Big Bang G-Dragon’s current military status has set off arousing rumors and speculations!
One of Kpop’s biggest boy group, Big Bang, has become a hot topic in the headlines once again! This time, the member in the spotlight is none other than leader G-Dragon about his failure to rank up in the military.
According to OSEN, an article published on March 2nd mentioned G-Dragon wasn’t promoted with his peers [who enlisted around the same time] because he failed to fulfill the requirements to rank up. Many articles had been speculating the reason may be because G-Dragon has taken so many vacation days since he reported for military duty on February 27,2018. Amid such speculations, there were rumors again (GD’s injuries prior to enlisting) about how G-Dragon is trying to avoid active duty.
The rumors about why G-Dragon failed to be promoted were clarified by a military representative who stated taking too many vacation days are never used as a reason to hold back promotions. It was also confirmed G-Dragon is cleared to serve as an active duty soldier during this controversy.
With rumors and speculations still ablaze about G-Dragon’s military life, it does seems like G-Dragon’s military service has been getting an excessive amount of attention for something that may be insignificant. With others speculating G-Dragon’s overemphasized controversy may be to cover up other scandals like Seungri’s investigations, only time will tell.
Meanwhile it’s great to hear reports of G-Dragon not paying much attention to all of this!
Kpop has come a long way over the years to become globally recognized in 2019. Looking back from the first generation of idols from the 1990s to now, Kpop idols have always had the burden of being adventurous and trend-setting icons.
With the current trend of older Kpop idol groups making a comeback to the Kpop scene, a lot has changed over the decades. In the 1990s when the first Kpop idol groups started emerging like H.O.T, Sechs Kies, Shinhwa and G.O.D, these idol groups experienced much criticism and love for their music while trying to solidify the upcoming genre, Kpop.
Taking a trip down memory lane towards one’s youth or childhood, there are some groups that can NOT be forgotten! The first generation of idol boy groups who not only created what is today’s Kpop fandom culture but also the foundation for the Hallyu wave! While there are many idols that deserve to be considered legends for each decade (1990s, 2000s, 2010s), these specific groups mentioned in this article were selected based on hours of research, personal memory, today’s popularity/activities and such! As a result, many may not agree with the listing or feel some idol groups should have been mentioned. Please note this is solely the opinion of the writer who may be biased with childhood memories of watching these groups in variety shows like SBS’s X-Men (2003-2007), SBS’s Love Letter (2004-2006) etc!
First generation of Kpop boy groups (1990s)
H.O.T (1996-2001, 2018-present)
Finding anyone who doesn’t know H.O.T would be rare in the Kpop scene. H.O.T is considered the first ever Kpop idol group that was formed by SM Entertainment. Even TVN’s hit drama series ‘Reply 1997’ (2012) has many references to H.O.T where the female lead is a die-hard fan of H.O.T’s Tony.
To signify how much importance H.O.T has in Korean culture, H.O.T had their reunion in 2018 through the famous variety show, MBC’s ‘Infinity Challenge’ (2005-2018).
After H.O.T made their comeback in 17 years on ‘Infinity Challenge’, H.O.T went on to hold their comeback concert in Seoul where fans and idols took a trip back to their youth in the 90s.
Secks Kies (1997-2000, 2016-present)
The second idol group in Kpop history, aka H.O.T’s rival, played an important role for shaping Kpop fandom. The power of Kpop fans gave rise to allowing artists to venture into other fields within the entertainment industry. Secks Kies was the first idol group to film their own movie, perform in a musical and perform at the Blue House for the president serving during that time.
Clip of H.O.T vs. Sech Kies fan war from Reply 1997 Kdrama
Secks Kiss also made their comeback in 2016 as guests on MBC’s ‘Infinity Challenge’ through a guerrilla concert. It was reported news of Secks Kies’s reunion was shared only 5 hours before the concert, which still managed to gather 6000 fans.
To really get an idea for what it was like in the 1990s during the reign of H.O.T and Sechs Kies, I HIGHLY recommend watching TVN’s Reply 1997. It is pretty accurate in depicting how severe or passionate Kpop fandom culture already was back then. Not to mention, this drama in addition to the rest of the Reply series (1997, 1994, 1988) are really great dramas to watch whether to understand Korean culture or to reminisce about your past.
