Dong Young-bae (born May 18, 1988), better known by his stage name Taeyang (Hangul: 태양, meaning Solar), is a South Korean recording artist and entertainer. Taeyang began training under YG Entertainment at the age of 12 alongside fellow member and leader G-Dragon. After six years of vocal and dance training he made his debut in 2006 as a member of Big Bang. In 2008, Taeyang released his debut mini-album Hot. On July 1, 2010, he released his first full-length album titled Solar.