|Billboard Japan Music Awards|
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Billboard Japan Music Awards are an annual set of music awards, founded by Billboard Japan , the Japanese online edition of the music magazine Billboard .
Billboard JAPAN is a sister organization of the U.S.-based music magazine Billboard. It is operated by the Japanese Osaka-based company Hanshin Contents Link, holding an exclusive licence from Billboard's parent company to the Billboard brand name in Japan, and manages, among others, the web site www.billboard-japan.com and several "Billboard Live"-branded music clubs located in the country.
Japan is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south.
Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.
The awards honor artists, both Japanese and foreign, who had achieved best results in Billboard Japan charts during the year. Different awards are based on different formulas, combining both chart data and votes from the public.The main award, Artist of the Year, is determined solely by popular vote.
The awards are given at an annual awards show featuring performances by celebrated artists. The first awards ceremony was held in 2010.
The awards ceremony has taken place in December–February. The 2009 and 2010 awards were broadcast on Fuji TV Next, since 2011 on Osaka TV and Tokyo TV.
B'z is a Japanese rock duo, consisting of guitarist, composer and producer Takahiro "Tak" Matsumoto and vocalist and lyricist Koshi Inaba, known for their energetic hard rock tracks and pop rock ballads. B'z is one of the best-selling music artists in the world and the best-selling in their native Japan, having released 49 consecutive No. 1 singles, 25 No. 1 albums, 3 No. 1 EPs on the Oricon music charts and sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
"Ichibu to Zenbu/Dive" is the forty-sixth single by B'z, released on August 5, 2009 as a double A-side. This is one of the many number-one singles by B'z at Oricon Singles Chart. It was a long hit, staying in the top 5 and the top 10 for 8 consecutives weeks. It also reached number one on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 and the Top Singles Sales chart. On December 10, 2009, it was announced that the single won the "Hot 100 of the Year" award at the Billboard Japan Music Awards.
Arashi are a Japanese boy band consisting of five members formed under the Johnny & Associates talent agency. The members are Ohno Satoshi, Sakurai Sho, Aiba Masaki, Ninomiya Kazunari, and Matsumoto Jun. Arashi officially formed on September 15, 1999, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and made their debut CD on November 3, 1999. The group was initially signed to Pony Canyon and released one studio album and six singles—beginning with their 1999 eponymous debut single before moving to the Johnny's subsidiary label J Storm in 2001, which was initially set up for their succeeding releases. While their debut single sold close to a million copies, the group took a mixture of pop and alternate/contemporary approach to its music which attracted core followers, but subsequently faced commercially slow sales.
Exile is a 19-member Japanese boy group. The leader of the group is Hiro, who debuted as a member of Zoo under For Life Music, but Exile has released their singles and albums under Avex Group's label Rhythm Zone. Hiro and Avex's president Max Matsuura came from the same high school.
Kana Nishino is a Japanese singer and songwriter signed with SME Records' Newcome Inc. She debuted on February 20, 2008, with the single "I". CNN said that she was the favorite singer of teenage girls in Shibuya, Tokyo, signalling Sony's jump on the bandwagon effect started by Avex. They sold 6 million copies in Japan.
HY is a Japanese rock band formed in 2000 by five high school friends from Okinawa. Their name comes from the initials of their hometown, Higashi Yakena. The band's popularity rose rapidly after a series of street performances; their debut album, Departure, released on 22 September 2001 (Okinawa-only), sold out immediately. In 2003, the band conducted a joint live performance with Linkin Park.
Morning Musume '19, formerly simply Morning Musume and colloquially referred to as Momusu, are a Japanese female idol group, holding the second highest overall single sales on the Oricon charts as of February 2012, with the Oricon record of most top ten singles with an amount of 64, and they have sold over 21 million copies in Japan alone.
Atsuko Maeda is a Japanese singer and actress known for her work in the Japanese idol group AKB48. Maeda was one of the most prominent members in the group, and placed first among all AKB48 and sister group candidates in the group's general 2009 and 2011 elections, and second in the 2010 election. She also appeared on many of its album covers. On March 25, 2012, she announced her graduation from AKB48; it was held on August 27. She has since continued with a solo singing and acting career.
