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GDragon at the A-Awards prize ceremony



Big Bang leader GDragon was at Seoul Grand Hyatt Hotel on 9th December for the price ceremony of the 3rd ‘A-Awards’.

GDragon said during the award ceremony, “This is GDragon of Big Bang. I am so nervous to be receiving a personal award in front of so many people for the first time.”

GDragon has been chosen under the style category from the 8 different categories for the A-Awards which awards influential men of the time.

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So many news updates for Big Bang today



1. ‘Big Show’ sold out in 5 minutes for 2nd window sales

2. GDragon is #7 on ETN ‘2008 Most captivating perfect male’

3. Trot singer Seol Woon Do is a fan of DaeSung

‘Big Show’ sold out in 5 minutes for 2nd window sales'

Big Bang’s ‘Big Show’ 2nd window for tickets reservation sales has once been sold out in 5 minutes.

The 1st window took place on 5th December for 31st January’s concert performance and was sold out in 10 minutes. The 2nd window for reservation sales took place on 9th December for 1st February’s concert performance and about 13,ooo tickets were sold with 180,000 people connected to GMarket’s website during the sales of the ticket.

A YG representative said that with such a big-scale concert for 40,000 being held next year over 3 concert performances, at the same time it may be the only concert from Big Bang for 2009, it is predicted that response for tickets reservation sales will be overwhelming for the 3rd window sales.

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'GDragon is #7 on ETN ‘2008 Most captivating perfect male’

Big Bang leader GDragon has been voted #7 on ‘Most captivating perfect male’. Known to be influential in fashion and also in the music realm, this 21-year-old has captivated many girls’ heart!

Wondering who got #1, it’s none other than actor Jo In Sung. ^^

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Trot singer Seol Woon Do is a fan of DaeSung

Trot singer Seol Woon Do said on ‘Shin Dong Yeop and Shin Bong Seon’s Champagne’ set to air on 13th December that he is a passionate fan of Big Bang group member DaeSung.


“I may not know other new generation singers, but I know Big Bang well.” He said, having great interest over member DaeSung.

“My 2nd son who is studying in America now, resembles DaeSung alot. And his nickname is also DaeSung. So I have a liking for DaeSung, who may not even know me. Especially that smile, they really look alike.”

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Why Big Bang was not present at Golden Disk 2008 and facts of award ceremonies these days

Fans were puzzled and doubtful about 2008 ‘Golden Disk Award’, which was said to be based on album sales, that artistes Big Bang and Seo Taiji who achieved the 2nd and 3rd highest album sales for the year did get an awards.
Here’s explanation why…

The BonSang winners for 2008 Golden Disk Award that took place on 10th December were Dong Bang Shin Ki, Rain, SG Wannabe, Kim Dong Ryul, ShinHwa and Brown Eyes.

Big Bang’s 3rd minialbum ‘Stand Up’ were said to have sold over 149,000 copies as recorded on HanTeo (album sales tabulation site). And also for their 2nd official album ‘Remember’, it has recorded a total of 112,000 copies sold. So all in all, in this year, Big Bang had brought in about 260,000 over album sales.

It has been revealed that the judging criteria for the GDA BonSang award has 60% based on album sales from December last year to November this year, 20% based on popularity votes and 20% on the committee’s evaluation.

And Big Bang’s popularity vote was at #3 after Dong Bang Shin Ki and Son Ho Young as of 5th December.
But still, Big Bang was not awarded any award for GDA. Why is it so?

It has been revealed on Golden Disk Award homepage that “Winners will not be awarded their awards if they are absent for the award ceremony.” The sponsorships to GDA has made it clear that no matter the artiste’s popularity and album sales, if they are not present for the award ceremony, they will not receive their award.

So with this, it was not true that ‘Big Bang cannot receive the BonSang’ but rather ‘Big Bang did not receive the BonSang’. Because Big Bang was not present for the award ceremony.

Big Bang’s company YG Entertainment was not considered on good terms with the Golden Disk Award committee. And that’s the reason why Big Bang did not attend the ceremony.

It is the same case for singer Seo Taiji. He sold more than 137,000 copies for his 8th album first single ‘Atomos Part Moai’. But he was not present for the award ceremony.

There has been many cases like these in the past where stars who were present at the award ceremony were mostly those who would receive an award. Even though there are many deserving stars for the nomination, because they did not fulfil their ‘loyalty’ to the award by not attending the award ceremony, they did not receive the award.

