Taeyang whose original name is Dong Young-bar is a popular South Korean singer. He started training for the age of 12, and at 18 years, he debuted as the member of the South Korean band Big Bang. The group went on to become one of the best-selling boy bands in the world. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of Taeyang in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Dong Young-bae was born on 18th May 1988 in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. When he was a kid, he appeared in a music video of Jinusean named “A-Yo”. He loved to play piano in those days, and he credits piano playing for bringing him in the music world. His family was not well-to-do financially, and he begged YG Entertainment CEO to give him a chance to be a singer. He gave him a chance to enter into an audition, and Taeyang cracked it to be a trainee.
Taeyang is a Christian and has several tattoos dedicated to the religion. He was in a long-relationship with Min Hyo-rin who is an actress cum singer. In February 2018, they got married in a private ceremony. Taeyang is a religious person, and he is also a philanthropist. He continuously donated a part of this income from albums, tickets, and merchandise to different NGOs. He has one of the largest collections of luxurious cars among South Korean singers. He loves to lead a lavishing lifestyle.
Career, Awards, & Nomination
Taeyang started as a trainee in YG Entertainment. A boy band was formed from trainees in his batch, and Taeyang recorded his first album named Big Bang Vol 1, and it was moderately successful. His first single “Ma Girl” did well, but the true recognition came with the release of the band song “Lies”. The subsequent songs “Day By Day” and “Last Farewell” were chart-toppers. In 2008, Taeyang decided to record a solo album and wanted to move away from the hip-hop style of Big Bang group.
Taeyang started focusing on R&B songs and even performed solo concerts. He received two awards for the Best R&B Song in the 7th Korean Music Awards. His first solo album named Solar came out in 2010. The album was successful, and he received Best Male Artist Award at 2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards. In the meantime, he performed with Big Bang as usual. The subsequent solo albums were Rise in 2014 and White Night in 2017. He also did two world tours after the release of the last two albums. One of his biggest accomplishments was his mandatory military service for 21 months as an active duty soldier.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much net worth do you expect from such a successful singer as solo and group performer? Well, his lavishing lifestyle is a reflection of his wealth, and he has a net worth of over $25 million. The primary source of income is his stage shows and albums sold. There are some huge endorsement deals he has had which contributed majorly to his wealth.
His solo album Solar is the first K-Pop music album to be released worldwide. In such a tender age, he has won almost all the popular music awards in South Korea. He is merely 30 years of age, and he remains to be seen what is next for him.