Hot was followed by his first full-length studio album, Solar (2010), that garnered sales of over 100,000 copies.His second studio album, Rise (2014), peaked at number 112 on the US Billboard 200, becoming the highest ranking album by a Korean soloist in the chart, "Eyes, Nose, Lips" was awarded Song of the Year at the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards and 29th Golden Disc Awards.

Six years later, he made his debut in 2006 as a member of the South Korean boy band Big Bang.

While the quintet's debut was met with lukewarm receptions, their follow-ups cemented their popularity, becoming one of the best-selling digital group of all-time in Asia and one of the best-selling boy bands in the world.

After contributing to singer Lexy's album, Taeyang announced that he was going to release a solo album.

Initially scheduled for a September release, the project was pushed back due to conflicting schedules with his group.

Taeyang took two years to record new materials and participate in promotional activities with Big Bang for their Korean EPs Tonight (2011) and Alive (2012) as well as the Japanese studio album Alive (2012).

When activities wrapped up, he turned his focus back to preparing for his second studio album.

His third studio album, White Night, was released in 2017.

Labeled as the Korean "Prince of R&B," Born and raised in Uijeongbu, Gyeong Gi-Do, South Korea, Dong Yong-bae's first contact with music was playing the piano, where he enjoyed classical music composed by Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert.

On the occasion, Dong met Yang Hyun-suk CEO of the record label YG Entertainment and begged him for a chance to become a singer.

As he got no answer, he went to his office personally to achieve his intention.

Yang gave him the opportunity to audition, where he was successful, and accepted by the record label as a trainee.