Johnny’s Entertainment group NEWS was scheduled to release their single さくらガール/ Sakura Girl on March 24th, which happens to be the date in which TVXQ is scheduled to drop their new single Toki Wo Tomete / Let’s Stop Time.
After some discussions, NEWS has decided to delay their release of Sakura Girl by a week. A JRA (Japan Record Association) representative stated, “The reason for the delay by NEWS is probably because they’re afraid to go head to head with TVXQ in sales and on the charts. NEWS has had 11 straight #1’s on the Oricon and that streak could very well be broken if they faced off against TVXQ. For NEWS sake, it was wise for them to make this decision.”
Fans of NEWS have stated that they’re showing weakness against TVXQ and they’re frustrated over the delay. I remember reading the comments section of allkpop back during the Purple Line days and many people stated that TVXQ would never even sniff the level of a Johnny’s Group, my have they grown. Thanks to Yane for the tip.