Arashi‘s new album “Boku no Miteiru Fuukei” hung onto its #1 spot for a second week. After selling 731,000 copies in its first week, it added another 125,000 copies this past week, moving it closer to the inevitable million mark. This is actually the first time that an original album by Arashi has topped the charts in back-to-back weeks.SCANDAL’s new album took the #3 spot on the sales rankings, while Cocco entered at #5. Fresh releases from Crazy Ken Band and HY occupied the last two spots on the top ten.
On the singles chart, Masaharu Fukuyama led the way with the double A-side “Hotaru / Shonen,” selling 158,000 copies. This is his 12th #1 single, and according to Oricon, this ties him with Hikaru Utada for the record of most #1 singles by a singer-songwriter.
Perfume‘s “VOICE” ranked at #2 for the week, followed by T.M.Revolution. Korean girl group KARA made it to #5, marking the first time that a foreign female group has entered the top ten with a debut single (in Japan) since The Nolans did it in 1980.
In DVD sales, the new concert DVD from the KinKi Kids sold 101,000 copies to top the overall rankings. With a current total of 8 number-one DVDs, they are now also tied with Utada for the record.
Another impressive DVD release came from Korean artists Girls’ Generation (also known as So Nyeo Shi Dae, or SNSD). Their first Japanese release sold 23,000 copies, reaching #4 on the overall rankings. They are the first Korean girl group to enter the Top 5, and the first female Korean artist since BoA did it more than 7 years ago.
Source: Oricon + tokyograph.com
On Music Station’s May 28th broadcast, it has been announced that Arashi, AKB48, Meisa Kuroki, XIAH Junsu and JUJU will be filling up the guest lineup. XIAH Junsu, from popular group Tohoshinki will be performing as a solo artist for the first time in the program.
performance list (in alphabetical order)
Arashi – MONSTER
AKB48 – Ponytail to Shou Shou
Meisa Kuroki – 5-FIVE
XIAH Junsu – Intoxication
JUJU – Trust in You
Japanese pop group Arashi will be releasing their new single “Troublemaker” in Korea today, according to agency SM Entertainment on Wednesday.
SM said in a press release that “Troublemaker” will be released in Korea in two versions; a regular CD and a limited edition composed of a CD and DVD.
The DVD will contain the music video for “Troublemaker” as well as making-the-video footage while the CD will feature an additional track titled “One More Step.”
“Troublemaker”, the group’s latest single released in Japan earlier this month, sold over 540,000 copies in its first week to top Oricon’s weekly single chart.
The pop track was also featured in popular Japanese television series, “Tokujo Kobachi!!”, which starred one of the group’s member Sakurai Sho.
Another track on the record will be “Shake It Now”, which was used as the theme song for several Japanese television programs as well as for the recent 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.
Arashi — composed of members Masaki Aiba, Jun Matsumoto, Kazunari Ninomiya, Satoshi Ohno and Sho Sakurai — made their debut in November 1999 with the eponymous single “Arashi”, which became an instant hit and sold over half a million copies in the first week alone of its release.
The boy band has released eight studio albums, three compilation albums and 29 singles to date, of which 25 have reached No. 1 on the Oricon singles chart.
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#2 on the singles chart was SID’s new song “sleep,” with about 41,000 in sales. Berryz Koubou and Mai Kuraki were right behind them in the rankings. Meanwhile, reunited rock band Anzen Chitai took the #9 spot, marking their first top ten appearance since 1988.
Young R&B singer Shota Shimizu topped the album charts with his second album, “Journey,” which sold 57,000 copies. Not far behind it was Remioromen’s “Kachou Fuugetsu” at 53,000 copies.
capsule’s new album “PLAYER” ranked #4. Motohiro Hata, Lady Gaga, and Straightener also made the top ten, landing in the #8 to #10 spots.
Source: Oricon + tokyograph.com
This week’s issue of FRIDAY magazine claims that Arashi’s Masaki Aiba (27) and actress Asami Mizukawa (26) are dating. In fact, their relationship is said to have started about three years ago.
Late last month, Mizukawa was seen visiting Aiba’s apartment building, with a mask covering part of her face. She was also seen visiting the same apartment in October and November of last year.
Mizukawa appeared in the 2004 movie “Pika**nchi Life Is Hard Dakara Happy,” which starred the members of Arashi. According to FRIDAY, Mizukawa and Aiba started dating three years ago, but they broke up in the fall of 2008 because of their busy careers. However, they got back together about a year later.
This is not the first rumor involving Mizukawa and an Arashi member. Last month, another magazine claimed that she and Kazunari Ninomiya (26) were going out after they were seen sharing a meal in Shibuya.
