Neo Kei

For fans of Japanese Popular Music. From para para to visual kei and every genre inbetween!


Everyone had a good week? Things have been rather stressful this week, so this may have to be another case of news now with more to follow [up-to-date 06/07/2012]. Thanks to the person who took part in my first poll, hope more people will want to vote now.

Check out all the good new releases, line-ups and live news.

Artist News

  • Vocaloid Hatsune Miku will release two best-of albums Hatsune Miku 5th Birthday Best ~memories~ and Hatsune Miku 5th Birthday Best ~impacts~ on 01/08/2012 to celebrate her fifth anniversary.
  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu had to apologise to Kanjani8 fans on Twitter after blocking them from view on 15/06/2012’s edition of MUSIC STATION.
  • After Hideaki Takizawa became Ambassador of Goodwill in Micronesia, the other half of Tackey&Tsubasa Tsubasa Imai has become a Spanish Culture envoy.

Line Up Changes: Decay, VOICE are disbanding, Lolita 23-q will go on hiatus, Shoujo Lolita 23ku will go on indefinite hiatus, ex-Irokui members are forming their new group Glam Grammar and new group GOTCHAROCKA, featuring members from Vidoll, SPIV STATES JUN, Charlotte and Moran.

Live News

  • C-ute will share their final live of their tour on 30/06/2012 via YouTube.
  • exist†trace will have their one-man live Just Like a Virgin streamed live on 23/06/2012 via Nico Nico Live (viewing time for London is 09:00).
  • Ikuzawa AIK and Tsuchiya Anna performed at the renewal opening of the Hard Rock Café in Tokyo.
  • KinKi Kids have their KinKi Kids 2011-2012 live release in either DVD or Blu-ray available from 18/07/2012.
  • MERRY will release a new live DVD MERRY 10th Anniversary New Legend Of High Color “6 Days on 08/08/2012.
  • Perfume will release their Perfume 3rd Tour「JPN」 live DVD on 01/08/2012.
  • Shonen Knife will be on tour in the UK and Ireland in October, with a total of 13 lives.

Release News

  • AA= is releasing his new single, The Klock, on 11/07/2012.
  • Pop group AAA have their single 777 ~We can sing a song!~ out on 25/07/2012.
  • Amuro Namie will make her new single In The Spotlight (TOKYO) available via mobile download on 27/06/2012.
  • AYABIE will release their first major album ANSWER on 22/08/2012.Horie Yui will release her best of album (no title yet) on her birthday, 20/09/2012.
  • Koda Kumi will release her club mix album Koda Kumi Beach Mix on 01/08/2012.

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Neo Kei – 23 May 2012

Artist News

  • Ayabie’s vocalist Aoi has his new solo project 168 -one sixty eight.
  • In time for their single release Lady Luck / Dilly Dally on 13/06/2012, K-Pop group AFTERSCHOOL will hose their own Japanese radio program, starting on 26/05/2012. AFTERSCHOOL PLAYGIRLZ RADIO is a 90 minute show including songs from the latest album and discussions such as about their troubles in Japan. If you want to share your thoughts on Korean artists in Japan then let me know in the poll.
  • Although there’s no new details about Amuro Namie‘s latest album on 27/06/2012 , but it has been announced it will also be released as a PLAYBUTTON, a new tin badge sized media/music player with pre-recorded content.
  • Anna Tsuchiya will be appearing on the track no options! on INORAN‘s new album Dive youth, Sonik dive.
  • ART-SCHOOL have changed labels to Ki/oon Music and have a new album planned for the summer.
  • The memorial service for Dragon Ash bassist IKUZONE at SHIBUYA-AX on 06/06/2012.
  • King Records has started a new record labelSukuIku for releases aimed at kindergarten children, parents and teachers.
  • As two members of MORNING MUSUME. graduated on 18/05/2012, it was announced that auditions for the 11th generation would be held for new members, with particular focus on real beauties.
  • Although NightingeiL will disband on 03/06/2012, vocalist Kon will start his new project CELL.
  • rhythmic will disband on 31/05/2012 and will continue in the industry as individuals.
  • Jokes were made on 19/05/2012 when SID posed together with Sadako at the Sadako 3D stage greeting and the director suggested that she tours with the band. They have recorded the film’s theme song S.

