Kim Hyun Joong sold 100,000 copies of his Japanese debut single, "KISS KISS/Lucky Guy," which was released only a week ago on January 25. This puts him in second place on Oricon's Weekly Chart. Kim Hyun Joong already had a pretty big fan base in Japan from his SS501 days and dramas "Boys Over Flowers" and "Playful Kiss."
For a Korean artist to rank within top 3 of the Oricon chart, sell 100,000 copies within a week, and be the most-selling foreign artist on the day of album release with his debut single in Japan is an impressive record to hold. As a result, many Japanese entertainment industry officials are paying close attention to Kim Hyun Joong.
Kim Hyun Joong has performed on NHK's "Music Japan," Fuji TV's "Sakigake Ongaku Banzuke," and TV Asahi's "Music Station" and has been continually asked to make an appearance on several other shows. He was also featured on TBS's news program to represent himself as well as K-Pop in Japan.
An official from Universal Records, the company in charge of Kim Hyun Joong's Japanese career, commented, "The Japanese fans are very excited to see Kim Hyun Joong. His album sales is off the charts, and the evaluation of him as an artist is also very impressive. We are expecting to see more growth in the album sales."
Kim Hyun Joong is holding "Premium Live 2012" concert in Yokohama Arena on February 5 to celebrate his successful debut and meet his fans.