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i-D Online: “korean style is about moving fast” — g-dragon discusses the sound of korea’s future

i-D met the millennial Michael Jackson right after his private Chanel concert to celebrate the opening of the Mademoiselle Privé exhibition in Séoul.


i-D Online: "korean style is about moving fast" -- g-dragon discusses the sound of korea's future
G-Dragon wears all clothing Chanel
This article was originally published by i-D France. 
G Dragon’s music is the sound of South Korea’s future. And probably our future too. At the age of six, he was already flexing his starry muscles in a band called Little Roora, before deciding to stay in the shadows for a few years and humbly learn his craft by observing how the big pop stars do things and interning his way through a series of record labels. Today, G Dragon appears like a new musical oracle, relevant across the world, and a star way beyond his native land. His fluid masculinity, borderless pop, and self-confidence on stage have brought him to the forefront of his genre.
In a world where everything is moving at top speed and everyone is embarking, headfirst, on a full throttle race to the top, well it doesn’t leave the typical careers with much life expectancy. Yet G Dragon always seems one step ahead, and is dragging our whole generation along for the ride.
Like his generation, he is versatile and open, and approaches music the same was he does style — his fashion brand Peaceminusone is another way for him to define his vision of the world. In 2015 in Seoul, Karl Lagerfeld predicted that the world would soon be obsessed with South Korea. And G Dragon of course. Since then, the star hasn’t left Chanel’s radar, and last week he performed at the inauguration of the Mademoiselle Privé exhibition in Seoul. The perfect occasion for i-D to discover what the future’s going to look like with him in it!
Hi G Dragon! You wear Chanel, you just performed for them in Seoul, what does Chanel mean to you?Chanel is Chanel. It’s not a brand. There’s nothing like Chanel in the world. No matter where you go, people know about it. You can’t explain Chanel. It’s a verb.
Your show was for an intimate crowd. How was that compared to the stadiums you’re used to?To be honest I prefer doing smaller shows. It’s more fun. Being on stage is different each time. The energy is never the same, people are different, the vibe changes all the time.
How do you feel before going on stage?I’m pretty chilled and cool. To be honest, I’m so used to it. I started music when I was six. I was nineteen, Korean age, when Big Bang started.If I’m not mistaken it should be seventeen for you guys.
Age is different in Korea?Yeah! It’s actually the only country in the world that works that way. Ask our President! I don’t know why, I wish I knew why. So today I’m 28 years old. But in Korea, I’m already 30. I know, it sucks…
You’re something of a superstar in Asia and you’re pretty huge in western countries too. How does it feel to be such an icon?It’s an honour to hear that! You know, that’s the thing about the 21stcentury: everyone is connected and the world keeps moving all the time. It looks so special but it’s so natural at the same time. If I post something new, everyone in the world will know what I’m doing right now, at the same exact moment. In the same way that I’m connected to people, I feel like social media now so intrinsically links fashion to music, art to pop, etc.
You had an exhibition in Paris with your brand, Peaceminusone. Do you define yourself as a designer?I don’t consider myself as a designer but as an artist — an artist… with a lot of clothes. My brand is not just a fashion brand. Two or three years ago, I supported young and emerging Korean artists with an exhibition that took place at the Seoul Museum of Art. I wanted people to know that Korean artists do great things.
Korean fashion is getting bigger each season and a lot of people are talking about it as a new phenomenon. Do you feel the same way?It’s getting bigger, but it’s not only fashion. The whole Korean market is getting bigger: may it be fashion, music or K-pop, whatever. It’s a culture as a whole, and I’m part of it.
Did you anticipate this shift when you started making music?I wasn’t trying to be famous when I started making music. I mean, that wasn’t the first thing I wanted. But of course, I see more and more people getting interested in Korean culture, and I’m so proud about it. I’m honoured in a way. I love my country so I’m more than happy to see it shine. It’s getting really fast, there’s a good and a bad side in it but I try to take the best of it. I still want to try new things so I can learn about them and then teach those things to younger people.
How would you describe Korean style?When I was young, I was fascinated by Japanese culture, style, and the way of life. I loved Chinese movies too. What I’m trying to say is that we used to learn from different Asian countries. Even from America and Europe. And trust me: Korean people learn so fast. The most important thing is to keep learning, otherwise you’re just copying. So if you want to be an artist, just make things your own. Basically, Korean style is about moving fast. Europe was once fascinated by Japan, but today a lot of eyes are on Korea. It’s not about minimalism or aesthetic anymore, it’s the Korean energy we admire.
Where does this energy come from?You know what, it’s because we have a hungry mind. We already have the fame and recognition but we still want more and more. We are still hungry. Korean people, including me, want to go faster and faster. In music, in fashion, in art too. One shot one kill: that’s my mentality.
What is the whole purpose of making music?That’s a really big question. I don’t really have an answer so I’ll talk about my new album, Kwon Ji Yong — my real name. It’s a new step forward in my life as I turn 30. That’s why I decided to name my tour Act III M.O.T.T.E. It’s the third act of my career. And M.O.T.T.E is about where I come from. I’m getting back to my roots with this album. We all live in a digital world, but I put my album on USB and on each USB, we used a hand-drawn red strike to represent DNA. I did some of them myself.
If you could make a wish, what would it be?For me you mean? The cover of i-D!

