Arashi in November 2019
Arashi (?, lit. Storm) is a Japanese boy band consisting of five members formed under the Johnny & Associates talent agency. The members are Ohno Satoshi, Sakurai Sho, Aiba Masaki, Ninomiya Kazunari, and Matsumoto Jun. Arashi officially formed on September 15, 1999, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and made their debut CD on November 3, 1999. The group was initially signed to Pony Canyon and released one studio album and six singles--beginning with their 1999 eponymous debut single before moving to the Johnny's subsidiary label J Storm in 2001, which was initially set up for their succeeding releases. While their debut single sold close to a million copies, the group took a mixture of pop and alternate/contemporary approach to its music which attracted core followers, but subsequently faced commercially slow sales.
With the release of their eighteenth single "Love So Sweet", Arashi began to gain commercial success as it was used as the opening theme song for the high-rating drama Hana Yori Dango 2 whose protagonist is played by Matsumoto Jun, making it one of the top five best-selling singles of 2007 in Japan and the group's first single to exceed 400,000 copies sold overall in nearly seven years. For the next two years, Arashi gained a number of achievements and records as they became the first artist to place the top two rankings on the Oricon singles yearly chart for two consecutive years with their singles "Truth / Kaze no Muk? e" and "One Love" in 2008 and "Believe / Kumorinochi, Kaisei" and "Ashita no Kioku / Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)" in 2009, simultaneously topped the 2009 Oricon singles, album and music DVD yearly charts, and became the third artist in Oricon history to monopolize the top three best-selling singles of the year. In 2010, all six of Arashi's singles ranked within the top ten of the Oricon singles yearly chart, and their million-selling studio album Boku no Miteiru F?kei was named the best-selling album of the year in Japan. As of September 2019 , the group had sold over 54 million copies of albums, singles and videos and became the best selling boy band in Asia. Since then, Arashi has continued to release chart-topping singles and albums, perform in sold-out concert tours, host a number of variety shows, and remain an influential figure in Japanese media. On January 27, 2019, Arashi announced that group activities would pause from December 31, 2020.
Johnny & Associates announced the group's debut on September 15, 1999 through a press conference aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii. Then-president Johnny Kitagawa chose five trainees from the Johnny's Jr. division of the agency to become the members of Arashi, the Japanese word for Storm, and to represent the agency's thrust of "creating a storm throughout the world". On November 3, 1999, they made their CD debut by releasing the single "Arashi", which became the theme song for the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup hosted by Japan in 1999. It went on to become a major hit, selling 557,430 copies in its first week and almost a million copies by the end of its chart run.
On April 5, 2000, Arashi released their second single, "Sunrise Nippon/Horizon", which debuted at number-one on the Oricon weekly singles chart selling 304,340 copies. The next day, the group began their first concert tour at Osaka Hall. In July, the group released their next single "Typhoon Generation", which debuted at number three on the weekly singles chart with 256,510 copies sold, and continued to chart for nine weeks before leaving the charts. After holding more concerts in August, the group released their last single of 2000, "Kansha Kangeki Ame Arashi". The single debuted at number two on the Oricon weekly singles chart and had first-week sales of 258,720.
In January 2001, Arashi released their first studio album, Arashi No.1 Ichigou: Arashi wa Arashi o Yobu!. The album debuted at number-one on the Oricon weekly album chart with initial sales of 267,220 copies. Until the release of their tenth anniversary compilation album All the Best! 1999-2009, the album remained the group's best-selling album with overall sales of about 323,030 for nearly ten years. From March 25 to April 30, 2001, the group embarked on their first nationwide concert tour Arashi Spring Concert 2001. The tour took place in Sendai, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaid?, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Toyama, and Tokyo with an unprecedented twenty-six performances. Before moving to a private record label by the end of 2001, Arashi released "Jidai" as their final single under Pony Canyon. Used as the theme song for Matsumoto's drama Kindaichi Sh?nen no Jikenbo 3, it was named Best Theme Song in the 30th Television Drama Academy Awards.
Arashi began 2002 by releasing their first single under J Storm. "A Day in Our Life" was used as the theme song for Sakurai's comedy drama Kisarazu Cat's Eye and debuted atop of the Oricon weekly singles chart selling 226,480 copies. Their subsequent releases of the year, "Nice na Kokoroiki" and "Pikanchi", were used as the theme songs for the anime Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari K?en-mae Hashutsujo and Arashi's movie Pikanchi Life is Hard Dakedo Happy ( Life is HardHappy, Pikanchi Life is Hard But Happy) respectively.
Starting in 2003, the group would only release two singles every year until 2007. Both singles released in 2003, "Tomadoi Nagara" and "Hadashi no Mirai/Kotoba Yori Taisetsu na Mono", debuted at number two on the charts. The song "Kotoba Yori Taisetsu na Mono" marked the first time a member contributed to the penning of a single, as many of the group's songs are produced by other lyricists, composers, or musicians. Sakurai, who is the designated rapper of Arashi, has since written all the incorporated rap lyrics of the group's releases.[fn 1]
The year 2004 was Arashi's fifth anniversary since debut. They began the year by releasing their twelfth single, "Pikanchi Double", in February as the theme song for their second movie Pikanchi Life is Hard Dakara Happy ( Life is HardHappy, Pikanchi Life is Hard Thus Happy). Selling 89,106 copies in the first week, it is Arashi's lowest-selling single to date. In celebration of their anniversary, the group released a greatest hits album 5x5 The Best Selection of 2002-2004, which included their second 2004 single "Hitomi no Naka no Galaxy/Hero".
