Big Bang bags Japanese awards

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South Korea’s Big Bang bagged their second major award in Japan on Dec 30. The quintet walked away with the Best New Artist trophy at the 51st Japan Record Awards. They are the first Koreans to win the award.

The coveted award is given to one of the four recipients of the New Artist Award. This year, Big Bang’s contenders were Japanese artists Maya Sakura, Scandal and Hilchryme.

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Previously, the boys made waves at the Japan Cable Broadcasting Awards when they won the Best Newcomer Award. It sure looks like Big Bang, much like TVXQ, will be huge in the land of the rising sun.

Big Bang released its first Japanese single My Heaven in June 2009, followed by Gara Gara Go! Their third single was Koe Wo Kikasete. All singles, including their first album, climbed to the top 5 of the Japanese Oricon Music Chart.

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In Nov 2009, Big Bang won the Gold Artist Award at the Best Hit music programme on Nihon TV. They also appeared in award ceremonies on TV Asahi and Fuji TV.

The boys will hold concerts back home in Seoul from Jan 29 to 31.

Sources: The Korea Times & Hankooki

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