Boy Band INI to Star in Regular Television Show on MUSIC ON! TV

12.January.2022 | MOVIE / MUSIC

Japanese boy band INI, formed through the reality show Produce 101 Japan 2, will start their first regular TV program ‘INI Road: The Road to Global Expansion’ on January 30, 2022. Since their formation last year, the group has become increasingly popular in Japan, and the boys are now ready to start the challenge of taking their music global.

 

The theme of the first episode is ‘Language.’ This is an important subject for global expansion, and the members will learn to greet people in English, along with studying other phrases useful during award ceremonies overseas. 

 

 

Be sure to tune in to see how the members start their journey to become the world’s most famous boy band!

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    Original Campaign Video

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    I’m from the Red and Green generation. I remember borrowing my aunt’s Game Boy and the first game I ever played was Pokemon. When the game came out it was super popular at school, and I made so many friends bonding over it. We used link cables to battle each other, and people would line up to ask the skilled players what strategies they used.

     

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    Shinsuke Yotsuya

     

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    The Hot Trending Songs chart is rather new, powered by Twitter and first announced starting October 22 by Billboard and sponsored by Remy Martin. The chart tracks global music trends and conversations on Twitter in real-time and announces the top tracks for both periods of 24 hours and the past seven days, from Friday to Thursday each week. The chart itself is unique, as it doesn’t track what people are listening to–it tracks what people are talking about. This means new releases, award shows, festival highlights, nostalgic songs, and more are included. 

     

    Gifted was ranked #1 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart, and #3 on the Weekly Streaming Number by Artist chart in Japan.

     

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    *As measured by the U.S. Billboard Hot Trending Songs 24-hour chart (November 14) and the 7-day chart (November 15)

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