In 2005, on New Year's Day, Arashi released their first concert DVD since How's It Going? in 2003 titled 2004 Arashi! Iza, Now Tour!!. From July 26 to August 24, they embarked on a summer tour titled One to support their album of the same name. One of the highlights of the tour included the live performance their first single of the year, "Sakura Sake", on top of "Johnny's Moving Stage" (, Janizu Mubingu Suteji), a transparent stage that travels over the top of the audience. Invented by Matsumoto, "Johnny's Moving Stage" has since been used in a majority of Arashi's concerts to allow them to move closer to the audience seated at a distance from the main stage. In November, Arashi released a theme song for the manga-based drama Hana Yori Dango, which starred Matsumoto as one of the lead actors. "Wish" went on to sell an estimated 178,000 copies in its first week and over 300,000 copies by the end of its chart run, making it their first single to sell over 300,000 copies in total in nearly three years since "A Day in Our Life" in 2002.
By 2006, the group's singles and albums were being released outside Japan. Their studio album, Arashic, was released not only in Japan, but also in Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. The album was successful in Korea as the first 10,000 copies of the album were sold out on the first day, and it even topped the non-Korean sales charts on the third week of July.
In the midst of Arashi's summer concert tour Arachic Arashic Arasick Cool and Soul, the group embarked on a publicity tour around Asia called Jet Storm Tour on July 31. The group visited Taiwan, Thailand and South Korea, countries which later became part of their 2006 Asia tour, all in one day to hold press conferences and promote their Arashic album. For two days, September 16 and September 17, Arashi held their first concerts in Taipei at the Taipei Arena.
Performing "Arashi", "Wish" and "Kitto Daij?bu", which was their first single release of the year, the group represented Japan in the 3rd annual Asia Song Festival in South Korea on September 22. Almost two months later, they became the first group from Johnny's to perform individual concerts in South Korea. According to The Korea Times, the concerts in Korea were decided because about 1,500 Korean fans gathered at the Incheon International Airport during the group's Jet Storm Tour. Arashi proved popular to Korean fans when their concert tickets were sold out in an hour, as some 150,000 people rushed to book tickets online.
The group traveled back to Japan and then released their second and final the single of the year "Aozora Pedal", which was written and composed by Japanese musician Shikao Suga and used for Sakurai's movie Honey and Clover. Although Arashi had planned to return to Thailand to hold a concert on October 7, it was canceled due to a military coup d'état.
On February 21, the group released their first single of the year, "Love So Sweet", the theme song for the high-rating drama Hana Yori Dango 2, which peaked at the number-one spot on the Oricon daily and weekly charts. It is also Arashi's first single to sell more than 200,000 copies in a week in almost five years. Their nineteenth single "We Can Make It!", released on May 2, also charted number-one on the Oricon daily and weekly charts.
In April, the group performed in one of their largest concerts: Arashi Around Asia in Dome, a continuation of their Triumphant Homecoming concert held in January, which was aimed to celebrate the successful Asia tour.Arashi Around Asia in Dome was held at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka and at Tokyo Dome, making it Arashi's first time performing there. On July 14, Arashi launched their summer tour titled Time - Kotoba no Chikara to support their seventh studio album Time. The album sold over 190,000 copies in its first week, not only extending the group's string of number-one releases but also propelling the album to reach Platinum status by Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ).
Also in July, the TBS drama production of the manga Yamada Tar? Monogatari, which starred Ninomiya and Sakurai, began. Arashi sang the theme song of the drama, titled "Happiness", and released it on September 5 as their third single of the year. The year proved successful for the group as all of their singles ranked within the Top 30 of the annual Oricon charts, with "Love So Sweet" ranking fourth in single sales overall, making it the group's first single to rank within the Top 10 on the annual charts. "Love So Sweet" was also named one of The Best 10 Singles in the 22nd Japan Gold Disc Awards in 2008.
The group's success in 2007 sparked renewed public interest. In February, Arashi released their first single of the year, "Step and Go", which debuted at the top of the Oricon weekly chart for having sold 324,223 copies, making it as the group's first single to exceed 300,000 copies sold in the first week since "Sunrise Nippon/Horizon" in 2000. The same month, it was announced that the group would be doing a concert tour of the five major domes in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Sapporo. The tour, titled Arashi Marks 2008 Dream-A-Live, consisted of ten performances, from May 16 in Osaka to July 6 in Sapporo. The only other Johnny's artists who have done a five dome tour were SMAP and KinKi Kids. The tour also coincided with their eighth studio album, Dream "A" Live, which was reported to be a hit with male buyers by Oricon despite the fact that most releases by Johnny's artists are geared towards female teens and young adults. In the midst of the tour, Arashi released their twenty-second single "One Love", the theme song for the last production of the Hana Yori Dango trilogy. Like "Step and Go", the single sold over 300,000 copies in its first week and charted at number-one of the weekly singles chart.
As the start of the group's second Asia tour, Arashi became the third musical group--after SMAP and Dreams Come True--to perform at the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo as their first major outdoor concert on September 5. The first two legs of the tour included a return to Taipei and Seoul while the third leg was a first time trip to Shanghai. The concert in Shanghai also marked Johnny & Associates' first concert in China. Almost a month after the release of "One Love", their twenty-third single, "Truth/Kaze no Muk? e", was released. Debuting atop of the Oricon weekly charts, the double A-side single sold 467,288 copies. Before the group's concert in Shanghai on November 15, they released their fourth single of the year, "Beautiful Days", which was used as the theme song for Ninomiya's drama Ry?sei no Kizuna. Although "Beautiful Days" only had a little over a month to chart before the Oricon charting period for 2008 ended on December 11, the single managed to climb up to be the tenth best-selling single of the year. Their concert DVD Summer Tour 2007 Final Time - Kotoba no Chikara, released on April 16, also ranked as the second best-selling music DVD of 2008 and ranked sixth place in the general DVD category.
The group released two double A-side singles, "Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei" and "Ashita no Kioku/Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)", on March 4 and May 27 respectively. Both singles sold over 500,000 copies in first week sales, making Arashi the first artist to have two consecutive singles exceed the 500,000 mark within a week in seven years seven months since Keisuke Kuwata.
