September 8, CNN’s “Talk Asia” revealed an exclusive interview with BIGBANG for the group’s 10th anniversary.
“Talk Asia” is a program that invites as guests global leaders from all walks of life, including former U.S. president Bill Clinton, designer Karl Lagerfeld, musician Pharrell Williams, PSY, Epik High, and more.
Through the broadcast, BIGBANG discussed the 10-year history of their music, and their plans for the future.
The interview highlights some of BIGBANG’s achievements:
- For the past year, they surpassed the annual earnings of Maroon 5, the highest earning band in America (BIGBANG earned $44 million in the past year, over $10 million more than Maroon 5, according to Forbes)
- 1.5 million attended the group’s last world tour, twice as much as Madonna in 2015
- 65,000 seats sold for last concert
- Voted 3rd place in Time 100, a list of the world’s most influential, with more votes than Taylor Swift and Beyonce combined
The group responded to a question about why they’re special: “Performances, over time, become standardized. But the unique characters of our five members really show on stage, and that’s what sets us apart.”
On how they’ve managed to maintain a fun atmosphere all this time, G-Dragon said, “We’re members of a group, but we’re also family. There’s a closeness between us that’s on a completely different level than other boy bands.” Taeyang added, “It’s hard at times, but the more we’re together, the more we laugh. We’re the happiest when the five of us are together.”
The BIGBANG members went on, saying that they are always thinking about the next 10 years. “There’s a lot we have left to do, but as we have done so far, we’re going to have fun doing it. We’re going to think even bigger, and we’re going to become good models for the generations to come, while doing what we love.”