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Weekly Music Video

Everything's K-pop or J-pop this month, so today's video is for the song I Need a Girl by Taeyang from the Korean boyband BIGBANG and featuring G-Dragon (also from BIGBANG).

Taeyang's real name is Dong Young-Bae. His stage name Taeyang means "sun". He started out as a child actor before joining the South Korean record label YG Entertainment aged 12. He and G-Dragon (aka GD) were supposed to be a duo but ended up becoming part of BIGBANG.

Taeyang's first solo song was My Girl which was released in 2006 and appeared on BIGBANG's debut album BIGBANG Vol 1.- Since 2007. But it wasn't until 2008 that he really launched his solo career with the release of mini album Hot in May. He released two singles from Hot, Only Look At Me and Prayer featuring Teddy from Korean/American hip hop group 1TYM.

Taeyang has also released two full length solo albums, Solar (2010) and Rise (2014). Some of his other singles are Wedding Dress, Ringa Linhga and Good Boy with GD, which was a success in America as well as Korea.

I Need a Girl was the first single off Solar and came out in July 2010. It got to No 1 on the Korean Gaon charts. The video features Sandara Park aka Dara from the K-pop girl group 2NE1. It has English subtitles. :)





Update 11/9/15: The video I posted is the Dance Version. Here's a link to the other version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85dTFydcV1A




For more on Taeyang visit his page on the YG site: http://www.ygfamily.com/artist/Main.asp?LANGDIV=K&ATYPE=2&ARTIDX=18

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