Stage Name: Taeyang (태양) Birth Name: Dong Young Bae (동영배) Birthday: May 18, 1988 Hometown: Gyeonggi, South Korea Nationality: Korean Debut: August 19, 2006 Position: Main vocalist
Taeyang is a main vocalist in the YG Entertainment Kpop group BIGBANG. Taeyang played the part of a mini Sean in Jinusean's music video for "A-yo", leading him to successfully audition for YG Entertainment afterward. Taeyang was initially put into a duo with G-Dragon, but the idea fell through and the two eventually debuted alongside Daesung, Seungri, and T.O.P as part of BIGBANG.
Following his August 2006 debut with BIGBANG, Taeyang made a name for himself as a solo artist. He released his first solo EP, Hot, in May 2008. Taeyang followed the EP with his first full-length album Solar in 2010. The album produced some of Taeyang's most well-known singles, including "Wedding Dress" and "I Need A Girl". The deluxe version of Solar sold out in less than a day and earned Taeyang a "Best Male Artist" award at the 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards.
For the next few years Taeyang focused on group promotions with BIGBANG before releasing his critically-acclaimed 2014 album Rise. The album contained three singles: "Ringa Linga", "Eyes, Nose, Lips", and "1AM". "Eyes, Nose, Lips" became a smash hit, remaining at the top of Korea's charts for some time. Taeyang followed the release with a world tour, visiting 9 countries and 16 cities. Then, in November of 2014, Taeyang teamed up with G-Dragon to release a single entitled "Good Boy", which was a commercial success as well.
In June of 2015 it was announced that Taeyang and actress Min Hyorin had been dating since 2013. The two are currently still together.
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