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Singer Lim Young-woong's first EP on course to become mln seller

K-pop 14:04 May 03, 2022

SEOUL, May 3 (Yonhap) -- The first full-length album by Korean trot sensation Lim Young-woong is on the verge of becoming a million seller as its preorders have already surpassed the number, according to the album's distributor Tuesday.

Dreamus Company said "Im Hero" has scored preorders of 1 million units in and out of the country for about a month since April 1, a record high for any album released by an individual artist since 2000s.

The company, however, did not give the exact number.

Lim rose to stardom following his appearance on cable channel TV Chosun's hit audition show "Mr. Trot" (2020) for male singers of trot music, a genre popular among middle-aged and older Koreans. "Im Hero" marks the singer's first physical album ever.

Since his debut in 2016, the 30-year-old artist has charted high on major domestic music charts whenever he dropped new songs.

Singer Lim Young-woong poses for photographers during an online press conference on May 2, 2022, to promote his first full-length album "Im Hero" in this photo provided by Mulgogi Music. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The first LP, released in four sorts Monday, has actually sold a total 940,000 copies on the day of its release, according to Hanteo Chart, a local album sales tracker. The total is expected to top 1 million within Tuesday.

Baekhyun, a member of K-pop boy group EXO, is the only K-pop solo artist with one or more albums that sold more than 1 million in recent years. He hit the milestone twice with EPs "Delight" in 2020 and "Bambi" in 2021.

"Im Hero" consists of 12 songs of diverse genres in which many famous K-pop musicians participated. The lead track "If We Ever Meet Again" is a ballad number written and composed by singer Lee Juck. The album also includes "Our Blues, Our Life," a pre-released soundtrack song for the popular tvN TV series "Our Blues."

The album has also been heating up local music charts with all the 12 tracks charted in the top 30 of the real-time chart of the country's largest music streaming platform Melon as of 11 a.m. "Our Blues, Our Life" was at No. 4 and the main track "If We Ever Meet Again" at No. 9 on the chart.

This photo provided by Mulgogi Music is a promotional poster for "Im Hero," the first full-length album by singer Lim Young-woong released on May 2, 2022. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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