UPDATE 05/04/11: It’s been exactly one week since the release of “Mr. Taxi”, and the single has already sold over 100,000 copies, making it the fastest selling Shoujo Jidai release since their debut in Japan, back in September of last year.
Both versions of the PV have also surpassed the 2 million views mark on YouTube! Keep adding to the count by watching them here and here.
The single is currently number 1. on Japan’s Billboard Top 100 Weekly Chart.
UPDATE 04/30/11: For those of you keeping score, “Mr. Taxi” is currently the number 1. song on Japan’s Oricon Daily Singles Chart, and has been so since yesterday. It’s also the most downloaded song on iTunes, Japan.
On the day of its official release, “Mr. Taxi” has already claimed the number one spot on Japan’s Recochoku mobile ringtone chart, and is expected to make a huge splash on the Oricon Daily Singles Chart/Weekly Chart as well (it is currently 2nd on Oricon Daily).
And even though the single was not Korean, and is not marketed specifically towards audiences outside of Japan; it has still managed to be number one on Korea’s Bugs! real-time digital chart.
So there you have it, “Mr. Taxi” dominates the charts of two different countries simultaneously within one day of release!
Oh, and if you haven’t already contributed to the massive number of views the PV is receiving, then do so now, and if you already have… Watch it again!
Mr Pockets said:
WOW… SNSD IS GOING TO DOMINATE THE WORLD PRETTY SOON…… U.S. WATCH OUT…
yeah..this is great..show the world, soshi power! we sone support u always 😉 fighting girls
WOW.. that’s realy great..
Next up on the Soshi itinerary:
I’m so sure…
forever SNSD..kinda lovin’ it
Snsd’s mr.taxi sold 40,160 albums on the first day of release placing them on the 2nd spot on the oricon daily. Honestly I was expecting better results. The oricon nikki was even predicting that mr.taxi would take the first spot. Kara’s jet coaster love sold around 46,000 copies on their first day. Well at least mr.taxi took first spot in ringtones. I’m very happy for that.
they haven’t tallied the daily sales, but expect it to climb the first spot when the tally is done. Mr. Taxi pre-orders have gone back to the top 3 spots the before the actualy release…it has to do better than second!
But i think gap snsd and kara more close now. If snsd more time at japan like kara do it…maybe snsd can get more better result. But snsd still get good result cause the have busy schedule not only korea and japan but also have go another country. I think it will more better when snsd come to japan to promote they album. I hope they spend little longer time to promote they album than before this.
sorry…that reply for antares…
lol…no problem…but this japanese tour will certainly boost their fanbase even more. from what i heard, the applications for the ticket is over 300k+ and they are allowed to have only 100k+ capacity for the concert tours. so definitely, snsd will have more fans after this!
HAIZ… i am in singapore and i was actually going to get the album just now….
I was waiting for the stock to come and i have wait for 4hrs 30min but then HMV say that they don’t have the Deluxe First Press Edition…. Now i still need to wait for the call to collect the limited edition, can’t believe HMV make this mistake like this…
They actually facebook or twitter it on their page some more…
I will wait for it to come!!!!
because over @ HMVJapan, the delux edition have sold out twice despite being a limited editions. anyways, best to get it via YesAsia because over @ CDJapan the first press has sold out too.
keke soo trueee @ Im
DOMINATION DAY ! is coming soon.. to soshi world!
our girls are doing soo well! owns both kor and jap charts~
yay! congrats to our girls! of course they’d hit #1! ^_^
WHEN IS THE MV GOING TO BE RELEASED?
WooHoo !!! The way that things are going, my “fictitious” blog-post for the 2nd stage assessment may just become a “reality” 😉 😀 😀 !!! SOSHI DAEBAK !!!
Great! Good job, our ladies!
well done girls!! truly it is a nice melody! very catchy!
SNSD, fighting! ^^
fellow sones! ‘Eat your Kimchi’ does music reviews every monday based on people’s requests, I thought it’d be good if we could head to http://www.facebook.com/EatYourKimchiPage?ref=ts
and request on their wall for them to do a review of Mr Taxi!!
ever since that disastrous “ArirangTV” guesting they did (Simon&Martina that is), a lot of SONES have lost their interest on that two. they practically bash SNSD live to the surprise on the mc…personally, i don’t care if they praised another idol group, but bashing another just to make their bias look good isn’t really a good thing on a resume :(. they’ve lost a lot of international SONES because of their shinanigans…
Terrez is using Dave's computer said:
Ah well, they’re humans.