The role model of many idols, the longest active boy group in Kpop history, Shinhwa is the idol group who showed versatility to be possible for Kpop idols. It is common for idol groups to keep to their “color” or “style” but Shinhwa has proven the key to longevity to be due to the constant rebranding and continuous creativity among other things. Shinhwa formed their own company Shinhwa Company with Minwoo and Eric as co-CEOs managing their activities as a group confirming the brotherhood among the members.
Shinhwa members are well known for their talents in various areas in the entertainment industry. Not only are they immensely popular for their appearances on variety shows, each member has successfully proven their talents in various areas like dramas, movies, musicals, producing and much more!
Shinhwa is extremely talented and everyone has such a great relationship, it is no wonder the group has made history by being the longest active Kpop idol group! They spend infinite amounts of time and effort for fans, one of the most noteworthy would be that they have a concert every year. In 2019, it will be their 21st anniversary since debut.
JYP’s first idol group G.O.D has never disbanded, however they were previously on an extended hiatus as each member pursed their solo careers. G.O.D is known for their iconic songs that really reflected Korean culture in the early 2000s amassing fans from various age groups. Labeled as the “nation’s idols” that used lyrics described as “storytelling,” many of their songs are still remembered as iconic Korean songs.
G.O.D is considered to be part of the legendary first generation Kpop idol groups among H.O.T, Seck’s Kiss and Shinhwa.
G.O.D’s songs are one of the best songs to sing in karaoke regardless of how old the songs are. The songs are still relatable and relevant amidst the 4th industrial revolution, simply “classic songs.”
Kpop Boy Groups of the 2000s
Super Junior (2005-present)
The iconic Kpop idol group that broke the stereotype by consisting of many members even 13 at one point. Super Junior can be considered to be one of the earliest hallyu idols that paved the path for Kpop to become globally recognized. Not only are they a household name today in 2019 but their everlasting popularity in Korea and abroad is something many idols aim for.
Super Junior can be considered one of the examples of successful subgroups that has proven to create more opportunities for the idols to showcase their talents outside of their group activities. After dominating Asia, Super Junior has proven their reigning power as iconic Kpop idols by their amazing success in Latin America even releasing songs in English, Korean and Spanish!
Super Junior was one of the first idol groups with so many members creating the opportunity to market to so many different preferences. Each member had their own unique remarkable characteristics that would appeal to nearly anyone. Frankly, it was a genius move by SM and now we have idol groups that follow this strategy! (Thank you SM!)
Big Bang (2006-present)
YG’s first idol group aka “Kings of Kpop” and the MVPs for setting the Hallyu wave ablaze internationally, especially outside of Asia, Big Bang is the group who continuously redefined what ‘KPOP’ is by experimenting out of the norm while expressing their individuality.
Big Bang is renowned for writing their own songs which plays a significant role for their success.
Not only is the group incredible for having so many No.1 songs but also their success promoting as subunits and soloists unbelievable that has become something to strive for the following generation of idols. Is there anyone who doesn’t know Taeyang’s Eyes, Nose, Lips or GD’s Coup d’etat?
Just thinking of Big Bang, the concept of swag, hip, fast beats, clubs and parties come to mind. While is it sad to see that most of the members are still serving mandatory military service, it won’t be long before they will be back!
The boy band of SM aka the “Princes of Kpop” who set the standard for live performances with complex dance moves, Shinee contrasts crucially with other groups of the 2000s. Not only is this group experimental with their music exploring various genres, they are also considered the “aesthetic,” “artistic,” “beautiful” group through their choreography, concepts and wardrobes.
With the sad passing of member Jonghyun (RIP) in 2017, Shinee will never be the same. However, Shinee’s songs as a quintet, Jonghyun’s legacy remains as numerous fans continue to love and cheer for Shinee.
Shinee will forever be that scarred part of my Kpop love. They have had to regroup after the unfortunate experience of losing a member, however I fervently hope that they will be able to recover not only for themselves and fans but also for the legacy of JH to not be forgotten in the future.
Kpop Boy Groups of Today (2010s)
With less than 10 months before the end of the current decade, there are so many boy groups who debuted and deserve to be listed as THE boy group of 2010s. While many would want to nominate for their favorite group, I would say based on the past 110 months (2010-2019.2), EXO and BTS are the ones who will be considered the “legends” of 2010s in Kpop history years from now.
