Sayonara to SMAP...again? But this time they mean it...

Good morning everyone,

What to say about the weather? Hmmm...well, it's hot. Really hot. Really, really hot. Really, really, rea...well, you get the picture.

The talent agency Johnny & Associates announced via fax on Sunday that the popular idol group SMAP is breaking up on December 31, after a career spanning over a quarter century.

Johnny & Associates' facsimile message explained that part of the group held the opinion of "wanting to break up rather than go on hiatus," so they decided to end their activities as a group. The five members will remain with Johnny & Associates going forward, but will focus on their solo careers starting next year.

SMAP (Sports Music Assemble People) formed in 1988 with six members, although Katsuyuki Mori left the group in 1996. The band debuted with their first single in September 1991, and went on to put out a number of hit songs, such as "Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana," "Yozora no Mukō," and "Lion Heart." "Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana" sold 2.5 million single CDs.

Newspapers reported in January that Masahiro Nakai (43), Tsuyoshi Kusanagi (42), Goro Inagaki (42), and Shingo Katori (39) had been in talks to leave Johnny & Associates, with only Takuya Kimura (43) staying with the agency.

The reports added that the four would leave following the imminent resignation of SMAP's long-time manager Michi Ijima.

Johnny & Associates Inc. released a statement later in January that confirmed that it was in talks with some members of SMAP regarding a possible departure from the agency, but the agency has not officially confirmed any of the other reports from various newspapers and news outlets. The five members then appeared in a live message during their weekly SMAP x SMAP program to address the reports on January 18. They apologized for the unease they caused their fans. Despite indicating they will continue working, they did not directly address whether the group will break up in the future.

So, they are breaking up, but they're all staying with Johnny & Associates this time? Well, all things come to an end, right? I was never a big fan of the group, so it doesn't affect me much. The best thing I liked about them was that they weren't great singers, so their songs were good for me to do at karaoke. Now I don't go to karaoke anymore (one of the other benefits of cutting down on drinking), so I guess I won't really miss them. When was the last time you saw them do anything together anyway?

And the cynic in me thinks it'll set them up for a reunion tour in about 10 years time...ha ha!

Have a great day!

Post a comment

Private comment