With the announcement of Tohoshinki’s activities as a group coming to a stop, they still leave a strong trace in the Japanese music industry.
In Korea, Tohoshinki debuted in 2003 with “Hug”, earning them various new artist awards. In 2005, they made their way into the Japanese market with “Stay With Me Tonight”.
Since then, have released 30 singles and 4 albums, and have firmly secured their honorable position at the top as famous artistes.
On March 24, 2010, they released their 30th single “Toki Wo Tomete”, which both earned them #1 on the Oricon charts, as well as their 8th time in placing #1 in the weekly charts, breaking the record for overseas singers.
In addition, Tohoshinki also released their “Best Selection 2010” album in February, and sold an extraordinary 410 000 copies in just the first week. Hence, since their debut in Japan 5 years ago, they set the record for the highest number of copies sold as overseas artistes. With the music industry sinking farther in terms of the economy, Tohoshinki’s records still managed to sell over 5 million copies since their debut into the Japanese market.
Profiting from such outstanding success, on the “2009 Oricon Annual Charts”, Tohoshinki reaped in a total of 6.89 billion yen (t/n: approx 75 million USD) coming after popular groups Arashi and EXILE, and placing as #3.
With such astonishing achievements, Tohoshinki really are true stars, not just in name, but also in reality.
(t/n: FYI– Japan has the second largest entertainment industry after the United States)
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