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BIGBANG's Seungri Talks Debut Chinese Movie, Plans for New Solo Album

BIGBANG's Seungri
Courtesy of Billboard Radio China

BIGBANG's Seungri

Often cited as one of the most influential K-Pop phenomenons around the globe, Korean boy band <a href="/music/BIGBANG">BIGBANG</a> was definitely the pioneer in shaping the international K-pop scene, making headlines wherever they go. Billboard Radio China sat down with the group's youngest member, <a href="/music/Seungri">Seungri</a>, between breaks to talk about his new movie, EDM collab with <a href="/music/Alan-Walker">Alan Walker</a>, K-Pop internationalization and his 2018 plans.

Seungri recently took a leading role in the new Chinese movie Love Only, marking his first debut in a Chinese film and showcasing his incredible multilingual skills. Seungri has always been one of the most active members in BIGBANG, with his appearance spanning acting, singing, DJ-ing and business.

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Seungri also released his new single as the movie's original soundtrack, a Chinese cover of "Faded" by Alan Walker. The two have appeared together as international EDM ambassadors at the press conference of <a href="/articles/news/international/8098200/new-label-liquid-state-edm-electronic-dance-music-china">Liquid State</a>, a new joint label between Tencent Music and Sony Music, aiming to promote EDM in China.

BIGBANG has been in the industry for over 10 years and witnessed the changing dynamics around global music scenes. When talking about the K-Pop globalization, Seungri said, "Asian music is definitely going global, and I really want to be a part to witness this."

Regarding his 2018 plans, Seungri is all geared up to make some noise with his new upcoming solo album. "People's music taste changes very fast: hip-hop, EDM … In the end, the key is a good mix," he said. "This new solo album will be very diverse and full of energy for my fans."

Worldwide DJ <a href="/music/R3hab">R3hab</a> has posted his photo with Seungri on Instagram, hinting at a new collaboration to come.

Listen to the full interview in Mandarin on <a href="http://www.billboardradiochina.com/bb2/08-March-2018-Seungri-The-Rising-Era-of-K-Pop-EDM-the-big-interview" target="_blank">Billboard Radio China</a>, and watch the interview highlights video here:
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