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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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Aragaki Yui – Sora

by oroitsme on July 30, 2008 · 5 comments · AddThis

Aragaki Yui
Aragaki Yui promoting Sora
Artist: Aragaki Yui
Product code: WPZL-30074/10446
Release date: 2007.12.05
Highest Ranking: #3
Label: Warner Music
Limited Edition: no DVD, lower price

Okinawa-born Aragaki Yui started off her career by winning a contest with and becoming a model of Nicola magazine. Nicknamed Gakki, she became increasingly popular while dabbling in gravure, television, and acting. In 2005, she graduated from the magazine and focused more on her acting, even appearing in popular, high-profile dramas like Dragon Zakura and My Boss My Hero.

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Arashi – One Love

by oroitsme on July 13, 2008 · 6 comments · AddThis

Arashi in Popolo, May 2008
Artist: Arashi
Product Code: JACA-5102/5104
Release Date: 2008.06.25
Highest Ranking: #1
Label: J-STORM
Limited Edition: DVD

Arashi member Matsumoto Jun played the iconic role of Domyouji Tsukasa in both seasons of the popular drama Hana Yori Dango. Arashi contributed opening themes to both seasons, “Wish” and “Love so sweet,” and both songs became successful, with “Love so Sweet” even, becoming the fourth best selling single of 2007.

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by Rinoa on February 27, 2008 · 11 comments · AddThis

Photobook Image
Artist: Ayumi Hamasaki
Product Code: AVCD-23503/4
Release Date: 2008.01.01
Highest Ranking: #1
First Press: Photobook
Genre: Pop/Rock
Label: avex trax
Format: CD or CD+DVD

A new year has finally arrived and J-Pop diva, Ayumi Hamasaki has walked in 2008 along with her ninth studio album. Following a similar trend to previous albums like “I Am…” and “(miss)understood“, “GUILTY” was released on the first day of 2008. However the album was available on sale in stores on Christmas day. The album was released in two packages, which comprised of a CD-only and a CD+DVD version. A special 32 page photobook was included with the first press edition. It is needless to say that “GUILTY” was highly anticipated amongst both Hamasaki and J-Pop fans alike.

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by Rinoa on July 26, 2007 · 10 comments · AddThis

glitter/fated photoshoot
Shooting for the cover artwork
Artist: Ayumi Hamasaki
Product Code: AVCD-31274/5
Release Date: 2007.07.18
Debut Ranking: #1
Label: avex trax

While being one of the hottest artists at avex, Hamasaki seems to be permanently set for high budgets and extensive promotional campaigns. Each and every release of hers is highlighted with a lot of hype and expectation from her fans. Throughout the years, the quality of her singles have increased, aiming towards spectacular artwork and impressive promotional videos. Since Hamasaki’s single releases have become less frequent, many are rather excited when a single is announced. In any way, after almost a year after “BLUE BIRD”, Hamasaki would return with a new single called “glitter/fated“.

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