|Single by Big Bang|
|from the album MADE|
|Released||July 1, 2015|
|Genre||Electronic rock, pop punk|
|Teddy, G-Dragon, T.O.P|
|Teddy, Choice37, G-Dragon|
|Big Bang singles chronology|
"Sober" (Korean: ) is a song recorded by South Korean boy band Big Bang. It was released digitally on July 1, 2015 by YG Entertainment, as the third single from Made, being included in the single album D. "Sober" was written by Teddy, G-Dragon and T.O.P, and was produced by the first two with Choice37.
The first poster of "Sober" was released on June 27, 2015, revealing the name of the song and the production credits. The single was released on July 1. The release was supported by a live countdown on Naver Starcast on June 30, 11 pm. An exact verse that G-Dragon sings towards the end of "Sober" was actually first performed during the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards as a prelude to his song "Crooked". The music video was directed by Han Sa Min, who worked before with Bigbang on "Loser", "Bad Boy" and "Blue".
"Sober" has a "more rock-driven sound", an unusual genre for Big Bang, who usually go for electronic and hip hop-based sounds. The track shows off lush guitars mixed with banging percussion, and incorporates a "very high energy rock vibe" with a spunk delivery.Fuse said that the song fits on alternative radio and it's something you can hear on the Warped Tour, that is famous of alternative and punk rock music. The Korean website Osen called it "an exciting summer song that perfectly fits the [season]."
"Sober" sold 276,180 downloads in its first week on the Gaon Chart, and debuted at number two in the Digital and Download charts, seven on both the BGM and Streaming charts with over 3.9 million streams. On its second week, the song fell to number six in the Digital Chart and to number eight on the Download chart with 118,392 copies sold, but raised to number five in the Streaming Chart with over 4.7 million streams.
The song charted at number three on Billboard World Digital Songs, and at number one on QQ Music music videos chart. The song ranked at eleven on the most popular Korean singles of 2015 in Taiwan by music streaming service KKBOX.
|Japan Hot 100 (Billboard)||24|
|South Korea (Gaon Weekly Single Chart)||2|
|South Korea (Gaon Weekly Mobile Chart)||6|
|South Korea (Gaon Monthly Single Chart)||4|
|South Korea (Gaon Monthly Mobile Chart)||12|
|South Korea (Gaon Yearly Single Chart)||42|
|US World Digital Songs (Billboard)||3|
|US World Digital Songs Year End - 2015 (Billboard)||12|
|"Sober"||Inkigayo (SBS)||July 12, 2015|
|M! Countdown (Mnet)||July 9, 2015|
|Show! Music Core (MBC)||July 11, 2015|
|South Korea||July 1, 2015||Digital download||YG Entertainment, KT Music|
|Japan||July 8, 2015|