BIGBANG, a boy group made up of four members who served in the military for four years, will return to K-pop’s scene this spring, according to their management agency on Monday.
YG Entertainment issued a press release stating that “BIGBANG will drop a song in the coming spring.” “The group has completed recording for the new track and is currently filming a music videos for it.”
The date of the group’s return and the title for the new song are yet to be announced.
BIGBANG began as a five member group in 2006, and has since released a lot of hits, including “Lies”, “Last Farewell,” “Fantastic Baby”, and “Bang Bang Bang,” all of which have been at the forefront an Asia-wide explosion in Korean pop music.
However, the group experienced a four year-long hiatus due to four of its members — T.O.P., G-Dragon, Taeyang, and Daesung got enlisted in military service as its mandatory that all South Korean healthy young men must serve two years of compulsory service in a country facing constant threats from North Korea.
Seungri, who was still serving his sentence, was expelled in band and YG Entertainment as well as a nightclub he is associated with was under investigation for sexual abuse and drug use. Seungri, who was sentenced to a 3-year term in a military facility on nine charges that included prostitution mediation and offshore gambling in August 2013, is currently serving the term.
T.O.P., the group’s main rapper, received a suspended prison sentence in 2017 for smoking weed. He is expected stay away from music for the time being.
YG revealed that he will soon end his contract and look into other options as an artist, businessman and musician.
“We decided to honor his opinion that it is important to also expand the scope of his individual activity not only as a BIGBANG member and had a good discussion with other members,” the company further clarified, “He will be joining BIGBANG activities depending on his availability.”