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Hamasaki goes global with Dragonball

by Rinoa on December 13, 2008 · 6 comments · AddThis

Hamasaki in Popteen 2002

Despite the fact that this year is not yet over, Ayumi Hamasaki has already got huge plans for 2009. The popular diva has landed her biggest gig in her musical career. She been given the honor to create and sing the theme song for the upcoming Dragonball live-action movie, “Dragonball: Evolution“.

The Hollwood movie is based on the popular manga “Dragonball“, which was created by Akira Toriyama. The manga series has sold around 350 million copies worldwide. It was reported that the production costs for the movie were over US$100,000,000. The movie will be screened in Japan on March 13th and shall be released in America in April.

The theme song, which is already completed, is called “Rule“. This song is described to be a powerful rock number and it was sung in Japanese. Until now, no release date has been revealed. The movie shall be screened in over 60 countries and therefore the song shall be distributed worldwide. Therefore this shall be Hamasaki’s first international break.

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Ayu’s 10th Anniversary Tour conclusion

by Rinoa on November 9, 2008 · 2 comments · AddThis

Ayumi Hamasaki performing in Shanghai

Ayumi Hamasaki’s spectacular “Asia Tour 2008 ~10th Anniversary~” has finally arrived to a conclusion after six months of touring in Asia. Hamasaki and her staff spent three months in the preparation of her tour, with a total production fee of 8 million NT.

The tour officially kicked off on the 5th of April in Yoyogi Stadium and was concluded in Japan on the 29th June in the same venue. After a three month break, she resumed her tour performing in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei.

In Japan, Hamasaki performed 27 concerts in 10 cities. It was reported that 230,000 fans attended her concerts in Japan. She had 5 additional performances in three other cities in Asia. In total Hamasaki had 32 concerts with a grand total of 280,000 fans attending her concerts.

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Hitomi’s 2009 schedule

by Rinoa on November 9, 2008 · 4 comments · AddThis

Hitomi Shimatani in Parallel Movie
Hitomi Shimatani promo for Parallel Movie

Hitomi Shimatani’s musical career has slowed down considerably in 2008, leaving many fans quite disappointed. Hitomi released only two singles, one album and one DVD. Furthemore her promotional campaigns for her releases were cut down considerably, making her appearances less frequent.

However 2009 is certainly sounding more promising especially since 2009 is set to be her 10th anniversary. avex trax has already started planning and unveiling her schedule to the public and it sounds quite exciting for Shimatani fans!

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Hitomi’s New Lover

by Rinoa on October 27, 2007 · 11 comments · AddThis

Hitomi Shimatani
Hitomi Shimatani and Hiroshi Tamaki

Hitomi Shimatani’s personal life happens to be obscured from all of her fans. Most of her professional career is fairly common knowledge for everyone, but little is known about her family, friends and relationships. Unlike artists like Ayumi Hamasaki, most of her musical releases seem to be disconnected from her own inner feelings and life.

Although Hitomi is talkative and friendly, she is usually happy enough to speak about her career only. Apart from the rumored relationship with Koizumi Kotaro, Hitomi rarely was the target of tabloids and is free from any scandals.

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New Musical for Hitomi

by Rinoa on September 19, 2007 · 1 comment · AddThis

Hitomi Shimatani
Hitomi Shimatani

After a successful stage performance in the musical ” Anne of Green Gables” as Anne, Hitomi Shimatani immediately resumed with her singing career, with the release of her 26th single “Shinku/Ai no Uta”. However her performance did not go unnoticed and luckily this led Hitomi to be chosen to star in yet another musical.

A month after this stage performance the media has already announced yet another musical role for Hitomi. It has been decided that Hitomi Shimatani and Ranran Suzuki are set to play a double starring role at the musical “Girl Friends”. The performances are scheduled to start on January 25th until February 3rd, at Tokyo, the Stage Galaxy Theater of Tenno.

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