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Well, believe it or not, half a year has already come and almost gone, in a blink of an eye. How have our favourite 9 fared so far in the music popularity stakes ?

Quite well, actually, as far as the Oricon charts are concerned :).

Our favourite Korean girl group was placed 5th overall for the “1st Half of 2011’s Oricon Ranking” with a record total sales earnings of 2.6 billion yen.

The girls were placed after top Japanese artistes like AKB48 and EXILE and have, in fact, emerged as the top performing foreign artiste on the list.

Girls’ Generation started off the year with the release of their 3rd single “MR. TAXI/Run Devil Run”(release date: 27th April 2011).  For that single alone, they sold more than 150,000 copies.

They went on to make their mark with their self-titled 1st Japanese album, “Girls’ Generation”, garnering an album sales figure of more than 326,000 copies sold.

In addition, “MR. TAXI./Run Devil Run” was ranked 21st in the “Top 50 Singles” category, whilst their 1st Japanese album and Hoot were placed at 10th and 21st positions respectively for the “Top 50 Albums” category.

Their DVD “New Beginning of Girls’ Generation” was also ranked 15th for the “TOP DVDs” category.

In the same report, fellow Korean artists like KARA and Tohoshinki were also noted to have made significant milestones in this respect. The former was ranked 6th for the foreign artist category, while Tohoshinki was ranked at 15th.

What with breaking the 100,000 mark in total album sales after only 2 days, and with their extremely successful ongoing Japan Arena Tour, it certainly looks like there’ll be no stopping our favourite 9 angels at all for the remaining portion of 2011.

SNSD Daebak !!!

by: Kenneth@snsdkorean

sources: Oricon