[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 [[email protected]]
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.
[(c) Newsen; Translated by pgeorgie]
[Interview] TaeYang eDaily SPN Interview: Nov. 28, 2009
Q: What's it like to have your comeback after a year and 5 months?
It's been a while so it's really nerve-racking.
Q: What type of song is 'Wedding Dress'?
An R&B song. It's a sad song about watching the girl you love in a wedding dress, getting married to someone else. Teddy hyung has written lots of tracks, but I really liked this one so I pestered him to give it to me. (laughs)
Q: I heard you helped compose 'Wedding Dress'?
Teddy hyung made the track, I just put in the melody. I had been thinking of composing a little for a while now because if you contribute to the composition of the song, it helps you understand what type of voice and tone sound good with it. Teddy hyung suggested it so I took the opportunity.
Q: How did it feel to contribute to the composition?
It was like getting someone else's sketch and colouring it in the way I wanted to. It took a lot longer than just recording my voice to a song that had already been finished by someone else. I think this was because I tried lots of different things, like when you're colouring in.
Q: What kind of advice did Teddy give you?
He said that when I make the melody, I have to make it portray lots of different feelings so that whoever listens to it doesn't get bored. Aside from receiving advice, just watching him do his work was a huge help to me. He's the person who's influenced my life the most this year.
Q: How did he influence you specifically?
Before we started promoting in Japan, I spent just about every day with Teddy hyung. We weren't very busy at the time, so, after practice I would go straight to Teddy hyung's studio. I would watch him do his work and in his spare time we would talk about music. This is how 'Wedding Dress' and 'Where U At' were made. I even slept in the studio, in this little bed that Teddy hyung regularly uses. Now that I think about it, I was probably disturbing him quite a lot. Sorry. (laughs)
Q: The Taeyang in ‘Only Look at Me’ was a bad boy, and in ‘Wedding Dress’ a pure one. What’s the real Taeyang like?
Wedding Dress’ is more like the real me. I’ve loved before, but it’s always ended as one-sided love.
Q: Do you want to date?
Yes. President Yang keeps telling me to please get a girlfriend now too. But although I get lonely when I’m not working, I don’t think about it much when I’m really busy.
Q: Don’t you get lonely when you’re busy? It must be stressing.
When I get stressed, I just sleep. I’m the type of person who’s always thinking so I just sleep when I’m stressed, otherwise I tend to overthink everything. Alternatively, I listen to music or spend time with my dog. I get a lot less lonely when I’m with my dog.
Q: How important is Boss to Taeyang?
Very important. He’s not just a pet dog. At the moment, I can’t meet people and exchange love and friendship so Boss tends to fill up those holes in my heart. I can love him no matter what and he will always look only at me. If I didn’t have Boss, I think my personality would have become really cold and harsh.
Q: You seem to have put a lot of effort into your choreography. What is dancing to TaeYang?
I dance because I like music. To me, music and dancing are one. Neither one of them is more or less important. Whenever I do a pre-recorded performance, I ask my fans to please be quiet. It seems selfish and I’m sorry to my fans, but I just love singing and dancing to my music on stage and I want to concentrate on that moment. There was this time when we did a surprise broadcast of ‘Where U At’ and during the pre-recorded filming, my fans didn’t make a sound. It made me wonder if they were even breathing. I was so thankful that they understood me, but also very sorry.
Q: Your first solo album ‘Hot’ did so well. Does this pressure you at all? What did you earn from your last solo activities?
I didn’t feel pressured because of ‘Hot’, but because this new album will be a full one, I kept thinking that I have to show my style as well as make music that fits the time we’re in. I like classical music, but I’m young so I can’t just ignore the current trends.
When I’m working as a solo artist, I feel so much more accomplishment and satisfaction. Since Big Bang is a group, working together with the other members always comes first.
Q: What if the type of music you want to do clashes with the type of music that’s popular with the people?
What I want to do usually comes first. (laughs) President Yang is always generous about that kind of thing because he knows that I do the best when I’m doing what I want to. But that doesn’t mean I want to be stubborn in my musicianship. My dream is to make music that everyone can listen to and love. It’s very hard, though.
Q: What you want from yourself?
Well, my name’s Taeyang so I always want to be overflowing with energy. I want people to be moved and comforted when listening to my music and I also want to become more passionate.
Q: To your fans that have waited for you, and will continue to wait?
I’m sorry that I don’t have a really talkative personality and that I’m not performing on stage much. But I will return your love by making great music worth the wait. Oh, and be careful not to catch swine flu.
[(c)eDaily] [Trans Credits: sjay.x @ BBVIP.net]
I guess that answers fans question as to why the crowd are so quiet when he performs 'Wedding Dress'.
taeyang is daebak
VERY BEAUTIFUL SINGER
and best dancer of big bang
luv him always saranghaeyo
OMG his best features hsi smiling eyes
an his body ^///^
i hardly come on this...AWKS