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Music Station (ミュージックステーション Myūjikku Sutēshon, typeset as MUSIC STATION) is a Japanese music television program. It began broadcasting on October 24, 1986 and continues to be broadcast weekly in High-definition from 8PM-9PM on TV Asahi. The program is also colloquially known as M Sute (Mステ Emu Sute), MS (エムエス Emu Esu), and M Station (Mステーション Emu Sutēshon). The show is currently syndicated throughout the U.S.
Title screen as of 2016
|Presented by||Tamori, Namiki Marina|
|Opening theme||1090 〜Million Dreams〜 by Tak Matsumoto|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|Running time||54 minutes (regular)|
1 hour 48/54 minutes (two-hour specials)
2 hour 48 minutes (three-hour specials)
4 hour 10 minutes (Music Station Super Live)
|Production company(s)||TV Asahi|
TV Asahi Music
|Original network||TV Asahi and other ANN affiliates |
International:TV Japan, TVB J2
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||October 24, 1986|
The program has also recently received its international television premiere on Animax's networks in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other regions from March 2007. It is also broadcast in the United States and Canada through the NHK-owned TV Japan, in Hong Kong via TVB J2, in Singapore through Hello Japan! and in the People's Republic of China through CCTV-15.
Music Station is a weekly one-hour program similar to the American TRL or the British Top of the Pops. It is home to various performances as well as single rankings and other corners. Many Japanese groups and singers make their debut on Music Station. The show has also been host to many artists from around the world, including Aerosmith, Alanis Morissette, Alicia Keys, Alvaro Soler, Ana Johnsson, Ariana Grande, Avril Lavigne, AKB48, Babyface, Backstreet Boys, Beyoncé, BoA, Bon Jovi, Boyz II Men, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Busta Rhymes, Carly Rae Jepsen, Charlotte Church, Christina Aguilera, CNCO, Coldplay, Daniel Powter, David Bisbal, David Guetta, Deborah Gibson, Delta Goodrem, Destiny's Child, Enya, Fergie, Fifth Harmony, Fishbone, Flo Rida, Girls' Generation, Green Day, Hilary Duff, Holly Valance, James Blunt, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Kara, Katy Perry, Kiss, Lenny Kravitz, Leona Lewis, Lady Gaga, cast of Like La Leyenda, Linkin Park, Little Mix, Mariah Carey, Maroon 5, Me & My, Meja, Michelle Branch, Morning Musume, Mr. Big, My Chemical Romance, Ne-Yo, Norah Jones, Nogizaka46, Oasis, One Direction, O-Zone, Pharrell Williams, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Redfoo, Rihanna, Sarah Brightman, Scatman John, Shakira, cast of Soy Luna, Stevie Wonder, Swing Out Sister, t.A.T.u., Taylor Swift, The Black Eyed Peas, The Blow Monkeys, The Cardigans, The Offspring, The Strypes, Tiffany, TVXQ, Twice, U2 and Underworld.
On February 12, 2010, the show celebrated its 1000th episode.
Music Station has been hosted by famed Japanese TV-host Tamori since 1989. To date he has appeared in nearly every episode, marking over 1,000 appearances as the host. The show is co-hosted by TV Asahi announcer Marina Namiki (since October 19, 2018). The two provide banter for the show in between performances.
Sayaka Shimohira was the co-host from 1996 to 2000. Emi Takeuchi, TV Asahi broadcaster, was the co-host from 2000 to 2004. Mariko Dō was the previous co-host from 2004 to 2008. Dō first appeared on the show on April 9, 2004. This episode was a 3-hour special titled: New Start Best 100. Dō joining the program was a surprise to the media, as she was new to the industry and had only been hired by TV Asahi nine days before becoming the co-host of a prime time program. After 4½ years, she graduated from the program on September 12, 2008 with Autumn Special Part 1. Yoshie Takeuchi served the co-host role from October 3, 2008 to September 27, 2013. Ayaka Hironaka was the co-host from October 18, 2013 to September 7, 2018.
|October 24, 1986 – March 27, 1987||Hiroshi Sekiguchi||Rie Nakahara||Yū Hayami|
|April 3, 1987 – December 25, 1987||Tamori||Yasumasa Matsui|
|January 8, 1988 – March 23, 1990||Yasumasa Matsui||Chikako Kinoshita|
|April 13, 1990 – March 19, 1993||Hiroshi Ikushima||N/A|
|April 9, 1993 – September 24, 1993||Satsuki Ariga|
|October 15, 1993 – March 22, 1996||Satsuki Ariga||N/A|
|April 5, 1996 – March 31, 2000||Sayaka Shimohira|
|April 14, 2000 – March 12, 2004||Emi Takeuchi|
|April 9, 2004 – September 12, 2008||Mariko Dō|
|October 3, 2008 – September 12, 2013||Yoshie Takeuchi|
|October 18, 2013 – September 7, 2018||Ayaka Hironaka|
|October 19, 2018 – present||Marina Namiki|
Music Station is home to various weekly segments, the most common being the weekly singles ranking and the monthly album ranking.
