[엑스포츠뉴스=전아람 기자] Group BIGBANG raised tension of a night in Tokyo. BIGBANG successfully completed their 3-time concert in Japan’s Tokyo Dome on December 13. BIGBANG, who previously filled the Tokyo Dome with their unique and strong energy on December 6 and 7, held another concert on December 13. They performed the song ‘GIRLFRIEND’ which was one of the tracks listed on their 3rd official album, ‘MADE THE FULL ALBUM’, making the audience go wild. ‘GIRLFRIEND’ is a song that displays BIGBANG’s unique hip-hop mood, and the performance was a special gift for the fans since it was the first time the song was performed live in Japan.The day was more meaningful as a special fan meeting also took place along with the concert. It was an event to express their gratitude for the fans that have been supporting BIGBANG from Japan, and the idea came from the members that wanted to communicate with the fans at a closer range. The meeting took place at a moving stage, where fans can watch a hilarious talk corner and live performances at a close range. The members also prepared a surprise birthday party in the middle of the event for SEUNGRI who’s birthday was on the 12th, displaying their loyal friendship. Meanwhile, BIGBANG is planning to hold ‘BIGBANG JAPAN DOME TOUR 2017 ‘LAST DANCE’’, gathering 696,000 audiences during 14 concerts in 4 cities.Also, on the same day, G-DRAGON’s solo mini album, ‘KWON JI YONG’ was released in Japan. ‘KWON JI YONG’ is a solo album released by G-DRAGON in Korea. It was released in June, and was an album released in Korea by G-DRAGON in 4 years. The album took the iTunes no. 1 spot in 45 different countries, setting a record for Korean solo artists for no. 1 in greatest number of countries, proving his global influence. Along with G-DRAGON, solo albums by other members are getting prepared for releases in Japan. On the 20th, DAESUNG’s solo mini album, ‘D-LITE 2’ will be released, and TAEYANG’s solo album, ‘WHITE NIGHT’ will be released next year on January 10. BIGBANG will continue their tour from December 21 to 24 in Osaka’s Kyocera Dome. On the 30th and 31st, they will hold a finale for ‘LAST DANCE’ in Seoul Gocheok Sky Dome. 2017. 12. 14.
YANG HYUN SUK Reveals SEUNGRI’s Surprise Birthday Party, “BIGBANG SEUNGRI’s Tears, Sorry If You Feld Disappointed”
[OSEN=김은애 기자] YG Entertainment’s YANG HYUN SUK revealed the scenes of BIGBANG SEUNGRI’s birthday party.
On December 13, YANG HYUN SUK posted a video on his social media with the caption, “#SEUNGRI’S TEARS #FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY PREPARED BY ME IN 12 YEARS_SORRY IF YOU WERE DISSAPOINTED_ITS MY FIRST TIME #I CARE FOR ALL OF YOU #SINCERE_SEUNGRI #YG”.
The video contained SEUNGRI shedding tears on his surprise birthday party prepared by YANG HYUN SUK. He was sincerely touched and couldn’t even speak.
YANG HYUN SUK pet SEUNGRI’s head, stating “Why are you crying”. The people around him also tried to soothe him, stating “Why are you crying. It makes me cry too”.
When YANG HYUN SUK told SEUNGRI to “blow the candles”, he responded “I have to make a wish”, making people laugh. YANG HYUN SUK happily hugged SEUNGRI, saying “You’re really cute”.
SEUNGRI also posted content on his social media with the caption, “Our chairman called me saying he’ll buy me a meal but he prepared a surprise birthday party for me. It made me cry. It’s the first time he did this in 12 years. Thank you”.
Meanwhile, SEUNGRI who just had his birthday on the 12th donated 100 million won for the children suffering from the cold wave, warming not only the children but also people’s hearts.
2017. 12. 13.
