From the monthly archives:

May 2008

Someday / Boys ♥ Girls

by trinka on May 27, 2008 · 2 comments · AddThis

Koda Kumi
Kuu promoting Someday / Boys ♥ Girls
Artist: Koda Kumi
Product Code: RZCD-45312
Release Date: 2006.22.02
Genre: Pop/R&B
Label: Rhythm Zone
Format: CD

Someday / Boys ♥ Girls draws an end to the ~12 days of Christmas~, and I must say it ends it on a great note. Someday / Boys ♥ Girls is Kuu’s 30th single overall, it’s also one of the few singles to be released without a limited quantity. Someday / Boys ♥ Girls was used as the theme for “WATERS” , 2006 Japanese film.

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Ayu’s anniversary

by Rinoa on May 25, 2008 · 5 comments · AddThis

Mirrorcle World photoshoot
Ayumi on Cawaii, May 2008 Issue
Artist: Ayumi Hamasaki
Product Code: AVCD-31429/30/31/32
Release Date: 2008.04.08
Highest Ranking: #1
Genre: Pop/Rock
Label: avex trax
Format: CD or CD+DVD
Limited Edition: Deluxe long sleeve case
First Press: Poster

Ayumi Hamasaki has become a living legend throughout Asia. Since her debut in 1998, Hamasaki has inspired countless people throughout the globe with her powerful lyrics and her emotional vocals. Ten years have passed since then and Hamasaki is still working hard to maintain her successful career. With the advent of her 10th anniversary, avex was smart enough to schedule a plethora of releases in order to celebrate her anniversary with style and garner more profit from Hamasaki’s career. Her 43rd single, “Mirrorcle World” was released on the 8th of April, specifically ten years after her first single, “Poker Face”.

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sifow’s last Love Spell

by trinka on May 25, 2008 · 4 comments · AddThis

Love Spell promo
sifow promoting Love Spell
Artist: sifow
Product Code: AVCD-23333
Release Date: 2007.08.15
Genre: Pop/Techno
Label: avex trax
Format: CD+DVD

sifow is a very unique artist, she brings some great new genres in to J-Pop. With 2 studio albums under her belt you would guess she’d get some more promotion this time, but as with her previous album “CLARITY” she got little promotion and appeared on very few variety shows, as a result the album failed to chart on the Oricon 300. sifow is also a spokeswoman for G-GAL revolution, a company consisting of journals and interviews to recreate a “fresh” image of ganguro gyarus, which could explain avex’s half hearted promotion of this album.

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Otsuka Ai Interview – Rocket Sneaker / OnexTime

by sljinu on May 25, 2008 · 10 comments · AddThis

Rocket Sneaker Promo

This article is translated from an interview done with Ai Otsuka by Excite Music.
Translation by sljinu

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Koda Kumi – WIND

by trinka on May 15, 2008 · 4 comments · AddThis

Koda Kumi
Kuu promoting WIND
Artist: Koda Kumi
Product Code: RZCD-45311
Release Date: 2006.12.02
Genre: Pop/R&B
Label: Rhythm Zone
Format: CD only, limited to 50,000 copies

WIND is Koda Kumi’s 29th single, and the 11th in her 12 single collection. In order to generate sales, avex made the decision to create Kuu’s 12 single collection (which contained 13 singles). The catch was Kumi would release a single every week, most of which were limited to 50,000 copies. WIND’s cover was a bit odd, it featured Kuu as a man. The cover also draws from fashion in Italy. The song is the theme song of Fuji TV’s Torino 2006 Relay program.

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