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Despite Distribution Complications, JYJ's First Official Japanese Single Sweeps Music Charts

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Boy band JYJ’s first official Japanese single has swept music charts. The group’s management agency C-JeS Entertainment commented, “Released on [January] 21, ‘Wake Me Tonight,’ JYJ’s first single released under their name in Japan, has received [a lot of love]. As soon as it was released, the single recorded second place on the Oricon daily chart and first place on both the Tower Records daily chart and HMV 24-hour chart, proving [JYJ’s] enduring popularity in Japan.” Furthermore, C-JeS said, “Unlike other artists, there were difficulties with distribution so the single was first released at the concert. Despite the fact that it took two months after [the concert] for the single to be officially available for sale, it has received an explosive response.” This is the first time that JYJ has been able to officially distribute their music in Japan, as the group has consistently run into complications. Despite the obstacles, even albums released only domestically in Korea, like last year’s “Just Us,” dominated Japanese music charts, snagging the #1 spot on Tower Records’ monthly chart and second place on Oricon weekly charts.

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