E (Big Bang single album)

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Single album by
ReleasedAugust 5, 2015 (2015-08-05)
Recorded2014–2015
Genre
Length6:46 (Digital)
35:19 (Physical)
Label
Producer
Big Bang chronology
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 (GD&T.O.P)" (쩔어; Jjeoreo)G-Dragon, Teddy, T.O.PTeddy, G-Dragon, T.O.PTeddy3:14
2."Let's Not Fall in Love" (우리 사랑하지 말아요; Uri Saranghaji Marayo)Teddy, G-DragonTeddy, G-DragonTeddy3:32
Total length:6:46
E - CD[20]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."Zutter (GD&T.O.P)" (쩔어; Jjeoreo)G-Dragon, Teddy, T.O.PTeddy, G-Dragon, T.O.PTeddy3:14
2."Let's Not Fall in Love" (우리 사랑하지 말아요; Uri Saranghaji Marayo)Teddy, G-DragonTeddy, G-DragonTeddy3:32
3."If You"G-DragonG-Dragon, P.K, Dee.PP.K, Dee.P4:24
4."Sober" (맨정신; Maenjeongsin)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" (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[edit]

Sales[edit]

Chart Sales
South Korea (Gaon Album Chart) 123,389[26][27]
China (QQ Music) 1,442,855[28]
Japan (Oricon) 13,888[29]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide[30] August 5, 2015 Digital download YG
South Korea[31]
South Korea[32] August 12, 2015 CD
Japan[33] Digital download YGEX
Taiwan[34] August 19, 2015 CD Warner Music Taiwan

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. ^ "Big Bang - Made Series [ E ] or [ e ] CD + Booklet + Photocard + Puzzleticket + Bigbang folded poster + extra photocard gift". Amazon. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  21. ^ "[YG Music] E - EP". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  22. ^ "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.
  23. ^ "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.
  24. ^ "2015년 Album Chart". Gaon Chart. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  25. ^ "2016년 Album Chart". Gaon Chart. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  26. ^ "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.
  27. ^ "Album Charts – January 2016". Gaon Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  28. ^ "QQ音乐数字专辑--MADE SERIES 《E》". QQ music. QQ. August 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  29. ^ "Oricon Sales 2014/12/08~2015/12/13 (in Japanese)". Oricon. baidu. 2 January 2016.
  30. ^ "Big Bang E - Single". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  31. ^ "Big Bang [E]" (in Korean). Melon. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  32. ^ "8월 12일 Big Bang Made Series [E] (CD) 발매 안내입니다" [Big Bang Made Series [E]: Release announcement] (in Korean). YG Entertainment. August 4, 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  33. ^ "フルアルバムへ最後の布石となる<Made Series>第4弾シングルが 日本配信リリース!!" (in Japanese). YGEX. August 12, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  34. ^ "Big Bang Made Series [E]" (in Chinese). Warner Music Taiwan. Archived from the original on January 12, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.

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