T.O.P’s Doom Dada unveiled at MAMA, joined by the rest of BIGBANG
T.O.P’s new song ‘Doom Dada’ finally rid its veil, and the comeback performance will be revealed at the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA).
According to Mnet on Nov 15, T.O.P’s release of the new song is the first in 3 years, and on Nov 22 in Hong Kong at 2013 MAMA, the performance to this song will be unveiled for the first time on television.
T.O.P’s performance of the new ‘Doom Dada’ is one that symbolizes the regression of contemporary pop culture, going way back to the evolution of the humanity. The song is a fruit borne in the midst of T.O.P’s extremely busy schedule with juggling both film and music. He has recently starred in the film ‘Commitment.’ He wrote the lyrics and co-composed the song, which means that the performance will be highly unique and fresh, with his undivided attention dedicated to the song.
T.O.P’s appearance is drawing more attention, as it is said that the rest of BIGBANG will be performing on stage with him.
Starting from SEUNGRI who successfully completed promotion of his first self-produced album, to G-DRAGON and recently returned TAEYANG and T.O.P, BIGBANG has created much hype in the music world this year with their active pursuit of musical careers.
CJ E&M’s producer Lee Sang Yoon, who is in charge of BIGBANG’s performance at the 2013 MAMA, told one press, “As if to prove that BIGBANG is a group that enjoys a global stardom, they have delivered remarkable performances at MAMA every year. To convey each member’s talents and the group’s dynamic power, the staff and the artists are working closely together to achieve the best outcome.”
Internet users who read the news on BIGBANG’s MAMA appearance commented, “T.O.P’s Doom Dada, so excited,” “Doom Dada is an awesome song. Can’t wait to see the performance,” “G-DRAGON, TAEYANG and SEUNGRI? I am so watching MAMA,” and “BIGBANG, show us your performance now!”
Meanwhile, BIGBANG’s T.O.P has topped major domestic music charts with ‘Doom Dada’ on Nov 15, his first solo song in 3 years
Taeyang returns to ‘Sketchbook’ in 3 years, fans wildly excited!
TAEYANG appeared on a music program called ‘Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook’
On Nov 12 at Seoul Yeouido’s KBS New Open Hall, TAEYANG took part in the filming of ‘Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook’ which will be aired through KBS 2TV.
This is TAEYANG’s first appearance in 3 years and 4 months. The last time he appeared on the show was with G-DRAGON, when he released his solo song ‘I Need A Girl’ in July 2010. G-DRAGON accompanied him because he featured in TAEYANG’s then newly released song.
At the filming site, TAEYANG showcased his latest song ‘Ringa Linga’ and the song that he performed on the exact stage 3 years and 4 months ago, ‘I Need A Girl.’ He unveiled a powerful performance for ‘Ringa Linga,’ while changing the mode to sing a gentle, mellow song in the latter one.
Personnel related to the broadcasting system extolled TAEYANG, “He excited the audience by showcasing a dynamic and mesmerizing performance. He also entertained the viewers with his witty words.”
‘Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook’ featuring TAEYANG will be aired on Nov 15 at 12:20 a.m.
MV of TAEYANG’s “RINGA LINGA” Records 3million Views +Dance Video 7million Views
The music video of “RINGA LINGA” by boy band BIG BANG’s TAEYANG has recorded 3 million views, while the song’s dance performance video which was released preliminarily has recorded 7 million views, proving TAEYANG’s high popularity both home and abroad.
According to world-wide video-streaming site YouTube, the dance performance video which was release on the 7 this month before the release of “RINGA LINGA”, recorded 7 million views within a week and the music video itself has reached 3 million views.
Notably, while the number of views of the dance performance video has been on the constant rise, it has also been drawing much popularity from fans around the world, based on compliment by YG Entertainment’s head Yang Hyun Suk.
There are as many as 30,000 and 20,000 replies posted toward TAEYANG’s music video and dance performance video respectively, and a significant number of them are written by overseas fans, which is an extraordinary event.
