Last Dance (Big Bang song)

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"Last Dance"
BIGBANG - LAST DANCE.jpg
Single by Big Bang
from the album Made
ReleasedDecember 12, 2016 (2016-12-12)
FormatDigital download
Genre
Length4:40
LabelYG
Songwriter(s)G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang
Producer(s)G-Dragon, Jeon Yong Jun
Big Bang singles chronology
"Fxxk It"
(2016)
"Last Dance"
(2016)
"Flower Road"
(2018)

"Last Dance" is a song recorded by South Korean boy band Big Bang. It was released digitally on December 12, 2016, by YG Entertainment, as the sixth single from Made (2016). "Last Dance" was written by group members G-Dragon, T.O.P and Taeyang and was produced by G-Dragon and Jeon Yong Jun. The single peaked at number two on South Korea's Gaon Digital Chart and reached the Top 10 on the Japan Hot 100

Background[edit]

The music video was filmed in Seoul on October 15, 2016.[3] On December 7, the name of the single was revealed alongside its promotional poster.[1] The song was released on December 13 at midnight KST worldwide on iTunes, with the accompanying music video directed by Han Sa Min.

Composition and recording[edit]

"Last Dance" was written by Big Bang members G-Dragon, T.O.P and, Taeyang with the production being done by G-Dragon and Jeon Yong Jun, and the arrangement made by Seo Won Jin and 24. The song is a slow R&B and pop-rock ballad. The lyrics express Big Bang's memories of the past 10 years and members' connection with their fans. G-Dragon talked about creating the song and "wanted the members to sing "Last Dance" as if they were talking, and really mean what they were singing. I wanted a lot of emotion in it".[4][5]

Chart performance[edit]

Upon its release, "Last Dance" debuted at number two in four charts of China's QQ Music: the daily, popularity index, music video, and K-pop's music video charts, only behind the group's other single released on the same day, "Fxxk It".[6] In three days, the song sold 335,813 copies and the music video surpassed 1.6 million views on QQ Music.[7]

In South Korea, "Last Dance" placed second on the Digital and Download charts also behind "Fxxk It", with 281,843 downloads sold in five days.[8][9] The single peaked at number three on the Gaon Streaming Chart with over 5.3 million streams.[10] In Billboard's World Digital Songs, the song charted third with 4,000 sales in three days.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Tamar Herman of Billboard described the track as an "evocative pop-rock ballad that serves as an ode to the band's time together, with the members promising to return to the fans after their mandatory military service. Herman also highlighted that the "poignant rap from T.O.P at the song's climax" which was "accompanied by a sample of cheering fans" was a way of incorporating Big Bang's fans "into their farewell for the foreseeable future."[2] Jeff Benjamin of Fuse complimented the "powerful, pop production and subject matter" that gave "Last Dance" an "emotional punch". Benjamin also felt that the single "reads like a love letter", demonstrating the close connection between Big Bang and their fans.[12] In a review of the album, KKBOX wrote that the anxious menssage of the single felt "realistic", allowing the listeners to feel "fascinated" and "moved" while listening.[13]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
China (QQ Music Daily Chart) 2
China (QQ Music Weekly Chart)[14] 29
China (QQ Music South Korean Weekly Chart)[15] 2
Japan Hot 100 Singles (Billboard Japan)[16] 9
South Korea (Gaon)[17] 2
South Korea (Gaon Weekly Download Chart)[18] 2
South Korea (Gaon Weekly Streaming Chart)[19] 3
US World Digital Songs (Billboard)[11] 3

Sales

Chart Sales
China QQ Music 900,000+[20]
South Korea (Gaon) 1,200,967[21]
US 4,000[11]

Music program awards[edit]

Song Program Date
"Last Dance" Music Bank (KBS) December 23, 2016[22]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide December 12, 2016[1] Digital download YG Entertainment

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c ""D-5" BIGBANG, the second title track is "Last Dance"… "R&B Slow Music"". YG Life. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "BIGBANG Releases 3 New Songs Ahead of T.O.P's South Korean Military Service". Billboard. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "[Exclusive ②] SECHSKIES & BIGBANG are coming back in December… Not competing, but "pushing and pulling" one another for mutual success". YG Life. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "BIGBANG's perfect comeback + unprecedentedly perfect finale (ft. T.O.P) [V-LIVE]". YG Life. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  5. ^ "BIGBANG's versatile appeals built for 10 years… "Intensely catchy + tenderly sentimental"". YG Life. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  6. ^ 빅뱅, 中 QQ뮤직 4관왕 달성…중화권 '인기 대폭발'. Chosun. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  7. ^ 巅峰榜·MV. China QQ. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  8. ^ "2016 Gaon Download Chart- Week 51". Gaon Music Chart. December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  9. ^ "2016 Gaon Digital Chart- Week 51". Gaon Music Chart. December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  10. ^ "2016 Gaon Streaming Chart- Week 51". Gaon Music Chart. December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  11. ^ a b c "BIGBANG Earns 2nd Entry on Billboard 200 With Career-Defining 'Made' Album". Billboard. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  12. ^ "BIGBANG FINALLY RELEASE 'MADE' ALBUM WITH CAREER-EXEMPLIFYING 'FXXK IT' AND 'LAST DANCE' VIDEOS". fuse. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  13. ^ "The Best of this week's Korean releases". Kkbox (in Chinese). December 24, 2016. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  14. ^ 巅峰榜·热歌 - 12.15 - 12.21. QQ Music (in Chinese). Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  15. ^ 巅峰榜·韩国 - 12.8 - 12.14. QQ Music (in Chinese). Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  16. ^ "Billboard's Japan Hot 100 Singles Chart: Singles". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  17. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart: December 11–17, 2016" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on December 22, 2016.
  18. ^ "Download Chart Week 51 of 2016". Gaon Chart. Gaon Chart. December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  19. ^ "Streaming Chart Week 51 of 2016". Gaon Chart. Gaon Chart. December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  20. ^
  21. ^ Cumulative sales for "Last Dance"
  22. ^ "K-Chart 2016-12-23". KBS TV - Music Bank (in Korean). Korean Broadcasting System. Retrieved 2017-03-11.

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