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Christmas Playlist 2014

Well ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, it’s not long to go until it’s Christmas Day.

So to help you get into the spirit, as musical fuel to get those last errands done, or as background to your festive activities on 25th December, here are the a collection of Christmas songs all the way from Japan.

Have a Merry Christmas and a genki time xx

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AKB48 resume performances at Akihabara Theater

Thankfully AKB48 have resumed their performances at the Akihabara Theater.

It’s great when UK news station report on Japanese artists. But it’s such a shame that it had to be over a vicious attack. If you need a reminder, here’s how the UK newspaper The Independent reported it.

I won’t pretend to understand the details of the Japanese music industry, but it’s very admirable how the idol group hold performances at the theater nearly day. I’m sure this is a big revenue stream for them, and with the number of members in the group it would be important/fair to give each member chances to perform. But how many Anglo-American bands do you know who would perform that much? Performance is a very important foundation for AKB48.

When I started reading Tokyo Girls Update article, I was surprised at the level of increased security to the venue. Not just the increase  in security staff (from 8 to 17 on the first day) but also the addition of elements like metal detectors (well that’s understandable), iron railings and restricting access to the first rows. However that was before I saw images of the Theater and where the girls perform. There are no barriers to begin with and it looks like a metre or two between the stage and the first row. That’s extremely close. I can’t remember ever going to a concert or gig where  I could be that close. If you did manage to navigate the multiple barriers, blocks and raised staging the security guards would have already seen you coming and drop on you like a ton of bricks.

I will be very careful to try and not make any judgments. Their music is very accessible, energetic, upbeat pop. In UK it should be said that pop acts that sound and look like this would be considered just for children. It probably is appreciated by all generations. But in the audience photos there is a very recognisable social demographic, some of these girls are not even yet 20 and can easily attract unwanted attention. If the girls were nervous about going back on that stage as it was I can completely understand. As young women they deserve to not be harassed, be treated with respect and protected to allow to do fulfill their musical dreams

When I do visit Japan, one of the numerous things I will have to do and if I’m in the area is to see one of their performance. They are a dominating force in the industry and one of the most influential and popular idol groups in history!

You can read Tokyo Girls Update’s article on AKB48 resuming performances here.

 

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Latest iTunes Purchases

So I mentioned that I’d bought a few songs recently when I wrote about my experiences with Japanese iTunes. Sorry it took me over 2 weeks to follow that post up with the music. But I haven’t been able to listen to the songs much, so for me they are still new, so that counts a little.

1) Gift  – ET-King

Watch Gift – ET-King

I hadn’t heard of this song or this group before. But I knew I wanted to buy the song when I knew it was hip-hop. I do like Japanese hip-hop, one of the reasons being that I like the vocal delivery and timings, it seems to work really well with the Japanese syllables. Of course that doesn’t mean that Japanese lyrics won’t have some of the same Anglo-American topics like sex, women, crime and money. But I don’t think I’ve come across any (although I wouldn’t know unless they drop in English words or I translate it!). I haven’t been able to find the English lyrics for this song. But I think it’s a song about appreciation, gratitude and celebrating life.

 2) 深夜高速 – フラワーカンパニーズ (Fast Midnight – Flower Company)

This is a group that I haven’t heard of before, so I’m relying on what information I can find online about them. They’re originally from Nagoya, which I really like because my friends spent their university year abroad in Nagoya and although I haven’t been myself they had such great experiences there. They’ve released music under both major and indie labels. I do find it very interesting how big bands can choose to remain on a indie label for such a long time. I’d like to learn about about Japanese labels and how they work differently to UK labels (seems like every label is owned by one of the major companies like Sony BMG or EMI). They released a lot of material in the late 80’s/early 90’s, but it looks like they’ve releasing new material and performing at festivals such as ap bank fes. Of course I didn’t know any of this before buying the song, I went on instinct based on what I heard in the short preview. I like how the verses were more stripped back before the instruments gain intensity in the choruses. I also thought the vocal delivery was interesting, not the melodic type and not the screamo/rock type but somewhere more in the middle. When I watched the video I had images of Oasis and Kasabian with his rock swagger attitude.