Music Station RankingEdit
The Music Station Ranking segment began in November 2017. It is a renewal of the "Music Topics" segment.
Mini Music StationEdit
Since October 18, 2002, a new segment known as Mini Music Station was added to the show. It is broadcast weekly from 19:54–20:00 JST, just before Music Station starts. The co-host talks to 1 or 2 of the artists on that episode, then introduce the other artists watching that segment before announcing the show will shortly begin.
Music Station Young GunsEdit
Young Guns is a segment on Music Station that has been done sporadically since it began on February 18, 2005. It gives information about new rising artists in the Japanese music scene. The segment normally involves a VTR (video presentation) before giving a small interview and performing their first song.
|List of Music Station Young Guns|
|February 18, 2005||High and Mighty Color||"Pride"|
|February 25, 2005||YUI||"Feel My Soul"|
|March 4, 2005||Se7en||"Hikari"|
|March 11, 2005||K||"Over..."|
|April 22, 2005||Shōnan no Kaze||"Karasu"|
|April 29, 2005||Rie fu||"I Wanna Go to a Place..."|
|May 27, 2005||Miwako Okuda||"Ame to Yume no Ato ni"|
|June 10, 2005||Depapepe||"Start"|
|June 17, 2005||Tsubakiya Quartette||"Ajisai"|
|June 24, 2005||Def Tech||"My Way", "Kono Mama"|
|September 2, 2005||Younha||"Hōki Boshi", "Touch"|
|September 16, 2005||Beat Crusaders||"I Can See Clearly Now", "Feel"|
|AAA||"Blood on Fire"|
|November 4, 2005||Miliyah Kato||"Jounetsu"|
|January 9, 2006||Home Made Kazoku||"Sarubia no Tsubomi"|
|January 27, 2006||Aqua Timez||"Tōshindai no Love Song"|
|February 10, 2006||Yuko Ando||"Nо̄zen Katsura (reprise)"|
|March 17, 2006||SunSet Swish||"My Pace"|
|April 21, 2006||Ikimono-gakari||"Sakura"|
|April 28, 2006||Aya Kamiki||"Pierrot"|
|May 5, 2006||Mihimaru GT||"Kibun Jōjō"|
|June 2, 2006||Angela Aki||"This Love"|
|June 9, 2006||Captain Straydum||"Fūsen Gum"|
|August 4, 2006||Seamo||"Lupin the Fire"|
|August 18, 2006||Jinn||"Raion"|
|August 25, 2006||Suemitsu & the Suemith||"Astaire"|
|September 1, 2006||Fumidō||"Aishiteru"|
|September 8, 2006||Sachi Tainaka||"Saikō no Kataomoi"|
|December 17, 2006||Chatmonchy|
|February 2, 2007||Funky Monkey Babys||"Lovin' Life"|
|February 23, 2007||Jyongri||"Possession"|
|April 6, 2007||Superfly||"Hello Hello"|
|May 18, 2007||Kousuke Atari||"Hana"|
|June 1, 2007||ET-King||"Itoshī Hito e"|
|June 8, 2007||Stephanie"||"Kimi ga Iru Kagiri"|
|June 15, 2007||Doping Panda||"I'll Be There"|
|July 13, 2007||Nao Matsushita||"Moonshine (Tsukiakari)"|
|July 27, 2007||Monkey Majik||"Sora wa Marude"|
|August 18, 2007||RSP||"Lifetime Respect (Onna Hen)"|
|January 18, 2008||Perfume||"Baby Cruising Love"|
|January 25, 2008||Thelma Aoyama||"Soba ni Iru ne"|
|February 22, 2008||Shota Shimizu||"Home"|
|March 7, 2008||Sotte Bosse||"Hirari"|
|April 25, 2008||Miho Fukuhara||"Change"|
|May 5, 2008||Base Ball Bear||"Changes"|
|May 16, 2008||Kariyushi58||"Ukui Uta"|
|May 30, 2008||Kimaguren||"Life"|
|June 6, 2008||Motohiro Hata||"Niji ga Kieta Hi"|
|August 15, 2008||Nico Touches the Walls||"Broken Youth"|
|September 5, 2008||Girl Next Door||"Gūzen no Kakuritsu"|
|October 17, 2008||Flumpool||"Hana ni Nare"|
|October 24, 2008||Scandal||"Doll"|
|November 7, 2008||Michi||"PROMiSE"|
|November 28, 2008||Lil'B||"Kimi ni Utatta Love Song"|
|Kurumi Enomoto||"Bōken Suisei"|
|January 16, 2009||Monobright||"Anata Magic"|
|February 20, 2009||Lego Big Morl||"Ray"|
|March 6, 2009||Rock'A'Trench||"My Sunshine"|
|March 27, 2009||Dew||"Thank You"|
|May 1, 2009||Sid||"Uso"|
|June 5, 2009||9mm Parabellum Bullet||"Black Market Blues", "The Revolutionary"|
|June 19, 2009||May J.||"Garden"|
|July 10, 2009||Kana Nishino||"Kimi ni Aitaku Naru Kara"|
|August 14, 2009||Lecca||"For You"|
|October 23, 2009||Hilcrhyme||"Shunkashūtō"|
|March 5, 2010||Galileo Galilei||"Hamanasu no Hana"|
|April 30, 2010||Does||"Bakuchi Dancer"|
|May 21, 2010||Jasmine||"Dreamin'"|
|June 4, 2010||Mao Abe||"Lonely"|
|July 30, 2010||Moumoon||"Sunshine Girl"|
|May 4, 2012||Sekai no Owari|