Before that, TAEYANG released “RINGA LINGA”, his first solo music in three years, on the 8 this month. The song has topped not only Korean real-time music charts but also iTunes charts of seven countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Macao.
“RINGA LINGA” is a hip-hop music with a rhythmical and powerful rap, plus a sophisticated melody line, which express TAEYANG’s unique vocal and hip-hop swag. TAEYANG’s 13-year-long friend G-DRAGON wrote the lyrics and co-composed the song with a foreign songwriter.
The choreography in the dance performance video whose number of views has reached 7 million is a product of Parris Goebel, the leader of Request Crew who has won the World Hip Hop Dance Championship, as well as a famous choreographer who has produced Jennifer Lopez’s “Dance Again World Tour”.
Big Bang’s Taeyang Plays ‘Tron’ in Blockbuster ‘Ringa Linga’ Video
South Korean star drops two new clips for first single in three years
K-pop singer Taeyang has returned with two music videos for "Ringa Linga," his first solo single in three years. Diverging from the R&B slow jams of 2010’s Solar, the Big Bang member angles toward hip-hop bravado on the just-released track — fitting since his bandmate G-Dragon has a co-writing credit here.
For the song’s visuals, the 25-year-old focuses less on his mic skills and more on his dance-floor prowess. The first of said clips catches Taeyang in a rehearsal space with his back-up dancers — as seen below, the short offers a (relatively) low-key glimpse at a highly choreographed routine.
The official video, meanwhile, chronicles a post-apocalyptic rave-up. Hit the play button above to see Taeyang teleport from a bombed-out street alley, to the top of a crane set against an orange sunset, to a futuristic truck-ish vehicle traveling through a Tron-style wormhole.
After watching those two clips, head over to iTunes to purchase “Ringa Linga,” which will appear on Taeyang’s upcoming second full-length, Rise.
Taeyang’s ‘Ringa Linga’ features in SPIN, “Post-apocalyptic rave-up”
America’s famous music magazine SPIN spotlighted BIGBANG’s TAEYANG (other members consist of G-DRAGON, DAESUNG, SEUNGRI and T.O.P), who released a song as a solo recently
SPIN, on its official webpage on Nov 11, introduced TAEYANG’s new music video of ‘Ringa Linga’ to the viewers. The article read, “K-pop singer TAEYANG has returned with two music videos for “Ringa Linga,” his first solo single in three years.”
The article also added, “his bandmate G-Dragon has a co-writing credit.” As the article showers TAEYANG’s dance performance video accompanied by the back-up dancers with spotlight, it writes, “The short offers a (relatively) low-key glimpse at a highly choreographed routine.”
The article describes the scenes from the music video, “The official video, meanwhile, chronicles a post-apocalyptic rave-up. Hit the play button above to see Taeyang teleport from a bombed-out street alley, to the top of a crane set against an orange sunset, to a futuristic truck-ish vehicle traveling through a Tron-style wormhole.”
The dance performance video of TAEYANG’s ‘Ringa Linga’ featuring America’s top 12 dancers attracted whopping 7 million viewers to his YouTube channel in just one week. The official music video that followed on Nov 9 is also heating up by raking in more than 3 million viewers.
TAEYANG is scheduled to hold a comeback performance on Mnet’s M Countdown on Nov 14.
Taeyang recently interviewed with OSEN in a cafe located in Hongdae and confessed, “I am negative about marriage for now. But if there is a woman who can shake my world, I will marry her even tomorrow.”
Taeyang explained, “I asked Shin Seung-hoon ‘Aren’t you going to marry?’ I believe that being an artist has nothing to do with marriage. And he answered similarly. I think it’s because I never found the apple of my eye. If I find my love who can shake my world, I will dare marry tomorrow. My first love was like that. I think it is hard for me to date because my first love was so strong.”
