First, 4Minute released their new single ‘I My Me Mine’ on July 28th. The girls have traveled to Japan on July 27th. Their success has been measured back in May, when their debut Japanese single ‘Muzik’ went up to the TOP 20 of Oricon Chart.
Next, KARA will be having their official Japanese debut on August 11th with the debut MV ‘Mister’ released on July 28th. They have flown to Japan on the same day to prepare for promotional activities for the song, which is already moving up fast on Oricon Charts.
Continuing their smashing success in Japan is Big Bang, who will be releasing a new single ‘Beautiful Hangover’ on August 25th. Standing right after DBSK, Big Bang is said to be the next Korean newcomer singers to look out in Japan. They did an open concert on July 26th with the overwhelming attendance of 8,000 fans.
Last but not least, girl group SNSD will be debuting in Japan with a showcase in late August. Following that event, they will be releasing a debut single in September. Not surprisingly, their debut has garnered much interest.
We are seeing more and more Kpop artists entering the Japanese music scene, but will they make it? An entertainment management company representative said, “Regarding who will do better, it is not important. It is important for the Korean idols to throw away the competitiveness. Because currently in the Japanese music market, it is not about just liking one team but liking Kpop as a whole. It is not about just liking SNSD or just KARA, but rather ‘liking SNSD, KARA and 4Minute’.”
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