The new single by Southern All Stars has gone straight to the top spot on the Oricon singles chart. The double-A side “Kimi Koso Staa Da/Yume Ni Kieta Julia” is the band’s 39th Top Ten release, which gives them sole possession of first place in the record books. In second place is 80s idol singer Tahara Toshihiko with 38 followed by The Alfee, still active and with 37 hits to their name. Sharing fourth place with 35 Top Ten entries are SMAP and Zard, both still going strong.
• Singer Saijo Hideki (photo, 49) is to be a dad for the third time. His wife Miki is four months pregnant. She is said to want another child, but after fathering three children in as many years, Saijo says he’s had enough and just wants to live long enough to see his kids reach adulthood at 20.