i-D Online: "korean style is about moving fast" -- g-dragon discusses the sound of korea's future  i-D Online: "korean style is about moving fast" -- g-dragon discusses the sound of korea's future
Words Tess Lochanski and Photography Yoong Jang

G-Dragon x Chanel’s Gabrielle Bag

CHANEL’S GABRIELLE BAG IN MACAU WITH G‑DRAGON
The Korean singer and House ambassador, G‑Dragon, in Macao for CHANEL’s GABRIELLE bag campaign.


G-Dragon x Chanel's Gabrielle Bag [VIDEO/PHOTOS]
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Source: Chanel

Info about the series:
A new icon from the Chanel Atelier, the Chanel’s Gabrielle Bag has taken the world by storm with its first wave of fashion campaigns with the likes of Pharrell and Cara Delevingne.
Now, the new Chanel classic is back again as it travels around the world with a cast of celebrities including Willow Smith, Liu Wen and G-Dragon for a three-part film series.
First unveiled in early June, we saw Willow Smith traversing the streets of Tokyo as she flaunts various designs of the Chanel’s Gabrielle bag, when she was in town for the replica show for the Paris Cosmopolite Métiers d’art collection.
And for the final part of this around-the-world film feature for Chanel’s Gabrielle bag, the Parisian house will be casting Korean pop icon G-Dragon as the main star.

Who are MelOn music chart’s 10 biggest K-pop artists in the last 10 years?

Who are MelOn music chart's 10 biggest K-pop artists in the last 10 years?
Who made it into Korea’s biggest music site’s top 10? Is it BIG BANG? Girls’ Generation? Another artist?
Since its launch in 2004, MelOn has become one of South Korea’s most popular online music sites, as well as one of the most influential music charting sites. In celebration of its time in K-pop and with over a decade of music chart data to pull from, MelOn has now pulled the curtain back on who the top 10 artists have been on the site’s music charts over the past 10 years.
In a new report from News Donga, it was revealed that BIG BANG are MelOn’s number one artist with a total of 51 weeks at the No.1 spot and a total of 18 No.1 songs. 2nd place goes to IU, who logged in an impressive 36 weeks at the No.1 spot and 16 No.1 songs, while 3rd place belongs to the Wonder Girls, who have had 32 weeks at No.1 and 8 no.1 songs.
Here’s the complete ranking list of the top 10 artists on the MelOn music charts over the past 10 years:
=10. PSY (9 weeks at No.1, 3 No.1 songs)
=10. Busker Busker (9 weeks at No.1, 5 No.1 songs)
9. Miss A & Infinite Challenge (10 weeks at No.1, 5 No.1 songs
=8. LEESANG (11 weeks at No.1, 5 No.1 songs)
=8. TWICE (11 weeks at No.1, 3 No.1 songs)
7. DAVICHI (16 weeks at No.1, 10 No.1 songs)
6. Girls’ Generation (17 weeks at No.1, 8 No.1 songs)
5. SISTAR (27 weeks at No.1, 10 No.1 songs)
4. 2NE1 (28 weeks at No.1, 12 No.1 songs)
3. Wonder Girls (32 weeks at No.1, 8 No.1 songs
2. IU (36 weeks at No.1, 16 No.1 songs)
1. BIG BANG (51 weeks at No.1 18 No.1 songs)
A big, big congrats to all the artists who made it into the top 10 MelOn artists list!

