Big Bang (Korean: 빅뱅) is a South Korean boy band formed by YG Entertainment. With members G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung, and Seungri, they are often cited as one of the most influential acts to shape the K-pop industry, helping spread the Korean Wave internationally and dubbed the "Kings of K-pop" by the media.Their experimental blend of hip hop, EDM, and rock elements in their music, personal involvement in producing their own records, and stage performances have been admired by music critics and served as influence to several K-pop and international artists.
Despite their debut album, Bigbang Vol.1 (2006), receiving lukewarm receptions, success followed with a string of notable hits credited to the quintet, including "Lies" (Korean: 거짓말; Revised Romanization: Geojitmal), which topped major Korean music charts for a record-breaking six consecutive weeks, and won Song of the Year at the 9th Mnet Korean Music Festival, "Last Farewell" (Korean: 마지막 인사; Revised Romanization: Majimak Insa), "Day by Day" (Korean: 하루하루, Revised Romanization: Haru Haru) and "Sunset Glow" (Korean: 붉은노을; Revised Romanization: Byulkeun Noeul). After receiving the Artist of the Year award from the 2008 Mnet Korean Music Festival and the 2008 Seoul Music Awards, the group expanded their endeavors to Japan, releasing the gold certified albums Big Bang (2009), Big Bang 2 (2011), Alive (2012) and Made Series (2016).
A two-year hiatus in South Korea saw forth increasingly critically acclaimed albums. The number one EP Tonight (2011) lead to their emergence as the inaugural Best Worldwide Act winner at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards. The Korean EP Alive (2012) earned their second Artist of the Year Award at the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards, and also became the first Korean album to chart on the Billboard 200, with the group embarking on their first world tour that concluded in early 2013.
Their widely acclaimed third album Made (2016) was preceded by several chart-topping singles, winning the group their third Artist of the Year award at the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards and their first at the 2015 Melon Music Awards. The supporting world tour gathered 1.5 million people in attendance, making it the most attended concert tour headlined by a Korean act in history.
Big Bang has a record eighteen number one songs that have remained atop South Korean's biggest online music service Melon for 51 weeks, more than any other act.
The quintet have sold over 140 million records, making them one of the biggest-selling boy-bands in the world. They were also the first Korean artists to enter Forbes's Celebrity 100 and the 30 under 30 list of most influential musicians in the world, in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
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