Music Station

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Music Station
Music Station title as of 2016.png
Title screen as of 2016
Presented by Tamori, Hironaka Ayaka
Opening theme 1090 〜Million Dreams〜[1] by Tak Matsumoto
Composer(s) 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)
Original network TV Asahi and other ANN affiliates
International:TV Japan, TVB J2
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release October 24, 1986
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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.

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.


Title screen (2006-2008)

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 O-Zone, The Cardigans, Scatman John, Babyface, Me & My, Mr. Big, Green Day, Fishbone, The Blow Monkeys, Deborah Gibson, Tiffany, Swing Out Sister, Kiss, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Boyz II Men, Lenny Kravitz, Meja, Charlotte Church, Alanis Morissette, Enya, Destiny's Child, t.A.T.u., Michelle Branch, Shakira, Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes, Beyoncé, Holly Valance, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Avril Lavigne, Hilary Duff, The Offspring, Ana Johnsson, Backstreet Boys, Stevie Wonder, James Blunt, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jennifer Lopez, Daniel Powter, Fergie, Sarah Brightman, Delta Goodrem, U2, John Legend, Kanye West, My Chemical Romance, Maroon 5, Leona Lewis, Flo Rida, Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas, Oasis, Christina Aguilera, Norah Jones, Redfoo, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Linkin Park, Ne-Yo, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Strypes, Bruno Mars, Little Mix, One Direction, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Underworld, Fifth Harmony and several Korean-pop groups.

On February 12, 2010, the show celebrated its 1000th episode.

In celebration of its 25th anniversary on air, Music Station launched its official YouTube channel and an internet show, "Young Guns on the Web" (based on its Young Guns segment).


Since October 18, 2013, Music Station is currently hosted by famed Japanese TV-host Tamori, and Hironaka Ayaka, TV Asahi's broadcaster(announcer). The two provide banter for the show in between performances. Tamori is a former Japanese comedian who has been hosting the show since 1989. To date he has appeared in nearly every episode, marking over 4,000 appearances as the host. Mariko Do was the previous host from 2004 to 2008. Mariko first appeared on the show on April 9, 2004. This show was a 3-hour special titled: New Start Best 100. Mariko joining the program was a bit of 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. Takeuchi Emi, TV Asahi broadcaster, was the host from 2000-2004.

Date Main Sub Studio sub
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 Do
October 3, 2008 – September 12, 2013 Yoshie Takeuchi
October 18, 2013 – present Ayaka Hirunaka


Music Station is home to various weekly segments, the most common being the weekly singles ranking and the monthly album ranking.

CD Single Weekly Hit Ranking[edit]

Music Station Single Ranking covers the top 10 selling singles of the week. Their chart differs 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 has appeared in nearly every episode of the program since 1989. Many of the highest selling artists will often perform on Music Station if their single happens to break a certain personal or nationwide record.

CD Album Hit Ranking[edit]

CD Album Hit Ranking is a monthly album ranking, charting the highest selling albums of the time. The segment also includes live performances by bands/singers to promote their new album releases.

Music Topics[edit]

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[edit]

Chat Sessions is a weekly segment on Music Station. It will often feature a new artist or actor appearing to talk about a new project or film. It is also one of the longest appearing segments on the show. The show's co-hosts will often talk 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.

Mini Music Station[edit]

Since October 18, 2002, a new segment known as Mini Music Station was added to the show. This segment is a quick 2 minute segment that is run just before Music Station before cutting to a commercial break and then starting the show. The host talks to 1 or 2 of the artists on that episode for a little bit, they then introduce the other artists watching that segment before announcing the show will shortly begin.

Music Station Young Guns[edit]

Young Guns is a segment on Music Station that is done sporadically, first started in 2005. When new artists hit the Japanese music scene and make their first appearance on Music Station, they are Young Guns, so they take part in the Young Guns segment. This segment normally involves a VTR (Video presentation) shown before giving a small interview and performing their first song.

Yearly specials[edit]

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.

2006 Specials[edit]

  • 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

2007 Specials[edit]

  • 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

Super Live[edit]

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.



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