Japanese Students Hit Digital Music Milestone: 1 Million Full-Track Mobile Downloads
The third single by an anonymous quartet of Japanese medical students has become the first full-track mobile download* anywhere to sell a million copies.
This digital music milestone belongs to “Aiuta” (“Love Song”) by GreeeeN, a new act signed to Universal Music Japan. The track was released on May 16 as a full-track download for mobile, and its popularity spread rapidly through Internet, radio and SNS exposure, and word-of-mouth.
In addition to the million-selling format, “Aiuta” is available as a ringtone, ring video and ringback tone. Its sales to date across all digital configurations exceed 3 million, affirming GreeeeN\’s status as the year\’s most successful new act in Japan.
Kazuhiko Koike, President and COO of Universal Music Japan, said: “We were convinced that “Aiuta” would have universal appeal the moment we first heard it. We are very gratified that the song has become so popular through a very personal communication tool like the mobile phone.”
The four students in GReeeeN, who wanted anonymity for their recording debut, all attend a medical university in Sendai city.
“Aiuta” is also hugely popular in physical form, with sales of more than 250,000 singles to date. GreeeeN\’s first album, “A Domo Hajimemashite” (“Hi, How Do You Do?”) has sold 550,000 copies since its release on June 27.
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