By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines - Several K-pop groups made it to the list of bestselling artists in Japan for the first half of 2012.
Oricon chart has released the list of top 50 singles, albums and DVDs from January to June.
On the singles chart, Japanese girl group AKB48 grabbed the top 2 spots. Their “Manatsu no Sounds good!” sold 1,780,949 to place No. 1 while their "Give Me Five!" is at No. 2 with 1.43 million copies sold.
These were followed by Japanese artists Arashi, SKE48, NMB48 and Kis-My-Ft2.
Super Junior's "Opera" grabbed the 18th spot with 178,998 copies sold for the first half of the year. TVXQ's "Still" is at No. 23 with 160,791 copies sold while KARA's "Speed Up/Girl's Power" is at No. 25 with 153,538 copies in sales.
2PM's "Beautiful" is at No. 29 with 141,236 copies sold; Kim Hyun Joong's "KISS KISS/Lucky Guy" at No. 31 with 121,547 copies in sales; Super Junior members Donghae and Eunhyuk's "Oppa Oppa" at No. 44 with 79,183 copies sold; and CN Blue's "Where You Are" at No. 50 with 71,417 copies sold.
On the other hand, the albums chart for the first half of the year was topped by Japanese group Mr. Children whose “Mr. Children 2005-2010
” and “Mr.Children 2001-2005 ” sold 1,056,404 and 1,014,597 copies, respectively.
KARA's "Super Girl" grabbed the seventh spot with 282,657 copies sold. Girls Generation's "Girls Generation" is at No. 11 with 209,679; Big Bang's "Alive" at No. 26 with 97,573 and Jang Geun Suk's "Just Crazy" at No. 28 with 96,514.
On the DVD chart, Japanese group Arashi is at No. 1 with 642,597 copies sold followed by EXILE and Kanjani8.
Girls Generation's "Japan First Tour Girls Generation" sold 148,718 copies to grab the fourth spot followed by Amuro Namie, Hi-Standard and AKB48.
KARA's "KARA Best Clips II and Shows" is at No. 8 with 99,723 copies sold followed by AKB48 and Ketsumeishi.
Big Bang's "Big Bang Presents Love & Hope Tour 2011" placed at No. 22 with 54,649 copies sold while SHINee's "The 1st Concert in Japan" sold 37,699 to grab the 25th spot. KARA's "Step It Up" DVD placed at No. 49 with 21,375 copies sold.
Link to my original article: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/362935/kpop-groups-in-oricon-rankings-for-2012