Recently,Â YG EntertainmentÂ CEOÂ Yang Hyun SukÂ and girl groupÂ 2NE1Â sat down for an interview and shared their thoughts about their recent success inJapan.
2NE1 released their debut album, â€œNolzaâ€œ, on September 21st, and itâ€™s managed to grab 1st place on Japanâ€™sÂ OriconÂ charts for two consecutive days. Yang Hyun Suk gave a modest opinion of the matter, as he said, â€œ2NE1 has just gotten their feet inside the door; they are receiving a lot of advice from K-Pop seniors who have already promoted in the industry.â€
He continued, â€œRight now, we are just simply doing our best. Itâ€™s too early to think about success.â€
Additionally, the CEO gave credit toÂ SNSDÂ andÂ KARAÂ for further expanding the Hallyu wave inside the country. â€œThereâ€™s no question that SNSD and KARA were among the first to successfully break into the industry, and thus many K-Pop idols including 2NE1 have made smooth transitions. Right now, we need to acknowledge that we are rookies in the industry and not get ahead of ourselves.â€
2NE1, who witnessed firsthand the massive turnouts in their debut tour, commented, â€œWe were really surprised that 12,000 fans came and filled the entire stadium. However, we wonâ€™t dare to think that we are popular in the business yet. Weâ€™ve promised each other that we will do our very best in our future concerts and be committed to whatever we do.â€
According to reports, itâ€™s expected that the girls will be raking in approximatelyÂ 10 million USD from their Japanese tour alone. Up â€™til now, the girls have sold 70,000 concert tickets, each ticket being sold at 7,500 yen while product sales in the stadiums have summed up to be 3 million USD.