Shinhwa Conquers Korean, Japanese Pop Chart

Aug 3, 2006

The six-man group Shinhwa has dominated the music charts in both Korea and Japan. The Korean group, which released its eighth album “State of the Art” in May, sold the most records on- and off-line during the January to June period this year, leaving SG Wannabe and Lee Soo-young behind, according to record store Hot Tracks.

Shinhwa also saw its first feature album in Japan, “Inspiration #1,” to be released on Aug. 16, top the advance sales chart at Japan’s largest record store HMV. Earlier, it had drawn attention in that country because tickets for its “Japan Tour Inspiration #1” concerts scheduled for Tokyo on Sept. 24 and Osaka on Sept. 26 were sold out just one minute after they went on sale.

“We are very grateful for our fan’s love in Korea and Japan,” the group said. “We hope they like ‘Throw My Fist,’ a song that we are promoting now from our eighth album that will be included as the title song of our first feature album in Japan.”

Shinhwa will visit Japan next week to promote its soon-to-be-released feature album there. Then it will go to Thailand to hold the “State of the Art in Thailand” concert on Aug. 19.