With the 2012 Summer Olympics in London around the corner, we figured it was about time that pop music had a similar competition. So, four of our great pop-producing countries—the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and South Korea—will be squaring off on Popdust over the next two weeks in the first-ever Pop Olympics. Before our Games officially begin, though, we need your help deciding which artists will represent their respective countries.
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Below, you’ll find the four artists–2NE1, Big Bang, Girls Generation, and Wonder Girls–who are competing for the right to represent South Korea in the Pop Olympics. Only one can win, however. Vote for your favorite, and remember, YOU CAN VOTE AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT. Voting ends at midnight on Sunday, July 29.
And when you’re done, please help decide the representatives from Canada, Great Britain, and the U.S., too.
Let the Games begin!
They’ve declared “I Am the Best” in one of their chart-topping hits, and this summer, they’ll attempt to prove it as the representative of Team South Korea. The all-female four-piece pop/hip-hop group 2NE1
—a humble outfit by K-Pop standards—has already been named the “Best New Band in the World” by MTV Iggy, but they have all the skills to add more medals to their mantle in these Pop Olympics.
The “Best Worldwide Act” winner at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards, BIG BANG
are clearly ready for the spotlight of the international games. With as much swagger and as diverse a routine as any of their rival groups, Big Bang are certainly one of South Korea’s front-runners—just don’t ask them all to wear the same uniform during the competition.
Practically an entire Olympic squadron solely on their own, GIRLS’ GENERATION
are certainly an intimidating competitor for South Korea, rolling nine deep but remaining consistent and focused as a group. Their transfixing dance moves and smash hits like “Mr. Taxi,” “Paparazzi” and “The Boys” will likely dazzle international audiences, and make any rival solo artists feel hopelessly outmatched.
U.S. viewers of the Pop Olympics might be most familiar with WONDER GIRLS
of any of the groups in the South Korea trials, due to them being the only group with an actual Hot 100 hit, “Nobody.” But that song is just one of the many in-your-face pop smashes the Girls have scored in their home country, proving themselves a deadly-but-irresistible threat in this competition.