The group expanded its performance schedule in 2007 and 2008 to include a national tour, and released a live album (1st Concert: Live Album) and a series of three EPs, Always (August 2007), Hot Issue (November 2007), and For the World (January 2008). The band's full-length sophomore album, Remember, featuring the single "Strong Baby," was also released in 2008. In 2011, after an extended hiatus, Big Bang became the first K-pop act to hit the digital charts with the release of the EP Tonight. In 2012, the band released its fifth EP, Alive, which included the singles "Bad Boy," "Blue," and "Fantastic Baby."
After an extended hiatus, Big Bang made a return in 2015 with a series of Japanese singles titled M, A, D, and E. The MADE series compilation, their first Korean album in eight years, was released in Korea in late 2016. In addition to the eight Japanese singles, the LP also included three additional tracks ("Fxxk It," "Last Dance," and "Girlfriend"). On MADE, the band's trademark mix of dance-pop and R&B was blended with contemporary tropical and trap influences. Featuring production by Teddy Park, G-Dragon
, T.O.P., and Taeyang
, it topped the charts in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and the United States, claiming the top spots on the Billboard independent and world charts. ~ Chris True & Neil Z. Yeung, Rovi