Arama They Didn't

3:01 pm - 12/08/2012

Arashi's member annual income is only 20 million yen!




From movie to television to concerts, this year is a big success for Arashi. Their unprecedented nation wide dome tour mobilized 870,000 people. They ranked in the top 5 of CM income rankings.  From various activities, they contribute to about 20 billion yen to the economy.


Although there are some differences in annual income of each member, Arashi member is earning between 20 to 28 million yen (about US $242,000 to US $339,000) annually.  Or about 2 million yen (US $24,000) monthly.   That is basically it.  Even the lowest earning member of SMAP, Katori Shingo, earns more than the five of them combined.  Many showbiz people think this is not the hopes and dreams of Arashi (Advertising agency official).


For young men between 20 - 30 years of age, this kind of income is like a dream come true.  But Arashi members are top idols of the entertainment world.  From the list of richest celebrities that were published in 2005, the amount of tax paid, and annual income of these people were made public in the hundreds of million yen.  However, this treatment of Arashi is part of an "education" policy of Johnny's.


Not giving financial rewards to top entertainers is a dangerous act that could lead to the collapse of employer-employee relationship.  But Johnny's does not want Arashi to be "derailed" and "dropped" from being top idols.  For example, members of a certain music duo topped 2 million album sales and had received 200 million yen each in bonus money.  But their motivation had disappeared after they got handed the big check.  And now they almost disappear from the music world.  Johnny doesn't want the same thing to happen to Arashi.


Avex is a firm where the professional artists can rise above the office's policy.  Koda Kumi and Ayumi Hamasaki can say NO if the Office propose a plan that they don't like.  But it's absolutely impossible for Johnny's.  In Johnny's, the Office and the talent managers are above the talents.   Their popularity depends on the management system of the talent agency.   The "education" policy of Johnny's and the effort of Arashi members are what drive the steadfast popularity of Arashi.


Source: cyzowoman, johnnys-watcher translated by 4miu_miu
ungalad 8th-Dec-2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
For example, members of a certain music duo topped 2 million album sales and had received 200 million yen each in bonus money. But their motivation had disappeared after they got handed the big check. And now they almost disappear from the music world. Johnny doesn't want the same thing to happen to Arashi.

That made me think of Tackey and Tsubasa... XDDDD But have they sold more than 2 million records? :O As for the rest... that's obvious exploitation, but that's the agencies system, I guess. u_u
drigby 8th-Dec-2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
I think it's Kinki Kids.
samiilove74 9th-Dec-2012 12:14 am (UTC)
As a fan of KK who follows them almost 2 years,I don't see they "almost disappear from the music world" and they don't lose their motivation either.
yoru_no_hikaru 9th-Dec-2012 01:23 am (UTC)
Ah, if this referred to a JE group, which I must say I doubt, I don't think that any dou constellation in the agency ever sold like that, it's most definitely not KinKi Kids. They are still World Record holders when it's about sales, they fill Tokyo Dome each and every year, have both successful solo projects running...

Please, don't just randomly throw in names, some people will read it and believe it. ><

What came to my mind was "Chemistry". They sold incredibly well or a while, but only a short while after their big break-through things kind of dissolved.

Edited at 2012-12-09 01:24 am (UTC)
ungalad 9th-Dec-2012 01:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, I thought of Chemistry too... :P Kinki Kids seem to be going strong to me, at least, though I don't really follow their career.
yoru_no_hikaru 9th-Dec-2012 11:56 am (UTC)
KinKi are doing perfectly fine. I think they have the best "sales-promotion balance" in the agency. XD As for their motivation... no, I'm not going to get started about that.

Oh, so I wasn't the only one thinking of Chemistry. ^^" I think it fits. Later I had another thought too. JE-related. What about "Golf & Mike"? Never heard of them after their one big hit. But they didn't release an album, did they? Well, there are many possibilities. Hey, maybe it's a girl's formation. Most probably we don't even know who they mean, if they dropped their work, we probably haven't heard of them. XD
shunluv 9th-Dec-2012 03:31 am (UTC)
definitely not KinKi Kids.
those two still going strong as music duo and their motivation and passion for music still so much stronger than most of their kouhai out there :P
nara_tree 9th-Dec-2012 06:11 am (UTC)
I know that some people will think it's KinKi, but it's definitely not them.
They're duo, but KinKi haven't an album with 2 million sales (Yet!), though they have 3 albums that certified Million each. Also, they totally not lost their motivation of music, neither almost disappear from the music world (the world will cry if they do T_T).

minam_shi 9th-Dec-2012 12:02 am (UTC)
TakiTsuba's motivation didn't disappeared (^__<)/
ungalad 9th-Dec-2012 01:50 am (UTC)
Of course not, they're driven by love! \o/ ♥ \o/
niwiwin 9th-Dec-2012 12:12 am (UTC)
I don't think it necessarily mean Johnnys. What comes to mind for me is CHEMISTRY..... They're really almost unheard of now. AndI think they were really BIG
ungalad 9th-Dec-2012 01:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, I thought of them too, tbh. I only know them for their work with Crystal Kay, though. XD
michannosekai 9th-Dec-2012 04:28 am (UTC)
I also thought it's Chemistry.
nara_tree 9th-Dec-2012 05:42 am (UTC)
I think it's Chage and Aska.
stole_away 9th-Dec-2012 07:16 am (UTC)
kinki kids most probably
izabera 9th-Dec-2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
Neither KinKi Kids nor Tackey & Tsubasa have ever had an album or single selling 2 million copies.
The most KinKi Kids ever sold was 1.8 million copies with their first single. T&T's highest figure was around 300,000 or so.

Maybe he was talking about cumulative numbers, in which case it could be either of them. I doubt it though, I think this refers to a duo outside JE who had huge sales but are no longer active (possibly Chage and Aska?).
cuizy 10th-Dec-2012 03:31 am (UTC)
I thought they meant cumulative and I'd say kinki matches more cuz they're not really top idols anymore though they were very popular for a while. The story says Johnny's wanted to prolong Arashi at being a top idol
izabera 10th-Dec-2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
It could make sense since he stated how much bonus they got, and he has no reason to know the bonuses paid by other companies. I guess we'll never know for sure.
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