There is no doubt that KPOP is already all over the world. It may just be starting to get recognition but we all know that some KPOP artists have already started to gain worldwide fame, paving the way for the future generation idols. And, I think that we can all agree that one of the biggest groups that have made a name in the international scene and has brought KPOP to where it is now is Big Bang.
Let’s not be hypocritical here. Every KPOP fan knows who Big Bang is. Even those that just heard about KPOP have heard about Big Bang. Their songs are everywhere. I think I may have even heard of “Fantastic Baby” played in a famous movie trailer back then.
So, who is Big Bang and why are they famous?
Big Bang Members’ Profiles
Name: Kwon Jiyong
Birthday: August 18, 1988
Position: Leader, Main Rapper, Vocalist, Face of the Group
G-Dragon’s career goes way back when he was still a kid. At 7, he was a member of “Little Roora”. A year after, he signed with SM Entertainment to become a trainee. Then, four years later, he transferred to YG and trained with Taeyang.
Originally, they were supposed to debut as a hip-hop duo, GDYB, after preparing for six years. But, the plan changed and three more members were added. In 2009, G-Dragon made his solo debut and released the album “Heartbreaker”.
It was also around this time that fans started shipping him with 2NE1’s Dara. People started noticing their closeness and wishing that the two would consider being in a relationship. Thus, fans started calling the two’s pairing as “DaraGon”.
Name: Choi Seunghyun
Birthday: November 4, 1987
Position: Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Visual
Only the truest fans know that T.O.P is actually G-Dragon’s childhood friend. Isn’t it cute? Two childhood friends dreaming of making it big together and then achieving that dream together. Another famous story about T.O.P is his weight loss.
When he auditioned to become a trainee in YG, the company rejected him because they said he was too overweight to become an idol. Instead of moping around, he went home and worked hard in losing weight. He was able to shave off 20 kilograms in just 40 days! T.O.P has also appeared in many Korean dramas as an actor.
T.O.P. is currently serving in the military together with the other members of the group except for Seungri. He is expected to be discharged in May of 2019.
Name: Dong Youngbae
Birthday: May 18, 1988
Position: Main Vocalist, Main Dancer
As I have mentioned earlier, Taeyang is one of the original members of Big Bang. Not that Big Bang had to change lineups but He, along with G-Dragon, were the first members set to debut. I don’t know if you know this but he just had his first kiss while he was filming the music video for his solo debut single “My Girl”.
He was also said to have gone on a blind date with SNSD’s Yuri. They did not end up as a couple but remained friends. In 2013, started dating actress Min Hyorin and the two eventually got married in February 2018, just a month before Taeyang is set to enlist in the military.
Name: Kang Daesung
Birthday: April 26, 1989
Position: Lead Vocalist
Every KPOP group will always have that one member who they send out for variety shows because of their hilarious personalities. Daesung is that member from Big Bang. The first time I saw Daesung was when he became a part of the variety show “Family Outing”.
It was the hit show before Running Man started and Daesung was as hilarious as he could get. However, there was a tragedy that happened in 2011 that brought sadness over Daesung. He was driving his way to his parents’ house when he noticed a taxi pulling over. He went to stop to see what was going on and in doing so, he ran over a man that was lying on the road from a previous accident.
It was such an emotionally-exhausting situation that Daesung decided to take a break from his career. Daesung is the fourth member of the group to be enlisted in the military. He is expected to be discharged in November 2019.
Name: Lee Seunghyun
Birthday: December 12, 1990
Position: Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Maknae
As of this writing, Seungri is the remaining active member of Big Bang while his “hyungs” are serving the military. He is another hilarious member of the group and always makes people laugh with his jokes and punchlines.
His most well-known nickname is “Panda” and this is because of his visible dark eye circles. Seungri is the member that I like the most. He has a very blunt attitude and he’s overly confident. I admire idols who are not afraid to show who they really are. It makes me feel that I can trust the person because he isn’t lying about his attitude.
Why is Big Bang Famous?
Now that we got to know the five members of Big Bang, let us discuss what makes them famous.
I think the very major factor that makes Big Bang the “Kings of KPOP” is their attitude toward their music style. They are known to be very blunt about experimenting with their music. They have released almost a hundred songs in various genres, with different concepts, and in varying styles.
While this may seem like the group is not focused, this actually gives more room for them to tap into different audience groups.
Big Bang also takes pride in the fact that they were one of the first KPOP groups who writes and participates in their songs. People are not contented with just the idol’s ability to sing and dance well. They want to see what more can an idol do.
So, Big Bang showed what fans really want. They composed their breakthrough singles like “Lies, “Last Farewell”, and “Day by Day”. “Day by Day” is my favorite Big Bang song. It’s a soft pop song that involves a fast beat but with softer instrumental sounds. The lyrics of the song is also so relatable that I find myself staring at a blank space just thinking about what the song really means.
Always gives their best in performance
Another reason why Big Bang is a famous act is the fact that they put everything that they can in every performance that they do. They do not just sing or dance or stand on stage. They make full productions when they perform and they always make sure that their stage is unique and their fans will get to enjoy it as much as they do.
Lastly, they are literally the idols of the idols. A lot of the newer KPOP groups look up to Big Bang as inspirations. Being an icon that junior artists look up to is not easy to do. But, they managed to do it and they are now continuing the legacy that they set on the KPOP industry.
They might not be active now because of their citizen duties but we all know that once they come together again and release a new single, it will surely make a lot of impact in the industry.