Everything You Need To Know About BIGBANG’s 5th EP, Alive!

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BIGBANG’s Fifth Album, Alive, Catapulted BIGBANG Into the Global Music Industry

Before releasing their fifth EP album, Alive, BIGBANG was already the King of K-pop in Asian countries. Japan, China and Taiwan were regular stops for promoting their albums. Songs like Day by Day, Sunset Glow, and Last Farewell claimed top positions in the music charts.

BIGBANG released Alive in January 2012. With songs like Alive, Fantastic Baby, and Blue, BIGBANG reached a new level of stardom. Alive received plentiful praise from the international music community. the Korean wave had spread, reaching all the way to the American music industry.

In this article, Channel-Korea will talk about all the information from BIGBANG’s fifth album, Alive. So stay tuned!

About BIGBANG’s Alive’s Background Release

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BIGBANG’s Alive set the record for being the first K-Pop album to make it onto the United States’ Billboard 200 chart. YG Entertainment released Alive on February 29, 2012, and the album became one of the most successful BIGBANG albums. Alive was repackaged in various versions: Japanese, Taiwanese, Alive: Monster Edition, and Alive Tour Live Albums.

The standard edition of Alive included seven tracks, with Fantastic Baby as the title track. Almost all the songs on the album became huge hits, topping domestic and global music charts.

As usual, G-Dragon and T.O.P wrote the lyrics and music for the majority of the songs. Alive, with its super-popular hits such as Bad Boy and Fantastic Baby, was considered a breakthrough album. Foreign music media went as far as naming Alive as one of the best albums of the year, and it became the only album with non-English lyrics on the prestigious list. Other media praised Alive for showing BIGBANG’s maturity and diversity in music style.

Positive reviews and huge sales translated into high positions in domestic and global music charts. Asian music charts such as Japan’s Oricon and Taiwan’s G-Music showed Alive in the number one and number six spots, respectively.

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Charts

Alive

Chart Peak
position
Oricon Weekly Album Chart 6
Oricon Monthly Album Chart 33
Gaon Weekly Album Chart 1
Gaon Monthly Album Chart 1
Gaon Yearly Album Chart 2
 G-Music Combo Chart 1
Billboard 200 150
Billboard Heatseekers Albums 4
Billboard Independent Albums 22
Billboard World Albums 4

 

Still Alive

Gaon Weekly Album Chart 1
Gaon Monthly Album Chart 1
Gaon Yearly Album Chart 6
 G-Music Combo Chart 2

 

Sales

Alive

Chart Sales (2012)
Gaon physical sales 266,848
Oricon sales 26,914
Billboard sales 4,100
Taiwan sales 35,000

 

Still Alive : Special Edition

Chart Sales (2012)
Gaon physical sales 148,030
Oricon sales 9,000
Taiwan sales 20,000

 

Track List & Music Videos

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Standard Edition : Alive

No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement
1. Intro (Alive) G-Dragon, Teddy,  T.O.P Dee.P, G-Dragon, Teddy Dee.P
2. Blue G-Dragon, Teddy, T.O.P Teddy, G-Dragon Teddy
3. Love Dust G-Dragon, Teddy, T.O.P G-Dragon, Teddy Teddy
4. Bad Boy G-Dragon, T.O.P G-Dragon, Choice37 Choice37
5. Ain’t No Fun G-Dragon, T.O.P G-Dragon, D.J Murf, Peejay D.J Murf, Peejay
6. Fantastic Baby G-Dragon, T.O.P, Teddy G-Dragon, Teddy G-Dragon, Teddy
7. Wings (Daesung Solo) G-Dragon, Daesung G-Dragon, Choi Pil-kang Choi Pil-kang, Dee.P

 

