MBLAQ are the latest K-pop group with mediocre sales in Japan to be hyped as the next big thing.
The city of Shibuya experienced much traffic on the 25th around the Tower Records building, as thousands of fans were eager to get their hands on a copy of the new album after its release. The entire first floor of the building was decorated with various photos and posters of MBLAQ, as well as mannequins that were dressed in MBLAQ stage-dance ensembles.
The Japanese press refer to MBLAQ as ‘K-POP Monsters’, highly praising them saying the boys are on a different level from other Korean idol groups and the five members are flipping Japan inside out.
Bottom line: MBLAQ are not a huge factor in Japan.
At most, they are selling about 40-50k this week, which puts them below 2PM’s totals, and I already pointed out that they aren’t ruling Japan either, so the same has to apply here.
As it stands, MBLAQ is getting beat by a 7-year-old child actress.
Ashida Mana‘s single is currently ahead of MBLAQ’s single on the Oricon daily single ranking chart in 3rd while MBLAQ is in 4th.