Win Tickets to See J-pop Boyband GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE This Saturday!


London has had plenty of J-pop acts grace stages across the city throughout the years, from all girl-trio Perfume, to Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, but when it comes to all male pop talent, things have been rather lacking.

All that’s about to change with GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE, the seven-strong Japanese boy band set to hit London’s O2 Academy Islington this Saturday (15 June 2015). The group is related to EXILE TRIBE, a supergroup of talent who collectively had the 9th best-selling single of 2014 in Japan with The Revolution, and the 8th biggest selling album of the year.

JPU Records is proud to give you a chance to win tickets for you and a friend to see GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE live in London, simply take a screen shot of you sharing this story on social media, along with the full name of you and your friend, and email with the Subject Title “GENERATIONS Competition”

We’ll pick winners at 9am on Friday 12 June, so better hurry!

Here’s the latest music video from the group:

Japan’s Oricon Biggest Selling Singles and Album Chart 2012 Revealed

Last year the battle for chart supremacy was fought between the big A’s; AKB48 and Arashi. The former dominated the singles chart, claiming the top five positions with their singles, while the latter’s album Beautiful World sat atop the album charts. This year, neither made it to number one in the album chart. Instead, rock veterans Mr.Children showed the kids how its done with two of their newest ‘best of’ compilations taking the top spots, and Arashi and AKB48 having to settle for third and fourth place respectively, with EXILE trailing behind at fourth.

Christmas is a time for ropey compilation albums. Japan is no different, and the charts this year are full of ’em! Six of the top ten are ‘best of’s. Is it a sign that new talent doesn’t do it like the classics? Or are the older generation more tuned to buying CDs and racking up the Oricon figures while the youngesters have gone digital? (which is not counted in this chart) Or are these just exceptional artists? We’ll leave it up to you to decide. Here’s the top ten;

  • mrchildren01: Mr.Children – 2005 – 2010 (1,170,298)
  • 02: Mr.Children – 2001 – 2005 (1,105,080)
  • 03: AKB48 – 1830m (1,029,954)
  • 04: Arashi – Popcorn (847,671)
  • 05: EXILE / EXILE ATSUSHI – EXILE JAPAN/Solo (767,274)
  • 06: Keisuke Kuwata – I LOVE YOU -now&forever- (757,831)
  • 07: Kobukuro – ALL SINGLES BEST 2 (693,659)
  • 08: Mr.Children – [(an imitation) blood orange] (612,507)
  • 09: Yumi Matsutoya – Matsutoya Yumi 40-Shunen Kinen Best
  • Album Nihon no Koi to, Yu-min to (549,541)
  • 10: Tatsuro Yamashita – OPUS ~ALL TIME BEST 1975-2012~ (518,906)

See the entire Top 100 album chart for 2012 by clicking here:

The singles chart is more or less the same as 2011’s. AKB48 return to claim spots 1-5 again. Arashi settles for positions 6 and 7 again. And SKE48 takes 9th place again, and this time takes 8 and 10. It’s charts like this that make us glad we don’t live in Japan. Going outside with this stuff being ploughed into our ears sounds utterly awful. But hey, that’s just us. Each to their own. Here’s Japan’s top ten biggest selling singles of 2012.

  • 01: AKB48 – Manatsu no Sounds good! (1,820,056)
  • 02: AKB48 – GIVE ME FIVE! (1,436,519)
  • 03: AKB48 – Gingham Check (1,303,407)
  • 04: AKB48 – UZA (1,215,079)
  • 05: AKB48 – Eien Pressure (1,073,499)
  • 06: Arashi – Wild At Heart (649,114)
  • 07: Arashi – Face Down (619,940)
  • 08: SKE48 – Kataomoi Finally (592,947)
  • 09: SKE48 – Kiss Datte Hidarikiki (587,993)
  • 10: SKE48 – Ai Shite Love Ru! (581,612)

See the entire top 100 album chart for 2012 by clicking here.

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