December 19th, 2011

Arashi tops Oricon yearly album ranking & music DVD ranking for 3 consecutive years

It was announced that Arashi dominated both Oricon yearly album ranking and Music DVD ranking for 2011.

The No.1 selling album in 2011 is Arashi’s “Beautiful World” which was released in July and sold 908,000 total copies.  This is the third consecutive year that Arashi has topped the Oricon yearly album chart (“All the BEST! 1999-2009” in 2009, “Boku no Miteiru Fukei” in 2010).

In addition, they are the second artist who achieved 3 consecutive yearly #1 albums in 20 years after Matsutoya Yumi made the record during 1989 ~ 1991.  For a male artist, Inoue Yosui previously made the record for toping Oricon’s yearly album chart for 2 consecutive years (in 1974 ~ 1975).  However, this year, Arashi beat Inoue’s record with their 3 consecutive years #1s.

Not only the album chart, but Arashi also topped the Music DVD chart for 3 consecutive years with their live DVD “ARASHI 10-11 TOUR ‘Scene’ ~Kimi to Boku no Miteiru Fukei~ STADIUM“, released back in January (“5×10 All the BEST! CLIPS 1999-2009” in 2009, “ARASHI Anniversary Tour 5×10” in 2010).  Moreover, “ARASHI 10-11 TOUR ‘Scene’ ~Kimi to Boku no Miteiru Fukei~ STADIUM” sold 793,000 copies making it the best selling music DVD ever for Oricon’s DVD ranking history, which started in 1999.  The No.2 best selling music DVD  is also Arashi’s, their “ARASHI 10-11 TOUR ‘Scene’ ~Kimi to Boku no Miteiru Fukei~ DOME+”  DVD (released in June) sold 673,000 copies.

The sum of Arashi’s sales for music DVDs was 10,170,000,000 yen leading to a #1 ranking in the music DVD sales category as well.  In total, the group topped 4 categories this year.


I'm wowed by the music DVD ranking more than the album ranking.

YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz Announce U.S. Tour + "All My Love" Preview

YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz recently shared some exciting news on their official blog.

GACKT confirmed that YFC will embark on an American tour in spring 2012. No other details have been released. Fans are hoping that the US tour will be as big as last year's European tour which hit a total of 9 countries.

Furthermore, the band has released a teaser PV for their second single,
"All My Love". Check it out below!

Source: jpopasia

cute @!

Matsushita Yuya releases pv for Kimi e no Love Song ~10nen Saki mo~

will be released on January 25,2012 with 8 editions. (would post covers not out yet)


alternate link:

really sweet,I like his newest  material a lot,hopefully his album is as good since I can't really get into him, I find most of his music mediocre

Tegomass promises to resume activities with NEWS

On December 18th, Tegomass (comprised of NEWS members Tegoshi Yuya and  Masuda Takahisa) performed at the Yokohama Arena leg of their nationwide tour.

During the concert, Tegoshi promised to resume their activities as NEWS members, saying, “As NEWS, we want to steadily release new material.

Since Yamashita Tomohisa focused on his solo career and Nishikido Ryo was busy with his own activities in Kanjani8, NEWS wasn’t able to do much this year.

Back in October, Tegoshi commented, “Including what’s around us, all kinds of things happened,” referring to the turmoil from both the Tohoku disaster and the departure of Yamashita and Nishikido. He continued, “However, we want to be positive and continue making things that will leave an impression.

At the concert, Tegomass sang a total of 24 songs for 15,000 fans.

Source: Sanspo via tokyohive

cute @!

Ayumi Hamasaki Arena Tour 2012 and Theme Song Announcement!

Ayu’s official 2012 tour title has been revealed to be 『ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2012 A ~HOTEL Love songs~』!

TRF’s famous piece 「Happening Here」, which will be covered by Ayu, was the original theme song for “ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2011 A ~HOTEL Love songs”. Now, this cover song will be the theme song for the 2 tours “Ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2011-2012 A ~HOTEL Love songs~” and “Ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2012 A ~HOTEL Love songs~”!!

The theme song will be available for download from 21 Dec onwards!


a little confusing,her last tour that was cancelled cuz of the earthquake and made into the Power of Music and now it is  being revived for her CDL this year and her arena tour next year as well? either way..YAY new tour and cover, love TRF!
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AKB48’s angel, Watanabe Mayu to make a solo debut in February

It was announced that AKB48 member, Watanabe Mayu (17) will be making her solo debut with the single “Synchro Tokimeki” set to be released on February 29th 2012.  Watanabe will be the 4th AKB48 member to make a solo debut after Maeda Atsuko (20), Itano Tomomi (20), and Iwasa Misaki (16).

It was also announced that Watanabe’s solo debut song will be used as the theme song for a new drama on TV Tokyo (title currently unknown) which Watanabe will star in for the first time.  The drama will start airing on January 13th.

Watanabe stated that she is aiming to top the Oricon chart.

