Kim Hyun Joong Beats Out Gaga and Coldplay
Kim Hyun Joong ranked no.1 on Japan’s Oricon Chart, claiming the top spot on the weekly chart of imported album sales with his album Lucky as of November 14. This is the second time Kim has ranked first, after Breakdown in July.
The Oricon Chart, the country’s most famous music chart, determines ranking based on album sales.
Most notably, Kim beat out global pop stars like Coldplay and Lady Gaga who ranked within the top 10.
Kim, who is currently on a nationwide fan meeting tour titled, Kim Hyun Joong-First Tour 2011 in Japan, said, “I’m all the more pleased to hear the news of topping the Oricon Chart while I’m on the tour in several cities to meet fans. I’ll make an effort to put on the best performance while remembering the fans who always give me strength.”
With the release of two mini solo albums this year, Kim solidified his status as a hallyu star in Japan, and further proved his popularity by selling out tickets to the national tour immediately after sales began in September. Reportedly, those same tickets are being resold for 15 times more than the original price.
Having started his tour in Osaka on November 9, Kim completed fan meetings in Sapporo, Sendai, and Hiroshima before moving on to Yokohama, Nagoya, Tokyo, and Fukuoka.
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