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Hamasaki takes the ‘NEXT LEVEL’ in sales

by trinka on March 3, 2009 · 6 comments · AddThis

Ayumi Hamasaki 'NEXT LEVEL' USB ver.

J-pop queen Ayumi Hamasaki steps into a new era of marketing, offering a limited USB mass storage version of her new album NEXT LEVEL. Hamasaki has always been up to date, setting the latest trends and offering cutting edge releases so it is no surprise she has decided to take this bold step.

CD sales are in a steep decline, so steep that the rising digital sales are not enough to make up for the loss. Many Japanese artists have suffered a decline in overall sales, Hamasaki included. NEXT LEVEL’s USB’s mix of physical presence and digital versatility however, may be a turning point into the market. Could you imagine, having a specially designed flash drive for each album you own?

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Ai Otsuka – Kurage, Nagareboshi

by trinka on December 22, 2008 · 4 comments · AddThis

Ai Otsuka
Kurage, Nagareboshi's booklet image
Artist: Ai Otsuka
Product Code: AVCD-31497/98/99/500
Release Date: 9.10.2008
Genre: Pop/Ballad
Label: avex trax
Limited Edition: 5th aniversary edition covers, Comment Card, Jacket Sticker
Format: CD+DVD

Rumors of Ai Otsuka’s 18th single began two months prior to its release just as its predecessor, Rocket Sneaker. Many were skeptical, preferring a new album to avoid another LOVE PiECE and its high single content. Fans despaired too soon though as more would be revealed at the end of the month.

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Rocket Sneaker / OnexTime

by trinka on August 5, 2008 · 6 comments · AddThis

Otsuka Ai
Bea's UP feat. Otsuka Ai
Artist: Ai Otsuka
Product Code: AVCD-31412/1
Release Date: 2008.05.21
Highest Ranking: #4
Genre: Pop
Label: avex trax
Format: CD+DVD

Five months after the under appreciated Pocket was released, a new single Rocket Sneaker/OnexTime was announced. Rumors started early March, with a variety of bizarre names appearing, the most common being ‘Ai no Kagaku/STAR’. Ai’s official site would announce the new single in April, effectively silencing all rumors.

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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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Kuu’s ‘Moon’

by trinka on June 25, 2008 · 16 comments · AddThis

Koda Kumi
Kumi promoting 'MOON'
Artist: Koda Kumi
Product Code: RZCD-45934/B
Release Date: 2008.11.06
Highest Ranking: #2
Genre: Pop/R&B
Label: Rhythm Zone
Format: CD+DVD

After the radio mishap back in January, Kuu’s been rebuilding her reputation back up. Contracts with Kose and Gillette have been renewed, ad campaigns have been relaunched, and Koda Kumi has finally returned to the public eye. Many were disappointed at the complete halt of Kingdom’s promotion, but were overjoyed to hear about the release of a new quad A-side.

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