Nackar wrote:They are selling very well, which means they have a dedicated fanbase, probably largely within a group of people that is already inclined towards K-Pop groups.
The vast majority of people will probably not know who they are - even young people with no interest in K-Pop, since they haven't scored a mainstream hit yet.
Not trying to sound dismissive, but that's where they probably are in Japan. Besides, who needs mainstream popularity when you can get several tens of thousands of rabid fans to buy all your stuff and visit your concerts?
I highly doubt Japanese as a whole have absolutely no idea who they are outside the Kpop fandom.
Like I sad they must be popular enough to fill in a 15 dates tour in Japan, all dome or arena , performing 3 times at the Saitama Super Arena, almost 225,000 tickets sold.
Their single BLOOD SWEAR AND TEARS was #1 on both Billboard Japan's SINGLE DIGITAL SALES & JAPANESE HOT 100 as well as hitting #1 on the Oricon Charts for a song that was already 7 months old.
They're popular just not EXTEEEEEEMELY huge. I'm sure BigHit will eventually release a full album with original Material but focusing on Western land is also good.