[K-Pop Battle] Big Bang vs. Wonder Girls
We’re going back to middle school with this week’s K-Pop Battle. We’re talking boys against girls, kids.
Big Bang and the Wonder Girls faced off on the music charts with the release of their respective, albums Still Alive and Wonder Party this week, so it’s only appropriate that they go head to head in this week’s K-Pop Battle.
The two groups are credited for setting off the second generation idol group craze, and while the flood of new idol groups have temporarily filled the Big Bang and Wonder Girls-shaped void in our hearts throughout the years, very few idol groups can claim to be game changers in the K-Pop world.
But we want to know where our readers’ loyalties lie, so head over to the K-Pop section and cast your vote in this week’s K-Pop Battle.
Before Big Bang made its debut in 2006, the days of fans going crazy over an idol group were a distant memory as most of the popular boy bands and girl groups of the late 90s and early 2000s had either fizzled out or disbanded.
But, a quiet storm was brewing over at YG Entertainment, and when it finally unleashed its secret weapon Big Bang in 2006, the idol group lived up to its name, blowing up the music scene with its unconventionality.
Big Bang wasn’t unconventional in the way we understand the word today (basically, G-Dragon defined) then, but the group set out and proved to be a new breed of idol.
Unlike the genre-less, oft nonsensical songs of the 90s idol groups, Big Bang debuted with hip hop and R&B tracks We Belong Together and A Fool’s Only Tears, but it wasn’t until 2007 that the group developed a musical style that is uniquely ‘Big Bang’ through smash hit Lies.
The rest is history as every major release, from Last Farewell, Haru Haru, Tonight and Blue, have all charted at number one.
Big Bang’s latest release Monster from special edition album Still Alive claimed the number one spot on music charts upon its release on June 3. The fact that the track has become a hit without the group actively promoting it proves that Big Bang can make a lot of noise based on its name alone.
The Wonder Girls may have debuted a few months after Big Bang, but that doesn’t mean these superwomen don’t know a thing or two about hit songs.
Like Big Bang, the Wonder Girls made its debut with hip hop dance track Irony in 2007, but it was song Tell Me, which was released later that year, that put the girls on the map and got the world, from Korea to the Philippines and France, on its feet, literally.
The Wonder Girls are known for sparking the dance craze that has become such a signature element of the K-Pop experience today, and it all began with Wonder Girls’ Tell Me dance.
It not only set the pattern for their future hit songs, including So Hot, Nobody, 2 Different Tears and Be My Baby, other idol groups, boy bands and girl groups alike, secretly hope their dance will become a big of a hit as the song itself.
The Wonder Girls’ latest single Like This is no exception, and the easy-to-follow ‘crab leg’ dance is projected to be another hit on the dance floor.
We expect Big Bang and the Wonder Girls to put up a good fight, but our readers will determine who comes out on top, so be sure to vote here!
Photo credit: YG, JYP