At the end of June, Arashi announced their tenth anniversary tour Arashi Anniversary Tour 5x10, which included three consecutive shows at the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. They became the first artist to play at the stadium for three consecutive days. Their third single of the year, "Everything", was released on July 1 and sold nearly 342,000 copies in the first week. On August 19, Arashi released their greatest hits album All the Best! 1999-2009, which featured most of their singles since debut, a new song with lyrics written by the members themselves, and a limited edition third disc containing ten of the group's selections. The album sold over 753,000 copies in the first week. Thirteen days after the release, the album broke the one million mark, a first in Arashi's history. It became the first album of 2009 to break one million.
On November 11, Arashi released "My Girl" as their last single of the year. It debuted atop of the Oricon daily chart by selling about 178,000 copies on the first day and about 432,000 copies by the end of its first week. It was announced on November 17 that Arashi had thus monopolized the top four best first-week sales for singles of 2009.
On November 20, Arashi held an event organized by House Foods called Arashi in Tokyo DisneySea Premium Event. Reserving the entire theme park for one night, the group performed a special medley of Christmas songs and their own songs such as "Arashi" and "One Love", which made the Arashi the first celebrity to sing their own songs at Tokyo DisneySea.
Arashi attended the 60th NHK K?haku Uta Gassen on New Year's Eve, making it not only the group's first time performing on the show but also the first time in twenty-one years another group from Johnny's other than SMAP and Tokio, the two traditional participants, performed at K?haku.
On January 5, it was announced that Arashi would provide the song "Yurase, Ima o" as the theme song for the 2010 Winter Olympics news coverage on NTV. On January 6, Sakurai announced that Arashi would provide the theme song "Troublemaker" for his then-upcoming comedy drama. The next day, Mezamashi TV aired the first preview of the theme song for the drama special Saigo no Yakusoku, the group's first drama together in nearly ten years. The theme song "Sora Takaku" was announced during the press conference for the drama special on December 15, 2009. Of the three newly recorded songs, only "Troublemaker" and "Yurase, Ima o" were included in the group's first single of the year released on March 3, with "Troublemaker" being the A-side song.
On February 24, the 24th Japan Gold Disc Awards awarded Arashi the "Artist of the Year" prize and nine other awards in various categories. As a result, they became the first artist to win ten awards at once.
It was announced on April 5 that Arashi would provide the theme song "Monster", which was released on May 19 as a single, for Ohno's fantasy comedy drama based on Fujiko Fujio's manga series Kaibutsu-kun. On May 24, "Monster" debuted at number-one on the Oricon weekly chart selling 543,000 copies in its first week, making Arashi the first act to have thirty consecutive singles rank in Oricon's weekly Top 3 since their debut.
On June 5, it was announced that the group was to release their first studio album in two years and four months since Dream "A" Live (April 2008) and hold a nationwide concert tour at the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo for four days and the five major domes in Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo, Nagoya and Fukuoka. Although the four days are not consecutive, Arashi became the first to hold four concerts at the National Olympic Stadium in the same tour.
The group's song "Love Rainbow" was used as the theme song for the romance drama Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku (, Summer Love Shines in Rainbow Colors) starring Matsumoto and Y?ko Takeuchi. "To Be Free", Arashi's third single of 2010, became the group's twentieth consecutive number-one single since "Pikanchi Double" (2004) on July 13. Together with Ohno's solo single "Yukai Tsukai Kaibutsu-kun" (), which was released on the same day as "To Be Free" and placed at number-two, Arashi and Ohno accomplished the rare feat of a group and a solo artist from the group simultaneously taking the top two spots for the first time in nearly ten years.
Arashi provided the theme song "Dear Snow" for the live-action movie adaptation of the award-winning ?oku: The Inner Chambers manga starring Ninomiya and Kou Shibasaki. On August 10, Arashi's ninth studio album Boku no Miteiru F?kei placed at number-one on the Oricon weekly album chart, selling around 731,000 copies. The album maintained its number-one spot in the second week, making it Arashi's first studio album to lead the Oricon weekly album chart for two consecutive weeks. By selling around another 125,000 copies, the album has sold a total of 856,000 copies. In September, Japan Airlines (JAL) launched a domestic Boeing 777-200 bearing both the images of the members of Arashi and the title of their Boku no Miteiru F?kei album, which will be sold with a specially designed cover in-flight. Japan Airlines will use the Arashi Jet until January 2011.
The song "Love Rainbow" was released as a single on September 8. It debuted at number-one on the Oricon weekly singles chart and sold around 529,000 copies, making "Love Rainbow" the group's third 2010 single to surpass 500,000 copies sold in the first week. On October 12, Boku no Miteiru F?kei sold a total of a million copies, making it the group's first studio album to sell over a million copies and the first album in Japan to reach a million copies sold in 2010. Additionally, "Dear Snow" was released as a single on October 6 and became Arashi's fourth 2010 single to sell over 500,000 copies in the first week.
The group released their sixth single of 2010, "Hatenai Sora" (, "Endless Sky"), on November 10. The single sold 572,000 copies in its first week, surpassing the group's old personal record of 300 copies sold in the first week set by their debut song "Arashi" in 1999. The group became the first male artist to achieve six number-one singles in a year. On December 31, 2010, Arashi co-hosted the 61st NHK K?haku Uta Gassen with Nao Matsushita, becoming the first group to host the show.
On January 5, 2011, the 25th Japan Gold Disc Awards awarded Arashi the "Artist of the Year" prize for the second year in a row. It was announced on January 15, 2011 that Arashi would release the song "Lotus" as a single on February 23, 2011. "Lotus" was also adopted as the theme song for Aiba's drama Bartender (, B?tend?).
