UVERworld to play Tokyo Dome

Rock band UVERworld announced that they will perform their first concert at the Tokyo Dome later this year. Vocalist TAKUYA∞ broke the news during the band’s concert at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium on Sunday, which was the closing show of their tour that started in April.

Last month, UVERworld’s website started displaying a mysterious countdown to November 27, and some fans feared that it was hinting at the band’s breakup. However, it is now known that November 27 is the date of their Tokyo Dome concert.

UVERworld formed ten years ago and finally made their major label debut in 2005. Since then, their releases have ranked well on the sales charts, and they achieved their first #1 single in 2008 with “Hakanakumo Towa no Kanashi.”

Ayumi Hamasaki’s “Rock’n’Roll Circus” led the album rankings this week

Ayumi Hamasaki’s “Rock’n’Roll Circus” led the album rankings this week with over 205,000 copies sold. This is her tenth original album to top the charts, a feat last accomplished by Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi in 2003. The last female solo artist to do it was Yumi Matsutoya in 1988.

UVERworld ranked #2, while new releases from school food punishment and Kuranosuke Shiraishi occupied #9 and #10, respectively.

On the singles chart, Perfume failed to get another #1 single, as their double A-side “Fushizen na Girl / Natural ni Koishite” fell short against BUMP OF CHICKEN’s “HAPPY,” which sold 97,000 copies. Others in the top ten were Garnet Crow (#4), Angela Aki (#6), Kou Shibasaki (#8), and Tatsuro Yamashita (#9).

One single, Fuyumi Sakamoto’s “Mata Kimi ni Koishiteru / Asia no Kaizoku,” climbed the charts to #3, becoming her first song ever in the top three. The single was actually released in January 2009, but it took a commercial tie-in to finally launch the song high enough in the rankings.

“Sakura Girl” hit for the NEWS as it leads the charts this week with 195,000 copies sold

Boy band NEWS now has a dozen consecutive #1 singles, as their latest song “Sakura Girl” led the charts this week with 195,000 copies sold. UVERworld’s “GOLD” was #2 at 50,000, and they have a similar streak going with a dozen consecutive top ten singles.

ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION’s ranked 3rd with their theme song for the “Solanin” movie, while AKB48 duo Queen & Elizabeth came in at 4th. The only other new single in the top ten was AI’s collaboration with Namie Amuro, which charted at #8.

On the album charts, aiko’s “BABY” led the way at 136,000 in sales. This was roughly twice as much as V6’s “READY?,” which was #2 for the week.

Maaya Sakamoto (#3) and Kumi Koda (#5) were also in the top five with new albums, while Slash and Madonna charted at #7 and #10, respectively.