The Duality of G-Dragon Explored in ACT III: M.O.T.T.E World Tour Singapore 2017

The Duality of G-Dragon Explored in ACT III: M.O.T.T.E World Tour Singapore 2017
G-Dragon (GD) is a multifaceted star with immense global influence – singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, fashion icon, leader of K-Pop phenomenon, Big Bang. Four years after his last album (COUP D’ETAT), GD introduces KWON JI YONG, a self-titled album that explores a lesser-known angle: the man behind G-Dragon.
ACT III: M.O.T.T.E (Moment of Truth, The End) takes us deeper into the mind of GD in a personal journey of pain, growth and self-discovery, delivered with a considerable level of artistry, flair and undeniable swag
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ACT 1: G-Dragon
Divided into three acts, the first is a trip down memory lane with well-loved tracks from his early years such as Heartbreaker, Breathe and A Boy. In a slightly cryptic video montage, the audience is treated to flashes of busy Korea, brain scans and eventually a faltering heart rate which revives shortly later. Something has died and something has been born. One could interpret this as the birth of G-Dragon and possibly, the death of Kwon Ji Yong.
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ACT 2: G-Dragon vs. Kwon Ji Yong
Opening with another video montage, this time even more macabre than the first, scenes of a hospital and operation tools suggest a painful procedure. Someone is being operated on. Someone is suffocated, only being allowed to breathe through a tube. Someone is being injected. Someone is tied up. That someone is Kwon Ji Yong, with the face of G-Dragon.
In an act that is louder, fiercer and more mature, the music extraordinaire performs tracks from his two solo albums, ‘ONE OF A KIND’ and ‘COUP D’ETAT’. The montage scenes keep returning as a subtle reminder of his state of mind – a nod to a period in his life when he was slowly becoming aware of what ‘G-Dragon’ was, and what that meant for ‘Kwon Ji Yong’.
A short video towards the end of the act draws attention to the duality of G-Dragon, in which his family and friends – including familiar faces such as Big Bang’s Taeyang and Daesung, CL, Sandara Park, PSY, Se7en and Jung Hyeong Don (Doni) – address two simple questions:
1) Who is G-Dragon to you?
2) Who is Kwon Ji Yong to you?
Some answers entertained and incited laughter, but the responses wholly bring to light who ‘G-Dragon’ is and strips him down to a ‘Kwon Ji Yong’ who is not merely an idol. Kwon Ji Yong (“Who?” – Doni) is also a “beloved son” (his mother), a “warm-hearted brother” (CL) “who talks a lot when he drinks” (his older sister) and a good friend who will “always be a part of my life” (Taeyang). He is, at his core, a regular person just like everyone else.

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Daesung on “Fantastic Duo 2”



Daesung’s Japanese Concert Series “DnaShow” Stops Announced

Daesung is holding a “hall tour” called “DnaShow” with 28 concerts across 18 cities in Japan.
Daesung's Japanese Concert Series "DnaShow" Stops Announced
Dates:
August 11-12 – Chiba @ Maihama Apitheater
August 16-17 – Fukuoka @ Sun Palace Hotel Hall
August 25 – Osaka @ Orix Theater
August 30 – Miyagi @ Sendai Sun Plaza
September 6-7 – Aichi @ Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater
September 9 – Saitama @ Saitama City Cultural Center
September 17-18 – Hokkaido @ Nitori Cultural Hall
September 22 – Hiroshima @ Hiroshima Cultural Academy
September 23 – Oita @ Iichiko Culture Center
September 25 – Kagoshima @ Citizens Cultural Hall
September 27 – Nagasaki @ Brick Hall
September 30 – Shiga @ Prefectural Art Theater
October 1 – Okayama @ Kurashiki Municipal Hall
October 3 – Hyogo @ Kobe International Hall
October 6, 8, 9 – Osaka @ Orix Theater
October 13-14 – Chiba @ Maihama Apitheater
October 17 – Niigata @ Prefectural Civic Center
October 19 – Kanazawa @ Honda’s Mori Hall Hokorik Power Center
October 22 – Osaka @ Orix Theater
October 25 – Tokyo @ Nakano Sun Plaza
October 27 – Kanagawa @ Pacicio Yokohama National University Hall


Daesung: Let's meet at D-na-SHOW!

DなSHOW (D-na-Show) = D's Show, a "Talk&Live" Hall Tour. Aug-Oct 2017. 28 dates in 18 cities across Japan.


Daesung Is Seriously Disappointed For Hilarious Reason On “Fantastic Duo 2”

Daesung Is Seriously Disappointed For Hilarious Reason On “Fantastic Duo 2”
BIG BANG’s Daesung tasted bitter disappointment on “Fantastic Duo 2” — and even before he had to sing.
On the June 25 broadcast of “Fantastic Duo 2,” Seol Woon Do and Daesung chose their fantastic duo partners. As for what Daesung will look for in his partner, he said, “Soul, from beginning to end. The pitch doesn’t actually matter that much. Soul is what’s important.”
Of the six contestants, he chose the very pretty “Pilates Beauty” Park Sook Young as having the most soul. At that, DinDin shot, “I’m pretty sure you were looking at face, not soul.”
Daesung Is Seriously Disappointed For Hilarious Reason On “Fantastic Duo 2”  Daesung Is Seriously Disappointed For Hilarious Reason On “Fantastic Duo 2”
When the top three contestants who Daesung could choose from were announced, Daesung was hoping for Park Sook Young to make it. He even did a little pilates exercise and yelled out, “Please, please!” However, in the end, Park Sook Young didn’t end up making it to the final lineup.
Daesung was visibly disappointed, causing Jang Yoon Jung to joke, “You’re on my team, but I’m so ashamed of you!”