Contrary to popular belief, J-pop can hardly be said to be just a phenomenon restricted to Japan alone; a substantial number of its albums have made it onto the World Music Awards before. Previously, our team of reporters at J-Network have covered on some recent ones such as the Akihabara-based popular idol group AKB48‘s 40th single, “Bokutachi Wa Tatakawanai“, attaining first place on the 20th week of the World Music Awards Best Selling Singles of the Week chart in 2015 and the Okinawa-born Namie Amuro‘s “_genic” album attaining second place on the World Music Awards Best Selling Albums of the Week chart.
An album by the Okinawa-born Namie Amuro (pictured above) made it to the second spot on the World Music Awards Best-Selling Albums of the Week. Below: The Akihabara-based popular idol group AKB48 (logo pictured below) saw one of its singles take 1st place on the World Music Awards Best-Selling Singles of the Week.
Just this week, a whopping three Japanese music releases have claimed their spots on the World Music Awards. The famous electro-pop trio Perfume, which has performed at prestigious concert venues in Japan before such as Nippon Budōkan and even Tokyo Dome, has seen its fifth and latest studio album “Cosmic Explorer“, released earlier this month on the 6th of April, rank 4th place on the World Music Awards best-selling albums chart at 124,000 copies sold, outranking even prominent international acts such as Adele, Coldplay and Rihanna and promising to offer the world audience a wider selection of contemporary Japanese popular music beyond the usual fare.
Pictured: The album cover for Perfume’s “Cosmic Explorer”, which rose to the 4th place on the World Music Awards Best-Selling Albums of the Week this week.
Another album – this time, a heavy metal offering – remains on the world’s top 20 best-selling albums list, albeit falling from an impressive 2nd place just last week to 17th place this week with 31,000 copies sold. This album is none other than BABYMETAL‘s “METAL RESISTANCE“ album, which was released earlier this month on the 1st of April. Despite this setback, BABYMETAL is set to continue with its WORLD TOUR 2016 throughout the duration of the year.
Pictured: The album cover for BABYMETAL’s “Metal Resistance”, which was in the 2nd place last week and now remains in 17th place on the World Music Awards Best-Selling Albums of the Week this week.
In other news, Keyakizaka46‘s “Silent Majority“, also its debut single, saw its way onto the world’s top 20 best-selling singles of the week, placing 11th. The single has thus broken a record not previously achieved before, being the first debut single by any Japanese idol group to feature on the World Music Awards. It is notable that neither AKB48 nor Nogizaka46, both of which are extremely popular and well-sold across the world, have made it onto even the Top 20 Best-Selling Singles of the Week charts with their debut singles.
Pictured: The members of Keyakizaka46, a Japanese girl idol group formed in August 2015. The group’s debut single “Silent Majority” made it to the 11th best-selling single of the week.
Keyakizaka46 is the spin-off group of the longer-running Nogizaka46 created as the rival to the 48 groups, and are commonly referred by fans by the suffix zaka46 Groups. With a killer start of a first single, the rivalry between both factions is set to be more intense. Some of the previous singles by AKB48 and Nogizaka46 that have made it into the Top 20 of the World Music Awards include “Taiyou Knock” and “Bokutachi Wa Tatakawanai”.