A post from an online community portal has outlined the reasons as to why G-Dragon and IU are the most successful celebrities of their age.
IU and BIGBANG‘s G-Dragon are two very young idols who have incredible success and have turned their names into a brand as individuals. One netizen from an online community portal decided to provide a summary explaining what made these two idols so successful.
G-Dragon showed his genius composition skills at the mere age of 19 when he composed and wrote BIGBANG’s “Lie”, which catapulted the group’s popularity with its addictive melody.
In 2009, G-Dragon’s first solo album Heartbreaker made history, being the first ever album to have all of its songs take up the top spots on multiple music charts in Korea.
Furthermore, some of his social media postings have proven time and time again that he is incredibly wealthy, owning a Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 that costs at least $575 million, a Richard Mille watch that costs over $129,000 USD, and riding private jets to and from some of his schedules.
G-Dragon is also considered of Korea’s trendiest celebrities, as he has started several national fashion trends. He has also recently founded his own fashion brand, peaceminusone, and almost all of his products are always sold out, proving again that G-Dragon’s influence in fashion and music are too big to ignore.
IU debuted in 2008 at the young age of 15, not as an idol, but as a solo artist, with “Lost Child” before gaining popularity with her incredibly popular song “Marshmellow” the following year. Soon, fans realized that IU was writing and composing all of her songs, and this established her reputation as a truly skilled and talented singer-songwriter.
From then, each of IU’s songs became hits as soon as they were released, and people everywhere began anticipating IU’s future songs, trusting that they were going to be loved by fans of all ages and of all backgrounds. Her songs from her albums have also dominated the music charts by taking up all of the top spots upon their release.
IU has also been establishing herself as a highly talented actress, as she has been starring in several dramas that have reached high viewership ratings, such as Dream High and Producer, showing that she has amazing potential to do anything in the entertainment industry.
With both IU’s and G-Dragon’s incredible achievements and milestones throughout their career, it’s no wonder the two are Korea’s two most successful celebrities in their age range.
G-Dragon fans have always worked hard in supporting their idol, and have donated a lot to show their support and dedication!
G-Dragon has always been known to be stylish, an amazing rapper, and most of all, a very gracious person. Consistently donating to a variety of different causes. Over time, he has inspired many of his fans to do so as well!
A G-Dragon fansite, Always GD, posted a photo on their twitter of a list of their donations between the year 2013 and 2016.
Taeyang is the new face of LC500h for Lexus Korea and will be releasing a self-composed song for promotions.
Lexus Korea has chosen Taeyang as the newest ambassador for their brand and his first task as ambassador was to compose a song for the newLC500h.
“Taeyang shows his true music taste and personality and this goes hand in hand with our new car, the LC. He matched what we were looking for with our new car and that is why we chose to collaborate with him.”
The teaser for the song, “So Good” will be released on March 30 to coincide with Taeyang’s appearance at the Seoul Sports Show. The full song and music video will come out in May. Fans are excited to finally hear new music from Taeyang as BIGBANG‘s promotions will be on hold until T.O.P completes his military service.
The beautiful hybrid car will also be making an appearance in the upcoming Black Panther movie that was being filmed in Busan earlier this month.
Oh, how we love the iconic eye smile. When a K-pop idol flashes his hard-to-resist eye smile, it can be more than enough to send anyone into fangirl mode. There’s just something so adorable about seeing those rainbow shaped eyes that makes you giddy and happy. There are many K-pop idols who are known for this one-of-a-kind smile. Here are just a handful of them and hopefully it will put a smile on your face!
1. iKon’s Bobby 2. Apink’s Jung Eun Ji 3. BTS Jimin 4. EXO Sehun 5. Girls’ Generation TIffany 6. BTOB Hyunsik 7. GOT7 JB 8. CNBLUE’s Kang Min Hyuk 9. HIGHLIGHT’s Lee Gi Kwang 10. CL 11. 2PM’s Junho 12. Big Bang’s Taeyang
The best way to brighten up your day is to not only hear Taeyang’s amazing vocals, but to see his smile.
