Saturday, August 20, 2016
[BIGBANG 10th Anniversary ①] From “real documentary” to “MADE” series… The history of BIGBANG’s past 10 years
Boys who fascinated audience on the stage have now become a brand, BIGBANG. The boy group who is recognized not only in Korea but also throughout the world now celebrates the 10thanniversary of their debut.
BIGBANG is a boy group formed in real documentary TV show “Real-docu BIGBANG” aired in 2006 on MTV Korea. The documentary depicted the process of BIGBANG’s debut, making BIGBANG members get familiar to the public even before their debut album’s release. BIGBANG members had to win in the survival audition, where five out of six were given the opportunity to debut as BIGBANG. The five winners who managed to survive in the competition took their first step into the music scene in YG Family’s 10th anniversary concert held on August 19 in 2006 at Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Arena.
BIGBANG became famous upon their debut, with hit songs such as “We Belong Together” and “La La La”. From their very debut, BIGBANG members actively participated in production of their album, writing the melody and lyrics for their songs. That was how BIGBANG was different from “cookie-cutter” idol boy groups of other music labels. Indeed, “We Belong Together”s melody and lyrics were written by G-DRAGON, with help from T.O.P for the lyrics. All the members wrote the lyrics of “La La La” together.
Since their debut, BIGBANG members have played leading role in making their own music and performances, to enjoy big popularity from music fans for their unique color. Notably, G-DRAGON’s producing greatly contributed to maintenance of BIGBANG’s special color. Along with G-DRAGON’s growth as an artist, the quality of BIGBANG’s albums has also grown. BIGBANG’s hit songs such as “V.I.P”, “DIRTY CASH”, “LIES”, “HARU HARU”, “LAST FAREWELL”, “FANTASTIC BABY”, “STILL ALIVE”, and “MONSTER” were all born from G-DRAGON and the other members of BIGBANG.
Notably, “LIES” recorded mega-hit, making BIGBANG the top idol group in Korea. BIGBANG received their first No.1 trophy in a TV music show for the song and swept trophies in music awards at the end of that year. Every song released since then recorded big hit. On the basis of the remarkable success of BIGBANG, each member performed as solo artists and in unit teams, giving even bigger fame to BIGBANG.
BIGBANG was away from the music scene for three years since “STILL ALIVE” album. BIGBANG’s potential was proven once again when they made comeback after three years of hiatus. Last year, BIGBANG carried out “MADE” project in which they released one single every month for fans who had been longing for BIGBANG’s music. The project was a great success. Single “M”, “A”, “D”, and “E” released from May to August last year all swept top places on charts and TV music shows. All songs in those albums including “LOSER”, “BAE BAE”, “BANG BANG BANG”, “IF YOU”, “SOBER”, “ZUTTER” (GD&T.O.P), and “LET’S NOT FALL IN LOVE” created sensation and BIGBANG swept trophies in music awards at the end of last year. Notably, “BANG BANG BANG” and “LOSER” surpassed 100 million views on video-streaming website “YouTube”, following “FANTASTIC BABY” and “GOOD BOY”. With the record, BIGBANG became the first Korean boy group who has four music videos that have reached the 100 million view mark on YouTube.
The reason why BIGBANG is recognized is not just because of the large number of their hit songs and trophies they have received. Other than Korea’s longest-lived boy group SHINHWA, BIGBANG is the only idol boy group in Korea who has performed for more than 10 years without any change in the members. That enhances BIGBANG’s value even further.
BIGBANG is not just a long-lived idol boy group. The name BIGBANG has enormous influence. Last year, BIGBANG held world tour “MADE” in 32 cities of 13 countries. Total 66 concerts were held in the tour and more than one and a half million people went to the concerts. A concert held at LA Staples Center in the United States was included in the list of “world’s top 10 highest-earning concerts” selected by Billboard (total 13,361 entrances, $1,715,587/$1,940,000,000 of ticket revenues).
Plus, BIGBANG has recently been appointed as “CREATIVE ICON” selected by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism to promote Korea’s new national brand “CREATIVE KOREA” throughout the world. BIGBANG will work as the PR ambassador for “CREATIVE KOREA” until the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in 2018. BIGBANG’s appointment as “CREATIVE ICON” is the proof of BIGBANG’s big influence on people of all age groups in the entire world.
After their constant growth for the past 10 years since debut, BIGBANG is now celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut. BIGBANG has recently been celebrating the 10th anniversary with fans in documentary movie, exhibition, and concerts. As BIGBANG is still the top idol boy group in Korea in the 10th year of their debut, constantly writing new history in music, it will be worthwhile to look forward to their next 10 years.
After their constant growth for the past 10 years since debut, BIGBANG is now celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut. BIGBANG has recently been celebrating the 10th anniversary with fans in documentary movie, exhibition, and concerts. As BIGBANG is still the top idol boy group in Korea the 10th year of their debut, constantly writing new history in music, it will be worthwhile to look forward to their next 10 years.
Source: YG Entertainment(heraldpop)