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NEWS fly 35m in the air in Tokyo Dome

10:05 JST September 27, 2010 Leave a comment

A special gondola made for NEWS to use in Tokyo Dome took them high enough to see all of their fans inside the dome, reports Nikkan Sports and

NEWS make the news in sports newspapers over the weekend

The popstar group started the Tokyo concerts of their tour on September 25, which will continue till tomorrow.  It is the first tour the group has been on in 20 months.

“I know some of you have been thinking ‘your concert’s overdue NEWS’, but we’re finally here!”  Said Keiichiro Koyama (26).

Ideas thought up by the six members have been turned into reality during this tour, with the highlight being the “NEWS AIR Gondola”.   Towards the end of the concert, each member hopped onto their gondola, taking them up 35 metres into the air.  As the group performed “TEPPEN” from this height, fans sitting on the third floor could get a close up view of their stars, causing the 55,000 strong crowd to erupt in applause.

NEWS members were just as surprised at the impact of the gondolas, which were almost high enough to scrape the ceiling of Tokyo Dome.

“I never imagined it would be this high,” said Takahisa Masuda (24).

“We wanted to get as close as we could to where our fans were sitting,” said Tomohisa Yamashita (25).

It has been reported that the gondolas had taken two months to make, at a cost of 50-million yen (around US$600,000).

Masuda has also been reported to have designed the four costume outfits for this tour’s concerts, including mixing sequined camouflage pants with fake fur.

During their September 25 concert the group had announced the release of their next single “Fighting Man” on November 3.

Also on this day the press had teased Yamashita, asking him whether his girlfriend was in the crowd.

“I don’t have one.  I’m in love with my fans,” Yamashita said.

Live! Live! Live! NEWS concerts will finish tomorrow night.  Total crowd numbers for this concert tour are expected to reach 355,000 (two cities, seven concerts).


September 21 – 27: TV Drama ratings, Record sales, DVD sales

09:13 JST September 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Johnny’s TV Drama ratings (Japan)

Summer dramas have finished.  Stay tuned for Autumn dramas coming soon 🙂


Johnny’s Record sales (Japan)

Single weekly Top 50 (as of September 27)

3. “Love Rainbow” – Arashi

19. “LIFE ~目の前の向こうへ~ (Me no Mae no Mukou he)” – Kanjani8

32. “This is love” – SMAP

33. “only dreaming/Catch” – V6

Album weekly Top 50 (as of September 27)

1. “LIVE” – NEWS

10. “僕の見ている風景 (Boku no Miteiru Fukei)” – Arashi

40. “All the BEST! 1999 – 2009” – Arashi

47. “BPM” – Koichi Domoto (solo)


Johnny’s DVD sales (Japan)

Weekly Top 20 (general) (as of September 27)

1. “Hey! Say! 2010 TEN JUMP” – Hey! Say! JUMP

2. “怪物くん” (DVD Box set) – Starring Satoshi Ohno

13. “ARASHI Anniversary Tour 5 x 10” – Arashi

Tatsuya Ueda’s comeback live

09:02 JST September 27, 2010 1 comment

KAT-TUN’S Tatsuya Ueda (26) has returned to the stage yesterday for his solo tour in Tokyo, a month after injuring his foot in Taiwan, reports Sankei Sports.

The singer performed 18 songs for his 12,000 fans at the Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijyo Dai-ichi Taikukan without showing any signs that his broken left toe was slowing him down.

None of the stage settings or routines had been changed, and it has been reported that Ueda had been running around the stage with all of his energy.

“(My foot has) only healed 70 per cent.  I still feel some pain,” he said.

Ueda had broken his left big toe in three places in the joint area after failing a three-metre jump during a KAT-TUN concert in Taipei on August 27.

Looking back on footage from the concert, the singer says he can laugh about it now.

“When I was jumping down I did think ‘I’ve got it wrong’,” he said.

The KAT-TUN star said it had been his dream to go on a solo tour, and even sent a message of support to Jin Akanishi (26), who had recently left the group to pursue his own solo US tour.

“He’s my friend.  I want to cheer him on,” he said.

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