»Arashi’s CDs were not selling well so their then record-label (Pony Canyon) changed investment to W-inds.
Well, not literally ”changed investment” just “adding options”, as what I can remember Pony Canyon established new agency Vision Factory, whose first artists to sign in is w-inds. Then that was when Johnny was pissed off because Pony Canyon added an artist which is similar to Arashi.
So before any favoritism starts within the label companies, Johnny had Arashi pulled out from Pony Canyon and decided to form J-STORM.
So I dont think this is part of Arashi’s “Dark Years”, I mean I think this is just part of their Best moments, like having Johnny make a record label named after them? That’s epic, considering they are only a few years old at the time.