Arashi (嵐, literally Storm) is a Japanese boy band consisting of Satoshi Ohno, Sho Sakurai, Masaki Aiba, Kazunari Ninomiya and Jun Matsumoto under the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates. The group was officially announced on September 15, 1999 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Arashi covers a wide range of music, including R&B, hip hop and various forms of pop music. Aside from being a popular idol group in Japan, the group is known across Asia and to J-pop fans all over the world.
After releasing one studio album, one greatest hits album, and six singles under the Pony Canyon label, the group moved to the Johnny’s subsidiary label, J Storm in 2002, initially set up for their succeeding releases. Most of the group’s album and single releases have debuted at the top of the Japanese Oricon charts. Nine years after their debut they took the top two placings on the 2008 annual sales ranking, attesting to the group’s longevity in the Japanese music scene in spite of their idol group image.