Released on January 26, 2011, Arashi's music DVD Arashi 10-11 Tour "Scene": Kimi to Boku no Miteiru F?kei - Stadium sold 618,000 copies in its first week, making it the first music DVD in Oricon history to sell over 600,000 copies in the first week. The DVD sold another 59,000 copies, bringing the total to an estimate of 677,000 copies sold and pushing the group's overall music DVD sales to 4,014,000 copies. As a result, Arashi became the first artist in Oricon history to sell over four million DVDs.
In early May 2011, the group announced their new tour with concerts in July, September, and January 2012 called the "Beautiful World Concert Tour". The group then announced on May 19, 2011 that they will hold charity events at Tokyo Dome for three days starting June 24, 2011, release their tenth studio album titled Beautiful World on July 6, 2011, and start their nationwide concert tour on July 24, 2011. According to Matsumoto, the title was chosen to reflect on Arashi's thoughts on the future of Japan after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. Their nationwide tour will be held at four of the five major domes and the National Olympic Stadium, making it the group's fourth consecutive year performing at the stadium.
On June 22, 2011, Oricon announced that the group's second music DVD Arashi 10-11 Tour "Scene": Kimi to Boku no Miteiru F?kei - Dome+ sold 539,000 copies in its first week of sales, pushing their all-time DVD sales to 5.282 million, making them the first Japanese artist to sell over five million DVDs.
On October 19, 2011, NHK announced Arashi and actress Mao Inoue as the hosts for the 62nd NHK K?haku Uta Gassen. This will be the second year in a row for Arashi to be in charge of the White Team.
On November 2, 2011, the group released their 36th single "Meiky? Love Song". "Meiky? Love Song" was adapted as the ending theme song for Sakurai's drama Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de. The single sold over 240,000 copies on the first day and over 530,000 copies in the first week.
In December 2011, it was announced that Arashi topped four categories in the 2011 Oricon yearly rankings. Beautiful World sold a total of 908,000 copies, making it the top-selling album of 2011 in Japan. This marks the third consecutive year that Arashi has topped the Oricon yearly album chart, being the first artist to do so in twenty years. This year's ranking also marks the third consecutive year that Arashi has topped the music DVD charts as Arashi 10-11 Tour "Scene": Kimi to Boku no Miteiru F?kei - Stadium sold 793,000 copies, making it the best selling music DVD in Oricon DVD ranking history. The second best selling music DVD for 2011 was Arashi's Arashi 10-11 Tour "Scene": Kimi to Boku no Miteiru F?kei - Dome+, which sold 673,000 copies. The group was the 2nd artist by total sales revenue in Japan in 2011, with ¥15.369 billion.
On March 7, 2012, Arashi released their 37th single, Wild at Heart. "Wild at Heart" was the theme song for Matsumoto's drama Lucky Seven. The single sold 550,000 copies in the first week, making it the group's third highest first week sales after Hatenai Sora and Arashi (This position later became fourth highest after the 2013 release of Calling/Breathless"). Later in March, Arashi revealed their second single for 2012 and 38th in total, Face Down. The single was released on May 9 and was the theme song for Ohno's drama Kagi No Kakatta Heya ( Locked Room).  In late April, the release date of June 6 was announced for their 39th single Your Eyes, which is the theme song for Aiba Masaki's NTV drama 'Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri (?)'. Not since "Dear Snow" and "Hatenai Sora" (Beautiful World) in 2010 have two singles been released within a month of each other. "Face Down" and "Your Eyes" sold 526,000 and 478,000 copies in the first week respectively. In addition, Arashi released a music DVD titled ARASHI LIVE TOUR Beautiful World on May 23, which sold approximately 572,000 copies in the first week.
On July 20, 2012, Arashi announced a concert titled "Ara-fes" which was held at the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on September 20 and 21 of the same year. This marked the 5th consecutive year in which the group has performed at the National Olympic Stadium. It was announced that the group will also perform there in 2013. Proposed by the Arashi members themselves, the concept of "Ara-fes" is that the track-list will be determined by fan voting, from a total of 240 songs including singles, couplings, and album tracks. A total of 44 tracks were chosen to be performed.
On October 31, Arashi released their 11th studio album, Popcorn. The album sold over 750,000 copies and was certified for a Triple Platinum by the RIAJ. The Popcorn Live Tour ran through December into January and was reported as of the 15th December to have attracted 730,000 people with 16 shows. Arashi hosted the 63rd NHK K?haku Uta Gassen on New Year's Eve for their 3rd consecutive year with actress Maki Horikita. Ninomiya declared, "I want to win this year." Sakurai added, "We want to do something new as artists."
The group was the 3rd artist by total sales revenue in Japan in 2012, with ¥10.454 billion.
On January 11, Arashi announced that their 40th single "Calling/Breathless" would be released on March 6. The double side single features the themes for Aiba Masaki's Fuji TV drama "Last Hope" and Ninomiya Kazunari's feature film "Platina Data"(?). The first video preview for "Calling" was unveiled on February 5 with an introduction by Aiba referring to his drama as "medical suspense entertainment". 
Arashi's live DVD Arafes, released on December 26, 2012, reportedly sold over 624,000 copies and as of the end of January remains in the leading position of the Oricon charts, entering the fifth week in this position. The succeeding DVD concert was revealed on the 16 March, titled after the 2012 album of same name "Arashi Live Tour: Popcorn".
After the release of the double sided single "Calling/Breathless", it was soon announced by Oricon that the single had sold a record number of copies in its first week, at approximately 756,000. This sales record makes their 40th single the most successful in terms of first week sales. The single later went on to sell over 853,467 copies. Arashi announced their 41st single, "Endless Game" on April 9 during a press conference for drama "Kazoku Game" () which was attended by star of the aforementioned, member Sakurai Sho. The single was announced for a May 29 release date.
On September 21 and 22 Arashi once again held Arafes concerts in the National Olympic Stadium. This marked their 6th consecutive year of performing in the stadium. They also embarked on a dome tour which lasted from November 8 until December 22.
