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Background information
Native name태양
Birth nameDong Young-bae (동영배)
Also known asTaeyang, Sol, YB , Taekwon
Born(1988-05-18) 18 May 1988 (age 26)
Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
GenresK-pop, hip hop, R&B, EDM, pop
OccupationsSinger, Dancer, Songwriter, Rapper, Lyricist, Model, Composer, (childhood) actor, Choreographer
InstrumentsVocals, Piano, Guitar, Drums
Years active2001–present
LabelsYG Entertainment (South Korea)
YGEX (Japan)
Associated actsBig Bang,G-Dragon, Teddy Park, Tablo, Se7en M-Flo
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For other uses, see Taeyang (disambiguation).
This is a Korean name; the family name is Dong.
Big Bang Taeyang.jpg
Background information
Native name태양
Birth nameDong Young-bae (동영배)
Also known asTaeyang, Sol, YB , Taekwon
Born(1988-05-18) 18 May 1988 (age 26)
Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
GenresK-pop, hip hop, R&B, EDM, pop
OccupationsSinger, Dancer, Songwriter, Rapper, Lyricist, Model, Composer, (childhood) actor, Choreographer
InstrumentsVocals, Piano, Guitar, Drums
Years active2001–present
LabelsYG Entertainment (South Korea)
YGEX (Japan)
Associated actsBig Bang,G-Dragon, Teddy Park, Tablo, Se7en M-Flo
Birth name
Revised RomanizationDong Yeong-bae
McCune–ReischauerTong Yŏngbae
Stage name
Revised RomanizationTaeyang

Dong Young-bae (Korean: 동영배; born 18 May 1988), better known by his stage name Taeyang (Hangul: 태양, Hanja: 太陽, meaning Sun) or Sol, is a South Korean singer, dancer, songwriter, lyricist, recording artist, model and actor. After appearing in Jinusean's music video "A-yo", Taeyang began training under YG Entertainment at the age of 12 alongside fellow member and leader G-Dragon. After six years of vocal and dance training, he made his debut in 2006 as a member of popular Korean boy band, Big Bang,as main vocalist and main dancer of the same group.

His second studio album Rise peaked at #112 on the US Billboard 200 Chart, becoming the highest ranking album by a Korean soloist to enter the chart.[1][2] The album's title track "Eyes, Nose, Lips" peaked at #1 on Billboard K-pop Hot 100 Chart, giving him his first solo number one single on the chart.[1][2]


2000—2008: Early beginnings and debut with Big Bang[edit]

Taeyang in 2012

Taeyang's first appearance in the entertainment industry was with Maddie in the hip-hop group Jinusean's music video "A-yo".[3] The collaboration eventually lead him to successfully auditioning into the group's record label YG Entertainment, where he met fellow trainee G-Dragon and former trainee (now a member of 2PM) Jun. K. G-dragon and him were later coined as GDYB.[4] In 2003, Taeyang provided the rap verse in singer Wheesung's single "Player" on the latter's second album.[5]

the plan was scrapped by their record label. Instead, they were joined by four other trainees (T.O.P., Daesung, Seungri, and Hyun Seung) to form the group Big Bang. The group's formation was documented on television as a documentary.[6] Before their official debut, however, Hyun Seung was dropped and their final lineup consisted of five members. Choosing the stage-name Taeyang (Korean: 태양, meaning sun), Taeyang abandoned the idea of rapping to focus on singing.[7] Their first album, Since 2007, was a fair success,[8] and included Taeyang's first solo song "Ma Girl." The group achieved mainstream success with the release of the song "Lies" (Korean: 거짓말; Revised Romanization: Geojitmal) from their 2007 mini-album Always, which topped several charts upon its release. The singles, "Last Farewell" (Korean: 마지막 인사; Revised Romanization: Majimak Insa) from the mini-album Hot Issue and "Day by Day" (Korean: 하루하루; Revised Romanization: Haru Haru) from Stand Up, became chart-toppers as well.[9][10]

He later flew to Japan to promote the group's Japanese albums. After Big Bang's activities have ended, he went back to the studio to prepare for his next solo activities. Taeyang released his first digital single "Where U At",[11] followed by another digital single, "Wedding Dress". Promotional videos were filmed for both "Where U At" and "Wedding Dress." "Wedding Dress" was voted No. 3 on an online poll for a Dutch radio station.[12]

Taeyang's first full-length album Solar was released on 1 July 2010. Two versions of this album – the "Regular Edition" and the "Deluxe Edition" – was released. The regular edition contained 11 songs, while the deluxe edition limited to 30,000 copies had 12 songs, including "Only Look at Me" and "Prayer" from Hot. On the first day Taeyang's solo album "Solar" released, 1 July, deluxe edition of the album had sold out its 30,000 circulated copies.[13] (All Sales: 120.000) The album was later released on iTunes,[14] charting at the number-two spot on the iTunes' Top R&B-Soul albums chart in the United States and number-one in Canada's, making him the first Asian musician to do so.[15] Two singles were released for promotions: "I Need A Girl" featuring bandmate G-Dragon, and "I'll Be There." At the end of 2010, I Need A Girl (4 Weeks) I'll Be There (1 Weeks) Only Look at Me (3 Weeks) Korean Song Music Chart's Win. Taeyang won the "Best Male Artist" award at the 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards at the end of the year and the Seoul Music Awards Best Male Artist award.


Taeyang's new single "Ringa Linga" was released on 9 November 2013. Taeyang ranked #33 in The Critic's List of "100 Most Handsome Faces of 2013".


