Find Out Just How Much Money Big Bang MADE in the Year 2015

Paul Lee, Dec. 15, 2015, 11:16 a.m.

It’s an easy observation to say that Big Bang made a ton of dough this year, with the releases of their albums for “MADE” being a huge success and all. But exactly how much did the group make in the year 2015? The latest episode of “Myeong Dan Gong Gae” did a segment focusing only on the group’s earnings, and the numbers are pretty staggering.


Big Bang was estimated to have earned a PROFIT of 150 billion Korean Won, which equates to over $126 million USD. That’s right, in one year alone they made over a hundred million dollars. The number was calculated by summing up the album sales across their four single albums which came out to a total of 6.2 billion Won (approx. $5.2 million USD), music downloads which equated to 5.2 billion Won (approx. $4.4 million USD), and their profits from their world tour which came out to 140 billion Won (approx. $118 million USD), which brought the final total to over 150 billion Won.


Big Bang is a South Korean boy band formed by YG Entertainment. Consisting of members G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung, and Seungri, the group officially debuted on August 19, 2006. Predominantly a hip hop group, their debut was a moderate success, with their first self-titled Korean album selling 48,000 copies. Their breakthrough came with the release of their firstextended play, Always (2007), which included the number one song "Lies" (Korean: 거짓말; Revised Romanization: Geojitmal). The song went on to top major Korean music charts for a record-breaking seven consecutive weeks, and won the group the Song of the Year award at the 9th Mnet Korean Music Festival.


Big Bang’s followed-up releases furthered their success and popularity: Hot Issue (2007) spawned the chart-topping song "Last Farewell", (Korean: 마지막 인사; Revised Romanization: Majimak Insa), while Stand Up(2008) produced "Day By Day" (Korean: 하루하루; Revised Romanization: Haru Haru). After receiving the Artist of the Year award from the 2008 Mnet Korean Music Festival, the group expanded their endeavors to Japan, releasing both their second Korean studio-album Remember and their first Japanese album, Number 1, in the same year, and consequently winning three awards at the 9th MTV Video Music Awards Japan. They would go on to release three more Japanese studio albums: Big Bang (2009), Big Bang 2 (2011), and the Japanese studio album Alive (2012). Amidst their Japanese promotions, the members branched out to do solo activities; Taeyang and G-Dragon released best-selling solo albums, G-Dragon and T.O.P formed a sub-unit, Seungri and Daesung acted in musicals and hosted variety shows, and T.O.P became a highly acclaimed film star.

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