Is there anyone in the Kpop scene who doesn’t know EXO and BTS? EXO is the 3rd generation of SM’s beloved idol boy group taking on the baton from their seniors H.O.T, Shinhwa, Super Junior and Shinee. BTS is without a doubt the “titans of Kpop” if my 90 year old grandmother knows who they are because of the Korean news. So many records were broken and so much history was made by these two idol groups during this decade, I personally would like to bet some dough on whether BTS or EXO will show up in the history or business books in the near future. Having heard that UC Berkley is offering a DeCal class on BTS from a friend attending UCB, my odds of winning are very high.
Looking back on Kpop idols from the 1990s, Kpop itself is still pretty young with so much potential for growth. As a passionate Kpop fan who grew up with the first generation of Kpop idols on my TV screen in the 1990s and 2000s, I genuinely hope that there will be a day when Kpop music can be heard on the radio (outside of Korean radio stations) abroad.
While in the midst of serving his country in the military, BIGBANG member G-Dragon made a surprise posting on social media.
G-Dragon, real name Kwon Ji-yong, is currently approaching the one year mark since enlisting last year this month. Like many who serve, many find different sources of strength and morale. For actor Joo Won, he found solace in television, movies, and girl groups. On the other hand, Kwon has apparently been hitting the books.
On Monday, the singer wrote “everyone say hello” and “Nietzsche’s words” as an introduction to two pictured excerpts from the philosopher’s work. The titles of the photographed pages roughly translate to “How to Live” and “Hold on to your ideals, not your country.” His last upload is a screenshot of his phone where the time “8:18,” which also coincides with his birthday (August 18).
Notably, this is the singer’s first post on social media since he enlisted on Feb. 25 last years leading a very enthusiastic response from his 16 million Instagram followers. Meanwhile, Kwon is scheduled to finish his service sometime this October.
The last Big Bang member to enlist, Seungri started his solo tour in Hong Kong.
Prior to beginning his mandatory military service this year, Big Bang’s maknae Seungri set off for his solo tour ‘THE GREAT SEUNGRI TOUR 2019 LIVE’ on January 12 in Hong Kong. Seungri performed many iconic songs from Big Bang like BANG BANG BANG, GD X TAEYANG’s Good Boy, G-Dragon’s Crooked, Taeyang’s Eyes, Nose, Lips and his own song Lets Talk About Love. Seungri performed a few chinese songs, easily conversing with fans in Chinese without an interpreter. To support Seungri’s tour, former 2NE1 member Sandara Park made a guest appearance for Seungri showing fans the close relationship between the two artists.
Seungri’s next stage for his world tour is on January 19 in Manilla and February 23 in Singapore. Seungri will also be performing in his last concert on February 16 and 17 ‘SEUNGRI 1ST SOLO TOUR [THE GREAT SEUNGRI] FINAL IN SEOUL’ prior to enlisting.
BIGBANG G-Dragon ranked first in a poll as the most well-rounded K-Pop star with BTS Suga coming second.
On November 10JAM, a teen research institute conducted a poll operated by Genie Music for two weeks. The goal of the poll was to determine which K-Pop idol teenagers believed was the most well-rounded. Meaning an artist who can dance, sing, write, and compose music.
With 21% of the vote, BIGBANG member G-Dragon topped the list. Although he is currently serving in the military and has not released solo music since his self-titled album in 2017, is popularity and reputation remain in good standing. Moreover, he continues to be recognized as a talented idol.
In second place with 17% is BTS member Suga, who has participated in the production of the group’s albums. Further, he he also released a mixtape, showing off the range of his musicality. RM, the leader of BTS ranked fifth with 8%.
In third and fourth place are Zico and Jinyoung, former members of Block B and B1A4, respectively.
BIGBANG’s G-Dragon and BTS’ Jimin make us proud by placing their names on The Guardian’s list of “Top 30 Boy Band Members”
On December 13, British Daily Newspaper Guardian Magazine announced their own rankings of “Top 30 Boy Band Members.” Joining the list were two K-pop idol members, BIGBANG’s G-Dragon and BTS’ Jimin.
