"Perfume's best dance album" is the label attached to this latest release, and has been off to a flying start as it debuted at number 1, their 5th consecutive album to debut at the top spot, and the first time a female group has done so in 20 years and 8 months, with Princess Princess being the last. It has been made available for download in 119 countries and regions, and ranked 1st on Japan's weekly iTunes album charts, and also placed 1st on Hong Kong's, Taiwan's, Singapore's, and Thailand's iTunes electronic album charts. It also ranked in the top 10 in 19 different countries including the US and Canada.
Due to the demands, the actual CD will also be released in 14 different countries. The digital market is greater overseas, and demands for actual CD releases like this is a rare case. In response to these demands, they will be releasing an "international version" of the album with English text in the album booklet. The DVD will also have English, Chinese, and Korean subtitles so international fans can also enjoy everything the Japanese fans have been getting.
A label representative discusses the reason for their popularity overseas. "They were already popular in Asia where people have been used to the Japanese language and kanji characters, but their popularity has spread over to the West, thanks in part to their European tour last July." He continues to analyze: "Especially in the West, people have been paying attention to their concerts that make use of the latest technology to create stunning visual effects, as well as their fashion sense. I also believe that their naturally beautiful black hair is the reason why they have appealed to Western fans."
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Fans who started to get into Perfume thanks to their music and visuals are craving for deeper info. There were even entries from 17 different countries like the US, Portugal, and Spain for last month's "2nd Perfume Dance Contest", which led them to establishing an "International Division." There were participants from Hong Kong and Taiwan in the finals that was held in the metropolis, and impressed the Perfume girls themselves.
In order to fulfill the needs of their international fans, Perfume's global Facebook account gives information that's the same as the information reported in Japan in different languages such as English, French, and German. The staff above comments that: "Another reason for their popularity is that all the information related to the group is being reported to the rest of the world through Facebook." This international Facebook account has over 180,000 likes, and the comments are filled with passionate messages in many different languages.
They're also popular with the gorilla world
Where are they popular?
Show the charts!
But their songs all sound similar to me...
Which means that Kashiyuka is popular worldwide, huh...
Well, I do think that they're far better than those idols
Yasutaka of the world
So lip-syncing will become popular internationally? No thanks.
Another stealth marketing scheme saying how popular they are overseas?
Japanese women hate black hair and dye them brown.
Foreign girls on the other hand dye their hair brunette (or black).
To think that men love black hair more than women do
But they're not that popular in Japan.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu just devoured them.
Black hair (beautiful hair) is the best!
There's only one cute girl there
You talkin' about Kashiyuka?
It's just in Asia, right?
But they look far better than those brown-haired cabaret club-looking girls in AKB
Kashiyuka's popularity probably stands out from the rest,
She's got the appeal as the most Japanese-looking and exotic-looking of the bunch.
Black hair = justice
A~chan's charm is invincible
Their concerts are always worth watching.
I honestly think it's amazing.
Please release your WORLD TOUR 1st on Blu-ray!
Gets a Hollywood remake
Gets ~award overseas
Dominates international charts
Their Sun Street Kameido live event is a dark past
I still watch that Kameido video every once in a while.
It looks like it was shot by a fan, but it's pretty valuable.
They peaked with "Polyrhythm"
So what's their ranking on the international charts?
I really don't know how much I can believe these articles.
Then what about that? The one saying that Momochi is popular in France?
They should also announce a North American tour around this time
They're irresistible to someone like me who has a fetish for legs
I still don't know what the standard for "popular" is.
They haven't even gathered a crowd of 1,000 for their concert, right?
Well, they're even saying that Kyary is popular internationally, so...
Then how are their concerts?
I mean, how does the West view their lip-syncing ways?
A "concert"? It's merely a "show" where they're only lip-syncing what other people have thought out for them.
It is pretty easy when you add techno effects to your voice and sing on karaoke
They peaked with "Chocolate Disco"!
Nocchi's face is getting scarier
They do seem "Japanese", and they're one of the very few J-pop groups whom I won't be embarrassed of if they perform at the Olympics
I love Perfume!!
I feel that these girls have established their own genre and they don't feel unpleasant at all.