‣ Solo Comeback
Feelings about his comeback Taeyang: “I feel good. I worried about the delay of my album release. But after ‘Ringa Linga’ came out, I feel like I am almost there. It feels like the album will drop soon. I performed on Inkigayo after a long time so it was so fun for me. I was happy to meet my fans since it was recorded in advance.”
Reason behind the Korean element in the song Taeyang: “As it shows in the title, ‘Ringa Linga’ was inspired by a Korean children’s song. The concept ‘Lets dance together’ came out when G-Dragon and I were talking. It was mainly influenced by Big Bang’s world tour. When we were on tour, we became more interested in other countries’ culture. We started to think that Korea has its own distinct awesome coolness. We wanted to introduce those elements to foreigners.”
Confidence on his new album Taeyang: “I tried to expand my music spectrum. So I developed new feelings from past albums. If my previous albums were more consistent, now the album tracks all consist of various compositions.”
‣ Solo vs Group Promotions
How is promoting solo different from group promotions? Taeyang: “In the past, I thought I can do everything I couldn’t do as a group during my solo promotions. I saw my solo as my breakthrough. But as time went by, I learned how to express myself in a group. Group promotions are more fun. GD agreed. It is so hard to wait alone. If we wait together, time just flies by while we chat and play. I think this makes a synergy effect on stage.”
How do you distinguish yourself from Seungri and G-Dragon who also recently had solo promotions? Taeyang: Seungri and GD all have strong identities. It is how we have great synergy when all five of us are together. We are all different. I am strong at R&B hip-hop. I think I appeal to those who enjoy listening to R&B and hip-hop.”
Music fans are curious about Big Bang’s new unit that G-Dragon mentioned. What do you think about a G-Dragon and Taeyang unit? Taeyang: “My guess is it will be awesome if it happens. I think there are lots of things we can do. We have the same code— different but similar. I think these characteristics can create great energy. We’ve known each other for so long, so now we understand each other even without saying anything. It will be a special gift for our fans.”
Taeyang also hinted about Daesung’s solo album plans, “Daesung seems to be preparing his own album. He is likely to release his album next year. Daesung only released his album in Japan, so I think he will have a solo comeback about next year.”
‣ Reason to do music, found while traveling
Taeyang: “I started traveling to meet new people. Not women (laughs). Repeatedly meeting new people and creating music while traveling prepared me for my album. I just felt happy finding and listening to good music. In the past, I was too busy to enjoy the music. Through traveling, I found so many people planting great music throughout the world. I was just happy to listen to such good music and that was the reason for me to do music.
Every artist aims to play public-friendly music without losing their musicianship. That is my ultimate goal. My album may receive bitter and favorable comments, but I personally like my album. I poured in my everything which is why it links my past and future. I believe this album was necessary for Taeyang’s career in the long run.”
“He’s a dancer that knows how to play with the rhythm.”
This is what Park Jin Young of JYP Entertainment said about Taeyang who is signed under YG Entertainment, one of his rival companies. Taeyang, who displayed his devotion to R&B, went under a transformation and has returned with a hip-hop track, “Ringa Linga.” He demonstrates his talent as a dancer when he performs on stage. His powerful choreography and disciplined movements seize the stage. He possesses something that can’t be attained from practice; he has ‘soul.’
The dance video to “Ringa Linga”, which was revealed prior to the release of his single, is receiving a good response. Taeyang flew to L.A. to record the video with 12 of the best dancers in the U.S. More surprising thing is that Taeyang stands out within the group. The video was so hot that Rihanna began following him on Instagram. On November 11, Taeyang had an interview session with Ilgan Sports at a café in Hongdae, Seoul. He did not cover up his anticipation for his new album. “I made the kind of music I wanted to do the most. I want to perform on stage. I would perform standing on top of a box if I had to.” Taeyang plans to release his complete album after releasing his singles.
