TVXQ (pronounced "Dong Bang Shin Ki") is still making waves in the Japanese music industry. The male duo released its new album "Tone" on Sept. 28 and it promptly hit No. 1 on the Japan Oricon daily sales chart, a position they continue to hold.
In its first full week of sales, "Tone" sold over 250,000 records and secured the No. 1 sales ranking on the weekly sales chart as well. With this fete, TVXQ has become the overseas artist with the highest album sales in Japan during its first week of release. In fact, this K-pop boy band is only the second overseas artist to achieve album sales of more than 200,000 during its first week. The previous holder: Bon Jovi, who sold a little over 200,000 copies with its 2000 album, "Crash."
TVXQ is also the top overseas artist with 9 weeks spent atop the Oricon weekly singles sales chart. This K-Pop group suffered a setback in 2009 when three of its original members jumped ship, however, the Japanese public's continued support can be clearly seen through these recent album sales figures. TVXQ's current members are Yunho and Changmin.
As one of the best loved faces of the K-Pop movement, TVXQ is set to headline Billboard's first K-POP Masters Concert in Las Vegas, scheduled for Nov. 25. The show will be sponsored by the MGM Grand Garden Arena and will feature many of K-Pop's brightest stars. More details can be found at kpopmasters.com  and facebook.com/KPOPMasters .
Huh Gak Reaches the Summit Again!
Huh Gak, the winner of season two of the Korean "American Idol"-like show called "Superstar K", has attained the No. 1 position on the Billboard K-Pop Hot 100  weekly singles chart for the second consecutive week with "Hello," the title song off his most recent EP. "Hello" is a medium-tempo ballad song about a breakup. Huh Gak's vocal ability has increased substantially since he won "Superstar K," and he puts it to great use in this track drawing out the sorrowful sentiment in the song's listeners.
When asked about the secret behind his son's success, Huh Gak replied, "Everyone has at once time experienced love and the ensuing separation. I believe the lyrics of this song draw on those cherished past memories lying dormant in my listeners. Whenever I perform this song, I try to immerse myself in the song and take my listeners with me."
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