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10:27 am - 10/24/2011

"Don't want to lose to Broadway" Talk with Johnny Kitagawa

 「Most No 1 Singles Produced」「Most Concerts Produced」――。We asked Guinness World Record holder and Johnny's Jimusho President Johnny Kitagawa his thoughts on show business and raising idols, etc.

 ――Certified as Guinness World Record holder

 I think this record will be hard to break. I'll be turning 80 soon but this is a record that I've spent all those years making. Entertaining others while entertaining yourself, that is "Show business". As such, I want to continue on having fun forever.

 ――Inspiration to join show business was

 Having grown up in Los Angeles because of my father's job, I got to see many shows and musicals from very young. In my early teens, Hattori Ryoichi and Misora Hibari came to perform (in the States) and I was tasked as interpreter. We would make bromides and sell them and they would just fly off the shelves. Still being a child but having the trust of everyone, that was the point where I decided I wanted to enter the entertainment industry.

 ――After that, I started an agency in Japan

 After the war, Japanese products such as cameras and televisions were on the cutting edge. But for some reason, the entertainment industry remained in the stone age. It was a time when it was embarrassing for a guy to lift his legs while dancing. It was from there that I went forward. I planned to make men dancing commonplace.

 ――How did you raise so many idols?

 You can't succeed with just singing and dancing. You must be "All Mighty" [A/N: All-Around, good at everything]. To increase the chances (of succeeding), I wanted to stock up skills. SMAP's Nakai (Masahiro) couldn't talk at all at first, but now his specialty is talking (as MC). It is amusing.

 They call it the "Ikemen Boom", but there aren't any boys in Johnny's that are just there because they are good looking. Matchy (Kondo Masahiko) isn't even good looking. It's because what they're doing is cool that they're cool. More than looks, it is motivation that is important. When Hikaru Genji was formed and I told them that I wanted them to rollerskate, they replied, "We don't know how to skate. But it sounds fun, let's try it". And in one hour, they were all skating smoothly. It's because one likes something that one can become good at it.

 ――Future aspirations

 I went forward with the feelings that I don't want to lose to Broadway. They say our shows are very broadway-like, but I want to produce a Japanese show that is recognized by the world. Little by little, we're coming to the point where it would be strange for Japan not to be on the cutting edge (in show business).

Translation: Me

I don't know about you but I find this interview very interesting. It's revealing about how Johnny thinks.

"They call it the "Ikemen Boom", but there aren't any boys in Johnny's that are just there because they are good looking." Well I guess the other boys can't say anymore that "Elite" MatsuJun was only chosen because of his face XD
    And can someone say "ouch!" for Matchy?
tennyo29 24th-Oct-2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
Clearly you don't listen to KAT-TUN, Jin or Yamapi's lyrics very closely then.
And if you don't, trust me, it's best to live in ignorance.

For the same reason as you I just listen to them for the beats.
kame_94 24th-Oct-2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
"No More Pain", "Care", "Run For You", "Yuuki no Hana", "Yubiwa", "Loveless", "White", "One in a Million", "Step by Step", "Love Yourself", "Going!", "Rescue", etc, etc..?
I look up translations for all the songs I listen to.

I'm not that much of a fan of Jin's current music, because almost his entire YGT concert was about getting drunk/laid. The beats were nice of course, better than most American music.. But the whole concept made me bored almost. Love the person, dislike his current music style.

I'm not saying they are TOTALLY ALWAYS 100% PG.. But, in American music, it's shit like "Slap that all on the floor", "I wanna get wit' ya mami", or "It's about time to put this pu**y on your sideburns". It's seriously like wtf, because that's almost all they play on the radio. I get sick of it.

I don't mind songs like "Make U Wet" (Koki-biased), because he's not singing songs like that all the time. He actually shows he can sing (especially more often since Jin left), dance, rap, etc. It's not like a one-trick pony like here where all they can do is rap about sex. Again, not saying that's all in America, but a majority.

P.S. KAT-TUN is my #1 group and what got me into J-Pop lol. xDD
seoulkhun 25th-Oct-2011 07:52 am (UTC)
I just looked at the Top 10 on Billboard

1. Adele -- Someone Like You
3. Foster the People -- Pumped Up Kicks
4. Gym Class Heroes -- Stereo Love
5. Rihanna -- We Found Love
6. David Guetta -- Without You
7. Cobra Starship -- You Make Me Feel...

Um, that's 6 out of 10 of the top 10 songs in America that aren't about sex or partying or getting drunk.

So, uh, yeah, believing all popular American music is about sex and partying is a common misconception.
kame_94 26th-Oct-2011 03:04 am (UTC)
Please read the whole comment:
"Again, not saying that's all in America, but a majority."
"That's almost all they play on the radio."

They basically only have rap stations & country where I live, and I hate country and the rap stations play sex driven shit about 99% of the time. Sooo.. yeah. -_-

Cobra Starship -- You Make Me Feel...

"Tell me what you want ’cause we can do just what you like
You make me feel that la la la la la
You make me feel so la la la la la"
I'm pretty sure that's somewhat related to sex. Just saying. I only know cuz my friend likes that song. -___-
seoulkhun 26th-Oct-2011 01:49 pm (UTC)
I can see the relating You Make Me Feel... to sex, although I wouldn't necessarily argue that one line makes it a sexual song

Well, the Billboard Hot 100 is compiled from digital sales AND radio so I found it to be relevant. I live in Los Angeles, and the pop radio (which plays the top songs in the nation) plays all of the songs that I had mentioned up there.

But I agree with you on hating country. I hate that stuff too. xD
kame_94 27th-Oct-2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
Oh no I wasnt trying to say the whole song is sexual, but it is suggestive in that part. Where I live is like a small town but it's near the ghetto area (no offense if that's considered offensive?? Everyone calls it that here.. So I don't know what else to call it lol). And so we get a pop song on the radio maybe once or twice a day, but other than that there's like no pop stations that we can get. >_< Thus why I spend my time online looking up all kinds of music and fell inlove with a lot of Jpop music :P
seoulkhun 29th-Oct-2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
oohhhh understandable

I live in Los Angeles area so we have a ton of different music choices here, I guess I'm lucky c:
citrine047 28th-Oct-2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
i agree with everything in this comment. so much.
horny jpop songs are okay once in a while. but american pop scene really has a tendency to overdo it, now the list american artists that i listen to have been significantly trimmed down.
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