iKON Tops Oricon Charts in Japanese Debut

John Kim, Jan. 14, 2016, 8:34 a.m.

South Korean boy band iKON has stormed the Oricon chart upon releasing its first album in Japan, the group's agency said Thursday. The seven-member act sold 53,000 copies of the album "WELCOME BACK" to sit on top of the Oricon daily album chart on Wednesday, YG Entertainment said.

"We realized how popular the group, which has only been around for about 100 days, is in Japan," the agency said in a statement. "WELCOME BACK" contains the Japanese versions of hit songs "My Type," Rhythm Ta" and "Airplane." "Climax" and "Just Another Boy," which were released ahead of the group's official debut in South Korea, are also included.

iKON will hold fan meetings in Tokyo and Osaka next Friday and Saturday, respectively, YG Entertainment said, adding the band will also embark on a tour of five Japanese cities next month. In South Korea, the group is scheduled to perform at Olympic Park in Seoul on Jan. 30-31.

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