The group also held a concert at the JCB Hall in Tokyo Dome City.Big Bang returned to South Korea after their promotions in Japan ended.The album topped the Oricon Daily chart on its first day of release and went on to sell over 14,000 copies in the first week.It was reported that Big Bang earned ₩78 billion (USD.4 million) in 2011 even though they had just promoted for half a year.
Their formation was documented on television; prior to their official debut, Hyun-seung was dropped.
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.
Prior to the group's debut, a few of the members were already exposed to the entertainment industry.
G-Dragon composed and wrote most of the tracks, including the lead single "Lies." "Lies" went to become the first song to win the Song of the Month award from the Cyworld Digital Music Awards for two consecutive months, as well as gathering the highest monthly sales in Cyworld's history, with over 200,000 copies sold in September.
Hot Issue followed its predecessor's success: the lead-single, "Last Farewell," topped various charts, including the Melon chart for eight consecutive weeks, becoming the longest-running number one hit by a boy group.
The Korean EP Alive (2012) earned their second Artist of the Year Award at the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards, and also became the first Korean album to chart on the Billboard 200, with the group embarking on their first world tour that concluded in early 2013.