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Taeyang, “I Want To Love Someone Now” (Interview)

November 22, 2009


Source: Star News
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In ‘Look at Only Me,’ he was a man who you couldn’t stop loving even though he’s self-centered. Taeyang (21) is now in unrequited love. He came back as ‘Taeyang,’ not as ‘Big Bang’ with a song, ‘Wedding Dress’ that talks about a man who experiences unrequited love and how he feels miserable. It has been a year and a 1/2 since his first solo mini album release.

How much he has been changed? Taeyang, off stage,  is 21 years old and still shy. He, who isn’t good with strangers said, “There a reason why I can’t appear in variety shows like Seungri,” and smiled awkwardly.

Like what one fellow singer quoted, “Taeyang’s performance on stage was the best in Korea,” Taeyang is a person who has strong charisma that no one can approach on a stage. But, you will be surprised once again for his sweet charm if you meet him in comfortable environment.

But this man, hopelessly smiled as he said, “I’ve never dated before.”

“Maybe because I have a strong confidence that music is my only outlet; I never got a chance to date because I was focusing on music and performing. But I think my image is leaning on ‘a guy who never dated before’ too much (laughs). I never had time to date; I didn’t mean this to happen intentionally.”

Taeyang said he wrote about how he felt when he used to like someone for ‘Wedding Dress.’ He does know how to love, not just work.

Music, of course, is Taeyang’s life. Taeyang is here because of music and it gives him energy to live.

“(For me) Music is… it’s hard to explain with a word, but it’s becoming an important and necessary existence as time passes by. I was always happy whenever I received a good song or when I am on a stage with that song. Honestly, I think I will have a hard time if I think about music not existing in this world. (Meaning,) music brings very important meaning to not only me, but to everyone.”

Conversations always went back to music from any topic. Music is the driving force that helps him stay alive. He willingly gave up the happiness that he could’ve had during his childhood, and he’s ready to endure all the hardships that he has to go through for his future.

“I started this because I love it. I want to focus on music now.”

But he’s recently developed a small desire to get rid of the “guy who’s never dated” tag that’s been attached to him since he turned 20.

“I really want to break out of that ‘guy who’s never dated’ status. Hahaha.”

Reporter gave him an advice that “you should date secretly since it would be difficult if there’s a scandal,” but Taeyang said, “I will give you a call later when I get a girlfriend. I want to tell people fast,” he bragged. He can’t have a girlfriend because he doesn’t think he has the confidence to be nice to her.

“Singers may look flamboyant, but patience and pain follows it. So I thought many singers would feel lonely like me. I don’t think you can do anything about that feeling of loneliness even if you have someone you love. I still have a lot of things to do since I just released my second single. I was lucky until now, but it’s going to be hard from now on. I need to work fiercely. I feel more responsible for my words, actions, and music, especially when I am getting a lot of attention.”

21 years old, and he’s already thinking too maturely, but he thinks it’s just a start.

“I still have a long way to go. There are only 2 albums under my name. I actually didn’t take a first step since I didn’t release an actual album. I received a lot of love and support compared to what I brought out. But I like to take each step correctly even if it would take a long time. I think I will be able to make music that people will like for a long time (laughs).”

Everyone has a time when they dream about their future. But once you turn 20, your dream disappears and life gets busy to live everyday. But Taeyang is different – he is living with strong and hot passion just like his name.


Taeyang Digital Single [WHERE U AT] Information Released!

October 14, 2009

Translated by: jeska + gdluvzmc @VIPTranslators
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This is YG Entertainment

Big Bang’s Taeyang will be coming out with [Where U At] after 1 year & 5 months since his last solo release.

Taeyang, who left a strong impression on audiences & critics alike with his first solo mini-album [HOT], with hit singles including “Look Only At Me” & “Prayer,” received recognition as the famous idol group, Big Bang’s lead singer, as well as a solo artist through his mini-album.

This Digital Single, “Where U At” was composed & written by Teddy, who brought sensation to the music industry with songs the songs he produced such as “Look Only At Me” & “Prayer” from last year, to this years’ “Lollipop,” 2NE1’s “Fire” & “I Don’t Care.”

