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South Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun Joong is sweeping the whole of Asia with his charisma!
Starting this past January, Kim Hyun Joong entered the Japanese market with his single album, and then launched his fan meeting tour in May which took him to countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and others as his popularity level continues to surge.
Kim Hyun Joong released his second Japanese single 'HEAT' in July, and it subsequently charted at the top of Oricon Daily and Weekly charts, and also became the 3rd foreign star to obtain the best result in the Oricon monthly chart. His sales volume of 202,672 also enabled Kim Hyun Joong to break into the Top 100 best selling albums, achieving the K-POP best result at 31st position. In doing so, Kim Hyun Joong surpassed Super Junior (35th), TVXQ (40th), 2PM (52th), and other idol groups, showing the capability and popularity levels of a solo singer.
On December 12th, Kim Hyun Joong released his first Japanese album 'UNLIMITED', and sold out 57,000 copies on the opening day, and topping the Oricon Daily chart. It also came in at No.3 on the Oricon Weekly chart, while also topping the Oricon Album, DVD, and 5 other charts, becoming the ultimate leader of K-POP in 2012.
Meanwhile, Kim Hyun Joong is also finding popularity in China. His appearance on an episode of 'Happy Camp' variety show brought in a rating of 2.84% and was a new high among Korean wave stars appearing on the show. In addition, Kim Hyun Joong was awarded the Most Popular Overseas Artist award at the 2012 Miguhui Awards held on December 8th.
Kim Hyun Joong also won four awards at the 2012 Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards held on December 17th in Hong Kong. To win four awards at such a prestigious awards ceremony was testament to the huge popularity that Kim Hyun Joong enjoys globally and his status as a Korean Wave star.
A Japanese industry insider revealed, "To create his own style and cater to the masses, Kim Hyun Joong has worked hard to build up his own unique style. Everyone has seen how much Kim Hyun Joong has improved and has high expectations of him. Many in the industry have their eyes on him now."
Meanwhile, Kim Hyun Joong will be beginning a fan meeting tour covering 10 Japanese cities like Kobe, Saitama, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and others from January of next year, to interact closely with his fans.