On the May 17th, YG announced that Taeyang's new album will be released on June 2 with the possible title, 'Rise'.[16] After 'Rise' was released on June 2, it achieved an "All-Kill" in Korea (#1 on all charts) and was #1 on the iTunes Album Chart in 10 countries (top 50 in 21 countries). At its peak, 'Rise' was #1 on iTunes R&B/SOUL Album Chart in 19 countries to include USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Russia, Hong Kong, and Denmark (top 50 in 25 countries). Rise became the third highest charting K-pop album, and also the highest charting K-pop album by a solo artist, on Billboard by debuting at #112 on Billboard Hot 200, #1 on Billboard World Albums Chart, and #1 on Heatseekers Albums Chart.[17]


Taeyang Ringa Linga cover
Taeyang Rise cover


Mini Albums[edit]

Japanese Albums[edit]


Live albums[edit]

Solo Concert Tour[edit]

Charted Songs[edit]


YearSinglePeak positionAlbum
2006"My Girl" (Taeyang solo)12Since 2007
2008"Prayer" (feat. Teddy) ("기도" Gido)3Hot
"Only Look at Me" ("나만 바라봐" Naman barabwa)1
"Ma Girl" (Japanese version) (Taeyang solo)14With U
2009"Where U At"3Solar
"Wedding Dress" ("웨딩드레스" Wedingdeureseu)1
2010"I Need a Girl" (feat. G-Dragon of Big Bang)1
"I'll Be There"1Solar International
2013"Ringa Linga"1RISE
2014"Eyes, Nose, Lips" ("눈, 코, 입" Nun, Ko, Ib)1

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
20086th Korean Music AwardsBest R&B / Soul Song나만 바라봐 (Only Look at Me)Won
Best R&B / Soul AlbumHotWon
Naver Music AwardsSong of the Year나만 바라봐 (Only Look at Me)Won
201012th Mnet Asian Music AwardsAlbum of the YearSolarNominated
Best Male Artist[19]"I'll Be There"Won
Best Dance Performance - SoloI'll Be ThereNominated
allkpop AwardsBest Male Solo ArtistTaeyangWon
Korean Popular Culture & Art AwardsMinister Commendation for Culture and TourismWon
20118th Korean Music AwardsMale Musician of the YearWon
2013Soompi AwardsBest ChoreographyRinga LingaWon
allkpop AwardsBest Male SoloTaeyangNominated

Music Chart Wins[edit]

KBS's Music Bank
20087 July"Only Look at Me"
14 July
21 July
201016 July"I Need A Girl"
201420 June"Eyes, Nose, Lips"
SBS's Inkigayo
20086 July"Only Look at Me"
13 July
20 July
201018 July"I Need A Girl" ft. G-Dragon
25 July
201324 November"Ringa Linga"
201415 June"Eyes, Nose, Lips"
22 June
6 July
Mnet's M! Countdown
200819 June"Only Look at Me"
26 June
3 July
20108 July"I Need A Girl" ft. G-Dragon
15 July
2 September"I'll Be There"
201412 June"Eyes, Nose, Lips"
19 June
3 July
MBC's Show! Music Core
201414 June"Eyes, Nose, Lips"

Featured & Collaboration singles[edit]

YearTitlePeak positionsPeak positionsAlbum
2002"Unfold at a Higher Place" (GDYB)YG Family 2nd Album (Why Be Normal?)
2002"Everybody Get Down" (SWI.T Ft. Taeyang)
2003"Player" (Wheesung Ft. Taeyang)It's Real
2006"Run" (Se7en Ft. Taeyang)24/7
2006"Give Me Permission" (Se7en Ft. Taeyang)Se7olution
2007"Get Up" (Lexy Ft. Taeyang)Rush
"Rush" (Lexy Ft. Taeyang)
"Super Fly" (Lexy Ft. Taeyang, G-Dragon, and T.O.P.)
2007"Should Have Loved You Less" (Kim Johan Ft. Taeyang)Soul Family with Jo Han
2008"Real Talk" (YMGA Ft. Taeyang)Made in ROK
2009"Friend" (T.O.P and Taeyang)Friend, Our Legend OST
2009"Korean Dream" (G-Dragon Ft. Taeyang)Heartbreaker
2009"Hallelujah" (T.O.P., G-Dragon, and Taeyang)IRIS OST
2010"Fall in Love" (Thelma Aoyama Ft. Taeyang)4Love! 2 – Thelma Best Collection
2011"By Instinct Remix" (Swings Ft. Taeyang and Yoon Jong Shin)
2011"Tomorrow" (Tablo Ft. Taeyang)2Fever's End Part 2
2013"Let's Talk About Love" (Seungri Ft. G-Dragon and Taeyang)Let's Talk About Love
2014"Go Crazy" (M-Flo Ft. Taeyang)3Future İs WOW


2001Besame MuchoBeaten up kid.
Music Videos
YearTitleOfficial MV on YouTubeNote
2001Jinusean – "AYO"YGEntertainmentYounger version of Sean.
2002YG Family – "YMCA 야구단"YGEntertainmentCameo
20031TYM – "Hot 뜨거"YGEntertainmentCameo
2006"MA GIRL"YGEntertainment
2009"Where U At"BIGBANG
"Wedding Dress"YGEntertainment
2010Thelma Aoyama – "Fall in Love"
"I Need a Girl"YGEntertainment
"I'll Be There"YGTAEYANG
GD & TOP – "High High"Cameo
2011Tablo – "Tomorrow"ygtablo
2012G-Dragon – "One of a Kind"BIGBANGCameo
2013G-Dragon – "MichiGO"BIGBANGCameo
2013CL – "The Baddest Female"2NE1Cameo
2013"Ringa Linga"BIGBANG



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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tiger JK
12th Mnet Asian Music Awards – Best Male Solo Artist
Succeeded by
Kim Hyun-joong