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[BIG BANG] TAEYANG’S DELUXE EDITION SOLD OUT

Big Bang member Taeyang [Official Taeyang website]

The limited edition of Big Bang member Taeyang’s new album has sold out on the day of its release, according to the singer’s agency YG Entertainment on Friday.

Offline and online record stores reported that the deluxe version of Taeyang’s first full-length album “Solar” sold out within moments of going on sale, with the servers of several online retailers shutting down from too many shoppers logging on simultaneously, YG said.

“Some of the fans who were unable to purchase the limited edition even called our suppliers directly to inquire whether more copies would be produced but we were set on releasing only 30,000 copies and have no plans to produce more,” explained YG.

A regular version of the album has been set to go on sale a week later but YG is considering pulling up the release date by a few days due to the high demand.

Meanwhile, the title track “I Need a Girl” and other songs from his album such as “You’re My,” “Just a Feeling,” “Superstar” and “After You Fell Asleep” have placed within the top spots on numerous web-based music charts.

Taeyang, whose real name is Dong Young-bae, made his debut as a member of Big Bang in 2005. He is the first member to debut as a solo artist, releasing his first mini-album “HOT” in May 2008.

He also released two digital singles “Wedding Dress” and “Where U At” last November.

He gave his comeback performance on Mnet’s televised music show “M! Countdown” yesterday, singing “I Need a Girl,” “You’re My” and “Just a Feeling.”

credit: asiae.co.kr

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[BIG BANG] TAEYANG RELEASES FIRST FULL-LENGTH ALBUM TODAY

Big Bang member Taeyang [YG Entertainment]

Big Bang member Taeyang will release his first full-length album today, according to his agency YG Entertainment.

YG announced in a press release that the deluxe version of his first studio release “Solar” will hit stores today and that the music video for his title track “I Need a Girl,” featuring fellow group mate G-Dragon and 2NE1 member Sandara Park, will be unveiled at 6 p.m.

“I Need a Girl” sings of the ideal woman of every man living in the 21st century such as a ‘girl who looks better in jeans than a skirt.’

YG stated that retail stores have been demanding for more copies of the deluxe edition, limited to only 30,000 copies, since the number of orders has reached 50,000.

Accordingly, the agency is currently in talks to pull up the release date for the regular version, originally set for release on July 9, by two or three days.

Taeyang, whose real name is Dong Young-bae, made his debut as a member of Big Bang in 2005. He is the first member to debut as a solo artist, releasing his first mini-album “HOT” in May 2008. He also released two digital singles “Wedding Dress” and “Where U At” last November.

He will be making his music comeback on Mnet’s televised music program “M! Countdown” later today, performing his title track “I Need a Girl” with G-Dragon. He will also be appearing on other music shows over the weekend to promote his new album.

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[BIG BANG] T.O.P’S ON THE TOP SPOT FOR MNET’S SINGLES CHART

Big Bang member T.O.P [YG Entertainment]


Big Bang member T.O.P bowed into the top spot on Mnet’s singles chart with his latest single “Turn It Up” during the final week of June.

According to data released by the cable music channel on Tuesday, the rapper knocked out last week’s winners Untouchable to score his first win on the music chart.

The new solo track by the popular boy band member has topped several weekly online music charts since its release on June 21.

Rounding out the top three singles are other recent releases — Navi’s latest collaboration with K. Will “We Really Loved Each Other” at No. 2 followed by “Hurt Likes Death” by MC Mong featuring Mellow.

Meanwhile, the second album “Blue Brand; Trauma” featuring various artists made its debut on the chart in first place pushing back six week winner Vibe down the chart.

T.O.P’s new digital single “Turn It Up” entered the album chart at No. 2, while Vibe’s fourth studio release “Vibe in Praha” dropped two notches to third place.

source: asiae.co.kr

Here’s the MV:

credit: solomonhwang@YT


[BIG BANG] TAEYANG TOGETHER WITH G-DRAGON ON A MUSIC COMEBACK

Big Bang member G-Dragon (left) and Taeyang (right) [YG Entertainment]

Big Bang member Taeyang will be making a comeback to the local music scene with his first full-length solo album this week, giving comeback performances with fellow group mate G-Dragon, according to his agency YG Entertainment on Tuesday.

YG announced in a press release that Taeyang will take to the stages of televised music shows including music cable channel Mnet’s “M! CountDown” and public networks “Music Core” and “Inkigayo” to perform his title track “I Need a Girl” featuring rap by G-Dragon from his upcoming release “Solar.”

G-Dragon, known to be close friends with Taeyang since their years as trainees for YG at the age of 13, also took part in writing and composing song “After You Fell Asleep” in Taeyang’s album.

