All The Members Returned From The Military Service – Is a BIGBANG Comeback Imminent?
Early 2019 was an unforgettable period for Big Bang, YG Entertainment and BIGBANG’s VIP. Scandals and controversies knocked YG Entertainment from its throne as one of the three most powerful Korean Entertainment companies. Seungri’s Burning Sun scandal, Yang Hyun-suk’s tax evasion case, Daesung’s building scandal cast a dark shadow on YG Entertainment. Meanwhile, TOP, G-Dragon, Taeyang, and Daesung were all enlisted for military service, making them incapable of helping.
Approaching the end of 2019, things started to improve. G-Dragon, Taeyang, and Daesung were discharged from the military service. All members of BIGBANG returned to the public. Unfortunately, TOP and G-Dragon made cryptic comments on their Instagram accounts hinting a possible retirement from BIGBANG and the music industry in general. YG Entertainment made no official statement regarding their BIGBANG status and activities, leaving VIP to guess the possibility of BIGBANG making a comeback with a three-member formation.
2020 started with good news from YG Entertainment. Daesung was released from all legal charges and BIGBANG is scheduled to perform at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. In this article, Channel Korea will share with you the details of G-Dragon, Taeyang, and Daesung’s discharge from the military service and BIG BANG’s future plans. So, stay tuned and keep scrolling down.
G-Dragon’s Discharge From The Military
BIGBANG leader, G-Dragon completed his mandatory military service on October 26th, 2019. He was discharged at the South Korea Army’s Ground Operations Command in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province.
Hundreds of his fans waited for him in the cold weather outside the military base. Around 8 a.m., G-Dragon emerged and greeted his fans. He thanked fans for waiting for him and he promised to return to his job faithfully. He moved to a nearby location and greeted around 3000 fans.
His discharge location was changed from a base close to the North Korean border to the Yongin base. African swine fever affected the area close to the North Korean border and the area was being contained.
G-Dragon started his military service on February 27th, 2018 and joined basic training camp in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province. He completed the compulsory military service for about a year and eight months.
During his enlistment, G-Dragon faced several controversies. He was accused of receiving special treatment in the military hospital and used more than allowable designated leaves to check his health.
Taeyang and Daesung’s Discharge From The Military
Taeyang and Daesung were discharged from the military service on November 10th, 2019, around two weeks after G-Dragon completed his service. Both of them were discharged at the Yongin military base. Huge groups of fans, especially Asian fans, gathered at the military base.
Taeyang said that he still couldn’t believe that he had been discharged. People may see that his time in the military as a short period or a long period but it was very meaningful. Lastly, he thanked all his soldier friends and superiors in the military base.
Daesung commented that he learned a lot after joining the military. He felt many emotions that he had never experienced in his daily life. He said that he learned a lot about empathy toward other people. He expressed his thanks to soldier friends and superior staff members who worked hard and protect the country.
Regarding BigBang’s future plans, Taeyang said that they thought and discussed a lot about the matter among themselves. They were looking forward to sharing each other’s opinions and reach an agreement. All of the BIGBANG members wanted to work hard and repay fans with good music.
G-Dragon’s Schedule: Return of The Fashionista King
Instead of working with music projects, G-Dragon worked on his own fashion line PeaceMinusOne. Through a collaboration with the popular international brand Nike, G-Dragon announced the release of a new shoe line called PeaceMinusOne x Nike Air Force 1 “PARA-NOISE.”
The shoe line represented G-Dragon’s creativity and his love for fashion, music, and art. They were initially black-coated but as they wear out, G-Dragon’s artwork can be seen underneath the black coat.
On January 10th, 2020, he posted some recent pictures on his Instagram account. In the pictures, we can see that he grew his mustache and beard. Fans were excited upon seeing his new look. He looked manly and mature in the pictures.
Taeyang’s Schedule: Possible Comeback
Taeyang was seen at Incheon International Airport on January 10th, 2020. He was scheduled to attend the International Fashion Week and was preparing to leave for Milano. His beautiful wife, actress Min Hyo-rin couldn’t be seen at the airport and it seemed that Taeyang went to Milano alone.
Daesung’s Schedule: Building Controversy And Making A Comeback As A Singer
In July 2019, Channel A discovered that a building in the famous Gangnam area was being used for illegal business such as providing prostitution and adult entertainment services. Daesung was reportedly the owner of the building.
He purchased the 8-stories building in November 2017 for 35 billion KRW before his military service enlistment. The basement and 5th to 8th floors were suspected of being used for illegal purposes. At daytime, those suspected floors were dark and closed with iron doors, but as night approached, women and men in luxury cars arrived and went to the suspected floors.
Daesung, through his real estate agent, denied the accusation. As the building owner, his real estate agent stated that he has nothing to do with his tenants’ business operations. The agency added that the tenant provided a business license at the time the contract was being signed.
In November, the Korean National Tax Service (NTS) issued a bill that required Daesung to pay a total of 1.2 billion KRW: 1 billion KRW for property tax and 0.2 billion KRW for acquisition tax. Several business establishments in Daesung’s building were listed as a restaurant but provided illegal entertainment services, thereby evading additional taxes.
Starting from November 17th, 2019, all floors, except for the first and third floor, were being demolished. All of the floors were previously suspected of hosting illegal business.
In early January 2020, Daesung was cleared of all charges of illegal business in his building. After reviewing his documents and testimonies, the police decided against making charges in the investigation. Police continued to investigate the business owner and employees who have worked in the building for violating the Food Sanitation Act and Anti Prostitution Act.