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Bang Yong Guk - born in Korea in 1990 - is the leader of B.A.P, 6 boy band in South Korea; B.A.P stands for Best, Absolute, Perfect. Since debuting in 2012, B.A.P has received global attention with a solid presence on Billboard World Album Chart, iTunes Top Album Chart, Twitter's world trends and more. B.A.P was also picked as “The Strongest Newcomer” by MTV-K and by Grammy as 'Best of 2012' alongside PSY, only two Asian artists on the list. In 2012, B.A.P received 14 awards worldwide; in 2013, B.A.P embarked on their PACIFIC tour covering 4 major U.S cities and 9 shows in Asia, making all shows sold out. On May of 2013, 3,000 fans gathered at Times Square (NYC) to see B.A.P at the MTV studio, causing America's major media -Billboard, Time, and MTV– to openly praise B.A.P for their achievements. Recently, B.A.P successfully wrapped up their first major Japanese tour, ‘WARRIOR Begins’, playing to 40,000 fans in 3 cities, after only debuting in the market two months previously.
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Bang Yong Guk has shown interest in activism even before his 2011 debut through donating to UNICEF, World Vision and Save the Children. He creates awareness through his interviews, music and SNS, using his 530K Twitter followers and B.A.P’s Facebook, which is close to 1 million likes. His determination to change lives of others has affected his fans worldwide. BABY – B.A.P's official fan club - has, through Bang's works, been inspired to donate money and time in the same manner. Fans now send their certificates to show B.A.P the charity activities they’ve done and B.A.P encourage them via SNS to continue bettering the world. Bang has said: "Celebrities should be the icon of a role model," a statement he tries to live by daily. Though B.A.P is one of the world's fastest growing K-pop artists he and B.A.P advocate activism wherever possible – the ‘B.A.P LIVE ON EARTH 2014,’ tour has the concept of ‘EARTH NEEDS YOU,' encouraging people to do something vital and positive for their planet.
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