Bunji Garlin in close competition for MTV IGGY Song of the Year

Bunji Garlin in close competition for MTVIGGY Song of the Year 
By EmpressK for Reggae Reflection

MTV IGGY Song of the Year runoff picturePhoto Credit: Mtv Iggy

It’s been a banner week for Caribbean artists.  Earlier this week Jamaican vocalist Tessanne Chin won the title of ‘The Voice’ on the 5th season of the popular NBC Singing Competition, The Voice.   Now, as this week closes out, Bunji Garlin, the Soca sensation from Trinidad and Tobago is one of two remaining international artists competing for the title of Song of the Year.

Since launching in 2011, MTV Iggy highlights popular music from around the globe.  The 2013 poll featured 13 of the most popular songs for the Song of the Year award.   On Friday morning, As the polls reached the last 30 – 60 minutes of significant voting, the voting application encountered issues during a neck to neck race between Bunji Garlin’s song  ‘Differentology’ and South Korean pop star G Dragon’s song ‘Crooked’.   MTV Iggy responded to voting issue complaints and acknowledged that their server had indeed crashed due to the heavy volume of votes.    A run-off contest poll was opened between  Bunji Garlin and G Dragon which is currently open and in effect until 12/21 @ 11:00AM ET.

#Differentology has received  international recognition this year with the popular song recently winning the  2013 Soul Train Award for Best International Performance.    Read more about Bunji Garlin’s win at the Soul Train awards here  ==> Bunji Garlin Proves Ready for the Road at Soul Train Awards 2013

MTV IGGY Song of the Year Voting Link  (until 12/21 11:00AM ET) 12/21 UPDATE:  Voting link has continued to have issues.  Vote using alternate direct POLLDADDY link



Bunji Garlin Differentology Official Video

Read more about MTV Iggy’s Response to the Voting Issues encountered on 12/20 below
MTV IGGY Repsonse on the Voting issues from MTVIGGY.com

“UPDATE: In the interest of genuine fairness and in consideration of the overwhelming support on both sides we have decided to extend the poll for a full 24 hours to account for time differences. The poll will now close at 11am EST Dec. 21. This is a final amendment. If the poll crashes or there are any technical difficulties, it will be declared a draw.

Wow. This has been one of the most thrilling and emotional reader polls that we’ve ever done. Song of the Year 2013 became a neck-and-neck show down for who has the most has the most passionate fans in the world.

In one corner stood Bunji Garlin. His track “Differentology” demonstrated that soca didn’t just have to be confined to Trinidad and Tobago or Caribbean communities around the world; it has worldwide infectiousness that fits right in with the domination of electronic dance music in 2013. And with Tessanne Chin’s win on The Voice this week, the future is looking very Caribbean.

In the other corner stood G-Dragon. The Big Bang member released his career-defining album Coup d’Etat this year, churning out singles “Coup d’Etat” and “Crooked,” which showed the world how magnetic and sonically eclectic and he could be. In “Crooked,” G-Dragon manages to be a mysterious, fun-loving, stylish, super-charged bad boy and his fans can’t get enough.

Both fan camps put their time and energy into making sure that their favorite artist pulled far and away from other notable contenders like 2NE1, Los Bunkers, and Zedd.

All of that was paying off until, with less than an hour to go… The poll froze. We worked as hard as we could to fix the problem (which is likely outside of our ability to fix), but THE FANS WERE TOO MUCH FOR THE SERVERS TO HANDLE. At the time that the poll, the margin between between the two artists was .02%. That ish is cray!

After a staff discussion, we only thought it would be fair to give the fans a little bit more time. You now have until 5pm EST this evening (12/20/13) to choose just between Bunji Garlin’s “Differentology” and G-Dragon’s “Crooked” for MTV Iggy Song of the Year.”

Empress K is the Founder, Primary Photo-Journalist and Editor of  www.reggaereflection.com.  The Reggae Reflection team has gained international recognition with quality coverage of premier reggae events in Jamaica, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Barbados, Guyana, and Nigeria as well as numerous completed photography assignments  for notable  reggae events in the New England area, NY, Alabama, and Florida region.   Festival coverage has included Groovin In the Park, Six Flags NJ Caribbean Concert Series, IRAWMA,HangOut Festival Alabama, 9Mile Festival Miami, Rebel Salute, Sunfest FL , www.oneheartfestival.com and more. 

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