On May 23, King & Prince (hereafter referred to as “Kimpuri”) started a two-member lineup consisting of Takahashi Kaito and Nagase Ren. Their new single “Nothing” (released on June 21) sold 544,000 copies in the first week on the Oricon Weekly Single Ranking. On July 2, the group held their first fan meeting “King & Prince to Uchiwase” (Ariake Arena, Tokyo). Before the event, there was a series of “high resale” on some ticket sales sites on the Internet.
Before Yuta Kishi, Yuta Jinguji, and Shiyou Hirano left the group, their last single “Life goes on/We are young” (released on February 22) was a big hit, selling 1,032,000 copies in its first week.
However, considering the fact that there are now two members, the latest single, “Nothing,” is also a line that can be said to be selling well enough. Takahashi and Nagase, who have made a fresh start, will hold their first two-performance event on July 2, and when it was announced on May 23, a fierce battle was expected among fans.
The fan meeting was originally included in the “Dear Tiara Disc,” a limited edition fan club version of the song “Nothing” that included the right to apply. The product was available for pre-order at the official online store of Johnny’s Shop from May 23 to June 2 at 11:59 pm.
Regardless of the number of tickets purchased, each person can only apply once. The website of Universal Music, the record company to which Kimpuri belongs, warned that ticket applications would be “invalid” if the “Dear Tiara disc” was purchased from a different place or if the registration information for the Johnny’s Shop or fan club was different.
The site also warned that “applications for tickets will be invalidated” if the information of the purchaser of the “Dear Tiara disc” or the registration information of the Johnny’s shop/fan club is different. Although the management must be unwilling to do so, the winning rights were resold at a high price on ticket trading sites after the winners were announced. The “Dear Tiara disc” is priced at 1,650 yen (including tax), but at one point, the price was in the 200,000-400,000 yen range.
As of late June, just before the fan meeting, the price was in the 10,000 to 20,000 yen range at the lowest, but there must have been many fans who really wanted to attend. A large number of tickets were listed as “trading. Fans on social networking sites, who considered reselling tickets to be a problem, demanded “identification” on the day of the event.
On the other hand, “King & Prince to Uchiage” was to be broadcast live on June 26, and tickets for the event were on sale on Johnny’s net online for 1,800 yen (for Kimpuri Fan Club members) and 2,000 yen (for Johnny’s Family Club members). Fans were also grateful for the “generous support” from the Kimpuri side, which offered a “missed streaming” service (from as soon as it was ready on July 3 until 11:59 pm on July 5).
The “Dear Tiara disc” is no longer available for pre-order as of June 2, and it is no longer possible to purchase a new copy. The price of 1,000 yen, which is less than the regular price, has been sold out one after another (as of late June).
Sales of the singles have been strong, and Kimpuri is off to a good start. We hope that they will continue to increase their opportunities to meet their fans.