Posted : 2014-08-19 18:37
Updated : 2014-08-19 18:52

Big Bang fans win Billboard's fandom vote

K-pop boy band Big Bang

By Kim Ji-soo

Famed K-pop boy band Big Bang won a "fandom" vote carried out by U.S. Billboard.

Big Bang's fan group, called VIPs, emerged as the winner in a face-off between other singers' fan groups.

In Billboard's Fan Army Faceoff, VIPs received 91% percent of the vote in the final round, knocking rock group Thirty Seconds to Mars' Echelon to second place. Over 20 million votes were cast since the contest began on Aug. 7.

The faceoff underwent five rounds in a 32 fan group bracket.

On their road to victory, the VIPs of Big Bang eliminated other famed singers' fan groups: Rihanna's Rihanna Navy, Selena Gomez's Selenators, Girls' Generation's SONES and Skillet's Panheads.

Big Bang's agency, YG Entertainment, said that the VIPs' win is a "meaningful gift" to the group which celebrated its 8th anniversary.

The group's members ― G-Dragon, Top, Daesung, Seungri and Taeyang ― debuted in August 2006, and went viral with such hits as "Haru Haru" and "Lies." The members have also pursued active solo careers in singing and acting as well.

The group is scheduled to perform in five major domes in Japan in November this year, becoming the first foreign pop idols to do so consecutively for two years.

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