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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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NEWS – pacific

by oroitsme on August 13, 2008 · 4 comments · AddThis

NEWS featured in Oricon Style
NEWS in 2007.11.12 issue of Oricon Style
Artist: NEWS
Product code: JECN-0149/0150
Release date: 2007.11.07
Highest Ranking: #1
Label: Johnny’s Entertainment
Limited Edition: 2 extra tracks, photo booklet

After two members were put onto suspension for underage drinking, NEWS were taken out from public view despite their upcoming single “SAYAENDOU/Hadashi no Cinderella Boy” and, after the release of the single with almost no promotion, went on hiatus in spring of 2006. During this time, the remaining six members continued on with other musical and acting projects. They rejoined on New Years Eve 2007 as a six member group, at which time the ban of NEWS images and promotion were lifted.

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Tegomass – Kiss ~Kaerimichi no Love Song~

by oroitsme on July 10, 2008 · 2 comments · AddThis

Tegomass, L-R: Tegoshi Yuya, Masuda Takahisa
Artist: Tegomass
Product Code: JECN-130,132
Release Date: 2007.5.16
Highest Ranking: #2
Label: Johnny’s Entertainment
Limited Edition: DVD

After the release of Tegomass’ first single “Miso Soup“, it was announced that Tegomass would become the supporters for the 2007 Japanese High School Volleyball Tournament. Fans were encouraged that Tegomass would become more than a one time temporary unit; this was cemented when it was announced that Tegomass would also sing the opening and ending themes for the anime Lovely Complex and would release an accompanying single.

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ANGELUS / Z!Z!Z! -Zip!Zap! Zipangu

by Rinoa on April 11, 2007 · 5 comments · AddThis

Angelus Hitomi
Promotional photo for ANGELUS
Artist: Hitomi Shimatani
Product Code: AVCD-30598
Release Date: 2004.08.11
Debut Ranking: #8
First Press: Inuyasha Sticker
Label: avex trax

Inuyasha is the brainchild of Rumiko Takahashi, who is a rather popular mangaka in Japan and also worldwide. This manga would eventually spawn into an anime and would receive a lot of attention. Typically anime theme songs would be assigned to less commercial artists or voice actors. However for an anime of a magnitude of Inuyasha, various popular avex artists were chosen to perform the theme songs for each season. Big names such as Ayumi Hamasaki, Namie Amuro, Do As Infinity and BoA were selected and were given extensive promotion by avex. Luckily enough Hitomi Shimatani would also be chosen to sing the sixth and the final season opening theme for Inuyasha.

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The Cloudy Dreamer

by Rinoa on March 19, 2007 · 10 comments · AddThis

Cloudy Dreamer promotion
Hysteric Glamour feat. OLIVIA
Artist: OLIVIA
Product Code: CTCR-14510/1
Release Date: 2007.01.07
First Press: Poster/Illustration Booklet
Debut Ranking: #9
Label: cutting edge

After Olivia Lufkin’s hiatus, many fans were eagerly awaiting a release which was credited to OLIVIA only. The NANA releases were satisfactory enough, but everyone knew that Olivia’s style moved towards a different and more unique direction. Also Olivia’s fans wanted music which reflected Olivia’s personality rather than Reira’s. In January 2007 Olivia finally released her highly anticipated 5th mini album titled “The Cloudy Dreamer“. However Olivia had another surprise up her sleeve, since “The Cloudy Dreamer” moved towards a different direction from her previous mini albums.

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