Humans make mistakes.
Or so I think.
its funny cause when that episode aired, majority of koreans (even the hosts who seems to be a fan of the girls) didn’t like what they saw, so simon & martina both left korea fearing animosity amongst the general public. a few months later, they came back to korea…ksones saw them at the jeju-island concert a few weeks back and apologize directly to the girls, LMFAO!!! actually, that was the first time they met SNSD 🙂
I wanna see that 🙂 maybe u have a link?
Congratulations, Soshi and SONEs !
Without the girls or any of us, none of this would be possible
Yay!!!! SNSD jjang! ❤
waow, this is so awesome,,,,
i could never recognize this but our soshi is become more and more famous until the end of their life
now, i know the reason why they didn’t debut @ no. 1…jang geun seuk’s single had a 90-day pre-ordered stat. not to sound like i’m making excuse but people had repeatedly said that on SNSD’s forums, and also because he did a japanese tour recently…snsd is still has a very good chance to take the no. 1 spot by tomorrow and also the weekly sales as well.
update: Tower Records japan all store sales sold:
1. Namie Amuro
2. SNSD: Mr. Taxi
Happy for SNSD…btw, anyone can help translate what is this poll about tho from just the chart, taeyeon dominates!
wow our SNSD girls are always NO.1
I am proud of SNSD!!!
GO SNSD~ so happy that u guys are #1 right now! 😀
Me: What are you girls next plan?
SNSD: Take over the world!!! 😀 😀 😀
i’ll never lose HOPE for our girls…as long as they can hold on to the no. 1 position…they can secure the weekly sales as well 🙂
SOSHI DOMINATION!!!! now that they’ve topped the charts in two different countries in the same day, the next goal?…TOP THE CHARTS AROUND THE WORLD IN THE SAME DAY!!!! lol
Our ladies singing is just too addictive, no one can resist
hopefully mr taxi brings a lot of success and fame to our girls!!
SNSD is just making history, as usual!! ;D
“Soshi Power” in action 😉 !!! The lyricist and choreographer must be congratulated for creating such an addictive and catchy song and dance videos 😀 😀 😀 !!!! SNSD DAEBAK !!!
Best of the Best new 😀
Let make another GEE record with this in japan 😀 😀 😀
JSones are actually saddened by the fact that SNSD only came in second on the weekly :(…here are some of the quotes that I got w/ google translate!
“1位になってほしかった。＞＜ でも、何もプロモしないのに ２位はすご過ぎ”
“I wanted SNSD to become 1st, second place is too terrible!!!”
“いや・・・悔しい話なんだが・・ グンソクさんもちゃんとしたプロモしてないのよね＾＾； 歌手が俳優さんに負けたというのも悔しいです。。。”
“Its a regrettable subject…that a singer was defeated by an actor!”
“Well, was the influence of his drama big?….I’m annoyed too!”
“rank is annoying”
Despite not coming in 1st, we can all agree that Mr. Taxi’s first week sale is SNSD’s personal best…so far. Someone said that they should take the weekly sales so they can follow the footsteps of another girl group, but we all know SNSD don’t like to follow trends, they like to set their own records straight. And this is one of the things I like about these girls, its their “noon-compromise” idea that makes them unique from other girl groups. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to listen to it, but its not going to stop SNSD from making music that makes their fans happy!
I’m more than a little saddened, I am actually a little angry about what transpired with the Oricon Weekly. Sounds like the J-SONEs do a lot of talk and not much walk, if they were saddened by it they should’ve taken action when they still had time, there’s absolutely no excuse for SNSD to be outsold by 16,000 units on the first day by a newbie like Jang Guensuk, that sealed Mr.Taxi’s fate as far as the Weekly #1 is concerned because 16k is just too much to make up even though Mr. Taxi actually got the Daily #1 in the final 5 days in the week. The most annoying thing is that JGS is just some Korean actor and isn’t even a singer in Korea or anywhere except trying to make a splash in Japan and he grabbed the Oricon Weekly #1 like it was some kind of joke. Had it not been his ambush tactic of coordinating his single release with his tour, SNSD would have gotten the coveted Weekly #1 as they already had it in their back pocket with their personal best of over 100k units.