You came out with a hip-hop track “Ringa Linga” rather than an R&B track. Why hip-hop? “It’s the type of music I’m into right now. I showed a lot of my emotional side before, but my original dream was to become a rapper. Hip-hop is what I like most and what I am best at right now.”
Could it be the influence of G-Dragon who wrote and composed the song? “I was working on the song and Jiyong (G-Dragon) made the chorus in minutes after listening to it. I liked it a lot, so I thought it would be better to let him take charge of the whole song. We finished the recording in one day. Teddy hyung and Jiyong know best about the color and the range of my voice. They make songs that are easy for me to sing.”
The dance video is creating a buzz aside from the music video. What lead you to making it? “There’s an American dancer named Parris Goebel. I fell in love with her style after watching her videos. I showed this to [Yang] Hyun Suk hyung, and he said, ‘I’ll give you three days. Go to America, learn for a day, film for a day, and come back.’ I went to the U.S. right after filming the music video.”
The chorus to “Ringa Linga” sounds very fun. Where did the inspiration come from? “It was Jiyong’s idea. It came from a Korean children’s song ‘Round and Round.’ Both Teddy hyung and Jiyong think of ways to make the songs catchy.”
Your second album is going to release soon. Can you tell us about it? “I prepared for this album for three years. I included songs I made over the time period, so the tracks are diverse. R&B and hip-hop are a given, but there is also electronic, ballad, and rock. It was difficult because it took so long to finish. Sometimes, I just wanted to hurry up and release it. It was difficult for me to hold in my urge to perform on stage. I couldn’t do anything because I didn’t know when my album was coming out. I wanted to meet girls and travel, but I felt uncomfortable about doing anything. I want to release it quickly and do something else.”
Why was it delayed? “I got greedy. It’s hard for me to accept it when someone else doesn’t like something I like. I feel the same way even if it involves the boss [Yang Hyun Suk]. I waited until the boss liked my music. I made him listen to my music until he liked it.”
Did you feel resentment towards him? “If he said ‘No’ I would have started over from scratch, but I was disappointed because my schedule kept being pushed back. But when I look back now, I’m thankful for the outcome. It was actually my selfishness that led to the delay. The boss took in all of this and allowed me to release my album.”
You expressed your respect towards sunbae Cho Yong Pil many times. How has he been your role model? “I realized what kind of singer I want to become after seeing his comeback. He is the example of the life I want to live. I watched a documentary on him. He doesn’t like to be called “The King.” He said he doesn’t want to be trapped in the image people see him as. He also said the reason why he doesn’t appear on music shows is due to his philosophy that ‘An ideal meeting between a singer and fans is through concerts.’ I believe these are the traits of being a true singer.”
You accompanied G-Dragon on his solo world tour. Do you also want to do it? “I want to perform whatever the formality. It doesn’t have to be big. I would perform standing on top of a box of I had to.”
You seem to have a model student image among the members of Big Bang. Is this true? “Not really. Actually, I probably have more rebellious thoughts than any of the other members. But I don’t want to cause harm to my group members or the people around me, so I try my best. I don’t have an outgoing personality, and maybe that’s why I seem more well-behaved than I really am.”
YG is going to debut is new boy group. How do you feel about it? “As I was observing WINNER, I thought about how difficult and desperate they must have felt. Although on the show I was the one giving them tips on how to sing and dance, I learned a lot. It made me think about how I was when I was a trainee. I want them to do well because they will be following in our footsteps.”
How is Big Bang’s comeback coming along? “We’re in the stages of recording. I think we should be releasing a single by the end of the year. We are shooting for a new album for next summer or fall. We’re going to release something one way or another within the next year.”
What does Big Bang mean to Taeyang? “I think Big Bang is a tree and I’m one of its branches. Big Bang is my roots. I’m prepared to do anything for Big Bang. There were many incidents and happenings involving Big Bang, but whenever something happened, I realized I could do anything for my group members.”
