From the monthly archives:

July 2006

Just have a little FAITH

by Leanne on July 31, 2006 · 15 comments · AddThis

from HYDE's THE LAST DINNER Tour Pamphlet
Release Date: 2006.04.26
Peak Position: #2
Product Code: KSCL-998
Limited Edition: DVD (KSCL 999-1000)
First Press: Bonus Poster (Limited Edition First Press only)
HYDE’s Official Web Site

HYDE of L’Arc~en~Ciel releases his third solo album “FAITH” followed by a five-month tour in Japan with 4 stops in California, USA. HYDE has been extremely busy with the making of this album, doing an incredible amount of research to make this album a reality. The cover of the album features an oil painting of Jesus Christ, the Christian Messiah, by Kuniyoshi KANEKO and it contains songs with titles such as “JESUS CHRIST”, “MADE IN HEAVEN”, and “MISSION”.

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No more crying for Mika

by Leanne on July 30, 2006 · 4 comments · AddThis

Release Date: 2006.02.22
Peak Position: #8
Product Code: AICL-1730
First Press: “BLOOD+” jacket-sized sticker
Nakashima Mika’s Official Web Site

After playing the role of NANA and releasing a single posing as her, Nakashima Mika returned with “CRY NO MORE” a slow blues ballad that washes Blast (Oosaki Nana’s band) completely away from her. However, Nana herself isn’t completely washed off. Mika is set for a sequel for the movie which will start production soon. Also, her collaboration with HYDE in “GLAMOROUS SKY” has formed a deep friendship with him and might lead to more work together in the future. A small piece of evidence of future collaberations with him is that “CRY NO MORE” is the ending theme song to the anime “BLOOD+”, while HYDE’s latest single (released on the same day!) is the opening theme song. One has to wonder what this magical pair will work on in the future.

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HYDE’s Season Calls Him

by Leanne on July 30, 2006 · 6 comments · AddThis

Release Date: 2006.02.22
Peak Position: #1
Product Code: KSCL-944
Limited Edition: “BLOOD+” DVD and jacket-sized sticker (Product Code#:KSCL-942/3)
HYDE’s Official Web Site

“SEASON’S CALL” is HYDE’s fourth #1 single, and it’s also the first time he’s had two #1 singles in a row! Like his previous single “COUNTDOWN”, “SEASON’S CALL” is being used as a theme song: this time for the TBS anime “BLOOD+”. What’s interesting to note is that the song is actually composed by KAZ (ex-Oblivion Dust, ex-Spin Aqua). KAZ has been co-producing with HYDE since his fourth single “HELLO” and is also a new addition to HYDE’s solo band as guitarist. So how does HYDE and KAZ fare together? Let’s see…

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by Rinoa on July 17, 2006 · 20 comments · AddThis

sifow Stage Name: sifow
Real Name: Shiho Fujita
Date of Birth: 11th May 1985
Place of Birth: Chiba Prefecture
Age: 21
Height: 5′3″
Zodiac: Taurus
Blood Type: B
Official Website: avex trax

Fujita Shiho is a newcomer to the J-Pop industry scene. She has made her debut earlier in February of this year. She was born in Chiba Prefecture, on the 11th May in 1985. Later on she adopted the stage name sifow. Not much is known about her past, except for the fact that she was a ganguro gyaru and model before she started her singing career.

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YUI – Good-bye days

by Tia-Kun on July 10, 2006 · 51 comments · AddThis

YUI image Title: Good-bye days
Artist: YUI for Amane Kaoru
Release Date: June 14, 2006
Debut Ranking: #3
Language: Japanese
Package Weight: 100 g
Publisher: Sony Music Records
Other Information: Single

YUI is a Japanese pop artist who writes and plays the guitar to her own songs. She debuted in December of 2004 with the single “It’s happy line”, although it wasnt until her 4th single “LIFE“,which was used for the ending theme for the popular anime Bleach, that she became a household name. Although she is still fairly new to the J-Pop scene, her popularity seems to be rising and rising with every single she releases and it will only be a matter of time before she can reach the #1 spot on the Oricon charts.

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