The lyrics for “Where U At” were written in consideration of 22-year-old Taeyang, who has never had a girlfriend. The touchy story is reflective of Taeyang’s situation, imagining his future girlfriend who’s out there somewhere.

Much to expect from Taeyang as to what type of style & music he’s going to promote with his activities beginning with “Where U At” to his official album, so please take interest & give support.

Thank you.


check out taeyang’s official site.


“Us, Forever.”

October 6, 2009

written by: gdluvzmc @VIPtranslators
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this just in… DJ Tukutz from Epik High is getting married & will enlist for military service soon after.

Tukutz (28), whose real name is Kim JungSik, has decided to ask his girlfriend of 10 years, for her hand in marriage.

Soon after, he will be enlisting for military service on October 15th.

He posted the news on Epik High’s official site today.

When asked to comment, Epik High’s side explained that Tukutz’ enlistment date came too sudden, hence the rush for him to do a wedding. The plan was to have Tablo & Kang HyeJung marry first, but Tukutz’ wedding date has been pushed forward due to his military enlistment.

The picture above was taken from Tablo’s blog on titled, “3.”

“우린, 영원. 사랑해 정식아 – Us, forever. Love you, JungSik ah”

3, as in 3 members of Epik High.

personally, i am moved by how powerful such short & simple words have about the entire ordeal. & it couldn’t have been a better picture to represent the LOVE.

Epik High has been a great foundation for my love of korean music, & music in general. they were one of the 1st groups i really got into & without their influence on me, i don’t think i would love hip-hop music as much as i do now.

I was fortunate enough to attend one of their MapTheSoul Concerts (the one in Los Angeles) & it still remains THE BEST concert i’ve ever been to. although i wasn’t in the front, just being in that room full of people in love with music – my eyes & ears could not have asked for more.

although i am sad that funnyman Tukutz will be going away for 2 years, the happier note is that he is marrying the love of his life. for that, we should be happy.

Tablo, the genius with words, couldn’t have captured the essence better in 2 words. “Us, forever.”

Epik High will still be around to give us joy in the music they make & will continue to make. & best believe, they’ll keep us posted on the exciting stuff that’s to come: Tukutz’ wedding, his goodbyes, Tablo’s wedding, & the next High Skool kid (Tablo’s baby).

so thanks Epik High. you’ve given me a lot & i feel that love you share. good luck, & we’ll always be here to support you. waiting…



Daesung Can’t Stand on Stage Yet

September 18, 2009


Source: Gwangnam
Translated by: ladykwonn @VIP Translators
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Big Bang’s group member, Daesung, will not attend the ‘2009 Asia Song Festival’.

On the 18th, an official from YG Entertainment talked on the phone with the Asian Economy Newspaper . He revealed, “This coming 19th, Daesung will not attend the ‘Asian Song Festival’ that will open in the evening.

He also revealed, “Daesung is in an almost completely cured condition, but still, standing on stage has been judged as too difficult for him.”

On this day, Big Bang will schedule to go on stage with only 4 members.

On a side note, Daesung took part in the filming of ‘Family Outing’ and got into a car accident on his way back to Seoul on the 11th of last month. He fractured his nose and back.

After surgery, he was discharged from the hospital on the 28th and recuperated at home. He will participate in the upcoming filming of SBS ‘Family Outing’ in Jejudo on the 21st-22nd.



G-Dragon’s Solo Debut on ‘Inkigayo’, Amazing Viewers’ Rating

August 31, 2009

Source: Dailian , E-Daily
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SBS’s ‘Inkigayo’, where Big Bang’s G-Dragon debuted as a solo artist, exploded with an amazing viewer’s rating.

On August 30th, G-Dragon performed his two title songs,‘Heartbreaker’ and ‘Breathe’, on his solo debut stage. During his performance, the viewer’s rating rocketed to nearly 17% (according to TNS Media Korea).

Not only that, but on that same day, ‘Inkigayo’s’ average viewer’s rating was recorded as 14.1% (according to TNS Media Korea). In comparison with the previous recording of ‘Inkigayo’s’ ratings on August 16th (11.3%), G-Dragon’s solo debut raised the viewer’s rating by a prodigious 2.8 points. This overall effect can only be explained as something crazy.