3) maruche – KICK THE CAN CREW

Unfortunately I couldn’t find the PV or a suitable video. If you search for the song you will probably find an AMV (Anime Music Video). What first struck me about this song was the Latin sample. I feel like I should recognise it, or it just might be typical of the Latin sound. Again it’s another hip-hop track that I wanted to add to my collection. When I play/record my mixes I’m always on trying to represent as many genres as possible, in order to show just how diverse Japanese music is. Whilst I did start off with some R’n’B/hip hop artists, they were more female singers like Koda Kumi or Namie Amuro. So the more hip hop acts I can get the better I feel about my mixes. What I realised when looking online for the video was that one of the members of KICK THE CAN CREW was KREVA, who is now an established rapper. He’s on the song STRONG – MIYAVI vs KREVA which I absolutely adore! It’s probably one of my top three Japanese songs of all time, so I implore you to have a listen to STRONG.

4) My Sunshine (2012 remaster) – ROCK’A’TRENCH

As soon as I heard this I thought I recognised it as a anime theme. There are some songs that just sound typical of rom-com / shojo programmes.  When I looked for the PV online I worked out where the song was from. It was the OP for a drama called Mei-chan no Shitsuji (Mei’s Bulter) which definitely falls under the shojo category and I will admit I watched (everyone needs escapism!). I have watched a lot of anime and dramas but for this one to be memorable shows the song stands on it’s own merits. It has that positive affirming style that will sound good this summer. The rest of their catalogue judging from their other PVs is more in the ska style, so they’re worth checking out.

5) B-Dash (Hanagoe Version) – tongarikids

I nearly debated using a different video, because I thought the PV looked ridiculous. To cut down the amount of ridiculous time, start the video at 1:16 when the music starts.  That being said, it quite a ridiculous song, but sometimes that’s what everyone needs. And this was a very very big song at the time.  The initial reason I bought was that I recognised the sample being used. I won’t say what it is as a small test! 😉

I thought it would be a great song even with a short edit, because of it’s techno sound and the sample. I would say based on the people that I know, that even if they’re not a fan of Japanese music, they are fans of gaming, so this would definitely make them pay attention.

6) グロテスク – 平井 堅 グロテスク feat. 安室奈美恵 (Grotesque – Ken Hirai feat Namie Amuro)

Watch Grotesque – Ken Hirai feat Namie Amuro

I saw Namie Amuro on the artwork and was instantly intrigued. Ever since I was introduced to Japanese music Namie Amuro was one of my favourite female singers. Her R’n’B/Hip Hop was similar to the kind of Anglo-American singers I listen to and her songs were great to sing along to (well attempt to, again I say I do not know Japanese!). Also I really liked her voice and style (it’s very rare that she’s not wearing knee high boots). I had a listen to the sample (as I do before every purchase) and really liked the high energy and sound. I also searched for the video and once Ken Hirai appeared I realised who he was. Although I don’t have a lot of the music, I know he’s been in the industry for a number of years and he has a very distinctive style (the white outfit with the hat wasn’t that surprising). The song is channeling the current house/dub step trend, this will definitely be included in future Neo Kei mixes.

7) AKB48 恋するフォーチュンクッキー (Koi Suru Fortune Cookie / Fortune Cookie In Love)

Ah yes, that one.

I didn’t learn about this song through the artist but instead through the fan videos. Not knowing the song, I was rather confused about why the AKB48 official channel was sharing all these videos. And then I realised they were all for the same song. These fans seem to love the song and love the opportunity to recreate the para para (dance routine). Plus in the official PV lots of people are performing AKB48 are teaching the moves (I think the orchestra and the kendo students are the funniest!). So again it’s very easy and tempting to fans to replicate the video. I won’t share all the fan videos, but there is an Australian version, a Venice version, an Enka version, one by Japanese fashion label Samantha Thavasa but I think you must see the Kanagawa Prefecture version 

And you HAVE to see the AKB48 staff version (who I actually think are the best dancers!)

Have you mastered the whole routine? Or have you found a better parody video? I’d love for you to post them in the comments section below.

 

I wouldn’t have gotten into Japanese music without the recommendations from my friends, and I will always welcome new suggestions. So if you think there’s some music you want to share or some recommendations based on these songs then please post them in the comments too.

 

Be Genki!


My thoughts on Japanese iTunes

It had been a while since I bought any music, so I went onto the Japanese iTunes to find some new songs to add to my collection.

On UK iTunes I like to take advantage of the ‘Single of the Week’, where they give away a free song from an up-and-coming artist or artist with new material (previous artists include Alex Clare, Foxes, Naughty Boy and Tom Odell). So I had a little look around to see if I could find something similar. Then I spotted a section that had 00’s songs for 150 yen (87 pence approx), compared with 250 yen (£1.46 approx).

