Koreans choose Big Bang as favorite singers
K-pop boy group Big Bang has been chosen as singers of the year.
Gallup Korea released the results of a survey Friday in which Big Bang has received 15.5 percent of votes.
Big Bang has released songs such as “Bang Bang Bang,” “Loser” and “Sober” as part of their MADE project, in which the five-member group released two new songs on the first day of every month from May to August.
Gallup Korea said this is the first time Big Bang has topped the survey after previously coming in second.
Singer-songwriter IU took the second spot this year with 15.4 percent of votes.
The 23-year-old singer released the mini-album “Chat-Shire” in October and also collaborated on a song titled “Leon” with comedian Park Myung-soo in August as part of a special episode of the TV show “Infinite Challenge.”
Girls’ Generation came in third, while trot singer Jang Yoon-jung took fourth.
Trot is an old form of Korean pop that is usually performed by singers in their 60s and 70s, but Jang, 35, is credited for adding a younger touch to the genre.
Girl group Sistar, veteran singer Lee Seon-hee and Exo also made the top 10.
The survey was conducted in July, September and November among 4,200 survey participants aged between 13 and 59.
BY SUNG SO-YOUNG