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GD&TOP will release its first single in Japan.
After having a successful debut as a sub-unit in Korea last year, G-Dragon and T.O.P will also present their first single in Japan.
The track chosen for this is "Oh Yeah" featuring 2NE1's Bom, and will also include "High High".
The single will come in 5 editions and the reservations will be open from October 18 until November 8 and will be released on November 9th. Each version will have a different cover and include different extras like CDs, DVDs or photobook.
To check all the versions take a look at the complete article.
With Big Bang on hiatus, the group's members are working on their own projects. The first member to go solo is G-Dragon.
G-Dragon will be coming out with a new solo album in October. The singer is currently working on completing the album and will be coming up with a concept for the album soon.
"Because we are still writing songs for his album, we haven’t decided on his title song. When we are done, we will decide on the album concept," a YG Entertainment representative stated.
With the next couple of months saturated with big name comebacks, including KARA, SNSD, Brown Eyed Girls and now G-Dragon, many agencies are rescheduling their artists' activities so they aren't competing against Korea's most popular artists.
Daesung has been cleared of the charges related to the car accident he suffered where a man died.
A prosecutor informed that despite the fact that Daesung did not keep a safe distance and did not watch carefully he has been cleared of the charges since there was not enough evidence to be sure that the man survived the prior accident he suffered.
The decision was taken on August 26th and YG actually did not receive a notice and was informed about the result after the announcement made by the prosecutor.
YG also mentioned that for the time being Daesung has decided that he will not be in any activities besides church.
The ever fashionable leader of Big Bang is spotted at a Marc Jacob's fashion show.
Check out some pictures of G-Dragon!
Big Bang is the new faces of outdoor apparel, The North Face. The group was recently in New Zealand for a CF shoot; and the finished CF has since been revealed!
Check out the boys in the breathtakingly beautiful New Zealand landscape!
Liked the song playing in the CF background, the song will be revealed on North Face's official Facebook page later today.
Also, check out Seungri's video he uploaded via his me2day around two weeks ago.
Browse through some of the pictures from the photo shoot as well! Only Big Bang can make poofy and heavy winter jackets look so hot!
German magazine "Popcorn" made a special article about k-pop and the most influential bands.
The special included summaries of JYJ, Big Bang, SHINee, 2NE1, f(x) and SNSD which introduced the groups to the German audience that have not met k-pop yet.
Check the full article for a translation of the report and tell us in which place on the world you would like to find a k-pop article.
Big Bang's Taeyang updates his Twitter with a song recommendation for his followers!
It seems he has caught Demi Lovato's "Skyscraper" fever, as he writes,
Have you heard Demi Lovato's latest ballad? Catch up here!
Fret not, VIPs who didn't get a chance to go to Big Bang's Love & Hope Tour 2011. Big Bang will soon release DVD and CD box sets, along with photobooks, to catch you right back up!
Big Bang's Love & Hope Tour 2011 took place from May 10th to May 19th, and stopped by the Japanese cities of Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.
Click on to read more about the DVD and CD packages!
Space Gang, a Puerto Rican juice drink, recently aired a new commercial featuring bright colors, a catchy song and a faux boy and girl group. K-pop fans were quick to notice that they have seen this concept used before in Korea from 2NE1 and Big Bang with their song "Lollipop".
Due to the striking similarities between the two, netizens have accused the Puerto Rican brand of plagiarism. Many have shown their support for their K-pop idols, saying the brand should pay YG royalties for using their concept and that the Space Gang commercial was a cheap rip off.
Check out the Space Gang commercial and the Lollipop MV and let us know if you think its plagiarism or not.
Space Gang CF
Performing at the “D Summer Night Party”, Big Bang's T.O.P arrived to the event debuting his new blonde look.
With Big Bang's leader G-Dragon showing off his shocking new shaved look earlier this month, TOP's new look has been drawing just as much buzz.
Similar to his style during GD&TOP's promotions which was dubbed the silver ‘grass head’ style, TOP's blonde look has already received many different nicknames.
With G-Dragon and TOP's new look, many fans are curious if Big Bang's Taeyang & Seungri are sure to follow with their own radical new hairstyles.
Japanese music site Recochoku recently ran a poll titled "Everyone's Favorite K-Pop Artist", and published the top five only today!
2. Shoujo Jidai
3. F.T Island
4. BIG BANG
Click here to find out the reasons Japanese K-pop fans gave for why they especially love Kara, Shoujo Jidai and F.T Island.
Big Bang is the latest idol to be chosen as the new faces for outdoor brand, "The North Face". The members have been a trend setter in the industry, particularly G-Dragon.
A representative from the brand's marketing team stated,
The CF and promotional shots that were taken in New Zealand is due to be broadcasted sometime next week.
Big Bang's leader G-Dragon prepared a special handwritten letter fro his dear VIPs.
He first apologized to fans for not doing this before but since Big Bang's 5th anniversary is approaching he took the chance to send fans a surprise through the band's Daum cafe.
He asked fans not to send him presents during his birthday since their hearts are more important.
He promised to spend more time with fans and create memories together.
To check the complete letter read the full article.
Performing at the 2011 SuperTraxx Concert, Big Bang leader G-Dragon had heads turning debuting his new clean cut shaved hair.
Known as a fashion icon among his peers and having sported many different looks over the years, G-Dragon made the quite the statement and left many surprised, with "G-Dragon" becoming the no.1 search on Naver after photos surfaced.
While some panicked thinking G-Dragon was heading to the military, others praised G-Dragon with one fan commenting "He can have a shaved head and still make it look good!".
