The amazing first-week million sales of “King&Prince’s” new song Johnny’s underestimates “Shiyoh Hirano’s” potential.
There are only a little more than two months left to see the five members of King & Prince.
Shiyoh Hirano, Yuta Kishi, and Yuta Jinguji of “King & Prince” will leave the group in May, and each will leave Johnny’s by the end of the year. The name “Kimpuri” will remain, and will be taken over by Ren Nagase and Kaito Takahashi.
Some fans still do not really feel it, and wonder if there will be a “big surprise” at the very end, when the five of them will continue their activities together. Some fans still do not really feel it. Also, it seems as if the Johnny’s office has taken the lead in the departure of the three members, and the enthusiastic fans known as “Tiara” are dissatisfied with the “fanless” departure of the group.
The unity of Tiara was clearly demonstrated in the sales of their new songs. Their latest single “Life goes on / We are young” recorded their highest first-week sales of 1,032,000 copies in the “Oricon Weekly Single Ranking” released on February 28. It was the first time for the group to break the million-seller mark in the first week.
On the same day, the official Twitter page posted the following message
Thank you for the million-seller campaign!
on the same day, using the hashtag “Thank you for tiara million. It continued
Here is a small gift for you, Miss.
and showed an illustration of the five members dressed as sheep, referring to the title of the album “Made in” released in June last year.
This is the first time in 2 years and 11 months since AKB48’s single “Lost Love, Thank You” to break the million mark in the first week. For Kimpuri, it was their second consecutive million-seller, following the single “Tsukiyomi/Saiyori” released in December last year.
In an era when CDs are not selling well, a million in the first week is a word that can be summed up in one word: “Amazing. A number of tiaras purchased multiple copies of the album in an effort to achieve the million-seller milestone in the first week. It is hard to find other fans who are this enthusiastic. I think the Johnny’s office is underestimating the fact that the three members of Kimpli are leaving,” said a music industry insider.
A person from a major production company also commented
The number of fan club members alone is about 900,000. This is outrageous. Now that Arashi is on hiatus, the top Johnny’s group in terms of sales is, by far, KIMPLI.
After May, Nagase and Takahashi will stay on, but we cannot deny that their sales will drop significantly. The Johnny’s office must have known this and made the decision, but if it were me, I would do everything in my power to keep the “five members of Kinpuri” alive.
One of the most popular members of the Kinpuri is Hirano. In addition to his sweet mask, Hirano is a sharp dancer. He is said to be the “treasured child” of Janie Kitagawa, who passed away in 2007, and has been aiming to expand overseas.
Some have reported that Hirano has entered the Korean entertainment industry, but what will happen to him? According to a source with knowledge of the situation
K-pop is promoted on a global basis and is far ahead of Japan. The fact that the government considers K-pop as one of the major industries and fully supports it is a big factor.
More and more Japanese production companies, including Yoshimoto Kogyo, are “partnering” with Korean entertainment companies. Ms. Hirano can dance and has a large number of fixed fans. There is no doubt that she is a talent that the Korean entertainment industry, which attaches great importance to the Japanese market, is eagerly waiting for.
Several female idols have already transferred to a company affiliated with HYBE, the major Korean agency to which BTS belongs. Many of Ciara’s fans said that Hirano’s joining HYBE was a “good fit” for them, and a significant number of them even sent emails directly to HYBE. For Johnny’s, it would not be surprising if the “fish that got away is…” development.
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