While “Arashi” has stopped its activities and “V6” has broken up, young Japanese groups are making great strides.
The first of these groups is King & Prince, who made their CD debut in May 2006. In just three years since their debut, they boast 740,000 members in their fan club, third only to Arashi and Kanjani Eight.
Shiki Hirano(24), right
SexyZone Kento Nakajima(27)
In the past, delinquent idols like KAT-TUN were popular, but now the trend is toward shiny, royal idols like KINPRI. Naniwa Dango”, which just made its CD debut on the 12th of this month, is in the same line. The number of members of their fan club has surpassed 230,000 in the first three months, surpassing the number of members of “Kinpuri” at the time of their debut.
The group is made up of Kansai Jr. members who have a long history of performing, having joined the group at a young age, and they are capable of not only singing and dancing, but also handling variety shows. The fact that Tadayoshi Okura (36) of “Kanjani Eight” produced them also became a hot topic.
They are also actively producing with an eye on overseas expansion. Among them, the talented group Snow Man, which debuted in 2008, is said to be going strong.
The group is characterized by its danceable music that is reminiscent of K-pop, which is currently trending around the world, and the highly choreographed dancing of its nine members, all of whom have excellent body language, is popular among both men and women. Their first album, “Snow Mania S1,” released on September 29th, sold 840,000 copies in its first week alone, which is an astonishing figure in an age when CDs are not selling well.
Other candidates for the “Next Arashi” include the Sixtones, who are highly regarded for their musicianship, and the HiHi Jets, a Jr. group formed by vice president Hideaki Takizawa (39). Enjoy the latest shots of them!