Is Arashi Taking the World by Storm?31 October, 2012 by Amanda Green
It isn’t often that a group of five musicians takes the world by storm, but it appears that Arashi could be the next group to do so. Is it coincidence or destiny that Arashi means storm?
The Arashi band was formed on September 15. 1999 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The five talented boys were signed by Pony Canyon and released their first CD on November 3, 1999. After releasing one album and six singles, the group signed with Johnny & Associates and recorded under the J Storm label. Although their first album appeared at the top of the Oricon weekly charts, their popularity declined.
When their 18th single, “Love So Sweet,” became the opening theme of the drama “Hana Yori Dango 2,” their popularity began to rise. The group’s first single among the top five sold over 400,000 copies in 2007. In the next two years, they made recording history by having the top singles of the Oricon yearly chart with “Truth/Kaze no Muko e” and “One Love.”
Although the group depends on lyricists, composers and musicians for most of their songs, rapper Sho Sakurai wrote the song “Kotoba Yori Taisetsu na Mono,” and became the lyricist for all of their rap songs.
In 2006, the group began releasing recordings outside Japan. They also began a publicity tour called the Jet Storm Tour, and represented Japan in the Asia Song Festival.
Arashi won Oricon’s Artists Top Sales award in 2009 with sales of over $172 million. In 2010, they became Japan’s top-selling artists for the second year with sales of over $204 million. In 2010, their recording “Troublemaker” won Hot 100 of the Year and Hot 100 Singles of the Year awards. Arashi has received 22 Gold Disc awards since 2008.
Johnny & Associates recently announced that Arashi will hold another concert at the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo in 2013. This will be their 5th consecutive appearance there since 2008. Arashi’s latest album “Popcorn”, their eleventh studio album and will be released October 31, 2012.
Beginning on November 16, the group will tour the five big Domes of Japan. The Domes are Kyocera Dome Osaka, Sapporo Dome, Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome, Tokyo Dome, and Nagoya Dome.
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