SEOUL, May 09 (Yonhap) — Korean trotting sensation Lim Young-woong’s debut album has recorded the highest first-week album sales of any solo artist in history, it was reported Monday. music industry sources.
According to the sources, “Im Hero” sold around 1.1 million copies within a week of its release last Monday. The number is around 240,000 more than the previous record set by EXO member Baekhyun, with the EP “Bambi” as the top-selling album in its first week of release.
The achievement is remarkable considering that the genre of trot music has a limited market, popular mainly among middle-aged and older Koreans, unlike mainstream K-pop idols with large overseas followers.
Lim rose to fame after appearing on cable TV Chosun’s hit audition show “Mr. Trot” (2020) for male singers of trot music. Since his debut in 2016, the 30-year-old artist has topped national music charts every time he has released new songs.
“Im Hero” marks the singer’s first physical album. It consists of 12 songs of various genres, in which many famous K-pop musicians participated. The title track “If We Ever Meet Again” is a ballad number written and composed by vocalist Lee Juck. The album also includes “Our Blues, Our Life”, a song from the soundtrack of the popular tvN television series “Our Blues”.