Releases News

  • amazarashi has their new album love song out on 13/06/2012.
  • Creature Creature have announced details on their next set of musical releases. The fifth single Rakuen e / Ataraxia is out on 20/06/2012, followed by Kurumeki / Sexus on 08/08/2012, with their third album in October.
  • Fukuhara Miho is releasing her third original album The Best of Soul Extreme, including collaborations with Miura Daichi, AI and AKIKO WADA, on 13/06/2012.
  • GALNERYUS have their new single HUNTING FOR YOUR DREAM out on 18/07/2012.
  • girugamesh will be releasing their new single Zecchou BANG!! with producer TAKUYA on 04/07/2012. Be warned, it’s only available for a limited time and all sales will be stopped on 31/12/2012.
  • Ex punk Midori member Goto Mariko will release her pop debut album 299792458 (read as Goto Mariko) on 25/07/2012.
  • Seiyuu Horie Yui will release the single Natsu no Yakusoku on 25/07/2012. I still hold a soft spot for her as she was the lead character in the first anime I ever watched, Fruits Basket.
  • Enka singer Jero has his fifth cover album, appropriately titled Covers 5, available on 04/07/2012, with new versions of period drama songs. He certainly doesn’t look like the traditional enka image, yea for breaking stereotypes!

  • The theme for the NHK’s kid’s music program Minna no uta will be Kalafina‘s latest single moonfesta, out on 18/07/2012.
  • KAT-TUN‘s next single will be TO THE LIMIT on J27/06/2012.
  • Mizuki Nana has her single TIME SPACE EP due out on 06/06/2012. This will be followed by an untitled single on 01/08/2012 that will be the theme for the anime film Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 2nd A’s.
  • Morning Musume will be One Two Three / The Matenrou Show on 04/07/2012.
  • MUCC are celebrating their 15 th anniversary by releasing the album Aishuu no antique, featuring re-recorded tracks from their oldest two old albums on their anniversary, 09/06/2012.
  • Idol group PASSPO have their fourth single Next Flight available from 13/06/2012.
  • The tribute album PUFFY COVERS will be released on 07/07/2012, featuring new versions of PUFFY tracks from artists such as Fujifabric, Guitar Wolf and the pillows.
  • Gothic siblings Rose Noire will release their second mini album, Neo Renaissance -1st movement-, on 25/07/2012.
  • The sixth single from UNISON SQUARE GARDEN will be Ryuusei no Squall on 25/07/2012.

Live News

  • More Namie Amuro news now. Artists who will be performing at her 20th anniversary live on 16/09/2012 include VERBAL (m-flo), AI, ZEEBRA, Mummy-D (RHYMESTER), Kaname Kawabata, and Anna Tsuchiya.
  • As reported earlier, DIR EN GREY will share their UROBOROS via USTREAM, and now the times have been announced. In the London time zones the screenings here will be at 06:00, 14:00 and 22:00 on 27/05/2012 (there will be charges involved).
  • As GLAY release their 45th single Bible today (23/05/2012), they have announced they will have 2 lives, Super Welcome Party and Big Surprise Party at Osaka. In partnership with the sweet brand Glico, they will have their band logo changed to match Glico’s signature font.
  • Nightmare will be joining forces with baroque and hosting three joint performances at the end of July.
  • The final Discover Japan Tour date will be available on DVD from TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA on 04/07/2012, entitled Discover Japan Tour ~LIVE IN HACHIOJI 2011.12.27~.

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Neo Kei – 2 May 2012

Artist News

  • I shared this on my Facebook page, but An Cafe have reformed and will be touring Europe at the end of the year. They start in Russia on 03/11/2012 and coming to London on 07/11/2012. An Cafe was one of my early introductions to Japanese music, so I hope I can find a live buddy to go with!
  • Dolly will go on hiatus at the end of this year to work on their solo careers.
  • Dragon Ash bassist Ikuzo “IKÜZÖNE” Baba passed away on 21/04/2012.
  • LAZYgunsBRISKY will disband after their final live at Shimokitazawa GARDEN in Tokyo on 12/05/2012.

