kouhaku 2010



Their debut single “A.RA.SHI” (1999) sold over 500k copies in a week and almost 1 million copies by the end of its chart run.

The tickets for their “Jet Storm Tour” (2006) in Korea sold out in an hour as 150k fans rushed to book them online.

Their greatest hits “All the Best! 1999-2009” album sold over 1 million copies in 13 days, a first in their history.

The 1st artist artist to sing their own songs at Tokyo Disney Sea in 2009, gained over 5 million ticket applicants.

The 1st group to host 3 TV shows in prime-time slot in a week.

The 1st artist to win 10 awards at once at the 2010 Gold Disc Awards, and declared as Japan’s Top Selling Artist in 2009 and 2010.

Their “10-11 Tour Scene” became the first music DVD in Oricon history to reach 600k copies of sales in a week in 2011.

The 1st artist to sell almost 8 million copies of concert DVDs, and still keep breaking their own records.

The 1st artist to hold concerts at the National Stadium for 6 years in a row since 2008.

The 1st group to be chosen to host the prestigious NHK’s Kouhaku Uta Gassen in 2010, and defend their position for 3 years in a row.

Helped raising the 2nd and 3rd highest amount of donations in the history of the annual charity telethon 24-Hour Television in 2008 and 2012.

Replaced their concerts in Tokyo Dome with their own charity event “Arashi no Waku Waku Gakkou” after the earthquake disaster in 2011 to conserve energy, and donated 300 million yen to the victims.

Honored with “Arashi Jet” by Japan Airlines since 2010 to promote their albums.

Had the Tokyo Tower illuminated in their 5 image colors for a day in March 2012.

Appointed as the official navigators for the “Japan Endless Discovery” campaign by Japan Tourism Agency, their CM aired in over 100 countries in 2011.

Had 4 out of 5 members honored with GQ Japan Men of the Year Awards in various categories.

Voted as “Most Favorite Artist” in Oricon magazine for 3 years in a row (2010-2012).

Their 2012 album “Popcorn” topped the Global Album Chart for a week.

Broke their own record in 2013 by selling over 800k copies of their “Calling/Breathless” single.

Gained almost 1.6 million official fanclub members in Japan only, the highest in Johnny & Associates.

Received 6 awards from Oricon Chart 2013; No.1 profit ALBUM SALES for LOVE with a total of 2.58 BILLION YEN, No.1 profit DVD sales for ARAFES with a total of 4.67 BILLION YEN, No.1 Album sales copies for LOVE with a total of 797,000 copies, No.1 DVD sales copies for ARAFES 2012 with a total of 806,000 copies, No.1 for Total DVD sales by an Artist for ARAFES and Popcorn witha total of 9.2 BILLION YEN, No.1 Total sales artist of the year with a total of 14.19 BILLION YEN

Invited by the governor of the state of Hawaii to do concert there two years ago. (now it will be happening)


We aren’t the ones who created the songs, so the awards were earned together with the musicians/artists as ‘Team Arashi’”-Sakurai Sho

“We want to be able to stay at the same level with the people who have supported or helped us all this while. We don’t want to aim for records or numbers, but to just appreciate the things we have now.” - Matsumoto Jun

Maybe also because of that, I again realized that Japanese people are attentive to details. And I think that is something others can’t imitate. For example, we want to be closer to the fans, so we think of various things.”-Ohno Satoshi

Me too, I have no intention to compete with overseas artists. I don’t have such rivalry sentiment. I feel strongly for how to entertain people who support us though.”-Aiba Masaki

“If someone asks, what’s from Japanese entertainment you can be proud of? Rather than us showing them this and this, maybe something that is pointed out by foreigners while telling us, "You should cherish this more”, is something we can be proud of.”-Ninomiya Kazunari

/3 days to go before 5x15

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