From the monthly archives:

September 2006

Kaoru Amane’s Taiyou no Uta

by Rinoa on September 24, 2006 · 257 comments · AddThis

Taiyou no Uta single promo
Promotional photoshoot for Taiyou no Uta single
Artist: Kaoru Amane (Sawajiri Erika)
Product Code: SRCL-6407~9
Release date: 2006.08.30
Debut Ranking: #2
Peak Ranking: #1
First Press: Photobook, bonus DVD and bonus tracks
Label: Sony Music

Sawajiri Erika has been in the Japanese entertainment industry for quite a while. Since 1999, she’s been signed up with a talent promotions company, Stardust. This company is one of the largest and prominent agency in Japan. She was fairly popular and took part in various variety shows. However she only started attracting the widespread attention of the Japanese audience with her outstanding performance as Ikeuchi Aya in 1 Litre of Tears, in 2005. This dorama attracted many people internationally for its moving and heart-rendering plot.

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Dear WOMAN

by Celsius005 on September 23, 2006 · 4 comments · AddThis

SMAP
Inagaki Goro, Katori Shingo, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi
Bottom: Nakai Masahiro, Kimura Takuya
Title: Dear WOMAN
Artist: SMAP
Release date: 2006.04.19
Debut Ranking: #1
Product Code: VICL-36555
Label: Victor Entertainment

SMAP starts out the year 2006 boldly with the release of their 39th single, “Dear WOMAN”. They’ve come a long way since their debut in 1991 and once again present to us a lively single–one that definitely stands out from their previous hits. Both of the songs included in this single are upbeat, which is a step out of their previous “Triangle”, a more mellow and serene song. Though the CD cover appears quite bland, don’t let its dull simplicity drive you away. To make up for their inactivity in 2004, SMAP proceeded to release three new singles in 2005, each with its own message. Now in April 2006, they welcome bliss – their “Dear WOMAN” – to Japan.

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sifow – CLARITY

by Rinoa on September 22, 2006 · 8 comments · AddThis

CLAЯITY photoshoot
Promotional photoshoot for CLAЯITY album
Artist: sifow
Product Code: AVCD-23025/6
Release date: 2006.09.13
Debut Ranking: #299
First Press: Fragrance
Label: avex trax

Since her debut with avex trax, sifow has definitely been working hard to promote herself and release quality music for her fans. After less than a year after her debut mini album, “& YOU REVOLUTION”, sifow released her first studio album titled “CLAЯITY” in September.

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Like a Love?

by Rinoa on September 3, 2006 · 2 comments · AddThis

A promotional image from 'Like a Love?' photoshoot.
A promotional image from 'Like a Love?' photoshoot.
Artist: Ami Suzuki
Product Code: AVCD-31040/1
Release date: 2006-07-26
Peak Position: #13
First Press: Photo Booklet
Label: avex trax

Since her return to the J-Pop scene, last year Ami Suzuki has certainly been rather busy. With eight singles and two albums already released, along with a nation-wide tour, it’s clear that Amigo is still intent on being a professional singer and expand her career further. Approximately two months after the release of her seventh single, ‘Alright!’, Ami released a mellow summer ballad speaking about when one falls in love for the first time…

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the Fourth Avenue Cafe

by Leanne on September 2, 2006 · 0 comments · AddThis

the Fourth Avenue Cafe
Release Date: 2006.08.30
Peak Position: #5
Label: Kioon/SONY RECORDS
Product Code: KSCL-1027
First Press: Picture-labeled disc

On August 30th, L’Arc~en~Ciel had finally released a new single. Yet, unlike most other singles, fans weren’t wondering how it would sound or what the lyrics would be about. They weren’t waiting for the PV to air. Instead, they were rejoicing that the single had been released at all. “the Fourth Avenue Cafe” is their most legendary single that was never released, and precisely for that reason.

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