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IU’s concert ticket sales alone reach 11.3 billion won… Lee Hyo-ri renews contract with soju brand 8 times over 5 years

Girls’ Generation was the first singer to introduce photocards. IU is the first Korean female singer to hold a solo concert at Seoul Olympic Main Stadium.

Episode 29 of “TMI News Show“, which aired on Sep 14th, looked at moments worth recording in K-pop history under the theme of “Record renewal! K-pop First & Best BEST 5“. CLASS:y Hyung-seo, Hye-ju and Bo-eun appeared as guests on this day’s broadcast.

Girls’ Generation took first place on the “Record renewal First” chart. In the first half of 2009, the number of broadcasts of “Gee” was 6,958 times. In 6 months, “Gee” was played 361,919 times nationwide. It recorded the highest viewership rating ever for a music show of 17.2%. Girls’ Generation was the first idol to try “photocards” and now it has become a tradition. Girls’ Generation’s second full-length album is the first album to introduce photocards. Due to fans who wanted to collect photocards, the album pre-orders at that time alone amounted to about 150,000 copies.

Lee Hyo-ri ranked second on the chart. In the past, each major newspaper had a dedicated team for Lee Hyo-ri, and she was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records by appearing on the front page of the newspaper 891 times. Lee Hyo-ri debuted as a member of Fin.K.L in 1998. The group topped the music show two weeks after their debut with “To My Boyfriend”. From the second album “Forever Love” to the third album “NOW”, Fin.K.L won No.1 37 times in the 1990s. Fin.K.L became the first girl group to win the Grand Prize after 30 years since Pearl Sisters in 1969. Lee Hyo-ri won first place on music shows 28 times as a solo artist. She also took first place in 2020 with group SSAK3’s activities.

From the 1990s to the 2020s, Lee Hyo-ri was the first artist to get No.1 from her teens to 40s. She is also the first singer to win first place with different compositions, including girl group, soloist and mixed group.

She was the first model of the alcoholic beverage brand “OO Churum”. The brand re-signed with Lee Hyo-ri 8 times over 5 years and they sold a total of 2 billion bottles.

Third place was IU. IU became the first female solo singer to enter the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium in 2018 to hold a concert. She sang 42 songs in a whopping 5 hours and 30 minutes and also did an encore.

In 2019, IU held a 360-degree concert, the first ever for a female singer in Korea and the largest ever. Her 10th anniversary tour concert, which was held over two days, sold out 28,000 seats on both days in one minute after tickets went on sale.

IU will also be the first Korean female singer to hold a solo concert at the Jamsil Stadium. Jamsil Main Stadium is the largest concert hall in Korea with a capacity of up to 100,000 people. So far, Korea’s top-tier singers and idol groups, such as H.O.T, Lee Moon-se, and BTS, have held their own concerts there. IU’s concert was sold out within an hour of ticket opening, and the number of concurrent users alone reached 400,000. Total sales are estimated to be about 11.35 billion won.

Zico took fourth place. Zico was the one who kicked off the ‘Dance Challenge’ in K-pop with his 2020 smash hit “Any Song”. Many celebrities, including Lee Hyori and Sandara Park, participated in the “Any Song” challenge. It ranked No.1 on domestic charts, entered Billboard for 3 weeks in a row. The MV for “Any Song” achieved more than 100 million views. Now, it is no exaggeration to say that the dance challenge has become a must-have thing for all K-pop stars every comeback.

SEVENTEEN took fifth place. SEVENTEEN sold 930,000 copies on the first day of release of their repackaged album “SECTOR 17”, and recorded first-week sales of 1.13 million copies. As a result, they became the first K-pop artist to become a million seller in the first week with a repackaged album. 

SEVENTEEN earned five music show wins, achieved their highest personal ranking on Billboard, and ranked No.1 on the Oricon chart with their repackaged title track “_WORLD”. SEVENTEEN is now the owner of a total of 7 consecutive million-selling albums. The selling price of a copy of “SECTOR 17” is 21,500 won, so 1.13 million copies is 24.3 billion won.

Source: daum

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