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Neo Kei – 13 Oct 2011

13 Oct 2011 – How are you doing? How are you liking the content so far? Is there more types of information you’d like, more videos or bios of featured artists? Should there be dedicated artist, video etc pages.

MUSIC RELEASES

  • AKB48 sub-unit Not yet  will be releasing their third single on 16/11/2011, entitled Pera Pera Perao. Another sub-unit Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 also have a single due on 30/11/2011, as yet untitled.
  • Also on 16/11/2011, T.M.Revolution will release his album UTAGE, which includes songs used for the anime Sengoku Basara. Yeah for T.M. Revolution!
  • New visual kei act Awoi have confirmed they will be releasing their mini-album CHILDREN ON 26/10/2011. This release will be supported by the tour the child of CHILDREN which they announced a few months ago.
  • Following from the release of their next single, SID have announced an untitled single will be released 07/12/2011.
  • A best of album will be released from Big Bang on 23/11/2011. Entitled THE BEST OF BIGBANG, a regular edition will include 14 tracks, a limited edition will have 2 CDs with both their best Japanese and Korean tracks and a DVD, and the special edition will also have a T-shirt.
  • girl next door have got 2 singles due for release over the next couple of months. The first is ROCK YOUR BODY on 19/10/2011, followed by Boogie-Woogie Night on 16/11/2011, which is also member Chisa’s birthday. Here is a preview of the ROCK YOUR BODY PV.
  • NICO Touches the Walls will have their new album HUMANIA on sale on 07/12/2011. Unconfirmed tracks on the album will be Te wo Tatake (au LISMO’s CM song), Endless roll (theme for “Switch wo Osu Toki“) and Bicycle (the theme for “11-nin mo Iru!“).
  • Female visual kei group exist†trace will release their new album THE LAST DAYBREAK on 19/10/2011.
  • Former DELUHI drummer Sujk is releasing a solo album called ARKHELISM on 07/12/2011. It even features some of his ex-members.
  • A posthumous album will be released of recordings from former Kagrra, singer Isshi. Entitled Kouyou, it will be available on his birthday, 07/12/2011.
  • Backstreet Boys member Howie D will be collaborating with singer/actor Shirota Yu (aka ‘U‘) on a track on Howie’s album BACK TO ME. The song If I Say will be a bonus track on the Japanese release, due on 09/11/2011, the song itself is available from 12/10/2011.
  • Another US/Japan collaboration  with Jason Derulo and Akanishi Jin. His US debut, the single Test Drive will be digitally released on 08/11/2011.
  • And a third East meets West collaboration, R&B singer AI will release Letter In The Sky on 14/12/2011, with none other than the Jackson brothers. This will be the theme song for the MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE LIVE, which will be held on 13/12 and 14/12/2011 at Yoyogi National Stadium.
  • Folk pair Yuzu will be releasing their single Sho and a live DVD LIVE FILMS 2 -NI, both on 30/11/2011. A Chaku-Uta (mobile ringtone I think) was launched on 05/10/2011. The releases include concert footage fromOkinawa and Yokohama.
  • Hope and The Silve Sunrise is the title of GLAY‘s Christmas mini-album, to be released on 14/12/2011. The regular and limited edition, and a Blu-ray/DVD release of their fan club lives We Love HappySwing will be available through their mail-order site G-DIRECT. More reasons to start counting down to Christmas!