Music News

  • There will be a third volume of CRUSH! V-Rock cover albums covering tracks from 90’s visual kei artists. CRUSH!3-90’s V-Rock best hit cover LOVE songs- is available from 27/06/2012. Amongst many brilliant tracks/artists, I love the thought of Inugami Circus-dan covering X JAPAN‘s Rusty Nail, and the session band including members from Guild, -OZ- and D. They’d be great tracks to play in a Neo Kei DJ set.
  • BOOM BOOM SATELLITES will be releasing BROKEN MIRROR, the theme song for Mobile Suits Gundam UC episode 5,  on 06/06/2012.
  • BUCK-TICK have another tribute album due for release, this time fo their 25th anniversary. PARADE II -RESPECTIVE TRACKS OF BUCK -TICK is available from 04/07/2012 and will feature artists such as Acid Black Cherry, MUCC and MERRY.
  • New wave group The Flickers will release their second mini-album WAVEMENT on 09/05/2012. Japanese New Wave? I like the sound of that!
  • Golden Bomber will release their best of album The Golden Best internationally on 18/06/2012.
  • LUNA SEA’s guitarist INORAN has his new album Dive youth, Sonik dive out on 27/06/2012.
  • LM.C‘s newest album STRONG POP will be released in Europe on 04/05/2012.
  • MIYAVI will release his new single on 11/07/2012. It’s tentative title is SAMURAI SESSION WORLD SERIES vol.2 – MIYAVI vs YUKSEK “DAY ONE” .
  • Having toured the UK last year, jazz group mouse on the keys will release an unnamed mini-album on 18/07/2012.
  • Amuro Namie has a new untitled album due on 27/06/2012.
  • Johnny’s Entertainment band NEWS let their fans vote on the tracklisting for their best-of album, which closed on 30/04/2012. Further details about album title or release yet.
  • Another anniversary now, as part of Plastic Tree‘s fifteenth anniversary they will release the single Kuchizuke will be out on 20/06/2012.
  • Even with the news about Raphael’s revival, ex-members Yuki and Kazuhiro will release their new single Acacia under their duo name rice on 06/06/2012.
  • The latest single from SCANDAL has been produced by ORANGE RANGE’s NAOTO.  Taiyou Scandalous” is available from 11/07/2012.
  • On 02/05/2012, SiM released their newest mini-album LiFE and DEATH. The special edition CD features artwork from manga artist Kaneko Atsushi.
  • The first album from ViViD will be released on 27/06/2012. No news on the title yet, but it will feature all the singles since their major debut.

 Live News

  • Jazz singer Jazz singer JUJU performed on MTV Unplugged in New York’s Time Square, the first Japanese woman to have the honour (Ken Hirai was the first singer).

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Neo Kei – 21 Nov 2011

21 Nov 2011 – How is everyone doing? Firstly I know it has been forever since I’ve updated here, I resigned from my full time job and started interning so my focus has been elsewhere. I’ll post what I collected, then I’ll post a catch up from the last couple of weeks.

I’ve been having a play around with the blog format and thinking of extra features to share more information about Japanese music. I might also shorten the bulletins. Any suggestions would be welcome, and if anyone fancies designing a header logo let me know too.


