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AKB48 – Koko ni Ita Koto

by 1337rice on June 7, 2011 · 5 comments · AddThis

Koko ni Ita Koto
Artist: AKB48
Product Code: KIZC-90117/KIZC-117
Release Date: 2011.06.08
Label: King Records Japan / You! Be Cool
Format: CD, CD+DVD
Limited Edition: 100 pg photo book by Mika Ninagawa, 1 of 14 randomly selected photos

Originally planned for release on April 6th, the Tohoku earthquake on March 11 brought the Japanese music industry to a sudden halt. After waiting for 4 months, will this album live up to its expectations and help AKB48 establish itself in the ORICON record books again?

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Perfume – One Room Disco

by 1337rice on March 25, 2009 · 8 comments · AddThis

One Room Disco
Perfume promoting One Room Disco
Artist: Perfume
Product Code: TKCA-73430/5
Release Date: 2009.03.25
Genre: Technopop
Highest Ranking: #1
Label: Tokuma Japan Communications
Format: CD, CD+DVD
Limited Edition: CD+DVD version

Just 3 months into 2009, Perfume has released their 1st single of 2009 called One-Room Disco. Fans have high expectations for this single as the word “Disco” should be an improvement of it’s predecessor Chocolate Disco. It certainly didn’t take long for Perfume to announce their new single in January after their New Years message showed signs of slowing down after a surge of popularity hit them in 2008.

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Nishino Kana – MAKE UP

by 1337rice on January 31, 2009 · 5 comments · AddThis

Nishino Kana promoting MAKE UP
Artist: Nishino Kana
Product Code: SECL-750
Release Date: 2009.01.28
Genre: Pop
Highest Ranking: #43
Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Format: CD
First Press: Alternate CD jacket

MAKE UP is Nishino Kana’s 4th single. This single is a follow-up of her 3rd single Style., which was the 2nd ED of the popular anime series SOUL EATER. Kana isn’t really popular despite being her 4th single. It posted at rank #43 in JBOOK (not sure about ORICON) during the first day of release. 3 songs from this single are for the newly released animated movie and series Chocolate Underground (January 31st), which serves as a 20 minute extension to the 13 6-minute episodes on the internet.

Her presence is slowly rising as she performed a TV live on Music Japan last week. She also recently announced her first tour to celebrate her 20th birthday. Best of all, her MAKE UP -First Press- is sold out.

This single is produced by 12 different artists combined, including the well-known Ito Yuna and the recently retired artist, melody..

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Perfume – Dream Fighter

by 1337rice on January 12, 2009 · 11 comments · AddThis

Dream Fighter
Perfume promoting Dream Fighter
Artist: Perfume
Product Code: TKCA-73390/5
Release Date: 2008.11.19
Genre: Technopop
Highest Ranking: #2
Label: Tokuma Japan Communications
Format: CD, CD+DVD
Limited Edition: CD+DVD version

Dream Fighter concludes their successful 2008 run. It was a single that generated a lot of hype, from forums to blogs. When the 15 second preview came out, everyone became somewhat confused. “This doesn’t sound like Perfume” a fan says. Until the full radio preview came out, people expressed their opinions. Some say that it carried too much pop than techno, some say it sounds different from their previous works, but most people still like it anyways.

Despite the success that they had on Love the World and GAME, their ORICON single sales rank fell short to UVERworld’s new single: Hakanaku mo Towa no Kanashi, which is UVERworld’s first #1 single based on the highly popular mecha series Gundam 00 S2.

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hitomi – Fight for Your Run☆

by 1337rice on September 4, 2008 · 1 comment · AddThis

Fight for Your Run☆
Hitomi promoting Fight for Your Run☆
Artist: hitomi
Release Date: 2008.08.20
Genre: Pop
Label: Avex Trax
Format: Digital single

It has been 2 years since her last single Ai no Kotoba, Hitomi is finally back from a 2 year hiatus! On July 11, 2008, she announced that she is currently pregnant and is married to actor Haneda Masayoshi. Of course, this time the news is real. The recent photos shows her with the big tummy, which is more than enough to prove that it`s real now. The promotion picture does not count (I believe that’s when she’s about 1-2 months pregnant…or possibly not yet). For those who don’t know who hitomi is, remember the anime Inu Yasha? hitomi sang the 2nd OP labeled I am.

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