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Daesung - MADE THE MOVIE Premiere.jpg
Daesung in 2016
Background information
Birth name Kang Dae-sung
Also known as D-Lite
Born (1989-04-26) April 26, 1989 (age 27)
Incheon, South Korea
Origin Itaewon, South Korea
  • Singer
  • Actor
  • Model
  • MC
  • Vocals
  • drums
Years active 2006–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 강대성
Hanja 姜大聲
Revised Romanization Gang Dae-seong
McCune–Reischauer Kang Taesŏng

Kang Dae-sung (Hangul: 강대성; born April 26, 1989),[1] better known by his stage names Daesung and D-Lite, is a South Korean singer, actor and television host.

Daesung made his musical debut in 2006 as a member of the South Korean boy band Big Bang. He has released a number of solo singles in South Korea under the group's record label YG Entertainment, including "Cotton Candy" and "Baby Don't Cry" which peaked at #1 and #3 on South Korea's Gaon Music Chart, respectively.

Since 2013, Daesung has also released and three solo albums and one single in Japan under YGEX. His first album, D'scover peaked at #2 on the Japanese Oricon Albums Chart. His second and third albums, D'slove and Delight, peaked at #1 on the Oricon Albums Chart. Following the success of his albums, Daesung has completed several concert tours throughout Japan.


Daesung was born in Itaewon and attended high school at Kyeongin High School, but dropped out after a year to focus on his activities with Big Bang.[citation needed] Eventually, he passed his college entrance exams in 2008 and got admitted into the post-modern music department at Kyung Hee University in 2008.[2][3][4][5][6]


2006–07: Debut with Big Bang and early works[edit]

Although his parents were strongly against the idea of him becoming a singer, Daesung pursued a singing career and was eventually recruited by YG Entertainment after auditioning. He later appeared on a reality show which documented the formation of Big Bang with five other trainees: G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Seungri, and So-1 (Hyunseung). Hyunseung was eventually dropped and Big Bang debuted in 2006 with five members. Big Bang made their first appearance as a group on August 19, 2006, at YG Family's 10th Anniversary concert. On September 23, 2006, they had their debut performance on television broadcast.

Big Bang's debut was fairly successful, with their first single netting in sales of over 40,000 copies.[7] It spawned several airplay titles, including "La La La", "We Belong Together" and "Forever with You" which featured label-mate Park Bom. Daesung also recorded his first solo song "Try Smiling" (Korean: 웃어본다; Revised Romanization: Useo Bonda) for Big Bang's first album Since 2007. The group's breakthrough came with the release of their first extended play, Always (2007), which included the number one song "Lies" (Korean: 거짓말; Revised Romanization: Geojitmal). The song went on to top major Korean music charts for a record-breaking seven consecutive weeks,[3] and won the group the Song of the Year award at the 9th Mnet Korean Music Festival.[4] Their following EPs followed its predecessor's footsteps: Hot Issue yielded "Last Farewell" (Korean: 마지막 인사; Revised Romanization: Majimak Insa) while Stand Up spawned "Day by Day" (Korean: 하루하루; Revised Romanization: Haru Haru); both singles were chart-toppers.[8][9]

Shortly after the debut of Big Bang, Daesung was diagnosed with voice chord nodules. For nearly a year, he struggled with his voice and developed sociophobia and stage fright. However, he was able to recover with the help of fellow singer and label-mate Gummy, who had been previously diagnosed with the illness, and the two became close because of this situation. Before the release of Big Bang's second album, Daesung's condition improved drastically.[citation needed]

2008–09: Trot solos, Family Outing, Cats, and car accident[edit]

Daesung released his first trot single "Look at Me, Gwisoon" (Korean: 날봐, 귀순; Revised Romanization: Nal Bwa Gwisoon) in 2008.[10] He stated that although he was worried about dampening the group's image, he wanted to try something different.[11] The same year, he joined SBS reality variety show Family Outing as a permanent cast member. He also made his musical debut in Korean production of Cats, playing the role of Rum Tum Tugger.[12] Daesung then became a host for MBC's music program Show! Music Core, alongside fellow member Seungri.

Daesung released his second trot single titled "Big Hit" (Korean: 대박이야; Revised Romanization: Daebakiya) in 2009. He was also scheduled to join bandmate Seungri in the autobiographical musical Shouting.[13] In August 2009, however, Daesung was injured in a car accident shortly before the musical opened.[14][15] He was returning to Seoul from a filming location for Family Outing when the accident occurred on the Pyeongtaek Express highway, Gyeonggi Province. The van hit the guardrail as it skidded in the pouring rain, according to YG Entertainment. Daesung, who was in the passenger seat, broke his nose, injured his back, and sustained minor bruises on his face and arms. Daesung fully recovered and made his return to Big Bang in October 2009, joining the group to perform at the Dream Concert.[16]

2010–12: Additional solo work, What's Up, Night After Night[edit]

Daesung released a new single, "Cotton Candy" (Korean: 솜사탕), at the end of January 2010.[17] It was composed by Jung Ji-chen, with Daesung penning the lyrics.[18]

In 2010, Daesung began his shoot for MBC's pre-produced musical drama What's Up, written by Song Ji-na. It started airing on MBN channel on December 3, 2011. "Lunatic", a track sung by Daesung for the drama's OST, was also released online on the same day.[19] Since November 2010, Daesung also became a host for the variety-talk show Night After Night. That same year, Daesung recorded a duet with Family Outing co-star Lee Hyori titled "How Did We Get", featured on the latter's album.

