• http://twitter.com/no1Salope Riley Davis

    I’m definitely ready for a YGE comeback. The absence of Big Bang at the MAMA awards proved that we need them to bring back the variety to these shows. However as horrible as these things are that happened this year, it was the kind of thing that makes one humble themselves. Daesung is never going to forget what he did (and people wont let him forget either) but I’m glad he’s continuing with his career. GD is just going to use this smoking scandal to write more lyrics that MOGEF will eventually ban making his music even hotter property.

    One last thing though, I still think that pushing 2NE1 into Japan was a bad move. Their music is half-baked and from being on Japanese forums I see there is a huge backlash-people don’t really appreciate YG’s lazy stance on re-releasing the old tracks. They need to just let the Japanese market go for now and concentrate on Korea and giving us a better full length album, because ‘To Anyone’ was a really strange album that seemed to be trying to do too many things. 

    Either way YG Fighting! 

    • Akikisetsu

      I didn’t understand why 2ne1 had to release the single go away. They should have included that in the album that they released. Go away on it’s own wouldn’t stand. They released the ring tone ver last march and it has been used in a tv program last august. YGEX should create new materials for the Japanese market for both BB and 2ne1. Or if you’re gonna release a translated version, don’t wait months before releasing it in Japan. Just my 2 cents.^^

      • http://twitter.com/no1Salope Riley Davis

        I agree 100% they need to go the same route like they took with BoA and DBSK and Big Bang (gara gara was new). Create original japanese tracks for the market, spend time there perfecting the language. They can’t keep phoning it in and wondering why 2NE1 are flopping there.

        • indidxbgal19

          actually I think other that the language issues you put up 2ne1 just isn’t suited for the Japanese public! they are used to girls dressing up like dolls, acting pretty and cute anime type of feel. The independent free thinking way 2ne1 is, has more of a western outlook. I think they might have some chance of making it into the western/global music scene. especially with will.i.am’s support! I wish them luck though coz breaking through such an industry is gonna be hard!

          • Anonymous

            That’s not entirely true. It’s true as far as younger (under 21) girl groups are concerned (groups such as pretty much anything by Hello! Project, Tokyo Girls’ Style, etc.), but have you ever heard of Melody? Koda Kumi? Namie Amuro? Crystal Kay? Olivia Lufkin? Anna Tsuchiya? MAX? Utada? Not all female artists in Japan dress like little girls in baby doll dresses. They remain feminine, but they don’t all dress cutesy.

          • http://twitter.com/no1Salope Riley Davis

            Right! not to mention the other R&B artists like Double, A.I, Lecca, Bennie K etc who do the type of music that YG would usually make. If YG are trying to make 2NE1 niche artists in Japan then fair enough but with the type of music they are releasing its clear they are going for the pop market. I’m a huge fan of Japanese music and they definitely have a wider music industry more akin to America. 

  • MoNa

    I m really anticipating Se7en and Big Bang, but they are really rushing the whole thing with 2NE1, it took years for Big Bang to become as big as they are in Japan and they always created new songs songs as well as re-releasing old ones.
    Do they really have to debut in the US? Being big in Korea is already hard as it is. They are too young as a group and is sad to see another Wonder Girls an Se7en.

    • Anonymous

      Pretty sure YG learned from what had happened to SE7EN. And hopefully, with Will.I.Am backing them up, we can see 2NE1′s music suited for the American public. Honestly, I love Big Bang but I think 2NE1 has more of a international potential atm if we talk about America. 

      As for Japan… I do have to admit it wasn’t a good move. Maybe it’s because they’ve already joined with AVEX that they were forced to release something already… Whichever the case, I’m sure 2NE1 will raise in Japan bit by bit.

      Let’s just see how it goes :]

  • happyslip

    I’m in the (almost non-existent LOL) minority. I want 2ne1 to stay longer in Japan if we are going to talk about international promotions. “Dropping” the whole thing altogether after releasing remakes and going straight to America just because it’s taking them a longer time to gain success in Japan would honestly disappoint me more than seeing their bad sales there rn. That’s just me though. Besides, they’ve done radio and variety shows in Japan more so than what they ever did in Korea (some of those I think they honestly enjoyed like that hilarious interview they did in Ontama) — they should release an original Japanese material to make things better. Basically, I would like to see what YGEX would do more because the situation in Japan is really different from 2ne1′s successful debut year in Korea. Them literally having a hard time there (sales and recognition wise) is a challenge to me that I would like to see them overcome. 

