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Big Bang’s “Bad Boy” used as a background song on NBC’s Today Show

It appears there might be another K-pop fan behind the scenes for a popular American morning television show.

On the March 12th episode of NBC‘s popular morning show ‘Today Show‘, Big Bang‘s “Bad Boy” played as the background music at the tail end of a segment on how to tell a friend he has bad breath.

As some of you may recall, back in October, it was ABC‘s ‘Live! with Kelly & Michael‘ airing TVXQ‘s “Catch Me“. A few days after the article, the music director behind the show was revealed to be a fan of TVXQ.

Perhaps the song was selected because a guy with bad breath is a Bad Boy?

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PSY with US Vice President Joe Biden,Chris Mann,Diana Ross,Demi Lovato, Megan Hilty,Conan O’Brien & Scotty McCreery @ 121209 TNT Christmas in Washington


PSY with US President Barack Obama @ 121209 TNT Christmas in Washington

G-Dragon’s Instagram Update (12.11.26)

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Leading up to its Newark shows, is Big Bang ready to bring K-pop to the U.S. ?

Big Bang, the South Korean pop group that is enormously popular throughout Asia, is trying to live up to its name on these shores as well.

Judging by ticket sales for their U.S. debut this month, the boy band that blends hip-hop, high fashion and theatrics into a polished package is off to a good start. Tickets for their Alive Tour — at the Prudential Center and Anaheim’s Honda Center — sold out within a few hours in September, prompting their management to add dates.

Sure, they can sell out arenas in cities with large Asian-American populations, but are these pop sensations the harbinger of a larger Korean pop trend in the U.S.?

Not likely, says Amy He, editor in chief at the Manhattan-based Korean pop culture website Seoul Beats. “I think their following is a niche on this side of the globe. A lot of the Western press is saying K-pop is the biggest thing right now. I don’t think that’s true,” said He.

American fans first need to embrace more Asian-American artists, something they haven’t done yet, said He. “It’s not like there aren’t Asian-American artists out there. It’s more that we have to start with American acts like Far East Movement before we can accept K-pop,” she said.

One recent exception is the Korean artist Psy, who became a momentary household name last month when he had everyone from Britney Spears to the U.S. Navy mimicking his “Gangnam Style” dance moves. But Psy is an outlier, said He. “He’s not representative of the Korean pop market. He’s not boy or girl group material. He’s more subversive, cheeky and sarcastic,” she said.

K-pop is short for the genre of pop music churned out by the big three Korean record labels, which has been a cultural trend-setter in Asia. Teens from the Philippines to Taiwan pine after these well-coiffed boy and girl groups.

Breaking into the United States has not been as straightforward. Rain made it to People magazine’s Most Beautiful People list in 2007 and continues to tour here. Girl group 2EN1 is linked up with producer, and played the Prudential Center in August.

"A lot of the groups have tried to court the market here, but it’s a very expensive market. It’s not as guaranteed they can fill up a big arena," said He. In Asia, these acts are easier to market because of a common shared Asian culture. "A lot of these boy and girl groups represent an aspirational product. They represent a lifestyle, glamour and trendiness," she said.

He, who attended 2NE1’s August concert in Newark, said the crowd was about half Korean-American. “It was a pretty diverse crowd. Teens are finding them through social media and YouTube. But I don’t think it’s an overlap with the Justin Bieber crowd,” she said.

Among recent popular K-pop acts, Big Bang has the most Westernized sound. The quintet, whose members also have solo careers, mix hip-hop, R&B, rock and electronic styles and cite Wu-Tang Clan and Michael Jackson as musical influences.

For Stella Kim, who bought $325 VIP tickets to catch the Big Bang show in Newark on Friday, her love of Korean pop music didn’t start until college and has been a way to connect with her roots. “I grew up in a Caucasian neighborhood in Rockland County [Tappan, N.Y.]. My Korean was really bad in high school. I always wanted to be a part of Korean culture and didn’t know where to begin,” said the 24-year-old, now in Manhattan, who is a marketing manager for celebrity fragrance lines.

