K-pop superstar BTS broke another record in Japan with its new single “Lights/Boy With Luv” topping the Oricon’s daily singles chart on Thursday.
The boy band’s tenth Japanese single “Lights/Boy With Luv,” released on July 3, has taken No. 1 spot on the daily chart of Japan’s major music site Oricon with estimated sales of 467,107 units. This is 140,000 units more than its previous first-day sales record set by the 2018 single “Fake Love/Airplane Pt. 2” and also the best-ever record made by any foreign artist in Japan.
“Lights/Boy With Luv” has received much attention even before the single went on official sale with pre-orders from May 10 to July 1 reaching 1 million units. BTS is the first Korean artist to have sold 1 million units for single.
The new single has a total of three tracks – Japanese original “Lights,” and "Boy With Luv" and "IDOL" sung in Japanese. The "Boy with Luv" clinched the eighth spot on Billboard`s main singles chart in April and “IDOL” is the title track of “Love Yourself: Answer” album.
BTS is holding concerts in two Japanese cities this month - Yanmar Stadium in Osaka (July 6-7) and Stadium Ecopa in Shizuoka (July 13-14) as the septet continues on with their annual world stadium tour series titled “Love Yourself Speak Yourself.”
The boy band also stays firm on Billboard 200 of the U.S, making the chart for 11 consecutive weeks as of July 2 (local time) with "Map of the Soul: Persona" album. Moreover, “Love Yourself: Answer,” which topped the Billboard 200 chart for the first time in the first week of its release in September 2018 then made a gradual exit, has re-entered and landed at No. 52 on the Billboard 200 this week.
By Park Chang-young and Cho Jeehyun
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