Meet Taeyang, a South Korean Kpop singer, dancer, songwriter, and producer. He began his training in YG Entertainment, a company for artists wanting to pursue R&B/Urban music, at the young age of 12. After six years of vocal and dance training, he made his debut as a member of BIG BANG.
In 2008, Taeyang released his first solo mini album titled “Hot“. He incorporated mostly R&B songs on the album, as it was the genre of music he loved. He wasn’t as happy with the album due to the fact that he didn’t get the chance to write any of the songs. However, the album was well received by fans and music critic alike; he won ‘Best R&B/Soul Song’ for his single ‘Only Look At Me‘, and ‘Best R&B/Soul Album’ for “Hot” at the 7th Korean Music Awards.
In 2009, Taeyang focused more on his groups activities, travelling to Japan to work on their Japanese albums, after finishing his solo tour. After their promotion ended in Japan, Taeyang went back in the studio to start working on his album. He released a digital single titled “Where U At?”, followed by “Wedding Dress”. He co-wrote and produced both songs alongside YG Entertainment’s resident producer Teddy.
Taeyang’s debut album “Solar” was released on July 1, 2010 in two versions, regular and deluxe edition. The deluxe edition, which included songs from his mini album “Hot”, was limited to 30,000 copies, and all were sold out on the day of the album’s release. On July 7, Taeyang released “Solar” on iTunes, and on the second day went to number 2 on the iTunes Top R&B/Soul albums chart in the United States, and number one in Canada; a first for a korean artist.
Taeyang later released an international version for his debut album called ‘Solar International’. This was the first kpop album to be sold worldwide. The international release included english versions of “Wedding Dress”, “I’ll Be There”, and “Connection”. “Solar International” went to fifth place on iTunes in the United States, and Japan, and third place in Canada. Taeyang is the first Kpop artist to achieve such success within a foreign market.
Taeyang is currently hard at work on BIG BANG’s Korean album. He is one amazing individual; there’s something simply unique and fresh about his talent, and when placed on a stage, Taeyang demands your attention. Check out my favorite songs below: “I’ll Be There“, “Prayer“, “Wedding Dress“, “Where U At?” and “Take It Slow“.
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