This year, TVXQ! sets a record on Japanese Oricon Weekly Charts for the most number of “First Place” rankings this year.
The group’s 24th single, “MIROTIC,” was released in Japan on October 15th and on the day of its release, the album took first place on Oricon’s Single and Weekly Charts.
MIROTIC is TVXQ!’s fourth single to rank first on the Oricon Weekly Charts, following “Purple Line” (January release), “Beautiful You” (April release), and “How Did I End Up Loving You” (July release).
“This is the first time anyone has ranked first on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart four times in one year,” said a TVXQ! representative from SM Entertainment agency. He added, “This has never happened with a Japanese singer, let alone a group from overseas, and it proves that TVXQ! has become a top group in Japan, as well.”
MIROTIC is also the title track of TVXQ!’s fourth album in Korea, where the song has also proved to be successful. The title track ranked first place for the past two weeks on SBS TV’s “Popular Music” program and on the weekly charts of the music website, “Dosirak.”
The American entertainment magazine Variety reported in its latest edition that Korean pop artist BoA made her debut in the United States. In its October 16th edition, Variety reported that BoA, one of Asia’s most popular pop singers, released her first U.S. single “Eat You Up” in English on October 21.
The magazine added that BoA’s management agency AM Entertainment has set up its U.S. branch and that BoA’s album will be distributed by Fontana. The magazine said BoA was fluent in Korean and Japanese and that she has sold millions of albums in both countries since her debut.
Quoting an SM Entertainment official, the magazine said BoA’s U.S. single targets the American mainstream, not just Korean-Americans and Asian-Americans. It also added that BoA will soon launch a U.S. and world tour.
SM Entertainment, a management agency for some of Korea’s biggest K-pop names such as BoA and TVXQ, will hold an SM USA Weekly Audition in the United States.
The auditions, which will be held at SM Entertainment’s U.S. branch office, will be held every Saturday at 3:00 p.m. starting on October 25. The audition is open to aspiring singers, dancers, actors, comedians, MCs, VJs, models, composers and songwriters. There are no limitations on nationality or age.
Interested people can visit the audition venue every Saturday before 7:00 p.m. without prior registration. For those who cannot visit the venue, SM will hold auditions through e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and by mail.
SM said finalists will be given an opportunity to sign a contract with SM and all costs for training and promotional activities will be paid for by the company.