E (Big Bang album)

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"E"
E (Big Bang album).jpg
Single by Big Bang
from the album MADE
A-side "Zutter"
"Let's Not Fall In Love"
Released August 5, 2015 (2015-08-05)
Recorded 2014–2015
Genre Hip hop, ballad, K-pop
Length
  • 6:46 (Digital)
  • 35:19 (Physical)
Label YG Entertainment
Producer(s) G-Dragon, Teddy
Big Bang singles chronology
"D"
(2015)
"E"
(2015)
"Fxxk It"
(2016)

"D"
(2015)
"E"
(2015)
"Fxxk It"
(2016)

"E" is the seventh single album by South Korean band Big Bang, and the fourth and last from their MADE Series, before releasing the full album.

Background[edit]

The first single announced on July 24 included the sub-unit GD & TOP,[1] the teaser was released the next day.[2] This was the first collaboration of the duo in four years.[3] YG Entertainment confirmed there would be a second track by the entire band;[4] "Let’s Not Fall In Love" was revealed on July 30.[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

In South Korea The album charted at number one on Gaon Album Chart,[6] making it the third from MADE Series to chart first after M and D, in the end of August the album sold 84,002 copies in South Korea.[7] In Japan the album charted at number 15 on the Oricon chart with 4,090 copies sold.[8] In China, E sold over 700,000 digital copies in 24 hours.[9] On August 28, the album reached 1 million digital sales in China. As of March 2017, the album has sold over 1.4 million copies on QQ Music, making it one of the best-selling digital albums in Chinese history.

After releasing the album, Big Bang achieved a "triple kill" by topping the digital, streaming and album charts on Gaon Chart.[10][11][6]

The single charted first and second with "Let’s Not Fall In Love" and "Zutter" consecutively on Billboard World Digital Songs, in a tie with PSY for being the only K-pop act to hold the top two slots on World Digital Songs three times, after topping it with both M and A.[12] The two singles sold 13,000 copies in less than two days.[13]

Reception[edit]

Billboard explained that "Let's Not Fall in Love showcases the boy band at their most sentimental", and is a classic Big Bang song with a unique sound because of a "lack of a definitive chorus and T.O.P and G-Dragon showing off new vocal colors instead of their usual personality-driven raps", while Zutter is a "hip-hop cut peppered with trappy snares, knocking percussion and woozy synths to emphasize both dudes' distinctive spitting styles.".[14] The Inquirer called it the most emotionally resounding work the band has showcased so far.[15] Osen said that the two single have a "different moods and colors" and that something only Big Bang can do and they have wide artistic spectrum.[16]

Promotion[edit]

It was announced that GD&TOP would have a live broadcast on Naver and allkpop's V app on August 4.[17] The live countdown gathered over 620,000 views, and after five days the highlight video was watched over a million times on V app.[18]

The first television appearance was held on Inkigayo.[19]

Track listing[edit]

E - Single
No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."Zutter (쩔어)" (GD & T.O.P)G-Dragon, Teddy, T.O.PTeddy, G-Dragon, T.O.PTeddy3:14
2."Let’s Not Fall In Love (우리 사랑하지 말아요)"Teddy, G-DragonTeddy, G-DragonTeddy3:32
Total length:6:46
E - CD
No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."Zutter (쩔어)" (GD & T.O.P)G-Dragon, Teddy, T.O.PTeddy, G-Dragon, T.O.PTeddy3:14
2."Let’s Not Fall In Love (우리 사랑하지 말아요)"Teddy, G-DragonTeddy, G-DragonTeddy3:32
3."If You"G-DragonG-Dragon, P.K, Dee.PP.K, Dee.P4:24
4."맨정신 (Sober)"Teddy, G-Dragon, T.O.PTeddy, Choice37, G-DragonTeddy, Choice373:57
5."Bang Bang Bang"Teddy, G-Dragon, T.O.PTeddy, G-DragonTeddy3:49
6."Loser"Teddy, T.O.P, G-DragonTeddy, TaeyangTeddy3:39
7."Bae Bae"G-Dragon, Teddy, T.O.PTeddy, G-Dragon, T.O.PTeddy2:49
8."We Like 2 Party"Teddy, Kush, G-Dragon, T.O.PTeddy, G-Dragon, T.O.PTeddy, Kush3:16
9."Zutter (쩔어)" (Instrumental) Teddy, G-Dragon, T.O.P 3:14
10."Let’s Not Fall In Love (우리 사랑하지 말아요)" (Instrumental) Teddy, G-Dragon 3:32
Total length:35:19

Charts and Sales[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
August 5, 2015 digital download YG Entertainment, KT Music
Worldwide
August 12, 2015 CD
Worldwide
YG Entertainment, YGEX

References[edit]

  1. ^ YG Entertainment. "BIGBANG comes back in August in "GD&TOP" unit… Shooting music video for new song now". YG LIFE. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ YG Entertainment. "빅뱅, 8월 신곡은 GD&TOP '쩔어'…오는 5일 공개". YG LIFE. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ "빅뱅, 8월엔 5년만의 'GD&TOP'이다..신곡 뮤비 촬영중". Star News. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ "빅뱅, 8월 컴백 프로젝트…'완전체·지디&탑' 두 곡 수록". Naver. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  5. ^ "BIGBANG unveils 2nd new song for August, with title of "Let's Not Fall In Love"". YG Life. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "Gaon Album Chart - Week 34". Gaon Chart. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Gaon Album Chart - August". Gaon Chart. 10 September 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "週間 CDアルバムランキング 2015年08月24日付". Oricon. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "QQ音乐数字专辑--MADE SERIES 《E》". QQ music. y.qq.com. 1 August 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart - Week 34". Gaon Chart. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Gaon Streaming Chart - Week 33". Gaon Chart. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Billboard's World Digital Singles Chart: Singles". Billboard. Billboard. August 11, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  13. ^ "BIGBANG Tie PSY for Most No. 1s on World Digital Songs Chart". Billboard. Billboard. August 11, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015. 
  14. ^ "BIGBANG Are at Their Most Tender on 'Let's Not Fall in Love,' While GD&T.O.P Are at Their Craziest on 'Zutter'". Billboard. 5 August 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "Review: Big Bang's new releases are disturbing, emotional". Inquirer. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "[한밤의 신곡] 빅뱅, 극과 극 달달VS파격..'미칠듯한 에너지'". OSEN. 5 August 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "[단독]지디&탑, 4일 V앱 생중계로 5년만에 전세계 팬 만남". media.daum.net. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  18. ^ "[V Report] Big Bang drops new EP exclusively on V app". Korea Herald. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Sentimental BIGBANG VS Powerful GD&T.O.P…Showing off Their Different Appeal in Inkigayo". YG Life. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  20. ^ "週間 洋楽アルバムランキング 2015年08月24日付 (in Japanese)". Oricon. oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "Comprehensive Weekly Top 20: 2015/07/17 – 2015/07/23" (in Chinese). G-Music. August 21, 2015. Archived from the original on September 19, 2015. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  22. ^ "가온차트 재집계 결과 엑소(EXO), 앨범 판매 172만장 압도적 팬덤 과시…2위 방탄소년단, 3위 빅뱅" (in Korean). Top Star News. Archived from the original on 2016-02-03. 
  23. ^ "Album Charts – January 2016". Gaon Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved January 15, 2016. 
  24. ^ "QQ音乐数字专辑--MADE SERIES 《E》". QQ music. QQ. August 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  25. ^ "Oricon Sales 2014/12/08~2015/12/13 (in Japanese)". Oricon. baidu. 2 January 2016. 

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