This is double the number from their previous single Mistake!/Battery released in February.
Joy!! is available in 5 editions (Vivid Orange, Lime Green, Sky Blue, Shocking Pink, Lemon Yellow), each edition having different content. All 5 will cost \7,355.
The CD also includes a lottery ticket which gives the winner a chance to attend a fan meeting event for the recently concluded drama Kasuka na Kanojo, which starred Shingo Katori, as well as a serial code which you can enter in to win some goods that are not for sale in their 50! for SMAP! campaign.
Some comments from SMAP fans:
"We didn't want SMAP to resort to something like this."
"They're starting to sell cheap."
"The lottery method is similar to the Hallyu idols, and this entire method is worse than how AKB sells their CDs."
Now that the CD sales figures don't hold any meaning anymore, thanks to AKB, we should get rid of our notion that Ranking = Popularity.
- 国民的アイドル(笑)National idols (LOL)
- 5種類あるんだったら、初動売上30万を5で割って6万が5つってカウントしないと変じゃない？内容も違うみたいだしいや、平均的に売れてるかどうか知らないから6万じゃないとは思うけどIf there are 5 different versions, then shouldn't they divide the 300,000 by 5, meaning 60,000x5?
The contents are different anyway. Well, it's not exactly 60,000 since I'm sure that not all 5 versions are selling at a similar rate.
- 出ない額じゃないが精神的に来そうだな。ファン減らすだけ。It's not an amount that one can't shell out, but it'll just take its toll mentally. The fans will just keep decreasing.
- 妙にAKBと番組多いなと思ったらこういう事かSMAPも落ちたもんだI was wondering why they've been appearing a lot with AKB on TV, so this is it huh. SMAP sure have fallen.http://daily-akb48.com/img/Post/1386/image.jpg
- 悪質か？全く同じCDを5,6枚買って捨てるより別パッケージを複数買った方がいいだろ？Is it an evil method?
Don't you think buying different variations is much better than buying 5, 6 copies of the exact same thing?
- ビクターは昔から結構えげつない。十年くらい前にサザンのアルバムで色違い仕様(10種以上)とかやってたし。もちろんAKBとかよりはるか前Victor's evil methods goes all the way back in the day.
They even sold 10 different color variants for the Southern All Stars.
Of course, that was way before AKB started doing this.
- ＞AKB48によってCDセールス数の意味が失われてしまった今、「ランキング＝人気」という先入観を取り払う必要があるのかもしれない。さらっと秋元康に毒吐いてるなｗｗｗ> Now that the CD sales figures don't hold any meaning anymore, thanks to AKB, we should get rid of our notion that Ranking = Popularity.
How smooth of them to bash Yasushi Akimoto like that LOLOLOL
- 売上ランキングなんて消費者は気にしたらダメでもこの売り方は引くわー俺ならファンやめるレベルThe consumers shouldn't be concerned about these sales rankings.
But this method sure is a turn-off.
This is on a level that would make me quit being a fan if I were one.
- 悪質な売り方だ買う買わないの決定権は消費者にある。よって、問題ないぞ。This is really evil.
But the consumers have the right to buy, or not to buy.
Therefore, there's no problem with this.
Don't you think that 300,000 is a horrible figure even if they did something to that extent? LOL
SMAP's totally finished.
The ones who are buying are the old grannies, but the biggest victims here are the husbands who had to work hard and see the money that they earned be used for that purpose.
Mr. Ryo Fukawa, please teach SMAP a lesson as well (related post HERE)
SMAP sure have become pitiable
Arashi doesn't even need to do this, and they'd sell 3x more
The songs are different, but it's treated as one CD... Don't you think that's weird?
I'd understand it if it had different covers or different freebies.
Those who are interested can just buy the ones with handshake passes, lottery tickets, DVDs, and other what-nots.
The people who are only interested in the music can just ignore this, but when they split off the B-sides like this, as a fan you'd feel disappointed.
