Korean rock band FT Island held a live concert event in Japan over the weekend, according to their agency FNC Music on Monday.
FNC announced in a press release that the group performed live in front of a total 5,000 fans in Osaka on May 22 and in Tokyo the following day to celebrate the release of their Japanese debut album "Flower Rock."
The album, which went on sale on May 19, had reached the No. 3 spot on the prestigious Oricon daily chart on the same day.
Separately, several Japanese news outlets including newspaper daily Sports Hochi reported, "Currently, the popular K-pop bands are dance and vocal groups like TVXQ, Big Band and Choshinsung so it's rare to see a band like FT Island debut in Japan."
"It feels like we have made our official debut in the country after singing on the stage in Tokyo. Our dream is to perform at the Tokyo Dome," FT Island members Lee Hong-ki and Choi Min-hwan were quoted as saying in the reports.
The quintet, who signed with Warner Music Japan in early January, will be focusing on their activities in the Japan for the time being and are scheduled to return to the Korean music scene in mid-August.
FT Island made their debut in 2007 with the first album "Cheerful Sensibility" and have released several single and studio albums including "Colorful Sensibility" and "Cross and Change."
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