Kylee, a Japanese-American rock musician, debuted last year. On October 27th, she’ll come with her 4th single, Everlasting, which will be used as the theme song for the anime Mobile Suit Gundam UC episode2 The Red Comet.
Watch the PV and check more info about the single below~. (more…)
Takako Uehara from SPEED (and Fugitive cast) has been chosen to be the new spokeswoman for Ricola’s herbal-based candies.
Check the CM below!
PS: Btw… Her father passed away on 5th October, and she couldn’t be with him… (more…)
After just 2 months of their previous single, SPEED‘s 19th single will be released on November 10th: Let’s Heat Up. The title track was used for an AEON “HEAT FACT” CM promoting the 2010 winter collection.
Watch the upbeat MV, the CM (and making of) and check more info about the single below! (more…)
Female rock band Chatmonchy will be releasing their new mini-album, “Awa Come“, on October 27th and they have decided to hold a special contest for fans in celebration of the release.
The contest will be hosted on the video site GyaO! and is called “look for mistakes right here.” For the contest, the website will post a normal version of the band’s
new music video for “Koko Dake no Hanashi” on October 13th. On October 20th they will switch the video to a Mistake Version of the song. Fans will have to play spot the difference between the two videos and find the 3 errors that the band left in the Mistake Version. Chatmonchy’s label Ki/oon Records will have a form up on their official site to fill out with the spotted errors. Those who spot the mistakes correctly will be entered to win a mysterious, but wonderful present.
Check more info about the mini-album and watch the PV below~. (more…)
Their last release, “gekijou/hEaVeN” (released 7.14), was in Oricon’s TOP 5. With singles always charting in Oricon’s TOP 10 since their debut, their 3rd Anniversary Concert at the Budoukan (held 7.30) was a success. This November 3, BREAKERZ is bewitching us with their “ultra sexy” double A 9th single, “BUNNY LOVE/REAL LOVE 2010.”
With the bunny motif (the West’s symbol for temptation) of the carnivorously sexy track “BUNNY LOVE” and the much talked about “REAL LOVE 2010″ (previously performed at events and concerts), their new single promises an erotic overload.
Check the covers and tracklists and watch the 2 full PV’s bellow~. (the hard kiss in the “REAL LOVE 2010″ PV…) (more…)
Six singers from various genres have united to form a special unit called “Chorus Japan,” as part of a promotional campaign for canned coffee product Roots Aroma Impact. The members involved are Akira Fuse, Sayuri Ishikawa, Anri, Masayuki Suzuki, Aya Matsuura, and CHEMISTRY’s Yoshikuni Dochin.
The six all appear together in the product’s commercial, singing a song titled “Ne no Uta.” The tune is already available digitally for mobile and PC, with a CD release on October 13. The commercial began airing nationwide on October 5.
Watch the CM and download the single below! (more…)
Pop singer Nana Tanimura will be releasing a new single called “TOXIC” on November 24th.
The last solo release from the singer was her “FAR AWAY/Believe You” single back in March, making it almost eight months since she worked on her solo career. The new single will contain songs “TOXIC” and “CIRCUS WORLD,” both with lyrics written by Tanimura herself. Tanimura commented on her blog, “I’m different than I was before, so please look forward to it~ ☆”
Watch covers, hear TOXIC full song and check more info about her photobook below. (more…)
Two years and four months after their last album, LAST ALLIANCE is releasing Keep on smashing blue, — a new album, this October 27. This includes their new song WING, the PV of which, has just been completed.
Niwa Takayuki, known for his documentaries and other similar works, directed the PV. Niwa was filming pro-boxer Tsuchiyama Naozomi’s way of life when he heard LAST ALLIANCE’s song. It left him a deep impression, which led to his eager request to make a collaboration with Tsuchiyama and LAST ALLIANCE.
The video shows Tsuchiyama silently practicing — something which projects LAST ALLIANCE’s stance and form of existence as a band. Niwa said, “When I heard the song, the band’s music seeped through me, and I thought that intense image, that world view is something Tsuchiyama Naozumi’s real life portrays. Combined, LAST ALLIANCE’s and Tsuchiyama’s images transformed into a new picture.
LAST ALLIANCE praises the PV as well. “A most moving PV was made. We haven’t had anything like that until now, so we kept watching it. Seeing the finished product, we felt that there was no need to for us appear in the PV. We definitely want the audience to watch from beginning to end,” the group commented. Tsuchiyama, on the other hand, shared his impressions, “It was really an honor to have participated in such a cool work. My son Akio being part of it has made it memorable. It’s good that he looked cute in it too. Remembering my own words, I’ll work hard from hereon as well.”
Besides WING, also included in the album is HEKIREKI, a song used as opening theme of the anime Hajime no Ippo and previously included in the single new dawn. The new album compiles 15 songs in total, chosen as the best among 56 demo tracks. Taking a rich time to record, the band came up with a compilation that is definitely LAST ALLIANCE.
