Japanese students hit digital music milestone: 1 million full-track mobile downloads
Tokyo, 3rd August 2007
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.
NOTES TO EDITORS
* Full track mobile download costs JPY300- per track in Japan excluding 5% consumption tax.
GReeeeN’s website can be found at www.universal-music.co.jp/greeeen/
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