Jul 18 2017

Masami Nagasawa lets loose for Under Armour campaign


Actress Masami Nagasawa (Gintama, Sanada Maru, Proposal Daisakusen) goes all out (and all-in-the-pool) for the latest commercial for Under Armour.

Nagasawa was also featured in a print campaign for the athletic brand back in March.

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Jul 17 2017

BRATS reunite with fans during CD release mini-tour


Girls rock band BRATS took to the road in late June to promote the release of their double-A-side single “Ainikoiyo” / “Nounai Shoukyo Game”.

The band, led by sisters Rei and Aya Kuromiya, reunited with fans in a series of signing sessions and mini-concerts at Ikebukero Live Inn Rosa (June 21), Village Vanguard Shimokitazawa (June 22), Tower Records Osaka (June 23), Village Vanguard America-Mura, Osaka (June 24), Village Vanguard Nagoya Chuo (June 24), Tower Records Nagoya Parco (June 24), and Tower Records Yokohama Vivre (June 25).

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Jul 14 2017

Koda Kumi gets LIT with her 60th single


Koda Kumi has announced the release date of her 60th single, a dance track titled “LIT”.

“LIT” is the first of 3 planned singles taking the performer through the end of 2017, with follow-ups scheduled for October and December.

“LIT”, scheduled for an August 2 release, will be released in a special 12″ package via fan club, Mu-Mo, or live venues only, and contains an instrumental track and “Making of” DVD.

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Jul 14 2017

Rihwa’s having a good time on her 5th Anniversary


J-Pop songwriter/vocalist Rihwa takes us for a fun trip around the world in her MV for “Having a Good Time” from her 5th Anniversary album Rihwa The Singles, released on July 12. She’s got a lot to smile about, and her pop-country influences (most notably hanging out with Michelle Branch) are in full effect.

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Jul 14 2017

Mondo Grosso – Labyrinth (MV)


The latest music video from Mondo Grosso (composer Shinichi Osawa) features renowned actress Hikari Mitsushima dancing around Hong Kong’s urban cityscape at night.

The powerful opening image of the actress posed before a background of towering apartments comes from director Takeshi Maruyama’s keen eye, and Mitsushima (a pop singer in her former life, and known to Western fans for Japanese film and television work such as Love Exposure, Woman, and Death Note) delivers a delightfully carefree performance.

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Jul 10 2017

Utada Hikaru creates Oozora de Dakishimete interactive lyrics page


Utada Hikaru has created an interactive lyrics page on her official website to celebrate the release of her new digital single, “Oozora de Dakishimete”.

The special webpage changes daily to highlight the song lyrics that were mentioned the most on Twitter. “Your tweets decide the design, so tweet away!!”

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Jul 06 2017

Powerhouse performances at Anisong World Matsuri’s Japan Super Live at Anime Expo


On July 1, 2017, “Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017 ~Japan Super Live~” was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, marking the second night of back-to-back concerts performed for over 13,000 fans at Anime Expo 2017, the largest anime convention in North America.

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Jul 06 2017

Passcode reveals track list for major label debut Zenith


J-Pop idol group PassCode has revealed the track list and special feature DVD for their major-label debut album Zenith, slated for release on August 2.

The album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes with an instant bonus track “One Step Beyond” available right now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/zenith/id1254213068

Fans who grab the special edition CD/DVD will get several music videos plus behind-the-scenes documentary features with English subtitles.

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