Included in the first press, limited edition are bonus tracks akai hana （sweet ANZAI Boy）and jouka（angry MATSUMURA Boy）. It also comes with a DVD that features a footage of their performance at CLUB QUATTRO Shibuya during the KAWASAKI RELAX TOUR.
Furthermore, the album release tour entitled Keep on smashing blue, TOUR 2011 kicks off on January 1, with performances at CLUB QUATTRO Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka.
Watch the PV below~. (more…)
Presenting this time’s collaboration, which was inspired by fans who voiced their wishes on Twitter, and got ayu and PJ’s company director Noguchi Mika-san all excited!
Based on ayu’s distinctive silhouette and lyrics, these designs will surely catch anyone’s eye! And so, ayu’s song names became the names for the 3 collaboration items below.
A special gift for TA is a shopping bag with the collaboration logo printed on ♪ (more…)
Jin Akanishi comes with plenty of news; plans to be a soloist in Japan, talks about racism, and more!
Akanihsi Jin, held “The U.S tour fan club send-off party, We’ll be together with you!” at Zepp Tokyo on October 3rd, where he announced that he will be holding a Japan tour, as well as release a new single, “Eternal“, in 2011. Jin said, “I can’t tell you the date yet, but the new single will be released in the beginning of 2011.”
He performed 8 songs including “Eternal”, and he said to the press, “I’m full of gratitude to fans, Johnny-san (the JE president), staff, and KAT-TUN, who accepted my activities as a solo artist.”
The send-off party will also be held on the 4th, and the total audience will consist of 10,800 fans who were chosen among the 230,000 applicants. Jin’s U.S tour will start on November 7th, AND TICKETS ARE ALREADY ON SALE!
In this week’s segment of UTB’s Music Talk, Jin talks about his first collaboration with Crystal Kay with the song WONDER.. Jin’s explaining how he used the song to express his view on racism and discrimination… Click here to watch the video.
And finally, a video that USA fans made for him and for his tour. Enjoy! (more…)
SAMURAI ROSE is the newest major idol group on the scene. What makes this idol unit so special is not that they all came from various occupations, such as company presidents, nurses, chefs, homemakers. It`s the fact that of the 40 members that make up SAMURAI ROSE ,the youngest is 34 and the oldest is 58 .
That’s right; no more wishing that your mother, wife or grandmother were an idol , now she can be.
SAMURAI ROSE made their debut in February and has already had a second generation audition to reach the current 40 member level and on October 6 they made a major single debut “Rouge to Martini“ . PRINCESS PRINCESS`S song “M” (which they performed in front of 220 fans on October 2 at a major debut party event) will be the coupling track.
Shamefully, any video has been filtered…
After 1 month, Ling toshite sigure releases new PV for their already released song “illusion is mine” (+ download album)
Ling toshite sigure, a Japanese rock band that debuted on 2000 but hasn’t been really active (until 2005, and then did an album for year), released their 4th album titled Still a Sigure Virgin on 22th September (which reached #1 on Weekly Oricon Ranking). But it hasn’t been until now that they released an official PV for the last track of the album, illusion is mine. Watch the PV and download the album below! (more…)
I’ve posted Sugaya Risako‘s song, Elegant Girl, but I haven’t posted Oshare My Dream by Ogawa Mana yet… So I take this opportunity to post it, while I say that the single got #10 in the Weekly Oricon Ranking! Enjoy~. (more…)
That’s right; ex-Hello! Project soloist Aya Matsuura and NEWS’s member Koyama Keiichiro are opening their own Twitter (separatedly, obviously, lol). Koyama will play a role named, “Ohyama Shigeto”, and he just started tweeting as “Shigeto” on the official twitter account for “0 Gou shitsu no Kyaku”. If you see “重人より” in the tweet, it’s him!
Shinjitemiru (Try to believe) is May’n‘s 6th single, released on 13th October. The title track will be used as the theme song for the movie Injitemiru 7-nichikan no Death Game.
- Shinjitemiru (シンジテミル; Try to Believe)
- My Lovely Thing
- Shinjitemiru (without May’n) (シンジテミル (without May’n))
- My Lovely Thing (without May’n)
She’ll also be appearing in next Macross Frontier concept album for 2010 Christmas, Cosmic Cuune, to be released on 24th November. The album is produced by Kanno Yoko and the songs are performed by May’n as Sheryl Nome and Nakajima Megumi as Ranka Lee. It also features a Christmas version of Nakajima’s “Seikan Hikou”, re-titled to “Seikan Eve”. Check more info about the album, watch Shinjitemiru’s PV and download the single below~. (more…)
Hagiwara Mai (C-ute) has appeared in the nº70 of the H!P Digital Book saga, which consists on outtakes of official photobooks. In this case, this digital photobook are outtakes of Hagiwara Mai’s first Photobook, released a year ago. Check a preview and download the entire thing after the cut~. (more…)
BEAST did a concert at Won University on October 2nd, and they did a cute gesture when Song Dong Woon took a camera of a fan and started recording hisself while singing, and then joined Lee Ki Kwang and Yoon Doo Joon. Watch the video and download official pictures of the concert after the cut~. (more…)
FIRST, 4Minute‘s 3rd Japanese single, is going to be released in 4 days. Before then, enjoy the MV for FIRST uploaded in their official YouTube channel. (more…)
New Avex girl idol group SUPER☆GiRLS has finally announced their debut CD release! The 12 girl group will be dropping their first album (they don’t have even a single and they debut with an entire album!), Chouzetsu Shoujo, on December 22nd.
