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GD & TOP - MADE THE MOVIE Premiere.jpg
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, hip hop
Years active 2010 (2010)–present
Labels YG Entertainment
Associated acts BIGBANG

GD & TOP is a South Korean duo formed by G-Dragon and T.O.P, the rappers of the K-pop boy band Big Bang in 2010.[1] The release of their first album, GD & TOP (2010) was a commercial success becoming one of the best selling albums of the year in South Korea, and spawing the top-five hits "High High", "Oh Yeah", and "Knock Out" on the Gaon Digital Chart. After a five year hiatus, they released the single "Zutter", which became a number-two hit.


2010–2011: Formation and first album[edit]

YG Entertainment announced the a sub-unit between G-Dragon and T.O.P under the name "GD & TOP" in November 2010, and to release an album with the same name.[2] The duo held a worldwide premiere showcase for their album at Times Square in Yeongdeungpo of Seoul,[3] which was also broadcast live on YouTube.[4] The album was released on Christmas Eve, and debuted at number one on the Gaon Chart[5] with pre-orders of 200,000 copies.[6] By the end of 2010 the album had surpassed 130,000 copies sold in a week, becoming the fifth best-selling album of the year.[7] As of 2015 the album sold 200,000 copies.

To promote their album, G.Dragon and T.O.P released three music videos 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,[8] the release of the music video for their song "Don't Go Home" was postponed till late June 2011.[9] The singles attained commercial successes, topping the online music charts in South Korea.[10][11][12] In the Gaon Digital Chart, "Oh Yeah!" peaked at number two, "High High" at number three,[13] while "Knock Out" and "Don't Go Home" peaked at number five and eleven, respectively.[14]

2015: "Zutter"[edit]

After a four-year hiatus, YG Entertainment announced that the duo will come back with a new single as a part of Big Bang's Made Series E.[15] The teasers were released on July 25, 2015, with the song name "Zutter".[16] The song was a commercially success, selling 280,817 downloads in its first week on Gaon Chart peaked at number two in the Digital and Download charts.[17][18] The single charted second on US Billboard World Digital Songs and in the Chinese QQ Music video chart.[19][20][21] In the end of 2015, the song sold 982,710 copies in South Korea and 6,000 in USA.


In 2012, "Knock Out" and "High High" were both listed as one of the best K-Pop music videos of all time by Stereogum, ranking at seventh and fourth, respectively.[22] That same year, "High High" was also named the seventh greatest K-Pop song of all time by Spin Magazine.[23]

XXL Magazine listed the duo as one of "15 Korean Rappers You Should Know", stating that "if it wasn't for acts like these two, Korean rap probably wouldn't have amassed such international appeal that it’s garnering now." The magazine also wrote that "K-Pop's currently full of boy bands with designated rapper as a member, and nine out of ten times they're modeled after" GD & TOP.[24] Korean magazine Ize wrote that GD & TOP inspired several idol groups to make "more extreme or extraordinary attempts" concept and music wise that their groups could not do through unit activities.[25]



Title Album details Peak positions Sales
  • Released: December 24, 2010
  • Label: YG Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Sales (Music downloads) Album

"Oh Yeah" (featuring Park Bom) 2010 2 GD & TOP
"High High" 3
"Knock Out" 5
"Don't Go Home" 11
"Baby Goodnight" 24 N/A
"Intro" 71
"Zutter" 2015 2 E / MADE

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Sales (Music downloads) Album
Gaon International

2012 "Dancing on My Own"
(Pixie Lott ft. GD & TOP)[35]
2 KOR: 342,113[36] Young Foolish Happy
2013 "Bubble Butt" (Remix)
(Major Lazer featuring Bruno Mars, G-Dragon, T.O.P, Tyga and Mystic)[37]
2 KOR: 95,848[38] Free the Universe

Music videos[edit]

Year Music video Album
2010 "Knock Out" GD & TOP
"High High"
"Baby Good Night"
"Don't Go Home"
"Oh Yeah"
2015 "Zutter" MADE

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2011 Melon Music Awards[39] Rap/Hip Hop Won

Music programs[edit]

