Big Bang (Korean: ; often stylized as BIGBANG) is a South Korean boy band formed by YG Entertainment. Consisting of members G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung, and Seungri, the group officially debuted on August 19, 2006. Predominantly a hip hop group, Big Bang found success with their breakthrough hit \u201cLies,\u201d which stayed at number one on major Korean music charts for a record-breaking seven consecutive weeks, and winning the group the Song of the Year award at the 2007 Mnet Korean Music Festival.
Big Bang's follow up releases furthered their success and popularity, spawning chart-topping hits \u201cLast Farewell\u201d and \u201cHaru Haru.\u201d After receiving the Artist of the Year award from the 2008 Mnet Korean Music Festival, the group expanded their endeavors to Japan, consequently winning three awards at the 9th MTV Video Music Awards Japan. Amidst their Japanese promotions, the members branched out to do solo activities; Taeyang and G-Dragon released best-selling solo albums, G-Dragon and T.O.P formed a sub-unit, Seungri and Daesung acted in musicals and hosted variety shows, and T.O.P became a highly acclaimed film star.
After a two-year hiatus in South Korea, Big Bang reunited in 2011 with their album Tonight. Promotions, however, were cut short when multiple members encountered legal issues. By the end of the year, Big Bang emerged as the inaugural Best Worldwide Act winner at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards. Three months after their win in Europe, Big Bang released their most successful physical album, Alive, the first Korean album to chart on Billboard 200, before embarking on their first ever world tour which concluded in early 2013. Labeled as the "Nation's Boy Band," the members' involvement in composing and producing their own music, most notably G-Dragon's, has earned the group respect and praise from the music industry. They currently hold the record for being the all-time best-selling artist in Cyworld.