[NEWS] World Famous Choreographers, “G-Dragon ‘ONE OF A KIND’ would be Successful in the States”
Big Bang leader G-Dragon’s choreographer and producer for his solo concert tour, ‘ONE OF A KIND’, Travis Payne and Stacy Walker stated that, “G-Dragon will be successful in the U.S.”
Today in Seoul, media met with the choreographer and producer at G-Dragon’s rehearsal and held a short interview. They commented, “G-Dragon’s song, ‘ONE OF A KIND’ makes us want to dance. If this song was to debut in the U.S., it would do well.”
They continued, “We’re dancers and so even though we don’t understand the lyrics, if the music makes us move, its a good song. We haven’t seen many songs around Asia that can make us move like that, but we think Korea has many songs like this. We love YG producer Teddy’s R&B and dance hip-hop music. These genres are also popular all around the world. Many people from all over would enjoy these songs.”
They also talked about the ‘Psy syndrome’. Walker commented, “Because Psy’s song is so easy and fun, many foreigners are able to just dance right along to it. If more artists mix in a bit of English to their songs like Big Bang and 2NE1, they would most likely succeed. For example, Ricky Martin has some english mixed in his Latin songs and succeeded. K-Pop would succeed if they mixed in both Korean and English.”
Payne commented, “K-Pop has become a worldwide genre. I didn’t know that there were so many talented artists in Korea. K-Pop was able to become more known through Psy’s fame.”
On the other hand, G-Dragon has begun official rehearsals for his solo concert today and will hold another one on March 25.
YG artists have been known to hold multiple rehearsals, showing their intense passion for creating a flawless concert for their fans.
This is his first solo concert in 4 years. He will also be starting his world tour with a Japan 4 dome tour with around 550,000 fans.
His first concert will be in Seoul on March 30-31.
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[NEWS] Yang Hyun Suk Reveals G-Dragon Is the YGE Artist He Loves the Most
After G-Dragon chose Yang Hyun Suk as his best partner in life, Yang Hyun Suk returned the favor by revealing G-Dragon to be his most treasured YG Family member.
After the airing of G-Dragon on ‘Thank You‘, OSEN interviewed Yang Hyun Suk where he revealed,“Because I was busy working, I didn’t get to watch the broadcast. However, I am very thankful that G-Dragon talked about me in a good light. I want to say that out of everyone in the YG Family, the member who I treasure and love the most is G-Dragon.”
“The reason is because among the Big Bang members, G-Dragon was recruited into YGE at the earliest age of 13 years old and we built up a relationship for over ten years. G-Dragon is the artist who most frequently comes to the YGE building and recording studio, so he is the one who gets to speak with me the most. The artists who I’m really close with are G-Dragon and 1TYM member turned YGE’s main producer Teddy.”
Yang Hyun Suk continued, “Another reason I like G-Dragon is that unlike his tough charisma and bad boy image on stage, he is the most humble person I know off stage. Just like the photo uploaded on SNS prior to the ‘Thank You’ broadcast showing G-Dragon lifting up a chair for the staff, even after he became a top star, he is the first one to clean up the mess when producers and sunbaes eat their snacks in the office.
As an artist, one of G-Dragon’s biggest strengths is his creativity. He participated in all of the composition and writing of lyrics for all of Big Bang’s songs. His ability to come up with the melody and lyrics immediately after hearing the music is just mind blowing.
G-Dragon who is known as a fashionista is not only like that on stage, but also over the ten years he came into the office, he never wore the same thing twice. I am impressed with his artistry and consistent effort as a true fashionista.”
He ended the interview with, “G-Dragon is a friend who I think of as my real dongseng and family member. It is always an honor to work beside such a multi-talented artist. Is it really possible to find another artist like him in the Korean music industry? To a certain degree, I think of him as a very talented friend.”
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[NEWS] G-Dragon Says His Love Confessions Were Rejected in the Past
Though it may seem G-Dragon would have been popular all his life, the singer said himself that his confessions of love were often turned down in the past.
The singer spoke up on the March 22 broadcast of SBS′ Thank You, revealing “I was often turned down after a confession when I was little. I don′t know why,” he said.
Ballerina Kang Su Jin replied with a big smile, “I bet they′re really regretting it now.”
When asked by Cha In Pyo on whether he prefers women who are older or younger than him, G-Dragon also answered, “I don′t care about her age. Age is just a number.”
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[NEWS] G-Dragon Might Possible Retire One Day?
