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(Complex) Interview: Taeyang Talks Rise, Individuality in K-Pop and Life After YG

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By now you’ve most likely heard of G-Dragon, the Korean pop juggernaut whose exploits in music and style we covered extensively last year. But if you’re not a K-pop enthusiast, you are probably unaware of Taeyang—G-Dragon’s best friend since childhood, YG Entertainmentlabelmate, and fellow member in the mega-group Big Bang. Though he isn’t quite as flashy as GD, Taeyang is undoubtedly a star in his own right, with a well-earned reputation in K-pop circles as the genre’s best R&B singer and dancer. (He’s also a global face for Calvin Klein’s new CK One campaign.) Taeyang’s second solo album, RISE, has topped the iTunes album charts in 10 countries since its release in June,

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[Interview] One, Two TAEYANG (F.ound Magazine July 2014)

TAEYANG
One, Two

Editor: Seo Ok-Seon

Taeyang has released his second solo album . His first full album came out in 2010. The year has changed four times, and love has passed by once.

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How have you been?
Lately?

Well, since last time? (Laughs)
Ah… I basically just worked on my album for the past four years.

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Taeyang on YHY Sketchbook (140711) – Full Interview Transcript (Unbroadcasted)

This is the full interview with Yoo Hee Yeol from the June 24 recording session of Taeyang’s guest stint on KBS Sketchbook. Only a small part of this was included in the actual broadcast on July 11. Thanks to the uploader for sharing!

YHY: The hottest man! Please welcome Taeyang!

TY: Hello!

YHY: He is so charming! Not to mention his eye smile. Ah~~ My Dong Young Bae! How have you been?

TY: After long wait, my album has been finally released. It was received well. I have been really busy and happy these days.

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[INTERVIEW] Billboard: Taeyang Gives Track-By-Track Review of Record-Breaking ‘Rise’ Album (Video)

In Billboard’s first-ever track-by-track review for a K-pop album, the singer/rapper gets deep and reflects on his new tracks

While fans around the world knew and loved Taeyang through his group BIGBANG, it wasn’t until the release of his second solo album, “Rise,” that the K-pop singer earned support as a superstar in his own right. The LP set a record for solo Korean acts on the Billboard 200, soaring to No. 112 on the Billboard 200 and beating out chart positions from fellow international stars like BoA and labelmate G-Dragon. It’s currently sitting pretty on Billboard’s World Albums chart, too, at No. 9 for its fourth week on the ranking.

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