Koda Kumi Excite Interview – TRICK

by sljinu on March 15, 2009 · 6 comments · AddThis

TRICK Album Cover

This article is translated from an interview done with Koda Kumi by Excite.
Translation by sljinu

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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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Third anniversary

by eyn on February 12, 2009 · 8 comments · AddThis

Anniversary post always comes a few months late *hides*

August 25th, 2008 marks the 3rd anniversary of Channel-Ai Community Blog. It is hard to believe we have made it this far, as all of this started out as an experimental move to spread the love of J-Pop music. We acquired many writers throughout the past 3 years, all of them passionate and knowledgeable when it comes to the artists they love. Some went on hiatus due to various reasons but luckily, we never run out of new writers to inject new energy into this blog. This year, 3 new writers: 1337rice, sljinu and DJAeon, joined our crew and they have proved themselves to be the most productive despite being the newest additions to our family!

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Hinouchi Emi – ME…

by sljinu on February 2, 2009 · 5 comments · AddThis

Hinouchi Emi
Hinouchi Emi promoting ME...
Artist: Hinouchi Emi
Product code: KICS-1414
Release date: 2008.12.03
Highest Ranking: #64
Label: Venus-B
Limited Edition: CD+DVD, Alternate Cover

Aside from hardcore M-Flo fans, few people probably would have heard of R&B sensation, Emi Hinouchi. Having been acknowledged by working with several highly notable acts such as M-Flo, The Teriyaki Boyz and Epik High, Emi has proven time and time again her outstanding attributes to Asian music fans around the globe. However, despite this exposure poor sales continue to plague her career with her solo works failing to make a considerable mark on the Oricon charts.

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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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