By JONATHAN M. HICAP
MANILA, Philippines - K-pop group Girls' Generation reached another milestone when their first Japanese studio album sold 1 million copies in Japan.
The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) issued on June 8 the list of certified works for May that includes the Korean group's "Girls' Generation" album which has reached "million" status after being released in June last year.
|Clockwise from the top) Girls Generation, Super Junior and Jang Geun Seuk. |
(Photos courtesy of www.newsen.com and Super Junior Facebook page)
The girl group is now the second Korean artist after BoA whose work has reached the million status in Japan.
Along with the album of Girls’ Generation, the RIAJ certified as "million" the work of Japanese rock band Mr. Children, whose albums "Mr. Children 2001-2005
" and "Mr. Children 2001-2005 ," which were released only last May 10, quickly sold a million copies each.
On the other hand, phenomenal Japanese girl group AKB48's new single "Manatsu no Sounds Good," released only last May 23, sold a whopping two million copies in just one week to earn them "2 Million" certification from RIAJ.
AKB48's other single "Give Me Five," released last February, was certified "million."
Besides Girls' Generation, two other K-pop artists also earned certifications.
Actor and singer Jang Geun Seuk's first studio album "Just Crazy" was certified gold for selling 100,000 copies. The album was released only last May 30 and it quickly topped Japan's Oricon chart.
Boy band Super Junior reached gold status as well. The band's third Japanese single "Opera," released last May 9, was certified gold by RIAJ.
It topped Oricon's daily chart upon its release and reached third place on the weekly singles chart.
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