From the monthly archives:

July 2008

Aragaki Yui – Sora

by oroitsme on July 30, 2008 · 5 comments · AddThis

Aragaki Yui
Aragaki Yui promoting Sora
Artist: Aragaki Yui
Product code: WPZL-30074/10446
Release date: 2007.12.05
Highest Ranking: #3
Label: Warner Music
Limited Edition: no DVD, lower price

Okinawa-born Aragaki Yui started off her career by winning a contest with and becoming a model of Nicola magazine. Nicknamed Gakki, she became increasingly popular while dabbling in gravure, television, and acting. In 2005, she graduated from the magazine and focused more on her acting, even appearing in popular, high-profile dramas like Dragon Zakura and My Boss My Hero.

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Arashi – One Love

by oroitsme on July 13, 2008 · 6 comments · AddThis

Arashi in Popolo, May 2008
Artist: Arashi
Product Code: JACA-5102/5104
Release Date: 2008.06.25
Highest Ranking: #1
Label: J-STORM
Limited Edition: DVD

Arashi member Matsumoto Jun played the iconic role of Domyouji Tsukasa in both seasons of the popular drama Hana Yori Dango. Arashi contributed opening themes to both seasons, “Wish” and “Love so sweet,” and both songs became successful, with “Love so Sweet” even, becoming the fourth best selling single of 2007.

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Tegomass – Kiss ~Kaerimichi no Love Song~

by oroitsme on July 10, 2008 · 2 comments · AddThis

Tegomass, L-R: Tegoshi Yuya, Masuda Takahisa
Artist: Tegomass
Product Code: JECN-130,132
Release Date: 2007.5.16
Highest Ranking: #2
Label: Johnny’s Entertainment
Limited Edition: DVD

After the release of Tegomass’ first single “Miso Soup“, it was announced that Tegomass would become the supporters for the 2007 Japanese High School Volleyball Tournament. Fans were encouraged that Tegomass would become more than a one time temporary unit; this was cemented when it was announced that Tegomass would also sing the opening and ending themes for the anime Lovely Complex and would release an accompanying single.

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Ai Otsuka – Pocket

by trinka on July 9, 2008 · 1 comment · AddThis

Ai Otsuka
B-Pass Nov. '07 feat. Otsuka Ai
Artist: Otsuka Ai
Product Code: AVCD-31322/3
Release Date: 2007.07.11
Highest Ranking: #5
Genre: Pop
Label: Avex Trax
Limited Edition: CD+DVD

“Pocket” (ポケット/Poketto) was first heard by the fans attending Ai’s Autumn 2006 LOVE IS BORN ~3rd Anniversary 2006 tour~; a year later it was finally released as a single. Pocket was actually on the preliminary tracklist for her LOVE PiECE album but was later removed. In fact, Ai herself told excite that “well, in the beginning, there weren’t any plans to release the song, Pocket.”

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by 1337rice on July 4, 2008 · 8 comments · AddThis

Product Code: SECL-654/2
Release Date: 2008.06.25
Genre: Rock/Pop
Label: SME Records
Highest Rank: #20
Format: CD, CD+DVD
Limited Edition: CD+DVD version

HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR’s latest single is out, but will it be their last? On July 2, 2008, lead singer Maki (20) announced that she will be leaving HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR at the end of the year because of the marriage with DREAMS COME TRUE leader Nakamura Masato (49).

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