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Winner ranks No. 2 on Japan’s Oricon



Boy band Winner’s first Japanese album, which was released on Wednesday, ranked No. 2 on the Oricon daily music chart, the group’s agency YG Entertainment announced yesterday through a press release.

Over 30,000 copies of the album were sold, the agency confirmed.

“2014 S/S Japan Collection” is composed of 12 songs, of which 11 were sung in Japanese. The other track is a solo recorded by band member Song Min-ho.

The popularity boom - which was unexpected for a group that made its debut in Korea earlier this year - can be partially attributed to the rookie band’s support in Big Bang’s Japanese tour last year, according to YG.

Japanese fans are already familiar with Winner, they said.

Winner will launch their first Japanese tour on Sept. 23 with a concert in Sapporo before moving on to four other cities in the island nation for 10 more shows.

The five-member boy band’s inception was unusual. Last year, YG split its trainees into two separate teams and had them compete against one another on the reality TV show “Win Who Is Next.” Viewers voted for the squad they preferred and the top choice earned the name “Winner.”

The agency revealed plans last week to kick off another audition program, “Mix & Match,” with a similar theme to the previous show.

The first episode of the new show aired yesterday.

By Lee Sung-eun

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