Big Bang is a South Korean boy band formed by YG Entertainment. Consisting of members G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung, and Seungri, the group officially debuted on August 19, 2006. Despite initial lukewarm receptions, their breakthrough came with the extended play, Always (2007), which yielded the number one song “Lies”. The song went on to top major Korean music charts for a record-breaking seven consecutive weeks,and won the group the Song of the Year award at the 9th Mnet Korean Music Festival.
Kwon Ji-yong better known by his stage name G-Dragon, is a South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, and fashion icon. After six years as a trainee under the record label YG Entertainment, G-Dragon officially debuted as a member of the South Korean group Big Bang. G-Dragon has been involved with writing, composing, and producing many of Big Bang’s and his own hit tracks. As of 2017, he has written 22 number one songs
Choi Seung-hyun ; born November 4, 1987), better known by his stage name T.O.P, is a South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter, actor, and record producer. He is a member of the South Korean boy group Big Bang and has starred in many television series and films, such as I Am Sam (2007), Iris (2009), Nineteen (2009), 71: Into the Fire (2010), Commitment (2013), Tazza: The Hidden Card (2014) and Out of Control (2017).
In 2010, T.O.P joined bandmate G-Dragon to record and release a collaboration album, GD & TOP. As a solo rapper, he has released two digital singles, “Turn It Up” (2010) and “Doom Dada” (2013), that peaked at number two and four, respectively, on the Gaon Chart. Columnist Jeff Benjamin of Billboard K-Town noted that T.O.P is well known for his low-bass timbre rapping
Dong Young-bae ; born 18 May 1988),better known by his stage name Taeyang (meaning sun in Korean) and Sol (when performing in Japan), is a South Korean singer-songwriter. After appearing in Jinusean’s music video “A-yo,” Taeyang began training under YG Entertainment at the age of 12. After six years of training, he made his debut in 2006 as a member of the South Korean boy band Big Bang.
In 2008, Taeyang began pursuing a solo career, releasing his first extended play, Hot, followed by his first full-length studio album, Solar, in 2010. His second studio album, Rise, peaked at number 112 on the US Billboard 200 Chart, becoming the highest ranking album by a Korean soloist to enter the chart, while its lead single, “Eyes, Nose, Lips”, peaked at number one on the Billboard K-pop H
ot 100 Chart, giving him his first solo number one single on that chart.
Kang Dae-sung ; born April 26, 1989),better known by his stage names Daesung and D-Lite, is a South Korean singer, actor and television host.Daesung made his musical debut in 2006 as a member of the South Korean boy band Big Bang. He has released a number of solo singles in South Korea under the group’s record label YG Entertainment, including “Cotton Candy” and “Baby Don’t Cry” which peaked at #1 and #3 on South Korea’s Gaon Music Chart, respectively.
Since 2013, Daesung has also released three solo albums and one single in Japan under YGEX. His first album, D’scover peaked at #2 on the Japanese Oricon Albums Chart. His second and third albums, D’slove and Delight, peaked at #1 on the Oricon Albums Chart. Following the success of his albums, Daesung has completed several concert tours throughout Japan
Lee Seung-hyun ; born December 12, 1990),better known by his stage name Seungri , is a South Korean singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, businessman, and investor. He debuted as the youngest member in 2006 with the boy band Big Bang under YG Entertainment before embarking on a solo career, adopting the stage name of V.I when performing in Japan.
His first extended play, V.V.I.P (2011), yielded two singles: “VVIP” and “What Can I Do.” The latter peaked at number seven on the Gaon Digital Chart, and the album sold over 44,000 copies. His second Korean EP Let’s Talk About Love (2013) fared better and was supported by “Gotta Talk to You”
, which charted at number three on the Gaon Chart. The EP was later re-released in Japan as his first full Japanese studio album, containing previous materials from the two EPs recorded in the country’s native language.
Seungri also ventured into acting, first in the musical Sonagi (2008) before appearing in films such as Nineteen and Why Did You Come to My House? (both released in 2009). He branched into television with the Japanese drama Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo (2013) and the South Korean television series Angel Eyes (2014).