Made (Big Bang album)

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Studio album by Big Bang
Released December 12, 2016
Recorded 2013–2016
  • 40:53 (Korean edition)
  • 53:02 (Japanese edition)
Language Korean
Label YG Entertainment
Producer Big Bang
Big Bang chronology
Made Series
(2016)Made Series2016
Singles from Made
  1. "M"
    Released: May 1, 2015
  2. "A"
    Released: June 1, 2015
  3. "D"
    Released: July 1, 2015
  4. "E"
    Released: August 5, 2015
  5. "Fxxk It"
    Released: December 12, 2016
  6. "Last Dance"
    Released: December 12, 2016

Made (stylized as MADE) is the third Korean studio album and the fifth Japanese studio album by South Korean boy band Big Bang. Made was preceded by four single albums containing eight songs, all released in 2015. After over a year of delay, the full album was released on December 12, 2016.[2] It marks the group's comeback after a three-year hiatus and their first Korean studio album in eight years. Made charted at number one on the South Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese albums charts and, including the four single albums, sold over six million copies in China alone.[3]


On April, 2015, YG Entertainment announced Big Bang's comeback after a hiatus of nearly three years, since the release of Still Alive (2012).[4] Later, the trailer for Big Bang's Made World Tour was unveiled.[5] Before the official album release, the Made project was divided into four parts, each of which included two singles that were released under each letter of the word Made, namely M, A, D, E. The first four parts were released on the first day of every month starting from May to August 2015, apart from the final part named E, which was released on August 5, 2015.[6] The single releases were met with success; the four releases topped the monthly Gaon Digital Chart, making Big Bang the first act to have four consecutive monthly number-ones.[7] Additionally, three of the songs managed to become one of the five best-performing singles of 2015.[8] The last project was to release the full album in September. However, due to Big Bang's world tour and busy schedules, the full album got delayed.[9]

On October 18, 2016, the members started filming new music video for the final release of the album in Cheongju. The second music video also was filmed on October 15 in Seoul.[10] In November 22, YG announced that the release of the full album would be on December 12, 2016.[11] On December 6, the first title track was revelead to be named "Fxxk It".[12] The following two days, the second title track was announced to be a slow R&B song named "Last Dance",[13] and the track list of the album was released, confirming three new songs along with the eight singles that were released in 2015.[14]


Music and lyrics[edit]

Made comprises an eclectic mix of songs,[15] with Billboard stating that the album is "testament to the versatility K-pop acts can show in the music and just how truly hard it is to call K-pop a 'genre.'"[16] AllMusic wrote that, in this album, Big Bang's "trademark mix of dance-pop and R&B was blended with contemporary tropical and trap influences."[1] During the album's recording Big Bang aimed to create an album that would allowed them "to do and show unexpected things."[17] Commenting about the variety of music genres, G-Dragon explained that "there are performance songs, and then there are songs of various colors. There will always be an unexpected twist." And added "because the album styles were different, it was a bit of a free-for-all."[18]

The record's lyrical content "introduced a more mature style" to the group, but "without losing the images they had enforced through previous releases."[19] In an interview, Taeyang said that the group "focused mostly on the issues that our society is facing and how we look at society." He concluded that they "wanted to have an exchange and sympathize" about their struggles with the public.[18] In "Loser", they describe the feelings of "doubt and unhappiness that accompany the everyday life of a self-proclaimed loser."[20] "Zutter", performed solely by the rappers of the group, G-Dragon and T.O.P, was noted for instead of the duo being "in reverence of themselves", they "are aware they are participating in a time-worn hip-hop tradition of unreasoning self-assertion and the debauchery that follows success."[21]

"Bae Bae" and "Fxxk It" were noted for their sexual "charms" and vulgarity, showcasing the group's ability to mix "heartfelt with tongue-in-cheek lyrics".[22][23] In contrast, "Let's Not Fall in Love" presents "the pressures and worries of starting a new relationship and committing to a person, and the potential pain that accompanies the risk of opening up to someone",[24] while "Last Dance" is a message to their fans and a reflection of the group's decade together.[25]