On October 23, the group released their twelfth studio album, Love. The album sold over 670,000 copies in its first week. The Love Live Tour ran from November to December 2013. Oricon awarded Arashi with six awards this year, including the highest total sales award. Arashi hosted the 64th NHK K?haku Uta Gassen on New Year's Eve for their 4th consecutive year with actress Haruka Ayase.
The group was the 1st artist by total sales revenue in Japan in 2013, with ¥14.192 billion.
Arashi released their 42nd single, "Bittersweet", on February 12, 2014. "Bittersweet" is the theme song for Matsumoto's drama, Shitsuren Chocolatier. On April 30, 2014, Arashi released their new single, "Guts!", which was used as the theme song for Ninomiya's drama, Yowakutemo Katemasu. In addition, Arashi released a live DVD/Blu-ray titled "Arashi Arafes '13 National Stadium 2013" on May 21, 2014. This featured the group's live performance from September 22 of the previous year at the National Olympic Stadium, and was the first time that their concert DVD was also released as a Blu-ray. Following that, Arashi released their 44th single, "Daremo Shiranai", on May 28, 2014. The song was used as the theme song for the drama Shinigami-kun, starring Satoshi Ohno. The group's live DVD titled Arashi Live Tour 2013 "Love" was released on July 30, 2014.
To celebrate their 15th anniversary, Arashi had concerts in Oahu, Hawaii on September 19 and 20, 2014 titled "Arashi Blast in Hawaii". They also held the event "Arashi no Wakuwaku Gakko 2014 Deepening the Bonds of Friendship" in June with live viewing in Shanghai and Singapore. During this event, the members of Arashi announced that they would be releasing a new album in the fall and holding a 5-dome tour. There were 18 performances altogether, and an accumulated total of over 840,000 fans attending, making it their largest dome tour to date. Still to celebrate their anniversary, all five members of Arashi starred in a spin-off movie of the Pikanchi series, 10 years after the previous release. The spin-off is titled Pikanchi Life is Hard Tabun Happy (read as "Pikanchi Half"), and this marked the first time in seven years that the members starred in the same movie together, since Kiiroi Namida, released in 2007.
Arashi released their latest album, The Digitalian, in October 2014. It contained 16 tracks, including "Bittersweet" from Matsumoto's drama Shitsuren Chocolatier, "Guts!" from Ninomiya's drama Yowakutemo Katemasu, and "Daremo Shiranai" from Ohno's drama Shinigami-kun. Arashi hosted the 65th NHK K?haku Uta Gassen on New Year's Eve for their fifth consecutive year with actress Yuriko Yoshitaka.
Arashi's first single of 2015, titled "Sakura", was released on February 25. "Sakura" was the theme song for the drama Ouroboros, starring actors Toma Ikuta and Shun Oguri. This marked the first time that Arashi provided a theme song for a drama that did not star one of its members. The single sold 465,000 copies in its first week and topped the Oricon weekly ranking. In addition, the DVD/Blu-ray of Arashi starring movie Pikanchi Life is Hard Tabun Happy was released on the same day. The DVD and Blu-ray sold 72,000 copies and 88,000 copies in its first week respectively and topped both the Oricon DVD and Blu-ray Disk weekly rankings. The first week sales of 88,000 copies is the highest record for any Japanese movie on Blu-ray.
Arashi released a live DVD, Arashi Blast in Hawaii on April 15, 2015. On May 13, 2015, they released their 46th single titled "Aozora no Shita, Kimi no Tonari" which is the theme song for member Aiba Masaki's drama, Yokoso, Wagaya E. The single sold 501,010 copies in its first week and became Arashi's second chart-topping single of the year. Arashi released their 47th single on September 2, 2015, titled "Ai o Sakebe" which was used as the background song for the Recruit Zexy commercial. The single sold 463,000 copies in its first week and topped Oricon's weekly single ranking. This became their 36th consecutive single to top Oricon's weekly single ranking.
On September 19, 20, 22 and 23, Arashi held a series of concerts titled "Arashi Blast in Miyagi" in Miyagi Stadium. The concerts were part of the second installment of "Arashi BLAST" which started in Hawaii the previous year. These concerts were meant to aid the reconstruction of the disaster area which was affected during the 2011 T?hoku Earthquake. The concerts brought together an accumulated total of 208,000 fans, and marked the first time in eight years that the group performed in the T?hoku region.
On October 21, the group released their fourteenth studio album, Japonism. It contained 20 tracks, including "Sakura" from the drama Ouroboros, and "Aozora no Shita, Kimi no Tonari" from Aiba's drama Yokoso, Wagaya E. The album sold over 950,000 copies and was certified for Million by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. To support the album, Arashi embarked on a dome tour hitting the 5 major domes, from November 6 until December 23. With the wrap up of the tour, Arashi had mobilized 10,163,000 of concerts attendees in their last 17 years, setting a record number of attendees in the shortest number of years. To celebrate their 17th anniversary, Arashi announced that they would continue the Japonism tour in 2016 with "ARASHI 'Japonism Show' in ARENA". This would be their first Arena concert tour for 9 years (their last being the 'Arashi Summer Tour 2007 Time -?-').
Arashi's album Japonism was the highest selling album of the year in Japan. They also topped the music DVD charts with their "Arashi Blast in Hawaii" concert film as well as the music Blu-ray charts with "Arashi Live Tour 2014 The Digitalian'". "Aozora no Shita, Kimi no Tonari", "Sakura" and "Ai o Sakebe" ranked 9th, 11th and 12th respectively on the end of year singles ranking. Arashi attended the 66th NHK K?haku Uta Gassen as part of the white team, and hosted the Johnny's Countdown 2015-2016 concert.
It was announced by Oricon that the group is the artist with the highest total sales revenue in Japan for 2015, with ¥14,328 billion.
