Girls' Generation has done it again! The group's third Japanese album, Love & Peace, just debuted at No. 1 on Japan's Oricon chart, shifting 129,255 copies in its first week. Not only is the total higher than what their last J-pop album sold (an amazing feat considering hallyu has died down in Japan over the past two years), but they're now the first Korean girl group to ever top the Oricon weekly chart twice.
Their first time hitting No. 1 was with their 2011 self-titled debut, which has sold almost 900,000 copies to date and is currently the best-selling album from a Korean girl group in Japan.
Most people would probably expect these records to belong to KARA, but that's not the case. Their sole No. 1 album on Oricon is 2011's Super Girl, which has sold about 778,000 copies all up.
The chart-topping success of Girls' Generation's Love & Peace can be attributed a couple of things, such as weak competition this week and a handful of live fan events that considerably boosted their album sales by tens of thousands of copies. Still, it's an amazing achievement that proves that The Divine Nine have been able to hold onto a good chunk of their Japanese popularity despite the recent decline of K-pop in Japan.