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G-Dragon (지드래곤) is a South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter, producer and fashion designer under Galaxy Corporation. He is a member of the boy group BIGBANG and its sub-units GD&TOP and GD X TAEYANG.

He made his solo debut on August 18, 2009 with the album Heartbreaker.

Early life[]

G-Dragon was born in Seoul, South Korea on August 18, 1988. At the age of 7, he debuted in a kids group called 'Little Roora'.[1] After the group's disbandment, he joined SM Entertainment as a trainee when he was 8 but left for YG Entertainment 4 years later.[2]

Career[]

G-Dragon debuted with BIGBANG in 2006 as BIGBANG's leader because he had the longest training period along with Taeyang. His solo career began in 2009 when he released his first album Heartbreaker. He then continued releasing other single albums, such as 'One of a Kind' (2012), 'Coup D'Etat' (2013) and 'Kwon Ji Yong' (2017). He formed duos with both Taeyang and T.O.P.

2023: Departure from YG Entertainment, new agency[]

On June 6, 2023, YG Entertainment revealed that G-Dragon's exclusive contract with the agency had expired.[3] On October 1, news outlet StarNews reported that G-Dragon had signed an exclusive contract with Warner Music Korea following his departure from YG Entertainment. It has yet to be confirmed.[4]

On December 5, Money Today reported that G-Dragon is about to sign with Galaxy Corporation. However, the agency stated that no official response can be made.[5]

On December 20, YG Entertainment announced that G-Dragon officially left the company. He is expected to join Galaxy Corporation as the agency announced that they will be holding a press conference about the artist on the following day.[6] The next day, Galaxy Corporation announced that G-Dragon has officially signed with them, and that he will be making his comeback sometime in 2024.[7]

2024: Upcoming comeback[]

On March 31, 2024, Galaxy Corporation CEO Choi Yong-ho revealed that G-Dragon is planning to have a comeback in the second half of 2024 as well as a world tour.[8]

Personal life[]

Military service[]

G-Dragon enlisted in the military on February 27, 2018.[9] He was discharged on October 26, 2019.[10]

Drugs allegations[]

On October 25, 2023, G-Dragon was booked on drug-related charges by the Incheon Metropolitan Police Agency. YG Entertainment declined to comment on the matter, stating that he is currently not an artist anymore, hence it is difficult for them to make an official response.[11] On October 27, the artist denied reports of drug use and promised to collaborate with the police investigations.[12] His lawyer later announced that he will undergo hair follicle test and urine test.[13] On November 6, G-Dragon voluntary visited the Incheon Metropolitan Police Agency's Narcotics Unit of the Regional Investigation Department for a four-hour investigation. The results of his preliminary reagent test came back negative.[14] His hair and nail sample tests also came back negative.[15][16] On December 21, his agency Galaxy Corporation confirmed that G-Dragon was cleared of all charges. He also personally announced that he will be creating a foundation to fight drug addiction through music and artistic activities.[17]

Discography[]

Korean[]

Studio albums[]

Mini albums[]

Live albums[]

  • Shine A Light (2010)
  • 2013 G-Dragon World Tour Live CD: One Of A Kind in Seoul (2013)
  • 2013 G-Dragon 1st World Tour 'One Of A Kind' The Final (2013)

Digital singles[]

  • "Look Only At Me Part.2" (2008)
  • "That XX" (2012)
  • "MichiGO" (2013)

Features[]

  • Perry - "Storm" (with Masta Wu) (2001)
  • Wheesung - "Magic Eye" (2002)
  • Se7en - "Intro" (with Perry) (2003)
  • Se7en - "Can You Feel Me" (2006)
  • Park Bom - "Anystar" (with Gummy)
  • Lexy - "Super Fly" (with T.O.P and Taeyang) (2007)
  • Kim Jo-han - "So in Love Pt.2" (2007)
  • Gummy - "Intro – Work it Now" (2008)
  • Uhm Jung-hwa - "Party" (2008)
  • Uhm Jung-hwa - "D.I.S.C.O Pt.2" (2008)
  • YMGA - "What" (feat. YG Family, DJ Wreckx and CL) (2008)
  • Seungri - "Strong Baby" (2009)
  • Taeyang - "I Need A Girl" (2010)
  • Seungri - "Open the Window" (2011)
  • PSY - "Blue Frog" (2012)
  • Seungri - "Let's Talk About Love" (with Taeyang) (2011)
  • Taeyang - "Stay With Me" (2014)
  • Zion.T - "Complex" (2017)
  • IU - "Palette" (2017)
  • PSY - "Fact Assault'" (2017)

Japanese[]

Studio albums[]

