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BoA still going strong in Japanese music market

BoA (KT Music Corp.)
BoA (KT Music Corp.)
K-pop diva BoA’s local single “Message/Call My Name” ranked eighth on Japan’s Oricon Chart on Wednesday, the day of its release.

Three Koreans -- BoA, along with singers TVXQ and Kim Hyung-joon formerly of SS501 -- ranked in the top 10 on the major music chart.

BoA made her debut in Japan in 2002, just two years after debuting in Korea, and has been sweeping the Japanese music charts ever since. BoA was part of the first wave of K-pop singers to secure a large fan base in the country, producing hits that show no sign of her popularity waning there.

Boa recently performed with Gil of hip-hop duo Leessang in a song festival organized by the high-rated MBC reality comedy program “Infinite Challenge.”

By Yoon Ha-youn, Intern reporter