  • Visual band 9GOATS BLACK OUT have a new single called Draw available from 09/11/2011. The third single from the band will have two editions, with the limited only available through their concerts and mail order.
  • The visual kei act AND will have their single Liberate available from 28/10/2011. After their single BLAZE, this is their second single release through label Victor Entertainment.
  • Crisis is the fourth single from the five month consecutive campaign from Acid Black Cherry. Due for release on 21/12/2011, the rock track will be accompanied by BELIEVE, originally performed by Watanabe Misato.
    Queen of hip-hop Amuro Namie will have a double A-side single available on 07/12/2011. Sit!Stay!Wait!Down! is another track produced T.kura and Michico, whilst Love Story is a ballad being used as the theme to drama Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu.
  • DIR EN GREY will have re-mastered their album UROBOROS which will be available along with their Blu-ray UROBOROS -with the proof in the name of living- AT NIPPON BUDOKAN on 01/01/2012. The new edition will include new and Japanese versions of album tracks originally released in November 2008. The Blu-ray will feature videos from two concerts consecutively held at Nippon Budokan in January 2010.
  • Dolly released their best-of album on 09/11/2011 to celebrate their 6 year anniversary. PRIVATE SHELL-Complete The Best 2005-2011- will have 22 tracks from the visual kei band.
  • DuelJewel‘s new album Luminous will include the March single Vamp Ash and the July single Polaris. The release on 07/12/2011 will be available as a regular edition with a new recording of Akatsuki andthe limited edition will have a DVD with live and bonus footage.
  • After the news about her FFXIII-2 single (announced here on Neo Kei IV), Fukui Mai will have a mini-album available on 14/12/2011. As yet untitled, it will have six tracks including the singles Ikutabi no sakura, Yakusoku no basho and acoustic Ai no uta. There will be an CD edition and a CD+DVD edition, which will have the PVs for Ikutabi no sakura, Ai no uta  and a promotional video for FINAL FANTASY XIII-2. The first press bonus is a special download code for the game.
  • The industrial rock duo HimemaniK, will their mini-album Ruler on 30/11/2011. This will be the first release with the new formation signed to Kiwamu’s label Starwave Records. The CD is available for pre-sale at concerts from 30/10/2011 and will be limited to 1,000 copies.
  • Johnny’s Entertainment group Kanjani8 will release their album FIGHT on 16/11/2011. The regular edition will have bonus songs from some of the members, and the limited editions include a tall case, a 48-page booklet and a DVD with various PV, making of and recording session footage.
  • On 19/10/2011 two singles from kanon x kanon have been given their European release by Gan-Shin Records. Koi no Doutei and Calendula Requiem are now available from the pair described as a “mystic female cello-vocalist and Akiba-kei Otaku male sound creator”. I have loved Calendula Requiem for ages, as soon as I heard I downloaded it straight away!
  • As part of a consecutive release campaign, Kuraki Mai will release Strong Heart on 23/11/2011. The R’n’B track will be the theme to drama HUNTER ~Sono Onna Tachi, Shokin Kasegi~. Pop-rock Ikimono-gakari will also release their single on 23/11/2011, entitled Aruite ikou. And Porno Graffitti will also have their single Yuki no iro available from 23/11/2011.
  • Model/singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has her single Tsukema tsukeru due on 11/01/2012.
  • Gan-Shin Records released LM.C‘s best of album across Europe on 08/11/2011. Entitled  ☆★Best the LM.C★☆ 2006-2011 SINGLES, it will feature 15 tracks from the last 5 years.
  • Another visual kei band, Megaromania will have a live album and a Christmas single available on 21/12/2011. Both called BLESSING MYTH, the album will cover the emergence the kingdom concert held at Shibuya O-WEST on 29/09/2011.
  • Another sister group of AB48, NMB48 released their single Oh my god! on 19/10/2011. The three editions will have the single, a B-side, a bonus track and karaoke versions of the tracks as well as a DVD.
  • Metal band Onmyo-za have a story concept album called Kishibojin avaiilable from 21/12/2011.
  • PASSPO☆ have a new single and album due for release both on 07/12/2011. The single Kiss = Suki will have a DVD with the PV, and the album CHECK-IN will have three editions.
  • The latest Johnny’s group has now been announced as Sexy Zone, made their self-titled-single debut on 16/11/2011. The youngest ever Johnny’s Entertainment group, the single will be available in five different editions, and like Kanjani Eight’s releases will have various video content.
  • Another Idol group S/mileage eighth single Please Mini-Skirt Postwoman! (random title!) will be released on 28/12/2011. The five editions’ content has yet to be confirmed. In artist news the four sub-members are now official members of the group, which consists of Wada Ayaka, Maeda Yuka, Fukuda Kanon, Nakanishi Kana, Takeuchi Akari, Katsuta Rina and Tamura Meimi.
  • Currently part of X JAPAN, LUNA SEA and JUNO REACTOR, guitarist SUGIZO will be releasing two albums on 07/12/2011. FLOWER OF LIFE and TREE OF LIFE will each be released with CD and CD+DVD editions, and feature the singles PRAY FOR MOTHER EARTH featuring Toshinori Kondo and ENOLA GAY.Further information about the albums is expected to be revealed closer to their release date.
  • THE SOUND BEE HD will release a mini-album on 14/12/2011. Called A-De, the tracks will mix electro, heavy rock and the Japanes style. This is the fourth part of the act’s gothic concept series and will be limited to 1,000 copies. I’d better pre-order fast!
  • Another sub-unit of AKB48, Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 will release ther single Kibou sanmyaku on 30/11/2011. This will be used as the opening theme for anime Crayon Shin-chan.