The management agencies for Aiba and Mizukawa said that the two are good friends, but they are not dating.
With the popular boy band Arashi getting another prime time show this spring, NTV has decided to end the group’s late night show “Arashi no Shukudai-kun.” The network announced that the final episode will air on March 22.
“Arashi no Shukudai-kun” has been on the air since October 2006, and has received high ratings despite its time slot.
The Sankei Sports newspaper reports that Arashi band member Satoshi Ohno will star in a live-action television adaptation of Fujiko Fujio A’s Kaibutsu-kun supernatural action manga this April. The story follows the prince of Kaibutsu Land, Kaibutsu-kun, as he decides to go to the human world as part of his training to become the king. Fujiko Fujio A is best known for co-creating the classic manga Doraemon.
The new series, which is the first live-action adaptation of the manga after two animated series, will run on the NTV network. The production will use computer graphics and special makeup to transform Ohno into a kaibutsu (monster).
The original manga ran in Shonen Gahosha’s Shonen Gaho magazine from 1965 and 1969. Later incarnations ran in Shonen Gahosha’s Weekly Shonen King (1967-1969) and Shogakukan’s CoroCoro Comic (1980-1982). Tokyo Movie Shinsha animated the story into a 1968-1969 television series and Shin’ei Doga animated a remake from 1980 to 1982. There was also an anime film in 1981.
Arashi has been extremely busy these days, what with their 10th anniversary concert, new releases, TV appearances including several members filming dramas. But in private Matsumoto Jun has been spending much of his time on a ‘hobby’ which some might find tedious. Let’s look at what he said during his radio program ‘JUN STYLE’ broadcast on September 12th…
During the summer, Arashi had participated in an event hosted by a TV station. While heading to their ‘VS嵐 / VS Arashi’ event area [‘VS嵐 / VS Arashi’ is a weekly TV program hosted by Arashi], the [popular RPG] Dragon Quest booth caught their attention. Lots of different Dragon Quest merchandise was being sold.
“I hadn’t come up with a good idea for a birthday present to give to Nino [Ninomiya]. Then I found Nino looking really interested in the merchandise.”
From among the merchandise, Matsumoto bought a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle that Ninomiya had especially liked. He told Ninomiya that he was buying it as his birthday present. But for some reason Matsumoto added that he will complete the jigsaw puzzle and give Ninomiya the finished product. Now, solving the puzzle has become his daily chore.
But the puzzle seems to have been more difficult than he had first thought…
“I’m barely managing to put together the letters of the title ‘Dragon Quest’. I’m nowhere near working on the characters.”
“I haven’t played with jigsaw puzzles for ages. It’s really hard work.”
Right now Ninomiya is playing ‘Dragon Quest IX’ on his Nintendo DS. Matsumoto said that he plans to give the puzzle before Ninomiya finishes the game. Just imagining Matsumoto spending almost all his spare time cooped up in his house and mulling over a jigsaw puzzle must make fans smile.
Let’s hope he can complete the puzzle soon!
Arashi’s Sakurai Sho challenged his first nude in the Fashion Magazine “an an”.
“I’m not the sexy one in Arashi-.” It was a surprising offer for him though he worked out with his personal trainer and he threw down his looks-great-without-clothes upper body and even his butt. Unexpected sexy intelligent caster with nothing on, fans must be excited.
He is in the news show as reporter with suit on though blast shots titled “men’s body” will be inserted on the magazine cover plus 8 pages in the latest issue of “an an”.
He shows the beauty of his body in 6 pictures included also is his six-pack on the cover of the magazine, one with half of his butt showing and underwear shot.
He had this offer during last fall. This was an amazing project for him too. “I never expected this. When I was offered I thought ‘No way’!” He took this offer full of drive because “Surprise is part of our job. This is a big challenge for me also.” He has been working out from last August for Arashi’s national tour for 10th anniversary since their debut then his nude offer fall in. “If I’m showing my body, I want to be prepared” He worked even harder.
Photoshoot was in the early December. He is pretty confident “I could relax because the light from the window was so beautiful” Masahiro Kumai, chief editor of an an, acclaimed “Pure, sexy, androgynous but with scent of a man.” Sakurai talked a lot about sexiness of women “I guess it comes from her life style or way of life.”