ARTIST NEWS

  • Visual kei act D will be releasing a DVD to commerate their first overseas tour on 20/10/2011. D TOUR 2011 VAMPIRE SAGA ~Path of the Rose~ European Tour and A-Kon Documentary DVD will include footage from European and US performances. If you were there will you spot yourself in the audience?
  • MUCC have also released a live DVD for their most recent tour, due on 23/11/2011. Entitled MUCC Tour “Chemical Parade” Complete, it will feature the concert at Nippon Budokan on 21/05/2011 and include footage of the entire Chemical Parade tour that started the year before.
  • Kuwata Keisuke’s DVD of his September live, “Miyagi Live ~Ashita e no March!!~“, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 16/112011, and part of the proceeds will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.
  • ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION will make their second performance at Waseda University’s school festival on 05/11/2011, subtitled Sayonara Yutori Generation.
  • A host of acts will be performing at a 3 day Christmas live, entitled LAWSON present MUSIC FOR ALL, ALL FOR ONE supported by Sukapaa between 23/12/2011 and 25/12/2011 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium. Out of the 15 groups, some already confirmed are flumpool, Hilcrhyme, Kimaguren,   JUJU, KARA and Koda Kumi, with the concept of positivity after the horrific disaster earlier this year.
  • And speaking of stars,  on 09/10/2011, 7 acts performed at The 2nd Japan-Vietnam Music Festival~Kono Heiwa wo Yume mite~ at the Opera House in Hanoi. This was to thank Vietnam for their support during the earthquake and also to celebrate the 100th year of the venue. Some of the acts performing include AKB48, Koda Kumi, and EXILE.
  • Morning Musume。have a new line up with new tenth generation members. This was announced during the penultimate concert of their tour  Morning Musume。 concert tour 2011 Aki Ai BELIEVE ~ Takahashi Ai sotsugyō kinen special ~. This was also the last performance for group leader Takahashi Ai.
  • Speaking of new-line ups, DragonWRAPPER will lose their vocalist koUME after their concert on 23/11/2011, and will be going on a 1 month hiatus.
  • Yamashita Tomohisa and Nishikido Ryo have left Johnny’s Entertainment group NEWS. Yamashita is going solo, Nishikido will continue with Kanjani8.
  • Shibasaki Kou, DECO*27, and TeddyLoid have joined together to create a new group called galaxias. Having previously worked together on Shibasaki’s single Mukei Spirit in February, their debut album is penciled in for a November release.
  • On 01/10/2011, Every Little Thing started their nationwide tour, “Every Little Thing 15th Anniversary Concert Tour 2011~2012 ‘ORDINARY’“, at Urayasu Bunka Kaikan in Chiba to celebrate 15 years together.
  • Angelo held a surprise live at Shinjuku Station Square on 04/10/2011. This was to celebrate the release of their album BABEL on 05/10/2011. This is the first live since Karyu (ex. D’espairsRay) and Giru (ex. Vidoll) joined, but authorities stoppped it after 3 songs due to overcrowding!
  • Leader of L’Arc~en~Ciel tetsuya celebrated his 42nd birthday on the second date at Hokkaido on their “20th L’Anniversary TOUR“.
  • Internationally recognised DIR EN GREY have offically announced their political campgain project SCREAM FOR THE TRUTH. The band are accusing the Japanese Government of hiding the truth about the radiation level after the nuclear disaster caused by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. They have opened a website, which has their open letter which was originally posted on their offical Facebook page on 01/08/2011.
  • MTV are launching a new platform that will promote international music to US audiences, through programming, online content and social media.
  • And what would the blog be wthout Bishi-Bishi news? I’ve added more artists onto their online store, including Word Sketch, OYAMAxNITTA and SHAME.

VIDEOS

  • Ahead of the second V-ROCK FESTIVAL on 23/10/2011, several artists have recorded video comments, including Golden Bomber, YELLOW FRIED CHICKENZ
  • After annoucning her Japanese debut last week, a short PV has been released for Gummy‘s single Gomen ne.
  • Check out here the PV for Mahou no Melody from Tegomass.
  • Here is a preview of the PV for Brain Diver from May’n, due on 02/11/2011.
  • And here is the PV for Superfly‘s single Ai wo Kurae, which was released on 12/10/2011.
  • On 02/10/2011’s edition of Music Japan, there were performances from SID, Itsuka, Porno Graffitti, Tohoshinki and AKB48.
  • Also there were performances from Kimura Kaela, SID, Rake, Sonar Pocket and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu on 10/10/2011’s episode of Coming Soon!.
  • Matenrou Opera have released the PV for their single Otoshiana no soko wa konna sekai, released on 19/10/2011.

ORICON CHART WEEK  40-41

  • Here are the chart results from Oricon for week 40 and 41.

Have a good week and I hope to see you at this Saturday’s first Neo Kei night.

