Artist of the Week: Big Bang

Here is the Artist of the Week! Posted on Wednesdays as something to get you through the rest of the week~

This week’s artist is…

BigBang

BigBang is one, if not the, most popular Korean boy bands right now… and they deserve it. It’s strange to even call them a “boy band” since they’re all so talented in many other aspects.

A lot of them can write their own music and/or act. They also have their own styles of singing/rapping.

A big part of their success goes to YG Entertainment. Notably, the CEO was a part of Seo Taiji’s revolutionary group back when Kpop was just getting started. After enough training was given to the boys, YG gave them a lot of free range to do their own things and pursue their own interests, which isn’t very common in the manufactured Kpop world.

Every member has done something independent of BigBang. G-Dragon, Daesung, Taeyang, and Seungri all have solo albums. TOP has won awards for his acting in the movie “71: Into The Fire”, and has also teamed up with GD to make a separate rap unit.

At first, BigBang was designed as a hip-hop group, but over the course of the years, they’ve grown into their own style. (Especially G-Dragon with his solo work, haha.)

Members:

G-Dragon: The Leader/Rapper
Birthday: August 18, 1988
GD started his music career at an early age and writes a lot his own music.

TOP: “Deep-Voice” Rapper
Birthday: November 4, 1987
Writes his own raps. Used to be an underground rapper. Actor.

Daesung: “Smiling Angel” Vocalist
Birthday: April 26, 1989
One of the strong vocalists of the group. Acted in a big-time play as well as a drama called “What’s Up?”.

Taeyang: The Dancer/R&B Vocalist
Birthday: May 18, 1988
Great dancer and singer.

Seungri: Strong Vocalist/Maknae
Birthday:  December 12, 1990
Can write music and sing well.

Trivia/Info

OFFICIAL LINKS:
Facebook | Youtube | Twitter | Weibo
Website | Fan Cafe

NOTABLE FAN PAGES:
BigBang Updates | Tumblr: BigBang For Life | BigBang Gifs
Dirty Fan Confessions | Airport Fashion

MORE INFO:
Big Bang Mini Drama; Idol World (Really crazy mini movie they made when they were still new.)
1N2D (One Night, Two Days) (Daesung gets the guys together for a retreat. Funny games & see their personalities.)
Video Archives (Download ALL the videos!)

TRIVIA:

  • “TOP never shows skin”. Fans good-naturedly joke about how TOP fan-service involves him showing his ankles or neck since he never likes to take off his shirt, and even tries to avoid T-shirts when possible. (There’s probably only one photo of TOP showing his stomach, and that’s when they first debuted and had to lift their shirts up for a dance). Some memes involve him putting on more layers instead of taking them off.

The one time TOP showed his stomach….

…But then TOP stopped lifting his shirt… lol.

  • Another good-natured meme is how TOP can’t really dance. It’s not as common, but fans aren’t mean about it. (Even Big Bang themselves tease TOP about it). That’s usually known as “Choom TOP,” in reference to a recorded conversation with TOP where he drunkenly refers to himself by that title.
  • Taeyang memes are “swan prince” and “never wearing a shirt”. There are screencaps and clips of Taeyang being hyper, dancing and twirling around at random places, which spawned the “I am the swan prince!” meme. Taeyang also is shirtless on many, many occasions.
  • One meme, that might not really be a full-blown meme yet, could also be how TOP has kissed all the members of Big Bang on the lips except for Taeyang. (TOP is usually cast as the male lead in the drama spin-off mini movies they do for their concerts, and as a result, he has kissed each member as fan-service in those movies).

Videos:

They have many good songs and music videos. Since they promoted in Japan for awhile, some of the songs are in Japanese. Here are a few:

“Fantastic Baby” is very popular right now:

Even most people not into Kpop seem to like “Bad Boy”:

“Haru Haru” is one of their most popular, classic songs:

So is “Lies”:

I personally love “Beautiful Hangover”. Great song and pretty MV:

This one is really beautiful, “KOE WO KIKASETE”:

“Love Song” is pretty and sad. It seems it’s about someone who died and they can’t live without:

“Tonight” is pretty catchy:

And for fun, here’s a pretty old one to end with :D “La-La-La”:

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Another Korean Idol Drug Crackdown

As most of you know, G-Dragon was caught with a positive for marijuana in a drug test last summer… though the news came out early last month.

About a week after that, Korean news came out that another “top idol” was being investigated as well, though they remained anonymous at the time.

Now, today, news came out that E-Sens of Supreme Team admitted to smoking marijuana too. He’s being suspended, but once everything is over, his agency is planning to welcome him back.

Unlike G-Dragon’s confession, where he claimed that he only smoked it once, E-Sens has said he’s smoked it multiple times throughout the year …with his friends… in Korea, (although his agency said he did not get any other musicians or co-workers to do it with him).

E-Sens’s statement could be a real eye-opener for some fans who think their idols are innocent and pure, when in reality, they’re most likely just like any other normal guys their age. Of course, most fans know this in the back of their minds, but it becomes more of a reality when we’re presented with evidence like this.

An anonymous Korean actor said, “Among celebrities, there have been several stars who have been suspected.[allkpop]

Plus, Korean actor Kim Sung Min, (who was arrested last year for possession and usage of both weed and meth), also revealed that he knew of 10 other entertainers involved with illegal drugs in some way.

As someone who’s been into Kpop for almost 10 years, I can tell you that these things are not new.

Back in 2001/2002, apparently ecstasy was the main concern (it’s probably still being used, but since it’s hard to detect, they don’t try as hard to test for it). There was a big investigation among 30-some stars for several types of drugs… including YG’s Psy. [mapinc.com] (I need to note here that Psy was NOT in YG Entertainment at the time of his marijuana conviction in 2001).

I remember reading about how Korean stores were taking CD’s off the shelves due to the ban of an idol who was convicted… and I was amazed at the difference between Korea and America when it came to drugs.

Yes, Korea is pretty strict when it comes to drugs, (I personally think the lawmakers there believe any drug is a gateway drug that will inevitably lead you to heroin somehow later in life), but even though they’re really anti-drug and strict, it’s naive to believe it’s very uncommon for people to be doing drugs there. (Although, if you already smoke weed in your country, don’t do it in Korea. They’ve been known to arrest foreigners for drugs just by seeing a “suspicious package” in the mail being sent to them. [Travel.State.gov] You’ll probably get arrested, deported and heavily fined… but mainly, it’ll contribute to giving all foreigners a bad reputation, so it’ll affect more than you.)

Anyway, no matter how weed is viewed in Korea, many stars there may very well be just like the ones here in America. The only difference could be that they just hide it much better. Who knows? Though personally, unless they do something really horrible like intentional murder (haha), I’ll always love my biases.