October 11, 2013


Meet K-Pop Superstar G-Dragon: The Fan Favorite Best New Artist!

After weeks of intense voting, one artist emerged as a runaway fan favorite in this summer's Fuse Favorite: Fan Edition poll. To celebrate the victory, Fuse News reached out to the artist for a few thoughts. 

Meet Kwon Ji Yong, better known as G-Dragon. The leader of Korean supergroup BIGBANG and a well-known Korean fashion icon, he's taking the world by storm with the release of his second album Coup D'etat.

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Coup D'etat was a bonafide smash in Korea – where preorders alone exceeded 300,000 units – but more shocking to G-Dragon himself was how well it caught on in North America. "Even though a lot of people have taken an interest in Korea, it's still a small country," he tells Fuse News. "Since the cultures [between Korea and America] are really different, I was very surprised to see all the interest."

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In America, the release even sold well enough to secure a spot in the Billboard 200, writing G-Dragon into the history books by becoming the first Korean artist to have back-to-back releases debut on the chart. 

With his rapid rise to popularity came plenty of fans, including Missy Elliott, Boys Noize, Sky Ferreira and Diplo, who all make guest appearances on Coup D'etat. G-Dragon says his dream collabo hasn't yet become reality, though – he aspires to work with Pharrell, who has been his favorite artist for years. 

Even with all of his success so far, G-Dragon still has humble aspirations for the future, hoping to meet as many of his fans across the globe as possible.

Correction: An earlier version of this article described G-Dragon as a "new sensation." It has since been revised for clarity. 

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