GD & TOP
|Studio album by G-Dragon and T.O.P|
|Released||December 24, 2010; February 23, 2011 (Japan Edition)|
|Genre||Pop, alternative hip hop, hip hop, electro-hop, pop rap|
|Producer||Yang Hyun Suk, Masta Wu, G-Dragon, T.O.P|
|Singles from GD&TOP|
|Original album cover|
GD&TOP is the debut album of South Korean artists G-Dragon & T.O.P, members of Big Bang. Released on December 24, 2010, the album marks the first collaboration between the two away from their group. The duo promoted the album extensively, including a world-wide premiere showcase and numerous performances. Three singles were released for promotion: "High High," "Oh Yeah," and "Knockout." While "High High" went on to become a chart-topper, the latter two singles charted in at #2 and #3 respectively. GD & TOP were featured in British singer Pixie Lott’s song ‘Dancing On My Own’ on the Japanese Edition of Young Foolish Happy which was released on March 21, 2012.
While working on materials with their bandmates for their next album, G-Dragon and T.O.P began to experiment with different styles. According to G-Dragon, the members were trying new "combination" with their music, in which the vocalists — Taeyang, Daesung, and Seungri — were to record their own music as a trio while G-Dragon and T.O.P were to branch off as a duo since they "hadn't been with our fans for the past two years." Although the division of the group was initially for Big Bang's materials only, G-Dragon and T.O.P saw positive response to their materials from the fans and went to Yang Hyun-seok, the CEO of YG Entertainment, to allow the duo to release an album. After receiving Yang's approval, news of their collaboration was announced in November 2010.
G-Dragon and T.O.P co-wrote majority of the lyrics to the album, noting that as "rappers [...] we'd like to tell more stories for our fans to listen." In an attempt to create their own style away from their band, the duo opted for a more hip-hop genre to contrast the group's current genre of electronic music, though G-Dragon does acknowledged the influence of R&B, acoustic, and electronic music. The two have admit to becoming "much more diverse [in their] attempts" to create their own style, as well as "how the music develops and the images that the melody and rap portray[s]." They later went on to say that "the reason we mixed such a variety of genres is because we wanted to bring out more of our character that we don't get to show when we're Big Bang." When recordings were done, 11 tracks were recorded, including a collaboration with singer Park Bom. The duo would later mention that after recording the album, they became "attached" to all of their songs as they "worked on each and every one of the songs in...[the]...album by staying up many nights." T.O.P's solo song, "Turn It Up" was also included in the album as a bonus track.
Promotion and release
Preceding the release of the album, the duo held a world-wide premiere showcase for their album at Times Square in Yeongdeungpo of Seoul, South Korea, which was also broadcast live on YouTube. While hosting it, the duo sampled parts of their tracks to their fans and explained its lyrical contents and background. The duo also showcased a changed in their physical appearances. Their constant use of the "peace sign" for their promotional activities (such as the cover design for their album) also gained attention, with the duo explaining that since the mark is similar to the Playboy logo, their attractive, sexy, and fun sides have come out while promoting the album. The peace sign was later retracted after YG entertainment was asked by Playboy to remove the image for its similarities to its own logo. It was replaced by a typographic image of a heart composed of GD&TOP. This also led to the action of removing all of the music videos on the official BIGBANG YouTube channel except for "Baby Goodnight".
In support of their album, the duo released three singles: "High High", "Oh Yeah", and "Knock out". All three singles preceded the release of the album and were commercial successes: "High High" was a chartopper while "Oh Yeah" and "Knock Out" peaked at #2 and #3 respectively. They also performed at a Christmas party hosted at a club in Kangnam of Seoul for SK Telecom's "Christmas T Social Party" in addition to the SBS music show "Inkigayo". Pictures of the two on the set of their music videos were also released online. The album was released on Christmas Eve, and debuted at number one with pre-orders of 200,000 copies.
