Last Farewell (Big Bang Song)
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Last Farewell Big Bang Song
"Last Farewell"
Single by Big Bang
from the album Hot Issue
ReleasedNovember 22, 2007
Format
GenreElectronic dance music, pop
Length3:52
LabelYG Entertainment
G-Dragon, Brave Brothers
G-Dragon, Brave Brothers
Big Bang singles chronology
"Always"
(2007)
"Last Farewell"
(2007)
"How Gee"
(2008)

"Last Farewell" (Korean: ; Revised Romanization: Majimak Insa) is a song by South Korean boy band Big Bang. It was released through YG Entertainment on November 22, 2007 as the lead single from the quintet's second extended play Hot Issue. The song was written by G-Dragon and composed by the member and Brave Brothers. Mirroring the success of the group's preceding single "Lies," the song went on to become a chart topper.

Background and composition

With the release of their first extended play, Always in 2007, Big Bang began to experiment more with their sound, moving away from their original hip hop roots, and experimenting with electronic music and dance music. Their second EP, Hot Issue, released that same year, built on that its predecessor's momentum.[1] "Last Farewell," the lead single, was described by Billboard as one of the most blatant pop songs in the group's repertoire, with a "trance-tinged hip pop" sound.[1]KpopStarz noted that the single included "some of the clubbiest sounds seen from Big Bang up until this point".[2] A Japanese-language version of the song named "Baby Baby" was included in the quintet's first and second Japanese albums Number 1 and Big Bang, as well in their greatest hits album The Best of Big Bang 2006-2014.

Controversies

The involvement of G-Dragon in writing and composing the melody - as it was unusual at the time for members of a band to be so involved in the production of their album[3] - raised questions by netizens over how much the rapper actually produced.[4]Yang Hyun-suk, founder and CEO of YG Entertainment, went on to clarify that G-Dragon wrote and compose the music, with arrangements done by long-time collaborator Brave Brothers.[5][6][7]

The success of Big Bang spawned the creation of OkBang, a Chinese group whose music and looks were similar to the former.[8]

Reception and recognition

Reception for "Last Farewell" was positive, with Tamar Herman of Billboard ranking it at number nine in the magazine's list of ten best Big Bang songs, writing that the single "hits all the right notes to be quintessential K-pop song: catchy chorus, swoon-worthy crooning, and a pump-up dance beat."[1] Park Hyo-jae from The Chosun Ilbo praised its "addictive chorus" and "sophisticated electronic sound", commenting that the song being written by a member of the group set Big Bang apart from the other idols. Park also complimented the group's stage fashion, noting that their use of high top sneakers and skinny jeans, as well as their hair styles, had become a trend among teenagers.[9] The single's choreography, especially the jump rope movement, became a national phenomenon in South Korea.[10] "Last Farewell" is recognized as one of the group's definitive songs, for setting the direction they would eventually go in on songs like "Fantastic Baby" and "Bang Bang Bang".[1][2]

Commercial performance

"Last Farewell" was released prior to the creation of the Gaon Music Chart, which began tracking music performance in 2010. The song topped various charts from online music services upon its release, including the Melon chart for eight consecutive weeks, holding the record for longest-running number-one song by a boy group.[11] At another music service Mnet.com, the single remained at the first spot for six weeks, a record for the time.[12] "Last Farewell" went to be awarded Song of the Month (December) in the 2008 Cyworld Digital Music Awards, recording 170,000 copies sold that month.[12][13] The single was the fourth best-performing song of the 2000's (decade) in Melon, the highest entry by a male group.[14]

Track listing

No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."Last Farewell" ( ; Majimak Insa[15])G-DragonG-Dragon, Brave BrothersBrave Brothers3:52

Charts and sales

Sales

Chart Sales
South Korea 5,128,203[17]

Music program awards

Song Program Date
"Last Farewell" Inkigayo (SBS) December 16, 2007
December 23, 2007
January 13, 2008
M! Countdown (Mnet) January 17, 2008
Music Bank (KBS) December 14, 2007
December 21, 2007
January 11, 2008
February 1, 2008

References

  1. ^ a b c d "The 10 Best BIGBANG Songs: Critics' Picks". Billboard. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b "K-Pop Mixtape: 9 Most Definitive Big Bang Songs". KpopStarz. Retrieved .
  3. ^ ", " (in Korean). Retrieved .
  4. ^ Kim, Young-ro (2009-04-30). "'' ?(G-Dragon), ". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved .
  5. ^ Jeong, Minyoung (2009-05-13). "[ ] ' '" (in Korean). The Hankyoreh. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "This Artist Copied Big Bang? | allkpop.com". allkpop. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Brave Brothers' Album to Feature Big Bang and Son Dambi | allkpop.com". allkpop. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Copycat of Big Bang Surfaces in China". The Korea Times. 2009-12-20. Retrieved .
  9. ^ Park, Hyo-jae (2009-02-22). "[?3 ] ? ? . - CHOEN". choen.chosun.com. The Chosun Ilbo. Retrieved .
  10. ^ ", '?' ? ". Star News. December 8, 2007. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ Park, Jung Sun (May 7, 2014). "[M+...'? '(2)] · 1? , ". MBN Daily (in Korean). Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ a b ", ? '' 3". Star News. January 8, 2008. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ "Song of the Month". Cyworld. 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "The 2000's". Melon Music Chart. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ "Hot Issue - BIGBANG". Qobuz (in French). Retrieved .
  16. ^ a b c Bak, Jaedeok (2008-01-08). "?24 ". ?24. Joy News. Retrieved .
  17. ^ Cumulative sales for "Last Farewell" since 2011:

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