After last year’s withdrawal of Yamashita Tomohisa (27) and Nishikido Ryo (27), newly formed group NEWS restarted their activities with the single "Chankapana".
Sales of "Chankapana" started on July 18th and sold 245,000 copies in its first week, ranking first in Oricon's 7/30 singles ranking. "Chankapana" sold 95,000 more copies in its first week than their previous single "Fighting Man", which was released before NEWS lost Yamashita and Nishikido. It is also the first time in 3 years for the group to achieve over 200,000 in sales in the first week since "Koi no ABO" (released in April 2009). This is indeed a good start for NEWS.
NEWS has been topping the singles ranking since its debut with single "Kibou~Yell~". Including its 5 top-ranking albums, NEWS has had 19 chart-topping works. In the top 3 places for most number of top-selling singles since debut are Kinki Kids (32 singles), KAT-TUN (18 singles) and NEWS (14 singles).
NEWS leader Koyama Keiichiro (28) was especially happy about their long-awaited new single ranking in first place. He addressed NEWS fans and commented, "'Chankapana' is a result of our feelings and the feelings of the fans who have been waiting for us. We achieved the best start. When I heard about the ranking, I cried. We will express our thanks through our activities. So 'let’s fall into beautiful love' with us!"
Koyama, Kato Shigeaki (25), Masuda Takahisa (26), and Tegoshi Yuya (24) started fresh as the newly-formed NEWS. They will kick off their nationwide tour “NEWS LIVE TOUR 2012 ~Utsukushii Koi ni suruyo~” with a public performance at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium. It’s announced that the tour will be held at seven locations in Kobe, Fukuoka, Niigata, Sendai, Hiroshima and Sapporo.
Check out the PV for Chankapana below!
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Posted by 0 pt Tuesday, July 24, 2012
NEWS' latest single "Chankapana" tops Oricon weekly chart
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