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Big Bang is back in Korea as one after 4 months

Idol group Big Bang has come together on one stage after 4 months in Korea.

They held a mini concert for the product cafe latte on 26th August in HongDae, a first in 4 months since they last Hite guerilla concert in spring in Korea.

The event is organised by Meil Dairy products and 400 lucky fans were able to attend this standing concert. The only thing was that member DaeSung was not able to join the other 4 Big Bang members for the concert as he is still recuperating from his recent operation.

The boys performed their hits like ‘Sunset Glow’, ‘Last Farewell’ and Cafe Latte’s CM song ‘Youthful You’ etc in the 1 hour concert.

The group also had a little dialogue session with the fans where they answer their questions.

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GDragon ‘Heartbreaker’ up #1 on music charts, strong competition from 4Minute to look out for

It’s strong competition up for group 4Minute between Big Bang GDragon.

For GDragon, he has occupied Monkey3 chart, being up #1 on the chart for 2 consecutive weeks for 3rd and 4th week of August with the song ‘Heartbreaker’, knocking Brown Eyed Girls off the #1 spot with ‘Abracadabra’. And 2 other songs from his solo album ‘Heartbreaker’ – ‘Boy’ and ‘Hello’ are up in the top 10 positions.

The rest of the results on Monkey3 weekly chart:

1. GDragon ‘Heartbreaker’
2. Baek Ji Young ft Taec ‘My Eye’s Candy’
3. Davichi ‘Hot Stuff’
4. Brown Eyed Girls ‘Abracadabra’
5. KARA ‘Wanna’

While for group 4Minute is moving up fast on various online music charts in just 3 days into the online release of their 1st minialbum ‘For Muzik’. Also the MV teaser to the title song ‘Musik’ released on 31st August has already received overwhelming interests from fans. Already, their song ‘Muzik’ is up at #68 on the Monkey3 before the official release of the minialbum.

All eyes are on how long GDragon will reign the music charts.

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G-Dragon – 10 Line

Bigbang: The group that G-Dragon is the leader of. Taeyang from Bigbang is his six-year friend that he first met in YG; TOP is a hyung that G-Dragon has known for a long time. They’re the members that were picked through a ‘survival reality show’, but really, they are a group made up of three close friends and two maknaes who were added on later. (T/N: This sentence means that the other three didn't know the maknaes until Big Bang, not that they aren't also "close friends" to the first three members.) So G-Dragon naturally became the leader and produces the Bigbang albums with Yang Hyunsuk to set the direction for the group’s music. When Bigbang debuted, Yang Hyunsuk advertised them as another concept of an idol group; however, G-Dragon was a great influence before Bigbang had made themselves firm as a ‘stylish’ group. “It is important for a leader to take good care of the team members, but they also have to take the role of a strategist to pick out the group’s points.” This is why we see him in a perspective as a total producer.

Original article by Kang Myungsuk

Edited by Lee JiHye

(http://10.asiae.co.kr/Articles/view.php?tsc=002001000&a_id=2009083109281650217)

Translated by Beau @ bbvipz

Minor edits by Lucy Miao @ BBVIP
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Big Bang break charts record for overseas artists in Japan

Big Bang's first Japanese major album "BIGBANG" debuted at #3 in the weekly Oricon album charts dated August 31, 2009. This makes Big Bang the first overseas artists ever to enter the Japanese Top 5 with their first three consecutive releases, i.e. their debut album, their first single ("MY HEAVEN") and their second single ("GARA GARA GO!!").


Meanwhile, their best of album "ASIA BEST 2006-2009" which was released on the same day as their first major album debuted at #20 in the weekly album charts. At the same time, it ranks 4th in the weekly overseas album charts.

Their live DVD "2009 Big Bang Live Concert 'Big Show'" is at #1 in the Oricon music DVD charts and at #5 in the rental DVD charts.

In a thank you message to the fans posted on Aug 27 at the official Japanese blog their Japanese staff described Big Bang as a band who is - just two months after their major debut - continuing to make the transition from artists representing Korea to a band representing Japan and even all of Asia. They thanked the fans for all of their support which made it possible to achieve such a great success in Japan. Together with Big Bang themselves they want to work just as hard so the band can continue to be just as successful with their future Japanese activities and releases.


Source: Big Bang's official Japanese blog
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Sony sends warning about plagiarism by GDragon, Big Bang and 2NE1

Sony ATV Music Publishing will speak up about the case of plagiarism accusation against Big Bang GDragon who is currently promoting solo.

Sony ATV Music Publishing (Sony) said on 21st September, “We will be releasing our official stand about the case of similarity between ‘Heartbreaker’ and ‘Right Round’, and ‘Butterfly’ and ‘She’s electric’.”

