Debuting in November 1999 with their hit single “A・RA・SHI”, Japanese boy band Arashi has risen to be one of Japan’s top idols for the past 20 years. Popular both in Japan and worldwide, ARASHI recently celebrated their 20th anniversary with a world’s first digital single “Turning Up”, which has begun streaming worldwide on music services such as Spotify and Apple Music.
It is no wonder when news that members Satoshi Ohno, Sho Sakurai, Masaki Aiba, Kazunari Ninomiya and Jun Matsumoto will be coming down to Singapore as part of their “JET STORM” promotional tour in Asia, fans have been eagerly awaiting for the chance to meet the band. The moment finally arrived when details of the press conference and fan meet were released to the excitement of fans. Held at Jewel Changi Airport’s Cloud9 Piazza, Kenneth and Nicholas headed down.
Welcoming the band to the venue was 1000 strong fans, both local and international, whom the band were grateful for turning up. Sharing how it was the first time the members are here as a band with only Sho Sakurai and Masaki Aiba having been to the garden city to film a movie and tv series respectively.
The band announced the creation of their social media accounts on Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, and Weibo as a means to stay closer to their fans. So far they have been updating them with their activities and have been very encouraged by the positive feedback from their fans.
Fans who are using music streaming services will also be pleased to know that the band’s music will be up on these platforms as well. The band shared that the aim of this is to allow fans to enjoy the band’s music wherever and whenever they want to. Plus considering the band will be going on an hiatus end of 2020, this will be another way for fans to continue to enjoy their music.
The band also announced that their next concert has been confirmed for May 2020 at the National Stadium in Tokyo. The band has always performed there but due to the Tokyo Olympics next year, the National Stadium was demolished to make way for the new one. With completion of the New National Stadium this month, the band is looking forward to having their concert there.
The event ended with the band taking photo with everyone present at the venue to the delight of fans who turned up early for a chance to be in the front row of the public space. For fans who have been following the band all these years, this was the best chance they had to get up close with the band, especially since they will be going on their hiatus. Hopefully they will be back after that refreshed and a chance for a concert here in Singapore!
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