Japanese music charts Oricon reported the sales of music software (singles, albums and DVDs) of the first half of 2011 on 14 July.
Oricon expressed, “Judging from the overall sales of music software, despite it being a smaller size of the market as compared to last year, Japanese Girl group AKB48 who became talk of the town because of the general elections, as well as KPOP groups such as TVXQ, Girls Generation, Kara that played the part as catalysts, the sales of singles for the first half of this year has exceeded sales of past years of the same period since 2005.”
In addition, Oricon revealed, “The sales of Music DVD had broken past sales records with a total of 34.9 billion yen. "
Most popular group in Japan TVXQ, Girls Generation, Kara and Jang Gun Suk, were among the many artistes that were on charts. These Korean artistes have contributed much to the sales of the different type of music softwares such as singles and albums music DVDs.
The sale of singles by KPOP artistes increased to 151% over the same period, while the album sales increased 161.9%. Although the music industry was not doing well due to the Japan earthquake, the sales of singles in the first half of the year exceeded the same period of past years.
Oricon revealed that there may be more outstanding KPOP groups debuting in Japan, and predicts that sales will continue to maintain for the second half of the year.
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