Alive (EP)

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This article is about the Korean EP. For the Japanese album of same name, see Alive (Big Bang album).
Alive
EP by Big Bang
Released February 29, 2012 (2012-02-29)
Recorded 2011 - 2012
Genre K-pop, dance-pop, electropop, hip hop
Length 23:41
Label YG Entertainment
Producer G-Dragon, Teddy
Big Bang chronology
The Best of Big Bang
(2011)
Alive
(2012)
Alive (Japanese)
(2012)
Singles from Alive
  1. "Blue"
    Released: February 22, 2012 (2012-02-22)
  2. "Bad Boy"
    Released: February 29, 2012 (2012-02-29)
  3. "Fantastic Baby"
    Released: March 7, 2012 (2012-03-07)
Singles from Still Alive
  1. "Monster"
    Released: June 3, 2012 (2012-06-03)

Alive is the fifth extended play by South Korean group Big Bang. It was released on February 29, 2012 by the group's record label, YG Entertainment. G-Dragon, the leader of Big Bang, was credited with writing the lyrics and composing all songs. Furthermore, T.O.P penned additional rap for all songs, excluding the intro and Daesung's solo, Wings.[1]

The first single, Blue was released a week prior to the release of the full EP, on February 21, 2012. It garnered an extremely positive response, acquiring a "perfect all-kill" among domestic music charts such as MelOn, Naver and Nate in less than an hour of its release.[2] Blue also charted internationally, topping the US Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 charts during the week.[3]

The songs, Blue and Fantastic Baby, became chart toppers both in South Korea and internationally, including Gaon and Billboard's K-Pop Hot 100 charts. All tracks, including the intro, Alive, charted on online charts such as MelOn, Bugs, Mnet and more, whilst lead single, Blue, retained its number one position on many charts.[4] Internationally, Alive took five positions of the top ten in the Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 charts.[3] Furthermore, it was also the first Korean album to be charted on the Billboard 200 and held the record for being the best selling K-Pop album on the charts, selling 4,100+ copies in its first week (although the record has since been beaten by 2NE1's album Crush, which sold 5,000+ copies in its first week).[5][6]

As of March 2013, the standard and special edition versions of Alive have sold a combined total of 425,000 copies in South Korea alone.[7]

Background[edit]

Starting from January 20, 2012, YG Entertainment began releasing information regarding Big Bang's comeback and new mini-album through various teasers posted on YG-Life's official blog.[8] On January 24, a teaser hinting the significance of the word 'Alive' was released,[9] though it was not known at the time whether it would be the title of the lead track or album. From the 27th to the 1st of February, titles of tracks from the album were released in sets, where it was also confirmed that the EP would be titled Alive.[1] On February 1, 2012, YG-Life revealed the album's full tracklist and release date, which was scheduled to be February 29, 2012.[1]

The EP was released in six different versions and includes seven tracks, including a solo song performed by Daesung, titled Wings.[1] A different version was released for each member and one for the group.[10]

Promotion and release[edit]

The group has also announced on their official Facebook page that they would be promoting up to six of the tracks from the album by performing them live on music programs on separate cycles.[11]

On February 5, the first teaser featuring T.O.P was unveiled for the track Fantastic Baby.[12] He was dressed in steampunk styled, spiked leather clothes, while using an oxygen mask to cover part of his face. On February 13, the second teaser photo for another track, Wings, was released, featuring Daesung.[13] Daesung revealed his newly dyed blonde hair, sported a printed suit with an oxygen mask covering part of his face. On the following day, the third teaser photo was revealed for Love Dust, featuring Taeyang.[14] Taeyang showed off a tattoo on his chest, while his face was covered by an oxygen mask. On the 15th, another teaser photo was released for Bad Boy, featuring Seungri,[15] however the oxygen mask was not included in this photo. In contrast, a gurney could be seen in the background where Seungri was exposing his abs. Finally, on the 16th G-Dragon's photo was released promoting Blue.[16] He posed with ice on his hair and face.

Blue was released on February 22, 2012 as the album's first lead single.[17] In less than an hour of its release, it achieved an "perfect all-kill" on all music charts, coming in #1 on charts like MelOn, Naver and Nate.[2] On YouTube, its music video achieved over 2 million views within 24 hours. Promotions for the album began on March 11, 2012, on SBS's Inkigayo.[18]

Big Bang released previews of their upcoming title tracks on YouTube every day at 12:00AM KST from the 23rd to the 28th.[19]

When Alive was released in iTunes, it charted at no. 3 in the US and no. 7 in Canada.[citation needed]

Big Bang announced their first world tour, Big Bang Alive World Tour, organized by Live Nation, to be held in 25 cities in 16 countries.[20] It kicked off on March 2 in Seoul's Olympic Park Gymnastic Stadium.[21]

On March 6, 2012, Bigbang released two Japanese promotional videos for their singles Blue and Bad Boy together with the Japanese version of their fifth mini-album.[22] The release of the Japanese version marks the second studio album of the group to be released in Japan.