    Not to say that I’m not excited for their US venture, though. I would love to see that too, but not because I’d like to forget what happened to them in Japan. For Korean promotions, oh I would like to have another Korean album from them but I don’t think it’s in their plans. :| I immensely enjoyed their Korean releases this year, though. Would have been a happier camper if they decided to fully promote Lonely but they didn’t! lol

    Excited for Big Bang, Se7en and the new YGE groups. So far I there’s not one YGE group debut that I didn’t like, so I’m looking forward to that.

  • Anonymous

    yes of course im anticipating whatever it is that YG is going to bring in the next year. i just watched daesung’s new mv Lunatic, its very interesting. i love that he sang a different genre from what big bang or the other bb members have done as a solo. does anyone know who raps in that song? was that daesung?
    i agree w/ MoNa about 2NE1 US debut, but i personally think that they will at least get better recognition than WG or se7en. best of luck to the two new groups. i hope they have at least the same qualities as their YG sunbaes.
    btw taeyang’s got a girl?? whooo????? never heard of that :(

  • Boo

    Hold up hold up. TAEYANG GOT A GIRL? 

    I’m so excited for the GDTOP promotions in Japan. Their Japanese is loltastic but daaaammnn they are fine. And Bom sounds great in Japanese. She sounds great in any language tbh. YG better release the full MV soon. 

    I think I like the perspective that after all of the bad things, something great and wonderful can come after. I mean BB won at the EMAs and 2NE1 won Best New Band. YG is also debuting new groups next year. Perhaps YG needed these challenges and roadblocks in order to improve themselves. Here’s wishing 2012 will be a great year. :)

    • Renie :-)

      No I was just joking but their has been some speculation.

  • Anonymous

    Taeyang finally got a girl I LOL’D Nice touch of humor in this post.Well written. This is what I love about YGE they keep their members protected as much as they can. I know that can be negative sometimes but you know they’re going to rise up and couquer the world of music one of these days. I just finished watching the first Episode of “What’s Up” and Daesung was very good! Both in acting and singing. I didn’t feel like he was awkward at all. I can’t wait for all those albums! Time to save up :]

    • lay

      i am still downloading What’s Up and to hear he did good in it makes me so happy. i love the song Lunatic and i hope the full OST will be released soon. i believe there is a t least one more song that Dae Sung sings for the OST. YG and his artists are always in my prayer.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LL4QDJLVFDT2RDIZYBALSE75JE angel29

    YG fans are not lurking in SB much at the moment because we are diligently awaiting updates about the ongoing YG Family Concert.

    About the article, thank you for writing responsibly.  You know what I mean.  

    More than anything, I’m happy Big Bang is back as five. 2011 will have a huge impact on Big Bang.  The events that transpired this year are truly life changing and they are the kind of events that turn boys into men.  Big Bang will not be spared and life must go on for them and their music, and hopefully for the better.  There will always be haters and I’m scared for them because those guys will always have 2011 to go back to and despite moving forward, Big Bang will definitely be scarred for life.

    Anyway, is it confirmed that 2NE1 will be releasing something by summer next  year?  It’s the first time I’m hearing it and if it is true, good luck to my favorite girls. The US market will not welcome kpop just yet so if 2NE1 will really venture there, they have to present themselves as legit artists and not just another kpop group.  They have the image; let’s see if they can come up with an album that would match the expectations.  I’m looking forward to the music they will be coming up with.  Teddy was there when they were producing the songs with Will.i.am so I’m confident the songs will still be true to 2NE1′s sound.

    As for the new groups, let’s put it this way, YG does not deliver teasers without results.

  • jhg

    I love GD&TOP but their Japanese is horrible. I was cringing watching the Oh Yeah video. Bom sounds good though (and she looks gorgeous!).

    The YG Concert looks epic though, I can’t wait until clear fancams are released. I am really happy VIPs cheered for Daesung. And I really hope he will release a solo album, his song for his drama was good too.