BTS’ Jimin placed his name on No. 17. To explain such high rankings, the magazine focused on the member’s ability to pull of extremely difficult choreography, especially his “Serendipity” solo performance during the recent London arena show.
G-Dragon, on the other hand, receiving the nickname of “king of K-pop” and was praised much for his ability to do all. The magazine also stated that he is a fashion icon above anything else, mentioning his appearance on the cover of Italian Vogue magazine.
Taking the first place was Michael Jackson, followed by Robbie Williams and Justin Timberlake.
While Big Bang is taking a rest from the group activity, the group continues to set records.
While four of the members are serving in the military, the 12-year-old K-pop group has recently set records without activities.
Previously in March, the group released “Flower Road,” the first song release in 15 months with all members. Big Bang placed the song on the top of the local music charts, and the song is still enjoying the popularity on the chart.
In addition, the YouTube page for the group has recently surpassed 10 Million subscribers. With the number, Big Bang is to receive “Diamond Creator Awards,” the highest recognition from YouTube.
Also, the viewer countings for Big Bang’s music videos are increasing continuously, reaching groundbreaking numbers. Starting with “Fantastic Baby” and “Bang Bang Bang” that went over 300 million views, G-Dragon and Taeyang’s “Good Boy” reached 200 million views and most of other music videos easily surpass 100 million views. As G-Dragon’s “Who You?” reached 100 million views on September 10, Big Bang now has 14 music videos with over 100 million views.
While all the other members are serving for the country, Seungri is taking this as an opportunity to show his abilities. The youngest member of the group is especially talented in variety shows, as shown in the latest episode of “Running Man.”
Seungri is also taking a huge role in YG Entertainment’s new variety show, “YG Electronics.” Meanwhile, he is also running a tour concert in Japan, which is his first solo tour.
G-Dragon presents a surprise for his fans while they wait on him to finish his service and safely return!
On August 23, BIGBANG’s official YouTube channel released a trailer to G-Dragon’s life documentary. The video is entitled “Kwon Ji Yong Act III: M.O.T.T.E” scheduled for a release on September 5.
According to the trailer, the upcoming documentary supposedly features singer G-Dragon’s life as a star and an ordinary human, Kwon Ji-Yong. The trailer begins with the singer asking “Who am I?” and suggests there’s more to him than just a singer on stage. Furthermore, the video will heavily focus on his last concert before military enlistment, “ACT III: Moment of Truth The End.”
Moreover, Nadine Zylstra, the head of YouTube Originals, commented, “I’m very excited to present a documentary featuring G-Dragon. I’m also glad to have gained the opportunity to reveal the human and realistic side of one of the best singers to represent the world of K-Pop.”
Meanwhile, the singer enlisted in the military on February 27. After concluding the 6-week long basic military training, he received an assignment and is currently continuing to serve the country as an active soldier.
Yang Hyun-suk, the founder and CEO of YG Entertainment, sent a congratulatory birthday message to G-Dragon.
On August 18, YG Entertainment’s CEO Yang Hyun-suk took to his Instagram account to wish BIGBANG member G-Dragon (real name Kwon Ji-yong) a happy birthday.
Along with a picture of the singer in his military uniform, Yang included a message that expressed his affection for Kwon. In both English and Korean, the CEO wrote that he is “missing GD.”
Kwon, who turns 30 today, will be celebrating in the military this year. Earlier this year, Kwon, Taeyang, and Daesung enlisted within a few weeks of each other. Further, the year before member T.O.P began his service. As such, the only member not enlisted is Seungri, the youngest of BIGBANG. However, he announced this month that he plans to enter the army by early 2019.
After prolonged issues with his ankle and two different hospitalizations, G-Dragon has finally been discharged.
According to multiple media outlets on August 1, G-Dragon, real name Kwon Ji-yong, that the BIGBANG member was discharged from the Pocheon Hospital in Gyeonggi Province on July 27.
The singer’s first complained of pain in his right ankle before joining the military in late February. A few months later in May, medical professionals diagnosed him with ankle instability.
As a result, in June Kwon entered the National Military Hospital to undergo rehabilitation treatment. There, due to the nature of his stay, some began to suspect that the singer had preferential treatment. In response, YG Entertainment fully denied the allegations.
Then, on July 12, moved to the infirmary unity in Pocheon Hospital where he continues his rehabilitation.