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SMAP charity album line-up decided

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J-pop group SMAP have announced the songs on their new album "SMAP AID," which goes on sale Aug 17 to help raise funds for recovery efforts in the Tohoku region. The album features the group's 15 most popular songs chosen by their fans. It will be the group's first "best" album in 10 years.

The top three tracks are "Original Smile" (from June 1994), "Hazimari no uta" (from September 2008), and "Not Alone" (from May 2005).

The album, which will sell for 3,570 yen, comes with a yellow or red handkerchief — red representing health, and yellow representing happiness. Two hundred yen from the sale of each album will go toward the “Marching J” charity project.

According to SMAP’s management, Johnny’s Entertainment, many Japanese fans wrote to the agency following the March earthquake and tsunami disaster to say that SMAP songs cheered them up in the wake of the tragedy. The messages led to the album’s concept.

The band will also hold a fan meet-and-greet on Sept 9, where 1,000 fans, chosen by lottery, will get the new album for free.

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I will gladly donate my yearly salary if they DON'T make another recording EVER!!

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200 yen from a sale price of 3570 yen is barely 5%.... surely their management company which has no doubt raked in millions x millions of yen through smap could cough up a little more than this??

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200 yen from a 3570 yen is being donated??? WTF. first of all I thought they were going to donate everything. but not even more than 50% thats just a scam.

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Recording Costs = Zero (Its a best of so all the songs are already recording) Marketing Costs = Probably not a hell of a lot Production Costs = Probably made overseas for cheap Charity donations = Sweet F all. Johnny's profits = Loads of cash Johnny’s Entertainment = Pack of bastards.

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The band aid on the cover is appropriate. Represents the 5% of profits the victims will get.

According to SMAP’s management, Johnny’s Entertainment, many Japanese fans wrote to the agency following the March earthquake and tsunami disaster to say that SMAP songs cheered them up in the wake of the tragedy.

Johnny's can claim anything they like, but something tells me the victims living in cardboard cubicles have other things on their mind. This album might "cheer up" non-affected fans who are made to feel they've done a good deed by dishing out ¥3,570 for 15 songs and a handkerchief. Of course we're not supposed to criticize aid of any kind, but the motives behind this project are painfully obvious: self-promotion and profits for Johnny's in the name of good will.

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I will past that again with a few comma's. Recording Costs= Zero (Its a best of so all the songs are already recording), Marketing Costs = Probably not a hell of a lot, Production Costs = Probably made overseas for cheap, Charity donations = Sweet F all, Johnny's profits = Loads of cash, Johnny’s Entertainment = Pack of bastards.

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200 yen to charity, from 3,570. Am I reading this right? I guess it was a major cost to register the term 'SMAP AID', because I don't know what the hell else they'd need all that money for to create this album. I am behooved and absolutely disgusted at their lack of charity for a "charity" project.

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anyone up for an anti Johnny Entertainment campaign on twitter?

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no, it's ok. So many people will buy 2 copies because they will want both colour hankerchiefs. The money will come rolling in. 5% for charity, what a bunch of troopers

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SMAP AID = a has-been musical group trying to make money off 20,000 dead people and countless people's suffering...

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This not a charity album. They are leveraging the tragedy to line their own pockets first. Donating a mere 5% of the proceeds to charity is disgraceful. Have they forgot it is supposed to be a charity album?

I hope they feel proud of themselves.

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I don't think smap have anything to do with how much goes to charity. It's all about johnny's greed. Didn't they each donate a million dollars or something like that? And Nakai-chan went to the Tohoku on several occasions without telling his jimusho. They sure can't sing but I think their hearts are in the right place. Can't say the same for the management company and their fat CEO.

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This is just sickening. I hope the Japanese public sees through this blatant attempt to get rich off of a tragedy, although I have little hope they will...

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All the profits from SMAP AIDS should be donated to the disaster victims - I guess that highly questionable old Johnny gets the 95%...

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Woops...SMAP AID...

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I'm almost certain that part of the profits from this album will go toward the costs associated with putting on their upcoming fan meet-and-greets. All the proceeds generated from those events will be donated to charity.

Before people go bashing them, how about taking a look at other things SMAP has done:

1) Canceling a single that was scheduled to have a physical release, but instead releasing it as a digital single with profits going to charity. 2) Dedicating an episode of SMAPxSMAP to talk about the earthquake and what people can do to help the relief effort. They continue to urge people to donate week after week. 3) Personally donating 4 billion yen total to charity. 4) Donating personal appearance fees to charity. 5) Secretly visiting the disaster area several times to volunteer at shelters. 6) Talking with victims at shelters via satellite between show tapings. 7) Cooking for 2000 people in Fukushima and Iwate as their project for FNS 27-jikan Terebi. 8) Co-founding a foundation to support children affected by the disaster.

