Korean idol group Big Bang, after winning Best Newcomer at Japan's annual Record Awards, has received harsh backlash from Japanese netizens.
The netizens are protesting that Big Bang's record sales fall far behind other newcomers, and are asserting that there is a problem with the judging panel.
On the 31st, popular Japanese new blogs such as "Wild Yaeneung Show" and communities such as "2CH" were flooded with attacks against Big Bang.
The day before, at 6pm on the 51st Japanese Record Awards broadcast by TBS, Big Bang won the Best New Artist award.
The Japanese Record Awards are given out annually by the Japanese Composers Association. The Best Newcomer award is given to one group of out those nominated. Big Bang beat out Hilchryme, Maya Sakura, SCANDAL, among others to win the Best Newcomer award.
On the 20st, Big Bang appeared on TBS's Japan Cable Broadcasting Awards (Nihon Yusen Taisho) and won the Best Newcomer award. There, Big Bang went to the final nominations with Maya Sakura and Hilchryme. However, when Big Bang surpassed the Japanese groups and won the award, the Japanese netizens didn't hide their discomfort.
They used the 2009 record sales to attack Big Bang. Hill Crime sold 108,000 copies, easily overwhelming the 41,000 copies sold by Big Bang, so why did Big Bang win the award?
The netizens were quoted saying, "Some Korean boygroup I've never heard of or seen won the Best Newcomer award through shady judging" and "Record sales are an important criteria so what exactly is the criteria they used?"
Big Bang debuted in the Japanese music stage last June with "My Heaven." The reason for the low record sales is because the single was released later in the year.source: kukinews.com
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