Boy group INI has won the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award at the 63rd Japan Record Awards.
The Japan Record Awards, hosted by the Japan Composers Association, selects winners by the votes of reporters from each newspaper. It is an award ceremony with a long tradition and authority. It started in 1959 and continued until the 63rd this year.
INI won the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award at the 63rd Japan Record Awards. Less than a month after debuting, they are setting remarkable records. It includes releasing the debut single ‘A’ in Japan, No. 1 in the Oricon Daily & Weekly chart, No. 1 in Billboard Japan’s weekly single sales chart ‘Top Single Sales,’ and No. 5 in the first week of male artist debut single sales. Also, they once again proved their popularity by adding the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award at the Japan Record Awards.
Heeseok Lim, head of CJ ENM’s music global business team, said, “The local performance of INI and JO1, which debuted earlier, is a representative success story through the combination of KPOP content production capabilities and solid JPOP infrastructure. In addition, many say that it has successfully settled in the Japanese music market, which has high entry barriers and presented a new paradigm in the Japanese music industry for artist development methods.”
“The boy group INI, created by combining its know-how in producing artists and Japan’s management promotion capabilities, has achieved more amazing results than expected upon its debut. So, officials from both countries are not only encouraging but also closely watching how much they will grow,” he added.
INI is South Korea and Japan’s joint venture through Produce 101 Japan Season 2. It consists of 11 selected members: Ikezaki Rihito, Ozaki Takumi, Kimura Masaya, Goto Takeru, Sano Yudai, Xu Fengfan, Takatsuka Hiromu, Tajima Shogo, Nishi Hiroto, Fujimaki Kyosuke, and Matsuda Jin.
INI is heating up Japan at the same time as its debut. They are conducting debut activities and overall business through Lapone Entertainment. It is a joint venture between CJ ENM Korea and Yoshimoto Entertainment in Japan.