Published on August 20th,2011 at 11:45 PM
By >Ike

Music update! Singles & Albums Top 10 August

Due to a lack of time to post news on Akihabaranews, I had to take some time off to focus on reviewing certain hardware send to us. Now I found a little gap in my schedule to keep you guys up2date with the latest trends in Japan’s music charts.

Giving your song or band an English name is still a very “格好いい”( Kakkoi = cool) trend in Japan. Even if the way its put together doesn’t always make sense. Funny thing here is, Lady GaGa’s “Born this way” album they translate in Katakana, native Japanese music groups/singers they tend to leave in English..  This is Japan people :)


In the singles department:

  1.  Everybody - go – kis-my-ft2
  2.  Cry – DiVA
  3.  君だけは離さない – 超新星 (Just don’t speak – Supernova)
  5.  マル・マル・モリ・モリ! – 薫と友樹、たまにムック。(Maru maru mori mori! – Yuki & Kaoru ft. Mook)
  6.  メキ☆ラブ – 超新星 (Love Meki – Supernova)
  7.  ああ、夜が明ける – Berryz工房 (Oh when night comes – Beryz Kobo)
  8.  HURRICANE – Lead
  10. 君が辻/夢の扉  – サーターアンダギー (Mr. Tsuji – Dream door)


When looking at the annual list of singles (1y span, not strictly from the start of 2011) we can see girls group AKB48 and boys band Arashi (嵐) dominating the top 10 ranking with a total of 4 entries for the AKB girls and 6 entries for Arashi’s boys in the top 10.

Furthermore noticeably is the fact that the incredibly popular anime series K-on! & the second season (K-on!!) are still improving their track record. The HTT (Ho-kago Tea Time) band from K-on! Was so successful that almost every intro/outro & in-series song they produced went solid gold in airplay. In the annual ranking we still find  5 of their greatest tracks varying from position 39 up to 95, repectively “Go! Go! Maniac”/ “No, Thank You!”/ “Listen !!” / “Utauyo! Miracle”/ “Gohan wa okazu”.


In the album department:

  1.  Ray Of Hope – 山下達郎        (Tatsuro Yamashita)
  2.  M BEST – 加藤ミリヤ            (Miliyah Kato)
  5.  ZONEトリビュート~君がくれたもの~ – Various Artists (ZONE Tribute, What you gave us – V.A.)
  6. SugarlessⅡ – スガシカオ (Suga)
  7.  C’mon – B’z
  8.  YOU – JUJU
  9.  GIRLS’ GENERATION – 少女時代 (Girls Generation)
  10. ボーン・ディス・ウェイ – レディー・ガガ (Born this way – Lady GaGa)


Analysis on the albums top 10: Ray of Hope from Tatsuro Yamashita isn’t much of a surprise to hit the Nr1 spot in the box office. Tatsuro brings a mix of American pop/rock music to the plate. Tatsuo has been in the music business since 73’, produced many singles & albums of which most hit the Nr1 spot on the JP billboard.

2nd place was Miliyah Kato (stage name) or just Miho (birth name). She is well known for pop and urban songs. Her style is clearly influenced by the big American hip hop and R&B producers. Her popularity reaches well over 1 million singles and over 500 000 albums sold in the course of her career, expecting her new album ‘M BEST’ to push the bar even further.

3rd is something different, BEAST is a South Korean boys group. Their style is K-pop, dance/electro & some hip hop blended in-between. Their latest album only hit the shelves August 10th this year, quite impressive results for such a short period on sale. I expect this album to go higher than 3rd place in the course of the coming weeks.


Note: Some Japanese names have been translated by google or my very basic ‘I-can-order-food’level Japanese.. Thus, I cannot guarantee an exact English meaning.

Note²: Feel free to suggest me if this way of reproducing the Japanese songs with the English translation is better than the last time I posted this type of news.




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  • AaronD12

    Berryz Koubou is another of Tsunku’s (Hello!Project) supergroups, along with Morning Musume, C-ute, and Smileage, among others. I love them all!!! AKB48 is excellent, too, with daily performances in Akihabara. Next time I’m in Japan, I intend on seeing AKB48 in person.

    • Ike

      I agree, AKB has some serious talent going on. Most of the Hello! Project singer/groups become big, they do a fantastic job on selecting only the best talents.
      Maki Goto and Namie Amuro are good stuff too.



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