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Utada – This Is The One

by sljinu on September 13, 2009 · 19 comments · AddThis

Utada Hikaru
Utada promoting This Is The One
Artist: Utada Hikaru
Product code: UICL-1088
Release date: 2009.03.14 (JP), 2009.05.30 (US)
Highest Ranking: #3 Oricon, #69 Billboard 200
Label: Island Records
US Version: 3 Bonus Tracks

With the Japanese market completely wrapped around her finger, J-pop sensation, Utada Hikaru, has been seen to frequently flaunt her creative flair in her music. Having dominated the Oricon charts with virtually every venture during her initial five year tenure, Utada finally decided to break into the American music scene with her first English album, Exodus. Her uninhibited, audacious approach to its production led to an album which despite being fresh, was rather difficult for American audiences to accept and ultimately led to its downfall. Undeterred, five years later, Utada returned for another foray in the American market with her now mainstream-focused, aptly titled, This Is The One.

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Kuroki Meisa debuts Hellcat

by oroitsme on April 30, 2009 · 5 comments · AddThis

Kuroki Meisa
Kuroki Meisa, in Hellcat promotions
Artist: Kuroki Meisa
Product Code: SRCL-6996/6998
Release Date: 2009.04.08
Highest Ranking: #9
Label: Sony
Limited Edition: DVD

Kuroki Meisa is a young talent rising in popularity. A quarter-Brazilian from Okinawa, she was discovered at a young age and became a model for the fashion magazine JJ. Her beauty gained her attention and popularity; she is regarded by the public as one of the most beautiful young talents, and is among her contemporaries in the group of new young model-actresses gaining popularity. She has been blossoming in an acting career, taking roles in popular dramas like “One Pound Gospel” and in popular movies like “Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru,” “Chakushin Ari FINAL,” and “Subaru.” She was awarded a Golden Arrow newcomer award in 2007 and a Hashida newcomer award in 2009.

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Perfume – One Room Disco

by 1337rice on March 25, 2009 · 8 comments · AddThis

One Room Disco
Perfume promoting One Room Disco
Artist: Perfume
Product Code: TKCA-73430/5
Release Date: 2009.03.25
Genre: Technopop
Highest Ranking: #1
Label: Tokuma Japan Communications
Format: CD, CD+DVD
Limited Edition: CD+DVD version

Just 3 months into 2009, Perfume has released their 1st single of 2009 called One-Room Disco. Fans have high expectations for this single as the word “Disco” should be an improvement of it’s predecessor Chocolate Disco. It certainly didn’t take long for Perfume to announce their new single in January after their New Years message showed signs of slowing down after a surge of popularity hit them in 2008.

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Hinouchi Emi – ME…

by sljinu on February 2, 2009 · 5 comments · AddThis

Hinouchi Emi
Hinouchi Emi promoting ME...
Artist: Hinouchi Emi
Product code: KICS-1414
Release date: 2008.12.03
Highest Ranking: #64
Label: Venus-B
Limited Edition: CD+DVD, Alternate Cover

Aside from hardcore M-Flo fans, few people probably would have heard of R&B sensation, Emi Hinouchi. Having been acknowledged by working with several highly notable acts such as M-Flo, The Teriyaki Boyz and Epik High, Emi has proven time and time again her outstanding attributes to Asian music fans around the globe. However, despite this exposure poor sales continue to plague her career with her solo works failing to make a considerable mark on the Oricon charts.

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Nishino Kana – MAKE UP

by 1337rice on January 31, 2009 · 5 comments · AddThis

MAKE UP
Nishino Kana promoting MAKE UP
Artist: Nishino Kana
Product Code: SECL-750
Release Date: 2009.01.28
Genre: Pop
Highest Ranking: #43
Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Format: CD
First Press: Alternate CD jacket

MAKE UP is Nishino Kana’s 4th single. This single is a follow-up of her 3rd single Style., which was the 2nd ED of the popular anime series SOUL EATER. Kana isn’t really popular despite being her 4th single. It posted at rank #43 in JBOOK (not sure about ORICON) during the first day of release. 3 songs from this single are for the newly released animated movie and series Chocolate Underground (January 31st), which serves as a 20 minute extension to the 13 6-minute episodes on the internet.

Her presence is slowly rising as she performed a TV live on Music Japan last week. She also recently announced her first tour to celebrate her 20th birthday. Best of all, her MAKE UP -First Press- is sold out.

This single is produced by 12 different artists combined, including the well-known Ito Yuna and the recently retired artist, melody..

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