then again… who doesn’t? 🙂
SNSD and KARA were ranked among the top 10 of ‘Artists who shine in the year 2010’ in a Japanese online survey conducted on Asahi TV’s ‘Music Station’ from 3rd December to the 24th.
Rookie groups SNSD and KARA placed 9th (Forever 9 much? :)) and 6th respectively alongside popular Japanese artists such as AKB48, Perfume and Arashi.
This year, SNSD’s Japanese singles ‘Genie‘ and ‘Gee‘ have both surpassed sales of 100,000 copies and recorded a total revenue of 880 million yen from all the singles and album sales in Japan this year. Besides that, SNSD’s 2nd Japanese Single ‘Gee‘ was also awarded the Best Single Award at the ‘2010 BIGLOBE Music Award‘ and ranked no.2 on ‘The 43rd Oricon Annual Ranking 2010‘ newcomers’ sales category.
Now considering the minimal Japanese promotion that SNSD has done, and that only one member (Sooyoung) is completely fluent in Japanese, the very fact that they were included in the top 10 is a massive achievement in itself! Can you imagine the results if the girls spent more time promoting in Japan or actually release a NEW Japanese album? (Not just Japanese versions of their past Korean hits mind you…) ^_^
(SNSD and KARA are like family IMO, so the success of KARA in Japan comes as awesome news too 🙂 ) SoKa FTW!~
*Update: Hoot (JPN) has sold more than 50,000 copies to date… and counting 🙂 Also… Hoot (JPN) is #5 on Oricon Daily Album Chart. Gee & Genie (JPN) are #5 & #16 respectively on Oricon Daily Singles Chart while the DVD is #7 on Daily Music DVD Chart
Sources: Fanwonder.com, sports.chosun.com, Yoongislove@twitter