On February 7th, the online newspaper CNNGo covered the Billboard Japan Music Awards 2010 that took place on the 6th and eventually introduced 4minute, who won the "K-Pop New Artist of the Year" award.
Among the pictures of the winners of the night, CNNGo only uploaded 4minute's shot and reserved them few detailed paragraphs in their article.
CNNGo reported "The five-piece showed exactly why South Korean acts are stealing a march on their Japanese counterparts with tightly choreographed performances of 'First' and 'Muzik', with the hall's speaker system booming." Their article also says that the fans screamed the girls' names as they were performing on stage.
The American website Billboard Biz, that also covered the event, also introduced 4minute and even linked to their 'FIRST' MV on Youtube.
A 4minute's representative revealed "On the day of the event, the American Billboard's editorial director Bill Werde requested a big applause from the audience after 4minute's performance and said "It's sad that a group like this is only acknowledged in Asia." He highly praised the group and promised he would publish an article that only focuses on 4minute on billboard.com."
4minute are said to prepare their advancement into the American market.