Yes the songs on Japanese iTunes are more expensive than the UK. But the UK has extremely few Japanese songs. For instance AKB48 (one of the biggest idol groups) only had 1 song, and that was only because they were on the ‘Wreck-It-Ralph’ soundtrack. There some new tracks I could find, which really helped me when I started DJing. But I couldn’t guarantee I would find the songs I wanted, and whether they were still current (no point buying a MIYAVI track 3 months after it was released in Japan). And even if I discovered an artist that I really liked (like Capsule or Aural Vampire), I wouldn’t be able to find any of their back catalogue. So the Japanese iTunes account is brilliant to have access to any artist I want.

Also I don’t have to worry about have to import music. Before iTunes I was purchasing my music through YesAsia. I do think it’s a brilliant site for the amount and variety of stock they have. But you pay the cost of importing. Literally. The prices are so much higher for albums and singles. For instance just looking on the site now, the most recent single of a artist I could find was SID’s  ENAMEL (Normal Edition)(Japan Version) is on sale at $14.25 (£8.44 approx). And that doesn’t include the DVD extras or photobooks they like to include. I couldn’t afford the latest music, so I would look at the reduced items of artists that I thought would be popular, even if the songs had been out of the charts for a while. I’d also buy music in bulk, because firstly it would take about 2-3 weeks at least to arrive, and also the purchases had to be over $39 to qualify for free shipping (which I’ve recently learnt can really bite, but more on that later).

I am still a traditionalist and I like to own the physical CD (but oddly I’ve never been interested in vinyl). So if I want to buy an album of an artist I really like, I will still want to buy it in the future. But as much as I love owning as much music as possible, it’s not practical to buy a physical single at over 5 times the cost of a download song. Plus, whilst I might get 3/4 songs with the physical, half of them might be instrumentals or TV edits (because songs are so often TV OPs) and really what people will want to hear is the actual single, not the extra song that came with it. iTunes allows me to buy the 1 song that I know I will include in my mixes (or at least heavily listen to and build my own musical knowledge), so I’d say that  purchase would have a 100% success rate, compared with may 25-30% with a physical single.

I ended up buying 7 songs. I wanted to talk about them all, and what was meant to be a very short introduction into Japanese iTunes turned into another one of my short opinion pieces! So I’ll share this first and write a separate post that just focuses on the music.


Neo Kei – 18 Jul 2012

Hi Minna,

How’s it going? More varied slices of news this week, including varied activities from artists and big news from Koda Kumi.

Artist News

  • In the lead up to the release of their Pachinko Game, members from the AKB, SKE, and HKT teams will form the new unit Team Surprise.
  • AKB48 member Kashiwagi Yuki has been appointed as the Satsuma ambassador, promoting her hometown Kagoshima.
  • Chemical Pictures will resume activities with a new mini-album.
  • Since CHEMISTRY has gone on hiatus, Kawabata Kaname will be going solo.
  • GRAPEVINE will celebrate their 15th anniversary with their 1st best of album, and their opening track list suggestions to fan voting.
  • On 18/07/2012 Koda Kumi has given birth to her first child, a baby boy.
  • HiGE member Suto Hisashi has launched his solo project, using the live name Suto Hisashi GATALI ACOUSTIC SET.
  • Tohoshinki have become the best selling international artist in Japan.

Live News

  • After the success of their live broadcast and their limited DVD release, exist†trace will be re-broadcasting their Just Like a Virgin live on 20/07/2012.
  • On 15/07/2012 GLAY members TERU and TAKURO hosted an impromptu live for disaster victims in Minamisanriku, Miyagi.
  • Goto Mariko will host her one-man live ‘299792458 TOUR  in Osaka and Tokyo in November.
  • Miyavi will be streaming his Day 1 “Premium Live” on 21/07/2012 through his YouTube channel.
  • On 17/07/2012 Momoiro Clover Z performed at an all-boys school to motivate the students.

