K-pop is going stronger than ever in Japan with four Korean artists ranking within the latest Top 5 on Oricon.
Below Japanese boyband Kis-My-Ft2 with 214,422 singles sold, Kara ranks second with 65,588 singles sold of Bye Bye Happy Days. Choshinsung (Supernova) confirmed its status of premium K-pop ambassador in Japan by ranking third with 47,352 units sold of Dakishimetai.
Younger boy group Boyfriend sold an impressive 34,010 singles to rank at 4th while veterans FT Island fared slightly lower than usual with 29,363 singles sold of You Are My Life.
Congratulations to these four artists making their own remarkable achievements in Japan!
After more than twenty days of heavy promotions all over Japan, T-ara finally released the ten different versions of its first original Japanese single Bunny Style. As Ninki planned, the song ranked #2 on the first day of release with the impressive amount of 40,705 units sold.
This sets T-ara’s new record for single sales on the first day. It is simply twice as much as their previous record held by their Japanese debut single Bo Peep Bo Peep, which went on to earn Gold Disk status.
This is the start for the members of T-ara, who could go on breaking their weekly record as early as tonight for they are only 9,000 units shy from the success of Bo Peep.
In the midst of controversies and member changes, T-ara continues its unparalleled domination in Korea as well as their rise in Japan. On either side of the Japanese sea, T-ara is more than ever a salient trend setter.
Idol groups SHINee and KARA have achieved the Golden Disk in Japan for their eminent work in accumulating a large amount of album sales. The Recording Industry Association of Japan unveiled the news on November 12 to congratulate the two groups.
SHINee successfully released its latest single Dazzling Girl on October 10 and the group achieved second place on the Oricon Weekly Chart for selling 97,111 copies of the album. The single was produced by Jeff Miyahara who is known to have worked on an album for the Japanese group JUJU.
KARA also received a positive response from the public upon releasing Electric Boy on October 17. 57,942 album were sold within the first week of release and 100,000 copies of the album were sold altogether. The group achieved second place on the Oricon Weekly Chart one week after SHINee.
Boy band B1A4 will hold its first ever exclusive concert this coming 8th and 9th of December at the Olympic Handball Arena in the Seoul Olympic Park. The showcase will be special as it will be its first independent concert since debut and will also include a fan meeting event.
B1A4 made its official debut in 2011 with the mini album Let’s Fly and recently made a Japanese debut in June to find success on local music charts including Oricon and Tower Records.
CNBLUE has concluded its fan event at Pacifico Yokohama on a good note.
The band hosted a release event on September 10 to acknowledge the release of its first Japanese album, CODE NAME BLUE. CNBLUE performed a series of track including With Me, Have A Good Night, and Wake Up.
At the showcase, CNBLUE cordially expressed their appreciation to their fans. They said, “We decided to title the album ‘CODE NAME BLUE’, because we thought this album expresses all of us. It’s an album that contains tracks of various genres. It’s all thanks to your amazing support that we could become so successful. We will come back with Arena Tour in October. Thank you so much.”
Moreover, the album received a lot of support from fans and even topped Oricon‘s daily and weekly charts upon its release on August 29.