Getting the Oricon Weekly #1 isn’t about following KARA’s footsteps, it’s about getting the recognition they deserve. Now they’re firmly knocked into 2nd place and losing momentum, as a comparison Jet Coaster Love sold over 120k units when it won the Weekly #1. It will take a while before they can re-establish the leader position. I know SNSD always does things the hard way and success was never handed to them, but there’s no glory to be had if they keep on losing, except maybe setting a new record for the longest losing streak for the Oricon Weekly #1. Maybe I’m taking this too seriously but I hate losing and I hate seeing these girls lose when they truly deserve to be recognized, so far luck is just not on their side. On the other hand it looks like MBLAQ is on course to get the Oricon Weekly #1 with their debut single because the field of competition is just soooo weak for this week. No offense to MBLAQ or JGS, but when they’re winning Weekly #1s with their debut singles like it’s nothing special and SNSD is struggling to do it even with their 3rd single, there’s just something very wrong with that.
i understand how you feel, but from what i got through my jpop sources, they said that the majority of JSones pre-ordered the single to make sure that they can get a copy. CDJapan and HMVJapan both recorded that Mr. Taxi were re-stock twice because the delux and regular editions both sold out on both sites, so JSones couldn’t purchase them there. i’m guessing those who bought the single from the first day were the one’s that didn’t get a reserve a copy. i’m not sure how pre-orders work really…some people say it counts for the first week’s sale, and Mr. Taxi’s pre-order amount to 200k+ which will not only take them to the lead but the single itself will be platinum certified on the first week. (can someone actually explain how does pre-order count?)
however, we have to take into account some factors: JGS’s drama “you’re beautiful” was the no. 1 selling foreign dvd in japan. he has been having fan meets over there for nearly 2 years (longer than our girls), and he has a considerable amount of japanese ahjumma fans who are into kdramas. his single is jrock (which is very popular in japan) and lots of jpop fans compared his voice to that of Hide because the song is indeed very japanese in all its glory. i’m not saying his single is superior to “Mr. Taxi” but our girls’ song has a lot of western feel or rather western beat to it, which is new to the japanese music scene despite the fact that japan has their own hiphop and r&b, the kind of quality “Mr. Taxi” evokes to the japanese casual listener is something of an American style of rhythm (this was said by a j-news anchor) to it. our girls also have not had a proper promotion in japan, both of their first two singles were remakes of their original hits and those have been very successful in their own right despite barely getting around to promote it. they have yet to speak the language comfortably (which often becomes a target point for some jpop fans to criticize the girls) so they don’t get invited to any variety shows (and show off their AMAZING personalities) which are very popular in japan to get to know an artists better, they’ve only gone to music programs like MS, Hey3x and MJ but with the help of a translator…Sooyoung can’t speak for everyone!
despite all that, Mr. Taxi is still a success. the single itself only contains 2 songs, one original and the other a remake of their original hit, and yet the only promotion they did was a recorded interview from korea passed onto japanese news programs. with their upcoming japanese tour we can say that they’ll get more chance to spread their music and grow their fanbase even more, specially to cities that might not have that much knowledge about SNSD nor kpop as a whole. and just like you said, SNSD doesn’t like to take an easy way out (“Mr. Taxi’s” concept is already a risky style for an idol in japan) and if that’s where they’re going for we can only be understanding and supportive about their approach. being the “top girl group” in korea coming to japan, they have that MASSIVE pressure under them, and as a fan we shouldn’t expect that they’ll immediately taste the victory but more of SNSD’s success depends on their own pace and not because someone out sold them on a certain week.
Yes, overall Mr.Taxi was an overwhelming success considering the lack of live promotions and a relatively mediocre MV that a lot of people have complained about already. I guess JGS does have some merit in terms of being a popular actor and having a song that’s of the distinctively popular JRock genre, but no one seriously saw this coming (maybe even including JGS himself). I’m not disappointed at all with the style and production of Mr.Taxi and how it performed on the charts, they really just had bad luck and bad timing, I’m just disappointed that such a good effort was “wasted” and they’ll have to try again next time to get the Weekly #1 they’ve long sought after.
Maybe people need to stop pre-ordering because it doesn’t appear that Oricon counts pre-orders, but then there’s no way to talk people out of pre-ordering because everyone wants to get theirs ASAP. It’s tricky. Not sure if Oricon counts orders from foreign customers, I know Gaon and Hanteo in Korea counts foreign purchases as long as the album was purchased at a retailer that submits their numbers to Gaon and Hanteo. In summary, Mr.Taxi’s performance on the Oricon is like a microcosm of SNSD’s current popularity in Japan, they’re indeed very popular, but not popular enough to be the “all-kill, everyone-else-get-out-of-the-way-or-die” kind of popularity they enjoy in Korea. Hopefully their popularity will pick up after their tour, I don’t think SNSD will ever get to a point where they can speak Japanese like TVXQ and be on variety shows with no translator, but that shouldn’t stop them from gaining momentum in Japan. For a relatively new artist in Japan, their three Music Station appearances is already a huge testament to how popular they are, but I’m still dreaming of a day when they’re on a variety show and each girl gets to show off bits of their talents and variety skills to Japan.
