(07~08), NII Clothing Brand(08), Baskin Robbins 31(08), LG CYON Edge Phone(08), i-Station(09), LG CYON Ice Cream Phone 2(09), Lotte Duty Free Shop(09), HITE Beer(09), LG CYON Lollipop(09), BHC Chicken(09), Maeil Dairy Industry Co. Café Latte (09)