That is a significant achievement by anybody in the Japanese music market, much less a Korean artist in this stage of the Hallyu Wave (dead). To give you an idea of the significance, selling over 200,000 copies of the single would’ve already put them in the Top 30 of last year’s singles sales on Oricon, and at last check they sold 17,383 copies today so the number is continuing to rise.
Last year there was no Korean artist in the Top 30, so saying BTS are the next leaders of the Hallyu Wave in Japan isn’t a stretch at this point, it just matters if they continue to take it seriously or not (they should).
Thus, BTS’s Oricon performance is quite important and relevant, much more so than Billboard giving Western validation to something that we know already existed, which was subsequently proven by the fact that BTS are shitting on everybody else in what amounts to the fan voting award. But hey, I guess not caring about the venerated Billboard Music Awards and instead focusing on meaningful accomplishments in the second-biggest music market in the world is just being a BTS anti or whatever.
— YH GIRLS (@yhgirls) May 10, 2017