Kim Hyun-joong sets new record as a foreign artist in Japan
Hallyu singer Kim Hyun-joong has not only topped the Oricon daily chart with his new EP “Heat,” but he also managed to set a new record for the most albums sold on the first day of release by a foreign artist in Japan.
As well as dominating the Oricon singles chart on July 4, the EP was No. 1 on various other Japanese charts as well.
Kim’s second Japanese EP sold more than 138,000 copies in just 24 hours, beating the record set by TVXQ last year with “Why,” which sold 133,000 copies on its first day.
Ahead of the album release, “Heat” garnered much attention as Japanese musician B’z took part in the writing process.
The title track also managed to take first place on the mobile phone ringtone chart tabulated by Recochoku.com.
“Kim’s popularity is just insurmountable in Japan at the moment. His collaboration with B’z has resulted in the production of a top-notch album,” Kim’s agency said.
By Carla Sunwoo [email@example.com]