On February 16th, Japan’s most famous music chart, Oricon, summarized data related to the trend of Korean artists performing in Japan.
Within Japan, although sales of singles, albums, DVDs, Blu-rays, etc. have declined over the last five years, total sales for Korean artists in Japan have recorded an increase of ¥24.4 billion (approximately ₩347 billion).
This trend is centered on KARA and Girls’ Generation, who in 2011 earned about ¥4.93 billion and ¥4.05 billion respectively (or ₩69 billion and ₩56.7 billion).
KARA and Girls’ Generation both made it into the Top 10 sales ranking with their Japanese albums this year. KARA’s album “Supergirl” has sold about 450,000 copies to date, while Girls’ Generation’s “Girls’ Generation” has sold around 640,000.
Oricon stated that “The activities of K-Pop singers have stood out this year,” and that “it’s the best performance since Oricon Music Rankings was launched in 1970.”
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