Korean idol group MBLAQ's popularity in Japan and Korea has been on the rise since their performance at Rain's Osaka concert over the weekend, according to a press release by their agency on Wednesday.
The quintet's opening performance at the "Legend of Rainism" tour on January 23 and 24 caught the attention of major record company executives in Japan, J. Tune Camp said in the statement.
Their increasing popularity appears to have carried over to Korea as well; the group has been racking up album sales in Korea, according to estimates released today by Hanteo Chart -- which uses a sampling method to predict online and offline record sales in the country.
For the week of January 19 thru 25, the group's first single "Just Blaq" sold 2,267 copies, ranking third in weekly album sales behind boy bands TVXQ and CNBLUE. The feat may be regarded as unusual, considering it was released three months ago and the group is currently on a break, preparing to come out with a new single.
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