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English Version of 죄인 (Prisoner)

Lots of thanks to AzNgUrL1509@soompi for the tip/share.

You probably recognized that it’s an English version of  Tae Yang’s “죄인” (Prisoner).  It’s sung by Drew Ryan Scott from a yet-to-debut pop/R&B band from Los Angeles “Varsity Fanclub.”

My first reaction was “Who was first?”  I did some research and although I’m not sure, I’m convinced that Tae Yang’s is the “original” version because 1) he released it first. 2)the English version hasn’t been “officially” released yet. 3)Gabe Lopez is the main producer for “Varsity Fanclub” and is also the composer/producer of the song.  Sharing, perhaps? 4)Sean Alexander who co-wrote the song posted on his myspace that he worked with Tae Yang on “HOT.” Also wikipedia. 5)Both Gabe Lopez and Sean Alexander have written/produced for other Korean artists such as Shinee and Dong Bang Shin Ki, so its not strange that they wrote one for Tae Yang.  6)They’re affiliated with Xperimental Music a Korean, LA-based music company.

죄인 (Prisoner) is arguably my favorite song from “HOT,” and fortunately this version didn’t kill it for me entirely.  But I’m not liking the English lyrics too much because it doesn’t do the song any justice.  The arrangement is elegant, but these lyrics are so trivial.  It’s dark and malicious,  but not in the same way Tae Yang’s version is.  The Korean lyrics express a much more troubling, conflicted, and complex emotion.  Check it out:

But more importantly, what do you think?

Best R&B/Soul Album & Song!

This title is self-explanatory, right?

Congratulations to Tae Yang, winner of Korean Music Award’s Best R&B/Soul Album and Song.

Dubbed the “Grammys” of Korea, and up against major and well-established artists, this is such an honor and a proud moment for him.  Tae Yang was scheduled to attend and perform at the ceremony tonight, but due to some budgeting problems, the award show is postponed to March 12th.  Unfortunately, due to prior plans, he won’t be attending.  I’m guessing he’ll be in the US with G-Dragon during this time.

It’s a little sad that the one time Tae Yang gets to celebrate something phenomenal, he can’t.  Well, we’re celebrating for you.

Disclaimer: This again is my google-translate-journalism.

Blast from the Past – Featuring Tae Yang

For old-time sake, here’s a blast from the past with all the songs and performances Tae Yang was featured in.  Be prepared; this is a super long post!  Enjoy!

Featured music: imeem playlist

1.  RUN by Se7en ft. G-Dragon and YB Taekwon (Tae Yang)

2.  Give Me Permission by Se7en ft. YB Taekwon

3.  Get Up (Intro) by Lexy ft. Tae Yang

4.  RUSH by Lexy ft. Tae Yang

5.  Super Fly by Lexy ft. Tae Yang, G-Dragon, and TOP

6.  I Should’ve Loved You Less by Kim Johan ft. Tae Yang

7.  Real Talk by YMGA ft. Tae Yang

Featured MV:

A-Yo by JinuSean

The MV that started it all.  It’s such a fun MV to watch.  I just noticed how the Lil’Sean (played by Youngbae) in the MV is very much like the real Youngbae.  Loved music, loved hip-hop and then randomly picked up my Mr. YG.

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Stand Up!

Tae Yang’s solo performance at Big Bang’s recent ‘Stand-Up’ tour in Japan.

Credit: maiscool16@youtube

Even though I’ve seen about all performances of these two songs, it’s still enjoyable to watch.  I love the energy of “Prayer,” and “Look Only At Me” is  flawless.  The camera shots are great, except it’s a little blurry.   Enjoy.

TY Marathon: Watch all of Tae Yang’s official/broadcasted solo performances since his solo debut thanks to the lovely people at DCYB for compiling.

And just for fun:
Question of the Day: What is your favorite “Tae Yang”  song?

PS: Happy Valentines!

Youngbae says Be by Valentines?
Youngbae says "Be my Valentine?"

Tae Yang got Rhythm!…or Rhythmer.net Award.

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Image Credit: BBVIPZ

What a year it has been for Tae Yang!  Again, he’s nominated for the Rhythmer.net Award 2008.  From what it looks, Rhythmer.net is a website or community that is dedicated exclusively to Rap/Hip-Hop/R&B music.   It seems like a really low-key award.   The award has two divisions: international and domestic, or American and Korean.  Look at the list of nominees, I feel this award is pretty legitimate and credible as well.   Tae Yang is nominated for the Best R&B/Hip-Hop Album, Best R&B/Hip-Hop Artist, and Korean Music Video of the Year. (for Prayer MV.) And Teddy is also nominated for Producer as well.  Congratulations to both.

Check out at Rhythmer.netMake sure to vote for Tae Yang on the poll.