“I am nervous since I’m returning to the local music stage for the first time in a while but I feel a lot more confident because G-Dragon will be next to me,” Taeyang was quoted as saying, adding he is doing his best to prepare for the comeback performances.

Taeyang, whose real name is Dong Young-bae, made his debut as a member of Big Bang in 2005. He is the first member to debut as a solo artist, releasing his first mini-album “HOT” in May 2008. He also released two digital singles “Wedding Dress” and “Where U At” last November.

The deluxe edition of “Solar” will hit the stores on July 1 and the regular version eight days later.

source: asiae.co.kr


[100625/BIGBANG] TAEYANG REVEALS INTRO TRACK FROM NEW ALBUM

Big Bang member Taeyang [YG Entertainment]

Big Bang member Taeyang has unveiled an intro track from his upcoming solo album today, according to his agency YG Entertainment on Friday.

YG announced in a press release that the singer released a one-minute introduction of the song “Solar” from his first full-length album of the same name on his official webpage (http://www.ygbigbang.com/taeyang).

The website will be releasing a one-minute teaser of six of the tracks, one song a day, until the record release on July 1.

The album will be produced in two versions, the deluxe edition which will include 13 tracks while the regular version will feature 11 songs.

“Solar” has already garnered attention before its release due to labelmate 2NE1 member Sandara Park joining the singer to shoot his music video.

Taeyang, whose real name is Dong Young-bae, made his debut as a member of Big Bang in 2005. He is the first member to debut as a solo artist, releasing his first mini-album “HOT” in May 2008. He also released two digital singles “Wedding Dress” and “Where U At” last November.

The deluxe edition of “Solar” will hit the stores on July 1 and the regular version eight days later.

source: asiae.co.kr


[100624/2NE1/BIG BANG] SANDARA PARK TO SHOOT MV WITH TAEYANG IN L.A

2NE1 member Sandara Park at Los Angeles International Airport [Sandara Park’s official me2DAY page]

2NE1 member Sandara Park is prepping for a music video shoot in Los Angeles for labelmate Taeyang of idol group Big Bang.

Earlier this morning, the female pop idol posted a picture of herself at Los Angeles International Airport on her official me2DAY page (http://me2day.net/21dara) along with the comment “Wassup, LA.”

Two days ago, she put up a photo of herself and Taeyang at the music video shoot for the Big Bang singer who will be releasing his first full-length solo album next month.

She left for L.A. on Wednesday, joining bandmates Park Bom, Gong Minzy and C.L. who flew out over the weekend “to travel,” as agency YG Entertainment said.

Park, 25, grew up in the Philippines and became quite well-known in the region after entering a local talent show. She moved to Korea in 2007 and signed with YG Entertainment, where she became a trainee and became one of the members of 2NE1.

2NE1 first came onto the music scene with the song “Lollipop,” a joint collaboration with Big Bang which was featured in a commercial for LG’s mobile phone brand CYON.

They made their official debut in May 2009 with the single “Fire” and followed it up with “I Don’t Care,” which both became hits on various K-pop music charts.

2NE1 will be returning to Korea sometime early next month.

2NE1 member Sandara Park (left) with Taeyang of idol group Big Bang [Sandara Park’s official me2DAY page]

source: asiae.co.kr


[100621/KPOP] T.O.P RELEASED SOLO SINGLE AND MV OF TURN IT UP

Korean singer and actor Big Bang member T.O.P [YG Entertainment]

Big Bang member T.O.P unveiled his solo single and music video today, according to a press release from his agency YG Entertainment on Monday.

YG announced in a press release that T.O.P’s latest solo single and full-length music video of “Turn it Up” has been revealed on online music sites.

The song features hip hop beats with a heavy bass background and witty rap lyrics by the singer.

“Turn it Up” will go on sale in stores on Wednesday and will also be featured as a track on Big Bang’s special live concert album “2010 Big Show.”

T.O.P., whose real name is Choi Seung-hyun, made his debut in 2007 as the rapper of the five-member boy band. They are considered to be a huge cultural icon for youngsters in Korea.

T.O.P. crossed over to acting with his appearances in the TV series “I Am Sam” and in the blockbuster smash hit “IRIS,” where he played an assassin.

He is currently promoting upcoming war pic “71 Into the Fire,” where he plays a student soldier which has accumulated over 1.1 million admissions since its release date last Wednesday.

source: asiae.co.kr

here’s the full length MV:

credit: solomonhwang@YT


[KPOP] BIG BANG FIRST KOREAN DANCE GROUP AT JAPAN MUSIC FEST

Big Bang members Seungri, G-Dragon, Taeyang, TOP and Daesung [YG Entertainment]

Boy band Big Bang will be the first Korean dance group to take the main stages of Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival 2010 in August, according to the group’s agency YG Entertainment.

