<a href=”/music/tvxq”>TVXQ</a>’s greatest hits album, FINE COLLECTION – Begin Again, was the best-selling album in Japan with 108,599 copies sold, based on figures for physical CD album sales for the period Oct. 23-25.
The album commemorates the much-anticipated return of the K-pop duo known as Tohoshinki in Japan after both members — U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin — took time off from music for their mandatory military services in South Korea.
The monumental collection contains a total of 40 tracks, including singles and selected songs released after 2011 and three re-recorded songs, as well as 23 music videos.
At their comeback press conference in August, the duo announced the release of this album along with a Japan dome tour with 14 shows in five major cities. Since then, it seems like they’re everywhere: appearing on the long-running live music program Music Station, on the cover of the popular Japanese women’s lifestyle magazine an an, and in Yamanote Line train cars in a series of ads promoting their return. Most of the 108,599 CDs sold were bought within three days after it went on sale, and it looks like they’ve got a solid hold on the weekly count that will be issued next week.
Currently at No. 2 is <a href=”/music/arashi”>Arashi</a>’s latest album, untitled, which sold 32,473 copies in its second week of sales. The enormously popular five-member boy band’s 16th album has sold a total of 723,090 copies since its release Oct. 18.
At No. 3 is the Japanese pop-rock duo Porno Graffiti with their 11th album, BUTTERFLY EFFECT, their first original album in over two years. The duo recently created a buzz by publicly performing unannounced on the day before the album’s release, and will be kicking off a domestic hall tour in November with 32 concerts scheduled until next March.
Singer <a href=”/music/mai-kuraki”>Mai Kuraki</a>’s collection of her 21 Detective Conan anime theme songs sold 12,709 copies during the tallying period, coming in at No. 4. At No. 5 is the fifth album by the post-hardcore rock band Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas entitled New Sunrise, which sold 10,132 copies.
Billboard JAPAN Top Album Sales Chart
(Estimated nationwide total sales based on SoundScan Japan’s data, Oct. 23-25)
1. FINE COLLECTION – Begin Again / TVXQ: 108,599 Copies
2. untitled / Arashi: 32,473 Copies
3. BUTTERFLY EFFECT / Porno Graffitti: 21,219 Copies
4. Mai Kuraki x Detective Conan Collaboration Best 21: Shinjitsu wa Itsumo Uta ni Aru! / Mai Kuraki: 12,709 Copies
5. New Sunrise / Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas: 10,132 Copies