And also on MBC ‘Current Affairs Magazine 2580′ aired on 20th September, it was reported that Sony has sent a warning letter to YG Entertainment on the 17th. Not only so, 2 other songs produced by YG Entertainment Big Bang’s ‘With U’ and 2NE1’s ‘I Don’t Care’ were also warned for use of musical source without permission.

With that, while the music experts and original composers judge if the songs are plagiarised, the warning letter issued will prohibit the use of the song until further notice.

Previously on 21st last month, Sony has revealed that they will judge if the similarities in the song rules plagiarism. And that they will establish an agreement with the original composers to the songs ‘Right Round’ and ‘She’s electric’.

Meanwhile, YG Entertainment has not released their official stand on the case.

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Amidst of all the plagiarism saga that Big Bang GDragon is going through, many are concerned about his future broadcast activities.

GDragon’s debut solo ‘Heartbreaker’ has been accused of plagiarism for having a portion of 5 seconds to the song sounding similar to singer Flo Rida’s ‘Right Round’. Following that, Sony ATV has issued a warning to YG Ent on 21st September regarding the plagiarism of the song.

But YG Entertainment said, “GDragon’s schedule will go on as usual. He will appear on stage in the day and continue to write music at night.”

GDragon gives off a special type of charisma as a singer on stage but offstage he is just another youth in his 20s.

But in this incident of plagiarism accusations, this singer is in the centre of all accusation arrows. It is not important if he plagiarised or not. Before the conclusion on whether it was plagiarism is set, netizens should spare this singer some of their malicious judgement and comments.

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New Epic Variety Talk Show “Strong Heart”



Mark your calenders people! New talk show is coming with MC Kang HoDong and Lee SeungKi (1 Night 1 Day Couple) and the first episode features epic guests you will be screaming about! (Get ready to scream VIPs because you are in for a double luck this time!)

SBS is launching a new variety show called “Strong Heart.” The main MC role had been given to Kang HoDong and his partner for success is Lee Seung Ki. The producers had declared that Kang HoDong will be in charge of pushing forth the power while Lee SeungKi will be representing the smooth image to the viewers.

The program “Strong Heart” will be a battle talk show where 24 guests come in and talk about their hard experiences in their social life. The producer also added “I double casted Kang HoDong and Lee SeungKi for a new and fresh experience. Anticipate their perfect match they will be displaying.”

“Strong Heart” will be going into first recording on the coming 24th. They are planning on setting up a red carpet event in front of SBS building at 9PM. The first episode guests to the show include (hold on to your breath) : GDragon, SeungRi, Yoona, Tablo, Baek JiYoung, Kim TaeWoo, Jang YoonJeong, Yoon SaeYoon, SolBi, and much more. The first airing of this episode will be on October 6th.


I can't wait!!~


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[Magazine] Big Bang in Elle Girl Korea: October 2009 - TaeYang

"I’m not really interested in branching out into other fields."
Unlike the other members who have been busy in various areas other than music, TaeYang was not easy to meet. While the other members were busy branching out into new fields, such as entertainment, TV acting and musical, all he cared about was "music."

It was so good to see him again and he had some good news for us – he’s working on his second solo album! Although his first single from his first EP enjoyed notable success sweeping the charts, there was obviously much more he wanted to do. He is working hard on his second album both because of his own desire to make a better album and his sense of obligation to his fans.

"I've been working with Teddy since early this year to work on the type of music I wanted to make. I hadn’t specifically intended to make songs for my second album but the collaboration naturally turned into one for my second. My first was an EP so it is appropriate that I make a full album this time. As much as I want it to be perfect, I will take time to make it perfect."

TaeYang spent the time away from his Korean fans reaffirming his identity as a solo artist and focusing on promoting Big Bang’s music as well. In order to expand their presence in Japan, Big Bang released two singles and one full album back to back and stayed there to aggressively promote their albums.

Does that mean Big Bang now has the status of the so-called "Korean Wave" stars? TaeYang humbly shakes his head. "We didn’t go to Japan as Korean Wave stars in the first place. We went there to let more people know about our music as musicians through an independent label. Then we were fortunate enough to sign with a major label and accomplished unintended results as our album went high up on the Oricon charts. The most memorable experience to me was when we went on Music Station, a famous music show in Japan."

For Big Bang, rest is a luxury and something that is hard to come by. When they accomplish a goal, the next, more difficult goal awaits them. We are worried that they might have been completely exhausted both physically and mentally and whether they have someone to talk to when they need to pour their guts out. "Not so much exhausted as we are mindful about our future directions. We know people's high expectations of us and I know that I have to do better. Before, when I had concerns, I used to keep them to myself but now I share them with a few people I trust and depend on. I feel most comfortable and comforted when I talk to Teddy."

