Feb 10 2017

Koda Kumi announces double album W Face – Inside/Outside

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Koda Kumi has revealed the striking cover images for her upcoming double-album set “W Face – inside/outside”, featuring 20 new studio tracks showcasing softer, pop-oriented songs (“inside”) and dance-floor, R&B songs (“outside”). Her first album of all-new material since 2015’s “Walk of My Life“, “W Face – inside/outside” also includes “On my way,” the theme song for the Japanese TV drama Mahiru no Akuma, and a limited-edition Blu-ray video.

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Jan 25 2017

Charisma.com leave OL life behind for new album Not Not Me

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Japanese techno-rap duo Charisma.com have left their OL (office lady) duties behind to prep for the launch of their new album not not me, scheduled for release March 22. Promising new identities and a fresh artistic vision in their dramatic press conference, Charisma.com will release 10 new tracks including the social-media-themed “#hashdark” (teased below).


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Jan 25 2017

AAA – Magic (MV)

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AAA mixes swing jazz and grooving R&B for their new music video “Magic”, available February 8, just two weeks before the group releases their next full album Way of Glory and special photobook AAA Special Live 2016 In Dome Fantastic.

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Jan 24 2017

Screaming Sixties DVD on the Way

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When it comes to energetic alt idol acts there are two that immediately come to mind, 偶想Drop (Guso Drop) and 絶叫する60度 (Screaming Sixties). Well, one of the two is producing a DVD…. Screaming Sixties.

Over the last four months they have been on a mini tour to the three Club Quattro locations, Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo. During the tour they have been backed by a live band, which for some reason is not 6% is Mine (their usual backing band).

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Jan 23 2017

AKB48’s new album Thumbnail to feature Morning Musume collaboration song

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AKB48’s 8th album, Thumbnail, set for release on January 25, will include the special collaboration track “Get You!”, featuring Morning Musume and Rino Sashihara, recording under the name of Sanishing Musume.

The album will also include “365 Nichi no Kamihikoki (theme song of TV series Asa ga Kita),” “Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby (Minami Takahashi’s last single as an AKB48 member),” “Kimi wa Melody (featuring five ex-AKB48 members),” and “Ayamachi” (collaboration song between Sayaka Yamamoto and Junichi Inagaki).

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Dec 29 2016

Super Sonico teases wedding bells in Kamu Kamu Wedding music video

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Nitroplus has released a teaser video featuring Super Sonico in the wedding dress revealed last October in commemoration of the game company mascot’s 10th Anniversary. In a new song penned by Sonico herself, “Kamu Kamu Wedding”, she imagines married life as she takes her first steps toward adulthood.

Super Sonico debuted in 2006 as the mascot for Nitroplus’s annual music festival Nitro Super Sonic. In her first decade of representing the successful video game company, Super Sonico has been portrayed as a fashion model, university student, and aspiring musician (with her band FAV – First Astronomical Velocity). The theme of her 10th anniversary is “Now I’ll become an adult”, and Nitroplus promises more announcements are forthcoming during the year-long celebration.


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Dec 27 2016

BRATS reveal new music video “Ainikoiyo” from To Be Hero

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Japanese girls band BRATS have released a scorching new music video for their theme song “Ainikoiyo” from the television anime To Be Hero.

Showcasing the powerhouse combination of sisters Rei Kuromiya (vocals) and Aya Kuromiya (bass), the high-energy song moves BRATS into a rock-influenced style that’s also hinted at in the preview of their song “Nounai Shoukyo Game” (“Brain Erase Game”) in the upcoming Japanese film Slaveman.

VIDEO: BRATS – “AINIKOIYO”

BRATS have also re-launched their official website — http://brats.tk — and created a new official Facebook page — https://www.facebook.com/BratsJP — to update fans on their upcoming activities in 2017.

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Dec 27 2016

PassCode posts UNLIMITED Mannequin Challenge video

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Japanese idol group PassCode has uploaded their own special version of the “Mannequin Challenge” with the help of more-than-a-few friends from their audience.

PassCode released their major-label single debut “Miss Unlimited” in October, and will perform their “PassCode MISS UNLIMITED Tour 2016 Final” at Shinkiba Studio Coast on December 28.

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