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If there are 5 different versions, then shouldn't they divide the 300,000 by 5, meaning 60,000x5?
The contents are different anyway. Well, it's not exactly 60,000 since I'm sure that not all 5 versions are selling at a similar rate.
- >>9Oricon seems to have added them all up, but they also counted the sales individually per type
It's not an amount that one can't shell out, but it'll just take its toll mentally. The fans will just keep decreasing.
- I was wondering why they've been appearing a lot with AKB on TV, so this is it huh. SMAP sure have fallen.http://daily-akb48.com/img/Post/1386/image.jpg
Is it an evil method?
Don't you think buying different variations is much better than buying 5, 6 copies of the exact same thing?
- >>20それは言えてるI guess you could say that
- >>20It's evil because the 5 have different contents, which means that the people who want to enjoy the songs need to collect them all.
Victor's evil methods goes all the way back in the day.
They even sold 10 different color variants for the Southern All Stars.
Of course, that was way before AKB started doing this.
- >>24That wasn't SAS, that was SMAP's 'Best of' album.
> Now that the CD sales figures don't hold any meaning anymore, thanks to AKB, we should get rid of our notion that Ranking = Popularity.
How smooth of them to bash Yasushi Akimoto like that LOLOLOL
- >>27I think rankings already lost their meaning a long time ago, and that's why this kind of sales method was born.
The consumers shouldn't be concerned about these sales rankings.
But this method sure is a turn-off.
This is on a level that would make me quit being a fan if I were one.
This is really evil.
But the consumers have the right to buy, or not to buy.
Therefore, there's no problem with this.
Don't you think that 300,000 is a horrible figure even if they did something to that extent? LOL
SMAP's totally finished.
The ones who are buying are the old grannies, but the biggest victims here are the husbands who had to work hard and see the money that they earned be used for that purpose.
Mr. Ryo Fukawa, please teach SMAP a lesson as well (related post HERE)
SMAP sure have become pitiable
Arashi doesn't even need to do this, and they'd sell 3x more
The songs are different, but it's treated as one CD... Don't you think that's weird?
I'd understand it if it had different covers or different freebies.
Those who are interested can just buy the ones with handshake passes, lottery tickets, DVDs, and other what-nots.
The people who are only interested in the music can just ignore this, but when they split off the B-sides like this, as a fan you'd feel disappointed.
They wrote the article with the premise that "AKB is evil" LOL
But that's exactly the case.
Johnny's has Arashi so they can still feel relieved.
And it's a smart move that Arashi are more inclined towards MomoClo.
I'm envious of Arashi. Almost all of their songs (over 20) are also sold using varying B-sides but no one's bashing them.
SMAP on the other hand has only applied this method to 3 of their 50 songs, including this one.
You won't be able to stop this once you start it.
How miserable, just for the sake of earning chump change.
Adult games have different freebies depending on the shop you buy them from
But those games are downloaded illegally before they even go on sale. You finish them then go buy numerous copies of the game (\8,800) for the sake of 1 telephone card. That's an amazing world they have there.
But the song itself is shi+e.
For those that have different B-sides, they should be counted as a different single.
But you just have to buy one copy of each of the 5 editions, right?
One AKB baka-wota will buy 1,000 copies of the exact same thing so you can't compare them.
Those kinds of people are only a handful.
And there are also the unpopular gooks and idols who throw in handshake passes.
The scale here is irrelevant, this kind of selling method in itself is a disgrace.
They're not doing it for "chump change", it's because they're celebrating their 50th single.
Yeah, they sold 3 different versions back in 2010 but they returned to selling just 1 version for a while.
And Victor doesn't have to rely on SMAP alone anymore since the Southern All Stars are back, so they'll probably sell just 1 version the next time around. (Related post HERE)
They should have made this into a mini album
CDs aren't the only things Jani-wotas spend their money on.
Travel expenses for their concerts, drama DVDs, and they also have to watch their movies over and over again.
