Big Bang

 

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Big Bang made their debut on August 19, 2006.  Originally, YG Entertainment was using the show Big Bang Documentary and trying to decide if they wanted to use the members they currently have, and it eventually led to Jang HyunSeung (now in B2ST) to be eliminated from Big Bang’s line up because he was still too shy and didn’t have a lot of stage presence.  This led to the members of Big Bang being T.O.P., G-Dragon, TaeYang, DaeSung, and SeungRi.  Almost immediately after debut, they rose to popularity, selling nearly 40,000 copies for their debut single.  They have since branched out into the Japanese market, as well as done solo activities. Find their discography here.

Big Bang was one of those bands where it took us a while to like them.  Both Velexa and I went from Japanese rock/American rock/American boy bands into Korean music, and we weren’t crazy at all about Big Bang’s hip hop style.  About a year or so after we got into KPop, we finally fell in love with Big Bang’s song “Lies” (unfortunately, this was after we missed the chance to see them in concert).  From 2007-late 2009/early 2010, we were obsessed with Big Bang.  Now, we don’t even follow their music.  When their song “Tonight” came out, we felt like we could have just listened to any other song of theirs.  We liked their unique style and sound, but “Tonight” really disappointed us.  We still love us some GDTOP, or some TaeYang every so often, but as the group Big Bang, we don’t really follow them anymore.  These days, I have a theory Big Bang is one of the best/most common starter bands that cause people to get into Korean music.  I feel like I should make sure to give a shout out to a friend who got into KPop because of Big Bang.  She knows who she is.

Member Profiles

T.O.P.

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Birth Name: Choi SeungHyun
Birth Date: November 4, 1987
Birth Place: Seoul, South Korea
Family: Older sister, parents
Facts:

  • T.O.P.’s stage name was suggested by label mate Se7en, his stage name was supposed to be Mark.
  • He saw his first porn video in fifth grade
  • Is good friends with SS501’s HyunJoong and DBSK’s JaeJoong. He also was neighbors with GDragon
  • His room is pink and full of toys
  • Doesn’t like being touched
  • Likes to wear a lot of clothes when sleeping
  • Before Big Bang, he would perform underground rapping under the stage name Tempo
  • His first kiss was in seventh grade by the Han River
  • His wears size large
  • His inspiration was the rapper Notorious B.I.G. He first heard him in fourth or fifth grade
  • He’d sell clothes if he wasn’t in Big Bang
  • Find his and G-Dragon’s solo discography here

TaeYang


Birth Name: Dong YoungBae
Birth Date: May 18, 1988
Birth Place: Gyeonggi, South Korea
Family: Older brother, parents
Facts:

  • He and G-Dragon were known to be the ones who ripped their pants the most during trainee days
  • He and G-Dragon have been friends since 2000.
  • Apparently has a special way to cook ramyun
  • Enjoys gardening, watching television, listening to music, and basketball
  • He would prefer to talk it out rather than fight
  • Talks in his sleep
  • His first kiss was in 2006 during the making of a music video.
  • Will always have his bible, iPod, and English flashcards in his bag. He sometimes carries energy drinks
  • Find his solo discography here

G-Dragon


Birth Name: Kwon JiYong
Birth Date: August 18, 1988
Birth Place: Seoul, South Korea
Family: Older sister, parents
Facts:

  • He’s been in show business since he was about five years old. Originally he was on a kids show called “Kiss Kiss Kiss,” then was in the group “Little Roora.” After Little Roora was disbanded, he promised his mom he wouldn’t do singing anymore, but was then scouted by SM Entertainment during a ski trip.
  • His stage name was taken from his actual name, “JiYong.” “Yong” means “dragon” in Korean.
  • He was a trainee in SM Entertainment, and one of his childhood friends is KangIn from Super Junior.
  • He and TaeYang have known each other since they both came into YG Entertainment at the age of twelve
  • Is the most cleanly out of all the members
  • When he first saw SeungRi on television, he thought he was rude but interesting
  • He drinks a lot of coffee and Vitamin Water
  • Considered an “arrogant city boy” in Korea, but a “humble musician” overseas
  • G-Dragon snuggles with SeungRi when sleeping. He also sleeps diagonally.
  • He’s also close friend with 2PM’s Junsu
  • Find his solo discography here

DaeSung

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Birth Name: Kang DaeSung
Birth Date: April 26, 1989
Birth Place: Incheon, South Korea
Family: Older sister, parents
Facts:

  • Obsessed with Doraemon
  • The staff of YG Entertainment referred to DaeSung as “the ugly one” when he was trainee
  • Always smiling
  • DaeSung and SeungRi are awkward with each other despite there only being a one year age difference.
  • Very conscious of his facial appearance, he has a lot of cosmetics
  • In May of 2011, he was involved in a car accident in which a motorcyclist was killed.  He’s was on hiatus the rest of the year, though he appeared at the YG Family concert.

SeungRi


Birth Name: Lee SeungHyun
Birth Date: December 12, 1990
Birth Place: Kwangju, South Korea
Family: Younger sister, parents
Facts:

  • His first television appearance was on Let’s Cokeplay: Battle Shinhwa, but his lack of vocal skills got him eliminated
  • He’s competed in dance competitions against Super Junior’s EunHyuk, DBSK’s YunHo, and SHINee’s TaeMin
  • He doesn’t call T.O.P. “hyung” when T.O.P.’s not around.
  • Is called the “Prince of KwangJu”
  • He and G-Dragon are known as the “Tom and Jerry” of the group
  • He used to sleep diagonally to avoid G-Dragon, but then DaeSung would end up pushed in a corner
  • If he wasn’t in Big Bang, he thinks he’d be a kindergarten teacher
  • He manages the schedule in their apartment
  • His first kiss was in ninth grade
  • Find his solo discography here

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