Sensational Korean television drama ‘Descendants of the Sun’ that chronicles the relationship between a soldier and surgeon is sweeping Asia, with over a billion views recorded in China alone. Its original soundtrack album is also turning out to be a super hit, with the first installment opening to massive sales and the second due later this month. The album sold more than 20,000 copies last week, dominating domestic online music charts, the album’s distributor has revealed. MUSIC&NEW announced that the sales of the first volume of the original soundtrack (OST) crossed the 20,000-mark last Friday, thanks to the unchallenged boom of the military romantic television series. An OST album crossing the 20,000 milestone in the struggling local music market is a feat given the challenges posed by online streaming and digital downloads.
Descendants of the Sun OST album has two volumes. The first includes a total of five songs: ‘Always’ by Yoon Mi-rae, ‘Everytime’ by Chen and Punch, ‘This Love’ by Davichi, the Korean and English versions of ‘You Are My Everything’ by Gummy and ‘Once Again’ by Kim Na-young featuring Mad Clown. The second volume set to drop on April 21 also has five songs by K-Will, SG Wannabe, Lynn, M.C The Max, and Junsu of the K-pop boy band JYJ.
‘This Love’ by Davichi topped Genie Music’s monthly chart last month, followed by Yoon Mi-rae’s ‘Always’. Descendants of the Sun has become very popular TV series since it premiered in February 2016. According to video-streaming site Viki, it has been searched the most among other dramas and managed to score a 9.7 out of 10 rating. The drama is available with subtitles in 33 languages, including English, Mandarin and Spanish. The drama is a big success and starring Song JoongKi was in a way lucky since Captain Yoo Si Jin did not exist in an early screenplay for the drama, and actor Song JoongKi was not the candidate for the role initially according to Straits Times. It is first Korean drama to be broadcast simultaneously in South Korea and China. The super-hit show that features the romance between a South Korean special forces officer and a woman doctor on a peacekeeping mission in a fictitious country is stirring angry memories about the behavior of Seoul’s troops during the Vietnam War.