From the monthly archives:

September 2007

Shinku/Ai no Uta

by Rinoa on September 30, 2007 · 13 comments · AddThis

talkin' 2 myself photoshoot
Promo Photo for Shinku
Artist: Hitomi Shimatani
Product Code: AVCD-31285/6
Release Date: 2007.09.05
Debut Ranking: #6
First Press: A.C.E.3 Sticker
Genre: Crossover, pop
Label: avex trax

Hitomi Shimatani might no longer be one of the best sellers in the J-Pop industry but she still manages to stand out with her magnificent vocals and her enchanting aura. This has enabled Hitomi to get several interesting career opportunities. Approximately two years ago, Hitomi Shimatani released the powerful single, “Garnet Moon“, which managed to become a brilliant hit in Japan. Most of the credit is probably due to it’s tie in with the game “Another Century’s Episode” but it certainly did manage to attract the popularity of the younger audience with its’ fresh approach.

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talkin’ 2 myself

by Rinoa on September 23, 2007 · 10 comments · AddThis

talkin' 2 myself photoshoot
Ayumi on SCawaii, October 2007 Issue
Artist: Ayumi Hamasaki
Product Code: AVCD-31332/3
Release Date: 2007.09.19
Debut Ranking: #1
Genre: Pop-rock
Label: avex trax

Summer seems to be definitely over, especially since many artists have started departing from bubblegum pop and moving towards ballads and melancholic moods. This fall has been highlighted by several enticing releases and one of the singles which has garnered a lot of attention was Hamasaki’s post-breakup single “talkin’ 2 myself”. Taking charge like a true trendsetter, Hamasaki takes over fall with powerful rock music signaling another direction in her musical career.

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Arashi – We can make it!

by Erika on September 23, 2007 · 11 comments · AddThis

Arashi @ ORICON STYLE, image courtesy of Arashirin.vox
We can make it!
Artist: Arashi
Product Code: JACA-5059/5060
Release Date: 2007.05.02
Debut Ranking: #1
First Press: Bonus Track
Label: J-storm

Arashi’s latest single We can make it! was released on 2 May 2007, Arashi’s second single of the year and nineteenth single as a group. The single consists of three songs, one of which is featured as the theme song for Matsumoto Jun’s new dorama, Bambino!

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New Musical for Hitomi

by Rinoa on September 19, 2007 · 1 comment · AddThis

Hitomi Shimatani
Hitomi Shimatani

After a successful stage performance in the musical ” Anne of Green Gables” as Anne, Hitomi Shimatani immediately resumed with her singing career, with the release of her 26th single “Shinku/Ai no Uta”. However her performance did not go unnoticed and luckily this led Hitomi to be chosen to star in yet another musical.

A month after this stage performance the media has already announced yet another musical role for Hitomi. It has been decided that Hitomi Shimatani and Ranran Suzuki are set to play a double starring role at the musical “Girl Friends”. The performances are scheduled to start on January 25th until February 3rd, at Tokyo, the Stage Galaxy Theater of Tenno.

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Calendars for 2008

by Rinoa on September 15, 2007 · 6 comments · AddThis

Maki Goto
Maki Goto's 2008 Calendar

Fall is rapidly approaching and the declining calendar pages are there to remind us all that the calendar season has opened once again. This time of the year is always met with a plethora of calendars, with attractive covers which are bound to sell out fast. As always, the most popular musicians, actors and idols have a calendar designed by their record label or talent agency. These calendars are usually issued by the company Try-X Ltd. Most of the time, calendars are released either in B2 size or else as desktop format.

Hello!Project have released a series of calendars for several sub-groups such as C-ute, Berryz and Morning Musume. On the other hand, several solo artists have once again released her own calendar. Maki Goto, Natsumi Abe and Aya Matsuura are the most popular picks in this category.

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