[OSEN=선미경 기자] Group BIGBANG’s member, G-DRAGON’s solo album debuted as 2nd place in Japan’s Oricon Chart. According to Oricon Style on December 14, Japan’s biggest album-sales counting website, G-DRAGON’s solo album ‘KWON JI YONG’ sold 25,647 copies on the first day of its release on December 13, placing its position at 2nd place on Oricon Daily Chart. This album is a Japanese version of ‘KWON JI YONG’, a solo album released by G-DRAGON in Korea on June 8. The solo album released by G-DRAGON in 4 years topped the charts in Korea, and G-DRAGON has been continuing his concert tours with his album. Furthermore, ‘2017 G-DRAGON CONCERT ACT III, M.O.T.T.E IN SEOUL DVD’, that contains the heat from G-DRAGON’s solo concert in Seoul World Cup Stadium held last June will be simultaneously released in Korea and Japan. Meanwhile, G-DRAGON and members of BIGBANG will hold ‘BIGBANG 2017 CONCERT LAST DANCE IN SEOUL’ during December 30 and 31 in Seoul Gocheok Sky Dome. 2017. 12. 14.
[스포츠서울=최민지 인턴기자] A photo of BIGBANG’s G-DRAGON and SEUNGRI hugging each other has been gathering attention on ‘Hug Day’. G-DRAGON posted a photo on his Instagram with the caption, “Happy Birthday SEUNGRI”, on December 13. The revealed photo contained G-DRAGON smiling while hugging SEUNGRI. The friendship between the two that lasted over 10 years warmed the viewer’s hearts.The photo of the members hugging each other has been gathering attention again today, as December 14 is known as ‘Hug Day’. ‘Hug Day’ is a day to hug the people with a warm heart. It’s not only for lovers, but for everyone, with the purpose of lessening the burden of life and inner wounds for the people around us. Meanwhile, BIGBANG is planning to hold ‘BIGBANG 2017 CONCERT LAST DANCE IN SEOUL’ during December 30 and 31 in Seoul Gocheok Sky Dome. 2017. 12. 14.
BIGBANG member Seungri celebrated his birthday on December 12.
On the day of, YG’s Yang Hyun Suk wished Seungri a happy birthday with an affectionate Instagram post on the day of his birthday.
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However, Seungri revealed a different collage of photos on Instagram, that showed him next to Yang Hyun Suk, in front of a birthday cake, and crying. In the caption, Seungri explained, “CEO [Yang] called me to say he was going to buy me dinner, but he prepared a surprise birthday party…I began to cry before I knew it. This was the first time he prepared a birthday party for me in 12 years. Thank you….”
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Seungri also gave back to the community on his birthday by donating 100 million won (approximately $92,000) to the Green Umbrella ChildFund in Korea and hand-delivered coal briquettes to those in need.
Happy birthday again to Seungri!
BIGBANG member Seungri celebrated his birthday in a special way!
On December 12, Aori F&B, a Ramen business owned by Seungri, donated 100 million won (approximately $92,000) to Green Umbrella ChildFund Korea. Most of the money will go to children of low-income families, providing them with daily necessities that will keep them warm this winter. A portion of the money will also go to the Seoul Briquette Bank.
On this day, Seungri and his father also participated in some volunteer work by delivering coal briquettes. They were joined by 30 Aori F&B employees and 20 E-mart employees.
Seungri commented, “I wanted some of the proceeds from my ramen business to go to these children and neighbors in need.”
How sweet of him!
Popular social media platform Instagram has announced the results for its 2017 Instagram Awards!
The three main categories for Korea include Top 5 Accounts, the Most-Loved Account, and the Account With Most Growth. In the next few days, winners will be receiving a trophy in the shape of an Instagram logo.
BIGBANG’s G-Dragon won Most-Loved Account, based on the number of likes and comments received by posts that were shared this year, and JBJ’s Kwon Hyun Bin won the award for Account With Most Growth.
The Top 5 Accounts were chosen based on the number of followers. G-Dragon came in first, followed by EXO members Chanyeol, Sehun, and Baekhyun, and Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon.
For miscellaneous categories, Chanyeol’s posts below won Photo and Video With Most Likes.
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For the miscellaneous category of Most-Viewed Instagram Stories, Jessica came in first, followed by Taeyeon, Jessi, Sooyoung, and rapper Dok2.