Considering this is just his first solo album, and he promoted only for about 2 months, Tae Yang has accomplished incredible achievements.  For once I’m not so sad that Tae Yang isn’t popular because both these recent award nomination indicated how respected he is in the music world and among other music professionals.

To echo everyone here, it doesn’t matter if he wins or not, I just hope that all this encourages Tae Yang to continue to not just make music, but music that is true and honest to him.  I’m really looking forward to his second album.

Tae Yang nominated for Korean Music Award


(forgive me tofu for editin’ ur post lol…i just wanted to add this uber cute gif in..click MORE)

Once again, Tae Yang has been nominated for several music awards.  This time its the Korean Music Award and for “Best R&B/Soul Song” and “Best R&B/Soul Album.”  Hopefully he will have better luck this time.  The awards are based on netizen votes, music critics, producers, etc. etc.  The award show will be held on February 26th.

Article Translation:

Tae Yang, who released his first solo album last year, was removed from the group Big Bang, and nominated for the Korean Music Awards.

On February 4 at the Seoul Press Center, Korean Music Awards selection committee held the “2009 Korean Music Awards Ceremony Press Conference” and announced a general outline for the upcoming ceremony and a list of nominees by category.

Big Bang was unable to earn nominations in any of the categories, but member Tae Yang received nominations in two categories including the Best R&B/Soul Album (’HOT’) and Best R&B/Soul Song.

The selection committee said that “Tae Yang and Big Bang are musicians who have different kinds of music” and explained that “Tae Yang’s album was rated higher than Big Bang’s album.”

The Korean Music Awards will take place at 7 P.M on February 26 at KonKuk University’s New Millennium Hall. Yoon Do Hyun will host to the ceremony.

A very special thanks to CrystalVIP for the splendid translation. Edited and grammar checked by Tofumon/Tofu.

Nominations List:

Best R&B/Soul Album:

Tae Yang (태양) [Hot]
Serengeti (세렝게티) [Afro Afro]
Wheesung (휘성) [With All My Heart And Soul]
Park Jin Young  or JYP (박진영) [Back To Stage]
MY-Q (마이큐) [This Is For You]

Best R&B/Soul Song:

G-Fla (지플라) – 음악하는 여자
Tae Yang
(태양)- 나만 바라봐 [Look Only At Me]
Serengeti (세렝게티) – Wimbo
Brown Eyes (
브라운아이즈) – 가지마 가지마 [Don’t go , don’t go] (winner at MKMF)

Credits: DCYB

The nominations included mainstream and indie/underground artists, so I guess this award is truly based on music not just popularity and album sales.

*Disclaimer: As you know I have no knowledge of the Korean language so all this ^^ is based on my interpretations of Google’s translation of the articles.  Here’s the original articles : [one] [two] .  It’ll be awesome if someone gets it translated. And thanks to elavip@soompi for the tip.  I’m sure we’ll hear more things by tomorrow.

YBaeby, I’m so proud of you.
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How to Watch Tae Yang’s Concert DVD.

Off of Bangs, an obvious gimmick to maintain fangirls, but Im loving it.
Off of "Bangs," an obvious gimmick to maintain fangirls, but I'm loving it. CREDIT: BBFansite

The title of this post is a little insulting, no?  But, I’m not assuming that you’re all knuckleheads.  This is a boring and dry post, but if you’re having trouble watching Tae Yang’s concert DVD or is concerned about it before buying, hopefully this might be worth your time.

This is just instructions on how to breech Tae Yang’s Concert DVD Region 3 restrictions.  The DVD probably won’t work unless you have a all-region DVD player.  I suggest watching the DVD via a desktop or laptop.  I’m a PC, so the instructions will work best for PCs, but probably will be the same for MACs, I’m not sure.

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I’m “HOT” for you Pt. 2

So, ya’ll voted for the clip the you wanted to see from Tae Yang’s “HOT” Concert DVD and I’ve kept my promise.  There was a tie between “My Girl” and “Make Love.”  I had a  hard time deciding which one to upload,  so I finally came up with the brilliant idea of uploading one onto Dailymotion for ya’ll to stream and one to download.   Since “My Girl” was leading the entire time, that performance will be for download.  But before we start downloading, here are certain things to keep in mind:

+Like sweetsorrow, I’m making this a Always Tae Yang Exclusive. Please do not redistribute.  Link here.
+This is for personal watching.  Please do not re-upload. If you must, since I can’t really do anything to you, please at least credit. (tofu&alwaystaeyang.wordpress)
+My only intention is to promote Tae Yang’s Concert DVD.  I hope the clip will encourage you to buy it.  Yesasia. DVDHeaven.

Make Love ft. Kush

My Girl at “HOT” Concert [.wmv file, 119 MB, HQ]
Credits: YG Entertainment & tofu@alwaystaeyang.wordpress

*Download has been also added to the Goodies section*