(Note: Post title focused on Seungri’s appearance on “Hello Counselor” as it’s the only new information in the article. This is the only article talking about it though. We’ll update with the broadcast date once confirmed.)
BIGBANG enlisting one after another, new BIGBANG track and Seungri’s activities to help ease the void
The members of BIGBANG are going to the army one by one, so we will not be able to see the whole group for a couple of years. However, it looks like the upcoming release of an unpublished track and Seungri’s solo activities will help alleviate the void.
On March 8, YG Entertainment announced that Taeyang will be entering ROK’s 6th Infantry Division (Blue Star) boot camp in Cheorwon, Gangwon-do, followed by Daesung who has been assigned to the 27th Infantry Division (Eekija) in Hwacheon, Gangwon-do.
T.O.P was the first BIGBANG member to start his mandatory service, followed by G-Dragon, who entered the 3rd Infantry Division’s (White Skull) boot camp on February 27.
To shorten the group’s hiatus, Daesung reportedly applied for voluntary enlistment last year so he can do his military service at the same time with the other members. YG Entertainment stated that Seungri wanted to do the same, but has prior commitments to promote his Chinese movie “Love Only”, which started showing in China on March 2. (Note: Love Only was completed in 2016, but probably due to changes in the production company, the release date was only confirmed earlier this year.)
In addition to Seungri’s hectic overseas schedule, he is said to release a solo album in the first half of the year.
It appears that Seungri’s activities will help comfort the fans. He recently appeared on JTBC’s “Knowing Bros” with labelmates IKON and on SBS’ “My Little Old Boy”. He is also set to appear on MBC programs “I Live Alone” and “Radio Star” and KBS’ “Hello Counselor”, where he will show his daily life and entertainment skills.
It was also announced yesterday that BIGBANG will release a new track on March 13 on Daesung’s enlistment day to ease their fans’ hearts. This track is said to have been created when BIGBANG was working on their album “MADE” with their enlistment in mind.
This song, ahead of Seungri’s activities and solo album, is a special gift to fans who are waiting for BIGBANG. With Seungri’s activities and the new song, it is expected that the waiting time for BIGBANG will not feel that empty.