After its release on June 1, Girls’ Generation’s 1st Japanese Album “Girls’ Generation” sold 232,000 copies in its first week and reached first place on Oricon’s Weekly Album ranking. With this mark, Girls’ Generation broke their fellow SM Entertainment labelmate BoA’s previous record for first week album sales by a foreign artist, a record which BoA held for approximately 9 years and 3 months.

This is the first weekly number one for a Girls’ Generation single or album since their Japanese debut single “Genie” last September. Also, marking a historical first for Korean girl groups, Girls’ Generation is the second foreign female group to have a debut album rank number one in its first week of sales after Russia’s female duo t.A.T.u. did it 8 years and 3 months ago.

The girls, who are currently in the midst of their first solo concert tour through Japan, commented “We are thankful towards the fans that our album became number 1 on Oricon. Of course the ranking makes us happy, but especially the fact that lots of people listened to our album does also. We hope sincerely from the bottom of our hearts that this album can give the people of Japan even a little bit of courage and the light of hope.”

Source: Oricon
Written by: michaelroni@soshified.com
Translated by: Kkabbekky@soshified.com, SeraphK@soshified.com

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