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June 2, 2011
Despite of the recent tragedy that happened in Japan on 11th of March 2011, it seems like Kpop idol groups continue heading to Japan for further promotions.
Kpop idol groups in Japan are beginning to play a very competitive role in the Oricon Charts. At any record shop in Tokyo, you are able to see Japanese albums of various Kpop idol groups such as Girls’ Generation, KARA, 4minute, Big Bang, B2st, and more. Posters of the groups are found almost everywhere at any record shops in Japan, proving their rising popularity as well. Even in bookstores, you might even find them in some of the front covers magazines.
Girls’ Generation recently hit Japan with their third Japanese single Mr. Taxi. On 1st of June 2011, they will be releasing their first Japanese original album Girls’ Generation.
Kara went to Japan and promoted the Japanese version of their hit song Mister, it came up Top 5 on the Oricon charts despite them being in the early stages of their debut.
As for 4minute, they had collaborated with Japanese singer Thelma Aoyama for her single, Without U, which was released on May 25, 2011.
A well known famous blogger in Japan, Danny Choo, mentioned “Korean Pop is big business in Japan – you see and hear a lot of it on TV and while walking out n about town.”
Truly, Kpop entertainment agencies are dealing quite an impact on Japan music industries, not forgetting that these companies will/are venturing to other parts of the world as well.
Korean entertainment agencies such as SM, JYP and YG Entertainment have released teaser and music videos of their artists new songs on their official YouTube channels. This is to give fans from all over the world, a easier and faster way to view the latest Kpop videos performed by the artists.
What are your opinions? Do you wish to see your favorite idol groups expand more of their promotion to your country rather than Japan? Which country will that be, then?
Source: Danny Choo
Photo: Danny Choo @ Culture_Japan.jp