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Hamasaki goes global with Dragonball

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

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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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alan Infoseek Interview – Red Cliff

by sljinu on December 5, 2008 · 5 comments · AddThis

alan Infoseek Photoshoot

This article is translated from an interview done with alan by Infoseek.
Translation by sljinu

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Ayu’s 10th Anniversary Tour conclusion

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

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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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Otsuka Ai Excite Interview – Kurage, Nagareboshi

by sljinu on September 19, 2008 · 9 comments · AddThis

Kurage, Nagareboshi Excite Photoshoot

This article is translated from an interview done with Otsuka Ai by Excite Music.
Translation by sljinu

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