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JYJ rides high on Japanese music chart

  • Published : Jan 28, 2015 - 15:53
  • Updated : Jan 28, 2015 - 15:53

(C-Jes Entertainment)

K-pop trio JYJ claimed the No. 2 spot on Japan’s Oricon weekly chart with its Japanese single on Wednesday, the music site said.

JYJ’s first Japanese EP “Wake Me Tonight,” released on Jan. 21, sold 134,556 copies for the week of Jan. 19-25, according to Japan’s largest music chart.

The album shot to the No. 2 spot on the Oricon daily chart upon its release last week while topping Japan’s Tower Records and HMV 24 Hours chart as well.

JYJ has enjoyed the steadfast popularity in Japan despite what the group called obstacles that have deterred them from pursuing activities at home and abroad.

The trio and their fans have claimed that their former label SM Entertainment has wielded undue influence to hamper JYJ’s engagement in the K-pop scene.

They filed a lawsuit against the nation’s largest agency to terminate their contracts and depart from then-quintet TVXQ.

The boys’ first Korean album “Just Us” nabbed the top slot on Tower Records’ monthly chart and No. 2 spot on the Oricon daily chart last year, though it was not officially released through a distributor in Japan.

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