Popular male group TVXQ, also known as Tohoshinki and DBSK, has achieved a new feat in Japan’s Oricon Charts, Yonhap News reported.
TVXQ released its 30th single, “Toki Wo Tomete” (Please Stop Time), and a new remix album, “TVXQ Nonstop－MIX VOL. 2”, last week. “Toki Wo Tomete” topped the weekly singles charts with 195,000 copies sold, while the album was number 3 in the album charts, selling 380,000 copies.
It was the first time in 15 years that an international artist had an album and single in the Top 3 of both the Oricon singles and album charts in the same week.
The last time it happened was when American pop superstar Mariah Carey’s single “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and album “Merry Christmas” were both ranked #3 in the weekly singles and album charts in December 1995.
The last international male artist to achieve the feat was Billy Joel, who had both “The Stranger” EP and album rank #3 in 1978.
TVXQ has remained extremely popular in Japan in the last few years. In January, the group’s 29th single “Break Out!” also debuted at number one in the Oricon weekly charts.
The song “Toki Wo Tomete” was featured in a TV commercial for a Japanese cosmetics brand in August. The album “TVXQ Nonstop－MIX VOL. 2” features new remixes of songs such as “Mirotic”, “Beautiful You” and “Colors – Melody and Harmony”.
Source: Korea Times