In 2001, a second YG Family album was released, on it featured a 13 year old G-Dragon.The company grew with signing its first idol singer SE7EN, who found success in both Korea and Japan and was dubbed Rain’s rival at the peak of his career.YGEX operates as a joint-label venture between the two companies.Since the partnership, YGEX has already released Japanese material for: GD&TOP, Big Bang, 2NE1, SE7EN, and Daesung.
Of the total, US,000 went towards a scholarship for Holt Children’s Services while US,000 went towards children with rare diseases.
However, a dating scandal in 2004 with then labelmate model/actress Park Han Byul caused his career to plummet, which led to his 4 year hiatus in Korea and ultimately his US debut without much success.
It was revealed many years later that YG Entertainment had many secret relationships amongst its artists.
Girl group 2NE1 debuted in 2009 and quickly set out to break boundaries and become one of the industry’s leaders.
Big Bang branched out into Japan during this time while still focusing on solo activities whether be it film, television, and/or theater. G-Dragon had the highest selling album of 2009, beating out groups with 10 members and industry veterans.