Jo Se Ho uploaded a shot of with G-Dragon, where he wears a cheery grin while the rapper naturally rests his arm around his shoulder. Although in casual wear, G-Dragon’s distinctive sense of style shows through the photo, as he sports a bucket hat and painted nails.
We all love Korean food, no doubt, but what we love even more is Korean food served by our favorite idols! Well, maybe it isn’t served by them, but it is still amazing to eat in a restaurant owned by your favorite idol and even have the (God given) chance of running into them there! Check out this amazing list of restaurants owned by some of your favorite K-Pop idols (or their family members).
Big Bang G-Dragon – Cafe Aewol Monsant
G-Dragon is a fine of his art and his coffee. Enjoy both luxuries at his divine cafe ‘Cafe Aewol Monsant’ on beautiful Jeju Island!
Address: 56-1, Aewolbukseo-gil, Aewol-eup, Jeju, Jeju Island 63043
Se7en – Yeolbong Chicken Restaurant
If you still love the classic idols like Se7en and classic chicken taste, ‘Yeolbong’ is your next hot spot!
Address: 364-23 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
BIG BANG Seungri – And Here
The next artsy BIG BANG member (No, not T.O.P) Seungri is serving up some sweet coffees and an even sweeter atmosphere at ‘And Here.’ Moody.
Address: 31-14 Dongsung-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul PC: OneHallyu
The mobile game ‘Lineage 2: Revolution‘ released a new CF starring Big Bang‘s G-Dragon.
In the latest CF, G-Dragon continues to show off his swag and once again emphasized that he’s revolutionary. The star says he shook the world right when he appeared, and he was uniquely different on and off stage.
Is one of Kpop’s biggest superstars suffering from depression and burnout? That’s a serious concern after a cryptic, ‘cry for help’ Instagram post emerged from Big Bang leader G-Dragon on Wednesday.
The post features a dark image of what appears to be the singer, with a confusing message written on top. “I want to hide in a place that makes me comfortable,” the post states, without any clarification.
Cause for concern?
The post comes against continued success for G-Dragon, as well as Big Bang. While Big Bang remains a top Kpop group, rapper G-Dragon has parlayed that success into successful deals with mega-brands like Nike and Airbnb.
But that success comes with a glaring spotlight and immense pressure. Kpop stardom imposes intense scheduling demands and major privacy issues, while compromising the ability conduct normal interpersonal relationships. Just recently, dating rumors surrounded 2NE1 singer Sandara Park, with massive attention focused on the potential affair.
Meanwhile, Big Bang superfan ‘VIPs’ are speculating about a potential bout of depression. The resulting high alert is no accident, with South Korea claiming one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Only Guyana has a higher suicide rate than South Korea.
Couple that with general depression issues involving creative people, and posts like these garner attention. “Creative people and comedians both [have problems],” one VIP remarked on allkpop.com. “That’s what happened to Robin Williams. I really worry about idols who show signs of depression considering Korea’s high suicide rate.”
“Big Bang will be missed,” another fan darkly remarked.
Several years ago, actress Lee Eun-juoffered South Korea received another reminder of a growing suicide problem. The successful actress took her own like at just 24, a result of the growing pressures and isolation of fame. “Even though I live, I’m not really alive,” Lee offered in a suicide note addressed to her mother.
“I don’t want anyone to be disappointed. It’s nice having money… I wanted to make money.”
Other high-profile suicides in South Korea include President Roh Moo-Hyun, who jump off a cliff to his death in 2009. Immediately following high-profile and celebrity suicides, officials have noticed a spike in suicides across the country.
Whether those issues are afflicting G-Dragon remain speculative. Some fans remain convinced that the rapper is merely posting random scenes and sketches, with nothing to worry about. Others are more concerned, and waiting for a sign that things are normal.
When Kwanghee appeared as a guest on March 22’s episode of “Radio Star,” he told the story of a favor he received from his friend G-Dragon that clearly made a big impression on him!
