Looks like the race to sell a million album copies in Japan has come to an end.
According to a Japanese media source Wow! Korea Japan, Girls’ Generation beat KARA to the finish line on January 11th, officially surpassing the million shipment mark of their first Japanese album ‘GIRLS GENERATION‘ that was released back on the 1st of June in 2011.
This is the first time a Korean artist has shipped over a million album copies in Japan after BoAaccomplished this by selling 1,290,000 copies of ‘Listen To My Heart‘ back in 2002 and 1,400,000 copies of ‘VALENTI‘ back in 2003. The talented singer also sold 1,200,000 copies of ‘BEST OF SOUL‘ which was released in 2005.
But BoA was a solo singer, and Girls’ Generation made their mark in history as the first Korean group to distribute a million album copies to Japan.
The album ‘GIRLS’ GENERATION’ climbed to #1 on the Oricon chart immediately upon release on June 1st, 2010, and the girls performed in front of over 140,000 fans during their Japan tour last summer.
Girls’ Generation was also invited to attend Japan’s biggest music festival ‘NHK Red & White Music Festival‘ at the end of 2011, earning 39.9% of the viewer ratings (According to Sponichi Annex), creating quite the buzz in Japan.
Source & Image: TVDaily via Nate