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Their fifth EP, Alive (2012), became the first Korean album to chart on the Billboard 200.Their widely acclaimed third album, Made (2016), was preceded by several chart-topping singles, winning the group their third Artist of the Year award at the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards and their first at the 2015 Melon Music Awards.The album was generally well received and praised for showcasing the group's "progress, musical variety, [and] non-conformity" while "still maintaining Big Bang's unique identity" by Mithun Divakaran.Internationally, Big Bang obtained five spots out of the top-ten on Billboard K-pop's Hot 100 and charted at no.The supporting world tour gathered 1.5 million people in attendance, making it the most attended concert tour headlined by a Korean act in history.The quintet have sold over 150 million records and counting, making them one of the biggest-selling boy-bands in the world beating out American favorites like the Backstreet Boys and the Jackson Five.They reunited to collaborate with 2NE1, their label's new girl group who had been dubbed as "The Female Big Bang" at the time, Big Bang also released their third endorsement digital single "So Fresh, So Cool" to promote the beer brand "Hite", although Seungri was not in the commercial due to the fact he was not of drinking age.Reception for the album was positive, with Choi Jun of Asiae complimenting the group's new direction in their music, acknowledging that during the two years hiatus, the group's "style and musical sensibility [had] deepened".
Big Bang returned to South Korea after their promotions in Japan ended.
After G-Dragon was approached by YG Entertainment for possible candidates to start a boy group, G-Dragon contacted T. P, his childhood friend, leading to the latter to audition.
The original lineup consisted of six members: the aforementioned ones along with Daesung and Hyun-seung, who were both auditioned in.
Their formation was documented on television; prior to their official debut, Hyun-seung was dropped.
Their first extended play, Always (2007), marked several changes for the group.
Forbes Korea ranked them as one of the most powerful celebrities in South Korea in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016.