K-pop recruits take over Japanese charts

Despite the trade war between Korea and Japan and the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, emerging K-pop artists enjoy a strong presence in the Japanese entertainment industry, topping the local music charts.

While successful K-pop groups such as Twice and IZ * ONE have already become major stars in Japan, more and more K-pop groups are making their way to Japan, releasing Japanese-language albums aimed at the great. public.

TXT (Blockbuster Entertainment)

Big Hit Entertainment’s TXT, also known as Tomorrow X Together, topped Oricon’s weekly music charts on January 27 with their full Japanese debut album “Still Dreaming,” released a week earlier. The album also topped the daily album charts for seven straight days after its release.

The five-piece group’s debut album in 2019 topped the Japanese music charts, and their Japanese debut track “Magic Hour” topped the charts in 2020 as well.

The groups made up of Japanese and Korean members are also a success.

Hyphen (belief laboratory)

Boy group Enhyphen, a seven-piece group with a Japanese member, topped the iTunes top album charts for Japan with their debut album “Border: Day One” and placed second on the Weekly Albums chart. Oricon music in December.

The group, led by entertainment agency Belief Lab, a subsidiary of Big Hit Entertainment, is made up of seven members who were selected through the Mnet cable channel’s audition show “I-Land” l ‘last year.

Trésor (YG Entertainment)

Treasure, a 12-member group under the direction of YG Entertainment, will debut in Japan in March. 31 with the release of the Japanese version of his album “The First Step: Treasure Effect”. The group has four Japanese members.

YG Entertainment said the group will virtually connect with fans if the virus crisis continues through March.

NiziU (JYP Entertainment)

The girl group NiziU, an all-Japanese group co-produced by JYP Entertainment and Sony Music, is a nine-member group whose members were elected as part of the survival reality show “Nizi Project” airing in Japan l ‘last year.

The group’s debut single “Step and a Step” achieved platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of Japan, awarded to an album that sold over 250,000 units. This is the band’s second platinum release in Japan, following the EP “Make You Happy” in June.

Although all of its members are Japanese, they were formed and produced under the Korean K-pop group management system, according to JYP Entertainment.

The group is set to release another single on April 7.

By Im Eun-byel ([email protected])

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