21 Feb '12, 8am

K-pop artists record highest-ever sales in Japan last year

K-pop artists record highest-ever sales in Japan last year

Girls' Generation's self-titled album, which sold 642,000 copies in Japan last year, earned 2.96 billion yen (S$46.5 million) worth in sales. -- PHOTO: RUNNING INTO THE SUN/RAYMOND PHANG (THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - K-pop artists recorded their highest sales ever in Japan last year, according to Japan's Oricon music chart on Friday. According to Oricon's report, Korean musicians marked 24.47 billion yen (S$384 million) worth of sales last year in Japan's soft music market comprised of singles, albums, music DVDs and music Blu-ray discs. This is an increase of 22.3 per cent from the previous year. K-pop artists have been seeing an increase in sales since 2008 although Japan's overall sales have fallen for five consecutive years. Girls' Generation's self-titled album, which sold 642,000 copies last year, earned 2.96 billion yen worth in sales. About 451,000 of KARA...

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