Arashi's first single of 2016, "Fukkatsu Love" was released on February 24. The single was composed by Yamashita Tatsuro and the lyrics were written by Takeuchi Mariya. The single was used as the background song for NTT Docomo d hits. The single sold 485,006 copies in its first week and topped the Oricon weekly ranking.
On May 18, the group released their first double A-side single titled "I seek/Daylight" since 2013's "Calling/Breathless". The single was used as the theme songs for Sekai Ichi Muzukashii Koi starring Ohno, and 99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi starring Matsumoto. The single sold 737,951 in its first week and topped the Oricon single chart. It retained the number one position for the following week by selling an additional 48,420 copies. On September 14, Arashi released the single "Power of the Paradise". The title track was used as the theme song to NTV's coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
On October 26, Arashi released their fifteenth studio album, Are You Happy? The album sold over 636,000 copies in its first week and topped the Oricon charts. To support the album, Arashi held a live tour from November 2016 to January 2017, performing at all the major dome stadiums in Japan. Are You Happy? went on to become the highest selling album of 2016 in Japan. It was also announced that Arashi had the highest total sales revenue in Japan for 2016, with ¥12.183 billion and topped the music Blu-Ray charts with "Arashi Live Tour 2015 Japonism" and "Arashi Blast in Miyagi". On December 31, Arashi attended the 67th NHK K?haku Uta Gassen as part of the white team, with group member Aiba hosting alongside Kasumi Arimura. For the first time, Arashi were chosen to be this year's "ootori", the act chosen to perform last and close the show.
Arashi released their first single of 2017, "I'll Be There", on April 19, which served as the theme song for the drama Kizoku Tantei starring Masaki Aiba. In addition, the group released a live DVD, "ARASHI Live Tour 2016-2017 Are You Happy?" on May 31. The limited edition of this DVD also features their concert in Yokohama Arena on August 2016 from their "ARASHI 'Japonism Show' in ARENA tour." It topped the Oricon charts, selling approximately 650,000 copies in its first week. On June 28, Arashi released their 52nd single titled "Tsunagu", which was used as the theme song for the film Shinobi no Kuni. The single sold 389,000 copies in its first week and topped the Oricon weekly ranking. They also announced in July 2017 that they would embark on a five dome concert tour from November 17, 2017 to January 14, 2018.
On October 18, Arashi released their sixteenth studio album, Untitled. The regular edition contains 18 tracks, including 3 previously released singles, 4 unit songs, as well as Arashi's first attempt at a suite that incorporates melodies from various genres into a song of over 10 minutes and is said to represent the group's past, present, and future. The 53rd single will be released on November 8, 2017 titled "Doors (Y?ki no Kiseki)" (Doors ~~). It will be used for Sho Sakurai's upcoming drama Saki ni Umareta Dake no Boku. The single also included a song titled "NOW or NEVER" which used as the theme song for Puzzle and Dragon commercial.
In 2018, the group started by announcing a new single titled "Find the Answer". The single was used as the theme song for the drama 99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi -- SEASON II starring Jun Matsumoto. The coupling song included in the regular edition, "Shiro ga Mau" (?), was used for Nippon Television networks on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, which featured Sho Sakurai as the main newscaster.
In November 2018, Arashi began their 20th Anniversary tour, the Arashi Anniversary Tour 5x20. They performed a total of 18 shows at the five major domes in Japan. During the penultimate show on 23 December, they announced an additional 32 dates, bringing the total scheduled performances to 50. With an expected 2.43 million total concert attendees, it is the group's largest tour to date, and also the largest tour in Japanese history. In addition, a 20th anniversary album was released on June 26, 2019 featuring all of their singles from the group's 20-year history and a new song, "5x20".
On January 27, 2019, the group announced on their official fan club website that they will cease all group activities on December 31, 2020. The statement was published through a video where all five members of the group appeared together. The announcement trended on Twitter.
In October 2019, an official Youtube channel was opened with 5 official song music videos: "Happiness", "Love so sweet", "Monster", "Truth" and the one that is their signature song "A-RA-SHI", and later, live versions of the songs. In addition, on November 3, 2019, on their Youtube channel, they made a live announcement of the release of the official social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and Weibo), as well as a new music video in their Youtube channel ("Turning up") and the international digital release for download and streaming of their musical catalogue.
They also announced a 2-day Asia tour called "Jet Storm", visiting Taipei, Jakarta, Singapore and Bangkok on November 9 to 11, as well as concert in Beijing for spring 2020,which is posted on their official Instagram account. One day before the tour, on November 9, Arashi appeared before the new Emperor and Empress, for the public celebration of his enthronement, singing part of a congratulatory song called "Ray of water", singing the third part of it, called "Journey to Harmony".
Arashi was scheduled to appear at the opening ceremony of the National Stadium, along with group Dreams come True, in the event called ? ~HELLO, OUR STADIUM~ (National Stadium Opening Event ~ Hello, Our Stadium), on December 21st. They will have, after that, and before the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, 2 concerts there, scheduled for May 15 and 16.
On December 13, Arashi announced a documentary about their career and their feelings as they approach the group's hiatus. The documentary, called "Arashi's Diary ~ Voyage ~", would be distributed on Netflix worldwide from December 31st, 2019, being available for one year. 
December 23rd had a surprise for all the fans, as their YouTube channel revealed a teaser video for the song "A-ra-shi: Reborn", in collaboration with the anime One Piece, which, as the band, also celebrates its 20th anniversary. The video has the 5 members of the band mingling with the crew from the anime, up until the moment when Arashi is to give a concert. The full video was released on January 4, 2020
Aside from their music careers, Arashi has also appeared in dramas and movies, done radio shows, commercials, and acted as the main hosts for events. A short Fuji TV drama called V no Arashi became one of the group's first activities together as it was broadcast just about a month after the announcement of their formation in Hawaii. Although it would not be until 2010 would the group act in another drama together titled Saigo no Yakusoku, they have worked together on movies in 2002, 2004, and 2007.
