Good Boy (song)

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"Good Boy"
GD X TAEYANG – GOOD BOY.jpg
Single by GD X Taeyang
ReleasedNovember 21, 2014
Format
Recorded2014
Genre
Length4:05
LabelYG Entertainment
Songwriter(s)G-Dragon
Producer(s)
G-Dragon singles chronology
"Who You?"
(2013)
"Good Boy"
(2014)
"Dirty Vibe"
(2014)
Taeyang singles chronology
"1AM"
(2014)
"Good Boy"
(2014)
"Darling"
(2017)

"Good Boy" is a song recorded by South Korean duo GD X Taeyang, members of the boy band Big Bang. It was released on November 21, 2014, as the second hip-hop project from YG Entertainment, the first being "Niliria" by G-Dragon featuring Missy Elliott a year prior. The single was written by G-Dragon, who also produced it along with the Fliptones and Freedo. "Good Boy" became a chart-topper on Billboard's World Digital Songs and a Top 5 hit on the Gaon Digital Chart. Additionally, a physical single was released and topped the Gaon Albums Chart.

Release and promotion[edit]

YG Entertainment announced a new hip hop project on November 17 by G-Dragon collaborating with another artist.[2] The following day, Taeyang was revealed to be a part of the project.[3] A teaser trailer was released on November 20 announcing that the single would be named "Good Boy" and was set to be released on November 21.[4] The track topped South Korean online music services and iTunes charts in seven countries upon its release.[5]

A music video directed by Colin Tilley was released to promote the single. As of April 2016, "Good Boy" surpassed 100 million views on YouTube, making Big Bang the first Korean boy group to have three music videos pass this mark.[6] The video went on to be featured as a YouTube Music Moment for the 2015 YouTube Music Awards.[7]

A dance practice video was also released, showing the dance choreography by Parris Goebel.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

"Good Boy" received generally favorable reviews. The song was dubbed an "amazing club song" by Fuse, who also called it one of the best 10 songs of November 2014, writing that it"[i]s a huge EDM/hip hop banger that feels like the next 'Turn Down for What'".[9] It also ranked as one of Fuse's "41 Best Songs of 2014" at No. 15.[10]

Billboard gave a positive review, stating, "[G-Dragon & Taeyang are] at the top of the vocal, rap and dance game in one of the year's most epic club tracks",[11] and listed the single at number three in their "Best K-Pop Songs of 2014" list, feeling that the duo "hardly feels like a collaboration, but more like a cohesive artist."[12]

Justin Block from Complex felt that "Good Boy" will "instantly have your face all the scrunched up when the drop hits", making it "quite impossible to not feel yourself to G-Dragon and Taeyang" on the song.[13]

Track listing and formats[edit]

  • Digital download[14]
  1. "Good Boy" – 4:05
  1. "Good Boy" – 4:05
  2. "Good Boy" (a cappella) – 4:05
  3. "Good Boy" (Instrumental) – 4:05
  4. "Good Boy" (MR) – 4:05

Commercial performance[edit]

"Good Boy" debuted at number five on South Korea's Gaon Digital Chart,[17] with 169,139 downloads.[18] The physical edition, released a month latter, topped the Gaon Album Chart upon release.[19]

The song peaked at number one on Billboard's World Digital Songs chart, marking the third time a Korean act had topped the chart after PSY and 2NE1.[20]

Charts and sales[edit]

Sales[edit]

Country Sales
South Korea (Gaon) 1,260,683 (digital)[25]
25,000 (physical)[26]
United States (Billboard) 5,000[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014". Billboard.
  2. ^ "YG HIPHOP PROJECT 1 "G-DRAGON"". YG LIFE. yg-life.com. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  3. ^ "YG HIPHOP PROJECT 1 "GD X TAEYANG". YG LIFE. yg-life.com. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  4. ^ "GD X TAEYANG - "GOOD BOY" TEASER SPOT". YG LIFE. yg-life.com. 20 November 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  5. ^ "GD X Taeyang proves popularity with "Super Performance"". Osen. November 24, 2014. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "G-Dragon and Taeyang's "Good Boy" music video surpasses 100 million views on YouTube". Soompi. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "Presenting the YouTube Music Awards winners of 2015". YouTube. March 2, 2015.
  8. ^ "Big Bang's G-Dragon and Taeyang go with the flow in 'Good Boy' Dance practice". Mwave. December 8, 2014.
  9. ^ Benjamin, Jeff; Vincenty, Samantha (1 December 2014). "10 Best Dance Songs We Heard in November ft. Calvin Harris, Kaskade, DJ Mustard & More". Fuse.tv. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  10. ^ Fuse Staff (8 December 2014). "41 Best Songs of 2014". Fuse.tv. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  11. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (20 November 2014). "G-Dragon & Taeyang Combine Powers for Big, Booming Banger 'Good Boy". Billboard. Billboard.com. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  12. ^ Benjamin, Jeff; Oak, Jessica (11 December 2014). "The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014". Billboard. Billboard.com. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  13. ^ "Watch G-Dragon and Taeyang of BIGBANG'S "Good Boy" video". Complex. November 21, 2014. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  14. ^ "Good Boy single by GD X TAEYANG". Apple Music. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  15. ^ "GD X Taeyang to Release Special Edition of 'Good Boy' on 12/12". Newsen. Mwave. November 25, 2014. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  16. ^ "GDXTaeyang Special Edition [Good Boy]". ygselect.com. YG Entertainment. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  17. ^ a b "Week 28 of 2014". Gaon Chart. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  18. ^ a b "Week 28 of 2014". Gaon Chart. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  19. ^ a b "Gaon Album Chart - Good Boy". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. December 13, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  20. ^ a b c Benjamin, Jeff (1 December 2014). "G-Dragon & Taeyang's 'Good Boy' Debuts at No. 1 on World Digital Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  21. ^ "Gd X Taeyang: Good Boy" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  22. ^ "Week 28 of 2014". Gaon Chart. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  23. ^ "2014 Download Chart". Gaon Chart. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  24. ^ "2015 Download Chart". Gaon Chart. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  25. ^ Cumulative sales for "Good Boy":
  26. ^ Cumulative sales for "Good Boy":