It’s been eight year since your debut. What is your goal? “I stopped setting a specific goal after seven years. I think I should be devoted to what I am doing now. If doing something I like and doing something I think is cool are considered goals, then they’re my goals. I have conviction about how I should live as a singer, but I still need to work on how I’m going to inspire people through my music. It makes me happy to be worrying about these things.”
You’ve never dated? “I think it’s becoming more and more difficult for me to meet someone I really like the more time passes. I have been on dates before, but I can’t say I’ve had a real relationship. What I really want to do right now is fall in love. I think love is something I need at this stage of my life.”
You’ve received criticism about your flashy hairstyle. What can you say about it? “I used to get my inspiration from the African natives from watching shows like ‘Law of the Jungle’ or ‘Tears of Africa.’ I even tried styling my hair after a cow or a scorpion. My thoughts on style have changed now, so I’m going to try hairstyles people will understand.”
What is your opinion on the on-going arguments relating to plagiarism in K-Pop? “I get inspiration from seeing different things and listening to different kinds of music. However, the important thing is the intention. Rather than making it sound the same, I think it’s important to listen to the type of music I like as much as I want and then create something new through completely absorbing it.”
Big Bang’s Taeyang, Frank and Simple Based on Musical Pride… “RINGA LINGA”
World-popular boy band BIGBANG’s member TAEYANG (25, birth name Dong Young Bae) is a competent idol star.
He started performing as a solo singer with his first mini alum “Only Look At Me” in 2008, and in 2009, he received prizes for the best R&B soul album and best song, at the 6th Korea Music Awards, where “best musicians” are selected.
His first full solo album “Solar” in 2010 was also well received. He was even selected as the one with the biggest potential among idol stars, in a newspaper’s survey on 20 experts.
Consequently, TAEYANG’s new solo music “RINGA LINGA”, which was released on the 8, three years after the first full solo album, has come under the spotlight. The song lived up to the high expectation, being ranked in the No.1 places in the real-time charts of major music-streaming sites such as Olleh and Naver Music. It also topped the iTunes charts of five countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Macao, not only on the release date.
“RINGA LINGA” was composed by TAEYANG’s 13-year-long friend G-DRAGON (25), who is another member of BIGBANG, jointly with a foreign songwriter. It is a hip-hop music with a rhythmical and strong rap, as well as a sophisticated melody line, which expresses TAEYANG’s flagship vocal and feels his hip-hop swag at the same time. Its straightforward and provocative lyrics are impressive.
The song has rather an unfamiliar style that cannot be usually seen from TAEYANG, who has presented mostly R&B music for his solo performance.
Notably, he is recognized as the best in expressing African-American music, among not only idol singers but also all Korean singers. He gave the opening performance for American R&B singer Alicia Keys (32)’s concert in Korea in 2008 and performed as a guest artist for American singer-songwriter Brian McNight (44)’s concert in Korea in 2010.
“RINGA LINGA” is away from the melodic and emotional code which could be seen from my previous songs. I wanted to show a different feel. I made efforts to newly develop the feels that I used for the prior album and to widen my musical spectrum.”
“RINGA LINGA” is the starting point for TAEYANG’s second full solo album which will be released in early 2014. “If my previous albums had only one color, the new album will be colorful, made up of different elements. In the album, my color becomes exquisite.”
The title “RINGA LINGA” came from the lyrics of a children’s song, “RINGA LINGA”. “Just like the children’s song RINGA LINGA, my song is about inviting all people to dance together. Its rhythm is exotic, but the melody and lyrics have a strong Korean feel. I believe Korean things are nice. I thought Korea’s own traditions like twirling a sangmo are cool and nice.”
Before TAEYANG, other BIG BANG members SEUNGRI (23) and G-DRAGON (25, birth name Gwon Ji Yong) performed as solo artists, too.
