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.
Asian pop sensation Rain has made a splashing comeback to the K-pop music scene with his new single “Love Song”, debuting atop Gaon’s singles chart last week.
For the week of March 28 to April 3, the singer took his first crown on the Korean music chart by defeating last week’s winner Girls’ Generation.
Rain’s ballad track has been rapidly climbing several online charts since its release on March 30. All the tracks from his special album “BACK TO THE BASIC”, which came out on April 7, have placed within the top ten on various real-time music charts on the day of its release.
Girl band After School came in second with “Bang!”, climbing two spots from the previous week, and Brown Eyed Soul rounded out the top three with their hit tune “I’ll Move.”
Meanwhile, G-Dragon triumphed on the albums chart with his special concert album titled “Shine a Light”, a live recording of his solo concert held last December in Seoul.
Boy band Beast followed behind at No. 2 with their record “Shock of the New Era” while Girls’ Generation’s “Run Devil Run” slid down to third place from the top spot.
The Gaon music chart, considered the Korean equivalent of the U.S. Billboard chart, was launched last month. Its data has been accumulated from online and offline sales statistics from the country’s major web-based providers and record distribution companies.
[BreakingNews] GDragon exposes his feelings on the concert issue
GDragon had many labels in the past, some good and some bad. Big Bang’s leader. The youngest boy who was participating in HipHop albums by the age of 13. One of the top 8 composers that shined in 2008. Placing first in all possible music charts with his solo album. 2009’s greatest selling record. Plagiarism issues. Known for interesting fashion. And the most recent one, concert issues.
There had been a set of associated words with GDragon. However, he was the boy that went on along his way without any rest in the music world, but there will always be the critics commenting on his actions. Through an interview, we learned about what kind of a path he kept on going from that one little boy to a star that is loved by many people.
People who are close to GDragon say that he is “very detailed and trustworthy.” So detailed that he would check daily on every single detail of his album and watch the concert stage from the 3rd floor to make sure that his fans wouldn’t miss out on a thing. A person like that was slammed down on his first concert. It was all because of the sexy performance he displayed during his own song, ‘Breathe.’
GDragon stated, “I believe that since I am a singer for the public, I know that it is right for the public to judge me. No matter what I was trying to show, it was my fault if it [the concert] was disturbing and high level. I was only trying to show a stronger appearance because it wasn’t a public show, but a concert performance. I’m really sad that the response was different from what I expected.” While he was preparing his first concert, he was excited. Since the age of 13 entering YG Entertainment, this was the stage he was dreaming about for 10 years. He pondered on the videos to show, and explored each section of the audience seats to view how the stage would look from there. Big Bang’s stages also made him excited, but this solo concert that had his own name on it as a single singer meant the world to him.
“Seriously, I don’t know even remember how hard I rose up to this level for my solo concert. I might be saying this because I’m still young, but really when this concert ended, I really thought to myself, ‘I would want nothing else more.’” But, when I turned on the internet the next day, my heart crashed to see only the parts of concert torn apart with the issues.” He confessed that he faced sadness as a singer when he realized that the performances that he worked hard on was torn apart and that one cut represented his whole concert. Was it to much for him to show different sides of him to the audience that couldn’t easily access the concert?
“Instead of tears, fake laugh came out as I thought, ‘will I be cursed so that anywhere I go, I get bashed at?’” I didn’t want it to go this far. I just wanted to show my fans the different sides. In the performances I showed cute sides, and handsome sides, but why did it only get cut into this part? All the news paper articles had that strong word in them, and I was embrassed and sad that my parents might see these articles that only had one side to them.” He added on, “My thinking was short. However I just wish that people wouldn’t criticise me just for that one section. The song ‘Breathe’ in general is about not wanting to wake up from a dream because my ideal woman appears in them. Because of those lyrics I had a bed on stage and showed that I was searching my dreams. But the final product the public saw was, ”sex demonstration.” I was shocked and thought, ‘I’m not this, but I guess this is how I look to the people,’ realizing it then.”
He finally added, “Whether I get praised at, or slammed at, I think that is proof that the public is showing interests toward me. I have to understand the fact that telling me what part I did wrong helps me to improve in the future. The way I could he accepted and win praises is to do better on the next album. This once again reminded me that I have to do my best on the Big Bang album coming out this year.”
Nulsaranghae: Please be respectful when commenting. Realize that GDragon confessed his feeling on the issue himself.