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Recap: Last time, Going! came out right after the new album was announced. It was right in the middle of concert tours. As a comparison, I believe in 2009 Rescue was released way before the tours, while the album was released right before, in April... and their concerts were in May…I think.

Also, recording  the NMP album had been going on in April of this year, even before Going! came out on May 12 (thus, this is their first chance “reacting” to the drop in sales). Since I believe they had already finished recording when they announced the album right before Going! came out. However, it seemed like they already expected the drop in sales, thus the reason for making the PV and grand instrumental track for NMP. These were like, "extras" to create more incentive to buy the album, I thought.

blahblahblah. I know I'm not making any sense.

anyway. reasons…. why this may do better or worse

So, LE2 of Change Ur World only sold out today. I don’t remember how it was for Going!, but for NMP the LE sold out real quick. Like in less than a day. (Of course for Love Yourself both LEs sold out within 1-2 days, but that can’t really be compared. Going! sold considerably slower.) Seriously pre-sales don’t seem to be able to predict how total sales will do. Or maybe it’s different for albums and singles. Because the album presale sold out pretty fast… the actual weekly sales were not as high.

Another thing that I believe reduces potential sales is that KAT-TUN really don’t have any way of exposing themselves to the Japanese public in the past half-year or so, unless you’re a hardcore fan. I have always felt that dropping Cartoon KAT-TUN really did make a difference. Sure, ratings were only like 5% per episode but that’s still a lot of people watching. More people than now, where they don’t even have anything. It’s part of the reason I really wished their surprise was announcing a new TV show rather than a new single….
At the moment they have to rely on what promotion time they can get on Going! S&N and appeal to...sports lovers - not the ideal audience to sell a single to.

ummm. I don’t know, I’m just scared for the sales right now even though there’s nothing (or almost nothing) I can do. It’s not that I want to prove something to the world about KAT-TUN but I just don’t want sales to be 'atrocious' again, seeing as they really seem to be trying hard this time. I want them to have average JE-like sales (okay, maybe just above average. heck, fine, I want them to break 250k. That’s all I want.) so that they can continue to have exposure and release more music. I don't want them to fade into obscurity. I hope their efforts produce good results. Though in some ways, the slightly lower sales will motivate them to work harder, I guess.

Seriously, Kame really needs to work on his singing. Maybe the reason Going! didn’t do so well was because of the terrible lives. J/K, Rescue & One Drop also did not have good lives but they sold well. But I want to be able to enjoy the lives this time, and not be scared/nervous/dreading every time Kame opens his mouth. If you can’t handle it/stay on key, please step down from being the lead singer. I like it better when you sing the supporting lines anyway. At least it’s something different.

Also, why does it somehow feel like he’s being left out/not participating in LE 2? He’s in the group songs, sure. But U is doing Neetoman and TTN are doing Girls……wow.

Idk why or how this ended up being a rant about Kame. Just rest, get some sleep, so that you have the energy to work hard. You need to. I feel somehow sad that he doesn’t quite meet my expectations. Are mine too high? Or has he really been doing not so good recently?

mmmh I must be really tired. maybe I should just take my own advice, and stop worrying for now, at least until the previews come out. <sigh> I hate waiting though.

Date: 2010-10-18 06:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kikyo619.livejournal.com
Hmmmmm~ eto i agree with u to a point...ano i'm also worried of how dis single will do /: i mean if it does bad *knocks on wood* sum ppl are gonna have a field day...kedo if it does good!! Den KT's pupularity will grow...since dey will have shown to everyone dat dey still have it!! (which dey do in my opinion)...and about LE2 well I have non against it since, Kame&Jin *coughcoughAkamecoughcough* i mean got his part in Love Yourself and Maru&Koki got theirs in Going! so i was actually expecting this single to have Uepi&Junno *JunDa...yay!! XD* and do u really think Kame's singing aint dat good?? O.o?? I think it has seriously improved!! I mean i love his song Sweet!! his voice is awesum!! and den in N.M.P he showed us how his voice really sounds...I was truly impressed...den again i think i'm just Kame bias ^^" *sigh* in the end all we can do is wait ne~ ano hopefully wen promotions starts ppl will buy the single...i mean i didnt need it XD awready order my versions XD anyways lets just hope this single sales and reaches the #1 spot!! *coughcoughandtakesARASHI'splacecoughcough*

Ah aldo gomen ne for the rambling!! ^^"

Date: 2010-10-18 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ichigohunny.livejournal.com
hey, did you read that whole thing? sorry, I think I was just unusually stressed out last night, so I started freaking out randomly.

nononono I totally love Kame's voice! hahahha he's my number 1 forever and always, but that just makes it all worse since he does tend to go offkey or off-rhythm during the 'lives'. sometimes it makes me feel a little embarrassed when watching, especially since he's usually at the center of attention.

