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BoA Excite Interview – BEST&USA

by sljinu on April 3, 2009 · 9 comments · AddThis

BEST&USA Album Cover

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

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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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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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by Rinoa on December 17, 2008 · 5 comments · AddThis

GREEN/Days photoshoot
Ayumi on SCawaii, January 2009 Issue
Artist: Ayumi Hamasaki
Product Code: AVCD-31580/81/82/83
Release Date: 2008.12.17
Highest Ranking: #1
Genre: Pop/Ballad
Label: avex trax
Format: CD or CD+DVD
First Press: Vertically long cardboard slipcase and poster

Yet another year is almost over and the festive Christmas season is back. Despite of the current world economical situation, the whole J-Pop industry is once again booming with winter releases. The plethora of releases by the end of the year, create a rather exciting atmosphere at the end-of-year variety shows, especially since many artists perform and unveil their winter releases for the very first time. Pop-diva, Ayumi Hamasaki has also returned after eight months of absence to release her 44th single, just in time for the festive season.

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