Be Genki (^o^)y

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Neo Kei – 2 Oct 2011

MUSIC RELEASES

  • Japanese idol Tsuyoshi Domoto‘s album NIPPON is due for it’s European release on 21/10/2011. A fusion of funk, blue and Japanese tradition, the release will also include german/french/english lyric translations.
  • Fukui Mai‘s new single Yakusoku no basho will be released on 23/11/2011. This will be the theme song for the PS3 release of FINAL FANTASY XIII-2. The Xbox 360 theme will be NEW WORLD by CHARICE.
  • MBLAQ have their second Japanese single Baby U! scheduled for release on 26/10/2011. You may recognise the Korean boy band’s song as the opening theme from the anime Beelzebub. Speaking of theme songs, the opening theme for drama Yokai Ningen Bem will be KAT-TUN‘s new track BIRTH, due for release on 30/11/2011. And as all good things come in threes, SCANDAL will be making their second contribution to anime Bleach by providing the song Harukaze as the theme for the “Shinigami Daiko Shôshitsu-hen” (The Lost Shinigami Represenative Badge Arc), which will be aired on 11/10/2011.
  • Followng requests from international fan requests, AAA‘s new single will Charge & Go! on 16/11/2011.
  • Idol group SKE48 have announced their seventh single, Okidoki out on 09/11/2011.
  • Girl band After School will be making their next Korean-language single Diva a Japanese-language single, due for release on 23/11/2011. Also Korean girl band 4Minute have announced ther next Japanese single. READY GO will be released some time in December, but until then have a listen to a sample of the track.
  • A new single is due from Tokyo Girls’ Style on 23/11/2011. Their 8th single is as yet untitled, but there’ll be four different versions available.
  • The girly pop duo PUFFY will be releasing their best of album 15 on 22/11/2011. The tracklisting is currently unannounced, but will include their classic tracks such as Asia no Junshin.
  • Although they disbanded last year, a best of album from Phantasmagoria will be released on 23/10/2011. Entitled Wailing Wall 2004-2010, the 29 tracks are split onto 2 CDs with the first covering 2004-2006 and the second 2006-2010. Visual Kei band Tokami will be releasing their mini-album, Resurrection  on 08/11/2011.
  • KinKi Kids have a new album entitiled K album due on 09/11/2011. This is the first album in two years from the Johnny’s Entertainment group, as features guest appearances from Yasushi Akimoto, DREAMS COME TRUE, YO-KING and Taturo Yamashita to name a few. The limited edition release will not only have a 32-page booklet but video clips for all of their 31 single releases.More news from Johnny Entertainment groups, Meikyu Love Song is the next single from Arashi, to be released on 02/11/2011. This track is the theme to the drama Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de starring Arashi member Sakurai Sho.
  • Acid Black Cherry have already announced their next single Pistol will be released on 16/10/2011. This is the third release as part of their five month consecutive release schedule (the busy bees!) The regular single edition will have a cover of the song Otoko, originally performed by Kubo Ruriko way back in 1993. Check out the PV preview for their second single in the video section.
  • D=OUT will release their new single Zenshin Zenrei LIVES on 02/11/2011. This is currently the end theme for the variety program Kaiun! Nandemo Kanteidan, which has been aired by TV TOKYO since 1994. The various editions will either have bonus tracks, DVDs, footage of D=OUT’s variety program Da! Da! Da! D=OUT☆ or video clips of the single.
  • Pop legend Hamasaki Ayumi‘s mini-album FIVE, released on 31/08/2011 will now be released on BDM format on 09/11/2011. As well as music and video data on the Blu-ray versio, with the serial key it will give online users access to things such as limited goods, advanced ticket sales and fan club content, with full details to be confirmed.
  • After the success of the first volume in January, a second volume of cover album  Crush!2 -90’s V-Rock best hit cover songs- will be released on 23/11/2011. Current visual kei artists such as -OZ-, BLACK OUT and Chemical Pictures will covering tracks from visual kei 90’s legends such as GACKT, Siam Shade and MALICE MIZER. I adore cover versions so I can’t wait to hear them.
  • And finally to get you in the Christmas spirit, CHEMISTRY‘s single eternal smile, due for release on 30/11/2011, has been chosen as Sanrio’s Christmas campaign CM song.

