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Oricon Overrun By Johnny’s Entertainment

First of all, thanks to aramatheydidnt for posting this article.

Its June, people! The year is halfway over, so its only fitting that Oricon release their mid-year sales information. If you look at the single charts, you’ll see that it is group central. ARASHI, yet again, has claimed the #1 spot with Troublemaker. Not only that, but the #2 spot as well with Monster. The Johnny’s lovin’ doesn’t stop there as KAT-TUN takes the #4 spot. The other two singles are both by AKB48. It is interesting to me how each of the top 5 singles were created by groups. (pretty large groups too) I wonder why these are so huge among fans of j-music right now.

The album charts are slightly more varied, with artist like Ikimono Gakari and Kaela Kimura featured. Namie Amuro holds the #1 spot with PAST > FUTURE. I can attribute this to Namie’s massive resurgence in popularity following 60s 70s 80s, as well as a well-timed release for the album. Plus the fact that it was really good, in my opinion.

More Johnny’s lovin’ in the music DVD category, which is one I usually overlook.

If I could predict, I would say that Troublemaker isn’t going to budge from the #1 single slot this year. The only question is, how much longer will this Johnny’s fanaticism last? What will be the next huge musical trend?



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Showing Some Love for the B-Sides

I apologize to anyone who might have been awaiting my review of immi’s “Alice.” I promise, it will be done in due time. I have decided to make a post which isn’t exactly a review, but more of a ranking kind of thing. I think I might do some of these at random because I love talking about music as a whole, not just one album or single at a time.

If you recall from earlier posts, I am not a huge fan of b-sides. Normally I find they lack quality and depth, but once in a blue moon you find a real gem. Here are three of my favorite b-sides, which I think outshine their a-sides. Read on:

23:30 – Perfume: Hmmm, 11:30 P.M. is kind of a strange time for Perfume to be singing about, but no matter what time you listen to it, this b-side from “One Room Disco” is sure to delight. The song fits the whole late-night theme it is trying to convey. Its smooth, relaxing, and loungey. The vocals are adorable and not too electronic, like we are used to when listening to Perfume’s other work. Nothing about this song is over-the-top and that’s why I’m so obsessed with it. Its a refreshing change from other Perfume songs.

Tsukiyo Koi Kaze- Ikimono Gakari: This is the second b-side from the single “Akaneiro no Yakusoku.” I would venture a guess that this song is widely overlooked because its barely two and a half minutes long. The song makes me think of swimming on a warm summer evening. The instrumentals give off watery nighttime vibes, and Kiyoe tones down her vocals significantly to sing this one.

And now, for my favorite b-side ever…

Suddenly- Gackt: This song was found on the single “Lost Angels.” Don’t get me wrong, “Lost Angels” was amazing, but my issue with it was the length. I never like when epic songs are incredibly long because at that point I find them to be over-the-top. I want a song like that to leave me wanting more, not waiting for it to be over. At 5 minutes and 33 seconds, “Suddenly” is also insanely long, but as it is not nearly as dramatic as “Lost Angels,” I find this acceptable. I love almost everything about this song and it sounds like it would have been right at home on “Diabolos.” I did, however, find two flaws with the song. The first was the “dial-up Internet connection” noise in the beginning of the song. It felt out of place and screamed “MIRRORCLE WORLD!!!” The second was the return of that infamous guitar riff that has been in nearly every Gackt song since “Jesus.” You know the one. Hopefully someone else has noticed it…


Let’s talk about your top three b-sides! Leave a comment!


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