Ok, seeing how my last post on HSJ's ranks in Oricon charts getting such a positive response, I'll share one other news that was released ~2 months back.
Every year, Nikkei Entertainment releases a scatterplot, where they identify celebrities (actor/actresses, sportsman, singers, idols, etc.) and their relative popularity in terms of public recognition/awareness and public interest.
Johnny's groups generally scale pretty well on the public interest axis. The biggest difference between JE groups would fall under the public recognition axis, meaning the percentage of the general public actually knowing who they are.
Arashi has always topped the musical act ranking, and has done so for the past 5 years.
I'm going to share the summary of HSJ's rankings in 2015 and 2016, for comparison. ( Read more...Collapse )For clearer identification, HSJ has been circled in red, and members names have been circled in blue.Vertical axis (Y-axis) - InterestHorizontal axis (X-axis) - Familiarity/RecognitionCirclesGreen - Next Break ZoneOrange - Attention ZoneBlue - Current Leader ZonePurple - Well-Known but Lacking Interest Zone2015 TALENT POWER RANKING
In 2015, only Yamada, Chinen and Hikaru managed to rank in the scatterplot. 2016 TALENT POWER RANKING
In 2016, there is a huge surge of interest in all the members, and for the first time, all members actually charted in the scatterplot.
A breakdown of the upward trend of the individual members ranking:
For those who can't read the members names, here's a guide for you:山田 涼介
Yamada Ryosuke 知念 侑李
Nakajima Yuto岡本 圭人
Okamoto Keito有岡 大貴
Arioka Daiki高木 雄也
Takaki Yuya薮 宏太
Yabu Kota八乙女 光
P.S. (These information are from my interaction with friends and some Japanese and I don't have any credible source to support this):
- HSJ has always been about Yamada, and it is refreshing to see how it is beginning to change, with the other members gaining more momentum/interest.
- Mass media in Japan is considering HSJ as the next Arashi.
Sources: 1 2 3