Made opens with "Fxxk It", a mid-tempo electronic hip-hop track with tropical elements.[25] "Last Dance" is a pop-rock ballad[25] while "Girlfriend" is a "hip hop throwback to the group's earlier efforts."[26] "Let's Not Fall in Love" is a pop-rock tune with a classic dance sound, including acoustic melodies and hazy synths.[20][27] "Loser" is a R&B track with the group's "brand of emotional hip-hop"[28] while the following "Bae Bae" was observed for "taking the popular trap genre and turning it K-pop with flecks of electronica and bizarre samples."[28]

"Bang Bang Bang" presents a "explosive modern EDM buzz" with a trap breakown in the chorus, being called a "party anthem".[19][29] "Sober" showcased a "more rock-driven sound", a genre rarely heard from the group. The track includes "lush guitars mixed with a pounding percussion" with a "spunky delivery and [a] high-energy rock sound."[30] The following "If You" is a ballad centered "around sparse guitar strums, impassioned belts and haunting croons throughout the chorus."[30] "Zutter" is hip-hop song with a trap-driven beat.[21] The album ends with "We Like 2 Party", a "midtempo number with production that hits the midpoint between Steve Miller Band, One Direction, and Biz Markie", with a "breezy" and relaxing melody.[29][15]


Big Bang hosted a live-broadcasting on Naver V-App on December 12, one hour before the release of the album, to celebrate the release of the first full-album in eight years with fans,[31] which attract more than 1.5 million viewers.[32] The members also appeared on two episodes of the talk show Radio Star, on Infinite Challenge and, lastly, on Weekly Idol to promote the album.[33] They performed on SBS's end-of-year TV festival 2016 SBS Gayo Daejeon.[34]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
IZM[35]3/5 stars
The Star[26]8/10 stars
The Straits Times[15]4/5 stars

Made was chosen as one of the best Korean albums in 2016 by Billboard, with the magazine praising the diversity of genres within the album, saying that "its value as a standalone piece of work is undeniable" and hailing Big Bang as "one of the most universally loved acts on the scene."[16] Fuse's Jeff Benjamin described the album as "career-exemplifying," noting how it solidifies the group's artistry and personality.[23]

Chester Chin from The Star called the album "cohesive and strong" and claimed that Made would "remind the K-pop audience on the fantastic musical geniuses who will elude them for the next few years."[26] The album was chosen as the best Korean album released in December by the music streaming service KKBOX, who called the record a "strong return" and highlighted how "Last Dance" makes the listeners fascinated.[36]

Commercial performance[edit]

Made was available for pre-order in December 8, in China on QQ Music, and in the first day the album reached 170,000 pre-ordered copies. Made surpassed 900,000 digital sales in less than a day after its official release in the site, and with QQ Music, Kugou, and Kuwo, which are considered as China's three major music platforms the album sold total 1,113,494 digital copies in the first day.[37] In less than two days the album surpassed 1,000,000 in QQ Music.[38] As of March 2017, the album has sold over 2.9 million copies in China's three major music platforms, making it one of the best-selling digital albums in Chinese history.[39]

In the United States, the album debuted at No. 172 on the Billboard 200 with 6,000 equivalent album units, 4,000 of which were in traditional album sales, earning the band their second entry on the chart. They also debuted at number one on the World Albums and the Heatseekers Albums charts.[40]

In South Korea, the limited edition of the album was released on December 23, 2016,[41] and debuted at number two in the Gaon Album Chart,[42] with 100,000 copies sold.[43] On January 5, 2017 the regular edition was released, topping the Gaon weekly album chart,[44] and the Gaon monthly album chart, with additional 142,652 copies sold in January.[45] Made was the sixth best-selling album for the first half of 2017 in South Korea.[46]

In Japan, the Korean edition charted in no.23 in the Oricon Albums Chart, selling 2,538 copies.[47] On February 15, the album was released officially in Japan, topping the Oricon daily album chart.[48] According to Soundscan Japan the album sold 76,668 in the first day.[49] Made sold 101,364 copies in its first week, earning the group their fourth number one album in the Oricon Albums Chart.[50][51] Additionally, it was the best-selling album by a Korean artist in the first half of 2017 in Japan.[52]


