Alive is the fifth extended play by South Korean boy band Big Bang. It was released on February 29, 2012 by the group's record label, YG Entertainment. G-Dragon, the leader of Big Bang, was credited with writing the lyrics and composing all songs. Furthermore, T.O.P penned additional rap for all songs, excluding the intro and Daesung's solo, Wings.
The lead single, Blue was released a week prior to the release of the full EP, on February 21, 2012. It garnered an extremely positive response, acquiring a "perfect all-kill" among domestic music charts such as MelOn, Naver and Nate in less than an hour of its release. Blue also charted internationally, topping the US Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 charts during the week.
The songs, Blue and Fantastic Baby, became chart toppers both in South Korea and internationally, including Gaon and Billboard's K-Pop Hot 100 charts. All tracks, including the intro, Alive, charted on online charts such as MelOn, Bugs, Mnet and more, whilst lead single, Blue, retained its number one position on many charts. Internationally, Alive took five positions of the top ten in the Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 charts. Furthermore, it was also the first Korean album to be charted on the Billboard 200.
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