Ex-KAT-TUN member Akanishi Jin’s solo debut album “JAPONICANA” failed to top the weekly Oricon Album ranking number 1 spot, losing to Ikimonogatari, who took the spot for the second week. Unbelievably, Akanishi took the number two spot. Even more, as to further the blow, a “poop” rumor has spread, and it seems his misfortunes never come signly.
According to a recording industry insider, “Johnny’s Jimusho cares a lot about rankings. They check the days of when other artists will come out with albums or singles with the utmost care, and avoid days with veteran artists. They search for days they can definitely grab the number one spot for their talents. For Akanishi, before the marriage was announced, the day his single would go on sale had already been decided, and above all he is an artist who Johnny Kitagawa looks after.”
For Johnny, this all meant that the plan for Akanishi’s album was to “move Akanishi’s release date 1 week after veteran Ikimonogatari’s, and he’ll definitely acquire 1st place”. However of course, Ikimonogatari was successful in acquiring plentiful sales for the second week of their release album, giving Akanishi 2nd place.
According to a former recording industry worker, “Core fans have a sort of quasi-love with their talents. Those fans, by themselves, will buy 100 discs or even 1000 discs for their idols. However, with the marriage, those types of fans have gone away. What this means is that since those fans have gone away from Akanishi, he won’t be able to acquire the #1 spot again.”
Currently, Akanishi is in the middle of his American tour. According to an insider, “It seems like fans from Japan are going, but the number of people who go that far are decreasing. Furthermore, it seems a little happening happened on the first day of the tour in Los Angeles.
Even though it was a 1 hour concert, there was a 15 minute intermission. There is a rumor coming out that Akanishi rushed to the guest toilets. Before the break, Akanishi wasn’t dancing well and his face was rough, but after the intermission his face was refreshed and he danced casually. Apparently, he was controlling himself from taking a sh*t for the fans.”
Of course it can’t be that he needed to poop, but since he made such a fuss in that way, that sort of talk among the fans won’t desist.
“However, it seems the service for this tour has been full throttle. On his first day is Los Angeles, Akanishi has hugged fans, and at his Hawaii concert talked with fans while signing autographs, and lastly taking pictures together. This type of fan-service isn’t something you would think of happening in Japan.”