However, today TaeYang struggles over a problem even "Teddy-hyung" cannot help him with. He had been so engrossed with recording, he forgot that it was his mummy's birthday yesterday. "My mother sent me a text message to ask me if I could come home to have dinner. I was too busy to reply. What do I do now?"

Having been such a mature adult throughout the interview, he now has an embarrassed look of a child. He may have to forgo being a good, dutiful son for a while. Anyone who has talked to him even once would know immediately that he is a sunny and healthy young man at heart like the sun. What makes TaeYang the artist he is is his passion for music and he will continue to be a "great musician" as long as he has that.

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Big Bang and So Nyuh Shi Dae took the first places for the category of "singers" in an entertainer popularity ranking for the second half of the year.

From the 25th to the 31st of August, the results for the "Entertainer Popularity Survey" were determined by the Leespiar Research Institute with the participation of 1,320 males and females with an age range of 13~65 in 5 cities from around the country (metropolitan area, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, Daejeon).

In the male category, Big Bang surpassed 2PM by an eyelash and went up to the first place.

The representative idol group Big Bang maintained 23.5% and surpassed group 2PM, which maintained 21.7%.

The 3rd place went to world star Rain (16.9%), the 4th place to Lee Seunggi (10.4%) and the 5th place to DBSK (5.2%).

Source: Joy News
Translated and Edited by Xeth and Soy@soshified.com/forums

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Yang Hyun Seok, “GDragon plagiarised? How about Mariah Carey…”

YG Entertainment Yang Hyun Seok refutes back after they have received warning from Sony ATV for plagiarism case for 4 songs produced by the company – GDragon’s ‘Heartbreaker’ and ‘Butterfly’, Big Bang’s ‘With U’ and 2NE1 ‘I Don’t Care’.

He left a message on YG homepage on 24th September, “We understand that it is in Sony ATV’s interests to protect the rights of its song composers.”

“Recently Mariah Carey’s song ‘Standing O’ sounds similar to 2NE1’s ‘In The Club’ released 3 months earlier. There are 8 lines, and 24 seconds that sounds similar, and with the repetition, the total length of the song that sounds similar is up to 1 min. But SonyATV did not say anything about Mariah Carey’s song plagiarising 2NE1’s song.”

He also added, “Even though this is embarrassing but the composers to ‘I Don’t Care’ and even myself have not listen to the music produced by SonyATV.” refuting accusations for plagiarism.

SonyATV has recently sent warnings to YG Entertainment on 17th September on plagiarism issues of YG Entertainment’s 4 songs. And following that, the issue was investigated into on MBC ‘Current Affairs Magazine 2580′ on 20th September.

Yang Hyun Seok said, “The song ‘I don’t care’ is the works of YG Ent’s main producer Teddy and Perry. They are 2 people who have strong pride and will not make a song which they don’t want to. And with the issue of plagiarism brought up by SonyATV has caused hurt and loss of pride by the 2 which will not be easy recovered, and had put YG Ent in public opinion.”

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TaeYang to release digital single ‘Where U At’ coming October

Big Bang TaeYang will be releasing his 2nd solo album this autumn.

Yang HyunSeok left a message on YG Entertainment official homepage on 24th September saying, “Mid-October, TaeYang will be releasing a digital album and MV to comeback title ‘Where U At’.:

But the date for TaeYang’s full length 2nd album release has yet been confirmed.

According to YG, TaeYang will be promoting for a longer period of time as compared to his 1st solo album activities. YG also revealed that they will take on a multi-angle approach to TaeYang’s promotions this time round.

He added, “The filming for TaeYang’s ‘Where U At’ MV will take place this weekend (3rd week of September), together with director Seo HyunSeung.”

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[News] TaeYang to Come Back - No Promotion Planned for Now: Newsen, Oct. 8, 2009

Big Bang’s TaeYang to Come Back as a Solo Artist but No Promotional Activities Planned

By HyungWoo Kim [cox109@newsen.com]

Boy band Big Bang’s TaeYang is coming back as a solo artist after 1 year and 5 months.

His new single, "Where U At" will be released on the 15th. Last year, with his first mini album, “HOT,” containing such hit singles as “Look Only at Me" and “Prayer,” TaeYang made a strong impression on both critics and the public. He successfully broke the mold of a lead vocalist of a popular boy band and garnered both critical acclaim and popular success as a serious musician.

Last year, he topped various music and TV show charts for several weeks and won awards at the Korean Music Awards, where the winners are selected by music critics. When he held his first solo concerts last year, he made one of the shows only for adults, making a bold attempt to communicate with the older generations, breaking the mold of the so-called “idol star.”

