GD X Taeyang

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GD X Taeyang
Also known asGDYB
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, hip hop
Years active2014–present
LabelsYG Entertainment
Associated actsBig Bang

GD X Taeyang (also known as GDYB) is a South Korean duo from YG Entertainment, consisting of G-Dragon and Taeyang from Big Bang.[1] After several years of appearing on each other's solo materials, the duo officially released the single "Good Boy" in 2014, which went on to top Billboard's World Digital Songs chart and sold over a million digital units in South Korea.[2][3]


Kwon Ji-yong and Dong Young-bae first met as trainees at YG Entertainment. After signing a contract with the record label, they spent the first year cleaning the studio and fetching water bottles during dance practices for YG artists.[4] Dong later admitted that current artists at the time weren't friendly towards him or Kwon.[5] The original plan for the two was to debut as the hip-hop duo GDYB, with Kwon choosing the stage name G-Dragon ("Ji" is pronounced like "G" and Yong is Korean for "dragon").[6] Though they made several appearances both as a duo and as individuals on other artists' music,[7][8] the plan for their debut was scrapped and they were joined by four other trainees (T.O.P, Daesung, Seungri and Jang Hyun-seung) to form Big Bang instead. The formation of the group was documented on television,[9] but prior to their official debut, Jang was dropped.[6] Dong later adopted the stage name Taeyang.[10] Member Seungri later admitted that G-Dragon was initially cold towards Daesung and himself because G-Dragon had wanted to be in the hip hop duo and disliked being placed in a band.[11] Taeyang himself was also initially hesitant about being placed in a band but eventually warmed up to the other members.[5]

Despite activities with their band, the duo continued to collaborate with one another outside of Big Bang's materials, with G-Dragon participating as a writer and producer for Taeyang's first extended play Hot (2008),[nb 1] after which G-Dragon subsequently recorded a "Part Two" to the EP's lead single "Only Look at Me" (Korean: 나만바라봐; Revised Romanization: Naman Barabwa). Later, G-Dragon had a rap verse on Taeyang's single "I Need a Girl". Taeyang returned the favor by appearing in the song "Korean Dream" for G-Dragon's first album Heartbreaker (2009). G-Dragon later wrote and produced several songs for Taeyang's first and second albums Solar (2010) and Rise (2014).[10]

An official collaboration between the two as the subunit GD x Taeyang emerged in 2014 with the song "Good Boy," which reached number one on Billboard's World Digital Songs, making it the third time a Korean act had topped the chart after PSY and 2NE1.[2] The single accrued 1.2 million downloads in South Korea,[3] and its music video accumulated over 100 million views on the video-sharing website YouTube.[12] In 2015, the duo participated in the Infinite Challenge music festival, teaming up with ZE:A's Hwang Kwanghee for the single "Mapsosa", which peaked at number two on the Gaon Digital Chart[13] and sold 1.3 million copies by the end of the year, making it one of the best-selling songs of 2015.[14]


Single albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Good Boy 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales


Year Title Peak positions Sales (DLs) Album
US World
2014 "Good Boy" 5 21 1 Good Boy / YG Hip Hop Project
2015 "Mapsosa" (with Kwanghee) 2 10 Infinite Challenge
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other collaborations[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Sales (music downloads) Album
US World
2002 "Unfold at a Higher Place" (As GDYB) N/A Why Be Normal?
2003 "Heosubai" (Masta Wu featuring GDYB) Masta Peace
2006 "Run" (Se7en featuring GDYB) 24/SE7EN
2007 "Super Fly" (Lexy featuring G-Dragon, T.O.P and Taeyang) Rush
2009 "Korean Dream" (G-Dragon feat. Taeyang) 3 Heartbreaker
"Hallelujah" (T.O.P featuring G-Dragon and Taeyang) Non-album single
2010 "I Need A Girl" (Taeyang featuring G-Dragon) 1 Solar
2013 "Let's Talk About Love" (Seungri feat. G-Dragon and Taeyang) 15 9 Let's Talk About Love
2014 "Stay With Me" (Taeyang featuring G-Dragon) 7 4
  • KOR: 343,555

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Name Recipient Award Result Ref
2015 YouTube Music Awards "Good Boy" Honored Artist Won [27]
Melon Music Awards "Mapsosa" Hot Trend Award 2015 Won [28]
Melon Popularity Award Popularity Award (September 7) Won [28]
Popularity Award (September 14) Won
Popularity Award (September 21) Won

Music programs[edit]

SBS's Inkigayo[edit]

Year Date Song
2010 July 18 "I Need a Girl" (Taeyang feat. G-Dragon)
July 25
2014 November 30 "Good Boy" (GD X TAEYANG)
2015 January 4

Mnet's M Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2010 July 8 "I Need a Girl" (Taeyang feat. G-Dragon)
July 15

KBS's Music Bank[edit]

Year Date Song
2010 July 16 "I Need a Girl" (Taeyang feat. G-Dragon)


  1. ^ According to the credits on the album's jacket.


  1. ^ "GD × Taeyang". YG Entertainment. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Benjamin, Jeff (December 1, 2014). "G-Dragon & Taeyang's 'Good Boy' Debuts at No. 1 on World Digital Songs". Billboard. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Cumulative sales for "Good Boy":
  4. ^ 新스타고백 지드래곤③연습생시절, 1년간 죽어라 청소만. Yahoo Korean News (in Korean). Yahoo!. March 1, 2006. Archived from the original on February 4, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
  5. ^ a b "[Star Timeline] "YOUNG BAE Music": TAEYANG devotes half his life to music". YG-Life. June 17, 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-10-02. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  6. ^ a b '준비된 그룹' 빅뱅, 대폭발 예고. Sports Chosun (in Korean). Chosun Ilbo. July 7, 2006. Retrieved January 15, 2010.
  7. ^ '태양'이 누구인가요? (in Korean). Nate. July 30, 2008. Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
  8. ^ '준비된 그룹' 빅뱅, 대폭발 예고. Sports Chosun (in Korean). July 7, 2006. Retrieved January 15, 2010.
  9. ^ "Big Bang Profile". KBS World. Korean Broadcasting System. Archived from the original on May 31, 2009. Retrieved January 15, 2010.
  10. ^ a b Ji, Un Nah (June 2, 2014). "BIGBANG's Taeyang on nosebleeds, tattoos and true art". Dazed Digital. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  11. ^ "Happy Together - Big Bang Special (2015.06.11)". Youtube. KBS World TV. June 11, 2015. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  12. ^ "[문화광장] 빅뱅, MV 9번째 1억 뷰 돌파…"韓 최다 기록"". KBS News (in Korean). July 3, 2017. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  13. ^ "′Infinity Challenge′ Addresses Song Festival Spoilers". mwave. CJ DigitalMusic. June 29, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  14. ^ "Gaon Digital Download - 2015". Gaon Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  15. ^ "Gaon Album Chart - Good Boy". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. December 13, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  16. ^ Cumulative sales for "Good Boy":
  17. ^ "G-DRAGON × TAEYANG IN PARIS 2014 - Oricon". Oricon Chart (in Japanese). Retrieved July 10, 2016.
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    • "IFPI: Good Boy". Suomen virallinen lista (in Finnish). IFPI. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
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  23. ^ Mapsosa Sales:
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  26. ^ Let's Talk About Love Sales:
  27. ^ "Presenting the YouTube Music Awards Winners of 2015". Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  28. ^ a b "Melon Music Awards". MelOn. Retrieved 2015-09-08.

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