You can't be a Jani-wota if you're not rich.
Do SMAP fans even listen to their songs?
Don't they just want to join the events and don't even bother to listen to the songs?
The number of original B-sides for the latest single
(backing tracks and remix versions excluded)
AKB - 5 songs
Arashi - 3 songs
SMAP - 2 songs
Kanjani - 4 songs
SMAP just forcefully increased these 2 songs into 5 types, Victor sure has guts.
Their fan service has changed a lot recently. Rather, they're now approving the fans to come closer to them. Idols sure become desperate for survival once they're in their 40s.
But Arashi did this too, and thanks to that, their sales increased by around 200,000.
They didn't sell 5 editions like this, don't lie.
But SMAP is amazing for still being able to sell 300,000 copies.
There's no idol in history who are already in their 40s, who are able to come out with 5 versions of one single and still sell that much.
And I don't think there will be another one either.
Even the other groups are selling 3 versions. It's just that they have 5 versions for their 50th single.
It's weird that people who seem to be thinking that handshake passes and B-side variants are the same are bashing them.
You can bash AKB all you want because of those handshake passes, but all other idols except for Perfume are selling multiple singles with different B-sides.
Even Arashi sold multiple singles with different B-sides everytime since 2010. They also did that before.
True, everyone just started reacting because they saw AKB in the article, but everyone else is selling their CDs with different B-sides.
The evil AKB's at fault for starting this.
It's similar to one country having nuclear weapons, which gives the need for the other countries to have their own nuclear weapons as well.
Didn't Arashi come out with a \500 CD single before?
They did something horrible like that when they lost to AKB
MomoClo's album was sold in 3 different variations.
They shipped 700,000 copies but only sold 200,000.
Takeshi and Ryuichi Sakamoto once said:
Once one person starts doing it, everyone else will do the same.
That's what makes it dangerous.
SMAP's become desperate after losing to Arashi.
At this rate, it looks like Arashi will even surpass them in the total CD sales as well as the concert ticket sales.
So it's still treated as the same CD even when there are B-side variants?And I think that there are even special cases in which 2 different CDs with the same content are counted separately. I think they should clarify the grounds first.
Seriously speaking, among the CDs currently at the top of the rankings, I think Arashi's the only one selling their CDs properly.
AKB, SMAP, EXILE, all of these groups are using evil methods to desperately add a few more figures to what they're supposed to be selling.
Must be the turn of the times.
I think so too that Arashi currently has the biggest consumer base, and they can still move units even when they do nothing.
They shouldn't be pushing themselves, so Arashi's choice is correct.
They're probably going to come up with other means when this drops.
But Arashi has 2 different video versions and different coupling song versions which makes it a total of 3 different versions. You're saying that Arashi is the only group selling their CDs properly? I can't seem to comprehend.
But Arashi has 2 different video versions and different coupling song versions which makes it a total of 3 different versions.
AKB is the root of all evil since they had success with selling based not on the actual song but on the extras that came with it. It seems that people don't care about the songs anymore.
Does SMAP still have fans?
Of course, that's why they can still sell this much.
The haters just can't face reality and just keep on bashing them.
I think Oricon is the one at fault here.
I hope they don't count CDs with freebies as CDs.
Some 40-year-olds who sing bad and are still passing off as idols is pathetic in itself, and the way they're so desperate in trying to prove a point that they can still sell this much is just... LOL
It's just their wotas buying all the CDs because of the freebies
There's nothing more evil than AKB who makes their wotas buy this much
Rino Sashihara wota - 9108 votes
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Mako Kojima wota - 1,585 votes
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If this was TOKIO's leader, you guys wouldn't be hating on him so much
Been wondering why haven't anybody post this one yet. Well, be it SMAP, AKB48, Arashi, K-pop idols, even EXILE each one are desperate to achieve high sales. Fans didn't buy cds for the songs anyway. Whoever got the best strategies and bonuses to attract fans bulk buying then they'll win. Popularity =/= sales.