Popular girl group Twice has positioned itself in the tough Japanese market by selling more than one million albums.
It is a commendable feat for a new South Korean group that made its debut only at the end of 2015.
According to K-Pop site Soompi, the nine-member girl group’s second Japanese single, Candy Pop, released on Feb 7, had sold more than 400,000 copies within the first two weeks of its release.
As at Friday, its Japanese debut album, #TWICE, released in August, and its first Japanese single, One More Time, which dropped in October, have sold 326,400 and 329,400 copies, respectively.
Twice’s sales record proves its popularity is growing in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Following the release of Candy Pop, the single topped the Oricon daily singles chart for six consecutive days and ranked high on the weekly chart.
According to Billboard Japan, Candy Pop sold 303,746 copies in its first week and topped the Hot 100 chart by coming in first for sales, views, streams and video plays.
Billboard Japan said: “Compared with their first Japanese single, One More Time, which had 219,131 sales in the first week, Candy Pop recorded 199,125 sales in just the first three days.
“(The group) sold 10,000 more copies after that, exceeding their first-week sales record by 85,000 copies.”
Twice was the first S. Korean girl group in Japan to receive platinum certification (more than 250,000 unit sales) for a single and album in the same year.
It was also the first S. Korean artiste or group to receive platinum certification for both its first album and single as well.
With the record success of Candy Pop, Twice is now the first foreign artiste or group in Japan to exceed 200,000 in sales in the first week for three consecutive releases since its debut.
Twice will kick off its second tour, “TWICELAND ZONE 2: Fantasy Park” in Seoul with concerts in May, before heading to Japan for a series of performances that will run till June.