In 2011, Daesung released a solo song, "Baby Don't Cry", which was included in Big Bang's 4th mini album. The song was first performed in Big Show 2011 concert in February.

Daesung performing on Alive World Tour in September 2012

Daesung had his first public appearance after the incident on November 6, 2011 when he attended the MTV Europe Music Awards in Belfast, Northern Ireland. From December 2011 to January 2012, he also performed for YG Family concerts which took place in South Korea and Japan.[20][21] Daesung made a comeback with the rest of the Big Bang members in March 2012 with their new mini-album Alive, which includes a solo track sung by Daesung titled, "Wings".

2013: Solo debut in Japan and D'scover Tour[edit]

Daesung released his first solo Japanese album, D'scover on February 27, 2013. It has a total of 12 tracks with mostly remakes of Japanese originals, and also includes Daesung's solo tracks, "Wings" and "Baby Don't Cry". D'scover ranked No. 2 on Oricon Albums Chart.[22][23] and also ranked No. 2 on Oricon Weekly Album Chart.[24] It was then announced that Daesung would hold a total of four solo concerts at Kobe and Tokyo to promote the album.[25] However, due to popular demand, an additional 21 concerts over 17 cities were added, bringing the total to 25 concerts over 18 cities. The D'scover Tour kicked off on March 23 at Kobe's World Memorial Hall and ended on June 18 at Kanagawa's Yokohama Arena.[26]

2014–2015: D'slove, Delight and Encore concerts[edit]

In February 2014, YGEX announced that Daesung will hold a second tour in Japan. The D'slove 2014 in Japan tour kick start on June 11, 2014 at the Yokohama Arena. The same day, he released a mini digital album RAINY RAINY containing 4 songs, to celebrate the start of his tour. The album topped Japan's iTunes charts.[27]

Daesung released his second Japanese album, D'slove on July 16. The album ranked No. 1 on Oricon's Daily Album Chart on the day of release with total of 30,090 copies sold.[28] To support his album, Daesung continued with his second Japanese tour, visiting 9 cities and drew a total of 170,000 fans from 17 shows. Daesung become the first K-Pop artist to bring in more than 100,000 fans to his concert tour for two consecutive years.[29][30]

On October 19, Daesung released his third Japanese mini-album, Delight (Japanese:『でぃらいと』). The album includes 9 version of 4 songs; containing remakes of his Korean trot singles and cover songs of famous Japanese Enka songs. He received good comments from the 2 original singers[31][32] Delight topped the Oricon Daily Albums Chart on the day of its release, with 65,048 copies sold.[33][34] The album eventually ranked No. 64 on the Oricon Yearly Album Chart with 79,000 copies sold, the highest ranking achieved by the singer so far.[35][36]

To thank fans for their support, YGEX announced that Daesung will hold an encore solo concert in Japan. The concerts were held at Yoyogi National Stadium on January 31 and February 1, 2015 and then at Osaka-jō Hall on February 10 and 11.[37][38] On the 2nd show at Yoyogi, Linda Yamamoto, who is the original singer of the song "Donimo Tomaranai", made a surprise appearance.[39][40][41]

2017: Solo Dome Tour and D-Day[edit]

On December 2, 2016, YGEX announced that Daesung would be holding his first solo dome tour in Japan, titled the D-lite Japan Dome Tour 2017. Kicking off the tour at the Seibu Prince Dome on April 15 and 16, Daesung will also perform at the Kyocera Dome on April 22 and 23. The tour is set to attract approximately 200,000 fans to the two cities.[42]

His first japanese mini-album, named D-Day, is set to be released on April 12, 2017.[43]

Personal life[edit]

On May 31, Daesung was involved in a car accident in which a motorcyclist died.[44] Investigation cleared the singer of charges,[45] but he had to suspend his public activities with Big Bang for a period of time.[46]

Daesung is a devout Christian and said his faith was a big influence in re-evaluating his life after a tragic life event.[47][48]


Main article: Daesung discography

Japanese studio albums[edit]



Year Title Role Note(s)
2010 A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures Sammy Korean dubbing, with Sulli
2016 Big Bang Made Himself Big Bang documentary


Year Network Title Role Note(s)
2011 MBN What's Up Ha Do-sung

Variety shows[edit]

For appearances with Big Bang, see Big Bang filmography

Year Network Title Role Note(s)
2008–2009 MBC Show! Music Core Co-host with Seungri
2008–2010 SBS Family Outing Season 1 Main cast with Yoo Jae-suk, Lee Hyo-ri, Kim Jong-kook,

Lee Chun-hee, Park Ye-jin, Yoon Jong-shin, Kim Su-ro etc.

2010–2011 SBS Night After Night Co-host with Jung Yong-hwa, Uee etc.
2013 MTV Japan D'splay with VJ Boo
D'splay Returns


Year Title Role
2008 Cats (Korean version) Rum Tum Tugger




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