December 7th, 2011

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KAT-TUN tops Oricon weekly chart with 17 consecutive singles

Popular boy band KAT-TUN has just landed their 17th consecutive single atop the Oricon with “BIRTH“.

The single which was just released on November 30th has hit #1 on the Oricon Singles Weekly Ranking and sold 194,000 in it’s first week. “BIRTH” is the theme song to Kamenashi Kazuya’s drama “Youkai Ningen Bem“.

Since the group debuted back in 2006, every single since “Real Face” to now (“BIRTH”) has reached number 1 on the Oricon.

KAT-TUN will start their 2012 tour, “KAT-TUN LIVE TOUR 2012 CHAIN” at Toki Messe in Niigata on February 2nd. This will be their first tour in two years, they also have plans to release a new album at the end of February.


Congrats boys~!
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Namie Amuro opens Official Facebook and offers free music!

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In a surprise move, Vision Factory has announced the opening of Namie Amuro's official Facebook page. Fans will now be able to watch her music videos, buy official goods with worldwide shipping and keep up-to-date with the singer's activities in Japanese and English. Fans are also being offered a free download of "arigatou" from her new single, "Sit! Stay! Wait! Down! / Love Story." A message announcing the gift states, "We hope this song will reach all the people across the world." The ballad has been presented on the page with its Japanese lyrics and translated English lyrics which you can read under the cut.

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You can visit and "like" her page at:

Amuro's Official YouTube channel has also uploaded her performance of "arigatou" from her still ongoing tour, Live Style 2011. The video is presented with both Japanese and English lyrics as well.

Source: Namie Amuro Facebook, Namie Amuro YouTube Channel
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Aim for Million! Shojo Jidai to Release Japanese Re-packaged Album

Just released this past June was Girls’ Generation’s first Japanese album, also titled “Girls’ Generation”, which has now sold over 850,000 copies and continues to sell new copies everyday. Pre-order for the re-packaged album begins today December 7th, while the official release date has been set for December 28th.

On the re-packaged album will be 15 songs which include a Japanese version of “The Boys”, three new remixed songs and one song that was never released before. The three remixed songs are, “THE GREAT ESCAPE” remix by Brian Lee, “BAD GIRL feat. DEV” a remix by The Cataracsremix, and remix of “MR.TAXI” by Steve Aoki. The new song on the re-packaged album is titled “TIME MACHINE”.

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Source: Sanspo translated by soshified

I don't know where they get the 850,000 copies sold from because from the last oricon data they only manage to sold about 637,955 copies

Top 5 Album sold until last week from 2ch
*1 *,903,336 *31,815 Beautiful World / 嵐 11/07/06
*2 *,826,676 **2,442 ここにいたこと / AKB48 11/06/08
*3 *,741,426 **1,636 願いの塔 / EXILE 11/03/09
*4 *,655,220 **3,272 BORN THIS WAY / Lady Gaga 11/05/23
*5 *,637,955 **3,132 GIRLS' GENERATION / 少女時代 11/06/01

The great shift in Japanese Pop Culture

The Rise of Marginal Subcultures

The drop in cultural markets has been almost perfectly pegged to the decline in incomes. Middle class consumers are buying less, and when they buy, now go for cheaper or risk-free products. Within this environment, we could expect marginal subcultures to also have curbed consumption. Yet they did not! And their steady buying into their own cultural niches has made huge changes in the tenor of Japanese pop culture.

Yankii and otaku: Consumption as pathology

The yankii and otaku have never traditionally been blessed with high incomes nor high future earning potential, and in pure homo economicus terms, should be cutting back even more than middle-class consumers. We must understand, however, that for the otaku, yankii, and gyaru, shopping is not merely a form of leisure nor has it even been an attempt to buy into a larger society-wide consumerist message. These groups use consumerism as a therapeutic solution to their psychological and social problems.

Marginal groups’ up their voting power in the consumer vacuum

The end result is that the otaku and yankii have an almost inelastic demand for their favorite goods. They must consume, no matter the economic or personal financial situation. They may move to cheaper goods, but they will always be buying something. Otherwise they lose their identity. While normal consumers curb consumption in the light of falling wages, the marginal otaku and yankii keep buying. And that means the markets built around these subcultures are relatively stable in size.

So as the total market shrinks, the marginal groups — in their stability — are no longer minor segments but now form a respectable plurality in the market. In other words, if otaku or yankii all throw their support through a specific cultural item, that item will end up being the most supported within the wider market.

The clearest example of this is AKB48. With the letters AKB in their name, this group of girls was unequivocally marketed towards older males based in the Akihabara otaku culture. Compared to past mass market groups such as Speed, the girls are intentionally chosen and styled to look like elementary schoolgirls and lyrically address older men with direct sexual references. (See the “cat-eared brothel” video for “Heavy Rotation” and the unambiguous “love knows no age” lyrics for “Seifuku ga jama wo suru.”)