Kim, who is also a fan of Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and Eminem, said she loves Big Bang’s fashion, their genre-mixing sound and that they write some of their own songs. “Each one of them has their own unique characteristics. They work together so well, and all of them shine in their own light,” she said.

She’s betting that Big Bang is likely to make the biggest impact here. “I think a lot of Korean groups are trying to come into the American market,” she said. “I’m not saying this just as a fan, but [Big Bang’s] music and style has the most potential here.”

Note: Please be nice with comments everyone. This is one person’s opinion and that’s all. Please keep your comments polite. Thank you (~Kimmi/VIP4Daesung)


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Big Bang Alive Galaxy Tour 2012 in California Backstage Photos

Note: Some of these are from after the sound check, and some are from after the actual concert.

Source: @jessejostark, @flowsion, @jmkim0628, @iiinsta_tram

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Big Bang Alive Galaxy Tour 2012 in California Backstage Photos

Note: Some of these are from after the sound check, and some are from after the actual concert.

Source: @jessejostark, @flowsion, @jmkim0628, @iiinsta_tram

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Live Review: Big Bang draws throngs to impressive North American debut at Honda Center

Imagine a young group whose first-ever performance in North America plays out before a near-capacity crowd at Honda Center. That’s exactly the dream-gig scenario for Big Bang, a South Korean male quintet that thrilled an audience of mostly teen girls and twenty something fans Friday night in Anaheim.

Formed in 2006, the well-marketed troupe has been expanding its brand since returning from a two-year hiatus in 2011 intent on reaching audiences beyond its native land and Japan, where the singing and dancing K-Pop sensation has racked up plenty of hits both together and via solo projects. Now the group, the sole Asian ensemble to win the World Act prize at the MTV Europe Music Awards, is on its first world tour, visiting 25 cities in 16 countries, including China, Thailand and Indonesia, plus a stop at the U.K.’s Wembley Arena.

For just under 2½ hours Friday night, the guys in Big Bang – G-Dragon, T.O.P., Taeyang, Daesung and Seungri – plus a dozen supporting dancers and a seven-member backing band (sadly positioned high above the stage and difficult to see) delivered an energetic, bombastic performance that had fans on their feet all night, screaming and cheering for more. And when they exhausted their material, they simply performed several of the most popular songs (including “Bad Boy”) again.

Like a long line of boy bands before it – from the Osmonds in the early ’70s to Duran Duran in the ’80s and Big Time Rush and One Direction this decade – Big Bang provides its youthful audience with a lively concert experience, evidenced by obviously thrilled fans from all over Southern California and elsewhere. Faced with only these dates or another pair in New Jersey next week, some admirers traveled from Las Vegas, Denver and further away to snap photos, hold up handmade signs proclaiming their affection for a favorite member and generally clamor for their heroes at one of these two Anaheim shows.

Among the most appealing songs of the night were the spirited dance track “Fantastic Baby” (with its “dan dan dan dan dance” chorus), the R&B-flavored “Lies” and the infectious pop of “Monster,” which segued perfectly into the modern urban groove of “Feeling.” In addition to the members’ vocal talents, the production for this Alive Galaxy Tour 2012 – designed by Laurieann Gibson, who helped concoct Lady Gaga’s Monster’s Ball dazzler – showcased sharp choreography and special effects like pyrotechnics, large video screens embedded in the stage, and platforms that lifted or lowered the gang on cue, all of which added to the larger-than-life impact.

Granted, there was little in the way of originality in Big Bang’s performance. But the West Coast debut proved to be a fun, well-executed show sure to please patient American fans who had waited years to see them in the flesh. And seeing as both of these Honda Center shows attracted such massive audiences, the aptly named group could soon expand its reach to more stateside points.

The bigger question – whether the group will create a more sophisticated and significant role in the musical universe, as Duran Duran ultimately did – will have to wait.


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Taeyang’s Instagram Updates (12.11.05)



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Taeyang’s Instagram Updates (12.11.05)

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Taeyang’s Instagram Update (12.11.02)

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Taeyang’s Twitter Update with Daesung (12.11.01)

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G-Dragon’s Instagram Update (12.11.04)


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G-Dragon’s Instagram Updates (12.11.04)


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