Monday, December 03, 2007

Boa, TVXQ Win Gold Artist Awards in Japan

By Cathy Rose A. Garcia

Staff Reporter

Korean pop star BoA and the five-member all boy band TVXQ, also known as Tohoshinki, won Gold Artist awards at the ``2007 Best Hit Pop Song Festival'' in Japan. The two were given the Gold Artist award for top record sales during a ceremony that was aired Monday on Nihon Television.

Other winning artists include Japanese superstars Kumi Koda, Mika Nakashima and the group Winds.

For the 21-year-old BoA, this is the sixth consecutive win. For TVXQ, the award is their first win at the yearend music awards.

The five-member group comprising Xiah, Micky, Hero, Max, and U-Know has recently been aggressively promoting their music on the Asian market. They debuted in August and topped Japan's Oricon daily singles charts with their number ``Summer Dream.'' TVXQ has already released 12 singles ― most of which landed in the Oricon top 10 charts ― and two Japanese-language albums in the last two years. They have recently collaborated with Koda on the song ``Last Angel.''

The Best Hit Pop Song Festival recognizes the most popular Japanese songs and artists of the year, based on requests, record sales and karaoke rankings.

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