Release News

  • 25/07/2012 B’z B’z (first English album)
  • 01/08/2012, 24/09/2012 THE MICRO HEAD 4N’SA BEGINNING FROM THE END (first album’s Japanese release, European release through Bishi-Bishi).
  • 08/08/2012 NMB48 – Virginity (single)
  • 08/08/2012 SMAP – GIFT of SMAP (album)
  • 08/08/2012 Ayumi HamasakiA Summer Best (compliation album)
  • 15/08/2012 AKB481830m. (album)
  • 22/08/2012 TOKIO – 17 (first new album in 6 years)
  • 29/08/2012, 11/09/2012 Tackey & Tsubasato-be-titled (single), to-be-titled (album)
  • 29/08/2012 YUKI – Watashi no negai goto (single)
  • 29/08/2012 Kiyokiba Shunsuke – Fighting Man (single)
  • 29/08/2012 GOTCHAROCKAHydrag (first single)
  • 05/09/2012 FLOWBraBlue (single)
  • 05/09/2012 Blitz – Wish World Rainbow (first single)
  • 05/09/2012 Plastic Tree – Shion (single)
  • 12/09/2012 ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATIONLandmark (album)
  • 12/09/2012 SUGIZO – STAIRWAY to The FLOWER OF LIFE (live DVD)
  • 12/09/2012 BUMP OF CHICKENfirefly (single)
  • 19/09/2012 MERRY – MERRY VERY BEST – Shiroi Hitsuji / Kuroi Hitsuji – (best of album)
  • 19/09/2012 Porno Graffitti – KAGEBOUSHI (single)
  • 19/09/2012 BUCK-TICKyumemiru uchuu (first album release through their label Lingua Sounda)
  • 26/09/2012 Girugamesh(to-be-titled) (single)
  • 26/09/2012 BLACK LINELEGNA (single)

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Neo Kei News – 4 July 2012

Hi Minna-san,

Happy 4th July for any American readers or fans of the big U.S of A! Lots of more unsual news with info from award ceremony and artist-themed food …

Artist News

  • Line Up Changes – Tomoka Wakabayashi will be graduating from SKE48, drummer Korey will be leaving Signal, Shoken is leaving Romancrew and Paradeis will be disbanding. On the plus side Velbet have new guitarists.
  • Bassist of baroque, Bansaku, has been listed as an offical missing person, has he hasn’t been seen since 24/06/2012. I hope he’s found safe and sound soon.
  • D are expanding their fanclub to international members.
  • Kiryuuin Shou, vocalist of Golden Bomber, will release solo material in the autumn. He’ll also have a solo live, Hitori Yogari 2, on 08/07/2012, and will be shared via YouTube on 14/07/2012 (broadcasted in London at 12:00).
  • Japanese convenience store FamilyMart has created a meat bun in the style of Hatsune Miku. Can you see the ressemblance?
  • Mika Nakashima will be releasing the theme song for the Japanese release of the next Resident Evil film.
  • Johnny’s Entertainment group NYC are now the campaign characters for SEGA’s indoor amusement park Joypolis.
  • Utada Hikaru has twetted about writing a new song…about coriander.

Release News

  • abingdon boys school will be making their first release in 2 and half years with the single WE aRE on 05/09/2012.
  • The next single from Aqua Timez will be Tsubomi, out on 22/08/2012.
  • GILLE major debut album I AM GILLE, out on 18/07/2012, will feature covers from a variety of artists, including AKB48, GReeeeN, Bruno Mars, Kimura Kaela, Adele and LMFAO.
  • The theme song for anime Total Eclipse will be Koda Kumi‘s track Go to the top.
  • Justice from MATENROU OPERA will be getting it’s European album release through Gan-Shin Records on 06/07/2012.
  • SMAP‘s 48th single, Moment, will be TBS’s London Olympics theme song.
  • ZAZEN BOYS will make their first release in 4 years with the album Stories.
  • ZUCK will release their first album Iden Algorithm, produced by Janne Da Arc’s kiyo, on 18/07/2012.

Live News

  • Alice Nine will be hosting 2 sets of lives this winter. Under the concert series Court of “9” #3, BLACK PERIOD will be exclusively for fan club members, whilst WHITE PERIOD will be open for non fan club members.
  • Even though they split in August 2010, all 5 members of Ayabie reunited for one live on 29/06/2012, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the live house Takadanobaba AREA in Tokyo.
  • GReeeeN held their first fan event at NHK Shibuya Hall, whilst maintaining their private identities using virtual live technology.
  • The MTV Japan Video Music Awards were held in Chiba on 23/06/2012. My favourite winners include Namie Amuro (Best Female Video for Love Story & Best Collaboration for make it happen), EXILE (Video of the Year for Rising Sun), KREVA (Best Hip Hop Video for Kijun), and hosts Perfume (Best Dance Video & Best Choreography for Laser Beam).
  • NEWS will host their first nationwide tour in 3 and half years, starting in 14/08/2012.

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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