This weekend's K-Pop Idol Featurette is a tribute to the boys that recently made the Hallyu wave hit worldwide. I mean, c'mon.. 2011 MTV-EMA Best Worldwide Act? It's a no-brainer, this week, you guys definitely have to meet one of the most popular and talented boy band in the K-pop scene... BIG BANG!
Big Bang Quick Facts:
Members: G-Dragon, Taeyang, T.O.P, Daesung and Seungri.
Debut: August 19, 2006
Debut Extended Play (EP): Always (2007)
Latest EP: Tonight (2011)
Postion: Leader / Main Rapper
Real Name: Kwon Ji Yong (권지용)
Birthday: August 18, 1988
Fun Fact: Has 3 tattoos, one on his back, which says: "Too fast to live, too young to die." 2 on his inner arms, which say (Right): "Vita Dolce," which means 'good life' & (Left): "Moderato," which means 'moderate,' a musical term. His 'arm' tattoos were done by Carey Heart (Pink's ex-husband) at the famous tattoo parlor, Hart & Hurington Tattoo Parlor, at Palms Casino in Las Vegas on May 2007.
Real Name: Dong Yong Bae (동영배)
Stage Names: Tae Yang, YB, Tae Kwon, YBTK
Date of Birth: May 18, 1988
Fun Fact: Always carries his ipod, bible, and English vocab cards in his backpack and sometimes energy drinks.
Position: Rapper / Beat Boxer
Real Name: Choi Seung Hyun (최승현)
Stage Names: Tempo, T.O.P
Date of Birth: November 4,1987
Fun Fact: Before the debut, he is very chubby, and because rejected by YG, he eventually tried hard to lose extra weight on a strict diet and exercise,At last he lose 20 kg in 40 days and finally he received by YG!
Real Name: Kang Dae Sung (강대성)
Stage Names: D-Lite, Delight
Date of Birth: April 26,1989Fun Fact: Daesung has an obsession with Doraemon. He even has Doraemon chopsticks.
Real Name: Lee Seung Hyun (이승현)
Stage Name : Seung Ri (승리); V.I
Date of Birth: December 12, 1990
Fun Fact: Says if not for music, he would be a kindergarten teacher.
Big Bang is definitely one of the most influential boybands in the K-pop scene. They were named as one of the Top 10 Asian Boy Bands in About.com and was named as the icons of Korean pop music by Korea Times. Before the boys debut as a group, several of its members have already had their share of exposure in the music scene. G-Dragon and Tayeyang were under the YG Entertainment label since they were 12 years old and were known as GD and YB while T.O.P was an underground rapper under the stage name Tempo. The group made their debut on August 19, 2006 at the Gymnastics Arena in Seoul Olympic Park during the YG Family concert which catapulted them to fame.
In 2009 the group went on hiatus to pursue solo activities though they came back together on some projects. They briefly got back together to help promote 2NE1 with the song, "Lollipop".G-Dragon released his debut album, Heartbreaker, promoting it with the album's title track. Taeyang released two digital singles, "Where U At?" and "Wedding Dress", to promote his second album released in 2010. T.O.P also released a couple of solo singles as well and joined the cast of the Korean drama Iris, playing the assassin Vick. Seungri, on the other hand, also released his mini-album entitled "VVIP."
GD and T.O.P also created an album together, entitled GD & T.O.P The album was released on December 24, 2010, which was the first collaboration between the two away from their group. The duo promoted the album extensively, including a world-wide premiere showcase and numerous performances. Three singles were released for promotion: "High High," "Oh Yeah," (with Park Bom) and "Knockout".
In 2011, the group got back together as a unit and released their EP, Tonight. Fans have been waiting eagerly for this comeback and their single, Tonight, has met with success not only in Korea but it also is the first K-pop album to make the US iTunes top 10.
Fame certainly has a price and the boys certainly have been involved in a number of controversies. G-Dragon, in 2010 shocked fans and netizens when a photo of him "dry-humping" a dancer on a stand-up bed during his performance of the song “Breathe” at his “Shine A Light” concert. It caused such an outrage which had him charged with public display of inappropriate behavior and violation of the Youth Protection Act, however he was found not guilty but was fined 3,000,000 won ($2,650 US).
Apart from that, just recently, he is caught in a legal issue for smoking marijuana. GD stated that someone handed him a cigarette at a club in Japan and after taking 2-3 puffs, he noticed that the cigarette tasted funny and threw it away. Reports say that GD l took the drug back in May and after further investigation, a hair drug test came out to be positive in July. However, according to investigators, since the amount of marijuana was insignificant, and G-Dragon had no prior offences, they decided to give him a warning.
GD isn't the only one on the hot seat, as Daesung also had his share of scandal as well. Back in May 2011, he was involved in a freak car accident. Daesung was driving his Audi along Yangwa Bridge in southern Seoul at around 1 a.m., when he hit a taxi. The taxi driver was quoted as saying that he changed lanes in order to avoid hitting the motorcyclist who was already on the ground and bleeding even before the car accident happened. The taxi driver was said to have stopped the car in order to check on the motorcyclist when Daesung hit the vehicle.
The incident left Daesung stunned and withdrawn. He kept away from the prying eyes of the press and his fans while the case was being heard. In August 2011, the case was finally concluded and he was given the verdict of "not guilty". However, Daesung is still not as active as before, he remains sullen and withdrawn and in an interview, he stated, that despite his passion to sing, he still doesn't have the confidence to stand up before his fans as cheerfully as he once did.
Despite the controversies looming above them like a dark cloud, the group remained strong and worked hard. And all their talents have been given the credit and the recognition it truly deserves when they won this year's 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Worldwide Act beating (Africa/India/Middle East), (Europe), (Latin America), and (North America).