Congratulations to all the winners!
BTS, G-Dragon, BIGBANG, And EXO Set New Record For K-Pop On Billboard’s World Albums 2017 Year-End Chart
Billboard has released its year-end charts for 2017, and there are more releases by Korean artists than ever before on this year’s World Albums chart!
BTS’s mini album “Love Yourself: Her” is the highest ranking K-pop release on the 2017 year-end World Albums chart at No. 2. This is the highest that a K-pop album has ever reached on the year-end chart, breaking the record set by their album “Wings” which came in at No. 6 last year.
“Love Yourself: Her” has spent eleven weeks on the weekly chart so far, and rose back up to No. 1 last week.
Meanwhile, G-Dragon’s solo album “Kwon Ji Yong” has grabbed the No. 5 spot on the World Albums year-end chart, after spending eleven weeks on the chart since its release in June.
BIGBANG’s 2016 album “MADE” follows at No. 6 with eleven weeks on the World Albums chart in 2017 (as well as a week on the chart that ended on December 31 of 2016).
EXO has come in at No. 7 with their fourth album “The War,” which spent ten weeks in total on the World Albums chart.
BTS’s 2016 album “Wings” ranks at No. 9 this year, while their repackaged album “You Never Walk Alone” comes in at No. 11. Both albums have not only had a long history on the chart (with “Wings” spending 25 weeks and “You Never Walk Alone” 24 weeks overall on the chart since their release), they also returned last week to take spots once again.
All together, 2017 has been the most successful year for K-pop on the World Albums year-end chart yet, with six albums in total charting in 2017. This beats the record set in 2016 when BTS and GOT7 charted with a combined three releases.
Billboard has also released the year’s World Albums Artists chart, which ranks artists based on how their work performed on the World Albums chart that year.
After taking the No. 5 spot last year on the 2016 year-end chart, BTS has come in at No. 1 for 2017. G-Dragon, BIGBANG, and EXO have also grabbed spots in the top 10.
Check out the full list below:
2. Celtic Woman
3. Pink Martini
4. The Orchestra of Ireland
8. Celtic Thunder
9. Mumford & Sons
Congratulations to all the artists!
It was previously reported and confirmed that G-Dragon would be showing up as a guest for IU's concert. That day finally arrived as the two artists collaborated once more on the stage. With thousands in attendance, the fans couldn't help but express their excitement as G-Dragon made his long-awaited appearance to perform "Palette".
Afterward, IU thanked G-Dragon for making it to the concert despite the busy and hectic schedule. G-Dragon said, "I came because IU appeared as a guest for my first and last concerts during my tour. But because I haven't been on a stage as a guest too many times, I'm not really sure what the atmosphere is like here." IU joked, "My concert air/vibe is a little different from yours but despite that, the fans cheered for you so much unlike when I opened the concert." The two continued to converse with each other about gifting each other with special presents. G-Dragon's special guest-appearance concluded with him performing "Untitled" and "Crooked".
Check out the clip below!
BIGBANG’s G-Dragon has reportedly become the owner of a building that is worth about 8.8 billion won (approximately $8 million).
According to Korea Economic Daily, G-Dragon purchased a building on November 30 in the neighborhood of Cheongdam that has six floors above ground and one floor below ground. It also includes a second-class commercial facility. The building is located near Line Seven Cheongdam Subway Station and many entertainment agencies. Due to its unique structure, it had been awarded the Architecture Grand Prize by the Gangnam District.
This isn’t his first grand building purchase. In March 2013, G-Dragon also bought Galleria Foret for 30 billion won (approximately $2.7 million dollars).
Actress Min Hyo Rin recently opened up about her relationship with BIGBANG’s Taeyang in a recent interview.
The celebrity couple has been dating publicly since 2015, and Taeyang spoke about their relationship at a press conference for his new album earlier this year. Acknowledging that many of his songs were written about her, the BIGBANG member had declared, “Min Hyo Rin is my greatest muse.”
When asked about his statement, Min Hyo Rin blushed and responded shyly, “I was surprised that he said that, but I think I was also grateful.”