Johnny's Entertainment may be a questionable agency, but there is no doubt that SMAP themselves have their hearts in the right place.

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Alethia; Anything they may have done is great, but this article is about this rip off album. They could say that 200 Yen is not good enough and instead of following Johhny, make a satnd. Good idea to look more deeply into chartitable givings of celebrities. It is good for business and future profits. Many celebrities make donations anonamously. An example is "5) Secretly visiting the disaster area several times to volunterr at shelters", not so secret eh?

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This wouldn't stick of a money grabbing scam by their management group if the albulm wasn't titled SMAP AID and Smap hadn't mentioned the fact that the sale of the album is to help raise funds for recovery efforts in Tohoku. I hope someone in the media hounds the Johnny's Entertainment group endlessly about this. Too bad they don't have something similiar to Anderson Cooper's keeping them honest over here???

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Opps...I meant stink...not stick

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Like I said, it's likely that the revenue from the album will go toward funding the setup for the fan meet-and-greets. The only reason their anonymous donations were made public was because of nosy reporters who called the Red Cross and needled the information out of them. As for the secret visits, they became known through shelter residents posting to Twitter and blogs. Despite wearing a disguise, it's kind of difficult to keep yourself hidden when you're one of the most recognizable people in Japan and under constant scrutiny.

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I've been saying this from the start I heard that these guys are releasing this so called "Charity Album" - 200 yen from a 3,570 yen album sale is just absolutely scummy. I never expected these guys to stoop so low.

I wonder where the rest of the money goes? I know they got heavy expenses and stuff, but still at 3,570 yen, this is definitely over priced. I would expect all the earnings less expense go straight to the charity. It's a charity album right!

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Altheia; You can make anonamous donations witout revealing your identity in Japan. You say it is likey the revenue will go to funding a fan meet and greets, but that is your hope and there is no facts behind your hope. Even if true, that is not helping the effected area and the people.

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Johnny's Entertainment may be a questionable agency, but there is no doubt that SMAP themselves have their hearts in the right place.

I agree, Johnny's is the real culprit here. The SMAP members have all donated large amounts privately to the relief project, and other charity projects in the past.

However, I still think as Johnny's biggest cash-cow, they should have the balls to tell their agency where to shove this album being released in their name. Instead it seems they are going along with the scam, which makes them at least somewhat guilty.

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Steve: So it their fault that their anonymous donations were exposed by prying reporters and organization employees that did not adhere to confidentiality guidelines? It's true that album revenue going into event funding is only my hope, but the album will only be sold until the end of the year, which I think supports that theory. I do not agree that is not helping those in the affected areas since the ultimate purpose is to hold the events and generate donation money. Tickets for the events are 4500 yen each, and since profits will go to charity in full, that will be a sizable amount. The 200 yen from the album, even if small, goes directly to charity. Every little bit helps.

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the lads should go up to Tohoku with 10,000 copies to give away-if its all about cheering up.

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the lads should go up to Tohoku with 10,000 copies to give away-if its all about cheering up

yeah, cds work as great frisbees. ^o^

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One more reason NOT to listen to this outdated motley crew. They suck live, they can't play instruments, they don't write their own music, and now they decide to try and bring their sorry careers back on the back of the disasters of March 11th? Talk about low! And even lower still is their simply amazing announcement they'll donate some 4% of profits! Imagine that!

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bite me to all the smap haters, they don't have to do anything

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tokyotom: "bite me to all the smap haters, they don't have to do anything"

Agreed. Thanks to this news, and SMAP in person, I will never, ever listen to one of their songs again (save in muzak or places I can't control it). I'll simply put 300 yen in a donation box and therefore donate more to the actual cause than SMAP would have had I bought their album.

And have you ever heard them live? They suck! Not one of them has any actual talent.

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Alethia, you do not know that the remainder is going to fund fan events. I do recall that in reading about the original fan event put on right after the earthquake, that a "portion of the proceeds" (proceeds means profits, AFTER expenses) was only going to the victims at that time - why would new events be any different? Setting up a fan meet-and-greet is also quite cheap, considering that Johnny's does all the advertising themselves and the members could donate their time. If they are selling tickets to this event for another huge chunk of money, I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that only a "portion of the proceeds" (again, meaning profits) are going to go to charity.

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It is a fact that all, not a portion, of the proceeds from SMAP's fan events will be donated to charity. It was stated in the newspapers -- Daily Sports http://www.daily.co.jp/gossip/article/2011/06/20/0004189264.shtml, for example. SMAP may be a part of Johnny's, but they tend to do things differently and on their own terms.

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Even if I was a fan, there's no way I would buy this album. I would just take the $40 and donate it to charity.

And even though this is more than likely Johnny's doing and not SMAP's, they really should have put their foot down and demanded that at least 50% went to charity.

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