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JE Debut Songs Ranking

I think Johnny’s always have the best debut songs and everyone else needs to take a note with their new artists. A Johnny’s group’s discography might not always be good as a whole, but their debut songs are generally epic – cheesy, exciting, infective, which, when all put together, mean totally awesome.Unlike many other artists, who try to gain momentum with their later releases, JE debut songs always have a strong impact and often stay as one of the group’s most popular songs throughout their career.

Here’s a ranking of the best 10!… or, since I’m only considering the still active groups (aka nothing BS: Before SMAP) the best and worst. (…what, my title isn’t that deceiving.)

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Johnny’s Calendars for 09-10
February 25, 2009, 3:33 am
Filed under: Arashi, Hey!Say!JUMP, Johnny's Entertainment, Kanjani8, KAT-TUN, NEWS, Tackey & Tsubasa

It’s that time of year again! For those who are new to this: Johnny’s releases calendars for their artists every year, but according to the school year: that is, from April of this year to March of the next. All calendars are around 2000 yen and go on sale late February or early March. (Only Arashi and groups that debuted afterwards have calendars – so for big fans of V6, Kinki, or SMAP, sorry.)

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Kame in anan
February 9, 2009, 10:05 pm
Filed under: Johnny's Entertainment, KAT-TUN | Tags: ,

In what I consider the biggest upset choice of the year – this year’s anan sex issue’s posterboy is KAT-TUN’s Kamenashi Kazuya.

Unlike previous years (like Yamapi’s risque photos last year) there is no female model and there’s only a tame amount of skin being shown in the photos – the most baring of which only showing Kame’s upper body.

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Johnny’s Countdown 08-09 Recap

Because this is the new years countdown I really care about. 😀

Arashi were the hosts again this year, and the Tokyo Dome stage used NEWS’ layout since they had dome concerts at the same time. Different was this this year the broadcast was split – KinKi Kids were broadcast from Osaka Dome, and Tackey and Kazukiyo Nishikiori (of Shounentai) were broadcast from the stage of the upcoming Tackey stage show.

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JE Still Owning the Oricon

So the Oricon half year charts are finally out. Out of the top 100 singles, the Johnny’s releases are:

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Jin Wants To Taste Your Lovejuice
May 15, 2008, 11:36 am
Filed under: Johnny's Entertainment, Jpop, KAT-TUN | Tags: , ,

Akanishi Jin’s solo “LOVEJUICE” on the KAT-TUN “Don’t U Ever Stop” single is possibly one of the dirtiest English songs I have ever heard – even dirtier than all those rap songs that only talk about booties and hoes and whatnot.

First, just listen to the song – it’s got a great R&B beat, paired with his smooth vocals.

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KAT-TUN – Don’t U Ever Stop
May 8, 2008, 5:12 pm
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KAT-TUN is releasing their next single, Don’t U Ever Stop, on May 12th.

…sometimes, I wonder how huge KAT-TUN fans live. Can they ever pay the rent buying all those releases? Do they go hungry buying merchandise? If you look at that regular edition, you’ll realize that it’s only 476 yen. What?! KAT-TUN only charging 476yen for a single?! Are they pitying the fans’ wallets?

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KAT-TUN – Lips
January 28, 2008, 7:04 pm
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I’m not much of a KAT-TUN fan – I’m not too fond of their image and band dynamics, not to mention that most of their songs didn’t impress me too much. When I heard they were releasing “Lips” for 1 Pound Gospel I couldn’t help but scoff a little – I mean, what a title. And then the single covers were released, in all their white-lipped photoshop glory, and I couldn’t help but scoff a lot.

But I’m going to have to take my scoffs back, because I love this song.

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Johnny’s 2008 Calendars

Johnny’s Entertainment 2008 school calendars (April 09 – March 09) for most of its groups will be released in early March. The calendars all differ in type from year to year, group to group. And, granted, they’re not as much calendars as photos in formats that happen to have dates stamped somewhere that are expensive and come with some extra goodies, so I thought I’d give an overview.

Oh yeah, for your reference, here’s the paper sizes.

Arashi is releasing theirs in A5 size – not that big, but what makes their’s the most interesting is that their extra is a cookbook. And after all those Arashi variety shows where they make and eat foods, a cookbook does seem fitting, not to mention extremely intruiging.

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Johnny’s Entertainment Shows No Signs of Slowing
January 10, 2008, 11:33 am
Filed under: Arashi, Johnny's Entertainment, KAT-TUN, NEWS | Tags: , , , , , ,

After a massively successful 2006 (releasing the #1, 3, and 4 singles of the year), an almost equally successful 2007 (releasing half of the yearly top ten singles), and a penchant for releasing something from one of its groups almost weekly and seeing them shoot straight to the top of the Oricon chart, you’d expect Johnny’s Entertainment to slow down on its hectic releases.

Or, not. Maybe they really do want to take over the world with their flashy costumes and Swedish-written pop.

NEWS in concert

Already less than two weeks into the new year, NEWS has already made headlines by holding shows in Tokyo Dome due to popular demand on a weekday, the first in Johnny’s to do so. Continue reading