South Korean boy band BIGBANG has made it to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for 2017 — the list of the world’s 30 most popular musicians under the age of 30 for this year.
BIGBANG — made up of members Kwon Ji-yong (G-Dragon), 28, Kang Dae-sung (Daesung), 27, Choi Seung –hyun (T.O.P), 29, Lee Seung –hyun (Seungri), 26, Dong Young-bae (Taeyang), 28 — was the only K-pop act to be featured on the list revealed on the magazine’s official website Tuesday.
The ranking was reportedly based on acceptance rate, reports and voting from all-star panel of judges consisting of “Want To Want Me” hitmaker Jason Derulo; Halsey, famous for her collaborations with The Chainsmokers for “Closer” and Justin Bieber for “The Feeling”; along with QueensBridge Venture Partners founder Anthony Saleh.
The final list included singers, songwriters, managers and entrepreneurs — like American R&B singer Gallant, Daya and rapper Logic — who are changing the modern music business, Yonhap News reported.
According to forbes, the Seoul-based band made $44 million last year as they played in arenas across the world. BIGBANG became the genre’s first to land on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list after clocking the biggest year ever for a K-pop group.
BIGBANG overtook the likes of popular U.S. all-male groups like Maroon 5 with its earnings in 2016. The Backstreet Boys and One Direction are the only boybands who’ve earned more in a single year, Forbes reported.
The group made its debut in 2006 and ended the last year on a high note by finally releasing the completed version of their “Made” album on Dec. 12. BIGBANG also released the music video of “FXXK IT” followed by official music videos for “GIRLFRIEND” and “Last Dance,” completed the album.
The members of the band, however, remain unaffected by the fame and fortune. “We made more than Maroon 5?” front man G-Dragon reportedly said through a translator. “Did not know that. My mom is in charge of my earnings.”