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Source: neojaponisme

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AKB48's still on top

AKB48's single, "Ue kara Mariko", featuring Shinoda Mariko in the center position for the first time has sold 959,280 copies in its first day. "Ue kara Mariko" is now third on the list of highest first day sales for a single, after "Kaze no Fuiteiru" and "Flying Get."


arama, what was your favorite akb single this year? flying get is still my jam.

Weekly Oricon Chart: Albums/Singles/Music-DVDs

For album article, go HERE.

For single article, go HERE.

Meanwhile, popular male duo, Yuzu, have topped the music-DVD chart with their latest live DVD, "LIVE FILMS 2-NI-" since a year and 10 months ago, making it their sixth in total. This DVD contains live recordings at Yokohama Arena on July 23rd and 24th this year, in which their tour "YUZU ARENA TOUR 2011 2-NI-" had mobilized 300,000 attendance.

Posting the top 30 albums/singles and the top 10 music-DVDs. The second column in the top 10 refers to sales in 2011. New release in bold.

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Congrats to Yuzu and Perfume! Happy to see Kubota-san doing so consistently. Also congrats to JUJU and Kuu!

EDIT: Sorry mods if you see this submitted twice!

Source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Producer Miyahara wants more J-pop on the world stage

Producer Miyahara wants more J-pop on the world stage
Special to The Japan Times

Tucked away in a cozy corner of Tokyo's Setagaya Ward, million-selling singer and rapper Soulja twirls an unsmoked cigarillo in his fingers while nodding his head to a hip-hop beat. "Yeah, that's good. I like that," he says to the man beside him, who is seated in front of a sound board and a colossal computer monitor. They are in a studio putting together Soulja's latest single, a collaboration with J-pop superstar Issa, of Da Pump fame. And the man next to Soulja, sporting a shaved head and dressed all in black, is songwriter and producer Jeff Miyahara.

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Source: Tokyo times

Scriptwriter Yukawa Kazuhiko talks about the inspiration for Kaseifu no Mita

Kaseifu no Mita, the drama in which actress Matsushima Nanako plays an enigmatic housewife for the Asuda family, has been attracting a great deal of attention this season. The drama got off to a good start with an average viewership rating of 19.5% and hit a record high of 29.6% episode 8 which aired on 30 November, making it the highest rating for a drama this year. Whether it can go past 30% remains to be seen. The last drama that achieved such ratings was Kimura Takuya’s Kareinaru Ichizoku in 2007.

In a recent interview with Oricon Style, scriptwriter Yukawa Kazuhiko shared his thoughts on the the inspiration for the unsmiling Mita Akari and the production’s theme which has left other dramas in the dust. In his 25-year career as a scriptwriter, Yukawa has been a hit maker, churning out numerous topical dramas such as Jou no Kyoshitsu and Magerarenai Onna, and unconventional in that he has at times been called a “man of the drama world who rises to greatness in troubled times” within the industry.

“After the production of episode 1 was completed, there were opinions that the story would be more exciting if it revolved around different families in each episode, but I didn’t yield on closely observing and delving into the lives of one family. The drama comes down to the depiction of humans beings. In that case we would’t have been able to portray the problems in the family and the darkness in human nature if we had changed families each episode. I wanted to explore this theme through the focus on one family because of the times that we are in,” he reflects.

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Source: jdramas

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu releases PV for “Tsukema Tsukeru”

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is back with a new PV that’ll bombard your senses with colors and fashionable randomness!

Produced by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule), “Tsukema Tsukeru” combines infectious catch-phrases with a lighthearted melody. As for the PV, the model-turned-singer invites us to her version of Wonderland, which apparently includes dancing man-lion servants.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will be releasing her first single, “Tsukema Tsukeru”, on January 11th. In the meantime, check out her PV below!


Japan Twitter Trends for 2011!

Even though the year isn’t quite finished yet, BIGLOBE has compiled a list of the top Twitter trends for 2011. Many of the rankings aren’t surprising, especially those related to the Great Tohoku Earthquake this past March.

Check out the 2011 trends below and look forward to the list of November’s trends soon!


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Hangout With AKB48 On Google+!

AKB48 made an announcement on December 8th that they will start using Google+! Today is AKB48's 6th anniversary and they made a special announcement during a press conference (which was also live streamed on YouTube). A Google+ representative also announced that they were really eager and excited to work with Akimoto Yasushi in promoting AKB48 and the social networking service to the world.

Some of the features that were announced included: live streaming of special concerts, using the video conferencing feature "Hangout" with AKB48 members, and also updates from all the members that will be added into your "Circles". With AKB48 members using Google+, messages will be translated into Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, English and Korean for easier access to fans.

During the press conference AKB48 captain, Minami Takahashi, took a photo with a smartphone and uploaded to Google+ to signal the usage of this social networking service. Atsuko Maeda also mentioned that she might try to use "Hangout" later on Google+!

So what are you waiting for? Quickly add AKB48 and their members to your circles and hangout with them!
Takahashi Minami's Google+
Maeda Atsuko's Google+

Source: jpopasia