Kwanghee befriended BIGBANG’s G-Dragon and Taeyang when the trio teamed up for the “Infinite Challenge” music festival in 2015. On the latest episode of “Radio Star,” host Kim Gura mentioned that they’d heard that Kwanghee had received a huge benefit because he’s friends with G-Dragon.
“We don’t contact each other very often, we only talk occasionally,” admitted Kwanghee. He then began to say that he frequently goes to Jeju Island, but the hosts interrupted him to clarify that Kwanghee goes on his own, without G-Dragon.
“That’s right,” replied Kwanghee. “We can’t even eat out together.” Kim Gura then asked him why he became friends with G-Dragon if the artist is so busy, and Kwanghee replied, “I didn’t know that when I became friends with him!”
Kwanghee went on to excitedly tell his story of a trip to Jeju Island, where he wanted to visit a café that’s owned by G-Dragon. “I contacted G-Dragon and told him I was going to his café on Jeju Island, and asked him to let me eat for free,” explained Kwanghee, which made the hosts and fellow guests all burst out laughing.
Kwanghee went on to say that G-Dragon said he would, and when Kwanghee got to the café, he was taken to a lounge with a great view. “Then I was going to go home afterwards, but they told me to get in a car,” he explained. “I was then taken on a tour of restaurants with great food! I didn’t even have to pay, and they were really expensive places!”
Host Yoon Jong Shin laughed and clarified to the cameras, “G-Dragon didn’t come though.” Kwanghee agreed that it was just him, but added that he’d heard that he was the only one that G-Dragon has ever asked to be given such treatment. The hosts then joked that G-Dragon was trying to feed Kwanghee until he was so full that he wouldn’t come back.
BIGBANG’s Taeyang, whose real name is Dong Young Bae, has revealed the reason behind why he no longer asks G-Dragon for relationship advice. The 28-year-old idol made the shocking revelation during the Dec. 21st episode of MBC’s “Radio Star.”
In the said episode, Taeyang opened up about receiving advice from G-Dragon about his relationship with actress Min Hyo Rin. However, after following it, the former realized it was not good advice at all.
“[G-Dragon] He’s very good at counseling you, warning you, and giving advice, but none of it is helpful at all,” KoreaBoo quoted Taeyang as saying before a predominantly Korean crowd. “If you end up doing what G-Dragon tells you to do, your relationship gets worse.”
The BIGBANG leader was unanimously branded by the members as someone who does not know how to be in a relationship. Unfortunately, the rapper seemingly sucks at dating.
Seungri, 26, then revealed the sad stories behind their songs. He said, “Do you know why BIGBANG’s songs are always so sad? It’s because G-Dragon’s relationships have all failed!”
G-Dragon has been constantly plagued by rumors that he is currently dating someone. In early January, G-Dragon and 2NE1’s Sandara Park sparked dating rumors after they were spotted leaving the BIGBANG’s afterparty together.
Back in February, G-Dragon is being romantically linked to Goo Hara. The rumors started after the two were spotted at an amusement park along with Brown Eyed Girls’ Son Ga In and former f(x) member Sulli.
What’s more, speculations arise that G-Dragon and Sulli might be dating. It started when the two Kpop idols were recently spotted wearing the same ring on their ring fingers.
Following the dating rumors, G-Dragon’s agency quickly released a statement to address the issue, according to All Kpop. The rapper simply laughed it off and denied such dating rumors, reiterating that it does not make any sense at all.
“Because of the recent rumors concerning G-Dragon and Sulli on the internet, we asked him personally,” YG Entertainment said. “G-Dragon said it was ridiculous. The rings G-Dragon and Sulli have been pictured wearing were gifted by an acquaintance they both know.”
Big Bang‘s “FXXK IT” has been viewed over 75 million times!
“FXXK IT” was released just a little over 3 months ago, and it’s already on its way to becoming one of Big Bang’s most-watched MVs. Not only does it have 75 million views, it also has over 1 million likes.
The unwritten rule of boybands is: get five good-looking teenagers together (only one needs to have a good voice), give them a top-notch production team to craft paint-by-number hits, release a solid debut, a chart-topping follow-up and then, as the fickle teenage fans start to grow out of it, leave with an easy-sell Christmas-themed album and move on. For many boybands, this has been the harsh reality of showbiz. So why is BigBang – the kings of the South Korean music genre K-Pop – still relevant 11 years after their formation?