The award ceremonies has taken the trend of ‘attended stars = winner stars’.
Hopefully with this, fans from different artistes group will understand the situation and bring an end to any animosity.
Peace out. ^^

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Big Bang Leader G-Dragon, Solo Coming Close; Plans to work on Solo Album Next Year in US




Big Bang’s leader G-Dragon is planning on debuting as a solo artist.


G-Dragon is planning to go to United States to work on songs as soon as Big Bang finishes their 2nd album promotion, thus he can release his solo album. In July, YG Family’s Yang CEO mentioned about G-Dragon’s solo activity through company’s website. This plan has started to make progress and G-Dragon is looking forward to his solo debut very close.

During an interview with MyDaily, G-Dragon revealed his plan and said the “songs were already made,” and reported that the plan is to become actualized.

G-Dragon is planning on going to United States soon as Big Bang’s 2nd album promotion ends. G-Dragon revealed his reason why he’s going to US, “all the people who I work with are in United States right now” and said his happy plan that (with this chance) I am planning to go on a trip to the United States with members.”“

There is a higher chance that his solo album will be a mini album. G-Dragon predicted that “about 6-7 songs will go into the album,” and also mentioned that “concept and genre aren’t decided yet.”

Big Bang is receiving a lot of love as a group, but Taeyang and Daesung were active as a solo with “Look at Only Me” and “Look At Me, Gwisoon”
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Big Bang in America this coming February: “I will Study my Dance & Music”




Big Bang is going to US this coming February.


Big Bang said in an interview with Newsen that they “are planning to have about 2-3 months of vacation after finishing promotion by end of January,” and also said that they “haven’t had any breaks since debut. This break is going to be the time to recharge.“

Also, they reported that they “are planning to go to US with members and to study more about dance and music in US.”

They continued that they “won’t be able to just rest during break. Not only dance and music, but also need to study English as well,” and added that “there are a lot of producers under YG and Se7en is staying in US, thus will work with them a lot.”

Also, they added that they “felt missed out because (we) didn’t study deeply (about music); there were things that learned from experiences but we want to learn the basics again to lay the foundation.”

Big Bang is currently promoting their new song, “Sunset Glow” from their 2nd album “Remember” and ignite ‘Big Bang Boom” again as they take over the top place in music charts and music stores. Big Bang confirmed their position as this year’s best idol group by receiving ‘best artist of the year’ and ‘best male group’ in MKMF which was on 15th.
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Big Bang and Kara Music Bank Christmas Stage

Big Bang, one of the top idol groups of today and Kara, the cute and lively girl group whose popularity is rising swiftly nowadays will be having a joint stage.



Music Bank Christmas Special will be held on the 26th. This is the first time in 5 months that there will be a special stage on the said music program. The first special stage for the Christmas episode will be that of Big Bang and Kara where they will be singing a Christmas Carol, Pretty Girl and Sunset Glow.

Does feel like WonderBang is a thing of the past. Let’s look ahead to the future. There’s really nothing us fans can do but to show them support.

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Big Bang news updates today:

1. Big Bang reveals plans for next year, including Big Bang’s new album, GDragon’s first solo album and TaeYang’s 2nd solo album

2. Big Bang to model for PMP industry #1 player Digital Cube

Solo activities to look out for first half of 2009 from Big Bang

Plans for first half of 2009 for Big Bang has been revealed.


Big Bang’s leader and also one of the producers for the team’s music GDragon revealed, “After Big Bang’s concert at the start of next year, we will take the time to rest and after which in August, we will be coming out with a new album in August, and possibly showing a better and more professional side of us.”

He continued, “But that doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing the Big Bang members’ music and performances for the first half of 2009. I will be coming out with my first solo album in the first half of 2009 and TaeYang will also be coming out with his 2nd solo album.”

It has also be made known from members TOP, DaeSung and SeungRi, “That Big Bang members will each be active in different areas next year. We will be doing a lot of self-development, and we will also work to show everyone a different and improved Big Bang.”

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Big Bang to model for PMP industry #1 Digital Cube

It has been announced that Big Bang will be exclusive model for Digital Cube, the #1 enterprise for PMP (portal music player) industry.

Digital Cube, known for one of its major product lines I-Station, has selected Big Bang in November to be their model to model for their new products like electronic dictionary etc to hit into the market of the students.

Digital Cube stated why it has chosen Big Bang as its model, “Big Bang is the #1 group in the music industry, and they had set the trend of individuality. And this goes well with I-Station brand. And we hope that this will help us sustain achieve industry #1 in the midst of this depression.”

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GDragon confessed having nightmares fearing DaeSung would leave Big Bang behind



Big Bang leader G-Dragon has confessed about he had nightmares after fearing that fellow DaeSung, who has been active on TV program ‘Family Outing’, will really go away.

