Abnormal Weather Cause for the High Ratings?

22 04 2010

The spring season of TV doramas has arrived and across-the-board there have been ratings higher than usual these days. Usually there is only one maybe two big doramas with ratings above 15% each season, but this time we have “Shinzanmono” (TBS) that even broke the 20% mark, “Zettai Reido” (Fuji TV) with 18% and “Keibutsu-kun” (NTV) with 17.5%. Other doramas that started one week earlier such as “Rinjo 2” and “Team Batista 2” also were able to gain higher ratings during their second week , a rare sight among doramas in general.

What’s the cause for all this? Are the doramas really that much better this season or is it something else? J-Cast thinks that the unseasonable and cold weather that is currently hanging over Japan might be the actual reason for the above average ratings. It’s not just the signs of rain that make people want to stay at home and watch TV, on the 17th it even has been snowing in Tokyo again. The city hasn’t seen snow flakes in April since 1969.

A producer from one of the five key stations in Japan on the matter: “I’m afraid to say that the abnormal weather is going to continue until Golden Week. The number of people who can’t travel to Europe because of the volcanic ash is increasing as well. On the other hand we are registering some record high ratings for most of our TV programs these days.”

The producer is optimistic that the high ratings are going to continue until at least early May. It will be interesting to watch the trend of the dorama ratings over the next couple of weeks. Yesterday the third episode of “Team Batista 2” aired and was able to improve its rating once again. Unfortunately “Zettai Reido” lost some ground this week, but it’s still close to the 15% mark.

Credits: asianfanatics





News: Jiro Wang Stranded in Holland

22 04 2010

Jiro Wang who went to Amsterdam, Holland to do some photoshoots for his art photobook, was supposed to be back in Taiwan April 19 but due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland, he has been forced to stay in Holland. Luckily Jiro is a very optimistic guy because he won’t be able to take a flight home until Friday at the earliest. Due to too many tourists left stranded in Europe as a result of the eruption, food and accomodation costs have trebled, with a crew of over 10 people in Holland, it’s expected that they will have to spend an extra $NT1.5 million.

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Besides this, the meteorological office of South Korea has predicted that the volcanic ash will reach the Korean Peninsula and China’s north/east on April 20. In regards to the weather in Taiwan, the weather bureau has expressed that the chance of the volcanic ash affecting Taiwan shouldn’t be very big.

Not knowing when he’ll be back, many fans have been very worried even communicating online with fans from Europe, trying to find out whether Jiro is okay. Artist Jiro Wang, “Hello everyone, I’m tourist Da Dong. Originally I was going to return to Taiwan but have a look behind me.”

The entire airport was empty, there weren’t even any workers at the counter. Originally Jiro was going to return to Taiwan on April 19 but due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland, he has become stranded. Jiro Wang: “But I’m still fine you see, full of energy Read the rest of this entry »





News: Show Luo’s Autographing Cut Short

2 04 2010

Show “Xiao Zhu [Little Pig]” Luo’s seventh solo album “Lover’s Puzzle (Roshomon)” once again stands at the top of both G-music and 5-music charts, winning by a high percentile, 10 consecutive weeks at the #1 spot, just dominating! Show is in China from 3/29 to 4/1, holding large “Lover’s Puzzle” autograph functions in Chengdu, Beijing, Shenzhen, and Guangdong.

In previous interviews, Show expressed that there never seemed to be enough time spent in China, so he hoped that he’d be able to fill his “Wives/Fans” wishes of seeing him again soon. Today, Show held his “Lover’s Puzzle” autograph session in Shenzhen, but it somehow caused a commotion, and was suddenly called off.

At 5:30 PM today, Show Lo was at Shenzhen Futian District center plaza holding his autograph session. There were lots of fans that held their “Lover’s Puzzle” album in hand, waiting for their close interacting moment with Show. And as expected, Show carefully signed each album presented to him, and also talked to his fans and even shaking their hands. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Wonder Girls Dominate Charts

2 04 2010

After becoming the first Korean artist/group to make it onto the Billboard Charts with their hit “Nobody”, the Wondergirls are showing no signs of slowing down by dominating the music charts in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

After releasing their “Taiwan Special” album in Taiwan last February 10th, they quickly shot to number one on several of the major online and offline music charts such as G-Music, E-Momo Music Channel, Chinese Telecom emomo Charts, etc. It was announced that they even took the top spot on the major KK Box chart this week!

The Wondergirls have sold 25,000 copies of their album in less than two months time. To put that into perspective, the record number of albums being sold by a foreign Asian artist in Taiwan or Hong Kong during a short amount of time stands at 30,000 albums. Read the rest of this entry »





News: GReeeeN’s SOH Obtains Dental License

1 04 2010

The members of the popular band GReeeeN have finally achieved their goal. SOH (29) announced in his blog on Tuesday that he has passed the national dental licensing exam, becoming the last member of the group to do so.
The four members of GReeeeN were all dentistry students at the same university in Fukushima when they made their music debut. Two of the members, HIDE and 92, passed the dentistry exam in 2008, and navi passed in 2009.

The members’ identities are still unknown, as their faces have never been made public. At first, the group stated that they would wait until all of the members passed the exam before revealing their faces, but last year they indicated that they will still keep their identities secret to avoid any interference with their careers as dentists.

Credits: asianfanatics

Source: Tokyograph





News: Rainie’s Waiting for Love

1 04 2010

From “girl group” to “cute princess”, then stepping into “half mature lady”, before finally becoming a “woman waiting for love”, it has already been 10 years since Rainie Yang entered showbiz. This year is her 5th as a solo artist, and with the opportunity to have a concert in Taiwan, her career is progressing quite smoothly. However, her love life has been quite empty. Seeing her good friend Isabella Leong with a blissful married life, Rainie wishes her happiness, but at the same time isn’t jealous. “My happiness comes from performing onstage, and being loved by my fans.”

10 years ago, Rainie was a member of the four girl group 4 in Love, and after they disbanded and went their various ways, Rainie started her solo career 5 years ago. Entering her fifth year this year, Rainie will be having her first ever paid show in Taiwan. Previously, Taiwanese artists had to give free performances, but because of a large market, it was considered a promotional fee to perform. Read the rest of this entry »





News: UVERworld’s 3D MV

1 04 2010

Sony Music Entertainment is now riding the 3D boom. The company has started producing Japan’s first 3D music video, for a song titled “GOLD” by rock band UVERworld.

“GOLD” is being released as the band’s 15th single on March 31. The music video, which mainly depicts the band performing, was shot over a two-day period in late March. Utilizing cutting-edge 3D techniques, “GOLD” is estimated to cost at least 10 million yen more than a typical video.

As a special promotion for UVERworld’s upcoming album “LAST” (on sale April 14), Sony plans to hold a screening of the music video on April 17, with about 1,000 tickets expected to be given out by lottery to fans who purchase the album. Sony is also considering having the band’s members in attendance at the event.

Credits: asianfanatics

Source: Tokyograph