G-Dragon shocked VIPs all over the world by revealing his plans to possibly retire from his career as an idol artist on ‘Thank You‘.
G-Dragon shared, “I am experiencing a big blessing right now, but I don’t think that I’ll be doing the same thing forever.”
“When I see myself not being handsome [on stage] and unable to share good music anymore, I will leave the stage. I perform on stage to give a good energy. But if I become in a position when I can’t give good energy, I will leave the stage with no regrets.”
“Probably around that time, I will have a happy family. I will get to share stories about how I met my wife and so forth, and I want to have those kind of stories to tell soon.”
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[NEWS] G-Dragon Shows Off His Manners on SBS “Thank You” Set
‘Thank You’ G-Dragon
Photos of G-Dragon helping out the ‘Thank You‘ staff has been revealed.
The program’s official Twitter uploaded a collage of 6 photos where G-Dragon was seen helping the staff members set up for filming. Along with the photos, they wrote, wrote, “The ‘Manner-dol Jiyong’ was seen at the <Thank You> shooting set! The <Thank You> staff that saw this was really happy~ ♡_♡ “.
G-Dragon had gone to Jeju Island to be featured in the recent episodes of the variety show, where he talked about his growth after his scandal, marriage, and even cooked for the members of the show.
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[NEWS] G-Dragon Discusses Yang Hyun Suk’s Role in His Life and Big Bang’s Visuals
G-Dragon‘s appearance continued on the 22nd’s episode of ‘Thank You‘, and two of the topics he touched upon were about his boss and mentor Yang Hyun Suk, and Big Bang‘s visuals.
MC Cha In Pyo had asked, “Is there someone who has played an important role in your life?” G-Dragon answered, “I think my best partner in life is Yang Hyun Suk. Even though he will intensely criticize me to my face, he always supports me from the back. I think that’s how I was able to become who I am now.”
He reasoned, “If I do something wrong, he criticizes me. But he always praises me from the back. When I get praised by him after I get criticized, I receive even more strength.”
G-Dragon also brought chuckles as he honest remarked, “When we first came out as Big Bang, the public commented that our visual was bad even though we are supposed to be idols. But I was okay with that because I already heard that so many times from our CEO, so I was already used to it!”
He further touched upon the topic of the members visuals as he revealed Yang Hyun Suk used to say to them, “I know it’s going to be kind of weird, but you guys will be debuting as idols.”
G-Dragon, who had originally believed that he and Taeyang would be debuting as a hip hop duo, also went on to talk about his reactions to seeing the visuals of Daesung, T.O.P, and Seungri, who joined the group later. He said, “When I first saw Daesung, I was extremely surprised.” He then described his reaction to seeing T.O.P and Seungri’s visuals, which didn’t seem to belong with the rest of them, saying, “When I saw T.O.P, I thought, ‘Why is he with us?’ Then I saw Seungri and thought again, ‘Andhim also, why is he with us?’” bringing laughs with his humor.
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[NEWS] G-Dragon Says Yang Hyun Suk Once Called Him the Source of Evil
G-Dragon confessed that YG′s Yang Hyun Suk said some harsh things to him in the past.
The singer appeared on the March 22 broadcast of SBS “Thank You” with ballerina Kang Su Jin, comedienne Kim Mi Hwa and actor Cha In Pyo.
G-Dragon said on the show that Yang Hyun Suk was “the man who made me,” and added, “Now, he′s softened up, but even three years ago he never really smiled much.”
He picked the worst comment he had heard from Yang Hyun Suk to be “You′re the source of evil for our company and Big Bang.”
G-Dragon emphasized, however, that Yang Hyun Suk said such things with the idol star′s best interest in mind, saying that he was trying to train G-Dragon to prepare him for the outside world.
G-Dragon then joked that thanks to Yang Hyun Suk, he never got really hurt when people shot him down for his looks.
He finished by calling Yang Hyun Suk a “great partner.”
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[NEWS] Big Bang Voted by Idols in Five Categories to Determine ‘Best Idols’
22 idol groups (70 idol stars in total) participated in a survey entitled ‘Best Idols’ by ‘Sports Donga‘ to cast their votes in five categories: Best Vocalist, Best Rapper, Best Dancer, Best Ulzzang (Best Visual), and Best Star Factor/Talent.
Check out the results below as well as the reasons some of the idols gave while voting for their favorites!