What do you think of G-Dragon's new look?
"All About SNSD: Paradise in Phuket" DVD is a treasure trove of little gems for the SNSD fan inside of you! Aside from the music video for "Echo", the DVD also includes so-called 'solo music videos' of the girls from their song "Hoot"!
The music videos have surfaced online and can be found below!
Any favorite out of the nine solo music videos?
As you all know, Daesung will be charged for the May 31st motorcyclist's death after autopsy results have been revealed recently. So will this affect Big Bang's future? What will happen to Daesung now?
Prior to the final autopsy results, Daesung has been going to church to pray as well as receive counselling for his depression. When final results were revealed, holding him responsible for the death of the motorcyclist, he was lost for words! As a result, YG Entertainment halted all of Daesung's promotional activities to give him time off to self reflect until the end of this year. Furthermore, Daesung's license have been revoked and he has to attend a court trial to decide charges against him. Some say he might be going to jail for 5 years, or alternatively pay it off. However knowing Daesung, he's always blaming himself and putting others before him. Rumour has it that he might decide to give up his career. Many netizens have been debating against the autopsy results because it does not make sense.
YG Entertainment has stated that the absence of Daesung will not affect other group activities because everyone understands what he's going through. Moreover, most of the scheduled important events are over so there's not much going on as a group for the time being. So, other members of the group will be focusing on their solo activities until Daesung is ready for a comeback.
What are your thoughts on this?
Among the speculation that has arisen after the car accident involving Big Bang's Daesung, the taxi driver who attended to the motorcyclist killed in the collision was interviewed by Dispatch to give his side of the story.
At 1:40 AM KST on May 31, Big Bang's Daesung was involved in a fatal car accident, crashing into the back of a taxi. While the taxi driver was not injured, a motorcyclist the taxi driver was trying to help has been pronounced dead.
Since the day of the accident, various rumors have arisen, and the situation has gotten confusing. However, the sole eye witness finally speaks out.
In an interview with Dispatch, the taxi driver in the incident, Kim (45), spoke out with the words, "I have to correct everything that's being wrongly reported."
The interview is below.
Q. “At this time, the motorcyclist is deceased and the attention is now being focused on whether his death was caused by Daesung’s collision or not.”
Q. “You checked for the condition of the motorcyclist but Daesung was unable to. Eventually, he passed Hyun and collided with the taxi.”
Q. “Daesung testified that he did not see the motorcyclist.”
Kim: “Daesung did not know of the motorcyclist at all. He only knew once I told him that there was a person on the road. The car in front of him had swerved away so he didn't have time to check at the scene.”
Q. “Daesung is currently being questioned for speeding and negligent driving.”
Q. “No skid marks were discovered at the scene. Does that mean his car only stopped after it collided with the taxi?”
Q. "Then if he wasn't able to see the motorcyclist at the time of the accident, did he check afterwards?"
Q. "Did he look shocked?"
Q. "The taxi was severely destroyed. Just looking at the taxi, you must have also been severely injured. How are you right now?"
Q. "If Daesung is found to be unrelated to the death of the motorcyclist, that leaves only the issue of his collision with the taxi. The compromise will be important."
Q. "As the sole witness, how do you feel?"
Lee Hyori, popular Korean singer and good friend of Big Bang's Daesung, expressed her worries for him on Twitter.
Very shocked of the breaking news about Daesung's car accident, Lee Hyori tweeted the following message:
"Knowing that Daesung's character is one that will always turn things around to make it his own fault, it makes me more sad and worried…"
Lee Hyori and Daesung were both part of popular variety show "Family Outing" and have been very good friends since then.
The police have released a new statement regarding Daesung's accident, stating that the singer was speeding and not driving safely.
Although the investigation into Daesung's involvement into an accident that ultimately left one person dead, the police have released a statement regarding Daesung's involvement in the accident. The following is the official statement from the police:
Daesung has violated his duty to drive safely.
At 1:28AM, Daesung was driving in the first lane from Hapjeong-dong in the direction of Yangpyung-dong on a 4-lane road. He was driving at 80km per hour (speed limit is 60km/h) and crashed into a stopped taxi after driving over a motorcyclist who was passed out on the street.
We will carry out a more detailed examination by monitoring the CCTV collected around the accident site, as well as gathering eyewitness reports and understanding the path of the motorcycle. We have requested an autopsy on the victim from the National Institute of Scientific Investigation.
It is revealed that Big Bang's Daesung is cleared of suspicions of drunk driving when the accident happened.
The police department has released an official statement regarding the car accident. Seoul's Young Deung Po Police Station states that, "Big Bang's Daesung crashed into a passed-out motorcyclist with his car on the morning of May 31st at Yanghwa Bridge. The motorcyclist was already passed out due to a previous accident when Daesung crashed into him."
Police also cleared up contradicted reports that the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. They confirmed that he was alive with the statement, "The motorcyclist has been admitted to the hospital where his death has yet to be confirmed. We are investigating whether or not alcohol was involved."
A few pictures of Daesung's car have been revealed through the press.
In a previous article, Daesung was reported to have been involved in a serious car accident. Reports have revealed that the motorcyclist was a hit-and-run victim from a separate accident. A taxi driver had stopped to assess the situation and help the motorcyclist when Daesung crashed into the taxi.
According to Koreaboo, there are also conflicting reports that the taxi, once being hit by Daesung, crashed into the motorcyclist killing him. However, it is not clear whether or not this actually occurred and how serious the motorcyclists condition was after being hit by the original car.
We'll keep you updated as we wait for an official statement from YG Entertainment.