  • http://twitter.com/jhaslem11 jo haslem

    Big Bang is supposed to release a new album in January, not Taeyang.

    • Renie

      Well I’ve heard both. Honestly you never know when it comes to YG.

  • Soooop

    In that first picture it looks like they’re wearing SNSD’s Genie hats lol

  • Guest

    as long as bigbang stays together, yg will be fine.

    bb has been controversy-ridden for a long time, though this year was worse that the others, but they’ve been the national male idol group for much, much longer. they’ve always bounced back better than before. my only fear was that they wouldn’t want to come back with the kind of year they’ve had. that daesung would not want to be on stage again, that gd would have to sit out for a year or two, that top would get called up to the army, so on and so forth. but they want to be 5 and after watching today’s fancams, they’re truly happy to be back as 5.

    they’re also essential for yg’s japanese concerts to sell-out and for yg stock to continue to rise. so what may seem like a “fuck the haters, bb is back” attitude from yg, may actually be because yg has no other choice. bb cannot be on hiatus for another 6 months. yg’s revenue will halve.

    and while yg’s artists have not had the best year, yg’s actors have been doing great. goo hye sun is back and will be doing back to back dramas. kang hye jung and jung hye young have been busy and yoo in a continues to be tv’s “it” girl. kang seung hoon is in a top-rated sitcom and that will help when he debuts next year as an idol. yg has the most high-profile actors out of the big 3 and that is a point a lot of people seem to ignore when they think about yg.

    2012 will be yg’s make or break year, with the 2 new groups, bb’s comeback and 2ne1′s proposed us debut. but i think they’ll be fine. after the year they’ve had, they can survive anything.

    ps i don’t think bb will put out any solo albums next year. gd and daesung cannot promote solo as yet and kvips want bb. they were promised a year of bb and they got 3 months. they will not settle for solos.

    • Azumichan

      you pointed out a good part about the actors. suprisingly, YG does have more high-profiled actors compared to SM or JYP

  • Guest

    as long as bigbang stays together, yg will be fine.

    bb has been controversy-ridden for a long time, though this year was worse that the others, but they’ve been the national male idol group for much, much longer. they’ve always bounced back better than before. my only fear was that they wouldn’t want to come back with the kind of year they’ve had. that daesung would not want to be on stage again, that gd would have to sit out for a year or two, that top would get called up to the army, so on and so forth. but they want to be 5 and after watching today’s fancams, they’re truly happy to be back as 5.

    they’re also essential for yg’s japanese concerts to sell-out and for yg stock to continue to rise. so what may seem like a “fuck the haters, bb is back” attitude from yg, may actually be because yg has no other choice. bb cannot be on hiatus for another 6 months. yg’s revenue will halve.

    and while yg’s artists have not had the best year, yg’s actors have been doing great. goo hye sun is back and will be doing back to back dramas. kang hye jung and jung hye young have been busy and yoo in a continues to be tv’s “it” girl. kang seung hoon is in a top-rated sitcom and that will help when he debuts next year as an idol. yg has the most high-profile actors out of the big 3 and that is a point a lot of people seem to ignore when they think about yg.

    2012 will be yg’s make or break year, with the 2 new groups, bb’s comeback and 2ne1′s proposed us debut. but i think they’ll be fine. after the year they’ve had, they can survive anything.

    ps i don’t think bb will put out any solo albums next year. gd and daesung cannot promote solo as yet and kvips want bb. they were promised a year of bb and they got 3 months. they will not settle for solos.

  • Anonymous

    WAIT! TAEYANG GOT A GIRL?! If so, my little fangirl heart is breaking.

    Anyway, it’s definitely been a rough year for YG, but more so in regards to Big Bang than 2NE1. 2NE1′s promotions in Japan have been pretty lackluster, but their mini-album promotions in Korea were pretty awesome.

    I’m glad they’re pulling themselves out of it. I was so happy when news broke out that Daesung’s drama was going to air. I’m really looking forward to GDTOP promotions and I’m crossing my fingers that 2NE1′s venture into the American market, whenever it may be, will not be a fruitless one.

    I love YG Fam. And I’m still impatiently waiting for fancams from the concert.

    Oh and… Bom looked and sounded absolutely amazing in the Oh Yeah (JP) music video.