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BIGBANG: A K-pop Legend with a Mix of Brilliance and Scandals

Taeyang is the only BIGBANG member who is not deemed problematic 

BIGBANG stands as an iconic group known for their extraordinary talent and, at times, their share of controversies. G-Dragon, the group’s leader and ace member, once said, “We will no longer be BIGBANG if any member leaves or is replaced. In any case, the five of us are one.” 

In their 17-year run, BIGBANG has defied the norms, challenging the conventional standards of beauty and style in the K-pop industry. They went from being a small agency group to becoming an irreplaceable symbol. The impact of BIGBANG in the Kpop scene is undeniable.

In 2006, BIGBANG debuted with a distinctive image, embracing a rebellious and unique style. They were a rare exception among idol groups. Their first album might not have been an instant hit, but it laid the foundation for their success. However, public perception at the time wasn’t entirely favorable, with many finding their look somewhat unconventional.

The turning point came with their hit “Lies,” which dominated charts and earned them their first Daesang. Their journey continued with “Haru Haru.” These hit tracks solidified BIGBANG’s place in the industry, propelling YG Entertainment to the status of one of the Big3 entertainment companies.

BIGBANG set a trend that later idol groups admired. Their music with a blend of various styles brought a breath of fresh air. BIGBANG also played a crucial role in popularizing hip-hop culture in Korea.

Yet, BIGBANG’s rise to stardom was not without hurdles. In 2011, G-Dragon, Daesung, and Seungri faced severe scandals that tarnished their images. Public opinion turned against them, and the entire group was affected. 

Their albums “Alive” and “Fantastic Baby” in 2012 marked their return after G-Dragon’s drug allegations. The “MADE” album in 2015 solidified their status as Kpop icons and “idols of idols.” Despite their individual military service commitments, their music served as a powerful shield, keeping their top position intact.

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When talking about BIGBANG’s success, it’s impossible to overlook the role of G-Dragon, the creative force steering the group. G-Dragon was behind BIGBANG’s unique musical style. From their debut album to their last, he was actively involved in production.

In their 16th year, BIGBANG released “Still Life.” This was the first, and potentially the last, song after the members’ military service. “Still Life” symbolized a bittersweet goodbye.

Despite the odds, fans have held onto hope for a BIGBANG reunion. Unfortunately, the group’s final chapter was marked by unredeemable scandals. After 17 years, rising from underground status to becoming the “King of Kpop,” BIGBANG had both immense talent and flaws.

However, their public image suffered greatly when four out of the five members were involved in legal issues. T.O.P‘s drug-related controversy, Seungri’s involvement in the Burning Sun scandal, and Daesung’s fatal car accident all cast a shadow on the group.

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The ultimate blow to BIGBANG came with G-Dragon’s recent drug use allegations. On October 25, 2023, G-Dragon was booked, but he denied the allegations on October 27. The truth remains uncertain as the investigation continues, forcing fans to come to terms with the end of BIGBANG’s journey.

In the end, Taeyang is the lone member untarnished by scandal, leading a life with a stable career and a happy family. The current situation leaves fans torn between support and disappointment. 

BIGBANG’s final complete five-member song, “Flower Road” (2018), conveyed a sweet message to their fans, emphasizing that even as time passed, their bond remained. However, the promise of a comeback with the blossoming flowers may remain unfulfilled.

Source: K14

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