|Birth name||Dong Young-bae (동영배)|
|Also known as||Taeyang, Sol, YB , Taekwon|
18 May 1988 |
Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
|Genres||K-pop, hip hop, R&B|
|Occupations||Singer, dancer, model|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, Guitar, Drums|
|Labels||YG Entertainment (South Korea)
|Associated acts||Big Bang|
|Revised Romanization||Dong Yeong-bae|
Dong Young-bae (Korean: 동영배; born 18 May 1988), better known by his stage name Taeyang (Hangul: 태양, Hanja: 太陽, meaning Sun) or Sol, is a South Korean singer, dancer, recording artist, model and actor. After appearing in Jinusean's music video "A-yo", Taeyang began training under YG Entertainment at the age of 12 alongside fellow member and leader G-Dragon. After six years of vocal and dance training, he made his debut in 2006 as a member of popular Korean boy band, Big Bang.
- 1 Career
- 2 Discography
- 3 Solo Concert Tour
- 4 Charted Songs
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Solo Awards
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
2000—2008: Early beginnings and debut with Big Bang
Taeyang's first appearance in the entertainment industry was with Maddie in the hip-hop group Jinusean's music video "A-yo". The collaboration eventually lead him to successfully auditioning into the group's record label YG Entertainment, where he met fellow trainee G-Dragon and former trainee (now a member of 2PM) Jun. K. G-dragon and him were later coined as GDYB. In 2003, Taeyang provided the rap verse in singer Wheesung's single "Player" on the latter's second album.
Although Taeyang was scheduled to debut alongside G-Dragon as the duo GDYB, the plan was scrapped by their record label. Instead, they were joined by four other trainees (T.O.P., Daesung, Seungri, and Hyun Seung) to form the group Big Bang. The group's formation was documented on television as a documentary. Before their official debut, however, Hyun Seung was dropped and their final lineup consisted of five members. Choosing the stage-name Taeyang (Korean: 태양, meaning sun), Taeyang abandoned the idea of rapping to focus on singing. Their first album, Since 2007, was a fair success, and included Taeyang's first solo song "Ma Girl." The group achieved mainstream success with the release of the song "Lies" (Korean: 거짓말; Revised Romanization: Geojitmal) from their 2007 mini-album Always, which topped several charts upon its release. The singles, "Last Farewell" (Korean: 마지막 인사; Revised Romanization: Majimak Insa) from the mini-album Hot Issue and "Day by Day" (Korean: 하루하루; Revised Romanization: Haru Haru) from Stand Up, became chart-toppers as well.
2008—2010: Solo career establishment
After contributing to singer Lexy's album, Taeyang was scheduled to release a solo album. Initially scheduled for a September release, the project was pushed back due to conflicting schedules with his group. Taeyang released his debut mini-album Hot on 22 May 2008, backed by a production team that included 1TYM's Teddy Park, Yang Hyun Suk, Kush, and his fellow member G-Dragon.[nb 1] Moving beyond the hip-hop genre of Big Bang, Taeyang incorporated mainly R&B songs into his album, stating that it was his "main focus". He expressed disappointment with the album, however, admitting that he did not write any of the songs. He later stated that he would do so in the future to fully express and incorporate his thoughts and ideas into his music.
The first single released was "Only Look at Me" (Korean: 나만 바라봐), an R&B song written by Teddy and Kush. He had won critical acclaim for the song. G-Dragon later recorded a "Part Two" version to the song. The second single was "Prayer (Korean: 기도)" which featured Teddy of 1TYM. Promotional videos were shot for both. In support of his album, he also staged his first solo concert, Hot. Later on, Taeyang received two awards from the 7th Korean Music Awards: Best R&B/Soul Song for "Only Look At Me" and Best R&B/Soul Album. Taeyang is the first "Idol group" or boyband member to receive such awards.
Throughout the majority of 2009, Taeyang contributed to his group's activities, recording the song "Lollipop" with his group and labelmate 2NE1. He later flew to Japan to promote the group's Japanese albums. After Big Bang's activities have ended, he went back to the studio to prepare for his next solo activities. Taeyang released his first digital single "Where U At", followed by another digital single, "Wedding Dress". Promotional videos were filmed for both "Where U At" and "Wedding Dress." "Wedding Dress" was voted No. 3 on an online poll for a Dutch radio station.
Taeyang's first full-length album Solar was released on 1 July 2010. Two versions of this album – the "Regular Edition" and the "Deluxe Edition" – was released. The regular edition contained 11 songs, while the deluxe edition limited to 30,000 copies had 12 songs, including "Only Look at Me" and "Prayer" from Hot. On the first day Taeyang's solo album "Solar" released, 1 July, deluxe edition of the album had sold out its 30,000 circulated copies. The album was later released on iTunes, charting at the number-two spot on the iTunes' Top R&B-Soul albums chart in the United States and number-one in Canada's, making him the first Asian musician to do so. Two singles were released for promotions: "I Need A Girl" featuring bandmate G-Dragon and Sandara Park, and "I'll Be There." At the end of 2010, I Need A Girl (4 Weeks) I'll Be There (1 Weeks) Only Look at Me (3 Weeks) Korean Song Music Chart's Win. Taeyang won the "Best Male Artist" award at the 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards at the end of the year and the Seoul Music Awards Best Male Artist award.