G-Dragon said on the episode of KBS ‘Sang Sang Plus Season 2′ set to air on 23rd December that he had envied fellow member and also one of the long-time star appearance on SBS ‘Good Sunday - Family Outing’ DaeSung.

He said, “In my dreams, I dreamt that DaeSung, caught in between the Big Bang and ‘Family Outing’ members, has without hesitation chose ‘Family Outing’ members over Big Bang members. I was afraid that he would leave us.”

He also said that he found it disturbing that DaeSung, who would talk to him softly and comfortable in their normal conversations, would shout “This is DaeSung~!” in the ‘Family Outing’ episodes where he is waiting for his call before departure in the waiting room.

G-Dragon even give an example of how their president Yang Hyun Seok has been jealous of DaeSung on ‘Family Outing’. Because of his busy schedule, sometimes DaeSung will not be able to answer calls during filming, including that of Yang Hyun Seok. There was once when DaeSung had called back again, Yang Hyun Seok had said, “You would definitely pick up Yoon Jong Shin’s call but will not pick up mine”.

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Anyone know where I can join a BB fanclub? Like those forum ones for international or just for North American. I'm pretty much sure they have one too right?
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Big Bang is #1 on ‘Thailand MTV 2008 Top 100′



Big Bang’s 2nd mini album song ‘Last Farewell’ has been voted #1 on Thailand MTV 2008 international chart ‘Chart of The Year - TOP 100′. Also on the chart at #11 is their 3rd minialbum title song ‘Haru Haru’ released in August.

That’s not the end of Big Bang’s popularity in Korea. TaeYang’s solo album title song ‘Look Only At Me’ is also at #29 position on the chart.

Thailand international chart collates and ranks the songs every week according to the number of times it is aired and number of listener requests. And this chart is the summary of the charts in the past 1 year.

Other than Big Bang, So Nyeo Shi Dae’s ‘Kissing You’ is also at top 1o position on #4. SHINee’s ‘Replay’ and Dong Bang Shin Ki’s ‘Purple Line’ are at #18 and #20 respectively. SS501’s ‘Deja Vu’ at #30 and Super Junior’s ‘Marry You’ at #37, proving the popularity of Korean idol groups in Thailand.

Thailand is said to be experiencing a blooming of cultures right now. For example drams that are being aired in Korea is also aired in Thailand at about the same time. Responses to various Korean cultural feativals are also overwhelming.

#2 on the chart goes to Pussycat Dolls‘ ‘When I Grow Up’, #3 went to song ‘Mercy’ by Duffy. ‘Touch my body’ by Mariah Carey and ‘Love in This Club’ by Usher are at #6 and #8 respectively.

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TaeYang, “I’ve been into teasing TOP lately”.

Big Bang TaeYang has revealed he had been into the fun of teasing fellow TOP recently.

TaeYang said it on KBS 2TV ‘Sang Sang Plus Season 2′ episode, showing us a side which is different from that sincere performer onstage, “Recently, just for the fun of teasing TOP, I would lie down on the bed in our empty room. And will lie there not moving a bit for a few hours, waiting for TOP to come. It is one of the happiest thing to see the look on TOP’s face when he is being teased.”

This episode of Sang Sang Plus Season 2 will air on 23rd December at 11.05pm.

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After ‘Sunset Glow’, it’s SeungRi’s solo activities with ‘Strong Baby’



Big Bang’s Seungri to begin solo activities in earnest

On the 23rd, Big Bang’s management company YG Entertainment announced that “Big Bang will continue its promotional activities for ‘Sunset Glow’ until the end of the year, at which point Seungri will begin his solo activities with ‘Strong Baby’ from the group’s second album,” adding that “through his solo activities, fans will be able to see a more provocative and mature Seungri that they’ve seen before, and not just Big Bang’s maknae.”

‘Strong Baby’ is a new pop-style dance song written by G-Dragon in collaboration with Bae Jillyeol, the composer of Bi’s ‘Rainism,’ and is Seungri’s first solo song in more than two years, following ‘The Next Day’ from Big Bang’s third single album, released in 2006.

As soon as his solo schedule was decided on in November, Seungri began preparing, creating the choreography for the song himself and working to sculpt his body through training and managed eating. Recently, he finished recording the music video along with G-Dragon.

YG says, “Seungri’s solo activities will follow upon G-Dragon’s producing, Taeyang’s solo album, Daesung’s trot single and TOP’s collaborations with Gumi and Uhm Jung Hwa in showing the musical abilities of the each individual member of the group,” adding that fans “can expect a particular level of preparedness from Seungri.”