SNSD are dominating in japan yayay im so proud of them! keep em comming! SNSD JJANG ❤
#1 on the billboard top 100, over 100,000 in a week, over 4 million combined views
ALL FOR MR TAXI?!?!?!?
YES! SOSHI DOMINATION!!!!!!!!
OUR LADIES ARE #1 AND ALWAYS #1
jae jung said:
all they have to do is actually beat kara which is their only real competition but sm keeps on adding more to their schedule so idk how promotions are going to go. kara pretty much went full out so i hope the girls do the same. i would like them to be respected.
i never really thought of kara as SNSD’s competition, and neither does SNSD nor SM. kara is more popular in japan but SNSD isn’t so far behind and they’re not trying to do a race track because they’re far from that. SM has the money to fund SNSD with better promotions but they don’t take it as seriously as what happened with kara and their company…and you know why? because SM learned their lesson with their current lawsuit with JYJ…SM’s trying to get the japanese familiar with SNSD and they don’t have to necessarily like them but good enough to get them interested on the girls. kara’s really popular in japan, but they have yet to actually fulfill a lot of things, and SNSD’s already heading on a japanese tour which is a more lucrative means to gain a bigger fanbase.
SNSD are limitless, Im so amused people here in the Philippines (excluding the SONES and Kpop fans) dont have a clue about them, its still a mystery why they dont promote here, knowing that PH is an ENG speaking country and has a lot of Korean Immigrants as well….2NE1’s having a concert here soon…my friend is gonna watch it, she’s excited as hell, envy much ^_^
Go SNSD !!!! ❤ u gals!
Sunny my fav, ur birthday is up! cant wait for the SNSDKorean Article of the Queen of Aegyo! The Variety Show All Kill, and the cutest (IMO) soshi ! ❤
i wonder what’s the purpose of having to do pre-orders except the fact that you can reserve a copy once the single is out, but the sales from that won’t count on a legitimate music ranking like the oricon. but anyways, “Mr. Taxi’s” doing very well for SNSD’s first original single, and it managed to sell more than 100k+ on the first week, even big names like ayumi hamasaki sometimes don’t sell pass 100k+ on a slow selling occasions. and according to tower records japan, “Mr. Taxi” managed to get the weekly single’s chart for overall store sales in a week.
do note that SNSD has a lot of fans in japan…LOTS! one thing i know about japanese fans is, that they’re very loyal to their idols. JSones admire and look up to SNSD as some sort of a role model, and they admire the fact that SNSD don’t have to change their image just so they can fit in and be easily accepted (even though that would have been an easy option, but they chose not to relay on that). which reminds me of what Taeyeon said on an interview before they debut: “i want the japanese to feel and get to know “our” style of music.” SNSD aren’t bringing kpop, they’re not trying to blend in with jpop, but they are bringing a SoShi kind of pop. these girls are trying to change and influence the japanese music scene with not only their music but their style, attitude, and everything in between. and ever since SNSD debut in japan and the whole “leg” obsession became frequent, i notice an influx of jpop idols NOW exposing their legs on album covers, etc. they don’t usually do this, but this is either a coincidence or they’re being influence by SNSD’s style already, lol! and a few months ago, legendary jrock group B’z praised SNSD for their talent and also named them the “best idol of today.”
its safe to say that SNSD’s not just in it for the sales, but also to influence and change the j-scene for good. it doesn’t mean SNSD invented the trend, but someone has to start it, and it came in the form of a 9 girl group from S. Korea. and with their personal best of 100k+ (so far), SNSD is well into having a long and influential career in japan.
another achievements 4 the girls thats y there are the nation’s girl group
woo soshi fighting!…i’m going europe in a few hrs time…gonna miss reading snsdkorean updates!…a pity i will haf already left europe by the time snsd goes europe…T.T
That’s great! But why are the links to the videos still not HD? Someone update SNSDKorean’s “Mr. Taxi” links plz! I know there’s plenty of HD versions on Youtube
The girls are set to perform Mr. Taxi on Music Station on May 13th!!!
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