Not far ahead lies another new year, waiting for us to catch up and greet it with warmth. It’s however not as easy said than done, when our “friend” winter is constantly serving us these abnormal chilly weather, which are getting crazier with each year!

Blame global warming, you say? It’s a conspiracy, you say? Whatever it is, I can surely tell that there is no conspiracy behind this year’s top 15 Japanese and visual kei artists! Already now I can also tell you that there is one band that absolutely dominates it!

But first, let me tell you how the rankings were compiled! The lists below are based on the artist’s top sold release on CDJapan during 2015, and not the artist’s total sales volume. We decided to compile two lists, one that includes various artists we covered during this year, and another one only including visual kei artists! Without further ado, let’s first take a look at the top 15 Japanese artists!

Top 15 Japanese artists:

1. the GazettE

the GazettE

DOGMA

Buy at CDJapan or JPU Records

2. ONE OK ROCK

ONE OK ROCK

35xxxv

Buy at CDJapan

3. Scandal

SCANDAL

Stamp!

Buy at CDJapan or JPU Records

4. Momoiro Clover Z KISS

Momoiro Clover Z vs KISS

Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitema

Buy at CDJapan

5. Kamijo

KAMIJO

Royal Blood -Revival Best-

Buy at CDJapan

6. LADYBABY

LADYBABY

Nippon Manjyu

Buy at CDJapan

7. BAND-MAID

BAND-MAID

New Beginning

Buy at CDJapan

8. BABYMETAL

BABYMETAL

LIVE AT BUDOKAN – RED NIGHT & BLACK NIGHT APOCALYPSE –

Buy at CDJapan

9. sukekiyo

sukekiyo

Vitium

Buy at CDJapan

10. Aimer After Dark

Aimer

Brave Shine

Buy at CDJapan

11. ryo supercell

ryo (supercell)

Great Distance

Buy at CDJapan

12. Jupiter

Jupiter

Topaz

Buy at CDJapan

13. MEJIBRAY

MEJIBRAY

VENOMS.app

Buy at CDJapan

14. EGOIST Reloaded

EGOIST

RELOADED

Buy at CDJapan

15. Sawano Hiroyuki

Sawano Hiroyuki

& Z

Buy at CDJapan

Continuing with the second part where only visual kei artists are included!

Top 15 visual kei artists:

1. the GazettE

the GazettE

DOGMA

Buy at CDJapan or JPU Records

2. Kamijo

KAMIJO

Royal Blood -Revival Best-

Buy at CDJapan

3. Jupiter

Jupiter

Topaz

Buy at CDJapan

4. MUCC

MUCC

T.R.E.N.D.Y. -Paradise from 1997-

Buy at CDJapan

5. NOCTURNAL BLOODLUST

NOCTURNAL BLOODLUST

PROVIDENCE

Buy at CDJapan

6. D

D

Happy Unbirthday

Buy at CDJapan

7. Matenrou Opera

Matenrou Opera

ether

Buy at CDJapan

8. DADAROMA

DADAROMA

Ame no Waltz

Buy at CDJapan

9. lynch.

lynch.

10th Anniversary 2004-2014 The Best

Buy at CDJapan

10. DIAURA

DIAURA

RUIN

Buy at CDJapan

11. An Cafe

An Cafe

Sennen DIVE!!!!!

Buy at CDJapan

12. Golden Bomber

Golden Bomber

No Music No Weapon

Buy at CDJapan

13. Sadie

Sadie

DECADE

Buy at CDJapan

14. pentagon

Pentagon

Call Me…

Buy at CDJapan

15. Deluhi group

DELUHI

Vandalism

Buy at CDJapan

Clearly, the GazettE dominated both lists and we’re certainly not surprised. With such well received album they were even able to take on big idol groups such as AKB48 and Arashi, do keep in mind that these lists does not represent the sales in Japan.

Source:
Complete list of CDJapan’s Japanese artist ranking
Complete list of CDJapan’s visual kei artist ranking

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