The band’s long-awaited comeback on 5 April 2022 has officially been confirmed by both BIGBANG and YG Entertainment’s official accounts.
BIGBANG will return — and soon. Over the weekend, the social media accounts for BIGBANG and their label, YG Entertainment, have made it official: the beloved Korean boy band will return on 5 April, 2022. It comes on the heels of the news confirmed earlier this week that the band’s remaining four members — G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang and Daesung — will be bringing a new music video and single with them.
In a post shared across Instagram and Twitter, the details were sparse — just a simple black Polaroid picture, with the words “BIGBANG 0AM APR 05 2022” stamped across the bottom. Both cryptic and revealing, it’s not clear if 0AM is a song title or a timing reveal (or both), but will certainly give their fans (known as “VIPs”) around the world plenty to discuss in the days to come.
What we know about BIGBANG’s comeback single and music video
BIGBANG has been making plenty of headlines since the news first broke in February that the band would be making a comeback this spring. Subsequent to that announcement, it was also revealed that rapper T.O.P would be ending his 16-year exclusive contract with YG Entertainment. However, the label made it clear that it wouldn’t be the end of T.O.P and the band, saying in a statement, “As long as the conditions are right, [T.O.P] will always participate in BIGBANG’s activities whenever he is able.”
Breaking a five-year silence in an exclusive interview with our sister publication, Prestige Hong Kong, T.O.P added his own thoughts on the matter: “Being super honest with the fans, I really don’t want to say this is my last,” he says. “But even more frankly, it might be a long while until I come back as T.O.P of BIGBANG. Over those five years, our music tastes and activities probably differed a lot, and now BIGBANG music and T.O.P’s music are quite different. I’m at the stage in my life where I want to awaken to fresh new challenges, stimuli and transition.”
If it sounds like an indication that the comeback may be short-lived, fans of T.O.P will take comfort in knowing the rapper feels like he’s “about to start the real thing” in his career as an artist, with his debut solo album, a feature film and much more on the way.
In the Prestige interview, he also leaves open the possibility of yet another reunion with the group, attributing that to his love for his band and the personal connection he shares with G-Dragon, Taeyang and Daesung.
The new single and music video from this comeback will be BIGBANG’s first release since March 2018’s “Flower Road”, when the group went on hiatus to complete their mandatory South Korean military service. As the lyrics said then: “This is not the last time for us. Please, let us meet again when the flowers bloom.”
It appears the flowers are ready to bloom — whatever happens after that remains anyone’s guess. Have a listen to “Flower Road” below.
This article was first published on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong.