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SMAP’s 2003 single tops chart

Sample newspaper article

人気ポップグループのスマップが2003年に発売したシングル「世界に一つだけの花」が、音楽情報会社オリコンの「デイリーシングル ランキング」で首位になったと、1月23日に発表された。グループの 解散報道に危機感を抱いたファンが、支援を表明し、スマップの曲で一番人気のシングルの購買運動を起こしていた。オリコンによると、 解散危機報道の翌日の1月14日付のランキングで9位に登場し、徐々に順位を上げてきていた。20年以上にわたって芸能界で欠かせない 存在であるスマップの解散報道には、日本中が衝撃を受けた。 メンバーは1月18日、自分たちのテレビ番組でファンに心配をかけた ことを謝罪し、グループの存続を約束した。 (Jan. 23)

Words and phrases

人気ポップグループ (ninki poppu gurūpu) popular pop group; 発売した (hatsubai-) released; 世界 (sekai) world; 花 (hana) flower; 音楽情報会社 (ongaku jōhō gaisha) music information provider; 首位となった (shui-) ranked No. 1; 発表された (happyō-) said; 解散報道 (kaisan hōdō) news of breakup; 危機感を抱いた (kikikan-ida-) alarmed by; 支援 (shien) support; 表明し (hyōmei-) express; 曲 (kyoku) song; 購買運動 (kōbai undō) purchasing campaign; 起こして (o-) launched; 登場し (tōjō-) appeared in the rankings; 徐々に順位を上げ (jojo-jun’i-a-) continued to climb up; 以上 (ijō) more than; 芸能界 (geinōkai) show business; 欠かせない存在 (ka-sonzai) fixture; 日本中 (Nihonjū) Japan; 衝撃を受けた (shōgeki-u-) shocked; テレビ番組 (terebi bangumi) TV show; 心配をかけた (shinpai-) causing anxiety; 謝罪し (shazai-) apologized; 存続 (sonzoku) continue as a group; 約束した (yakusoku-) pledged

Sample radio or television report

Ninki poppu gurūpu-no Sumappu-ga 2003-nen-ni hatsubai-shita shinguru “Sekai-ni Hitotsu dake-no Hana”-ga ongaku jōhō gaisha Orikon-no Deirii Shinguru Rankingu-de shui-ni-natta-to, 1-gatsu 23-nichi-ni happyō-saremashita. Gurūpu-no kaisan hōdō-ni kikikan-o idaita fan-ga, shien-o hyōmei-shi, Sumappu-no kyoku-de ichiban ninki-no-shinguru-no kōbai undō-o okoshite-imashita. Orikon-ni-yorimasu-to, kaisan kiki hōdō-no yokujitsu-no 1-gatsu jūyokka-zuke-no rankingu-de kyūi-ni tōjō-shi, jojo-ni jun’i-o agete-kite-imashita. Nijū-nen ijō-ni watatte geinōkai-de kakasenai sonzai-de-aru Sumappu-no kaisan hōdō-ni-wa, Nihonjū-ga shōgeki-o ukemashita. Menbā-wa 1-gatsu jūhachinichi, jibuntachi-no terebi bangumi-de fan-ni shinpai-o kaketa-koto-o shazai-shi, gurūpu-no sonzoku-o yakusoku-shimashita.

Translation

A CD single by popular pop group SMAP released in 2003 ranked No. 1 on a Japanese hit chart on Jan. 22, as fans alarmed by news of their apparently imminent breakup launched a campaign to buy it to express their support for the group, music information provider Oricon Inc. said on Jan. 23. “Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana,” the most popular song by the boy band, shot up to ninth place from outside the ranking on Jan. 14, the day after media reports that SMAP was on the verge of breaking up, and it continued to climb up Oricon’s daily single ranking to reach the top spot on Jan. 22. The news of the potential breakup shook Japan, as the group has been a fixture in the country’s show business for more than 20 years. SMAP members apologized to fans for causing anxiety and pledged to continue as a group during their TV show on Jan. 18.

Conversation between acquaintances

A: Ninki poppu gurūpu Sumappu-no shinguru-ga Orikon-no rankingu-de shui-ni natta sō-desu-ne.

(I hear that a CD single by the popular pop group SMAP ranked No. 1 on the Oricon hit chart.)

B: Gurūpu-no kaisan hōdō-ni kikikan-o idaita fan-ga kōbai undō-o okoshita sō-desu-yo.

(Apparently their fans, alarmed by news of the group’s possible breakup, launched a campaign to buy the single.)

Conversation between husband and wife

H: Kekkyoku Sumapppu-wa kaisan shinai-sō-da-ne.

(After all that, the group decided not to break up, right?)

W: Sonzoku-o yakusoku-shite-kurete yokatta-wa.

(I’m glad that they promised to keep going as a group.)

(No. 1294)