BIGBANG’s TAEYANG has been receiving calls from entertainment agencies in the United States for his solo musical career, and many eyes are on the artist to see if he will be branching out to the U.S.
It was confirmed on Nov 21 that TAEYANG has been giving much thought on reaching out to the U.S., since he received many offers from major entertainment agencies in the country. Nothing has been made concrete at this point, but it has been revealed that amongst the many agencies is the one giant agency of U.S. as well.
The offers from this side of the world is reaching TAEYANG since the release of his new song ‘Ringa Linga.’ The song is of a strong hip-hop with melodies here and there.
‘Ringa Linga’ may seem a little new to the South Korean public, but in America where hip-hop is already mainstream, the song is arousing much attention.
The effort of YG Entertainment is playing a role in TAEYANG’s branching out as well. Not many artists, including those in the U.S., have the capacity to encompass both R&B and dancing skills, so TAEYANG’s unique strength will highly work to his advantage when he expands his playing field to the U.S.
‘Ringa Linga’ has indeed brought about a sensational wave, with its music video and dance performance video altogether attracting whopping 10 million viewers. G-DRAGON and foreign composers co-written and composed the song, and the dance performance video with America’s top dancers has heated up the music world.But the most important aspect to consider is BIGBANG’s schedule. TAEYANG is part of BIGBANG, a group that boasts the busiest schedule in Asia, so the tight-schedule makes it that much harder to get the timing right for TAEYANG to be in the U.S.
TAEYANG joined the rest of BIGBANG members last week for Japan’s largest Dome Tour, where 770,000 Japanese fans will join them until next January. TAEYANG has his solo album prepared to reveal next March, and then will have to move on quickly to the release of BIGBANG’s new album. It is clear that his tight schedule is already full enough. [Note difference in translation vs original Korean article – the original article says that the album will be released “early next year.”]
In an interview recently, TAEYANG commented, “If BIGBANG were a big tree, then I would be a branch.” This shows that he has much affection for group activities, so the public will have to wait and see how he will be able to plan his schedule so that American market penetration can take place.
TAEYANG, immediately after participating in the 2013 Mnet Asia Music Awards in Hong Kong on Nov 22, will fly to the United States to have his very first solo performance in San Francisco on Nov 26. He is expected to have meetings with a few music industry related personnel to further discuss the matter.
The performance in San Francisco is TAEYANG’s first one in the States as a solo artist, which will be part of Music Experience 2.0., an event co-hosted by MTV IGGY and Intel.