[On the 23rd, ‘Inkigayo’ was canceled due to the former president’s, Kim Dae Joong, death.]

On his own birthday (last 18th of August), G-Dragon released his first solo album and showed an enormous power. Although he was enwrapped in plagiarism rumors, in an instant, he was #1 on the CD sales. Undoubtedly, his title song, ‘Heartbreaker’ swept the #1 spot on both the online music charts and mobile charts.

Especially, on August 28th, G-Dragon won 1st place on KBS’s ‘Music Bank’ even before he made his debut stage. This surprised the PDs and staff alike.

On a side note, G-Dragon will showcase more superb solo stages on SBS’s ‘Kim Jung Eun’s Chocolate’ on the 2nd and on KBS’s ‘Music Bank’ on the 4th.


MC Mong’s Kid Rapper B.I, “I Met G-Dragon, The Person I Want To Look Like”

August 31, 2009

Source: Newsen
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Kid rapper B.I (real name Kim Han Bin) revealed a picture of himself with G-Dragon.

On August 30th at 8:04 pm, B.I uploaded a picture titled ‘With G-Dragon Hyung’ on his Cyworld Minihompy. He and G-Dragon both held ‘V-signs’ (peace signs) in the picture.

In his first year in Junior High, B.I is the kid rapper promoting alongside MC Mong with the song ‘Indian Boy’. B.I is grabbing a lot of attention for his adorable appearance and his mature rapping.

On August 7th on KBS 2TV’s ‘Yoo Heeyeol’s Sketchbook’, B.I expressed, “I want my lifestyle to be like Mong hyung’s and my face to look like G-Dragon’s”.

On that same day, MC Mong said, “When I look at B.I, I feel like I’m looking at the young G-Dragon.”


Daesung, Eye Injury Has Been Added Thus His Treatment Will Last 8 Weeks

August 12, 2009


Source: Yunhap News
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Daesung of Big Bang who got into a car accident on 11th found more fracture around his eye after close  diagnosis.

According to YG Entertainment representative on 13th, his diagnosis came up with 4 weeks of treatment based on nose and spine fracture, but they found additional fracture around his left eye cornea, thus his treatment got extended to 8 weeks.

Representative also added that “he needs to get surgery for that area when he gets nose surgery.” Daesung’s car was coming out from a tunnel located at Pyoung-Taek Freeway and it slipped and hit guard rail with the back of car around 4pm after shooting for SBS ‘Family Outing.’


‘Traffic Accident’ Daesung, Nose Fractures, Injuries and Displaced Four Weeks .. Other Passengers Maybe in Critical Condition

August 11, 2009


Source: Star News
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Big Bang’s Daesung got into accident and sent to hospital on 11th. According to diagnostic result, Daesung fractured his nose and got small bruises on his face and arms as well. Thus, doctors required him for over 4 weeks of treatments.

YG Entertainment later said, “We first thought it was a car accident, but found out that the car that Daesung was in hit the guard rail itself,” on the same day of an accident to Money Today Star News.

According to YG, the car was driving around Pyung-Taek City, Kyoung-Gi Province, under rainy conditions and hit the guard rail around 4pm after having finished shooting SBS ‘Family Outing.’

Also, according to company, Daesung was sent to the closest emergency room right after accident. After an hour of close examination, he suffered a fractured pleurapophysis and nose. YG said, “Hospital said pleurapophysis will heal naturally if he rests for about four weeks. We are planning to send him to a hospital in Seoul and get treatments.”

Also, manager who drove the car got leg injuries.

YG said that the stylist who was sitting in the back seat got severe injuries and bled a lot, so they are worrying about her health a lot at this moment. The stylist was sent to the nearest hospital, but hospital recommended to send her to a bigger hospital in Seoul, and is currently waiting for surgery.

There’s a big possibility that Daesung will not be attending his new musical ‘Shouting’ press conference on the 12th because of this accident. YG said, “‘Shouting’ press conference will go on as planned, but we don’t think Daesung will be able to attend. We will focus on his rest and put him back on good condition.”

YG also added, “We are sorry to many fans who are worried throughout this incident.”