How’ve you been? I know I haven’t posted in a while, but at least that means a bumper issue of Japanese news!
There’s been a lot of releases through the GANSHIN label that I’ve neglected to report on, so here’s a quick summary.
NoGoD – Genjitsu (download from 11/07/2012), DaizyStripper – MASTERPIECES (download/stream from 10/08/2012), An Cafe – amazing blue (mini album from 17/08/2012), AND – ECCENTRIC AGENT – Sensenfukoku (1st digital album on 31/08/2012)
03/10/2012 REALies – LEVEL [first full album release]
26/10/2012 Jinkaku Radio – Yui [third album]
31/10/2012 Arashi – Popcorn [album release], Capella – Utsurikawaru Sekai no Seichoten [1st single since changing band name from Kuu], Galileo Galilei – Baby, It’s Cold Outside [mini-album, first release since losing their keyboardist and guitarist], LOUDNESS – untitled [single collection], MUCC – MOTHER [single release], Raphael – Eternal wish ~todokanu kimi e~ [first single release in 12 years]
06/11/2012 Mix Speaker’s Inc. – 星降る遊園地 (hoshi furu yuuenchi) [album release]
07/11/2012 Kiryu – tomoshibi [single release]
14/11/2012 Angelo – RETINA [album release], D – Namonaki mori no yumegatari [mini-album release], LOVE PSYCHEDELICO – Beautiful World / Happy Xmas (War Is Over) [single release, feeling Christmasy already!], Miyavi – SAMURAI SESSION vol. 1 – [album release]
19/12/2012 – NICO Touches the Walls – Yume 1-gou [single release]
- EXILE are nominated for ‘Best Asia Act’ for the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards. Voting closes on 14/10/2012, so support the Japanese artists!
- Artists from L’Arc~en~Ciel, MO’SOME TONEBENDER and Ling tosite shigure have joined in a new project geek sleep sheep.
- Speaking of EXILE, EXILE’s company will be giving their new vocal/dance group GENERATIONS their major debut on 21/11/2012.
- Members of Morning Musume will be visiting Taipei, Paris and Bangkok for Hello!Project‘s 15th anniversary.
- HYDE has a new project in time for Halloween, HALLOWEEN JUNKY ORCHESTRA. The super unit will release the maxi single HALLOWEEN PARTY on 17/10/2012 with artists including Acid Black Cherry, , Tommy heavenly6, Tatsurou (MUCC), Tsuchiya Anna, Hitsugi (NIGHTMARE) and Wakeshima Kanon.
- Magistina Saga has joined the Starwave Records label.
- Another music unit has been formed, with members from LUNA SEA, Feeder and 8otto. Muddy Apes have already released their album Crush It to Europe through Bishi Bishi.
- ONE OK ROCK are currently composing a song for the DmC: Devil May Cry video game.
- After making a parody video of Call Me Maybe, Japanese singer Rola met Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen.
- SKE48 is the fourth girl group to reach the 500,000 first week sales mark with their single Kiss Datte Hidarikiki.
- Tsuchiya Anna has had to postpone activities due to tonsillitis.
- VELVET EDEN will disband in December.
- X-JAPAN member YOSHIKI auctioned a private dinner with himself for an American charity, with the winning bid at $37,100. The power of YOSHIKI!
- Acid Black Cherry and BREAKERZ will celebrate their fifth anniversary together with their Acid Black Cherry & BREAKERZ 5th Anniversary Live ‘Acid BREAKERZ Cherry 69-sixnine- live on 09/01/2013 at Nippon Budokan.
- VIP upgrades are available for some of An Cafe‘s European lives. If I wasn’t as broke as an Olympic World Record I would be there! They have also announced dates for a South American tour.
- Just after releasing their first major album, AYABIE are going on hiatus.
- On 08/10/2012 JST B’z will live stream the last live of their US tour.
- BLACK LINE are going on European tour in December. They’ll be going to Africa but not the UK, boo!
- Between September and November, CROSSFAITH will embark on their 1st European tour, including a whooping NINE dates in the UK. Never miss a chance to see a band live.
- HOME MADE Kazoku will embark on their HOME MADE Kazoku 3RISE TOUR 2013 ~Good Morning Japan!~ nationwide tour on 12/01/2013
- September 16th Kanjani8 started their 8EST ~Minna no Omoi wa Dou Nandai? Bokura no Omoi wa Mugendai!!~ tour on 16/09/2012 to celebrate their 8th anniversary.
- Fukuyama Masaharu will host his 10 day annual year-end live, called Fukuyama☆Fuyu no Daikanshasai, in December.
- SUPERFLY will go on a nationwide arena tour in March 2013.
Be Genki (^o^)y