BENI Gives Birth to Her 1st Child

Last September, BENI announced that she was married and pregnant with her first child. She revealed on her official website that she gave birth to her baby on January 26!

In her statement, she expressed gratitude to everyone who looked over her during her pregnancy. She also promised to continue to do her best, both as an artist and as a new mother.

BENI also posted a photo of her new baby on her Instagram! See BENI’s baby below!

The Recording Industry Association of Japan Releases Its Download & Streaming Certifications for December

This month on the download side, one song from 2020 was certified Triple Platinum for selling 750,000 downloads: LiSA‘s “Homura.”

One song from 2020 was certified Double Platinum for selling 500,000 downloads: Yonezu Kenshi’s “Kanden.”

Two songs from 2020 were certified Platinum for selling 250,000 downloads: Uru‘s “Anata ga Iru Koto de” and NiziU‘s “Make you happy.”

Two songs from 2020 were certified Gold for selling 100,000 downloads: King Gnu‘s “Sanmon Shousetu” and LiSA & Uru‘s “Saikai.”

On the streaming side, one song from 2020 was certified Platinum for reaching 100,000,000 streams: LiSA’s “Homura.”

Four songs from 2020 were certified Gold for reaching 50,000,000 streams: Hirai Dai‘s “Stand by me, Stand by you.”, Yuri‘s “Dry Flower”, and YOASOBI‘s “Tabun” & “Gunjou.”

Twelve songs from 2020 were certified Silver for reaching 30,000,000 streams: Uru’s “Prologue”, King Gnu‘s “Humor”, Suda Masaki‘s “Niji”, SEKAI NO OWARI‘s “silent”, TWICE‘s “I CAN’T STOP ME”, NiziU’s “Boom Boom Boom” & “Step and a step”, Vaundy‘s “Fukakoryoku”, BTS‘ “ON”, Kenshi & Noda Yojiro‘s “PLACEBO”, Reol‘s “Dairokkan”, and Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande‘s “Rain On Me.”

10 Years Since the “Idol Warring States Period”: The Diverse State of Idol Career Trajectories

It has been 10 years since AKB48 broke into the mainstream, kickstarting what is now known as the “Idol Warring States Period”. While the boom has long since ended, the current state of the idol scene seems to show no signs of stopping. Due to the ever changing nature of the scene even as it matures, no single idol – whether major or chika – is able to fully represent the genre in its entirety, especially as the acts continue to diversify, fragment and become ever more complex. Alongside the evolution of the genre are the changing relationships idols have with the fans that face them, as well as the metamorphosis of what career progression looks like for any given idol.

Johnny’s WEST, Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle-, YOASOBI , Ayase, BTS, and LiSA Top the Billboard Japan Charts for the Week of 1/11 – 1/17

This week, Johnny’s WEST topped the Hot 100 single chart with their new single “Shukan Umaku Iku Youbi”, with 27,244 points.

Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- topped the Hot Albums chart with their new album “Straight Outta Rhyme Anima.”

YOASOBI topped the Artist 100 chart.

Ayase topped the Hot 100 Lyricists chart for the fourth consecutive week.

Ayase also topped the Hot 100 Composers chart for the fourth consecutive week.

BTS topped the Streaming Songs chart with their digital single “Dynamite” for the 12th non-consecutive week.

LiSA topped the Download Songs chart with her new single “dawn.”

YOASOBI also topped the Download Albums chart for the second consecutive week with their EP “THE BOOK.”

Johnny’s WEST, Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle-, and YOASOBI Top the Oricon Charts for the Week of 1/11 – 1/17

This week, Johnny’s WEST topped the Combined Single chart with their new single “Shukan Umaku Iku Youbi”, with 227,927 points in its first week.

Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- topped the Combined Album chart with their new album “Straight Outta Rhyme Anima”, with 46,044 points in its first week.

Johnny’s WEST also topped the Single chart with “Shukan Umaku Iku Youbi”, selling 227,927 copies in its first week.

Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- also topped the Album chart with “Straight Outta Rhyme Anima”, with 41,092 copies in its first week.

YOASOBI topped the Digital Single chart with their digital single “Kaibutsu”, selling 22,721 copies its second week.

YOASOBI also topped the Digital Album chart for the second consecutive week with their EP “THE BOOK”, selling 10,435 copies in its second week.

YOASOBI also retook the top spot on the Streaming chart with their digital single “Yoru ni Kakeru”, with 10,715,705 streams in its 39th week since reaching the chart’s top 10, topping the chart for the 15th non-consecutive week.

Oricon Flashback: Week of 1/18

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.

Oricon was on its holiday break last week in 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006, so this week includes last week’s sales combined with this week’s.

Snow Man, Little Glee Monster, and More Perform on Buzz Rhythm 02 for January 22

This week’s guests were Snow Man, Little Glee Monster, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, Wagamama Rakia, and BMK.

Snow Man – Grandeur

Little Glee Monster – VIVA

TOMORROW X TOGETHER – 5 Ji 53 Fun no Sora de Mitsuketa Kimi to Boku [Japanese Ver.]

Wagamama Rakia – SURVIVE

BMK – Monster Flight

Mukai Taichi Releases MV for “Love Is Life”

On January 20, Mukai Taichi released his new digital single, “Love Is Life.” The uplifting song says that anything can be done through love. “Love Is Life” was written by Taichi along with his frequent collaborator CELSIOR COUPE. The song made its premiere at Taichi’s August digital concert “Release Live -Supplement-.”

Taichi has now released the music video for “Love is Life.” The video was directed by KASICO, who has also directed videos by Perfume, Hoshino Gen, and Kuwata Keisuke. Check it out below!