G-Dragon, T.O.P., Taeyang, Seungri and Daesung were originally brought together in 2006 but struggled to find their footing. Though G-Dragon and Taeyang had previous training with YG Entertainment, the chemistry that would eventually launch the band needed time to form. It didn’t take long.
By 2007, the band had released its successful extended play (EP) Always, which featured the song “Lies” that spent a record-breaking seven weeks on top of Korean music charts. For the next three years, BigBang released commercially and critically acclaimed albums and chart-topping hits, sold out arenas throughout Asia and would begin to branch out with solo projects as well as TV and film appearances.
The group – good-looking guys with bodies to match – also had talent and crowds across Asia were hooked by the time Bigbang Vol. 1 (2006) and Remember (2008) had time to sink in. Before BigBang, K-Pop was reserved for tame ballads sung by “safe” artists. BigBang members upset the norm by taking their shirts off, flashing bling-bling necklaces and fresh tattoos, dropping rap lyrics in the middle of heavy house beats and rocking the Korean music world.
Simply put, BigBang brought sex and risky behavior into the mix and it struck hormonal nerves everywhere. The boys were attractive, and when they posed and danced in videos with their six-pack abs and suggestive hip movements, teenage girls and boys across Asia were thankfully shocked. No longer did they have to wait for America or England to provide One Direction and Justin Bieber, now they had their own. No more would people hear the backhanded compliment of “he’s pretty hot, for an Asian”. Now, it is just accepted that popular members Taeyang and Daesung are universally attractive.
No more would people hear the backhanded compliment of “he’s pretty hot, for an Asian”. Now, it is just accepted that popular members Taeyang and Daesung are universally attractive.
More importantly, the members of BigBang became beacons of style. Thousands of fans looked to them for cues on how to dress, walk, dance and act. Their choreographed dances that shook hit videos became the style soon found on club dance floors. Their colorful and wild hairstyles were all the rage among young fans. Their choice of fashion, both in videos, on stage and in person was sure to be copied across Asia. Bigger than a band, BigBang was a cultural phenomenon setting the stage for a wave of K-Pop acts including iKon, EXO, BTS and Monsta X who are all patiently waiting for their turn to rule the charts. But BigBang, as the name suggests, won’t go quietly.
After a two-year hiatus, Big Bang reunited in South Korea in 2011 with the EP Tonight. The band’s 2012 album Alive won them their second Artist of the Year Award at the 14th Mnet Asian Music Awards. Alive also became the first Korean album to chart on the Billboard 200 and helped BigBang embark on its first-ever world tour that finished in 2013. In 2016, the group made Forbes’ list of most successful entertainers grossing over $46 million for that year.
By 2016, the band released international hits “Fantastic Baby” and “Bang Bang Bang” that have eclipsed the 200 million view mark on YouTube. Both are dance-beat-driven, party anthems with accompanying videos that come alive in bursts of color, both among the group’s wardrobes and makeup. “Bang Bang Bang” gives a nod to classic Hip-Hop with the boys pumping the hydraulics on classic hood rides while “Fantastic Baby” contrasts its lively rhythm with a statement against censorship and totalitarian authority.
Noted for incorporating Hip-Hop, R&B and Electronic Dance Music into its sound, BigBang has truly become a global act. While no one is suggesting T.O.P. can win a rap battle against Nas or that G-Dragon will eclipse Zayn Malik in terms of popularity, they have cleared a path that will lead to future acts having a chance to become even more popular. YG Entertainment houses most of the top K-Pop acts and already, BigBang members are lending their songwriting and production skills to the next generation of chart-toppers. Moreover, G-Dragon and Taeyang show the most promise for enduring in the music business, both in producing albums and forging ahead with solo careers.
