Taeyang Gives Track-By-Track Review of Record-Breaking ‘Rise’ Album

In Billboard’s first-ever track-by-track review for a K-pop album, the singer/rapper gets deep and reflects on his new tracks

 

While fans around the world knew and loved Taeyang through his group BIGBANG, it wasn’t until the release of his second solo album, “Rise,” that the K-pop singer earned support as a superstar in his own right. The LP set a record for solo Korean acts on the Billboard 200, soaring to No. 112 on the Billboard 200 and beating out chart positions from fellow international stars like BoA and labelmate G-Dragon. It’s currently sitting pretty on Billboard’s World Albums chart, too, at No. 9 for its fourth week on the ranking.

Billboard met up with Taeyang at YG Entertainment headquarters for an exclusive video interview where the singer could discuss each track. WatchBillboard’s first-ever track-by-track video review from a K-pop singer with Taeyang below. Find out which track he had a tough time recording, why he enlisted his “best friend” G-Dragon for a collaboration, the song he feels allowed his album to finally be released and much more in this rare, in-depth chat. Continue reading