#1 Song Review: Week of 3/4 – 3/10 (Kanjani8 v. back number v. Aimyon)

Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw Keyakizaka46 defeat back number and Aimyon. back number and Aimyon are back this week, facing off against a newcomer. Find out what Ronald thought of the songs that topped the singles charts this week and share your thoughts on them too!

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Oricon Flashback: Week of 3/18

We’re back with this week’s edition of Oricon Flashback! This is where we look back on what topped the charts this week 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years ago. Think of it as a way to reminisce and learn about the past of Japanese music.

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“Third party” determines no NGT48 members involved with Maho Yamaguchi’s assault

It’s been about two months since Maho Yamaguchi went public about her assault. On her way home she was attacked by two men, luckily she was able to escape from the men after being roughed up. What made this even more horrible were the allegations that some of her own group mates had something to do with it.

In now deleted tweets and videos, Maho outright stated that the men claimed they received information about Maho (address, apartment number, when she should be reaching home, etc.) by the mystery group mates.

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King & Prince, Nogizaka46, back number, and More Perform on CDTV Special! Sotsugyou Song Ongakusai 2019

Earlier today, CDTV aired a special episode, CDTV Special! Sotsugyou Song Ongakusai 2019. The show revolved around graduation songs and was a little over three hours long. The performers included the likes of King & Prince, Nogizaka46, back number, and DA PUMP. Check out the full show below!

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Kanjani8, TWICE, Aimyon, and back number Top the Billboard Japan Charts for the Week of 3/4 – 3/10

This week, Kanjani8 topped the Hot 100 single chart with their new single “crystal.”

TWICE topped the Hot Albums chart with their new album “#TWICE2.”

Aimyon topped the Streaming Songs chart for the tenth consecutive week with her single “Marigold.”

back number topped the Download Songs chart for the third consecutive week with their single “HAPPY BIRTHDAY.”

TWICE topped the Download Albums chart with “#TWICE2.”

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MISIA, Wagakki Band, HYDE, and Puffy AmiYumi to Perform in New York

On May 12, the 13th annual Japan Day @ Central Park will be held in New York. That night, there will be two special concerts held in coordination with the event. Titled “Japan Night“, these concerts will pair HYDE and Wagakki Band, followed by MISIA and Puffy AmiYumi.

These concerts are part of the “Japan 2019” program. Following on the heels of last year’s French program, Japonismes 2018, Japan 2019 looks to expand the understanding of and interest in Japanese culture in the US. Both Japan 2019 and Japonismes 2018 are spurred by the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Japan Night is organized by The Japan Foundation, and produced by Disk Garage, Gorgeous Entertainment, and Cool Japan Music, and sponsored by Kinoshita Group.

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AKB48 surpasses Mr.Children as the 2nd best selling Japanese music act

With the release of AKB48‘s latest single “Jiwaru DAYS” the group has hit another brand new milestone, they have become the 2nd best selling Japanese music act.

The sales from “Jiwaru DAYS” has brought them to just over 60 million units sold, putting them ahead of the legendary rock group Mr.Children who is at 59.5 million units sold. Back in 2017 AKB48 became the best selling Japanese female artist of all time, pulling ahead of Ayumi Hamasaki.

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Takumi Saito & Becky’s “A Gambler’s Odyssey 2020” will still come out, despite Pierre Taki’s arrest

Almost a week ago musician and actor Pierre Taki was arrested for being in possession of a small amount of cocaine. As a result all promotion and sales have been halted for “Judgement”, a Playstation 4 game starring Pierre and Takuya Kimura.

Pierre’s arrest has also put the game’s worldwide release in limbo, as Sega is currently further accessing the situation. Pierre had already completed a slew of projects, including acting in one of the main roles in the film “A Gambler’s Odyssey 2020”.

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