Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw NEWS defeat Yonezu Kenshi and DA PUMP. Kenshi and DA PUMP 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!
This week, SKE48 topped the Hot 100 single chart with their new single “Ikinari Punch Line.”
Utada Hikaru topped the Hot Albums chart for the second consecutive week with her album “Hatsukoi.”
DA PUMP topped the Streaming Songs chart for the third non-consecutive week with their single “U.S.A.”
Yonezu Kenshi topped the Download Songs chart for the for the 14th non-consecutive week with his single “Lemon.”
Utada Hikaru also topped the Download Albums chart for the second consecutive week with her album “Hatsukoi.”
We’re back with this week’s edition of Oricon Flashback. This is where we look back on what topped Oricon this week 5, 10, 15, and 20 years ago. Think of it as a way to reminisce and learn about the past of Japanese music.
KAT-TUN dropped their newest album since re-charging last July 18. Titled “CAST”, the new album gifts awaiting fans with 17 new songs and more! The album is infused with the feelings this group has for [the future] from the three members, each releasing their own unique qualities, and packages up KAT-TUN as they continue to walk forward.
Spearheading the album is the lead song “Unstoppable”, a nod to KAT-TUN’s trademark pop rock style. The song starts off with a dramatic, string-laden intro and infuses operatic layers all throughout its grand production. A dramatic PV for project song “薫 (Kun)” has also been released. Check out their latest music videos below.
It’s been 4 years since the group’s last original album and their first since coming back from their re-charging period, did this album meet your expectations?
Three songs from 2018 were certified Gold this month for selling 100,000 copies: Eir Aoi’s “Ryuusei”, Utada Hikaru’s “Hatsukoi”, and Masaharu Fukuyama’s “Rei -ZERO-.”
Two albums were certified Gold this month for selling 100,000 copies: Yonezu Kenshi’s “BOOTLEG” and the “Greatest Showman” soundtrack.
This week’s guests were KAT-TUN, DA PUMP, DAIGO, CRAZYBOY, and Kotobuki-kun.
KAT-TUN – Unstoppable
DA PUMP – U.S.A.
DAIGO – Manatsu no Zakyou
CRAZYBOY – Mama e/ This is for MAMA
Kotobuki-kun – Aa Natsuyasumi
It’s Friday, so it’s Open Post time! Feel free to chat with your fellow readers about whatever you like!
This week’s guests were Little Glee Monster, KEN☆Tackey, miwa, Tohoshinki, DAIGO, [ALEXANDROS], and Southern All Stars.
Little Glee Monster – Sekai wa Anata ni Waraikakete Iru
KEN☆Tackey – Gyakuten Lovers
miwa – Hikari e
Tohoshinki – Road
DAIGO – Manatsu no Zankyou
[ALEXANDROS] – Mosquito Bite
Southern All Stars – Tatakau Monotachi e Ai wo Komete / Sonen JUMP