BIGBANG (빅뱅) is a four-member boy group under YG Entertainment. Originally a five-piece group, they debuted on August 19, 2006 during the YG Family's 10th Anniversary concert at Seoul's Olympic Gymnastics Arena. In 2019, Seungri retired from the entertainment industry due to his involvement in the Burning Sun scandal, effectively leaving the group.
They are known as the "Kings of Kpop".
The group's formation was chronicled on the television series Big Bang Documentary, from July to August 2006. The show was also aired online on GomTV and on MTV Korea. Initially a six-member group, one member got eliminated during the airing of the show before the official debut leading to their current line-up of G-Dragon, Taeyang, T.O.P, Daesung and Seungri.
2007–2009: Always, Hot Issues, Japanese debut, Stand Up
Signed to YG Entertainment, Big Bang went on to release successful singles and mini albums. Their second release, the mini album Always, spawned the number-one single "Lies". Their follow-up mini albums Hot Issue and Stand Up were similarly successful. After they received the "Artist of the Year" award from the M.net KM Music Festival and the Seoul Gayo Daesang Award, the group expanded their activities into Japan, releasing mini-albums and airplay singles. Their material would not receive major promotion until the following year with the release of their first physical Japanese single, "My Heaven".
By the end of 2009, BIGBANG became the most searched artist in South Korea. They also became the first foreign group in Japan to receive the Japan Cable Broadcasting Award for "Best Newcomer", and the first from Korea to receive the Japan Records award.
2009–2011: Members' solo activities
From 2009 to early 2011, the members branched out to do solo activities. Taeyang, G-Dragon and Seungri released solo materials while T.O.P, Daesung and Seungri focused on acting.
2011–2012: Tonight, Alive
On February 28, 2011, BIGBANG released the music video of their song "Tonight" from their fourth mini album, which became a new hit song, raising their popularity. The song became even more popular when performed in concerts, fans loving how G-Dragon smashes the guitar and with the creative choreography. Their concerts became more unique with this song, with the amazing fireworks and creative themes.
Releasing "Blue" and "Bad Boy" with their new, popular sense of fashion, they became more well known around the world. Fans adores their hair/hair styles, songs, looks, personality, fashion, and their concerts, causing Big Bang to spread out and receive more VIP's.
On March 6, 2012, their top song "Fantastic Baby" was released. Immediately, the viewer bar raised high, automatically being popular with fans on YouTube. Winning awards, raising fame, having fun, Big Bang became a huge success in the YG Family. A few months later, BIGBANG released the music video for their song "Monster."
2015–2017: MADE project
The group made their comeback in 2015 after a three-year hiatus with a series of single releases for their MADE project. In conjunction, they held their 'MADE' tour which visited 15 countries around the world. Their third full length album was expected to be released in September but was postponed until December 2016 to add more content in the album and to allow the members to rest after their promotions.
2018: "Flower Road"
On March 13, 2018, the group released the digital single "Flower Road".
2022: "Still Life"
On February 7, 2022, YG Entertainment announced that BIGBANG will make their comeback with a new single this spring, four years since their last release. They also announced that T.O.P's exclusive contract with them has ended, although he will still participate in group activities.
On March 21, 2022, after dropping their first teaser for their comeback, it was announced that the group would return on April 5 with the digital single "Still Life".