BIGBANG is a five member male Kpop group formed under YG Entertainment. The group consists of members T.O.P, Taeyang, G-Dragon, Daesung, and Seungri, and debuted in August of 2006.
BIGBANG’s formation was documented on television prior to their debut. The group originally consisted of six members: the five listed above plus former BEAST member Jang Hyunseung. Hyunseung was dropped at the last minute and the group debuted with five members. BIGBANG hosted their official debut at Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Arena on August 19, 2006 and made their first broadcast appearance on September 23, 2006.
BIGBANG’s debut was met with moderate success, but it wasn’t until the 2007 release of their single “Lies” that the group really took off. The single became BIGBANG’s first #1 hit, and launched their careers as musicians. Their continued success that year culminated with awards for “Best Male Group” and “Song of the Year” awards at the Mnet Asian Music Awards, plus an “Artist of the Year” award at the Seoul Music Awards. The group ventured into Japan briefly before returning to Korean to release their third EP, Stand Up. The album produced yet another mega-hit for the group entitled “Haru Haru”. The song occupied the #1 spot on Korea’s charts for six weeks and the album surpassed 200,000 units in sales.
In 2009 and 2010 the group took some time to pursue solo endeavors as well as promote in Japan. After about two years of hiatus as a full group, BIGBANG returned with a new EP entitled Tonight in 2011. The album was well-received by fans and critics alike, and their 2012 album Alive was even more highly praised. Five of the songs took top 10 spots on Billboard’s Kpop’s Hot 100 chart, making the group the first to ever do so. BIGBANG released a Japanese version of the album which eventually went certified gold in Japan.
For the next three years BIGBANG focused on solo activities and promotions before coming back in 2015 with a series of single releases. Released consecutively each month, the album was released in four parts: “M”, “A”, “D”, and “E”. The unique release strategy paid off, with each of the double singles consistently taking the top two spots on Korea’s music charts every month. The combined sales of the four double singles exceeded 15 million by the end of the summer of 2015. The original game plan was for BIGBANG to release the full-length album MADE following the release of each of the singles. However, the album’s release was delayed indefinitely in order to give the group a break following four months of promotion and their “MADE World Tour”, the largest and most-attended tour in Kpop history.
BIGBANG celebrated their 10-year anniversary in 2016 with the release of a documentary following the group on their 2015 “MADE World Tour” and an anniversary concert in Seoul and Japan entitled “0 to 10”. The group is also currently hosting an exhibit in Seoul entitled “A to Z” showcasing the history of the group.