March 2017 archive

YANAKIKU to perform in Mexico at J’Fest

J-Pop duo YANAKIKU will perform in Mexico on April 1 & 2 for J-Fest at Expo Reforma in Mexico City. Event info: https://jfest.ws YANAKIKU continues to add more countries to their international expansion, with a successful events at Japan Expo Thailand in February, POP!Life FanXperience in Bangkok in March, and an upcoming performance at Anime …

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Anisong subscription service ANiUTa launches in Japan, international due later this year

The worldʼs first anime music subscription service ANiUTa (Anime + Uta/”song”) launched in Japan on March 24. The combined production of multiple record companies, the streaming service is currently exclusive to Japan and will launch in other countries later this year. The music lineup includes an extensive 50,000-track catalog of anime, game, and vocaloid selections, …

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FES☆TIVE’s Hinari Aoba releases first photobook Hinari to Yukigeshiki to Yukemuri

Hinari Aoba of matsuri-themed idol unit FES☆TIVE will release her first photo book, Hinari to Yukigeshiki to Yukemuri (Hinari, Snowy Scenes, and Onsen Steam) on April 4. The photos include backdrops of snowboarding, sleighs, snowpeople, and winter scenes, as well as Hinari dressed in a yukata and soaking in hot springs. The book will be …

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FAMM’IN releases new song Animus from Dazed in London

The female rap crew FAMM’IN, formed by FAKY, FEMM and Yup’in, has released their new song “animus”, premiered by popular UK magazine Dazed and Confused. Co-produced by Radical Hardcore Clique and choreographed by HIDALDI, the music video was inspired by the ideas of psychologist Carl Jung focusing on the subconscious masculinity in women. “animus” will …

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Airi Suzuki (C-ute) announces final photobook Zenshu 2010-2017 Eien

Airi Suzuki of Hello! Project’s popular idol group C-ute has announced her final photobook titled “Zenshu 2010-2017 Eien”, a collection of her previous work with photographer Koki Nishida. The book will feature Suzuki’s favorite photos from their previous collaborations and new images celebrating the singer’s graduation from C-ute this summer.

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Namie Amuro and Masaharu Fukuyama rock Asahi’s new beer campaign

Superstars Namie Amuro and Masaharu Fukuyama join forces to promote Asahi’s new brand Asahi Super Dry Extra Hard in a hot television commercial airing today in Japan.

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On set of a J-pop music video shoot: Da-iCE “Two As One”

On May 31, 2016, I was on set of the “Two As One” music video shoot for J-pop group Da-iCE on top of Hollywood Bowl Overlook. It felt more like watching a J-drama filming in Los Angeles though. There was no singing or dancing, or even music. Only acting. Two vocalists (Sota Hanamura and Yudai …

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BRATS mess with your head in Nounai Shoukyo Game (“Brain Erase Game”)

Japanese girls rock band BRATS have released their new music video “Nounai Shoukyo Game” (“Brain Erase Game”), the theme song from the upcoming film Slaveman, directed by Noboru Iguchi (Machine Girl, Robogeisha, Prison School). BRATS (featuring Rei Kuromiya of LADYBABY/The Idol Formerly Known As) recently announced their return to live performances, and the applications for …

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Superfly to release 10th Anniversary Greatest Hits – Love, Peace & Fire

Superfly (Shiho Ochi) will release a 3-disc Greatest Hits collection titled Love, Peace & Fire, featuring 39 songs chosen by fan votes. Each disc – Disc Love (“Oh My Precious Time”), Disc Peace (“Beautiful”, “The Bird Without Wings”), and Disc Fire (“Force”, “Alright!!”) – focuses on a different aspect of the singer/songwriter’s amazingly successful career. …

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