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  • Jang Geun Seok Ranks Atop Oricon Chart
  • [2011-05-04]
  • Jang Geun Seok ranked atop the Oricon Chart by selling 120,000 copies of his debut single album during the first week of its release.




    Hallyu star Jang Geun Seok's Japanese debut single album ranked in first place on the Oricon weekly chart only a week after its release, and his achievement was the first time for a foreign singer in Japan. Oricon news reported on May 3 that Jang Geun Seok's single entitled "Let Me Cry," which was released on April 27, had sold as many as 119,000 copies during the first week and ranked atop the Oricon weekly chart. His remarkable feat of ranking atop the chart in the first week of debut was the second time following Japanese singer Kondo Masahiko, who had ranked atop the chart thirty years ago in December, 1980, and it was the first time among foreign singers including group and solo singers. In addition, his new record replaced the old record that had been established when singer Ryu Si Won had reached first place in the second week after his album entitled "Sakura" was released in April, 2005.

    Girls Generation's third single in Japan entitled "Mr.Taxi / Run Devil Run," which was released on the same day, ranked in second place, and its sales total during the first week, which was 100,000 copies, was their biggest since their official debut in Japan last September. K-POP singers were listed in first and second place at the same time, and it has been two and a half years since Dong Bang Shin Ki and Lee Hyung Hun had ranked in first and second place with their songs, MIROTIC and Itsuka (Someday), respectively, in October, 2005.

    Jang Geun Seok is holding activities in Japan as a model for brands such as "Santori Seoul Makgeolli" and "Nature Republic," and his drama "Marry Me, Mary," in which he appeared with actress Moon Geun Young, will begin airing on TBS from May 20.

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