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Kim Hyun-joong sets record as overseas artist in Japan

Jan 27,2012
K-pop wonder boy Kim Hyun-joong has broken the Japanese record for albums sold on the day of release by an overseas artist.

On Jan. 26 Oricon announced that Kim’s newly released EP “Kiss Kiss/ Lucky Guy” sold more than 71,812 copies on the first day. It reached second spot on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart. Kim overhauled Hallyu star Jang Keun-suk, whose April 2011 EP “Let Me Cry” sold 57,000 copies.

Leading up to the release of “Kiss Kiss/ Lucky Guy,” ringtone versions of the tracks were made available on Jan. 18. Since being launched on the Japanese ringtone Web site Recochoku, “Kiss Kiss” became the most downloaded ringtone in just one day.

Kim will also appear on Asahi TV’s “Music Station” on Jan. 27. Following the television appearance the Korean star will hold a special concert titled “Premium Live 2012” in Yokohama on Feb. 5. Some 20,000 fans have been picked and invited to attend the show which is being held to commemorate the release of the EP in Japan.

By Carla Sunwoo [carlasunwoo@joongang.co.kr]




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