1. Junsu (JYJ) (25 votes)
2. Jonghyun (SHINee), Yoseob (7 votes each)
3. Hongki, Jun.K(3 votes each)
1. Hyorin (34 votes)
2. Taeyeon (16 votes)
3. Ailee (13 votes)
4. Baek Ye Rin (2 votes)
5. IU + 3 others [names not mentioned] (1 vote each)
On picking JYJ’s Junsu as the best vocalist, KARA‘s Nicole shared, “He is an amazing vocalist who turns any song into his own.” AOA‘s Seolhyun shared, “His expression of emotions is good and his vocal range is wide, so during his live performances, there is no shakiness.” The ‘best female vocalist’ title went to SISTAR‘s Hyorin. KARA’s Seungyeon shared, “The resonance and strength coming from her voice is unlike any I’ve heard before, and she has a wide vocal spectrum.” Big Bang‘s Seungri also complimented Hyorin, “She is a vocalist with her own color and stability.”
1. G-Dragon (33 votes)
2. Zico(18 votes)
3. T.O.P (8 votes)
4. Gary+ 10 others (1 vote each)
1. CL (34 votes)
2. Miryo , LE (11 votes each)
3. Baby-J (3 votes)
4. Yubin + 6 others (1 vote each)
G-Dragon was picked as the best male rapper by 33 idols. miss A‘s Suzy shared her reason for voting for him, “G-Dragon’s rap contains something special.” F.T. Island‘s Jonghun commented, “I can definitely sense his own color throughout his songs.” G-Dragon’s labelmate 2NE1‘s CL also won the ‘best female rapper’ category. KARA’s Jiyoung shared, “Her rap is unique and filled with her own style, she has an attractive voice color.” U-KISS‘ Dongho also described CL as “A rapper overflowing with swag.”
1. Taeyang (37 votes)
2. Taemin, Eunhyuk, Jay Park (6 votes each)
1. Minzy (21 votes)
2. Hyoyeon (19 votes)
3. HyunA (8 votes)
4. Min (7 votes)
5. BoA (4 votes)
Big Bang’s Taeyang beat out the competition as the best male dancer. Suzy shared, “His dancing is very stylish.” JJ Project‘s Jr. said, “He has his own style and groove.” Meanwhile, the ‘best female dancer’ title went to none other than 2NE1′s Minzy. CNBLUE‘s Yonghwa shared, “Minzy’s dancing is on another level.” KARA’s Gyuri added, “The energy that comes out when she is dancing is the best. The feeling when a person suddenly changes.”
Best Ulzzang (Best Visual)
1. T.O.P (19 votes)
2. Nichkhun (8 votes)
3. Siwon, L (6 votes each)
4. Jaejoong, Minho (SHINee) (3votes each)
1. YoonA (16 votes)
2. Suzy (10 votes)
3. Krystal (7 votes)
4. Taeyeon (5 votes)
5. Sulli (4 votes)
As for the category of ‘best visuals’ or ‘best ulzzang’, T.O.P came in first. Gyuri stated, “He is a singer who has the face of an actor. His prominent, sculptured facial features are handsome.” F.T. Island’s Hongki also agreed from a man’s point of view, “He has masculine charms.” Girls’ Generation‘s YoonA also came out on top as the best female visual. AOA’s Yuna shared, “There are no words needed, she is the exemplification of beauty.” U-KISS’ Kiseop agreed, “She has a doll-like visual.”
Best Star Factor/Talent
1. Jo Kwon (24 votes)
2. G-Dragon, Kwanghee (16 votes each)
3. Taeyang, Shindong (3 votes each)
1. HyunA (13 votes)
2. CL (11 votes)
3. Minah, Min (8 votes each)
4. Yewon (6 votes)
2AM‘s Jo Kwon, famous for his ‘kkab’, came out on top as the best male with that star factor or natural talent that helps him shine. KARA’s Jiyoung commented, “His natural speaking ability and the way he doesn’t get nervous in front of the camera and overflows with confidence is impressive.”4minute‘s HyunA beat out the rest as she was chosen as the best female idol with that star factor. Big Bang’s Seungri shared, “No one can imitate that star factor she shows on variety shows.”CNBLUE’s Jungshin shared,“Every time I watch her on TV, I am awestruck.”
The idol groups that participated in voting in this survey include Girl’s Day, Nine Muses, Rainbow, miss A, Big Bang, Girls’ Generation, B.A.P, Shinhwa, CNBLUE, AOA, F.T. Island, EXO-K, MBLAQ, U-KISS, ZE:A, JJ Project, JYJ, G.NA, 2AM, 2PM, KARA, and 15&.
Source + image: Sports Donga