Korean Rock Band FTISLAND Grabs No.1 Spot on Japan's Oricon Daily CD Chart
By Staff Writer | July 29, 2013 11:54 PM EDT
On July 28th, FTISLAND landed at the very top of Japan's Oricon Daily CD Chart. The Oricon chart is the Japanese equivalent to the US Billboard in ranking record sales.
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The band achieved the top honor after their performance on Fuji TV's Mezamashi Live to an audience of thousands, turning the outdoor venue into a sea of yellow towels. The band's live performance also aired on Fuji TV, and included promotional bytes for their newest LP, Shiawase Theory (Theory of Happiness). 'Theory of Happiness' also featured in the movie version of hit Japanese anime, 'Toriko'. The LP was released on July 24th, and also landed at the top of the charts during the pre-order period. The widespread reach of their Mezamashi appearance contributed to their landing the No. 1 spot on the Oricon chart for that same day.
It is a much deserved accomplishment as the five members, Lee Hong Ki (lead vocal), Choi Jong Hoon (leader, lead guitar), Lee Jae Jin (bass, vocals, rap), Song Seung Hyun (sub vocals, rap, guitar) and Choi Min Hwan (drums) have recently been back-to-back with scheduled activities in both Japan and Korea, including taking part in stage greetings for the movie premiere of 'Toriko', just two days before their live performance by the waterfront for Mezamashi.
The band also just recently concluded their 'Freedom' Arena Tour' with a full house at the Saitama Arena in Tokyo, after circuiting 5 other Japanese cities in June and July. They are to feature alongside big names in music, including labelmate, CNBLUE, in the upcoming Summer Sonic in Tokyo and Osaka, on August 13th and 14th where they will be the closing act for the festival's Rainbow Stage for one of the days.
When they get to catch a break in between live performances, FTISLAND will be back at the studio recording for their Korean comeback rumored to drop in a few weeks. They also stated recording 'Theory of Happiness' in English and Korean -- probably for the movie's international release.
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