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Bangtan Boys tops Japanese music chart

All Headlines 16:04 September 08, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korean boy group Bangtan Boys topped Japan's benchmark music chart with its latest album, the band's agency said on Thursday.

The seven-member act snagged the No. 1 spot in the daily album section of the ORICON chart, having sold a total of 44,457 copies of its second full-length album "Youth" on the day of release on Wednesday, Big Hit Entertainment said in a press release.

Bangtan Boys' second album came one year and nine months after the launch of its first album, "Wake Up," released in December 2014.

Bangtan Boys appear in an undated file photo released by CJ E&M. (Yonhap)

"Youth" enlists 13 songs including "Wishing on a Star." Some are the Japanese version of the band's old hits, such as "I Need You," "For You," and "Fire."

Since its Japan debut in June 2014 with EP "No More Dreams," Bangtan Boys has built up a large local fandom, earning the title of "hallyu idol," or globally followed K-pop group.

The South Korean band recently performed in "A-Nation," a first-tier music festival in Japan, with local star musicians Koda Kumi and Ayumi Hamasaki.

Bangtan Boys, abbreviated as BTS, shows up at a year-end music event held in western Seoul on Dec. 30, 2015. (Yonhap)

jwc@yna.co.kr
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