BTS member V has achieved significant success in Japan with his featured song “Wherever U R”, which reached the top of the Oricon Chart. Released as a gift to fans on his birthday on December 30th, V collaborated with American indie singer UMI on the song. The track has been warmly received in Japan, securing high rankings on various platform charts, including Oricon.
On the day of its release, “Wherever U R” debuted at number one on the Oricon Daily Digital Single Chart. It also attained the top spot in the ‘Single Download’ ranking across all genres at the Oricon Music Store on January 6th. For the week of December 27, 2023, to January 2, 2024, the song placed second on the weekly chart. Notably, the download rankings at Oricon Music Store account for individual purchases without duplication, even if the same user buys with different accounts.
Moreover, on Sony Music’s platform MORA, “Wherever U R” topped the Western Music and High-resolution Audio Charts for the first week of January. At Amazon Japan Music, as of January 7th, the song is ranked second in both the ‘Hot Release Album’ and ‘Hot Release Single’ charts, and third in the ‘Bestseller Album’ and ‘Best Song’ charts.
In addition, V’s solo album “LayOver,” released last year, also achieved notable success in Japan. It ranked 16th in the ‘Album Ranking’ and 19th in the ‘Combined Album Ranking’ of the Oricon 2023 Annual Ranking, placing 5th in the ‘Western Music Album Ranking’. These achievements have set new records for a K-pop solo artist in multiple categories of the Oricon ranking charts.