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  • Girls’ Generation and Kara Win 'New Artist of the Year Awards’ in Japan
  • [2011-01-07]
  • Star girl groups Girls’ Generation and Kara both garnered the "New Artist of the Year Award" in Japan. At the Japan Gold Disc Awards held at the New Otani Hotel Tokyo in Japan on January 5, which was hosted by the Recording Industry Association of Japan, the two star girl groups won the "New Artist of the Year" in the categories of domestic and international pop songs, respectively. Also, Girls’ Generation was named as the “Best Top Five Artists" in the domestic category and Kara was named as the "Best Top Three Artists" in the international category.




    Dong Bang Shin Ki was also chosen as the best group in the categories of album and music video.

    The Japan Gold Disc Award, which was launched in 1987, is awarded to the artist chosen based on the officially counted number of album sales after subtracting the number of refunded albums, and a professional accountant screens the result in detail, to be impartial. Albums sold between January 1 and October 31 are counted for selecting the winner. Girls’ Generation debuted in Japan last September with the song "Genie," which had sold 112,724 copies, and their next single entitled "Gee" had ranked atop the Oricon chart by selling 60,000 copies during the first week after its release and 120,000 copies in total.




    Kara debuted in Japan last August with the song "Mister," and their best-of album entitled "Kara Best 2007-2010" had sold 50,000 copies during the first week. Their next songs had also gained huge popularity by selling 85,506 copies of "Jumping" and 142,596 copies of "Girl’s Talk".

    In addition, the Japanese star group Arashi won the "Artist of the Year Award" again after last year in the category of domestic pop songs, and Lady Gaga won the award in the category of international pop songs. Star group Dong Bang Shin Ki's music video, "Best Selection 2010," which had been released in February, was selected as the "Best Top Five," and their DVD entitled "TOHOSHINKIVIDEO CLIP COLLECTION-THE ONEO," which had been released in April, was also selected as the "Best Music Video."

    Japanese girl group AKB48's song entitled "Beginner," which had achieved the million-sold mark, won the "Single of the Year Award."

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