I meant that I don't need him to be the one who does all the flashy stuff, because even if he weren't lead singer I'd still pay attention to his voice the most, since that is just how I am....

I'm feeling a lot better now, and you're right. though I'm still worried about how they'll do it's best to just stay positive. Sometimes you just gotta have faith that they can pull it all off. For me I'll love them no matter how well they do, as long as they keep producing what I like :)

and yep ordered my 3 copies cuz I really think of this as the critical single!
hahaha no worries I love talking to you and it's great that someone thinks the same way as I do, thanks for rambling with me <3

Date: 2010-10-19 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kikyo619.livejournal.com
Hahaha well i read this while cleaning my room XD haha hmmmm yeah at points he does miss some notes demo dats what makes a live...well live!! if it was perfect den dat wouldnt me as fun dnt chu think?? the way i see it he kinda is the main singer now...demo at the same time he isnt since the othermembers are getting more attention ^^ i mean Uepi was A M A Z I N G in N.M.P!!! his "No pain~ woah" wow hahaha and den Maru also...:D i could go on...and on hahaha demo ama stop beofre i write a full report...well fangirl over board hahaha in the end lets just hope the do good!!! its all up to us fans now no?? dey did deir job by making the single, now its our job to make it number one!! and no need for any thanks dats wat fangirl friends are for to ramble on and on bout wat ever group is on their head hahaha...for us its KT <3

Date: 2010-10-19 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ichigohunny.livejournal.com
oh haha i see, at least you were being productive!

well either way, I hope he practices for this one ^^ and yes, I love that everyone is starting to get equal lines because each of them have their charm points when it comes to singing, they should exploit that to their fullest. With more experience they should be able to figure out what sounds good for the five of them. (e.g. Ueda being good at... woahhh-ing XD)

it'll be number 1 for sure! we'll make it that way. yaay can't wait to hear the preview this week!! =)) supposedly it's like a crossover between D-Motion and Fall Down..... hahaha <3 others say it's kinda like NMP. who knows? :P

Date: 2010-10-19 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kikyo619.livejournal.com
Hahahaha yeah productive XD hahaha yeah dey are all getting more lines!! and i love the Uepi&Kame combination!! theri voices together sound so~ freakin good!!! perfect example Sadistic Love!! so i hope ders more song with both of dem together...Johnny-san!!!!! yes we gotta make it #1 and show dat just bc Jin is no longer part of KT dat dey can still make #1 singles..albums...dvd's whatever!!! idk i want an N.M.P version hahaha ilove deri old style the most!! demo in the end i know i will love what ever they produce..i'm just to bias hahaha

Date: 2010-10-19 04:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ichigohunny.livejournal.com
aha, Sadistic Love! yesss, I remember that, it was wonderful. Ueda has a really nice voice for harmonizing (kind of like Jin, who ahem... also sounds really good with Kame xD). I thought that he sounded really awesome in Fall Down. Best part of the song was Ueda during Maru's beatbox segment, haha. it was all fairy-like lol.
Also I liked Koki and Junno's harmonization bit in Faraway, so sweet!

yea, NMP! even KAT-TUN themselves admitted that this song was the most KT-like they've done in awhile. so they know what they're doing, I believe.

Date: 2010-10-21 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kikyo619.livejournal.com
First of hontou ni gomenasai for the super late reply!! kedo its been a loong~ week!! >.<" to much going on dang it!! hahaha...anyways...yeah Uepi really does know how to harmonize!! I think dey all have deir stong points!! like for me Maru has the most unique voice dat i can totally recognize it in any song!!1 <3 N.M.P is epic in my opinion!!! its one of the best songs dey have released in such a long time~ and yeah i'm sure dey know dat deir Rockish style is the one we love the most (;

Date: 2010-10-21 05:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ichigohunny.livejournal.com
I definitely agree, NMP is simply awesome :D

long week, it's the same for me too (I hate school T_T) I've just had a huge headache today from just a general lack of sleep :( hope you're doing alright!

Date: 2010-10-21 03:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kikyo619.livejournal.com
Yes it is ^^ let's hope this upcoming single is the same style ne!!
Same here its not easy balancing work school and fangirling XD I've had lack of sleep also T.T on Tue I stayed up till 3am doing hw!! >.<" den had to wake up at 8am and be at work at 10....its not easy ne eto I just want November to come den December den Winter break hahaha


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