Song Program Date
"Oh Yeah" (featuring Park Bom) M Countdown (Mnet) December 30, 2010
"High High" January 6, 2011
Inkigayo (SBS) January 9, 2011
"Zutter" M Countdown (Mnet) August 20, 2015


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  2. ^ "G-Dragon and Top to Release Duet Album in December". KBS World. 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  3. ^ Kim, Jessica (2010-12-15). "Big Bang T.O.P, G-Dragon pose at album showcase". 10Asiae. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  4. ^ Yoon, Hee-Seong (2010-12-15). "G-Dragon and T.O.P hold world premiere showcase for duo unit". 10Asiae. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  5. ^ "Gaon Chart Search: GD & TOP" (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  6. ^ "발매 D-2' GD·탑 유닛 첫앨범, 선주문만 '20만장' (GD&TOP's album receives 200,000 pre-orders)" (in Korean). Daum. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 
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  8. ^ 길혜성 기자 (2011-01-05). "GD&탑, '집에~'도 MBC 불가.."수정없이 재심요청". Starnews. Retrieved 2015-06-10. 
  9. ^ Hong, Lucia (2010-12-24). "Big Bang unit G-Dragon and T.O.P release third title track". 10Asiae. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  10. ^ "Big Bang duo on TV today". The Korea JoongAng Daily. 2011-01-13. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  11. ^ Kim, Heidi (2011-01-06). "IU "Good Day" stays atop Gaon chart for 4th week". 10Asiae. Archived from the original on 2011-11-29. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  12. ^ Kim, Heidi (2011-01-04). "IU's "Good Day" takes charge of Mnet chart for 4th week". 10Asiae. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  13. ^ "2011년 01주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Digital Chart. Retrieved August 25, 2017. 
  14. ^ "2011년 02주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Digital Chart. Retrieved August 25, 2017. 
  15. ^ YG Entertainment. "BIGBANG comes back in August in "GD&TOP" unit… Shooting music video for new song now". YG LIFE. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  16. ^ YG Entertainment. "빅뱅, 8월 신곡은 GD&TOP '쩔어'…오는 5일 공개". YG LIFE. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart - Week 33". Gaon Chart. August 13, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Gaon Download Chart - Week 33". Gaon Chart. August 13, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Billboard's World Digital Singles Chart: Singles". Billboard. Billboard. August 11, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  20. ^ "BIGBANG Tie PSY for Most No. 1s on World Digital Songs Chart". Billboard. Billboard. August 11, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015. 
  21. ^ "빅뱅 중화권 돌풍…QQ 뮤비 차트 1, 2위 석권 (in Korean)". August 13, 2015. Retrieved August 24, 2015. 
  22. ^ "The 20 Best K-Pop Videos". Stereogum. 2012-02-22. 
  23. ^ "The 21 Greatest K-Pop Songs of All Time". Spin. 2012-06-01. 
  24. ^ "15 Korean Rappers You Should Know That Aren't Psy". XXL Magazine. 2013-02-15. 
  25. ^ "G-Dragon 고별展│가사로 본 지 드래곤의 인생". Ize Magazine (in Korean). June 13, 2017. Retrieved August 25, 2017. 
  26. ^ "GD & TOP". Gaon Chart. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved April 15, 2016. 
  27. ^ Cumulative Sales for "GD&TOP"
  28. ^
  29. ^ Cumulative sales for "Oh Yeah"
  30. ^ Cumulative sales for "High High"
  31. ^ a b "Gaon Download Chart - 2011". Archived from the original on October 10, 2016. 
  32. ^ Cumulative sales for "Zutter":
  33. ^ "BIGBANG Tie PSY for Most No. 1s on World Digital Songs Chart". Billboard. Billboard. August 11, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015. 
  34. ^
  35. ^ "Pixie Lott's 'Dancing on My Own' Ft. GD&TOP Released". Kpop Starz. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  36. ^ "Online Download (International) – 2012". Gaon Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. 
  37. ^ "Major Lazer Enlists G-Dragon & TOP for 'Bubble Butt' Remix: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  38. ^ "Online Download – 2013". Gaon Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  39. ^ "Winners from the '2011 Melon Music Awards'". AllKpop. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 

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