IU is South Korea’s Singer Of The Year, beating BTS

  • Music
  • Wednesday, 03 Jan 2018

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K-Pop act BTS may be making waves overseas – they performed at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest show on Sunday – but have come in only fourth in a Singer Of The Year poll in South Korea.

Instead, it was 24-year-old female artiste IU, who triumphed in the poll conducted by Gallup Korea, which canvassed 4,200 people aged 13 to 59 across South Korea from July 6 to 26, Sept 1 to 29 and Nov 8 to 28. In 2014, IU – who entered show business in 2008 – was also named Best Singer Of The Year in the survey when her album, A Flower Bookmark, struck a chord among all the age groups.

Girl group Twice came in second this year, while Trot singer Jang Yun-jeong took third spot. Next in line after BTS on the list were Yoon Jong-shin, Wanna One, EXO, BigBang, Im Chang-jung and Lee Sun-hee. – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

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