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Another Yamapi event raises questions

11:25 JST June 15, 2012 1 comment

Tomohisa Yamashita fans are worried about the seemingly desperate measures his team are taking to get good sale numbers, reports Cyzowoman.

Yamapi’s next single “LOVE CHASE“, which is currently the theme song to anime “トリコ (Toriko)”, is due to be released on July 4.  Five variations of the single will go on sale at different stores:

  • Limited Edition A (CD + DVD)
  • Limited Edition B (CD + 24 page photo booklet)
  • Regular Edition (CD)
  • Lawson Limited Edition (CD + DVD + Lawson version B2 size poster), only available at Lawson convenience stores
  • Tomohisa Yamashita SHOP Limited Edition (CD + DVD + Tomohisa Yamashita shop version B2 poster), only available at the Tomohisa Yamashita SHOP

Then there is also the Yamapi meet and greet event.  Only fans who have bought three editions of the five can enter in a lottery for one of the 17 events which will be held in Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kobe, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Sapporo, and Sendai.  Estimating each event would be packed, it would total up to 29,800 fans, and therefore 89,400 records.

“Other Johnny’s talents have held events for fans who have bought CDs and thank you events, but not many have gone around the entire country doing so many,” said one Johnny’s news reporter.

Fan reactions have also been mixed.

“The fans around me have been saying, ‘they say it’s a lottery but wouldn’t everyone in regional areas get in anyway?’, ‘it’s quite cheap when you think that buying three CDs, or 3700 yen, will get you into an event’, ‘another meet and greet.  And this time he’s going all around the place…’, or ‘maybe going solo wasn’t a good idea?’,” said one fan.

Of course fans would still be more than happy to get the chance to meet Yamashita, but it cannot be the ideal way he would have wanted to get the No.1 spot.

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NEWS reborn

15:51 JST June 13, 2012 12 comments

Since the departure of Tomohisa Yamashita and Ryo Nishikido, NEWS are set to release their first single as a four members, it was announced on June 12, reports Nikkan Sports, Sports Hochi, Daily Sports Online, and Chunichi Sports.

 

“We can finally make a start.  I’ve been waiting for this day,” Shigeaki Kato said.

“The feeling that it’s about to start is finally sinking in,” Keiichiro Koyama said.

 

It has been reported “チャンカパーナ (Chankapana)”, meaning “the person I care about or love”, will be released on July 18.  It is the group’s first single in 20 months.

“When I first heard the title I was like, ‘excuse me?’, but I like the fact that it makes you want to know what it means,” Koyama said.

The group talked to the media about how all of the members decided it was best for Yamashita to focus on his solo work and Nishikido on Kanjani8, and how the remaining four changed a group threat into a chance.

“I was worried, I didn’t know what was going to happen or where my life was headed,” Koyama said.

“There’s no way I couldn’t be upset.  But I turned a corner, I knew it would be a challenge but the four of us could do it,” Kato said.

“I wasn’t worried at all.  I’m sure the two had things they wanted to accomplish and it’s a big no for NEWS to make someone stay who doesn’t want to,” Yuya Tegoshi said.

“I was frustrated that the dream the six of us had had was torn apart, but it also made me want it more.  I felt like I wanted the four of us to achieve it, and more,” Takahisa Masuda said.

 

It has been reported even though the four of them had different thoughts about last year’s event, Koyama had said they all loved NEWS and did not want it to end.  It is also the reason why the four had spent six months preparing new material.  During the time the four would catch up for meals, talk about the new single, and started suggesting more of their own ideas to producers.

“There’s no song we have that has more of us in it than this.  Because there are fewer of us, it’s easier for our personality to come through.  I’m confident the four-member NEWS can overtake the six-member NEWS,” Tegoshi said.

“There aren’t many four-membered groups in Johnny’s.  I want to use it as an advantage.  We’ve even made four versions of the new single,” Masuda said.

 

The group started with nine members in 2003, but Koyama had said this was the last change.

 “We’ll do this till we’re old men.”

It has been reported a summer concert tour is also being planned.

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Yamapi to release first anime theme song

10:30 JST April 13, 2012 3 comments

Toriko anime (picture thanks to Oricon)

Johnny’s artist Tomohisa Yamashita’s upcoming single will be used as a theme song to popular manga-turned-anime トリコ (Toriko), it was announced on April 12, reports Sankei Sports and Oricon.

 

It has been reported the song is called “LOVE CHASE”, and although a released date has not been decided, it will start playing at the end of the anime show from April 15.  Yamashita has said he was excited about his first anime song as a solo artist.

“I can’t wait to see how ‘LOVE CHASE’ goes with the ‘Toriko’ anime,” he said.

 

Toriko follows the adventures of Toriko, a gourmet food hunter, who is always on the search for the perfect meal.  The Toriko anime series began in 2011, but the manga has been a regular series in Weekly Shonen Jump since 2008.

