Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Arashi’s latest live DVD sold 618,000 copies in the first week!

Popular group Arashi released their eighth live DVD, “ARASHI 10-11 TOUR ‘Scene’ ~Kimi to Boku no Miteiru Fukei~ STADIUM” on January 26th, and it’s topped Oricon’s latest weekly DVD ranking. The result might not be especially surprising, but the sales for the first week totaled an amazing 618,000 copies!

This live DVD recorded the live concert from their nation tour at National Olympic Stadium on September 3rd, and it consists of performances for over 40 song, mainly from their latest album, “Boku no Miteiru Fukei” (released in August 2010).

Although Arashi’s previous live DVD, “ARASHI Anniversary Tour 5×10” (released in April 2010), which sold 477,000 copies in the first week, was the previous record for the amount of copies sold in the first week, they have now broken their own record with the new live DVD. This also marks the 7th time a music DVD from Arashi has topped the chart, and it’s the 5th consecutive one that has done so.

Below is the Top 5 all-time highest selling music DVD sales for the first week:

1. “ARASHI 10-11 TOUR ‘Scene’ ~Kimi to Boku no Miteiru Fukei~ STADIUM”- Arashi : 2011/1/26 (618,000)

2. “ARASHI Anniversary Tour 5×10″ – Arashi : 2010/4/7 (477,000)

3. “5×10 All the BEST! CLIPS 1999-2009″ – Arashi : 2009/10/28 (428,000)

4. “Real Face Film” – KAT-TUN : 2006/3/22 (374,000)

5. “EXILE LIVE TOUR 2010 FANTASY” – EXILE : 2010/12/1 (274,000)

Source & Image: Oricon Style

Arashi members struggle to explain the 3D effect of the “Nintendo 3DS”

Not long ago, the members of Arashi tried to explain Nintendo’s new handheld, the “Nintendo 3DS“, to all the viewers sitting at home.

Yesterday, they have released a new batch of commercials starring all five of the members, but it doesn’t seem to get any easier for them to answer the questions. This time they had to explain the 3D effect further, especially what it is like to experience 3D without the need of some special glasses. Aiba Masaki eventually came up with “4D” and “5D”, making the commercial fun as usual.

SOURCE : tokyohive

Arashi appears on Music Lovers for “Arashi Premium”

As tokyohive reported last week, NTV’s music show, Music Lovers, had an episode titled, “Arashi Premium“, for January 30th, and of course, it starred none other than the Johnny’s Entertainment group, Arashi.

- Arashi Meikyoku Live Collection : It shows many of Arashi’s live performances from the previous episodes on Music Lovers.

- Arashi’s First “Male Limited Live” : This was also from the previous episode in which Arashi held their first “Male Limited Live” on Music Lovers. As the guest lover, Yashima Tomohito also made appearance. Furthermore, there was also a never-released talk part during the show in which they asked the audience (who were male fans), “Which member do you want as your boss?” The winner of the poll question was Ohno Satoshi.

- Arashi members were then asked what kind of live they wanted to hold on Music Lovers.

Sakurai Sho said he wanted a “Kids Limited Live”.
• Ohno Satoshi said he wanted a “Foreigners Limited Live”.
Aiba Masaki said he wanted to “surprise a random person at their house and sing there”.

- For the never-released talk segment, there were quite a few highlights.

1. “Who is Arashi’s troublemaker?” (Asked To The Other Guests)
2. “Matsumoto Jun’s drinking friend is Oguri Shun.”
3. “Staffs have trouble dealing with Ohno Satoshi’s suntan.”
4. “Ninomiya Kazunari complains about a yakiniku dinner with Aiba.”
5. “Sakurai got confused by a mail from Ohno.”
6. “Who is the biggest sugar boy towards women?” (Asked To 100 Arashi Fans)

- The “Android au“ Guinness World Record CM Challenge

- At the end, the members were asked what kind of year they want to make 2011?

• Aiba Masaki – “I want to appear on Music Lovers this year as well.”

• Ninomiya Kazunari – “We have been able to do everything ‘Arashi-like’, so I want to thank people around us. Also, I think it’s best if we continue being just as Arashi, and enjoy all the work we do.”

Ninomiya actually apologized for saying stuff as if he was the leader of Arashi, as other members jokingly told him that it’s as if he was like the real leader of the group, which led to Ohno Satoshi’s answer…

• Ohno Satoshi – “I will try to be accepted as a leader.”

SOURCE : tokyohive

Jang Geun Suk to appear in new music video for Every Little Thing

It was announced today that South Korean star Jang Geun Suk is going to appear in the new music video of the popular duo, Every Little Thing (ELT).

ELT will release two new songs, “STAR” and “MOON“, on February 23rd, and they will release two music videos as well, featuring a short love story that spans across both videos. In “STAR” we get to see viewpoint of the woman, whereas “MOON” will feature the viewpoint of the man. It is said that you won’t be able to understand the story if you only see one of the videos, so be sure to check them both out.

Of course, it is just a music video, but it’s still Jang Geun Suk first ever Japanese production, and therefore could be described as his debut as an actor in Japan.

Vocalist Mochida Kaori is one of Jang Geun Suk’s many fans, and didn’t expect him to accept their offer. She said, “We sent the offer knowing that he would never accept, and then he gladly gave us his OK. I was feeling so happy at that time.”

Similarly, Jang Geun Suk revealed that he felt rather happy when he received their offer. He said, “I saw it as a great chance for me because I was able to create a deeply meaningful present for all of my fans.”


Aiba Masaki makes original cocktail at press conference for “Bartender”

On January 31st, a press conference for Arashi’s Aiba Masaki’s upcoming drama, “Bartender“, was held in the Roppongi Hills Arena, and the cast members made an appearance. As we reported several times, “Bartender” is based on the ongoing manga in “Super Jump“, and Aiba will play the bartender, Sasakura Ryu.

Aiba has been trained by a professional bartender for the drama since August 2010, and in order to show the results of his training, he made an original cocktail (non-alcoholic), named “Friday Memories”, for a lucky fan who was chosen by drawing from among the 800 fans who showed up. He said, “I’m putting my love in it to make it delicious~!“, and it made all the fans scream. One of the cast members, Kanjiya Shihori, also tried Aiba’s “Friday Memories” (with alcohol), and she enjoyed the cocktail, saying, “Hmm, it’s delicious!”

“Bartender” will start on February 4th on TV Asahi, and Arashi’s upcoming single, “Lotus“, will be its theme song.