I hope they keep going on like this and do their best as I want to see how far they can go.
I'm not really a fan, though.
People say that Perfume and Kyary Pamyu are popular out in the West, but is that true?
Aren't they just popular within a certain sector of the anime wotas?
I haven't been hearing any news of them ranking on this certain national chart, too.
It seems that they've almost completely sold out their 4-day dome live concert.
I never would have imagined that they'd sell this much when the sales were opened to the general public.
Comments I've seen by international fans somewhere:
"Hey! Look at those legs!"
"Look at those legs", etc.
They seem popular with people who have a thing for legs.
Perfume's concerts isn't something that you should be ashamed of, even from an international standpoint.
They should have some more exposure!
They're singers but their legs are their appeal? That's so sarcastic.
A~chan suddenly became cute.
What's going on?
I think they're good, but I'm always concerned about Nocchi who always looks like she's got dead eyes
They should be in the top half on the overall charts, else it won't feel like they're really popular overseas
I don't care how they're received internationally.
As long as they still keep on releasing CDs.
First off, a concert by the end of the year.
Next year, on to America I guess.
So you're ignoring their music?
Yes, exactly as you say.
Maybe Perfume looks exotic in their eyes
Perfume's concert in London
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's concert in London
So they like black hair?
Then that means Tamori will also be popular.
It's true that there was a problem because of the Japanese fans who followed them overseas and camped out in the front rows. I understand their feelings for securing the front because they did spend a lot of money, but they could have at least given them up to the others.
Please give me details on their download sales and stuff
You might not get their appeal unless you see them live
Perfume feels more like a group of artists who perform as a team rather than idols.
Japan seems to be trying to put them in the idol slot, but the idea of that slot may already be obsolete.
Their concerts are fun.
Even people overseas are enjoying them.
On the other hand, all Kyary releases are cheap commercial songs and her album is horrible.
I thought it was her time to shine and take over when she debuted, but it seems that Perfume will be the ones who'll last longer.
I think that saying they're popular because of their long hair is a lie.
There are also a lot of black-haired people in the West.
It's not really that rare and valuable.
Isn't lip-syncing an issue?
If people understand that this is what they are then I guess it's alright then...
Der Spiegel article
Because they're not a group who makes people listen to their songs.
Even Nakata said that singing is just a part of the overall sound, and he's been using all those effects.
That's why I don't think lip-syncing is an issue.
About black hair,
I think that even if Westerners dye their hair black, they still can't achieve that gloss in the hair that Asians have so I can understand why they'd be attracted to it.
They have no sexiness nor nastiness to them, and I'm interested to see how far they'll go. I'm rooting for them.
London concert - 2000 people
This looks pretty bad
Don't Perfume and Kyary get along with each other?
I've never seen them together on MJ even once
There are a lot of black-haired people in Europe, but there's not that many who have straight hair and black eyes. There are people like that in Italy and Spain, but most have pretty rough hair texture so maybe these Perfume girls are looked at with some sort of ethnicity?
They're not as "amateur-ish" as the current idols right now. I think it's good that they give off this amicable vibe. And their songs aren't too "cool" in a weird way, and everything just falls into place.
Perfume's concerts are seen as a form of installation art so the fans themselves aren't concerned with lip-syncing and such problems.
In a nutshell,
they're really "Japan-like".
And when you look at the Western charts, you see artists that take reference from Japanese culture.
It's good that they're not extremely beautiful.
They've also got great style.
Short legs are a bit, you know.
I don't see too many foreigners imitating Perfume's dance steps on YouTube, though?
I laugh when I see A~chan, I wonder why
So where can we see these "electronic charts" that they always bring up in these articles?
Men all around the world fall in love with Kashiyuka's hair and legs.
I think they'll also look well with brown hair
What's up with the appeal of "concerts and black hair"? w
There are mountain-loads of people who have black hair and do concerts www
More than anything, Kashiyuka's thighs are wonderful
This is Perfume
Nocchi = cute face
Kashiyuka = beautiful legs
Then what about A-chan?
They have nice songs, their dances are pretty, so Perfume's stage performances are always fun