110201 Tohoshinki’s First Comeback Single Surpasses Previous Works For 1st Week Sales – 1st Place With 230,000 Copies Sold
■Monopolizing both 1st and 2nd place for top selling foreign artists in singles weekly sales history
Tohoshinki, the Korean popular group, has restarted their activities as a duo with Yunho (24) and Changmin (22). Their first comeback single 「Why？（Keep Your Head Down）」 (released 26 January 2011) has sold more than 231,000 copies in its first week of release and made its entry into the first place of the 7 February singles weekly charts.
Before their hiatus last January, the 5-member Tohoshinki released their 29th single 「BREAK OUT！」 which sold more than 256,000 in its first week, and this single (Why?) ranks in second place after that for best first week sales in the entire history of foreign artists.
This single follows 10 months after their previous single 「時ヲ止メテ」 (195,000 sold in the first week), which was released in March after the release of their best album 『BEST SELECTION 2010』. In April last year, it was announced that group activities with all 5 members would be suspended and in January this year they have restarted their activities again as a duo. Despite this, their popularity can be felt as their first week sales exceeded that of the previous single by more than 36,000 copies.
Since Oricon first began its singles ranking chart in January 1968, the first foreign artist’s single to break through the 200,000 copies mark was Tohoshinki’s previous single 「BREAK OUT！」 and following that, their current new single. Once again, they successfully broke their own record as foreign artists to achieve first place in the 「Singles sales ranking」 and with the past 3 singles consecutively achieving first place, this is their 9th single to top the charts.
On the release date of this single on the 26th last month, Tohoshinki, together with BoA, SNSD and popular artists from their Korean management company SM Entertainment, performed at the live concert 『SMTOWN LIVE』 (Tokyo, National Yoyogi Stadium), marking their first comeback stage in Japan in 1 year and 1 month. Their song 「Why？～」 is also the OST song for Yukie Nakama’s drama 『Beautiful Neighbour』 (Kansai TV, FujiTV) which is currently airing and they sang a total of 5 songs including this song during the live concert.
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