BigBang, CL join ‘TIME 100′ online poll

March 24, 2016
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South Korean boy band BigBang attends the 2015 MelON Music Award at the Olympic Stadium in southeastern Seoul, on Nov. 7, 2015. (Yonhap)

SEOUL (Yonhap) — South Korean boy band BigBang and CL of girl group 2NE1 are included in TIME magazine’s online reader poll for this year’s 100 most influential people, the U.S.-based magazine said on Thursday (Korea time).

BigBang and CL turned out to be the only South Koreans in the pool of 127 candidates of the online poll, along with U.S. President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Pope Francis, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Hollywood star actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

World famous musicians, including Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Justin Bieber and Adele, are also listed on the top 100 list.

The TIME 100 is the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, spanning politics, entertainment, business, technology, science, religion and other fields. TIME editors choose their annual official list based on the online poll’s results.

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CL made the candidate list for the TIME 100 for a second straight year, seven years since her debut as a member of female hip hop quartet 2NE1.

“The singer has graduated from one-fourth of hit South Korean girl group 2NE1 to front-row presence at fashion shows and solo artist in her own right thanks to songs like ‘Doctor Pepper’ and ‘Hello Bitches,’” TIME said in its description of the South Korean pop diva.

Last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin edged out the rapper-singer with 6.95 percent of the votes in the final tally.

Five-member boy group BigBang also rose to candidacy, thanks to a series of successful world tours in the past years.

“With One Direction on hiatus, this South Korean group has been hailed as ‘the biggest boy band in the world,’ even booking arenas in the U.S. without a Hot 100 hit thanks to their fervent fan base,” TIME stated.

The voting will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on April 10, and the winner of the TIME reader poll will be announced April 14. The official list of TIME 100 will be announced on April 21.

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