|May 18, 2012||Back Number|
|May 25, 2012||Ayaka Ide|
|June 16, 2012||Civilian Skunk|
|June 22, 2012||Che'Nelle|
|March 25, 2016||La PomPon||"Unmei no Roulette Mawashite"|
- CD Single Ranking
Music Station Single Ranking covered the top 10 selling singles of the week. Their chart differed from the Oricon charts in that Oricon charts the sales from Monday to Sunday, whereas Music Station's chart reflects the sales from Friday to Thursday. This segment appeared in nearly every episode of the program since 1989. Many of the highest selling artists would perform on Music Station if their single happened to break a certain personal or nationwide record. The last ranking was broadcast on February 24, 2017.
- CD Album Hit Ranking
CD Album Hit Ranking was a monthly album ranking, charting the highest selling albums of the time. The segment also included live performances by bands/singers to promote their new album releases. The last ranking was broadcast in September 2010.
- Music Topics
Most weeks, Music Station has a segment called Music Topics (Mトピ “emu-topi”). Music Topics goes in depth about the current goings on in the Japanese music scene.
- Chat Sessions
Chat Sessions was a weekly segment on Music Station. It often featured a new artist or actor appearing to promote a new project or film. It was one of the longest appearing segments on the show. The show's co-hosts chatted with the weekly guests as well as that week's "Special Guest", often taking questions from audience members. Since July 2005, this segment has gone on hiatus due to lack of questions submitted, and thus there are now only regular talks with the week's performers.
Each year, Music Station hold various specials all over Japan. Some of these include, best seasonal songs, anniversary specials and such. These can range anywhere from 2 to 3 hours in length. There will also be various specials with no actual artists performances, these will often be the current hosts discussing the history of the shows and playing some of the more notable performances.
- Music Station Special Love and Winter Song Request Best 111 - January 13, 2 hour chat special
- Music Station Special Spring Song Request Best 111 - March 31, 3 hour artists special
- Music Station Special Summer Song Request Best 111 - June 30 2 hour chat special
- Music Station Special 20th Anniversary Best Clips - September 9, 2 hour artists special
- Music Station Special 20th Anniversary Best 100x2 - October 13, 3 hour artists special
- Music Station Special Love Songs Man & Women Best 50x2 - January 12, 2 hour chat special
- Music Station Special Spring Special Part 1 Artist Debut Song - March 16, 2 hour artist special
- Music Station Special Spring Special Part 2 Spring Songs Best 111 - April 6, 3 hour artist special
In 1992 Music Station introduced their largest yearly live event, the Music Station Super Live. Music Station Super Live is held late December normally occurring just before or just after Christmas, as a Christmas/year-end celebration concert. In 1998, it occurred on Christmas Day. The artists are normally asked about how their year was and how they are planning their year ahead. Initially the specials ran for three hours but as of 2003 have been expanded to four hours. Super Lives commonly have 20 to 40 artists performing; the 2006 edition featured 43 artists. The 2006 edition of Super Live was also later aired worldwide by Animax across its network in Southeast Asia, premiering on February 17, 2007. The 2007 edition was also aired on February 9 and 10, 2008, on Animax.
- "B'zの松本孝弘、本日放送『MステSP』で番組テーマ再録曲初オンエア | 松本孝弘 | BARKS音楽ニュース". 2016-03-25. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
- Ｍステ新サブＭＣは入社１年目の並木アナ 抜てきに緊張“相棒”タモリは「仙人のよう」. Sponichi Annex (in Japanese). Sports Nippon. October 19, 2018. Archived from the original on November 10, 2018. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
- 弘中綾香アナ、『Mステ』卒業 感謝のコメント全文. Oricon News (in Japanese). Oricon. September 7, 2018. Archived from the original on November 10, 2018. Retrieved November 10, 2018.