Since 2001, Arashi has hosted their own variety shows, starting with Mayonaka no Arashi on NTV. On NTV, the group was a regular late-night presence as they had a string of shows that aired around midnight: C no Arashi, D no Arashi, G no Arashi, and Arashi no Shukudai-kun. Before VS Arashi was moved from an afternoon timeslot to Golden Time in 2009, Arashi was also a regular afternoon presence on Fuji TV as they had a string of shows that aired around 1:00 p.m. (JST) since 2002: Nama Arashi: Live Storm, Arashi no Waza-Ari, Mago Mago Arashi and Golden Rush Arashi.
Besides their NTV Odoroki no Arashi! Seiki no Jikken Gakusha Mo Yosoku Fukan? (?! , Surprising Arashi! Experiments of the Century: Impossible for Scholars to Predict) television specials that would air almost twice a year around 7:00 p.m. (JST), Arashi did not have any variety shows that aired during primetime until TBS gave the group their first primetime show titled Himitsu no Arashi-chan in 2008. In 2010, NTV began to broadcast another Arashi-hosted primetime show titled Arashi ni Shiyagare, which airs every Saturday at 10:00 p.m JST.
Nearly every year, the group endorses products for different companies such as Coca-Cola, House Foods, and au by KDDI. Since 2008, Arashi has been appearing in au by KDDI's exclusive mobile phone commercials. In 2010, Arashi began to endorse for Nintendo by appearing in all of the Wii Party commercials to promote the game. After appearing in Wii Party, the group also appeared in all of the Mario Kart 7 commercials to promote the game in 2011. To promote the Nissan Serena in 2012, the group starred in a commercial with "Kakenukero!" (from Popcorn) as the theme song. Most of Arashi's singles have been used as theme songs for dramas such as Stand Up!! and Ma?, movies such as Hana Yori Dango Final and Yatterman, and commercials.To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Arashi made a collaboration with Japan Airlines; this collaboration includes commercial ads, as well as their portraits in a series of planes. The ad campaign is called "Arashi Meets A350" ( Meets A350?) and it started airing January 13, 2020, while JAL's official YouTube channel would release the main ad, as well as the "making of" video the following day.
In 2004, "Hero" was used as the theme song for the 2004 Summer Olympics news coverage on NTV. In 2008, "Kaze no Muk? e" was used for the 2008 Summer Olympics on NTV. In 2010, their song "Yurase, Ima o" was used as the theme song for the 2010 Winter Olympics news coverage on NTV. For NTV's coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics, the theme song is called "Akashi" from Popcorn. For the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Arashi collaborated with singer-songwriter Kenshi Yonezu on a new song titled "Kite." The song makes it's official debut on the NHK year-end show K?haku Uta Gassen, and will serve as the network's support song for the games' broadcast, as well as their sports programs.
On April 8, 2010, the Japan Tourism Agency appointed Arashi as the navigators for their "Japan Endless Discovery" national tourism campaign. Arashi appeared in commercials, which aired in East Asia, to encourage people from overseas to visit Japan.
In December 2019, Arashi was appointed goodwill ambassador to China, to help promote cultural and sports exchanges with them, before the Olympics, from January 2020 until the end of the year. The Japanese Foreign Ministry explained that the group, selected based on their popularity in both countries, could play a key role in accelerating people-to-people exchanges between the countries. The Chinese Embassy in Tokyo congratulated Arashi via Twitter, while Arashi posted the information through their official Weibo page.
In 2004, the group was appointed to be the main personality supporters for NTV's 27th annual telethon 24-Hour Television. With the theme being "Your Dream is Everybody's Dream" (, Anata no Yume wa Minna no Yume), it was broadcast live for about twenty-four hours from August 21 to August 22. In 2008, Arashi was once again the main personality supporters for the telethon. The 31st annual 24-Hour Television focused on the theme of "Vow: The Most Important Promise" (~?~, Chikai: Ichiban Taisetsu na Yakusoku), and it was broadcast live from August 30 to August 31. The telethon raised ¥1,083,666,922 (approx. US$11,902,822.61) in donations, which is the second-highest amount of donations in 24-Hour Television history to date. In 2012, Arashi was chosen to host the annual telethon, making it their third time being appointed as the main personality for the program. The program was focused on the theme "Future" (, Mirai) and raised ¥1,168,471,704 (approx. US$14,000,394.26) in donations. In 2013, Arashi was once again chosen as the main personalities of the telethon, making them the first to take this role for two consecutive years and their fourth overall. The 36th annual 24-Hour Television focuses on the theme of "What is Japan...? ~the shape of this country~" (...? ~?~, Nippon tte...? ~Kono Kuni no Katachi~). In 2019, Arashi hosted 24-Hour Television for the 5th time (2004, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2019) (24)
After the 2011 Tohoku earthquake in March, Arashi considered canceling their concerts scheduled from June 24 to June 26, 2011 at Tokyo Dome. However, in April, they decided to use those three days to hold charity events instead. Part of the proceeds from a possible total audience of 225,000 were donated to charity. The release of a pocket-sized version of their book Nippon no Arashi, which originally distributed to 40,000 schools in 2010, was also announced on May 19, 2011. All of the revenue was donated to charity. Arashi has held the Waku-Waku School of Arashi charity events every year since. As of 2018, the Waku-Waku School of Arashi events have raised over ¥2 billion (180 million USD) in donations.
On November 4, 2011, Arashi reportedly donated approximately 300 million yen to the disaster-stricken regions in northern Japan. The group split their donations between the Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures, with each one receiving about 100 million yen. About 50 million yen comprises the members' total royalties received from the sale of the pocket edition of their book Nippon no Arashi. The remaining amount comes from the publisher's revenues on the book and from the sale of goods at their charity event at Tokyo Dome in June.