Ryo Nishikido - yarichin

arama's classier than none of them hoes best of 2011 super fun time nomination update

Just a reminder that nominations ends in 5 days.
Updates on Nominations:
  • Over 300 nominations so far!
  • Some of these nominations are really interesting... like lol worthy
  • NEWS LOSING RYO AND YAMAPI UP DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AS JAPANESE NEWS. That goes under scandals. Priorities people, there's more NEWS losing Ryo and Yamapi nominations in that category than the earthquake. SMDH
  • also can someone include the artist with your songs. idk who sang meikyuu no love song or half the other songs y'all be putting down.
  • i'm flattered, truly i am <3, that you keep adding me and other arama members to the things that go away in 2012 but we just don't count. sorry!

2011 Yearly Singles/Albums/Music-DVDs

EDIT: Added Top 20 Best-Selling Music Home Videos (VHS+DVD) & Music-DVDs of All Time.

2011 Yearly Top 100 Singles (2010/12/27~2011/12/12)

*1 1,587,229 AKB48 – Flying Get (11/08/24)
*2 1,586,840 AKB48 – Everyday, Kachuusha (11/05/25)
*3 1,418,888 AKB48 – Kaze wa Fuiteiru (11/10/26)
*4 1,198,864 AKB48 – Ue Kara Mariko (11/12/07)
*5 1,079,460 AKB48 – Sakura no Ki ni Narou (11/02/16)
*6 *,625,935 Arashi - Lotus (11/02/23)
*7 *,614,131 Arashi – Meikyuu Love Song (11/11/02)
*8 *,498,920 Kaoru to Tomoki, tama ni Mukku. - Maru Maru Mori Mori! (11/05/25)
*9 *,466,037 SKE48 – Pareo wa Emerald (11/07/27)
10 *,441,680 Kis-My-Ft2 - Everybody Go (11/08/10)

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2011 Yearly Top 100 Albums (2010/12/27~2011/12/12)

*1 *,907,589 Arashi - Beautiful World (11/07/06)
*2 *,829,645 AKB48 – Koko ni Ita Koto (11/06/08)
*3 *,743,242 EXILE – Negai no Tou (11/03/09)
*4 *,658,554 Lady Gaga - BORN THIS WAY (11/05/23)
*5 *,642,054 Shoujo Jidai - GIRLS' GENERATION (11/06/01)
*6 *,484,336 Amuro Namie – Checkmate! (11/04/27)
*7 *,450,595 KARA – Super Girl (11/11/23)
*8 *,414,725 Kuwata Keisuke - MUSICMAN (11/02/23)
*9 *,413,943 SMAP - SMAP AID (11/08/17)
10 *,397,459 Ikimonogakari – Ikimonobakari ~MEMBERS BEST SELECTION~ (Total since 10/11/03: 1,304,215)

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2011 Yearly Top 50 Music-DVDs (2010/12/27~2011/12/12)

*1 789,283 Arashi - ARASHI 10-11 TOUR "Scene" ~Kimi to Boku no Miteiru Fukei~ STADIUM (11/01/26)
*2 672,540 Arashi - ARASHI 10-11 TOUR "Scene" ~Kimi to Boku no Miteiru Fukei~ DOME+ (11/06/15)
*3 380,028 AKB48 – AKB ga Ippai ~The Best Music Video~ (11/06/24)
*4 271,901 KARA - KARA BEST CLIPS (11/02/23)
*5 166,177 Kanjani∞ - KANJANI∞ LIVE TOUR 2010→2011 8UPPERS (11/04/13)
*6 162,763 EXILE ATSUSHI - EXILE ATSUSHI Premium Live~The Roots~ (11/05/11)
*7 159,541 Amuro Namie - namie amuro PAST<FUTURE tour 2010 (11/12/15)
*8 154,408 NEWS - NEWS DOME PARTY 2010 LIVE!LIVE!LIVE!DVD! (10/12/22)
*9 124,254 EXILE - EXILE LIVE TOUR 2010 FANTASY (Total since 10/12/01: 438,698)
10 120,437 KAT-TUN - KAT-TUN -NO MORE PAIИ- WORLD TOUR 2010 (10/12/29)

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Oricon official site only has the ranking until top 100, but you can check top 200 if you click at source 3.

And as previously suggested, here are some bonuses for the number nerds, including a throwback to who were topping the singles and albums charts 10 years ago.

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

Inoue Mao to be presenter for Tohoku aid project at ‘Kohaku’

It’s been revealed that actress Inoue Mao will serve as the presenter for the Tohoku Aid Project during this year’s broadcast of the Kohaku Uta Gassen.

During the first portion, “Ashita wo Utaou.”, Inoue will reach out to families whose children were born on the fateful day that the earthquake and ensuing tsunami decimated the Tohoku area of Japan. The scenes were shot by photographer Kobayashi Kisei, who hoped to give off the feeling that there is hope for the future.

“When they overcame their grief and hardship, there were many hopes and smiles to be had. Life being born, living with all you’ve got within your complex thoughts, and deciding to protect [those things]… their family bonds deeply moved me with their great courage,” said Inoue. “I hope to connect you to the hope of the future known as ‘Tomorrow’.”

In addition to being broadcast through NHK’s 62nd Kohaku Uta Gassen on December 31st, the project will also be aired during the “Mou Sugu Kouhaku Koko ga Midokoro Namahousou Special” on the 20th.