Boy groups Big Bang and Super Junior garnered a lot of international interest in 2011, having beat out international pop icon Britney Spears to achieve their titles as world stars.
First, Big Bang attended the 2011 MTV EMA‘s which were held in Belfast, Northern Ireland back in November.
The boys were nominated under the “World Wide Act Asia Pacific Nominees” category for the EMAs and won, advancing to the “Worldwide Act Nominees” category alongside famous international artists such as Abdelfattah Grini(Africa/India/Middle East), Lena (Europe), Restart (Latin America), and Britney Spears (North America).
Big Bang stunned the world, and themselves, by winning the award. They became the first Korean artist to ever achieve such a title, and Big Bang made their mark in K-pop history.
Britney Spears is a mega pop star, having gifted the world with hit after hit, and over the years has built a phenomenal fan base with her sexy performances and vocal talent. The fact that Big Bang won the award despite being up against the international superstar was especially noteworthy, and proved that they were qualified to be titled ‘world star’s.
The boys of Super Junior have also surpassed Britney Spears.
On December 6th, mashable along with twitter aggregate data analysis website What The Trend released their annual ‘Top 10 Twitter Trends‘ list. The company analyzed over 207,518 hash tags to identify the top trending topics of 2011.
Under the ‘Top 10 Trending Topic’s on Twitter’, popular idol group Super Junior ranked 4th under the artists category and 7th overall, just above Britney Spears and even the devastating Japan earthquake.
Under the artists category, the boys were #4 behind world-famous artists Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and the Jonas Brothers, respectively.
Big Bang and Super Junior are no longer idols only within the boundaries of Korea. They have made themselves known to a growing international audience receiving global applause and praise, and they are drawing high attention as fans are anxious to observe their next big ventures overseas.