JASRAC (Japanese Society for Rights of Authors and Composers) have announced the TOP 3 works/compositions that earned most amount of royalties throughout 30 years from June 1982 to March of this year. Taking the Gold award is SMAP‘s “Sekai Ni Hitotsu Dake No Hana” (The One and Only Flower in the World) that was released last July 2002. Taking the Silver award is Hiroshi Itsuki and Nana Konomi‘s “Izekaya” (Oct 1983) while the Bronze goes to “Futari no Osaka” (Sept 1981) by Harumi Miyako and Masa Miyazaki.
SMAP‘s Inagaki Goro accepted the Gold Medal in behalf of Johnny’s President, Johnny Kitagawa, where he also sent a letter through Inigaki. “‘Sekai Ni Hitotsu Dake No Hana’ was born from Noriyuki Makihara and was breath into life by five members of SMAP. It has reached so many hearts, was loved, and was able to leave a track record by being no.1 in JASRAC’s most amount of distribution in the span of 30 years. From now on, we will sing our songs with great care, and we pray that it may reach more people’s hearts in the future”. A huge applause echoed in the venue.
After the release of SMAP’s 2002 album, “SMAP 015/Drink! Smap!” where “Sekai Ni Hitotsu Dake No Hana” was included, the said song became a hot topic after it was also released as a single on Mar 2003 that sold 2 million copies. The said song was also used for Kusanagi Tsuyoshi’s drama “Boku no Ikiru Michi“. JASRAC explained that the song’s popularity is due to being constantly used in musical performances and it’s also widely distributed in PCs, cellphones, and sang in karaoke. While “Izekaya” and “Futari no Osaka” have always been a favorite duet piece in karaoke’s.
JASRAC was established in 1982 to protect the copyrights of musical works, and to facilitate the utilization of musical works, thereby contributing to the dissemination and development of music culture. (JASRAC web)
Here is the rest of TOP 10
1) Sekai Ni Hitotsu Dake No Hana (The One and Only Flower in the World) by SMAP
2) Izekaya (Tavern) by Hiroshi Itsuki and Nana Konomi
3) Futari no Osaka by Harumi Miyako and Masa Miyazaki
4) Evangelion by Shiro Sagisu (TV Asahi)
5) Nada Soso by Ryoko Moriyama
6) TSUNAMI by Southern All Stars
7) Kawa no Nagare no Youni by Misora Hibari
8) Kita Kuukou by Hama Keisuke and Kei Unsuku
9) I LOVE YOU by Yutaka Ozaki
10) Sake Yo by Yoshi Ikuzou