The Idolmaker. [this is actually about Johnny Kitagawa, but mentions Arashi and others.]
Bangkok (ANN) - If there is one person that fan girls of Japanese pop have to thank, it is Johnny Kitagawa. Without him, Japan wouldn't have produced some of its most famous male idols like Kimura Takuya, Matsumoto Jun and Arashi through his Johnny & Associates. And now, even the Guinness World Records has officially acknowledged Kitagawa, or "Johnny-san" as he is known, as a "prolific idol band" producer. Guinness awarded Kitagawa new records for "Most No 1 Singles Produced by an Individual" (232) and "Most Concerts Produced by an Individual" (8,419). "Kitagawa has achieved the No 1 position more often than any music producer with a record 232 chart-toppers for over 40 of Japan's bestselling groups (based on data for the period 1974 to 2010)," Guinness said on its website. "He also holds the record for the most number of concerts produced by an individual having produced ...