Ringa Linga

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"Ringa Linga"
Taeyang - Ringa Linga album cover.jpg
Single by Taeyang
from the album RISE
Released November 8, 2013
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre
Length 3:47
Label YG Entertainment
Songwriter(s) G-Dragon
Producer(s) G-Dragon, Shockbit
Taeyang Korean singles chronology
"I'll Be There"
(2010)
"Ringa Linga"
(2013)
"Eyes, Nose, Lips"
(2014)

"I'll Be There"
(2010)
"Ringa Linga"
(2013)
"Eyes, Nose, Lips"
(2014)
Music video
"Ringa Linga" on YouTube

Ringa Linga (Korean: 링가 링가) is a song recorded by South Korean singer Taeyang. It was released as a digital single on November 8, 2013 through YG Entertainment. Later, it became the first single to be released from his second studio album Rise (2014). It was written and composed by Big Bang bandmate G-Dragon and Shockbit.

Composition[edit]

The song was written by G-Dragon and produced by G-Dragon and Shockbit.[1] "Ringa Linga" is a mix of trap base, dubstep, electronic music and hip hop.[2][3] The single's refrain is inspired by a Korean children's nursery song called "Round and Round", sung while going round and around with hands held.[4]

Reception[edit]

"Ringa Linga" was chosen by Dazed as the fifth best K-pop song of 2013, with Taylor Glasby commenting that this single shed "the sweet, somewhat hapless guise of his previous singles", writing that Taeyang's "blindingly" confidence made "this unapologetic dancefloor monster" "meth-level addictive."[5] Billboard also ranked at the single number five in their list of best K-Pop songs of the year, describing "Ringa Linga" as an "hard-hitting, club banger" and adding that his "smoky vocals poured over an elaborate production of pumping synths and chest-beating thumps" made the release one of the "most addicting" songs of the year.[6]

Released with only one day left in the tracking week, "Ringa Linga" debuted at number 16 in the Gaon Digital Chart,[7] with 129,876 downloads sold.[8] The following week, the single rose to a peak position of number six,[9] selling additional 151,463 downloads.[10] In the streaming chart, "Ringa Linga" peaked at number eight.[11] During Rise's release week in 2014, "Ringa Linga" re-entered the chart at number 55.[12]

Promotion[edit]

A dance music video was released on November 7, showing the song choreography and Taeyang's dance that emphasized rhythm. Directed by Jerry Evans, the video featured Taeyang and male dancers dancing through a practice room to a garage and to a hallway continuously. The dance performance video captured in one take.[13]

Two days later the music video was also released, the sets included a warehouse, a place in front of a dilapidated building, a barebones elevator, a pickup truck, supported by a dance crew and band mate G-Dragon. New Zealand choreographer Parris Goebel choreographed the dance.[14]

The first performance of "Ringa Linga" was held on the music show Inkigayo.[15] Taeyang continued promoting the song on M! Countdown and other Inkigayo stages.[16][17] He also performed at the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards.[18]

In December 2013, a collaboration between YG Entertainment and Samsung Music Project released a remix of the song named "Ringa Linga (Shockbit Remix)".[19]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
South Korea (Gaon Digital Chart)[9] 6
United States (Billboard World Digital Songs)[20] 3

Music program awards[edit]

Song Program Date
"Ringa Linga" Inkigayo (SBS) November 24, 2013[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Bang's Taeyang Ranks No. 1 with 'Ringa Linga'". MWAVE. November 8, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  2. ^ "BIGBANG's Taeyang Balances EDM & Hip-Hop on 'Ringa Linga'". Billboard. November 11, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  3. ^ "Big Bang′s Taeyang Tells His Stories in the New Album". MWAVE. 2013-11-11. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  4. ^ "The Iconic Lyrics of Taeyang Songs". MWAVE. November 17, 2013. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  5. ^ "Top ten K-Pop of 2013". Dazed Digital. December 10, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  6. ^ "20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2013: K-Town Picks". Billboard. December 23, 2013.
  7. ^ "2013년 46주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Chart. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  8. ^ "2013년 46주차 Download Chart". Gaon Chart. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Gaon Digital Chart Week 47". Gaon Chart. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  10. ^ "2013년 47주차 Download Chart". Gaon Chart. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  11. ^ "2013년 47주차 Streaming Chart". Gaon Chart. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  12. ^ "2014년 24주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Chart. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  13. ^ "Big Bang's Taeyang Has Two Music Videos for "Ringa Linga," and the One with the Space Car Isn't Even the Coolest". Complex Magazine. November 13, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  14. ^ "DANCE FLEX: PARRIS GOEBEL CHOREOGRAPHY>TAEYANG– "RINGA LINGA"". kempiredaily. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
  15. ^ "[Video] Big Bang's Taeyang to Make Stage Comeback on Next Inkigayo". Mwave. November 4, 2013.
  16. ^ "TAEYANG - 'RINGA LINGA' 1114 M COUNTDOWN". YG Life. November 14, 2013.
  17. ^ a b "Big Bang's Taeyang Crowned Inkigayo's Top Artist of the Week". KpopStarz. November 24, 2013.
  18. ^ "Relive the 2013 MNET Asian Music Awards (MAMA) : Review of Performances - Part One". KpopStarz. November 23, 2013.
  19. ^ "[태양/동영배] YG X 삼성 두번째 콜라보레이션 - 태양.jpg". Naver. 2013-12-19. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  20. ^ "World Digital Songs". Billboard. November 23, 2013.