On October 2nd, the girls held a special event at the Tokyo SHIODOME-AX, “SUPER☆GiRLS~ShiodomeAX fukkatsu! Surprise LIVE~.” At the event, member Shimura Rika celebrated her 18th birthday, and the other members had secretly prepared a cake and birthday song for the occasion.
Possibly the most interesting part about the announcement of their major debut was that it was also a complete surprise to the members of the idol group. As they were on stage, a large banner fell from the ceiling that said, “Major Debut Decided.” When the SUPER☆GiRLS saw the announcement banner, they immediately ran into each other’s arms and started crying tears of joy.
When asked how she felt, the current leader, Yasaka Saori, said, “I don’t think I’ve always been the calmest leader, but today I’ve become so emotional. I’m just so happy!“ Fellow member Tanaka Mirei was just as shocked about the debut. She had just assumed they were never going to make a major appearance, and added with tears in her eyes, “We were prepared to surprise Rikataso (Shimura Rika), but we didn’t expect to be surprised too!”
The youngest member, Maeshima Ami, said, “I couldn’t even understand it when the debut banner dropped down. Slowly my eyes just started to fill with tears. I will try my hardest for the SUPER☆GiRLS album!“ Birthday girl Shimura Rika stood resolute and insisted she wasn’t going to cry, but she did add, “I didn’t know about the birthday surprise either, so with these presents I am very happy. I will try my hardest from here on out!”
When asked who their rival idol was, Yasaka and Maeshima quickly answered, “Everyone is our rival goal to reach.” Miyazaki Rina didn’t hold back, and interjected with enthusiasm, “When we first formed, we would say, ‘Let’s beat AKB48!’, so I think that they are everyone in the idol industry’s goal.”
Currently, SUPER☆GiRLS will begin preparations for their first one man live, “~Yume no Inryoku“, and the show will take place at the Harajuku Astro Hall in Tokyo. They will also kick off a free mini live tour across Japan on November 3rd, called, “Itoyokado presents SUPER☆GiRLS Major Debut Kettei!”
“Chouzetsu Shoujo” will be released in three different forms: a CD regular and two different CD + DVD versions. The CD will contain the tracks “NIJIIRO Star ☆,” “Kizuna Days,” and “Be With You,” songs that they have already made popular with their live performances. In total, there will be thirteen tracks on the album, meaning there will still be ten brand new songs that haven’t been heard yet. The DVD will feature their debut music video (yet to be determined), and an audition video that shows interviews with the final members. The limited edition DVD version will come with a ticket to a handshake event, and a random photograph of the group (15 possible ones to collect).
For more sneak peeks at this adorable idol group, you can check out their audition special. (more…)
Ayumi Hamasaki has some fans commenting about her unprofessionalism over a small altercation on Twitter.
A “fan” tweeted to the singer, “That is why people mock you for graduating only from junior high school.”
Ayu responded bitingly, “That is fine with me, but it is rude to many people who only graduated from junior high school, but are working on their best, and I do not think that is something you have to be looked down.”
Ayu graduated junior high school in Fukuoka, and dropped out from high school in Tokyo.
While many people agreed with her, some say that it wasn’t necessary for Ayu to re-tweet or respond to those fans.
Hamasaki now holds the record for the most #1 singles by a female artist, in both the solo and group categories.
Former Morning Musume member, Konno Asami (22) has been offered an announcer position for TV Tokyo in 2011, as announced on October 1st on the Hello!Project official site.
Konno joyfully commented, “I graduated from Morning Musume to continue my studies and this was my objective. Now, my “dream” can be fulfilled. I will make use of everything I have learned up until now. Next April I will become an employee of TV Tokyo and I will do my best will all of my might.”
Konno joined Morning Musume as a 5th generation member in 2001. She graduated from Morning Musume in July of 2006 to continue her schooling. In 2007 she returned to the world of show business and her aim was to become a female announcer, now her wish has been granted.
She will do a FanClub event on 12/7 and 12/8 at Yokohama BLITZ.
CHEMISTRY, a famous japanese male duo, are releasing their 13th single on 3rd November (Keep your love), and it’s going to be the second consecutive single collaborating with Synergy, a great dance group.
- Keep Your Love
- a better tomorrow
- DVD Tracklist
- Keep Your Love (Music Video)
Watch the PV after the cut! (Just a curiosity; one of the scenery’s appearing on the PV has already been used by Buono in their PV form My Boy, hehe…) (more…)