ARTIST NEWS

  • European label Bishi-Bishi have added more artists to their digital store. Firstly there’s Rekka Katakiri and her mini-album Vérité et Mensonge, The_AIU’s debut album MINORITY, and a collection of anime cover songs from ANISON PROJECT. It’s starting to feel like there’s Bishi-Bishi news every week! Has anyone bought anything from Bishi-Bishi yet?
  • EXILE member ATSUSHI will be making a guest appearance in the Japanese edition of BOYZ II MEN’s anniversary album TWENTY, due for release on 12/10/2011. After collaborating on their 2006 album on the track Muzak, ATUSHI will appear on End of The Day.
  • One of the most famous visual kei bands at the start of the 21st century, baroque,  have announced they are making a comeback. Although an official drummer or the status of bassist Bansaku’s membership haven’t been confirmed, they will be holding a concert at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL titled Re:First Live IN FUTURE on 06/01/2012.
  • HiGE has changed their label to Nippon Columbia and will be celebrating by releasing their untitled but self produced album on 07/12/2011.
  • First available on the iPhone, now L’Arc~en~Ciel have their official application called L’Appli available for Android smartphones. Shame I have a Blackberry 😦
  • The last four albums from Jawaiian Hip-hop pair Def Tech are now available on UK and US iTunes. Def Tech and Lokahi Lani from 2005, Catch The Wave from 2006 and Mind Shift are all uploaded, and the latest album UP will be out 05/10/2011 (available for pre-order now).
  • Rock band Chatmonchy have become a 2-member band after the withdrawal of drummer Takahashi Kumiko. The link also has a statement from Takahashi.
  • Johnny’s Entertainment have announced a new boy band, called Sexy Zone. The five members are aged between 11 and 17, and will release their debut single in November.
  • Speaking of Johnny, the founder of JE Johnny Kitagawa has been honoured with two Guinness World Records, highlighting him as one of the world’s most successful music producers. The first award he received is for the ‘most No.1 singles produced by an individual’, with 232 chart-topping songs (between 1974 to 2010).The second award is for the ‘most concerts produced by an individual’, having produced 8,419 between 2000 to 2011 with an estimated attendance totalling  48,234,550.
  • Gummy will be making her Japanese debut through label YGEX. Her mini-album Loveless, due for release on 09/11/2011, will include a collaboration track with Big Bang’s T.O.P.

VIDEOS

  • Korean girl band RAINBOW give a performance of their debut Japanese single A on the Happy Music programme.
  • Now one from the boys. Korean rock band CNBLUE have a PV preview for their Japanese debut In My Head due for release on 19/10/2011.
  • Gazette have released a preview PV for the track The Suicide Circus which will be part of their TOXIC album released on 05/10/2011.
  • Here is the new PV for AKB48‘s Kaze wa Fuiteiru, to be released on 26/10/2011.
  • BENI has released a PV preview for her single Darlin, due for release on 12/10/2011.
  • The duo ZORO have released a PV for their new single Police. This is their first release since the band went on hiatus earlier this year. The surviving members also have their label JESSE RECORDS and online store.
  • Here’s two female rocking performances on 18/09/2011’s Count Down TV (CDTV) courtesy of  Nakashima Mika and miwa.
  • As promised, here is a PV preview for Acid Black Cherry‘s single Shangri-La.
  • Sakanaction have released the PV for the first single Endless from their album DocumentaLy. Although there are no release date yet, this track is suggested to show the direction of the album.
  • SID released the PV for their single Itsuka, that got it’s single release on 28/09/2011.
  • The Japanese release of the Wii game Just Dance will be released on 13/10/2011, and the CM has been released featuring AKB48. The game also features Amuro Namie, Koda Kumi and BOA, who I love. Do you think the game would work on my UK console?
  • On 26/09/2011 nine idol groups (SKE48, Idoling!!!, Fairies, Momoiro Clover Z, NMB48, bump.y, 9nine, SUPER☆GiRLS and SDN48) got together on the programme ‘HEY! HEY! HEY! Music Champ’, with Saijo Hideaki to perform the classic party song Y.M.C.A.
  • The PV is out for STRONG, the first release from MIYAVI, featuring the first of the international collaborations, rapper KREVA.
  • Here are the performances from 25/09/2011’s Music Japan, featuring Koda Kumi, Hey! Say! Jump!, BREAKERZ to name a few.

By the way, if any of the video links get removed, please let me know and I’ll try and find alternative links.

ORICON CHART WEEK  38-39

Have a good week

Be Genki (^o^)y