The music clip video collection ‘5×10 – All the BEST! CLIPS 1999-2009’ of popular group Arashi, who made their debut in the 2009 60th NHK Kouhaku Utagassen, has returned to the #1 position on the DVD (Overall) weekly charts 10 weeks after it made its debut at #1. The record of the longest interval for a music DVD returning to the #1 position was previously 3 weeks, held by Utada Hikaru’s ‘SINGLE CLIP COLLECTION VOL1’ which was released in January 2000, making this the first time in 10 years that the record has been broken.
translations credits to xinkoe
Music DVDs Top30
1, 32,617, 666,042, 5×10 All the BEST! CLIPS 1999-2009, , , 嵐
2, 13,054, 229,649, ﾗｲｳﾞ･ｲﾝ･ﾌﾞｶﾚｽﾄ, , , ﾏｲｹﾙ･ｼﾞｬｸｿﾝ
3, 12,053, 12,053, Welcome to SPEEDLAND SPEED LIVE 2009@武道館, , , SPEED
4, 10,226, 450,070, ARASHI AROUND ASIA 2008 in TOKYO, , , 嵐
5, 9,082, 186,124, KAT-TUN LIVE Break the Records, , , KAT-TUN
6, 8,179, 305,715, EXILE LIVE TOUR 2009 “THE MONSTER”, , , EXILE
7, 7,513, 26,189, 2009.07.21 Trash We’d Love Tour Final at Studio Coast, , , the HIATUS
8, 7,268, 7,268, SUPER JUNIOR 1st PREMIUM LIVE IN JAPAN, , , SUPER JUNIOR
9, 5,944, 5,944, yui horie CLIPS 2, , , 堀江由衣
10, 5,185, 212,077, 4th LIVE TOUR 2009~The Secret Code~FINAL in TOKYO DOME, , , 東方神起
11, 5,163, 48,405, ROCK’N’ROLL IN TOKYO DOME, , , 矢沢永吉
12, 5,118, 198,474, ﾅﾝﾊﾞｰﾜﾝｽﾞ, , , ﾏｲｹﾙ･ｼﾞｬｸｿﾝ
13, 4,673, 171,361, Mr.Children Tour 2009~終末のｺﾝﾌｨﾃﾞﾝｽｿﾝｸﾞｽ~, , , Mr.Children
14, 4,445, 17,946, 10TH ANNIVERSARY MAI KURAKI LIVE TOUR “BEST”, , , 倉木麻衣
15, 4,407, 93,246, ﾋｽﾄﾘｰ･ｵﾝ･ﾌｨﾙﾑ VOLUME Ⅱ, , , ﾏｲｹﾙ･ｼﾞｬｸｿﾝ
16, 4,402, 12,655, BIGBANG THE CLIPS vol.1, , , BIGBANG
17, 4,302, 268,460, namie amuro BEST FICTION TOUR 2008-2009, , , 安室奈|美恵
18, 4,124, 140,184, ﾋﾞﾃﾞｵ･ｸﾞﾚｲﾃｽﾄ･ﾋｯﾂ~ﾋｽﾄﾘｰ, , , ﾏｲｹﾙ･ｼﾞｬｸｿﾝ
19, 3,546, 109,434, HISTORY in JAPAN Vol.4, , , 東方神起
20, 3,485, 16,392, NANA MIZUKI LIVE DIAMOND×FEVER, , , 水樹奈々
21, 3,390, 255,540, TOUR 2∞9 PUZZLE, , , 関ｼﾞｬﾆ∞
22, 2,909, 302,254, SUMMER TOUR 2007 FINAL Time-ｺﾄﾊﾞﾉﾁｶﾗ-, , , 嵐
23, 2,877, 14,868, 横浜ﾚｹﾞｴ祭 2009-15周年-, , , Various Artists
24, 2,788, 121,083, 3rd LIVE TOUR 2008~T~, , , 東方神起
25, 2,743, 21,030, これ､PVでSHOWっ!!??, , , GReeeeN
26, 2,642, 70,469, 2nd LIVE TOUR~Five in the Black, , , 東方神起
27, 2,514, 25,880, ｢ｻﾞ･ﾍﾞｽﾄﾃﾝ｣30周年 ﾎﾘﾌﾟﾛ創業50周年 特別企画 ｻﾞ･ﾍﾞｽﾄﾃﾝ 山口百恵 全保存版 DVD BOX, , , 山口百恵
28, 2,482, 54,447, DANGEROUS~ｻﾞ･ｼｮｰﾄ･ﾌｨﾙﾑ･ｺﾚｸｼｮﾝ, , , ﾏｲｹﾙ･ｼﾞｬｸｿﾝ
29, 2,422, 269,095, ARASHI AROUND ASIA + in DOME, , , 嵐
30, 2,302, 142,187, 2004 嵐! いざｯ､Now Tour!!, , , 嵐