She was also quick to refute the breakup rumors that circled after the release of Taeyang’s “Darling.” The actress, who admitted that she knew she was the inspiration for “Eyes, Nose, Lips,” suggested that the rumors had arisen because “Darling” was a song about a breakup.
“I heard the rumors as well,” the actress remarked. “I was surprised, because we never broke up. I think a lot of those kinds of stories were popping up because of the lyrics [of ‘Darling’].”
Min Hyo Rin revealed how despite having gone public with their romance, she still feels uneasy discussing her relationship. “I would be more comfortable talking about it if my boyfriend were a non-celebrity or an actor,” she commented. “However, because he’s an idol, and because there are other group members [to consider], I think I can’t help but be more careful.”
Nonetheless, she did share that Taeyang was the person she turned to when she faced concerns about her acting career. When asked whom she leaned on during hard times, she replied, “Since I have a boyfriend who is in a similar line of work, I inevitably end up talking to him a lot.”
The actress, who is now 31 years old, also revealed that she recently began to think about marriage. “I think when you enter your thirties, you start to think about marriage more,” Min Hyo Rin said. She added with a laugh, “I suppose I’ll get married once I’m ready.”
BIGBANG’s Taeyang made jaws drop with his epic moves during a street dance battle with other civilians who had no idea who he was due to his cover-up.
On the December 8 episode of “Livin’ The Double Life,” Taeyang, YG producer Kush, and YG staff member Jae Wook went on a trip to Busan together. They dropped by Bupyeong Market (also known as Tin Can Market), where many people recognized Taeyang, even the elders. Surprised at first, Taeyang commented, “I guess I am famous.”
Later on, the three of them came upon a street dance battle in Busan. Because he was covered in a mask and hat, no one recognized Taeyang. Jae Wook and Kush persuaded Taeyang to join the dance battle. Taeyang started to move to the beat as he searched for the right time to enter. At last, the right moment came, and he impressed the dancers on the scene with his smooth moves. Everyone started to wonder who this magnificent dancer was. However, Taeyang never revealed his identity.
Taeyang commented, “To be honest, I had a lot of thoughts in my mind after that. During the dance battle, I was able to relive the feelings I had before I debuted when I enjoyed music and danced without caring about who I am. I wanted to go back to those times. I didn’t think that I absolutely have to go back, but just that it’d be nice to.”
Watch the clip below!
According to this article on Naver, G-Dragon has purchased a building located in Cheongdam, Seoul (near exit 7) for 8.8 billion won on November 30. The building is known for its unique design and even received an award from the Gangnam District Office. The architects who designed (L’EAU design) named it “The March Rabbit” inspired by the march hare in Alice in Wonderland.
News Summary via BBU
This year marks 5th year since K-pop behemoth BIGBANG hold its first Tokyo Dome concert.
Earlier on December 6-7, BIGBANG held its concert ‘BIGBANG JAPAN DOME TOUR 2017 -LAST DANCE-‘. This year is their 5th year holding a concert in Japan’s one of the renown concert dome.
According to the reports released, there were 110,000 fans who attended BIGBANG’s Tokyo dome concert. After adding upcoming concert on December 13, a total of 165,000 fans are attending the concert.
Tokyo Dome has a lot of meanings for BIGBANG. In March 2008, BIGBANG held its very first concert ‘Global Warming Tour 2008’ in JCB Hall in Tokyo Dome, where they also announced the start of their overseas promotions.
Then 4 years later, BIGBANG held their world tour ‘ALIVE GALAXY TOUR 2012’ at the main part of the dome, bringing much attention as there were not many K-pop artists hold a concert in the dome.
‘Without resting, BIGBANG has held their Tokyo Dome concert for five years now, even fans in Japan consider them as a special group. This year is reportedly going to be the ‘last concert’ for a while, as a few members plan to go to the military.
For their Tokyo Dome concert, BIGBANG set mega-size LED screen bringing trendy atmosphere to the stage. They performed to ‘HANDS UP’, ‘SOBER’, ‘WE LIKE 2 PARTY’, as well as each member’s solo tracks ‘Untitled’, ‘WAKE ME UP’, and ‘COME TO MY’.
