Alive (EP)

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Alive
BigBang - Alive (Korean Cover).jpg
EP by Big Bang
Released February 29, 2012 (2012-02-29)
June 3, 2012 (2012-06-03) (Special edition)
Recorded 2011 - 2012
Genre
Length 23:41
Label
Producer
Big Bang chronology
The Best of Big Bang
(2011)The Best of Big Bang2011
Alive
(2012)
Alive (Japanese)
(2012)Alive (Japanese)2012
Singles from Alive
  1. " Blue"
    Released: February 22, 2012
  2. "Bad Boy"
    Released: February 29, 2012
  3. "Fantastic Baby"
    Released: March 7, 2012
Singles from Still Alive
  1. "Monster"
    Released: June 3, 2012
Special Edition 'Still Alive'
Special Edition 'Still Alive'

Alive is the fifth Korean-language extended play by South Korean group Big Bang. It was released on February 29, 2012 by YG Entertainment. Big Bang members G-Dragon and T.O.P wrote the music and lyrics, respectively, for nearly all tracks on the album.[1] The EP had three singles,"Blue", "Fantastic Baby", and "Bad Boy". A repackaged version of the EP entitled Still Alive was released on June 3, 2012, and featured the single, "Monster". Both EP versions and their singles attained success on national charts in South Korea, and the EP became the first K-Pop album to chart on the United States' Billboard 200 album chart.

Release and promotion[edit]

Beginning on January 27, 2012, the track listing and title of Big Bang's upcoming EP, Alive were released.[2] Teddy Park of YG Entertainment and Big Bang member G-Dragon produced the majority of the music for the EP with the help of other producers such as DJ Murf and Peejay. G-Dragon also wrote the majority of the songs on this album with the help of T.O.P. and Teddy Park.

"Blue" was released on February 22, 2012, as the EP's lead single, and thereafter Big Bang released previews of other tracks on YouTube every day from February 23–28.[3] They also announced the Alive World Tour, in support of the album.[4][5]

The Alive EP and its second single, "Bad Boy" were released on February 29, 2012. Promotions began with televised performances from the album on March 11, 2012, on SBS's Inkigayo.[6] "Fantastic Baby" was the album's third single, released March 7, 2012.

The EP was repackaged as a special edition with additional songs and re-titled as Still Alive. The special edition and its single "Monster", were released June 3, 2012. "Blue", "Bad Boy", "Fantastic Baby", and "Monster" were also re-recorded with Japanese lyrics and included on Big Bang's full-length Japanese album, Alive. Other album tracks, in their original Korean language form, were also included on the album.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard called the EP and its repackage "objectively one of the group’s best eras," and noted how "each song is iconic in its own way."[7] Chicago Sun-Times noted that Alive included a more mature sound and "more interesting production techiniques," and that it displayed Big Bang's diversity.[8] The Fader praised Alive for making "the most compelling case yet" for a rising K-Pop star in the west.[9] The Borneo Post declared that "Alive is a humble manifesto that declares Big Bang’s efforts to grow into Kpop legends who live in the now. They've certainly proven before that they're a cut above the usual" and stated "this album is everywhere, and everyone-friendly."[10]

Commercial performance[edit]

Alive became the first Korean album or EP to chart on the United States' Billboard 200 and at its time of release, held the record for being the best selling K-Pop album ever in the United States, selling over 4,100 copies in its first week of release.[11][12] It also charted at number four on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart,[13] at number twenty-two on the Independent Albums chart,[14] and number four on the World Albums chart.[15] On March 9, 2012, it was revealed that Big Bang was the first act to occupy 5 out of the top 10 spots on Billboard's K-pop Hot 100 with "Blue," "Bad Boy," "Fantastic Baby," "Ain't No Fun," and "Love Dust."[16]

Alive reached to number six on Japan's domestic Oricon weekly album chart as a Korean import.[17] In South Korea, both Alive and Still Alive debuted at number one on the Gaon Album Chart.[18][19] The EP finished 2012 as the second best-selling album of the year in South Korea, while the repackage was the sixth.[20] In Taiwan, the EP reached number-one spot on G-Music[21] and managed to be certified double platinum.[22]

As of December 2016, according to the Gaon Chart, Oricon and the Chinese music service KuGou, songs from the album have sold over 24 million downloads.

Track listing[edit]

Alive[23]
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, Choice37 Choice37 3:57
5. "Ain't No Fun" (재미없어; Jaemieobseo) G-Dragon, T.O.P G-Dragon, D.J Murf, Peejay D.J Murf, Peejay 3:42
6. "Fantastic Baby" G-Dragon, T.O.P, Teddy G-Dragon, Teddy G-Dragon, Teddy 3:51
7. "Wings" (날개; Nalgae; Daesung solo) G-Dragon, Daesung G-Dragon, Choi Pil-kang Choi Pil-kang, Dee.P 3:43
Total length: 23:41
Still Alive – Special Edition[24]
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 G-Dragon, Teddy G-Dragon, Teddy 3:52
5. "Bad Boy" G-Dragon, T.O.P G-Dragon, Choice37 Choice37 3:58
6. "Blue" G-Dragon, Teddy, T.O.P Teddy, G-Dragon Teddy 3:55
7. "Bingle Bingle" (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

Charts[edit]

Sales[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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