From the monthly archives:

March 2008

Perfume ~Complete Best~

by oroitsme on March 17, 2008 · 15 comments · AddThis

Perfume in 2006, L-R: Kashiyuka, Nocchi, A-chan
Artist: Perfume
Product code: TKCA-73086/73167
Release date: 2006.08.02
Highest Ranking: #33
Label: Tokuma Japan
Limited Edition: DVD

Perfume is a group made up of three girls: Nocchi (Oomoto Ayano), A-chan (Nishiwaki Ayaka), and Kashiyuka (Kashino Yuka). While most girl groups are formed by auditions or idol companies, Perfume is unique in that it was actually formed by the girls themselves in their hometown of Hiroshima when they were only twelve. In 2002, they were going the direction of a conventional girl group and released two idol-pop genre singles in their hometown.

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alan’s debut

by Rinoa on March 10, 2008 · 11 comments · AddThis

alan on ViVi
Artist: alan
Release Date: 2007.11.21
Product Code: AVCD-31328/9
Genre: Ballad
Label: avex trax
Format: Physical Single

In an industry as dynamic and competitive as the J-Pop industry, every record label must continuously struggle in the endeavor of remaining up-to-date and managing to accommodate every niche and interest group. In some instances this might mean a record label has to be daring and experimental, by picking up new artists which might or might not be a sound investment. Few record labels take this risk, especially with foreign artists. However avex trax seems to be one of those few who are willing to take that risk as long as the artist carries some potential. In the past few months, avex has been introducing several new faces in the J-Pop industry. The Tibetan/Chinese singer alan happens to be one of the newest addition to avex trax.

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NEWS – touch

by oroitsme on March 8, 2008 · 3 comments · AddThis

NEWS in 2005
Artist: NEWS
Product code: JCEN-67/69
Release date: 2005.04.27
Highest Ranking: #1
Label: Johnny’s Entertainment
Limited Edition: booklet, DVD

In 2003, Johnny’s Entertainment announced the formation of a new idol group “NewS” to cheer for the 2003 world women’s volleyball tournament. “NewS” stood for “North East West South,” indicating that members of the group hailed from all regions of Japan. The group consisted of nine members who performed around the country supporting the games, and they released an unofficial but wildly successful single “NEWS Nippon” that was only sold at 7-Eleven stores.

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