The hallyu wave in Japan has definitely died down over the past year, but one act that hasn't been affected by the dip is TVXQ. According to the Oricon 2013 yearly chart, not only is TVXQ the highest-selling K-pop act in Japan this year, but they even outsold some of the biggest acts in J-pop.
Their sixth studio (and second since becoming a duo), Time, is the tenth highest-selling album of the year, shifting 298,389 copies. They fared just as well on the year-end singles chart, with three of the top fifty highest-sellers: "Ocean" at No. 40 with 159,163 copies, "Catch Me" at No. 42 with 156,537 copies, and "Scream" at No. 47 with 145,628 copies.
The only other K-pop acts on the chart were 2PM, who ranked No. 44 with their single, "Give Me Love," which sold 152,781 copies, and Super Junior, whose Hero studio album placed No. 49 with 122,373 copies.
Unfortunately, there were no female Korean acts on the yearly chart -- not even KARA, who were strong on both the 2011 and 2012 charts with multiple entries.
Poor KARA, but yay for TVXQ!
[Via Tokyo Hive]