Arashi (嵐?, literally Storm) is a Japanese boy band formed under the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates, which announced the formation of the group on September 15, 1999 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The group was initially signed to Pony Canyon and released one studio album, one greatest hits 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 debuted atop the Oricon weekly chart selling a little over half a million copies, the group subsequently faced slowly declining sales.
With the release of their eighteenth single "Love So Sweet", Arashi began gaining commercial success as "Love So Sweet" was used as the opening theme song for the high-rating drama Hana Yori Dango 2, making it one of the top five best-selling singles of 2007 in Japan and the group's first single to exceed 400,000 copies sold overall in nearly seven years. For the next two years, Arashi gained a number of achievements and records as they became the first artist to place the top two rankings on the Oricon singles yearly chart for two consecutive years with their singles "Truth/Kaze no Mukō e" and "One Love" in 2008 and "Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei" and "Ashita no Kioku/Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)" in 2009, simultaneously topped the 2009 Oricon singles, album and music DVD yearly charts, and became the third artist in Oricon history to monopolize the top three best-selling singles of the year.
1a b c "Arashi Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-05-17. 2 "Hana Yori Dango 2 ratings". Artv. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 3 a b "年間シングルランキング" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2007-12-18. 4 "(年間ランキング) 嵐、19年ぶりのシングル1位、2位独占 [(Yearly Ranking) Arashi reach 1st and 2nd spots for the first time in 19 years]" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2008-12-11. 5 a b "Arashi sweeps 2009 sales rankings". Tokyograph. 2009-12-18. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 6 a b "嵐、史上初の“CD、DVD4 冠”達成～シングルTOP3独占は光GENJI以来21年ぶり [Arashi is the first ever "CD, DVD 4-category champions". Monopolizing the Top 3 spots of the singles charts for the first time since Hikaru Genji 21 years ago]" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2009-12-18. Retrieved 2009-12-18.
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