 

It has been reported Yamashita himself has said the song’s style is expressed in the title.

“Like the title says, it’s a very uptempo song and I think it goes very well with Toriko’s stories of trying to find impossible foods,” he said.

 

Song producer and pop-rock band MONKEY MAJIK said the song also goes well with Yamashita’s image.

“It’s the perfect song for Yamashita-san, it’s cool and upbeat so I hope you all like it!”

KinKi Kids get 32nd consecutive No.1 with song written by AKB48 producer

17:17 JST January 17, 2012 1 comment

KinKi Kids have set a new world record for the most number of  No.1 singles in a row since their debut, reports Oricon.

 

The duo’s 32nd single “変わったかたちの石 (Kawatta Katachi no Ishi)” was released on January 11.  Since then, it has sold more than 120,000 copies in its first week and made it to No.1 on the weekly charts in Japan.

 

The lyrics for the single were written by Yasushi Akimoto, the man behind girl band AKB48.  Of course, this was not the first time Akimoto has worked with KinKi Kids.  The two had worked together in 2005 when Akimoto wrote the lyrics to the duo’s 22nd single “SNOW! SNOW! SNOW!”

 

Every single KinKi Kids has released since “硝子の少年 (Glass no Shonen)” in 1997 has been a No.1 seller.  The second best-sellers after KinKi Kids are KAT-TUN, who have had 17 straight No.1 singles to date.

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TOKIO’s new single to be released one month later than scheduled

10:12 JST January 13, 2012 Leave a comment

TOKIO’s upcoming single “KIBOU” will be released as a double single with “羽田空港の奇跡 (Haneda Airport no Kiseki)” on February 29, reports Daily Sports Online.

 

“KIBOU” was supposed to be released on February 1, and is being used in mail delivery service Yamato Transport’s TV commercial.  Record company J Storm has commented the release date had been delayed because the commercial’s TV spot had been delayed.

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Jin Akanishi’s US debut single No.1 on iTunes Dance chart

10:39 JST November 11, 2011 2 comments

Jin Akanishi’s first single to be released in the US has made it to the top of the dance charts on iTunes, reports Asahi Shimbun and music news website natalie.

 

“TEST DRIVE featuring JASON DERULO” was released on November 8.  On the same day, Akanishi took part in a fan meet and greet in Los Angeles with 300 fans.  The singer signed autographs for 50 of those fans first in line, showed the crowd the finished music video to his song, and answered questions from 10 fans including children and housewives.

“I’d never done a signing event so in the beginning, I didn’t know what to do, but it turned out to be really fun.  I was very happy to be able to thank my fans in person for all of their support on the day that I got the No.1 spot on the iTunes dance song chart,” he said.

 

Summary of the Jin Akanishi’s fan Q&A:

Q: What do you miss about Japan?

A: Friends, family, and…the food.

 

Q: What’s your favourite restaurant in Los Angeles?

A: Gonpachi.  Does everyone know it?  It’s a Japanese restaurant.  That’s my favourite.

 

Q: What do you do on your day off?

A: Make songs.  And, sleep.

 

Q: How do you de-stress?

A: Sing “TEST DRIVE” at karaoke.

 

Q: What’s your ideal woman?

A: Full of energy, sexy, has common sense and a sense of humour.

 

Q: What part did you have the most fun with while you were shooting your music video?

A: It was a 19-hour shoot, but it was really fun.  I got to work with a lot of hot girls.

 

Q: Are there any plans for a US tour?

A: I’m in the middle of recording right now, but when that’s done I’ll go on tour.

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Jin Akanishi looking forward to US debut in November

12:11 JST October 10, 2011 2 comments

Jin Akanishi’s single “TEST DRIVE featuring JASON DERULO” will go on sale on November 8 in the USA, it was revealed on October 9, reports Asahi Shimbun and Chunichi Sports.

 

Akanishi’s single will be available on iTunes, but will not be available in Japan.  Instead, Japanese fans will be able to buy Akanishi’s mini album, which will be released on December 7.

 

It has been reported Jason Derulo said he enjoyed working with the Johnny’s talent.

“Jin is a really nice guy and it was easy to get along with him.  I had a lot of fun recording with him.  I’m glad I was able to collaborate with Akanishi.”

 

Producers, the Stereotypes, also said they had fun working with Akanishi.

“We’d heard that he was a superstar in Japan, but he’s friendly.  We want people to pay attention to his vocals.”

 

Akanishi’s debut had been delayed because the singer had spent most of this summer filming “47 – RONIN” (due out in December 2012) in London, which stars Keanu Reeves in the lead role.  In between shoots, the singer had met up with producers and done little bits of recording.

“I’m excited about being able to share my music with more people, and I want to thank my fans for making this possible,” Akanishi said.

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