G-Dragon

Celebrity is a person who being private in public. It is hard for them to separate public life and private life as people view them as public figure and they want to know what he or she is doing or what they up to all the time. However, it is not just a fan who want to know what celebrity is doing but celebrity also want to share their life with their fan because it is a way to show their public self image and improve their popularity.

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G-Dragon with his group members.

Kwon Ji Yong or known by his stage name G-Dragon (Yong is Korean word for dragon, Ji sound similar to G, hence, the name G-Dragon), is a South Korean rapper, songwriter, producer, model, fashion designer and a leader of one of the biggest K-Pop groups, Big Bang. Big Bang is ranked fifth of Korea’s top 10 celebrity by Forbes. G-Dragon or GD has been in music industry ever since he was 6 years old and debuted as leader of Big Bang in 2006. He involved in composing and writing song for many of Big Bang’s song and many song for his solo career.

He is also described as fashionista. His fashion has been influencing a trend among teenagers in South Korean and around the world. He has received many awards as a fashion icon and artist. He is also the only man selected as one of the ‘50 reasons why Seoul is No.1‘. It stated in CNN website that

‘Since debuting in 2006, the audacious leader of Big Bang has thrilled Seoul fashionistas with fierce fashion – Alexander McQueen silk skull scarves, wedge loafers, skirts!!…’

With all of these awards and achievement, he has become one of South Korean biggest celebrity. He has more than 3 millions followers in Twitter, more than 3 millions followers in instagram and almost 5 million likes his Facebook page. He is quite very active in social media as he uses those platforms to communicate with fans and show what he is up to. All of his social media is very active and it is a main way for him to interact with fan, he even release new song on a messenger app call ‘Line’.

If we scroll down his social media site such as Facebook or Twitter, we will find that even though he is a South Korean celebrity, most of his post and tweet is in English. One of the reasons for this is the fact that he is also very popular and famous outside South Korea.

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Current Tweet trends in Korea and Japan

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2 comments

  1. Every country has its boy bands! It would be interesting to note the differences and similarities between western and eastern boy bands. Both seem to have ties within fashion, do eastern bands have the ‘arrogant’ connotations?

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  2. Where you aware that G-Dragon and CL (my celebrity blog topic for this week) featured in this Skrillex song earlier this year? It’s interesting that they’re both doing this full English rap with what I understand to be more swearing than what they would usually feature in a song intended for a Korean audience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7ot7fnFyuk

    You mentioned all the awards and nominations he’s got. What I found interesting is when he won “Best Male Artist” and “Artist of the Year” at the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMAs) in 2012 against PSY, right when Gangnam Style was at the height of it’s viral, global pop-culture dominance. I found it interesting because I think as cultural outsiders we would perhaps naturally assume that the Korean artist responsible for bringing Kpop into the Western mainstream would be certain to win Artist of the Year in his own country.

    Actually the MAMAs themselves are fascinating to watch because it’s the only awards show I’ve ever seen where every nomination and award winner was what we would refer to as a Boy Band or Girl Group, as well as pop solo artists like G-Dragon and PSY. There was nothing resembling a rock or garage band in sight.

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