Seungri’s first solo performance is scheduled to occur on SBS’s ‘Gayo Daejeon’ on the 29th.

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Big Bang releases new digital single ‘Stylish’ with FILA



Big Bang and sports brand FILA’s ‘brand entertainment’ marketing group has came up with a new digital single ‘Stylish’.
The song is composed by FILA and its lyrics written by GDragon, is a hip hop style song that shows Big Bang’s unique stylish feeling.

Big Bang, who is known for their unique fashion and music style, recently worked with FILA for ‘FILA BIGBANG Limited Edition’ and ‘Stylish’ is a another collaboration between the 2.

The song ‘Stylish’ is been revealed online, a full version (as good as one for Big Bang to perform on stage if they ever do) of their CF logo song.

One of FILA staff said, “AnyCall has ‘Anymotion’. And the synergy between ‘Stylish’ and our products have a good effect and response from our consumers.”

Meanwhile, Big Bang’s promotional activity for song ‘Sunset Glow’ will end on 31st December this year. And member SeungRi will start his solo activities promoting ‘Strong Baby’ from January next year.

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Dong Bang Shin Ki and Big Bang receive honours from Ministry of Culture and Tourism



2 of the biggest Kpop groups Dong Bang Shin Ki and Big Bang has been presented the commendatory award by the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Big Bang and Dong Bang Shin Ki has been selected as excellent entertainers who had contributed to the entertainment realm during thr year 2008. Every year the Ministry of Culture and Tourism will select from people who had contributed to the cultural industry.

“Dong Bang Shin Ki and Big Bang are 2 of the groups who have had their activities outside Korea in other Southeast Asian countries including Japan. They have attained great results outside Korea, and can be said to be the 2 icon representatives of Korea’s popular music realm.”

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“… The 2 teams have not only achieved best-selling results for their music albums and singles in Korea, they have also received much spotlight in other countries for their music. Their popularity in other countries are earning them more recognition as Asia’s best groups.”
“… The groups have not only got the charm, dance and also song power, they also venture into other areas like producing, lyrics and taking part in song compositions.”
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Big Bang members will all go into their solo activities for the 1st half of next year, including member TOP’s solo album, before Big Bang’s new album in the 2nd half of the year.


First will be youngest member SeungRi. His first solo MV ‘Strong Baby’, included in Big Bang’s 2nd full album, will be released on 1st January. SeungRi has also performed his first solo stage on 29th December for SBS Gayo DaeJeon.


After SeungRi will be leader GDragon. He will take some time off for rest together with the other members after their concert in January and February. After which, he will start his solo activities. GDragon’s solo album will be released in April next year. Even though we have been informed of his solo album some time back, because GDragon has also been busy with YG’s new girl group debut, his solo album will only be released next April.


After GDragon’s solo activities, TaeYang will follow with his 2nd solo album. He is the first member of Big Bang to have his solo album. His 2nd solo album promises more personal unique music style and confidence from TaeYang.


Big Bang’s new album will be set to released in the 2nd half of 2009. And there are also plans for member TOP to have his own solo album. Amongst the other Big Bang members, he will be the busiest having to juggle group acitivities, solo activities and his acting.


Member DaeSung who has been busy with his musical ‘Cats’ will also continue to appear on SBS ‘Good Sunday’ ‘Family Outing’ corner.


This will be great news for fans, because even though we will have to wait to the 2nd half of year 2009 for Big Bang’s group activities, we will still get to see member’s solo act in the first half of the year.

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“Strong baby” banned from KBS

SeungRi, who started his solo activities with ‘Strong Baby’ on 3rd January has been given the red light to perform on KBS Music Bank.

The song is allowed to be performed on MBC and SBS, but news of the ban from KBS came late.

The reason that KBS gave was the word ‘crack’ in the song. The dictionary meaning of ‘crack’ is simply to break and, but KBS stated that it has also associations to drugs in it.

YG Entertainment then refuted by saying the word in the song is meant to be the word ‘clap’, and insisted that there has been some misunderstanding of the song lyrics. They insist that there is no hidden meaning to the lyrics.

But it is in YG’s policies to not change the songs’ lyrics even if they apply for KBS to reexamine the case to allow for the song to be performed.

YG Entertainment said, “If you look at the word ‘crack’ in the context of the lyrics, there is no associations to drugs at all.”

“We are looking to request for KBS to reexamine the case but we do not intend to change the lyrics also.”

But it looks like YG will have to give up having SeungRi to perform on KBS.

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