They wrote the article with the premise that "AKB is evil" LOL
But that's exactly the case.
Johnny's has Arashi so they can still feel relieved.
And it's a smart move that Arashi are more inclined towards MomoClo.
I'm envious of Arashi. Almost all of their songs (over 20) are also sold using varying B-sides but no one's bashing them.
SMAP on the other hand has only applied this method to 3 of their 50 songs, including this one.
You won't be able to stop this once you start it.
How miserable, just for the sake of earning chump change.
Adult games have different freebies depending on the shop you buy them from
But the song itself is shi+e.
For those that have different B-sides, they should be counted as a different single.
But you just have to buy one copy of each of the 5 editions, right?
One AKB baka-wota will buy 1,000 copies of the exact same thing so you can't compare them.
They're not doing it for "chump change", it's because they're celebrating their 50th single.
Yeah, they sold 3 different versions back in 2010 but they returned to selling just 1 version for a while.
And Victor doesn't have to rely on SMAP alone anymore since the Southern All Stars are back, so they'll probably sell just 1 version the next time around. (Related post HERE)
They should have made this into a mini album
CDs aren't the only things Jani-wotas spend their money on.
Travel expenses for their concerts, drama DVDs, and they also have to watch their movies over and over again.
You can't be a Jani-wota if you're not rich.
Do SMAP fans even listen to their songs?
Don't they just want to join the events and don't even bother to listen to the songs?
The number of original B-sides for the latest single
(backing tracks and remix versions excluded)
AKB - 5 songs
Arashi - 3 songs
SMAP - 2 songs
Kanjani - 4 songs
SMAP just forcefully increased these 2 songs into 5 types, Victor sure has guts.
Their fan service has changed a lot recently. Rather, they're now approving the fans to come closer to them. Idols sure become desperate for survival once they're in their 40s.
But Arashi did this too, and thanks to that, their sales increased by around 200,000.
But SMAP is amazing for still being able to sell 300,000 copies.
There's no idol in history who are already in their 40s, who are able to come out with 5 versions of one single and still sell that much.
And I don't think there will be another one either.
Even the other groups are selling 3 versions. It's just that they have 5 versions for their 50th single.
It's weird that people who seem to be thinking that handshake passes and B-side variants are the same are bashing them.
You can bash AKB all you want because of those handshake passes, but all other idols except for Perfume are selling multiple singles with different B-sides.
Even Arashi sold multiple singles with different B-sides everytime since 2010. They also did that before.
The evil AKB's at fault for starting this.
It's similar to one country having nuclear weapons, which gives the need for the other countries to have their own nuclear weapons as well.
Didn't Arashi come out with a \500 CD single before?
MomoClo's album was sold in 3 different variations.
They shipped 700,000 copies but only sold 200,000.
Takeshi and Ryuichi Sakamoto once said:
Once one person starts doing it, everyone else will do the same.
That's what makes it dangerous.
SMAP's become desperate after losing to Arashi.
At this rate, it looks like Arashi will even surpass them in the total CD sales as well as the concert ticket sales.
So it's still treated as the same CD even when there are B-side variants?And I think that there are even special cases in which 2 different CDs with the same content are counted separately. I think they should clarify the grounds first.
Seriously speaking, among the CDs currently at the top of the rankings, I think Arashi's the only one selling their CDs properly.
AKB, SMAP, EXILE, all of these groups are using evil methods to desperately add a few more figures to what they're supposed to be selling.
Must be the turn of the times.
AKB is the root of all evil since they had success with selling based not on the actual song but on the extras that came with it. It seems that people don't care about the songs anymore.
Does SMAP still have fans?
I think Oricon is the one at fault here.
I hope they don't count CDs with freebies as CDs.
Some 40-year-olds who sing bad and are still passing off as idols is pathetic in itself, and the way they're so desperate in trying to prove a point that they can still sell this much is just... LOL
It's just their wotas buying all the CDs because of the freebies.
There's nothing more evil than AKB who makes their wotas buy this much
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