While the ascent of BigBang has been a welcome surprise and its longevity a previously unheard of accomplishment for a “boyband”, there will be a time when the Korean Fab Five age out. Already nearing their 30’s, K-Pop fans are starting to place bets on who becomes the next BigBang. Whoever takes over the throne, they will have a pretty high bar to scale. Owning the music game for 11 years is no easy feat. And as the group prepares for second acts, don’t be surprised if each one of them has an influential stake in the future of K-Pop style and sound.
[OSEN=정지원 기자] While BIGBANG’s G-DRAGON has emerged as a hot issue because of rumors about his relationship with Sulli, it was reported that G-DRAGON is now working on his new solo album.
YG Entertainment rather kept silent in the music scene of February and March this year unlike other music labels, but it will be all different from April. YG artists will continue to release new songs, to entertain music fans.
The first hitter will be WINNER. WINNER has confirmed their comeback on April 1 and is now giving the final touch to their new album. Fans are showing especially keen interest in WINNER’s new album to be released in April 1, as it is WINNER’s first album after the team’s restructuring into four members. It will be worthwhile to look forward to a new color of WINNER’s music, as the team is known to be coming back with a song written by KANG SUENGYOON.
Then, iKON will also come back to meet fans in Korea soon. News that iKON has kicked off music video shooting for their comeback in spring has recently been announced. Following WINNER and iKON, BLACKPINK and SECHSKIES are also preparing for comeback.
YG also recently announced the launching of the label’s youngest boy group led by Bang Yedam, the runner-up of SBS “I Love Sunday – K-Pop Star” show, to complete a new lineup of “YG boy groups”.
Because of the rumors of romance, what G-DRAGON has been doing recently was unveiled. Early this year, G-DRAGON already announced his solo comeback. The fact that G-DRAGON is now concentrating on writing his new songs to create another solo G-DRAGON syndrome in the music scene is now officially confirmed.
As YG Entertainment is to create sensation with many of its artists attacking the music scene from April 2017, music fans are now paying keen attention to what kind of “YG style” music they will present.
Soon after, new rumors circulated claiming that G-Dragon had made his Instagram account private in light of the dating rumors, but it was revealed that the account was a personal account that had been private from the beginning.
Finally, on March 16, YG Entertainment clarified, “We personally asked G-Dragon, and he said the rumors are false. The rings were given to them by a mutual friend of theirs,” and added, “G-Dragon is currently busily preparing for his solo album and barely goes outside. He has not seen Sulli since he went to the amusement park with their group of friends.”
Sulli’s agency SM Entertainment also stated that the rumors are false.
BIGBANG’s Daesung, who is soon to release his Japanese solo album, recently sat down for an interview with a local media outlet and relayed his honest thoughts about BIGBANG’s 10-year anniversary, his solo activities, and T.O.P’s enlistment.
Daesung said about BIGBANG’s 10-year anniversary project, “It was very enjoyable and I’m very grateful.” He added, “I realized how much love I got from my fans over the last 10 years, and I am grateful towards all the staff and everyone else as well.”
The interview took a funny turn when he was asked, “What do you think you would be doing now if you weren’t a BIGBANG member?” To this, Daesung replied, “I would probably be gaming while being hit by my mom.”
He also said, “My life completely changed after I became a BIGBANG member. I was working towards becoming a singer, but I never thought that I would become someone who would be loved for 10 years and do concert tours around the world.”
Daesung is currently promoting solo in Japan with the name D-LITE. When asked about his solo, he said, “I had no plans to be a solo artist at all. Even in BIGBANG, I was just a member who was supporting the other members from behind, but my Japanese company CEO suggested a solo, so that’s how I got started.”
He also spoke about fellow BIGBANG member T.O.P’s enlistment. He said, “I called him the day before the enlistment and told him, ‘Be safe.’ He said, ‘I’m cheering on your solo.'” He clarified, “It wasn’t a sad atmosphere at all. It’s a given that every Korean man needs to enlist.”
When he was asked about his role in BIGBANG, he said that he was the member to balance out the team. He expanded, “I balance out the team so that G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, and Seungri don’t fight.”
Meanwhile, Daesung will be releasing his new mini album “D-Day” on April 12 and will embark on his first solo dome tour on April 15.