YG announced in a press release that the group is set to perform on the Ocean Stage of the Maishima Summer Sonic site in Osaka on August 7 and on the Marine Stage of the Chiba Marine Stadium in Tokyo the following day.

The boys will be singing on the stage which is also set to be graced by international recording artists including Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, A Tribe Called Quest and Sum 41.

A representative at YG explained, “We are happy that the boys have been invited to this international music festival. The audience can expect to see an energetic performance.”

The quintet will be the third Korean artists after rocker Seotaiji in 2001 and four-member rock band Nell in 2008, to take part in the event but the first local dance group.

The Summer Sonic Festival is an annual two-day rock festival held simultaneously in Osaka and Tokyo. The line-up consists of many Japanese rock musicians as well as international acts.

Big Bang made their debut in 2006 with their single “Bigbang” and is known as one of the biggest cultural icons in Korea. They have released numerous singles and albums featuring their biggest hits “Dirty Cash,” With U,” “Lies” and “Haru Haru.”

The group officially launched their singing career in Japan in June last year and is currently promoting themselves in the country for two weeks.

They are also competing at the MTV World Stage Video Music Awards Japan, which will be held on May 29, under the categories for Best New Artist Video and Best Pop Video.

cre: asiae.co.kr


[KPOP] FLO RIDA CALLS SEOUL CONCERT WITH G-DRAGON A GREAT SHOW

U.S. hip-hop artist Flo Rida (left) and Korean pop idol G-Dragon [Twitter]

U.S. hip-hop artist Flo Rida informed his fans via Twitter that he put on a “great show” in Korea with K-pop idol G-Dragon over the weekend.

Flo Rida posted several “tweets,” or messages on popular social networking and micro-blogging service Twitter, during the time he was in Seoul for the concert, where he performed two shows on May 21 and 22.

G-Dragon, the leader of popular Korean boy band Big Bang, had appeared on the show as a guest performer on the latter night.

The American rapper appeared satisfied with the Seoul gig and spoke highly of G-Dragon. In a post dated May 23, he wrote that he performed a “great show with G-Dragon from Korea” and also sent out “Much love to my fans in Korea.”

The joint performance by the two musicians put to bed all the negative criticism that had dogged G-Dragon last year, when he had been accused of plagiarizing Flo Rida’s song “Right Round” in his hit single “Heartbreaker.”

Fans are responding favorably to the Seoul concert as well — one fan commented “You and GD killed the stage!!” while another wrote “GD is a beast,” meaning they both gave fantastic performances.

Julia Beverly, editor of U.S. hip-hop magazine Ozone who accompanied the American singer to Korea, even posted a picture of Flo Rida and G-Dragon together prior to their performance, on her Twitter page.

Flo Rida, whose real name is Tramar Dillard, shot to international stardom with the success of his debut single “Low,” which spent eleven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart.

His sophomore album “R.O.O.T.S.” featured the single “Right Round,” which became an instant hit and sold over 636,00 copies in one week.

cre: asiae.co.kr


[KPOP] T.O.P SAYS VISITS AMUSEMENT PARKS WEARING MASKS

Korean singer and actor T.O.P at a showcase for film “Into Fire” [Asia Economic Daily]

Korean singer and actor Choi Seung-hyun, better known as T.O.P from idol group Big Bang, has said that he sometimes visits amusement parks with his bandmates wearing masks.

Speaking at a showcase for film “Into Fire,” held Monday at Seoul’s Lotte World Garden Stage, the pop idol remarked, “When I feel stifled, I come [to amusement parks] to have a good time without people knowing. People don’t recognize me because I wear a mask when I come.”

Actor Kim Seung-woo, who also stars in the film, described the young star as “a very serious person who, unlike young people these days, is not calculative.”

Director Lee Jae-han had only praises for Choi and his acting as well, saying that he was “surprised to see a scene where Seung-hyun cries so hard that his nose is running while watching a fellow soldier die.”

When asked who can hold his alcohol the best amongst the film’s cast members, Hallyu star Kwon Sang-woo pointed to T.O.P and answered, “He is the best drinker. He wouldn’t let me go to sleep saying he wanted to hear more about my stories.”

“It was so fun staying in Hapcheon [where they shot the film] with these older guys and listening to their stories,” T.O.P said in response. “It was really great to listen to their advice and learn from them.”

Choi, 22, debuted in 2007 as the rapper of five-member band Big Bang which quickly became one of the hottest idol groups and considered a huge cultural icon for youngsters in Korea.

He also crossed over to acting, appearing in the comics-based TV series “I Am Sam” (KBS2, 2007) and playing an assassin in last year’s smash hit “IRIS” alongside top Korean actors Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-hee.

“Into Fire,” which opens in Korea on June 17, is a war pic based on the true story of 71 student soldiers who fought during the Korean War.

cre: asiae.co.kr