Sober (Big Bang Song)
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Sober Big Bang Song
"Sober"
BIGBANG - SOBER.jpg
Single by Big Bang
from the album MADE
ReleasedJuly 1, 2015 (2015-07-01)
FormatDigital download
GenreElectronic rock, pop punk
Length3:57
LabelYG Entertainment
Teddy, G-Dragon, T.O.P
Teddy, Choice37, G-Dragon
Big Bang singles chronology
"A"
(2015)
"Sober"
(2015)
"E"
(2015)

"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.

Background

The first poster of "Sober" was released on June 27, 2015, revealing the name of the song and the production credits.[1] The single was released on July 1.[2] The release was supported by a live countdown on Naver Starcast on June 30, 11 pm.[3] 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".[4] The music video was directed by Han Sa Min, who worked before with Bigbang on "Loser", "Bad Boy" and "Blue".

Composition and reception

"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.[5]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.[6] The Korean website Osen called it "an exciting summer song that perfectly fits the [season]."[7]

The music video was described by Billboard as "going mad in a colorful world."[5]China Topix noted that "Sober" was filmed in a unique style, keeping the summer mood in mind.[8]

Chart performance

"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.[9][10][11][12] 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.[13][14]

The song charted at number three on Billboard World Digital Songs,[15] and at number one on QQ Music music videos chart.[16] The song ranked at eleven on the most popular Korean singles of 2015 in Taiwan by music streaming service KKBOX.[17]

Charts

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Japan Hot 100 (Billboard)[18] 24
South Korea (Gaon Weekly Single Chart)[19] 2
South Korea (Gaon Weekly Mobile Chart)[20] 6
South Korea (Gaon Monthly Single Chart)[21] 4
South Korea (Gaon Monthly Mobile Chart)[22] 12
South Korea (Gaon Yearly Single Chart)[23] 42
US World Digital Songs (Billboard)[24][25] 3
US World Digital Songs Year End - 2015 (Billboard) 12

Sales

Chart Sales
South Korean Gaon Download Chart[26] 1,317,469+
China's Kugou[27] 1,276,700

Accolades

Song Program Date
"Sober" Inkigayo (SBS) July 12, 2015[28]
M! Countdown (Mnet) July 9, 2015[29]
Show! Music Core (MBC) July 11, 2015[30]

Release history

Region Date Format Label
South Korea July 1, 2015[2] Digital download YG Entertainment, KT Music
Worldwide
Japan July 8, 2015

References

  1. ^ YG Entertainment. "BIGBANG - MADE SERIES D ''". YG LIFE. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Big Bang Unveils 'D' Track List with New Songs 'If You' and 'Sober'". MWAVE. 2015-06-29. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "Big Bang names new tracks". Korea JoongAng Daily. 2015-06-29. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "G-Dragon Performed Part of "Sober" Two Years Ago at 2013 MAMA". Soompi. 2015-06-30. Retrieved .
  5. ^ a b "BIGBANG Appear Anything But 'Sober' in Wild New Video". Billboard. 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "BIGBANG Turn Into Pop-Punk Stars on New Single "Sober"". fuse. July 1, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "BIGBANG project "M.A.D" unveiled, "crazy" record". Osen. July 1, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "BIGBANG Releases 'Sober' And 'If You' From D Album of 'MADE' Series; G-Dragon Talks Saddest Ballad". chinatopix.com. July 3, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart- Week 28". Gaon Music Chart. July 9, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ "Gaon Download Chart- Week 28". Gaon Music Chart. July 9, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ "Gaon Mobile Chart- Week 28". Gaon Music Chart. July 9, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ "Gaon BGM Chart - Week 28". Gaon Music Chart. July 9, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart- Week 29". Gaon Music Chart. July 9, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ "Gaon Download Chart- Week 29". Gaon Music Chart. July 9, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ "World Digital Songs". Billboard. July 13, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  16. ^ "Big Bang top China's 'QQ Charts' in song, album, and MV categories!". Allkpop. July 13, 2015.
  17. ^ "2015/TOP 20 (in Chinese)". KKbox Taiwan. February 3, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  18. ^ "Billboard's Japan Hot 100, week July 25, 2015". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 2015.
  19. ^ "Digital Chart Week 28". Gaon Chart. Gaon Chart. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  20. ^ "Gaon Mobile Chart Week 29". Gaon Chart. Gaon Chart. Retrieved 2015.
  21. ^ "Digital Chart - July". Gaon Chart. Gaon Chart. Retrieved 2015.
  22. ^ "Gaon MobileChart - July". Gaon Chart. Gaon Chart. Retrieved 2015.
  23. ^ "Yearly Digital Chart - 2015". Gaon Chart. Gaon Chart. Retrieved 2016.
  24. ^ "Billboard's World Digital Singles Chart: Singles". Billboard. Billboard. 11 June 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  25. ^ "BIGBANG's "If You" and "Sober" Enter Billboard's World Digital Songs Chart". Soompi. Soompi. July 9, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  26. ^ Cumulative sales for "Sober":
  27. ^ "?" (in Chinese). KuGou. January 3, 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  28. ^ "'?' , 1?..'' ? ". Ten Asia. Retrieved .
  29. ^ "'' , '' 7? 1?". Ten Asia. Retrieved .
  30. ^ "'?' , - 1? ? ' '". EToday. Retrieved .

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