As he got no answer, he went to his office personally to achieve his intention. Yang gave him the opportunity to audition, where he was successful, and accepted by the record label as a trainee. Dong spent the first few years as a trainee cleaning the studio for the other artists in the company and fetching them water bottles during dance practices, later admitting that current artists at the time weren't friendly towards him or Kwon.
Their formation was documented on television, but before their official debut, Hyun-Seung was dropped and their final lineup consisted of five members. Geojitmal from their first extended play Always This was followed by " Last Farewell " Korean: Haru Haru from Stand Up ; both were also chart-toppers. Solo career development and Solar[ edit ] Taeyang performing on Big Bang's Alive World Tour in After contributing to singer Lexy 's album, Taeyang announced that he was going to release a solo album.
Initially scheduled for a September release, the project was pushed back due to conflicting schedules with his group. He later stated that he would do so in the future to fully express and incorporate his thoughts and ideas into his music. Gido " which featured Teddy. Promotional videos were shot for both. In support of his album, he also staged his first solo concert, the Hot Concert Series.
After promotional activities ended, he went back to the studio to record new solo materials. Two digital singles were released: The regular edition contained eleven songs while the deluxe edition, limited to only 30, copies, had 13 songs, including "Only Look at Me" and "Prayer" from Hot. The "Deluxe Edition" sold out on the first day of release. Rise, first world tour and collaborations[ edit ] Taeyang took two years to record new materials and participate in promotional activities with Big Bang for their Korean EPs Tonight and Alive as well as the Japanese studio album Alive When activities wrapped up, he turned his focus back to preparing for his second studio album.
The single " Ringa Linga " was released in November , preceding his second album Rise The tour concluded in early with an attendance of over , fans. The duo teamed up with ZE: White Night and second world tour and mandatory military service[ edit ] In January , YG Entertainment announced that Taeyang is working on his new album, alongside solo concerts.
The first two shows were held at Chiba Marine Stadium and were attended by 50, people,   which was followed by two shows at Kobe Sports Park Baseball Stadium. Korean critic Kim Young-dae called his timbre "luxurious and one you couldn't find before him," noting that "instead of giving off a mechanically trained and cold aura that other idols usually exhibit, he has a warm and full emotional range.
Taeyang's vocals glide effortlessly over the melodies as his body twists fluidly from one move to the next. But even as he dances in abandon, his movements are graceful and economical, a joy to watch. The following year, they donated water wells to help provide clean water to communities in need in the Southeast Asian countries of Cambodia and Myanmar, they have been donating what they named as "Taeyang's water" for three straight years through the international charity organization Worldshare.