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Channel-Ai Community Blog - JPop reviews, articles - Page 4

Hitomi’s fading career

by Rinoa on January 8, 2010 · 6 comments · AddThis

Hitomi Shimatani
Shimatani for Otoko Uta ~20 Seiki Nostalgia~

Today I was hit with a wave of nostalgia and I ended up listening to Camellia, which was released during Hitomi Shimatani’s crossover era. This song is one of her most polished examples of the well-received crossover genre that many fans loved in the past.

Consequently I ended up echoing the rhetorical question that so many people have been asking. Where has Hitomi’s career gone? Hitomi used to be a symbol of grace and class but she seems to have gotten downgraded into singing covers rather than working on original works with talented musicians as she well deserves to be doing.

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「Girl’s Room」Interview with Chisa

by Rinoa on January 5, 2010 · 1 comment · AddThis

Drive Away Promotional Picture

This article is translated from an interview done with Girl Next Door’s Chisa by Yahoo!
Translation by Rinoa

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Girl Next Door Debut Interview

by Rinoa on October 18, 2009 · 5 comments · AddThis

GIRL NEXT DOOR Promotional Picture

This article is translated from an interview done with Girl Next Door by Yahoo!
Translation by Rinoa

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Utada – This Is The One

by sljinu on September 13, 2009 · 19 comments · AddThis

Utada Hikaru
Utada promoting This Is The One
Artist: Utada Hikaru
Product code: UICL-1088
Release date: 2009.03.14 (JP), 2009.05.30 (US)
Highest Ranking: #3 Oricon, #69 Billboard 200
Label: Island Records
US Version: 3 Bonus Tracks

With the Japanese market completely wrapped around her finger, J-pop sensation, Utada Hikaru, has been seen to frequently flaunt her creative flair in her music. Having dominated the Oricon charts with virtually every venture during her initial five year tenure, Utada finally decided to break into the American music scene with her first English album, Exodus. Her uninhibited, audacious approach to its production led to an album which despite being fresh, was rather difficult for American audiences to accept and ultimately led to its downfall. Undeterred, five years later, Utada returned for another foray in the American market with her now mainstream-focused, aptly titled, This Is The One.

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Ayumi sings for “Dandy Daddy”

by Rinoa on July 16, 2009 · 6 comments · AddThis

Ayu
Hamasaki at Dandy Daddy Media Conference

On Thursday nights at 9pm, starting from July 9th, TV Asahi will air the drama series “Dandy Daddy“. The story will center around the romance novelist Ryunosuke Isaki and the theme song will be sung Ayumi Hamasaki from her new single, “Sunrise/Sunset ~ LOVE is ALL ~”.

The song was composed by a new composer in Ayu’s team, Hana Nishimura and arranged by CMJK. As always, Ayu would pen the lyrics.

This marks her first theme song tie-up with a drama since the 2003 release of “forgiveness”, approximately six years ago.

Ayumi created this song as a typical drama summer theme song. Ryuosuke Isaki is the hero of this love drama and he says that he wants to sing this theme song of love. Ayumi managed to achieve this surprise. The music has delighted the staff and actors. This summer song has managed to be a perfect fit for the drama.

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