GD & TOP announced that they would make Japanese debut in November by releasing a single album "Oh Yeah" under YGEX. "Oh Yeah” is a song off of their Korean album released in December last year with a featuring by 2NE1's Bom. A Japanese version of “High High” will also be included in the release. Although their promotions were put on hold due to the breakout of G-Dragon‘s marijuana case, they eventually pushed back the release of the single to January 7. A short version of the "Oh Yeah" MV was released on December 12 and the full version was released 8 days later, on December 20. GD&TOP also featured in English artist Pixie Lott's Japanese album, the song titled "Dancing On My Own".
Album sales and awards
The album has sold 130,000 in 2010 and an additional 33,276 copies in 2011. Additionally, GD&TOP won the "Best Rap and Hip-Hop" performance award in the 2011 Melon Music Awards. As of November 2014, the album has sold over 200,000 copies.
|2011||Melon Music Awards||Rap/Hip Hop||Won|
Music program awards
|"Oh Yeah" (featuring Park Bom)||M! Countdown (Mnet)||December 30, 2010|
|"High High"||January 6, 2011|
|Inkigayo (SBS)||January 9, 2011|
For this album, G.Dragon and T.O.P released 3 MVs for the tracks, "High High", "Knock Out", and "Baby Goodnight". "High High" was released first, then "Baby Goodnight." However, due to the song being banned twice for being too explicit, the release of the music video for their song "Don't Go Home" was postponed till late June 2011.
|Year||Music video||Length||Album||Official MV on YouTube||Note|
|2010||"KNOCK OUT"||3:29||Studio 1st Album "GD&TOP"|
|"BABY GOOD NIGHT"||3:33||on YouTube|
|"DON'T GO HOME "||3:32|
|"OH YEAH"||2:52||on YouTube||Japanese Official Trailer|
|1.||"Intro"||G-Dragon, T.O.P||G-Dragon, T.O.P, e.knock||e.knock||2:08|
|2.||"High High"||G-Dragon, T.O.P, Teddy||Teddy||Teddy||3:08|
|3.||"Oh Yeah" (featuring Park Bom)||G-Dragon, T.O.P, Teddy||Teddy, Sunwoo Jungah||Teddy, Sunwoo Jungah||3:17|
|4.||"Don't Go Home" (집에 가지마; Jibe Gajima)||G-Dragon||G-Dragon, Teddy, e.knock||Teddy, e.knock||3:18|
|5.||"Baby Good Night"||G-Dragon, T.O.P||G-Dragon, T.O.P, e.knock, 1 ON||e.knock||3:32|
|6.||"Knock Out" (뻑이가요; Ppeogigayo)||G-Dragon, T.O.P||Diplo, G-Dragon, T.O.P||Diplo||3:27|
|7.||"Oh Mom" (T.O.P solo)||T.O.P||T.O.P, e.knock, 1 ON||e.knock||4:32|
|8.||"Obsession" (악몽; Angmong; G-Dragon solo)||G-Dragon||G-Dragon, e.knock||e.knock||5:17|
|9.||"Of All Days" (오늘따라; Oneul Ttara; T.O.P solo)||T.O.P||T.O.P, Choice 37||Choice 37||3:25|
|10.||"What Do You Want?" (어쩌란 말이냐?; Eojjeoran Marinya?; G-Dragon solo)||G-Dragon||G-Dragon, e.knock||Sunwoo Jungah, 1 ON||3:25|
|11.||"Turn It Up" (T.O.P solo; bonus track)||T.O.P||T.O.P, Teddy||Teddy||3:32|
- Sampling credits
- "Intro" contains elements from "It's Yours to Have" as written by Reginald Dozier and McKinley Jackson, and performed by Freda Payne.
- "집에 가지마" (Don't Go Home) contains elements from "Make It with You" as written by David Gates and performed by Bread.
- "어쩌란 말이냐?" (What Do You Want?) contains elements from "Shazam!" as written by Duane Eddy and Lee Hazlewood, and performed by Duane Eddy.
- "뻑이가요" (Knock Out) contains uncredited elements from "Percolator" as written and performed by Cajmere.
|South Korea Gaon Chart||1|
|South Korea Gaon Chart monthly||1|
|Gaon physical sales||
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