Taeyang's new single "Ringa Linga" was released on 9 November 2013.
Taeyang's new song "Ringa Linga" has topped 5 countries iTunes charts, in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Macao along with topping 7 music charts in Korea.
- Hot (2008)
- Ma Girl (2006)
- Prayer (2008)
- Only Look at Me (2008)
- Where U At (2009)
- Wedding Dress (2009)
- I Need A Girl (2010)
- I'll Be There (2010)
- Ringa Linga (2013)
- Hot Live Concert Tour DVD (2008)
- Solar Live Concert Tour DVD (2010)
Solo Concert Tour
- Hot Concert Tour (2008)
- Solar Concert Tour (2010)
|2006||"My Girl" (Taeyang solo)||12||Since 2007|
|2008||"Prayer" (feat. Teddy) ("기도," Gido)||3||Hot|
|"Look Only at Me" ("나만 바라봐," Naman barabwa)||1|
|"Ma Girl" (Japanese version) (Taeyang solo)||14||With U|
|2009||"Where U At"||3||Solar|
|"Wedding Dress" ("웨딩드레스," Wedingdeureseu)||1|
|2010||"I Need a Girl" (feat. G-Dragon )||1|
|"I'll Be There"||1||Solar International|
Music Chart Wins
- Music Bank
|2008||7 July||"Only Look at Me"|
|2010||16 July||"I Need A Girl"|
|2008||6 July||"Only Look at Me"|
|2010||18 July||"I Need A Girl" ft. G-Dragon|
|2013||24 November||"Ringa Linga"|
- M! Countdown
|2008||19 June||"Only Look at Me"|
|2010||8 July||"I Need A Girl" ft. G-Dragon|
|2 September||"I'll Be There"|
Featured & Collaboration singles
|Year||Title||Peak positions||Peak positions||Album|
|2002||"Unfold at a Higher Place" (GDYB)||—||—||YG Family 2nd Album (Why Be Normal?)|
|2002||"Everybody Get Down" (SWI.T Ft. Taeyang)||—||—|
|2003||"Player" (Wheesung Ft. Taeyang)||—||—||It's Real|
|2006||"Run" (Se7en Ft. Taeyang)||—||—||24/7|
|2006||"Give Me Permission" (Se7en Ft. Taeyang)||—||—||Se7olution|
|2007||"Get Up" (Lexy Ft. Taeyang)||—||—||Rush|
|"Rush" (Lexy Ft. Taeyang)||—||—|
|"Super Fly" (Lexy Ft. Taeyang, G-Dragon, and T.O.P.)||—||—|
|2007||"Should Have Loved You Less" (Kim Johan Ft. Taeyang)||—||—||Soul Family with Jo Han|
|2008||"Real Talk" (YMGA Ft. Taeyang)||—||—||Made in ROK|
|2009||"Friend" (T.O.P and Taeyang)||—||—||Friend, Our Legend OST|
|2009||"Korean Dream" (G-Dragon Ft. Taeyang)||—||—||Heartbreaker|
|2009||"Hallelujah" (T.O.P., G-Dragon, and Taeyang)||—||—||IRIS OST|
|2010||"Fall in Love" (Thelma Aoyama Ft. Taeyang)||—||4||Love! 2 – Thelma Best Collection|
|2011||"By Instinct Remix" (Swings Ft. Taeyang and Yoon Jong Shin)||—||—|
|2011||"Tomorrow" (Tablo Ft. Taeyang)||2||—||Fever's End Part 2|
|2013||"Let's Talk About Love" (Seungri Ft. G-Dragon and Taeyang)||1||1||Let's Talk About Love|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
|Year||Title||Official MV on YouTube||Note|
|2001||Jinusean – "AYO"||YGEntertainment||Younger version of Sean|
|2002||YG Family – "YMCA 야구단"||YGEntertainment||Cameo|
|2003||1TYM – "Hot 뜨거"||YGEntertainment||Cameo|
|"ONLY LOOK AT ME (나만 바라봐)"||BIGBANG|
|2009||"Where U At"||YGEntertainment|
|2010||Thelma Aoyama – "Fall in Love"|
|"I Need a Girl"||YGEntertainment|
|"I'll Be There"||YGTAEYANG|
|GD & TOP – "High High"||Cameo|
|2011||Tablo – "Tomorrow"||ygtablo|
|2012||G-Dragon – "One of a Kind"||BIGBANG||Cameo|
|2013||G-Dragon – "MichiGO"||BIGBANG||Cameo|
|2013||CL – "The Baddest Female"||2NE1||Cameo|
- According to the credits on the album's jacket.
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|Awards and achievements|
|12th Mnet Asian Music Awards – Best Male Solo Artist