The famous dancers from abroad who appear in the "Where U At" music video to be released on the 15th (reportedly) praised him non-stop saying, “TaeYang is better than any professional dancer we have ever seen. It’s absurd that a singer is this good a dancer!”



“Where U At” was written and composed by Teddy, who has made a hit after hit, including TaeYang's "Look Only at Me" and "Prayer" and 2NE1's "Lollypop," “Fire” and “I Don't Care.” The magical pairing of TaeYang and Teddy is making people wait with high anticipation.

The lyrics for “Where U At” were written based on the fact that TaeYang, who’s 21, has never had a girlfriend, and will ring true to the listeners as they truthfully describe TaeYang's real-life situation that he dreams of a girl who must be somewhere in the world and whom he will meet someday.

With TaeYang coming back as a solo artist, competition among Big Bang members is expected to ensue with G-Dragon already dominating various charts with his first solo album. However, don't hold your breath - you won't see any off-line showdown between those two.

YG Entertainment says, “’Where U At’ will only be a sort of preview for TaeYang’s full album to be released on a later date and at this point we have absolutely no plan for promotional activities or appearances on TV shows.”

That is because his second digital single and the title song of the album, "Wedding Dress" is going to be released early November. Therefore, his promotion period will be from mid November through end of the year.

You will be able to get a taste of “Wedding Dress” toward the end of the "Where U At" music video.

There had been a rumor that TaeYang’s first full-length album would be released in October following G-Dragon's first solo album released in August. What exactly TaeYang has up in his sleeves releasing two digital singles first makes people curious. This is what makes people suspect that YG Entertainment might be planning a blockbuster promotional strategy.

TaeYang caused a sensation in the markets for male solo artists last year. Now he is coming back after 1 year and 5 months. He is already making many people curious as to what kind of new style and music he will bring to touch their hearts and wait with a high level of anticipation.

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T-ara HyoMin reveals Big Bang DaeSung as her ideal type of guy

T-ara member HyoMin reveals her ideal type of guy.

During the recent filming of KBS ‘Invincible Youth’, HyoMin revealed her ideal type of guy as Big Bang DaeSung.

The G7 members were talking about their ideal type of guy during the filming that day, and HyoMin’s confession of her ideal guy has given the other members a shock.

HyoMin then talked about DaeSung, who if of the same age of her, “I want to become close with him”, showing a sincere and shy side of her.

The girls also talked about the type of propose they want to see from their ideal type and So Nyeo Shi Dae Sunny revealed that she wants her ideal guy to sing her a song. Yuri wants to meet a man who will protect her and love her for a long time. While Narsha revealed that the guy just need to come with a spoon in his mouth, causing laughter during the filming.

The show will be aired on 27th November.

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IU reveals Big Bang TaeYang as ideal guy during fan meeting

Teenage singer IU reveals that her ideal type of guy to be Big Bang TaeYang during her meeting with fans on GomTV fanmeeting program O4U.

She was asked during the fanmeeting about which idol is her ideal type of guy and she said, “A guy with smiling eyes and dimples” and picked TaeYang. The MC asked her, “Does TaeYang know this too?” and IU replied, “TaeYang seonbaenim knows too. He encourages me to work hard.”

During the fanmeeting, IU did fanservices like doing voice impersonation and dance. She was seen impersonating Park JungHyun’s voice and also dancing to a small part of 2PM’s ‘Heartbeat’.

About 9,000 fans tuned into the fanmeeting aired on 26th November at 9pm on GomTV.

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Big Bang and TVXQ receive the Gold Artist Award

And the Hallyu phenomenon continues...

On the Best Hit Song Awards 2009 aired through Japan TV on the 26th, two of Korea's favorite male idol groups received the Gold Artist Award. They were none other than Big Bang and TVXQ.

This has actually been the second time for the senior TVXQ boys to claim this glorifying title, whereas it's a first for the rookie Big Bang boys who only debuted in Japan five months ago.

As many already know, TVXQ is still twisted in a dispute with SM Entertainment regarding their unfair contracts. Due to this reason, the special stage for this event was extra special for the fans who have waited a long time to see the five boys come together as one again. U-Know Yunho expressed during rehearsal, "I really want to go up on stage. I am very happy to be awarded the Gold Artist Award."

In contrast to TVXQ, Big Bang does not have many achievements in Japan yet. However, after releasing their first single My Heaven, their popularity skyrocketed in Japan, reaching up to the second place on the Oricon Daily Charts. In addition, their second single Gara Gara Go! successfully climbed to third.

Congratulations to both of the groups!

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