“SEUNGRI, Ji Yong, and I alike have distinct individualities and characters. It is the same for DAESUNG and T.O.P., too. So, when all the five members come together, a synergy effect is created, I think. I have the strongest color for R&B and hip-hop. That is why people who like my albums usually listen to African-American music and hip-hop.”
However, TAEYANG likes all genres of music. “I personally like African-American music, but I also listen to a pop and rock a lot. The genre of music is not all when I like it. It’s about the style, atmosphere, and feel. I like extensive sound, something like Cold Play. I did not confine myself to a certain genre when I was working on my second album. So far, I worked on the songs with the feel I like, even though their genre is different from what I’ve done so far. So, you will be able to feel a variety of genres in my new album.”
TAEYANG is also a talented dancer and he did his best for the choreography of the new song. The choreographer is Parris Goebel, the leader of “Request Crew”, a dance crew who has won the World Hip Hop Dance Championship. In the past, TAEYANG’s dance movements were closely linked to the song’s melody and lyrics, but the dance for the new song feels freer and more hip-hop.
TAEYANG has sung songs written mostly by G-DRAGON. Some say that “RINGA LINGA” feels more like G-DRAGON, rather than TAEYANG’s existing color. “Ji Yong has been producing all the music of BIGBANG so far. I just expressed my part in my own style, so that was not a different work. However, I understand that fans who like the soul of my previous songs are somewhat surprised. But, personally, I wanted that this album could inspire more people than just my existing fans.”
That is because TAEYANG’s goal is to show an improved capability as an artist. “Ji Yong has the popular code and that’s his advantage. I tried to accept such advantage. Now only one song has been released and I think the response to my album will be different when people listen to all the songs in the new album.”
The experience from numerous trips for the past three years echo in TAEYANG’s new album. “The reason why I took so many trips was to build relationships with more musicians. It was fun to meet producers who I have always wanted to meet and produce an album with them.”
Another reason is because he has been working so hard without a break, since he made debut as a member of BIGBANG in 2006. “One day, I felt that I was forgetting how to enjoy music. I came to enjoy music again through those trips. I realized that being with a good music itself makes me happy.In the past, I couldn’t listen to music much, because I was too busy. While I was traveling, I listened to music as much as I wanted and came to know that there is so much good music in the world.”
TAEYANG is one of the few idol stars who let off a sex appeal only with his/her own music. His solo concert in 2010 had two different versions, adults only and G-rated, and in the former version of the concert, he staged sex-appealing performance. “I tend to like music with sex-appealing code. So I think my performance has such a feel. I also like primitive and powerful choreography. I’m not doing it deliberately. Haha.”
Even though he is performing alone after a long break, he seems to be more care-free. “Previously, solo performance was an outlet through which I could express myself, but as time went by, I came to feel more fun in performing as BIGBANG. Ji Yong feels that way, too. When I’m alone, it’s hard to endure the waiting time. When all the five members are together, time flies as we talk and make jokes. After laughing with the other members like that, I have greater energy on the stage, too.”
TAEYANG, a young man, seems to care more about his music than to relationship. “I had an in-depth conversation with senior singer Shin Seung Hoon as I encountered him at hair salon about four months ago. Fortunately, he liked me. I asked him if he was married and he gave the answer that was similar to my thoughts. At that time, I was thinking that a life as an artist cannot go with a married life.Shin’s answer was similar to that thought. Frankly, I’m not that favorable to marriage. But it will be different if I fall in love. Haha.”
As he is well-received as a solo artist, he may feel pressure about the success of his second full solo album. “Frankly speaking, I want to be evaluated as what I am now. If I try to improve continuously, I can’t make a new album. I thought that expressing who I am frankly was the right way.”
The new album is the one he “personally really likes”. “I feel very much fulfilled about this album. I even don’t care even if it doesn’t receive a good response. I put the music which I can do now into the album.I present a new TAEYANG in the album, but you can also see original TAEYANG, too. I hope my fans also feel that this album is necessary when my singing career is seen from a bigger picture.”
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