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.”
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 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.
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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.
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.
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.
Korean idol group Big Bang will sing the main theme song for the Japanese release of the hit TV series “IRIS,” according to Japanese daily newspaper Sankei Sports on Friday.
Sankei reported that the boy band will be singing a ballad titled “Tell Me Goodbye,” which will be featured in the show’s broadcast next Tuesday on Japanese channel TBS.
“IRIS,” which first aired in Korea on April 21, became a smash hit due to its huge scale, global location shoots and a star-studded cast. Big Bang member T.O.P also appeared in the espionage drama alongside Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun and actress Kim Tae-hee.
This will be the first time for the boys have participated in the soundtracks for both the Korean and Japanese versions of a drama. They received the request from TBS at the beginning of the year and prepared the song in Japan for a month.
The group will be showing a new image to Japan by singing the ballad since they have only released three dance singles in the country.
“We hope that the theme song and the drama cause a synergy effect and that the audience enjoys it,” Big Bang was quoted as saying in the paper.
Meanwhile, in celebration for the premiere of “IRIS” in Japan, an event will be held with stars Lee, Kim and members of Big Bang in attendance. The ceremony will take place at the Osaka Hall on May 26 and June 1 at the Saitama Super Arena.
The five-member group made their debut in 2006 with their single “Bigbang” and are considered one of the biggest cultural icons for Korea’s younger generation in music and fashion. They recently visited Japan to sing the theme song for a local news program.
[KPOP/JPOP] BIG BANG LANDS AN AWARD FOR BEST CHOREOGRAPHY VIDEO IN JAPAN SPACE SHOWER MUSIC VID AWARD
The complete list of awards are as follows:
- Best Video of the Year: “FAST CAR,” Namie Amuro
- Best Artist: Ringo Shiina
- Best Your Choice: “Oshakashama,” RADWIMPS
- Best Director: Yuichi Kodama
- Best Male Video: “Shunkan Speechless,” KREVA
- Best Female Video: “Tsugou no Ii Shintai,” Ringo Shiina
- Best Rock Video: “Last Love Letter,” Chatmonchy
- Best Alternative Video: “Oyasumi Paradox,” Etsuko Yakushimaru
- Best Pop Video: “Butterfly,” Kaela Kimura
- Best Groove Video: “SOUND BOY THRILLER feeeeeeeeeeat. LISA,” m-flo
- Best Conceptual Video: “Native Dancer,” Sakanaction
- Best Choreography Video: “Gara Gara Go!!,” BIG BANG
- Best Art Direction Video: “FAST CAR,” Namie Amuro
- Best Shooting Video: “Futatsu no Kuchibiru,” EXILE
- Best International Video: “Paparazzi,” Lady Gaga
- Best New Artist Video: “Emotion Potion,” THE BAWDIES
- Best Hip Hop Video: “ONCE AGAIN,” RHYMESTER
- Best Reggae Video: “My Endless Love,” PUSHIM
- Special Award: Keisuke Kuwata
- Best Creators’ Choice: “Aishiteru,” Monkey Majik
Source: Space Shower Music Video Awards + tokyograph.com
Big Bang member Taeyang will open U.S. R&B singer Brian McKnight’s concert in Korea next month, according to concert promoter Vincero.
The artist asked Taeyang to open his show titled “McKnight At Night” to be held April 1 after watching the young singer’s music videos for single “Wedding Dress” and “Where U At.”
Taeyang, whose real name is Dong Young-bae, debuted as a member of Big Bang in 2005. The five-member boy band have been one of the most popular groups in the country since releasing their first single “We Belong Together.”
Each member of the group have also pursued individual careers in various relams of the entertainment industry including singing, acting and show-hosting.
McKnight, a singer, song writer and producer, made his debut in 1992 with the self-titled album “Brian McKnight” and soon released numerous albums which went on to become platinum and sell over 20 million copies worldwide.
The South Korean Touristic Committee picked Big Bang’s “Big Show” concert, which will be held at the Seoul Olympic Gymnastics from January 29th to January 31st, for their ‘Visit Korea from 2010~2012′ campaign.
A representative from the committee said “Last year the five members of Big Bang were working on their own individual activities but this time they will gather as one under the same roof” “During those 3 days (of the concert) approximately 2 million Koreans and foreign visitors are likely to come” he predicted.
Promotional booths at the performance venues will be available for Korean fans and foreign visitors which will increase the promotion to the Korean National Tourism campaign.
A commission official stated “These visits to Korea by foreigners to Hallyu star’s concerts, events, etc. have a big economic impact on the country, therefore the Korean National Tourism campaign will continue to promote such events.”