4:01 pm - 02/08/2018

๐Ÿ’ž some updates on jonghyun, poet l artist, etc. ๐Ÿ’ž

though it's pretty bittersweet (to the point where i have no motivation to write anything out of lapslock): poet l artist has made it's debut on the gaon monthly album chart with 151,224 in total sales. these sales were accumulated through preorder numbers and the first eight days that the album was available for physical purchase. with the total recorded numbers: the album is not only his highest selling to date on gaon but the highest selling first month sales of any sm soloist. (for reference: by this i mean on the actual chart - not in terms of first full month. as of right now lay still holds the record for that with like 226k copies sold in a full month or so but whatever.) poet l artist is also currently seated at 86,368 in total sales on hanteo as of yesterday, making it his highest selling solo release on hanteo as well. (remember: gaon = demand, hanteo = supply. a big chunk of the sales on gaon that aren't recorded on hanteo come from preorders that hanteo doesn't count.)

a few other accomplishments made by the album so far include: debuting on the billboard hot 200 chart (which there was already a post on), ranking in the top five on the billboard world album chart for two consecutive weeks, topping the itunes weekly album chart, peaking at #1 on over thirty unique itunes chart (breaking the record set in the past by taeyeon for sm soloists and making him the only korean soloist to rank on that many charts other than g-dragon), topping the itunes worldwide album chart (being the only korean male soloist to do this other than g-dragon), topping the gaon weekly download chart (for the second time in his career), etc.


[second music show win]



[memorial at coex atrium]

sm has set up a ... temporary memorial for jonghyun at the the smtown coex atrium. it opened up on january 27th and it'll be open for fans to visit daily through april 30th. they haven't said whether or not they're working on something more permanent yet. some are assuming that they are and they just wanted something to be opened until the final product is finished but others are more wary and concerned that this'll be "it" (and also kind of upset that it closes right before shinee's anniversary but i jest). from what i've been told the memorial plays his discography on loop and has on display every album that he was involved in throughout his career along with other content related to him such as: his book and concert merchandise (like his kazoos). sm also encouraged fans to leave nice letters for him which can be seen through all the post it messages being placed around the memorial area. the day after his first win on music bank his award was placed up for display at the memorial which can be viewed below:


source(s): gaon - @onewemi - @ohtaemjetaime_ - @shineeusaforums - @support_shinee - @taeyeon_ss

like said above: this is all really bittersweet and i wish he could be around to see it (though i'm not confident that the results would've been identical to this if he were still here which sucks to think about) but i'm glad that his mom is going to get all the money she will to apply toward that organization she wants to open in his name. beyond this: i'm gonna say to please keep the other members in your thoughts right now because they're in the process of preparing for their dome concerts, which the first is next friday (falling right on the two month anniversary of losing him) so it's going to be a really ... emotional and rough end half of the month. this is the calm before the storm!!
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keki7 8th-Feb-2018 11:01 pm (UTC)
Just here wishing his family well and of course the members as they prepare for the concerts. I hope there will be a more permanent memorial for him in the future, his legacy warrants it.

Hugs, to you OP!
illusions_chan 8th-Feb-2018 11:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you OP! I can't imagine how you must've rallied to do this, but I really appreciate it!

I feel so angry and so proud at the same time, because he deserves every win. This was a beautiful album with brilliant music. But the grief and then the rage of how these kind of accolades are often posthumous just leaves such a bitter taste in my mouth. But congrats bby. Wherever you are.

I really like the post-it wall, it's so personal and full of emotion. If I wasn't full time grad student, I'd be flying over there and Japan for the dome shows, and I'd really want to add my own note.
lightframes 8th-Feb-2018 11:53 pm (UTC)
bb how are you doing? Is school taking over your life?
cosmicdaze 8th-Feb-2018 11:19 pm (UTC)
thank you for all your hard work op โค๏ธ

i really hope sm is building a permanent memorial for him. i was so excited when i saw that this one was set up because i thought it was the permanent one and i really wanted to go to it.

poet | artist is such an amazing album. i listen to it all the way through a couple times a week.

if anyone ever needs someone to talk to about anything, my inbox is always open.
violoncelliste 8th-Feb-2018 11:25 pm (UTC)
tbh i'm still so fucked up over this i can't even listen to the album. i listened to shinin' and i love it, but that's all i can do

but i decided not to be bitter about the sales and views etc (even though it's perfectly understandable to be sad about how it turned out). honestly i'm just glad people liked the songs.
jinkiestabi 8th-Feb-2018 11:28 pm (UTC)
It's been a "low" day with me avoiding the tag, so I'm strapped for words.

Does anyone else feel like they finally move a step forward and then jump 10 steps back? Maybe it's just me.

Edited at 2018-02-08 11:29 pm (UTC)
violoncelliste 8th-Feb-2018 11:46 pm (UTC)
Honestly i feel like i've been stuck 10 steps back since i've heard the news and it only gets worse sometimes
ostsiberia 8th-Feb-2018 11:31 pm (UTC)
This was so sweet of you OP. Thank you for your post ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’– Though bittersweet, seeing the posthumonous accolades brings me some happiness (99.9% of the time I lurk and never comment) because I don't want his posts to disappear.

Would sales have been different probably, but it definitely would have been loved. The album is beautifully produced. I wish so bad it was his fifth album (of many more to come) instead of his last.

The dome shows are next friday? Holy smokes it felt like those were still weeks away. I think you said it perfectly, calling it the calm before the storm. I hope his family and the boys are alright.

jyushimatsu 8th-Feb-2018 11:36 pm (UTC)
I miss him so much. I hope his mother and sister are doing okay.
lightframes 8th-Feb-2018 11:56 pm (UTC)
The concerts are too close, my head hurts

Looking at the memorial photos still makes me sad. But I'm glad for the music show wins and how well the album has sold. It's a piece of art.

Everybody remember to stream the RDD and Lucifer videos to increase the views!

Thanks for the post, OP! Hope you're doing okay and getting some rest.
ginger_star 9th-Feb-2018 12:07 am (UTC)
I hope they do some permanent memorial for him. It would be super low of them not to.

I'm going to get to this one right near the end of its existence in April. I wonder if there will even be space left for my letter. He touched so so so many people...
goshipgurl 9th-Feb-2018 12:24 am (UTC)
im slowly getting used to it, tbh. but i havent listened to his album again ever since it came out, eventhough its saved in my spotify playlist.
tree_star123 9th-Feb-2018 12:27 am (UTC)
this is really bittersweet. i'm really happy he got his wins. my physical copy of his album actually came in this week. it's really beautiful but i have yet to listen to actual cd although i streamed it on spotify
sra_interesante 9th-Feb-2018 01:44 am (UTC)
..... just thinking about it make me feel like my heart will break again, we must be strong because im sure our pain is nothing compared to members who must carry on without him

kyokomurasaki 9th-Feb-2018 01:48 am (UTC)
I got my physical copy yesterday and got a bit choked up looking through the photos. I'm glad we can have posts like this and talk about him because it still feels raw. I can't imagine how the dome concerts are going to go but I just wish everybody strength and comfort ๐Ÿ’œ
modernabsurdity 9th-Feb-2018 03:21 am (UTC)
Thank your making all these posts, I know that a lot people (myself included) appreciate it. <3
krissasaur 9th-Feb-2018 04:55 am (UTC)
I will admit I bought it only because of the circumstance, knowing full well the music on it is mostly likely not going to be anything I normally like to listen to (or the fact that I may never be able to listen to it), but I wanted to have a piece of him in my hands.
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