TWICE’s popularity in Japan is growing with the success of their second Japanese single “Candy Pop”!
On February 24, JYP Entertainment confirmed that “Candy Pop” has surpassed over 400,000 copies manufactured within two weeks of release. As of February 23, TWICE has recorded 402,319 orders of “Candy Pop” for albums delivered from factories, with 311,929 more albums sold according to the Oricon chart. This sets a new record for TWICE!
“Candy Pop” was released on February 7 and topped the Oricon daily singles chart for six consecutive days after release, ranking high on the weekly chart as well. According to Billboard Japan, “Candy Pop” sold 303,746 copies in its first week and topped the Hot 100 chart by coming in first for sales, views, streams, and video plays.
TWICE has already received platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for their Japanese debut album “#TWICE” and first Japanese single “One More Time,” which were released in June and October of last year, respectively. TWICE received their third platinum certification with “Candy Pop,” and their record sales mark yet another impressive feat for the girl group.
TWICE was the first Korean girl group in Japan to receive platinum certification for a single and album in the same year, and the first Korean artist to receive platinum certification for both their first album and single as well. With the success of “Candy Pop,” TWICE has now become the first foreign artist to surpass 200,000 sales for three consecutive releases from debut. Their latest record of over 400,000 albums manufactured and 300,000 albums sold according to Oricon acknowledge TWICE’s immense growth as Asia’s top representative girl group.
Billboard Japan remarked, “Compared to their first Japanese single ‘One More Time,’ which had 219,131 sales in the first week, ‘Candy Pop’ recorded 199,125 sales in just the first three days. They sold 10,000 more copies after that, exceeding their first-week sales record by 85,000 copies. Even before their Japanese debut, TWICE was well received by listeners in the digital domain through streaming and downloads, but through their 2017 Japanese debut, they appeared on Kohaku Uta Gassen and increased their media appearances. As the opportunities to watch TWICE’s performances increase, their sales power is growing and becoming stronger as well.”
TWICE recently completed their concert showcase tour “TWICE SHOWCASE LIVE TOUR 2018,” holding eight performances in six different cities in Japan. The group will be back in Japan later this year, with concerts scheduled in the Saitama Super Arena on May 26 and 27 and at the Osaka Castle Hall on June 2 and 3, for a total of four performances.