On February 22, 2012, Arashi visited the temporary houses in Shichigahama, Miyagi and spoke with victims of the disaster. They also held a mini concert for 500 people, singing 11 songs over a period of one hour and shaking hands with everyone who attended.
In 2009, Oricon declared Arashi the best-selling artist of the year and awarded them the "Artist Top Sales" (ATS) award with 14.46 billion yen (approx. US$172,875,357.81) worth of total sales in the singles, album, music DVD, and music Blu-ray categories. In 2010, Arashi became Japan's top-selling artist for the second year in a row, with more than 17.16 billion yen (approx. US$204,321,424) worth of sales in seven categories: total gross sales for an artist, total gross single sales for an artist, copies sold for an album, gross sales for an album, copies sold for a music DVD, gross sales for a music DVD, and total gross music DVD sales for an artist. In the "52nd Oricon Annual Ranking 2019", Arashi was awarded the prize for the highest in total sales by artist of the year, for their album "5 × 20 All the BEST !! 1999-2019" and the video clip collection "5 × 20 All the BEST !! CLIPS 1999 - 2019", which, combined, sold over 20.33 billion yen in the album, music DVD, and music Blu-ray categories. The album had become the first double million seller by September for both Arashi and Johnny's Office.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2010||"Troublemaker"||Hot 100 of the Year||Won|
|Hot 100 Singles Sales of the Year||Won|
|2012||Arashi||Top Pop Artist||Won|
|2013||Love||Top Album of the Year||Won|
|Arashi||Top Pop Artist||Won|
|2014||"Guts!"||Hot 100 of the Year||Won|
|2015||"Aozora no Shita, Kimi no Tonari"||Top Single Sales of the Year||Won|
|Japonism||Top Album of the Year||Won|
|2016||Are You Happy?||Won|
The Japan Gold Disc Awards is an annual music awards ceremony established by the Recording Industry Association of Japan in 1987. Arashi has received forty-five awards.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2008||"Love So Sweet"||The Best 10 Singles||Won|
|2009||"Truth/Kaze no Muk? e"||Single of the Year||Won|
|The Best 10 Singles||Won|
|"One Love"||The Best 10 Singles||Won|
|"Beautiful Days"||The Best 10 Singles||Won|
|Summer Tour 2007 Final Time||The Best Music Videos||Won|
|2010||Arashi||Artist of the Year||Won|
|"Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei"||Single of the Year||Won|
|The Best 5 Singles||Won|
|"Ashita no Kioku/Crazy Moon"||The Best 5 Singles||Won|
|"Everything"||The Best 5 Singles||Won|
|"My Girl"||The Best 5 Singles||Won|
|All the Best! 1999-2009||Album of the Year||Won|
|The Best 5 Albums||Won|
|Arashi Around Asia 2008 in Tokyo||The Best Music Videos||Won|
|5x10 All the Best! Clips 1999-2009||The Best Music Videos||Won|
|2011||Arashi||Artist of the Year||Won|
|Boku no Miteiru F?kei||Album of the Year||Won|
|The Best 5 Albums||Won|
|"Troublemaker"||The Best 5 Singles||Won|
|"Monster"||The Best 5 Singles||Won|
|Arashi Anniversary Tour 5x10||The Best Music Videos||Won|
|2012||Beautiful World||The Best 5 Albums||Won|
|Arashi 10-11 Tour "Scene": Kimi to Boku no Miteiru F?kei - Stadium||The Best Music Videos||Won|
|Arashi 10-11 Tour "Scene": Kimi to Boku no Miteiru F?kei - Dome+||The Best Music Videos||Won|
|2013||Arashi Live Tour Beautiful World||The Best Music Videos||Won|
|2014||Love||Album of the Year||Won|
|Love||Best 5 Albums||Won|
|Arashi Live Tour Popcorn||Best Music Videos||Won|
|Arashi Arafes National Stadium 2012||Best Music Videos||Won|
|2015||Arashi||Artist of the Year||Won|
|The Digitalian||Best 5 Albums||Won|
|Arashi Arafes '13 National Stadium 2013||Best Music Videos||Won|
|Arashi Live Tour 2013 "Love"||Best Music Videos||Won|
|2016||Arashi||Artist of the Year||Won|
|Japonism||Album of the Year||Won|
|Best 5 Albums||Won|
|Arashi Blast in Hawaii||Best Music Videos||Won|
|Arashi Live Tour 2014 The Digitalian||Best Music Videos||Won|
|2017||Arashi||Artist of the Year||Won|
|Are You Happy?||Best 5 Albums||Won|
|Arashi Blast in Miyagi||Best Music Videos||Won|
|Arashi Live Tour 2015 Japonism||Best Music Videos||Won|
|2018||Untitled||Best 5 albums||Won|
|Arashi Live Tour 2016-2017 Are You Happy?||Best Music Videos||Won|
|2019||Arashi Live Tour 2017-2018 Untitled||Best Music Videos||Won|
The Television Drama Academy Awards is a quarterly Japanese drama awards ceremony held by the magazine The Television. Arashi has received fifteen awards from twenty-six nominations.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2001||"Jidai"||Best Theme Song||Won|
|2002||"A Day in Our Life"||Nominated|
|2003||"Kotoba Yori Taisetsu na Mono"||Nominated|
|2004||"Hitomi no Naka no Galaxy"||Nominated|
|2007||"We Can Make It!"||Nominated|
|2009||"Ashita no Kioku"||Won|
|2012||"Wild at Heart"||Won|
|"Aozora no Shita, Kimi no Tonari"||Won|
|2017||"I'll Be There"||Nominated|
|2018||"Doors (Y?ki no Kiseki)"||Won|
|"Find the Answer"||Nominated|
|"Kimi no Uta"||Nominated|