As of July 2, 2017, the nine Made music videos have gathered over 925 million views in YouTube, over 210 million views and over a billion audio streams in the Chinese video sharing websites such as Youku and QQ Music, and in Spotify the album had surpassed 195 million streams.[53][54][55]

All eight singles released in 2015 were selected as the biggest K-Pop songs of the Summer of that year by Billboard, with "Bang Bang Bang", "If You", and "Sober" took the first three places consecutively. Additionally, the most viewed K-Pop music videos of that season were "Bang Bang Bang", while "Sober", "We Like 2 Party", "Let's Not Fall in Love" and "Zutter" took the sixth, seventh, eighth and tenth spots consecutively.[56]

In the Taiwanese music streaming service KKBox, all of the eight singles ranked within in top 20 of the best performing Korean singles of 2015,[57] while Made ranked eighth on Top 10 Korean Albums of 2016 list with only three weeks worth of streams.[58]

Track listing[edit]

MADE: The Full Album
1."Fxxk It" (에라 모르겠다; era moreugedda)
  • Teddy
  • G-Dragon
  • R.Tee
  • Teddy
  • R.Tee
2."Last Dance"
  • G-Dragon
  • Jeon Yong Jun
  • Seo Won Jin
  • 24
  • Teddy
  • G-Dragon
  • T.O.P
  • Teddy
  • Choice37
4."Let's Not Fall In Love" (우리 사랑하지 말아요; uri saranghaji marayo)
  • Teddy
  • G-Dragon
  • Teddy
  • G-Dragon
  • Teddy
  • T.O.P
  • G-Dragon
  • Teddy
  • Taeyang
6."Bae Bae"
  • G-Dragon
  • Teddy
  • T.O.P
  • Teddy
  • G-Dragon
  • T.O.P
7."Bang Bang Bang" (뱅뱅뱅; baengbaengbaeng)
  • Teddy
  • G-Dragon
  • T.O.P
  • Teddy
  • G-Dragon
8."Sober" (맨정신; maenjeongsin)
  • Teddy
  • G-Dragon
  • T.O.P
  • Teddy
  • Choice37
  • G-Dragon
  • Teddy
  • Choice37
9."If You"G-Dragon
  • G-Dragon
  • P.K
  • Dee.P
  • P.K
  • Dee.P
10."Zutter (GD&T.O.P)" (쩔어; jjeoreo, meaning "dope")
  • G-Dragon
  • Teddy
  • T.O.P
  • Teddy
  • G-Dragon
  • T.O.P
11."We Like 2 Party"
  • Teddy
  • Kush
  • G-Dragon
  • T.O.P
  • Teddy
  • Kush
  • Seo Won Jin
  • G-Dragon
  • Teddy
  • Kush
Total length:40:53


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2016–17) Peak
Japan Weekly Albums (Oricon)[51] 1
Japan Weekly Digital Albums (Oricon)[60] 1
Japan Top Albums Sales (Billboard)[61] 1
Japan Hot Albums (Billboard)[62] 1
South Korean Weekly Albums (Gaon)[44] 1
Taiwan Weekly Albums (G-Music)[63] 1
UK Download Albums (OCC)[64] 67
US Billboard 200[40] 172
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[65] 24
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[40] 1
US World Albums (Billboard)[40] 1

Sales and certifications[edit]

Chart Sales
China 2,970,000+[66]
Japan 137,821[67][68][69]
South Korea 257,513[70]
United States 4,000[40]


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Japan (RIAJ)[71] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


Year Award-giving body Category Result
2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards Album of the Year[72] Nominated
2017 RTHK International Pop Poll Award The Best Selling Album[73] Won
Melon Music Awards Best Album Award Nominated

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Ref
World December 13, 2016 YG Entertainment digital download [74]
South Korea December 23, 2016 (First press limited edition) CD [41]
January 5, 2017 (Normal edition) [75]
Japan February 15, 2017 YGEX [59]


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