  • Coup D'Etat + One Of A Kind & Heartbreaker (2014)

Live albums[]

  • G-Dragon 2017 World Tour "Act III, M.O.T.T.E" in Japan (2018)

Features[]

  • W-inds - "Rain is Fallin" (2009)

English[]

Features[]

  • Pixie Lott - "Dancing on My Own" (with T.O.P) (2012)
  • Major Lazer - "Bubble Butt" (with Bruno Mars, T.O.P, Tyga & Mystic) (2013)
  • Skrillex - "Dirty Vibe" (with Diplo and CL) (2014)
  • Baauer - "Temple" (with M.I.A.) (2016)

Trivia[]

  • He is the third oldest and the third youngest member in the band BIGBANG.
  • G-Dragon has an older sister named Kwon Da-mi.[18]
  • G-Dragon and Taeyang were originally planned to debut as a duo named 'GDYB' but the plan changed and 3 more members were added to make BIGBANG.
  • His favorite colors are black and red.
  • He was one of the youngest rappers as a trainee, at 13 years old.
  • His favorite food is 'ganjang gaejang' which is crab preserved in soy sauce.
  • He is a former SM Entertainment trainee.[2]
  • He can speak English, but he used to not be good at it back since he was a trainee.
  • He is very shy and modest in real life, despite his strong and charismatic image on stage.
  • G-Dragon has a lot of tattoos including one (Inhale Exhale) that helped him grounding his anxiety in the past when he suffered from it.
  • He is called the Iguana Idol because he changed his hair color multiple times since his debut.
  • He chose the stage name G-Dragon because the "Ji" in Ji-yong in his case means it is similar to the letter G and "Yong" is Korean for "Dragon".
  • His lucky number is the number 8 because his year, month and day of birth all have 8 in them.
  • He is a huge fan of legendary American pop star Michael Jackson (one of the times he posted on his Twitter account, he posted that he was listening to Michael Jackson's latest album, Xscape).[19]

Other Ventures[]

Fashion[]

PEACEMINUSONE: A fashion brand founded by G-Dragon in 2015. The brand is known for its playful and experimental designs, which often feature flowers, smiley faces, and the brand's signature "Peaceminusone" logo. PEACEMINUSONE has collaborated with brands such as Nike, Converse, and Gentle Monster.

Gallery[]

Main article: G-Dragon/Gallery

References[]

  1. Soompi: Adorable Photos of G-Dragon’s Childhood Star Past in “Popopo” and Little Roo’ra Revealed
  2. 2.0 2.1 Koreaboo: G-Dragon Was Actually Discovered By SM Entertainment Before He Joined YG
  3. Soompi: YG Entertainment Comments On BIGBANG G-Dragon’s Current Contract Status
  4. Naver (KR): 지드래곤, YG 떠나 워너 뮤직 합류 공식화.."웰컴 GD" [★FOCUS]
  5. Soompi: BIGBANG’s G-Dragon Reported To Be Signing With Company That Produced “Physical: 100” + Agency Briefly Comments
  6. Soompi: BIGBANG’s G-Dragon Officially Parts Ways With YG Entertainment
  7. Soompi: G-Dragon Officially Signs With New Agency + Announces Comeback Next Year
  8. (KR) MHNS: 최용호 갤럭시코퍼레이션 대표, 연합뉴스TV 출연…"지드래곤 월드투어 기획 중”
  9. Soompi: BIGBANG’s Seungri And Yang Hyun Suk Wish G-Dragon Well Ahead Of Enlistment
  10. Soompi: BIGBANG’s G-Dragon Officially Discharged From Military
  11. Soompi: BIGBANG’s G-Dragon Reportedly Booked On Drug Charges + YG Comments
  12. Soompi: BIGBANG’s G-Dragon Denies Drug Use + Promises To “Actively Cooperate” With Investigations
  13. Soompi: G-Dragon’s Legal Representative Provides Update On Drug-Related Investigation
  14. Soompi: G-Dragon Preliminary Drug Test Comes Back Negative; Shares Statements Following Voluntary Attendance
  15. Soompi: G-Dragon’s Hair Drug Test Returns Negative + Awaits Test Results For Nail Samples
  16. Soompi: G-Dragon’s Nail Samples Return Negative + Announces Strong Legal Action Against Malicious Posts
  17. Soompi: BIGBANG’s G-Dragon Pens Heartfelt Letter + Shares Plans To Establish Foundation To Help Society
  18. Soompi: G-Dragon And Sister Dami Kwon Show Support For Her Husband Kim Min Joon As His New Drama Begins
  19. TVReport: 지드래곤, 마이클잭슨 새 앨범에 반했다 "nowplaying"

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