KARA has done it! Even with the contract dispute with its three members – Kang Ji Young, Han Seung Yeon, and Nicole, the girls of KARA managed to become the first Korean girl group to take the no. 1 spot on the Oricon weekly singles chart.
Their album Jet Coaster Love was originally planned to be released on March 23rd but was pushed back to April 6th because of the recent Japanese disaster. The album managed to sell over 123,000 copies within its first week. This is the first time in the 43 year history of the Oricon charts (est. January 1968) that a foreign group has ranked the top spot within such a short period of its release. In November 17, 1980, Irish group Nolans took the no. 1 spot with Dancing Sister but that was after 16 weeks of its release.
KARA follows in the footsteps of BoA and DBSK in topping off the Oricon weekly singles chart. KARA members commented, “Jet Coaster Love has been named no. 1. We’ll work harder so that our songs will help people get through tough periods.” Unfortunately, it wasn’t the thank you message fans were expecting.