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Dong Young-bae (born May 18, 1988), better known by his stage names Taeyang (meaning “sun” in Korean) and SOL (when performing in Japan), is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and dancer. After appearing in Jinusean’s music video “A-yo“, Taeyang began training under YG Entertainment at the age of 12. Six years later, he made his debut in 2006 as a member of the South Korean boy band Big Bang. While the quintet’s debut was met with lukewarm receptions, their follow-ups cemented their popularity, becoming one of the best-selling digital groups of all-time in Asia and one of the best-selling boy bands in the world.
Following the release of several albums and extended plays with his group, Taeyang pursued a solo career in 2008, releasing his first extended play, Hot. The EP was acclaimed by critics and went to win the award for Best R&B & Soul Album at the 6th Korean Music Awards. Hot was followed by his first full-length studio album, Solar (2010), which garnered sales of over 100,000 copies. His second studio album, Rise (2014), peaked at number 112 on the US Billboard 200, becoming the highest-ranking album by a Korean soloist in the chart, while its lead single, “Eyes, Nose, Lips“, peaked at number one on the Billboard K-pop Hot 100, giving him his first solo chart-topper on that chart. “Eyes, Nose, Lips” was awarded Song of the Year at the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards and 29th Golden Disc Awards. His third studio album, White Night, was released in 2017. Labeled as the Korean “Prince of R&B”, Taeyang‘s vocal skills have been admired by music critics and he is regarded as one of the best vocalists in South Korea
Taeyang said in an interview with Asia E in 2010 that he initially attended acting classes. “I attended the classes more because my cousins were, not because I was into acting. After attending the classes for a while, I decided that acting is not what I really want to do.” However, it was through his acting classes that Taeyang was able to become a singer. Through his acting classes, Taeyang was able to audition to feature as Little Sean in the music video of Jinusean, a Korean hip-hop duo. This in turn let him meet Yang Hyun Suk, the CEO of YG Entertainment, the agency of Big Bang. Taeyang told Yang that he wanted to join YG Entertainment. “Mr. Yang told me that I am more than welcome to, and he told me that he will give me a call.” However, Taeyang received no call from Yang after months of waiting. On his 12th birthday, Taeyang called Yang and said, “Why did you not give me a call?” He said Yang‘s response was, “I forgot. You can come to the agency and start your training from tomorrow.”