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07 October 2014 @ 12:42 pm
horrifying news.  
Some variation on this news has been both on morning shows like Zip and on various news sites, so I figured I may as well translate it and share it here. This is the one from the Oricon site, but most of them on the news sites are similar, anyway.

【オリコン】Sexy Zone, “new structure” song is number 1, their seventh straight number 1 single since debut
Johnny's group Sexy Zone's 7th single,"otoko never give up,"(which came out on October 1st)has sold 125,000 copies in the first week, and appears as number 1 for the 10/13 weekly single ranking. Starting with their debut single, "Sexy Zone," this 7th single continues their record of all of their singles being chart-toppers.

Sexy Zone, which has been 5 members up until now, will have a fresh start from this single on as a group who, with Nakajima Kento (20), Kikuchi Fuma (19), and Sato Shori (17) as the central members, will do activities with members sometimes added in fluid manner. On the first single of this new structure, besides the title song, there are members solos, and so on.

Source: Oricon News

At this point, I don't really know what to say. Maybe it's just more hype, or maybe it's true. Either way, I think it's pretty safe to say (as I pretty much knew all along), Johnny's management are liars and they're tugging us around about Sexy Zone. On the phone, their statement was that there would never be another single after this with only 3, and this news seems to be implying that most singles from now on will be 3. One of the two statements is a lie. They are mutually exclusive.

Please keep your comments on this post civil, and if your opinion is "good riddance, Marius and Sou suck!" please keep that to yourself. I have been emotionally and mentally torn up over the past week because of this single, and though I want to help out by translating and sharing news, I cannot deal with antagonism right now. Also, I apologize if my response is slow; I'm having trouble with my home internet, among other things, and I may not be able to get back to comments immediately.

[Edit] By the way, the 125,000 quoted in the article seems to be their sales up until today. I don't know what this is about 10/13, because their weekly ranking will be today (10/6 in Oricon time), and their first weekly ranking hasn't even happened yet.

Either way, 125,000 is a lower total first week sales number than Real Sexy, Baibai Dubai, or King & Queen & Joker, making otoko never give up the worst selling single in all of 2014 and 2013 so far.
 
 
Current Mood: crushedcrushed
Current Music: Sexy Zone//Namae no Nai Omoi
 
 
 
beach_bum1303beach_bum1303 on October 7th, 2014 07:40 am (UTC)
I understand. I wish there was something else we could do. Or at least, the opportunity to voice to them what we're feeling. Certainly they must know we're all upset by it but it's just like.. Having those words come straight from someone, in a letter or something, I want to think that maybe that could give them some encouragement.

I wish Johnny's would give us an opportunity with 5nin Sexy Zone again, so that fandom can really prove itself once again and completely blow their expectations away with the support.

This whole situation is so stupid. They're around because of the fans; why would you continue doing things that upset those fans? Even if I try to take a step back and look at it logically: They're going to lose the monetary support of Marius and Sou's fans if it continues like this, and that doesn't make sense. Why risk it? When you could have a little bit more money coming into the company? They're still signed, you're still having to pay them.. I just don't get it. And I don't get why the rest of the company is continuing to let it happen. Does that woman hold so much power that NOBODY can do anything? Why did Johnny allow it to end up like this. Sorry I'm just ranting now but.. It's so frustrating and confusing.
ミランダ (大丈夫): Sou: seriousfaded_lace on October 7th, 2014 08:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know. I was actually just talking with some friends earlier that it would be so much easier if we had something like what Tackey, where he petitioned his fans to write letters to JE. We could try to send fan letters I guess, or people were talking about writing in to Shounen Club to ask to see more 5nin Sexy Zone, but I just can't imagine that much would do any good if Johnny's is against it.

I mean, they claim that there will be times with 5 as well, so I guess all we can do is buy those singles… Or, who knows. Who even knows if this will pan out at all. It could just be another lie.

My only guess is that it's a marketing tactic. Johnny's makes money off of us when we're nervous and on edge, wanting to show our support through money. Tons of people (middle schoolers and casual fans) will buy KFS no matter what, but they can also make a lot of money wringing Marius and Sou fans for tons of money whenever they do get to do things. But I really don't know. It's also been said that Ijima just doesn't like that, in which case… I have no idea. The old man is clearly losing his touch, but I don't understand why Julie, or… anyone can't do anything.

This is all just making me sick.
beach_bum1303beach_bum1303 on October 7th, 2014 08:51 am (UTC)
If it is a marketing tactic.. I mean that sounds totally legit. But if it is? That's so.. scummy. Tbh I hope it's not that, because if it is that means that we're totally just pawns, not people, and we don't even deserve being treated like humans. If that makes sense. Like they think we're stupid or something.

But on the bright side the Jump concerts are this weekend. At least that's something to look forward to- it's pretty much the only thing keeping me going right now. I hope you have an awesome time as well, at least it would be a welcome reminder that not everything in Johnny's sucks.
(Inoo bias *points to self*)

Ninja edit: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BzVpy6zCAAEiImG.jpg:large

Edited at 2014-10-07 12:53 pm (UTC)
ミランダ (大丈夫): Fuma: hmmfaded_lace on October 7th, 2014 11:18 am (UTC)
I don't know, I really think that it's what they do a lot of the time. I mean… Johnny's is really awful to their fans. They straight up lie to us all the time, so… I wouldn't put this sort of thing past them >___<

Yes! That's definitely something to look forward to ♥ And Chinen is my number one, but Inoo is my second favourite, and favourite in BEST! I'm really excited to find other Inoo fans; they're hard to come by!

omg that's amazing thank you so much for sharing it with me ;____; And thank you shopkeeper, whoever you are.