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Taeyang just dropped the 2nd MV from his recent comeback album Rise, "1am" featuring actress Min Hyo Rin.
Check it out:
IN EARLIER NEWS:
There's a cool new "Korean culture in context" - as they put it - website in town & it's called noonchi.us. The best interviews with k-pop artists I find, are the longform ones where they really get to express themselves. This interview is definitely one of those:
How did you first get into music?
Taeyang: I started playing the piano at a young age. It didn’t matter what genre, I always knew I would become some sort of musician. I kept playing the piano until I was about 13 years old. Then I met members of Jinusean, who introduced me to hip-hop music. But even before then, I loved Michael Jackson. I remember the first time he came to Korea3. I started to like him not because of his music, but because of his stage presence. I remember seeing him dance and thinking, "Man, I wish I could do that." I would watch Michael Jackson on television and imitate his moves. And whenever there were opportunities to dance at school I would participate.
Back then, who were some artists you enjoyed listening to?
Taeyang: For hip-hop, I listened to Jay Z’s Blueprint repeatedly. I also listened to a lot of R&B music, like Boyz II Men, Stevie Wonder, and others.
During that period, YG Entertainment wasn’t as established as it is now. Were you wary of joining a company that hadn’t made its mark yet?
Taeyang: I didn’t have much thought about that because I was young. I just genuinely wanted to do it. My parents had a lot of reservations about me becoming a trainee. But honestly, YG Entertainment was the only company in Korea at the time that specialized in the type of music I loved4. So there were no doubts in my mind like, "Oh, what if I don’t make it?" Even now, it doesn't matter what I do, I always try to do things with an absolute sense of certainty.
You and G-Dragon were in a hip-hop/R&B duo called GDYB5. When you realized that both of you would join a boy band called Big Bang, how did you feel?
Taeyang: I probably shared the same sentiment that Ji-yong [G-Dragon] had. I wasn’t too fond of it. I was a little annoyed. I wasn't upset because we were debuting as a group, but it was more so skepticism on whether or not we’ll be doing music that’s too pop-friendly.
So you didn't want to be an idol.
Taeyang: For me, just because you're an idol, I don't think you have restrictions on what you can and can't do. People often ask, "Because you're an idol, you shouldn't be doing this, no?" That never crossed my mind. The reason I became a musician is because I wanted to do what I always imagined. I don’t think there should be a preconception of what an idol is.
IN EARLIER NEWS (03/06/14):
Taeyang's new comeback single is here and it's a heart felt ballad called "Eyes, Nose, Lips". He just happens to have his shirt off again (and agin, we're not complaining).
Taeyang revealed on his birthday that he would be coming back on June 2 with a whole new album "Rise Up" and now he's dropped not one but 2 teaser images... AND NOW A VIDEO!
...like we can get enough....
Two words: holy moly!
He originally announced the comeback via his instagram with this photo and caption" "Guess I'm coming back It's time to #RISE"