A warning is issued in the beginning of every month in the music scene, from May 1 this year. That is so-called “BIGBANG warning”. Nine-year-old idol group BIGBANG who has come back after three years of break. Nobody seems to be able to beat these five brothers who are resolved to project YG by releasing two songs every month. Girl groups stood against BIGBANG with their beauty and sex appeal, but failed, too. Eventually, “sad” BIGBANG presented in this hot summer season achieved a big success as well. Nobody can deny that BIGBANG is conquering the world.
BIGBANG in July is setting records too, following their big success in May and June. Ballad song “IF YOU” and summer song “SOBER” are sweeping the No.1 and No.2 places on major music charts on July 1 and 2. It is not just a one-off event. It has been like this from exactly two months and two days ago. BIGBANG is triggering a “BIGBANG vs. BIGBANG” competition every month they come back. That is why BIGBANG fans are saying “The only rival of BIGBANG is BIGBANG themselves”.
What is making the music scene angrier is that BIGBANG songs are staying in charts longer than expected. In fact, “LOSER” and “BAE BAE” released in May, as well as “BANG BANG BANG” and “WE LIKE 2 PARTY” released in June are still in top 10 on charts. With “IF YOU” and “SOBER” in the No.1 and No.2, all six songs of BIGBANG are ranked in top 10 on real-time charts frequently.
“IF YOU” is the saddest ever song in the history of BIGBANG. G-DRAGON took part in composing and writing the lyrics of the song. PK who composed BIGBANG’ “MONSTER” and Dee.P who composed TAEYANG’s solo “EYES, NOSE, LIPS” together with TEDDY also worked on the composition and arrangement of the song. Sad BIGBANG in midsummer is giving a special entertainment to fans and the public.
“SOBER”, another title track of July’s BIGBANG, is an exciting summer song. It is the first time for BIGBANG to release a new song in the summer season, in seven years since August, 2008, when their mini-3rd album with “HARU HARU” was released. “SOBER” is captivating music fans with a new and fresh mood that is completely different from “IF YOU”. TEDDY, G-DRAGON, and T.O.P wrote the lyrics, while TEDDY, G-DRAGON, and CHOICE37 composed the melody of the song.
The new songs are creating sensation overseas, too. As of July 2 at 8am, “IF YOU” is in the No.1 on the iTunes single chart of nine countries: Brunei, Hong Kong, Macao, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Indonesia, while “SOBER” is in the second place on the same chart of Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Notably, “IF YOU” is drawing all the more attention as it is in the 22nd place on the same chart of the United States, the birthplace of pop music.
The music video of “SOBER” unveiled with the song is also creating sensation. As of July 2 at 8am, it is recording 3,851,205 views on YouTube, soon to surpass four million within 32 hour from its release. The music video of “SOBER” is getting passionate responses from fans, by expressing the five members’ characters and free movements in a variety of colors.
BIGBANG who is releasing a single album with more than one song on the 1 of every month until August and finally complete “MADE” album on September 1, is seeing global fans in their world tour as well. A concert will be held in Thailand on the 11 and 12, and then BIGBANG will continue with their world tour to meet 1.4 million fans around the world in 70 concerts in 15 countries including the United States and Canada.