On March 9, 2012, it was revealed that Big Bang obtained 5 spots out of top 10 spots in Billboard K-Pop's Hot 100 with Blue, Bad Boy, Fantastic Baby, Ain't No Fun, and Love Dust. They also charted no. 4 on the Heatseekers Albums chart, no. 22 on Independent Albums chart, and no. 4 on the World Albums chart.[23]

Composition[edit]

The music on this album as mostly composed of those part of the YG family and company. Teddy Park and G-Dragon produced the majority of the music for this album with the help of other producers such as Dj Murf and Peejay. G-Dragon wrote the majority of the songs on this album with the help of T.O.P, and Teddy Park. The types of songs on this album have a wide range consisting of everything from catchy electronic ballad (Blue) and strong hip house sound (Fantastic Baby) to the much more urban-hip hop (Bad Boy).[24]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. "Intro (Alive)" (Intro) G-Dragon, Teddy, T.O.P Dee.P, G-Dragon, Teddy Dee.P 0:48
2. "Blue"   G-Dragon, Teddy, T.O.P Teddy, G-Dragon Teddy 3:53
3. "Love Dust" (사랑먼지; Sarangmeonji) G-Dragon, Teddy, T.O.P G-Dragon, Teddy Teddy 3:52
4. "Bad Boy"   G-Dragon, T.O.P G-Dragon, Choice 37 Choice 37 3:57
5. "Ain't No Fun" (재미없어; Jaemieobseo) G-Dragon, T.O.P G-Dragon, DJ Murf, Peejay DJ Murf, Peejay 3:42
6. "Fantastic Baby"   G-Dragon, T.O.P Teddy, G-Dragon Teddy 3:51
7. "Wings" (날개; Nalgae) (Daesung solo) G-Dragon, Daesung G-Dragon, Choi Pil Kang Choi Pil Kang 3:43
Total length:
23:41
  • An "Alive Digital Booklet" was included with the album when bought in a single transaction on iTunes.
Still Alive – Special Edition tracklist[25]
No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. "Still Alive"   G-Dragon, Teddy, T.O.P Dee.P, G-Dragon, Teddy Dee.P 3:18
2. "Monster"   G-Dragon, T.O.P G-Dragon, Choi Pil Kang Choi Pil Kang, Dee.P 3:51
3. "Feeling" (Korean version) G-Dragon, T.O.P Boys Noize, G-Dragon, T.O.P Boys Noize 3:35
4. "Fantastic Baby"   G-Dragon, T.O.P Teddy, G-Dragon Teddy 3:52
5. "Bad Boy"   G-Dragon, T.O.P G-Dragon, Choice 37 Choice 37 3:58
6. "Blue"   G-Dragon, Teddy, T.O.P Teddy, G-Dragon Teddy 3:55
7. "Round and Round" (빙글빙글; Binggeul Binggeul) G-Dragon, T.O.P Teddy, G-Dragon, Seo Won Jin Teddy, Seo Won Jin 3:00
8. "Ego" (Korean version) G-Dragon, T.O.P G-Dragon, Ham Seung Cheon, Kang Wook Jin Ham Seung Cheon, Kang Wook Jin 3:25
9. "Love Dust" (사랑먼지; Sarangmeonji) G-Dragon, Teddy, T.O.P G-Dragon, Teddy Teddy 3:51
Total length:
32:45
  • Track 11 is only included when the full album is purchased in a single transaction on iTunes. A "Still Alive Digital Booklet" is also included in the purchase.

Charts[edit]

Album chart[edit]

Sales[edit]

Singles chart[edit]

Other songs charted[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label(s) Format
South Korea February 29, 2012 YG Entertainment Digital download, CD
Worldwide Digital download
Taiwan March 27, 2012 Warner Music Taiwan CD
South Korea June 3, 2012 (Still Alive) YG Entertainment Digital download
Worldwide
South Korea June 6, 2012 (Still Alive) CD
Taiwan June 29, 2012 (Still Alive) Warner Music Taiwan

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