Friday, December 30, 2011

Sakurai Sho to show live piano performance on Kohaku

NHK announced that Arashi who will be the host for the white team on this year’s ‘Kohaku Uta Gassen‘.  The group will also be the presenters for a corner to support Tohoku region.
The corner is titled ‘Ashita wo Utaou. ~Nippon no Arashi ‘Furusato’~’.  Arashi member, Sakurai Sho will show his live piano performance to “Furusato” which is the image song for this year’s Kohaku.  With Sakurai’s piano performance, other Arashi members and the artists who will participate in Kohaku will sing in the chorus.
The piano Sakurai will be playing was being used at a junior high school in Fukushima prefecture for a long time. However, on March 11th, when they were having a graduation ceremony, it was damaged due to the Tsunami from the Tohoku earthquake.  After the earthquake, a local piano tuner spent six months fixing the piano.  It has now become it became a symbol of recovery.
Sakurai commented, “The piano that has recovered after half a year.  It still has many scars on it, but, rings out the pure timbres. With the thoughts of the piano tuner, Endo-san and the children in Fukushima, I would like to perform ‘Furusato’.”

Source: Sanspo + NHK

Do you own any Arashi albums?

Arashi has been placed 1st on the 2011 album rankings, making this their 3rd year in a row! For male artists, this kind of achievement would be a first. With this said, do you own any of their albums? Check out the top 8 Goo Ranking results to see various voters’ responses as well as which album was popular out of all!
01. All albums – 9255 votes
02. None – 7817 votes
03. All the BEST! 1999–2009 – 3159 votes
04. I’ve rented their albums – 2760 votes
05. 2 out of all – 2342 votes
06. Boku no Miteiru Fuukei – 568 votes
07. Beautiful World – 554 votes
08. Other – 527 votes
Source: Goo Ranking