2011 in Japanese music
The following is an overview of the year 2011 in Japanese music. It includes notable awards, lists of number-ones, yearly best-sellers, albums released, groups established and disestablished, deaths of notable Japanese music-related people as well as any other relevant Japanese music-related events. For overviews of the year in music from other countries, see 2011 in music.
- May 31 – July 18 – The First Japan Arena Tour (Girls' Generation)
- December 31 – 62nd NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen
- Oricon number-one albums
- Oricon number-one singles
- Hot 100 number-one singles
- RIAJ Digital Track Chart number-one singles
|5||Shōjo Jidai||¥4.049 billion|
|2||Koko ni Ita Koto||AKB48||829,645|
|3||Negai no Tō||Exile||743,242|
|4||Born This Way||Lady Gaga||658,554|
|5||Girls' Generation||Shōjo Jidai||642,054|
|10||Ikimonobakari: Members Best Selection||Ikimono-gakari||397,459|
The following section includes albums by Japanese artists released in Japan in 2011 as well as Japanese-language albums by foreign artists released in the country during this year.
- January 19 – Eight by Do As Infinity
- January 26 – Go by Girugamesh
- February 23 – Musicman by Keisuke Kuwata
- March 9 – Negai no Tō by Exile
- March 23 – Brand-new idol Society by BiS
- March 30 – 7 Berryz Times by Berryz Kobo
- April 27 – Checkmate! by Namie Amuro
- June 1 – Cherish by Seiko Matsuda
- June 1 – Girls' Generation by Girls' Generation
- June 8 – Echo by Nothing's Carved in Stone
- June 8 – Koko ni Ita Koto by AKB48
- July 6 – Beautiful World by Arashi
- July 20 – Luv Songs by Che'Nelle
- July 27 – C'mon by B'z
- August 3 – Dum Spiro Spero by Dir En Grey
- August 17 – SMAP Aid by SMAP
- September 21 – After Eden by Kalafina
- November 17 – Fight by Kanjani Eight
- November 23 – Super Girl by Kara
- November 30 – Republic of 2PM by 2PM
- December 7 – Memories by Garnet Crow
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- "Popular singer Joe Yamanaka dies at 64". Kyodo News. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
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