KARA Sells One Million Singles

MANILA, Philippines - KARA recently became the first Korean girl group to achieve the milestone of selling one million singles.

The feat was achieved through the cumulative sales of KARA's six Japanese single in a little over a year, including the Japanese double A-side single "Speed Up/Girl Power," which was released last March and had sold 155,177 copies.

Korean media said KARA attained the accomplishment in just two years after they officially debuted in Japan in August 2010.

With this, KARA joined Korean artists BoA and TVXQ, both of whom achieved sales of a million singles in Japan in the past.

BoA was able to reach the million mark after releasing 10 Japanese singles in two years while TVXQ achieved this after releasing 24 singles in three years.

KARA, one of the most popular Korean artists in Japan, was named one of the 10 Stars of Korea's tourism during the 2012 Korea Tourism Awards last month. The group was awarded for their contribution in attracting Japanese tourists to Korea.

In related news, a lawsuit that sought damages against KARA's agency, DSP Media, was dismissed by the Seoul Eastern District Court.

The lawsuit arose when Real Company signed up KARA as models for its brand "ASK" in February last year for 200 million won (about P7.34 million).

However, controversy arose when three members of KARA publicly declared they wanted to leave DSP Media because of contract issues.

Because of the internal feud, the modeling contract was eventually cancelled.

Real Company sued DSP Media for 445 million won (about P16.33 million), alleging that the controversy damaged its brand image.

However, the court dismissed the case, saying the controversy did not affect KARA's image.

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