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JYONGRI – Love Forever

by 1337rice on July 2, 2008 · 6 comments · AddThis

JYONGRI promoting Love Forever
Product Code: TOCT-26579/80
Release Date: 2008.07.02
Genre: Pop
Label: EMI Music Japan
Format: CD, CD+DVD
Limited Edition: CD+DVD version

About a month ago, JYONGRI released her 5th single, Unchanging Love ~Kimi ga Ireba~. Today, she releases her 2nd album called Love Forever. It currently sits at #13 on the ranking chart.

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Shinku/Ai no Uta

by Rinoa on September 30, 2007 · 13 comments · AddThis

talkin' 2 myself photoshoot
Promo Photo for Shinku
Artist: Hitomi Shimatani
Product Code: AVCD-31285/6
Release Date: 2007.09.05
Debut Ranking: #6
First Press: A.C.E.3 Sticker
Genre: Crossover, pop
Label: avex trax

Hitomi Shimatani might no longer be one of the best sellers in the J-Pop industry but she still manages to stand out with her magnificent vocals and her enchanting aura. This has enabled Hitomi to get several interesting career opportunities. Approximately two years ago, Hitomi Shimatani released the powerful single, “Garnet Moon“, which managed to become a brilliant hit in Japan. Most of the credit is probably due to it’s tie in with the game “Another Century’s Episode” but it certainly did manage to attract the popularity of the younger audience with its’ fresh approach.

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Garnet Moon/Inori

by Rinoa on April 16, 2007 · 1 comment · AddThis

Garnet Moon
A.C.E. feat. Hitomi
Artist: Hitomi Shimatani
Product Code: AVCD-30637
Release Date: 2005.01.26
Debut Ranking: #8
Label: avex trax

Hitomi Shimatani is fairly well known for her countless tie-ins, despite of the fact that she is not popular enough to have a fixed contract with any company to endorse their products. This meant that she would not be promoted through regular commercials, as various popular artists manage to be the face of certain products for a set period. Nonetheless, Hitomi would enjoy quite a lot of variety and artistic freedom to explore different themes and genres through her tie-ins. After the hit single and successful tie-in, “ANGELUS“, another huge tie-in would be set in for her next release. For the first time, Hitomi would release a single which would be associated with the Playstation II game, “Another Century’s Episode”, better known as A.C.E.

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real Emotion / 1000 no Kotoba

by Rinoa on March 5, 2007 · 17 comments · AddThis

Kumi posing as Lenne
Kumi posing as Lenne in her second album 'grow into one'
Artist: Koda Kumi
Product Code: RZCD-45080
Release Date: 2003.03.05
Debut Ranking: #6
First Press: Limited Sleeves
Label: avex trax

Up till 2003, Koda Kumi was a “nobody” in the music scene. Most of her singles struggled to chart and she had only released one unpopular album. Koda Kumi was poorly promoted, didn’t bother about the creative aspect of music and was considered as overweight by Japanese strandards. Consequently Kumi resigned herself to remaining an underground singer and barely cared about what avex told her to release. Her record label had no confidence in her and Kumi knew that her career was doomed. However, Square Enix, noticed Kumi’s vocal potential and collaborated with avex to release a single for Final Fantasy X-2.

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Ultra Blue

by tomba on August 27, 2006 · 29 comments · AddThis

Ultra Blue Promo Artist: Utada Hikaru
Product Code: TOCT-26067
Release Date: 2006.06.14
Debut Ranking: #1
Label: Toshiba-EMI

It’s been 4 years since Utada’s last Japanese album, “Deep River”. During this time, she got and recovered from cancer, got married, released the overdue best album, the disastrous, disappointing, yet record breaking English album “Exodus”, and half a dozen singles.

“Ultra Blue” marks a few firsts for Utada – the first duet to ever appear on her album, the first time there isn’t a track that shares the album name, and the first time she released a Japanese digital single. For promotion of the album, Utada began on a 3 months tour, the “UTADA UNITED 2006”, across Japan. The tour has been much hyped about and was met with praise, with most tickets selling out in 2 hours.

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