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