AKB48 are a Japanese idol girl group named after the Akihabara area in Tokyo, where the group's theater is located. The group includes 134 members as of December 2018, aged from their early teens to their mid-20s. AKB48's producer, Yasushi Akimoto, wanted to form a girl group with its own theater and performing daily so fans could always see them live. This "idols you can meet" concept includes teams which can rotate performances and perform simultaneously at several events and "handshake" events, where fans can meet group members. Akimoto has expanded the AKB48 concept to several sister groups in China, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines, Cambodia, and Vietnam, with an upcoming group announced for India.
Sound Horizon is a Japanese musical group with composer Revo as the leader. They describe themselves as a "fantasy band" and have released works that closely resemble classical suites. Their songs often revolve around historical events and classic fairytales.
Yuki Kashiwagi, is a member of the Japanese idol girl groups AKB48, NGT48 and a former member of NMB48. She auditioned for AKB48 on December 3, 2006, and is now a member of AKB48's Team B and NGT48's Team NIII. She was previously the captain of Team B before she was replaced by Ayaka Umeda as the captain. She was also a member of AKB48 sub-group French Kiss. Her talent agency is Watanabe Productions. Her nickname is Yukirin.
Tomomi Itano is a Japanese self-producing recording artist, songwriter, dancer, model, and actress. She is a former member of the Japanese idol girl group AKB48. Her talent agent is Horipro. In 2011 she debuted solo with a single titled "Dear J", which was followed the same year by "Fui ni", and later by "10nen Go no Kimi e" (2012) and "1%" (2013).
The discography of AKB48 consists of 56 singles, 8 studio albums, and 32 stage albums. The major singles have title tracks that are sung by a selection of the AKB48 singers, some of whom are from AKB48's sister groups. Some of the singles are considered annual "election singles", that is, they contain ballots for a popularity contest to determine the line-up for the next single. Other singles have line-ups that are determined by rock-paper-scissors tournaments that are held annually. The group was created and currently produced by Yasushi Akimoto, who also writes the lyrics for all of the group's songs.
"Everyday, Katyusha" is the 21st single by Japanese idol girl group AKB48, released on May 25, 2011.
Nogizaka46 is a Japanese female idol group produced by Yasushi Akimoto, built as the official rival of the group AKB48.
"Manatsu no Sounds Good!" is the 26th single by the Japanese girl idol group AKB48, released in Japan on May 23, 2012.
Kenshi Yonezu is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter, record producer and illustrator who began releasing Vocaloid music under the stage name Hachi (ハチ) in 2009. In 2012 he debuted under his real name, releasing music with his own voice.
"Seishun no Matataki" is a song by Japanese entertainer Chiaki Kuriyama, written by Ringo Sheena. It was released as the B-side to her fifth single "Tsukiyo no Shōzō" on November 23, 2011.
Back Number is a Japanese rock power trio formed in 2004. The group consists of Iyori Shimizu, Kazuya Kojima, and Hisashi Kurihara (drums). The group signed to independent record label Idolsmith Recordings in 2009 and released their debut EP Nogashita Sakana (2009) and studio album Ato no Matsuri (2010). They signed to Universal Sigma in 2011.
Untitled is the sixteenth studio album by the Japanese idol group Arashi. The album was released on October 18, 2017 under their record label J Storm in two editions: a first press/limited edition and a regular edition. With more than 750,000 copies sold, the album was certified for Triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ).
"Jabaja" (ジャーバージャ) is the 51st single by Japanese idol girl group AKB48. It was released in Japan by King Records on March 14, 2018. The single features Nana Okada as the center performer.
"Teacher Teacher"' is the 52nd single by Japanese idol girl group AKB48. It was released in Japan by King Records on May 30, 2018. The single features Yui Oguri as the center performer.
"Sentimental Train" (センチメンタルトレイン) is the 53rd single by Japanese idol girl group AKB48. It was released in Japan by King Records on September 19, 2018. The single would feature Jurina Matsui as the center performer, but due to health issues, she was absent from the music video and the first performances.
"No Way Man" is the 54th single by the Japanese idol girl group, AKB48. It was released in Japan by King Records on November 28, 2018.
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