Golden Bomber released their new single “Rola no Kizudarake” on the 1st September. With no image on the CD cover, no video, no handshake ticket nor bonus included, the single sold 43,000 copies on it’s first day, ranking 2nd on the Oricon daily chart.
Apparently, selling a CD without frills was a result of complaints which arose due to the existence of handshake events. On a recent TV show, the members of Golden Bomber posed as convenience store workers meaning to surprise customers, but fans who found out and came purposely to shake hands with the members, resulting in complaints from others who had “diligently” bought CDs in order to get that same benefit. This prompted Golden Bomber to do away with handshake events entirely, as much as it is also leader Kiryuin Sho’s wish for everyone to focus on their music.
Unfortunately, sales this time looks set to fall far below Golden Bomber’s previous release “101 kaime no noroi”, which sold 158,000 copies in its 1st week. Seems like CDs without frills just can’t satisfy fans in this day and age.
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