Special Edition / Repackage : Still Alive

No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement
1. Still Alive G-Dragon, Teddy, T.O.P Dee.P, G-Dragon, Teddy Dee.P
2. Monster G-Dragon, T.O.P G-Dragon, Choi Pil-kang P.K, Dee.P
3. Feeling (Korean version) G-Dragon, T.O.P Boys Noize, G-Dragon, T.O.P Boys Noize
4. Fantastic Baby G-Dragon, T.O.P G-Dragon, Teddy G-Dragon, Teddy
5. Bad Boy G-Dragon, T.O.P G-Dragon, Choice37 Choice37
6. Blue G-Dragon, Teddy, T.O.P Teddy, G-Dragon Teddy
7. Bingle Bingle G-Dragon, T.O.P Teddy, G-Dragon, Seo Won-jin Teddy, Seo Won-jin
8. Ego (Korean version) G-Dragon, T.O.P G-Dragon, Ham Seung-cheon, Kang Uk-jin Ham Seung-cheon, Kang Uk-jin
9. Love Dust G-Dragon, Teddy, T.O.P G-Dragon, Teddy Teddy

 

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Alive : Repackaged albums, Live Tour, Special Edition

Album Released Date Remarks
Japan New Album : ALIVE (Type D) 2012.03.28 Contains 3 discs and includes interviews and the making of music videos
Japan New Album : ALIVE (Type C) 2012.03.28 Contains 2 discs and includes the making of music videos, interviews, recording, and photo shooting
Japan New Album : ALIVE (Type B) 2012.03.28 Includes music videos
Japan New Album : ALIVE (Type A) 2012.03.28
Special Edition : Still Alive 2012.06.06
Alive : Monster Edition 2012.06.20 Contains 2 discs, includes CD, DVD, and T Shirt
Alive : Monster Edition 2012.06.20 Contains 2 discs, includes CD, and DVD
2012 BIGBANG Alive Tour Live Album 2013.01.10 Contains 1 disc
2013 BIGBANG Alive Tour Live Album (The Final in Seoul) 2013.05.30 Contains 2 discs

 

Blue Music Video

Blue was released on February 22, 2012, as a teaser song before releasing the actual album, Alive, a week later. G-Dragon and Korean–American rapper Teddy collaborated in the writing and composing of Blue, while T.O.P participated in the rap verse. Blue topped all music charts in Korea, and became one of the best and one of the best-selling singles of 2012. Blue Received the Song of the Month award (February) from the Cyworld Digital Music Awards and Gaon Music Chart K-Pop Awards.

Bad Boy was the third single on the Alive teaser video that was released the week before the album’s official release. BIGBANG gave their first stage performance of Bad Boy at Inkigayo in March 2012. Bad Boy took the top position in the first and second weeks of its release. The song was downloaded more than 2 million times in 2012.

The Fantastic Baby music video was released on March 7, 2012. Right from the start, Fantastic Baby was destined to become one of the most popular K-pop singles. G-Dragon and Teddy Park collaborated in writing and producing the song. Famous music magazines and newspapers like Billboard, the Sun-Times, and Rolling Stone complimented Fantastic Baby for carrying the Korean wave, especially K-pop, into the American music industry.

Awards

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Music Award Song/album title Award Categories Result
Cyworld Digital Music Awards Blue

Fantastic baby

Song of The Month (Feb)

Song of Te Month (March)

Won

Won

Gaon Chart Music Awards Blue

Fantastic Baby

Alive

Song of the Year (Feb)

Song of the Year (March)

Album of the Year (1st Qt)

Won

Won

Won

Melon Music Awards Alive

Fantastic Baby

Fantastic Baby

Fantastic Baby

Big Bang

Album of the Year

Song of the Year

Global Star Award

Netizen Popularity Battle

Artist of the Year

Nominated

Nominated

Nominated

Nominated

Nominated

Mnet Asian Music Awards Fantastic Baby

Fantastic Baby

Fantastic Baby

Alive

Best Male Group

Best Global Group-Male

Artist of the Year

Album of the Year

Won

Nominated

Won

Nominated

Japan Gold Disc Awards Alive Best 3 Albums (Asian) Won
Singapore E-Awards Alive Double Platinum Award Won

 

That was all the information about BIGBANG’s fifth E, Alive. Will BIGBANG ever produce better albums and better music? Only time will tell. Meanwhile, let’s enjoy Alive as one of the most successful K-Pop albums.