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EDITORS’ NOTES

TAEYANG is an R&B crooner at heart, but he gets more ambitious with the genre mashing and embraces more mature themes on his third solo album. The BIGBANG singer wraps his silky vocals in melancholy electronica on "WAKE ME UP," while punchy synthesizers help him make a case for immediate intimacy on "NAKED." But the impassioned vocal performance on sparse piano ballad "DARLING" shows why the best instrument at TAEYANG's disposal is, undoubtedly, his own voice.

EDITORS’ NOTES

TAEYANG is an R&B crooner at heart, but he gets more ambitious with the genre mashing and embraces more mature themes on his third solo album. The BIGBANG singer wraps his silky vocals in melancholy electronica on "WAKE ME UP," while punchy synthesizers help him make a case for immediate intimacy on "NAKED." But the impassioned vocal performance on sparse piano ballad "DARLING" shows why the best instrument at TAEYANG's disposal is, undoubtedly, his own voice.

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About TAEYANG

Born Dong Young-Bae and taking the stage name Taeyang, this K-Pop superstar began training in dance, vocal coaching, and other elements of performance at age 12 before making his debut as part of boy band Big Bang in 2006. Big Bang would grow to enormous acclaim and Taeyang would eventually branch out into acting, modeling, and a fruitful solo career. A solo EP titled Hot appeared in 2008, paving the way for full-length Solar in 2010. Initially, Taeyang's smart, hip-hop-flavored pop material didn't turn as many heads as the similarly minded boy band sounds of his better-known parent band, but his 2014 solo outing, Rise, bested their chart stats, debuting at number one on Billboard's World Album charts. The album also broke through on the American charts, making Taeyang the highest-charting Korean male artist of his time. After two years of touring and collaborating with bandmate G-Dragon, Taeyang returned with his third full-length, White Night. The album topped the Billboard World Album chart once again and featured the singles "Darling" and "Wake Me Up."

HOMETOWN
Uijeongbu, South Korea
GENRE
Pop
BORN
18 May 1988

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