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태양 (太陽)
Also known as Sol
Born May 18, 1988 (1988-05-18) (age 21)
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres RnB, hip hop, pop
Years active 2006 (2006) – present
Labels YG Entertainment(South Korea)
Universal Music Japan(Japan)
Associated acts Big Bang
Korean name
Hangul 동영배
Hanja 董永培
Revised Romanization Dong Yeong-bae
McCune–Reischauer Tong Yŏng-pae
Stage name
Hangul 태양
Hanja 太陽
Revised Romanization Taeyang
McCune–Reischauer T'aeyang

Dong Young-bae (Hangul: 동영배, Hanja: 董永培, born May 18, 1988), better known by his stage name Taeyang (Hangul: 태양, Hanja: 太陽, lit. sun) or Sol, is a South Korean singer. 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 the lead vocalist of Big Bang. In 2008, Taeyang released his debut mini-album Hot, establishing himself as an R&B artist.



Dong's first appearance in the entertainment industry was in the hip-hop group Jinusean's music video "A-yo".[1] The collaboration eventually lead him to successfully auditioning into the group's record label YG Entertainment, where he became one of the rappers alongside fellow trainee G-Dragon. The two were later coined as GDYB.[2] In 2003, Dong provided the rap verse in singer Wheesung’s single "Player" on the latter's second album.[3]

Although Dong was scheduled to debut alongside G-Dragon as the duo GDYB, the plan was scrapped by their record label. Instead, they were joined by four other trainees (T.O.P., Daesung, Seungri, and So-1) to form the group Big Bang. Before their official debut, however, Sol-1 was dropped and their final lineup consisted of five members. Choosing the stage-name Taeyang (Korean: 태양, meaning sun), Dong abandoned the idea of rapping to focus on singing.[4] The group's formation was documented on television.[5] Although their debut was fairly successful, the group reached mainstream success with the release of their mini-album Always, which yielded the number-one song "Lies" (Korean: 거짓말).[6] followed by "Last Farewell" (Korean: 마지막 인사) from the mini-album Hot Issue and "Day by Day" (Korean: 하루하루) from Stand Up, both chart-toppers.[7][8]

After contribution to singer Lexy's album, Taeyang was scheduled to release solo materials. Initially scheduled for a September release, the project was pushed back due to conflicting schedules with his group.[citation needed] Taeyang released his debut mini-album Hot on May 22, 2008, backed by a production team that included Teddy, Yang Hyun Suk, Kush, and his fellow member G-Dragon.[nb 1] Moving beyond the hip-hop genre of Big Bang, Taeyang incorporated mainly R&B songs into his album, stating that it was his "main focus".[4] He expressed disappointment with the album, however, admitting that he did not write any of the songs; he later stated that he would do so in the future to express his "thoughts and ideas".[4]

The first single released was "Only Look at Me" (Korean: 나만 바라봐), an R&B song written by Teddy and Kush. Taeyang stated that the lyrics come from the perspective of a man who is "selfish" for wanting his girlfriend to be with him only, regardless of how he treats her.[9] G-Dragon later recorded a "Part Two" version to the song. The second single was "Prayer" which featured Teddy of 1TYM. Promotional videos were shot for both. In support of his album, he also staged his first solo concert, Hot.[10]

Throughout the majority of 2009, Taeyang contributed to his group's activities, recording the song "Lollipop" with his group and labelmate 2NE1. He later flew to Japan to promote the group's Japanese materials. After activities ended, he went back to the studio to record and release his first digital single "Where U At",[11] followed by another digital single, "Wedding Dress". The latter was voted #3 on an online poll for a Dutch radio station.[12]




Digital singles

  • "Where U At" (2009)[13]
  • "Wedding Dress" (2009)[13]


  • The 6th Korean Music Awards: Best R&B/Soul Song
  • The 6th Korean Music Awards: Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year
  • 2008 Naver Music Song of the Year — Look Only At Me
  • 2008 Melon music award Best R&B Award for Look Only at Me


  1. ^ According to the credits on the album's jacket.


  1. ^ "Taeyang Profile - Naver". Naver. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  2. ^ (Korean) "'준비된 그룹' 빅뱅, 대폭발 예고". Sports Chosun. 7 July 2006. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "'태양'이 누구인가요?". Nate. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "동영배를 들어라, 빅뱅 '태양'". DCnews. 2008-06-13. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Big Bang". KBS World. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  6. ^ ,"Big Bang's Showcase & First Fan Meeting" (in English). Arirang. Retrieved December 07, 2009.
  7. ^ (Korean) "빅뱅 쥬크온차트 8주 연속 1위 기염, JOO도 2주만에 7위 진입" (in Korean). Newsen. 21 January 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
  8. ^ "Big Bang's 'Day by Day' Sweeps J-Pop Charts for Four Weeks". KBS Global. 8 September 2008. 
  9. ^ "빅뱅 태양, ‘HOT’로 솔로 데뷔 코앞". JK News. July 17, 2008. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  10. ^ Han Sang, Hee (July 17, 2008). "Big Bang Members Branch Out as Soloists". Korea Times. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 
  11. ^ Ryu Seung, Yoon (September 28, 2009). "Big Bang members to continue solo career". The Korea Herald. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Tae-yang Climbs the Dutch Music Chart". KBS World. December 2, 2009. Retrieved December 26, 2009. 
  13. ^ a b Kim, Jessica (November 13, 2009). "YG explains 'reverse' promo for Taeyang's album". Asia Economy. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 

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