February 26th, 2014

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Akimoto Sayaka Named Spokesmodel for NHK’s Youth Campaign



Ex-AKB48 member Akimoto Sayaka has been appointed spokes-model for NHK’s upcoming Spring Youth Campaign.

Akimoto, tasked with penning the campaign theme song, has packed it with English lyrics “It was definitely difficult, it’s miracle I was able to finish it” she continues “It’s a refreshing up-tempo song and will be reminiscent of AKB48 pop tunes.”

The NHK campaign sets its sight on supporting youth culture and their step forward into their upcoming roles as world leaders and influencers. Akimoto was chosen for her role as being a positive role model for young men and women along with her aptitude in English.

The official campaign page started on February 24th and will include television, magazine, and song tie-ins.

30s CM with theme song written by Sayaka, titled "Little Witch"



Source: Nihongogo, NHK official campaign website, Nikkansports

A solo debut single please T^T

Soundscan 2013 Yearly Rankings

[TOP 20 SINGLES]

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1   388,811   Arashi - Endless Game (Limited Edition/CD+DVD)
2   337,949   Arashi - Calling / Breathless (Limited Edition B/CD+DVD)
3   334,168   Arashi - Calling / Breathless (Limited Edition A/CD+DVD)
4   210,154   Arashi - Calling / Breathless (Regular Edition)
5   188,232   Southern All Stars - Peace to Highlight
6   186,673   Arashi - Endless Game
7   170,191   AKB48 - Koisuru Fortune Cookie (TYPE-A Limited Edition/CD+DVD)
8   167,431   Haruko Amano [Koizumi Kyoko] - Shiosai no Memory
9   148,939   AKB48 - Sayonara Crawl (Type-A/CD+DVD)
10  145,613   AKB48 - Koisuru Fortune Cookie (Type-B Limited Edition/CD+DVD)
11  139,767   Kanjani8 - Hesomagari / Koko ni shikanai Keshiki (Limited Edition A)
12  138,829   AKB48 - Sayonara Crawl (Type-B Limited Edition/CD+DVD)
13  137,091   AKB48 - Koisuru Fortune Cookie (Type-K Limited Edition/CD+DVD)
14  135,806   AKB48 - Sayonara Crawl (Type-K Limited Edition/CD+DVD)
15  134,385   AKB48 - Sayonara Crawl (Type-A Limited Edition/CD+DVD)
16  134,156   AKB48 - Sayonara Crawl (Type-B/CD+DVD)
17  130,798   Kanjani8 - Namida no Kotae (Limited Edition A/CD+DVD)
18  129,965   AKB48 - So Long!(Type-A Limited Edition/CD+DVD)
19  129,807   Kanjani8 - Koko ni shikanai Keshiki / Hesomagari  (Limited Edition B/CD+DVD)
20  129,321   Linked Horizon - Jiyu e no Shingeki





[TOP 20 ALBUMS]

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1   603,562    Arashi - LOVE (Limited Edition/CD+DVD)
2   524,067    B'z - B'z The Best XXV 1988-1998 (Limited Edition/2CD+DVD)
3   510,359    B'z - B'z The Best XXV 1999-2012  (Limited Edition/2CD+DVD)
4   303,175    MAXIMUM THE HORMONE - Yoshu Fukushu
5   288,393    FUNKY MONKEY BABYS - FUNKY MONKEY BABYS Last Best (Limited Edition/CD+DVD)
6   260,130    Namie Amuro - FEEL(CD+DVD)
7   258,681    BUMP OF CHICKEN - BUMP OF CHICKEN I [1999-2004]
8   247,267    Arashi - LOVE
9   244,656    BUMP OF CHICKEN - BUMP OF CHICKEN II [2005-2010]
10  221,720    Superfly - Superfly BEST (Limited Edition/2CD+DVD)
11  214,322    Nishino Kana - Love Collection ~mint~ (Limited Edition/CD+DVD)
12  211,567    Nishino Kana - Love Collection ~pink~  (Limited Edition/CD+DVD)
13  201,586    Perfume - LEVEL 3 (Limited Edition/CD+DVD)
14  190,340    Chris Hart - Heart Song
15  178,039    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Nanda Collection (Limited Edition/CD+DVD)
16  164,961    Yuzu - LAND
17  164,722    ONE OK ROCK - JINSEI X BOKU
18  162,965    Kanjani8 - JUKE BOX (Limited Edition A/CD+DVD)
19  162,405    V.A. - Amachan Uta no Album
20  154,191    Yazawa Eikichi - ALL TIME BEST ALBUM (Limited Edition/3CD+DVD)




[TOP 10 BEST-SELLING ARTISTS]

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amount indicated in million yen
() last year's ranking

#1     5,166    Arashi (3)
#2     4,407    AKB48 (2)
#3     4,068    B'z (-)
#4     2,995    Kanjani8 (5)
#5     2,509    Nishino Kana (20)
#6     2,472    Kis-My-Ft2 (13)
#7     2,244    FUNKY MONKEY BABYS (-)
#8     1,812    Momoiro Clover Z (-)
#9     1,670    Namie Amuro (11)
#10   1,609    Tohoshinki (-)






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Better late than never: Il Divo sings classic Japanese songs



In July 2013, Il Divo recorded a NHK charity song for The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake relief, titled “Flowers Will Bloom (original Japanese title: Hana wa Saku )” in English. And it has been released on iTunes in August 2013.

The charity song “Hana wa Saku” was born for a purpose to support the recovery of afflicted areas and the victims of The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake in 2011, and has been used as the theme song for “NHK /The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake Relief Project”. Its lyrics are written by the famous film director (winner of Berlin International Film Festival) Iwai Shunji, and composed /arranged by the acclaimed Japanese songwriter and the pianist, Kanno Yoko. Both songwriters are from Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, which is one of the afflicted areas from the disaster. In addition, its English lyrics were written by Roger Pulvers.

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Source: Ildivo.com, YT 1, YT 2, YT 3

I took the article from their website and edited some, just to make the focus on the song part and Il Divo.
I'm going to see their Musical Affair concert next month! So excited, because it's kinda my first big concert. May not be the best seat, but heck, I'm just gonna enjoy the fact that I'm there :P