G-DRAGON said, “Don’t think of it as we are separating, but if you wait for the day we unite it will come soon. As much as you loved us, our love to you will never change. So please join us our ‘last dance’.”
BIGBANG is expected to hold more concerts in December 13 in Tokyo Dome, December 21-24 at Osaka City Dome―bringing 696,000 fans to the concert. Then on December 30-31, they will hold a final concert in Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul.
Sources: SBS News, YGEXStaff (Photos) via BBU
Taeyang Attends Dance Battle in Disguise
On December 7 aired episode of tvN’s ‘Livin’ the Double Life’, Taeyang went on a road trip to Busan with his friends.
While strolling around the streets of Busan, Taeyang bumped into a group of street dancers having a dance battle.
When the staff asked TAEYANG to join the battle, he first hesitated but then started to groove to the music. Taeyang completely covered his identity by wearing a black mask and a cap, and wowed the audience with his amazing dance moves.
Until the end, he did not reveal that he is actually Taeyang. After the dance battle, he said, “To be honest, a lot of thoughts went on my mind after that(dancing on the street). I was able to reminisce my pre-debut days when I purely enjoyed music and dance without any hesitation.”
Source: SBS News, TVN Youtube via BBU
Taeyang Gearing up for Enlistment?
On December 7 aired episode of tvN’s ‘Livin’ the Double Life’, Taeyang went on a trip to Busan with his closest friends. After arriving in Busan, the squad went to a busy street market.
Taeyang’s friends decided to buy him a waterproof watch at the market as a gift before his military enlistment. Taeyang cheerfully saluted to his friend expressing his thanks to the gift, and even wore a camouflage-patterned jacket.
During the interview, he said, “I wanted to spend a quality time with my closest friends before my enlistment. That’s why I planned a trip to Busan together with my friends.”
Then he referred to his upcoming military enlistment, “I’ll go (to the army) someday. But I’m quite not sure when.” Taeyang is expected to enlist in the military sometime next year.
Source: SBS News, TVN Youtube via BBU
BIGBANG members’ reunion after six months of solo tours and promotions was shown on the November 30 broadcast of tvN’s “Livin’ the Double Life.”
“Livin’ the Double Life” is a variety show that documents the lives of musicians Taeyang, CL, and Oh Hyuk on and off the stage.
Due to G-Dragon’s solo tour in Europe, Daesung’s solo tour in Japan, and Taeyang’s solo world tour promotions, the members met up for the first time in six months. Taeyang joyfully walked into rehearsals and caught up with Daesung and Seungri.
Daesung was surprised to see cameras and a filming crew in their dressing room and asked Taeyang about the show. Taeyang explained to him that the show documents musician’s “double lives” and then laughed saying he himself isn’t quite sure what the show is about.
Then, the two BIGBANG members began to talk about fellow YG labelmate and Akdong Musician member Lee Chan Hyuk’s recent enlistment into the Marine Corps.
Daesung said, “I think I’m going to enlist next year, but you can’t go unless there’s an opening right?” to which Taeyang asked, “Isn’t there a way we could match [the enlistment] dates? Let’s match them up and go together.”
Daesung was in favor of the idea while the team’s youngest member, Seungri, sat silently listening to the conversation and bit his nails presumably thinking about his own upcoming enlistment.
Then, the four BIGBANG members, minus T.O.P who’s carrying out his military service, rehearsed for their upcoming concert and had fun joking around with one another. Watch the clip from rehearsals below!
BIGBANG’s G-Dragon will be making a special appearance at IU’s solo concert!
On November 29, a source from IU’s side stated, “It’s true that G-Dragon will be performing on stage at IU’s concert held on December 9.”
Back in October when IU made a surprise appearance at G-Dragon’s concert in Taipei, IU invited G-Dragon to her own concert in December and G-Dragon unhesitatingly agreed to go.
The concert with G-Dragon’s guest appearance will be held at Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul. IU will be wrapping up her 2017 tour with one last concert in Seoul on December 10.
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