  • On 21/09/1987, BUCK-TICK released the video tape BUCK-TICK Genshou (LIVE) at THE LIVE INN, hit the stores on September 21st 1987. To celebrate 25 years since their debut, they have created a 25th anniversary website, and announced they have started their own label Lingua Sounda.
  • Special events will be held in December to celebrate the late X JAPAN guitarist hide on 13/12/2011. On the day hide Birthday Party!!2011will feature artists such as Kimura Seiji&YANA, CUTT electric, defspiral, MADBEAVERS and more. On 15/12/2011 there will also be a special  end of year club event with DJ Hiroaki Asai and VJ SHRIMP. There will also be a hidefashion doll released in collaboration with fashion doll manufacturer GROOVE as part of their TAEYANG series in 2012.
  • Following on from their single news, S/mileage member Maeda Yuuka will graduate on 31/12/2011 to concentrate on studying for university.
  • Korean girl band SNSD – GIRLS’ GENERATION will be making their USA debut after being signed to international label Interscope Records of the Universal Music Group. Their Korean album release has been postponed to focus on their US and worldwide promotion, but they have released The Boys on iTunes worldwide.


  • Following on from her musical news, Amuro Namie will have a live DVD due on 21/12/2011. namie amuro LIVE STYLE 2011 will be available in Blu-ray and DVD format, and will feature the Tokyo performance from her national tour of the same name, tracks from her collaboration album Checkmate! and her triple A-side single.
  • DELUHI will have a live DVD released on 21/12/2011. LIVE:VANDALISM will cover the disbanded visual kei band’s last live at the C.C. Lemon Hall on 07/08/2011.
  • exist†trace will be touring America in 2012, stopping off in Boston, MA, New York, NY, and Philadelphia, PA.
  • GACKT will be releasing a photo book from his 2010 European tour. Entitled GACKT in EUROPE, it will inlcude stage and backstage photos and a making-of DVD, it’s due in December, but no exact release date release.
  • Following on from their latest single, Ikimono-gakari will release a live DVD and Blu-ray. Ikimonomatsuri 2011 Donata Summer mo Tanoshimima SHOW!!! ~Yokohama Stadium~ will have footage from the 23/07/2011 and 24/07/2011 lives at Yokohama Stadium, as well as interviews, making-of and additional content to  to be confirmed.
  • L’Arc~en~Ciel have announced their world tour dates. Their first date is on 03/03/2012 in Hong Kong, before going to Thailand, China and Taiwan. They then go to the US for 23/03/2012, then they’ll be in the UK at London’s indigO2 in London on 11/04/2011, before ending in Paris on 14/04/2011. Their 20th L’Anniversary LIVE from Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium on 28th and 29th May 2011 had it’s cinematic screening in Tokyo on 06/11/2011, with more screenings due across the world.
  • Visual kei band Lin will release their first live DVD on 28/12/2011. Entitled an epidemic of “OVERTURE” -2011.8.07 OSAKA BIG CAT-, this limited release will be available at their web shop and lives. It will feature a deluxe jacket, a random autographed trading photo card and the first press editions will include PVs. As an extra incentive, the first 500 people who  pre-order before 21/12/2011 will receive an extra DVD of the band’s concert at Osaka BIG CAT and off-shot footage.
  • A PV DVD called FILM LOTUS VIII by Nakashima Mika will be released on 11/01/2012. The eighth collection released so far, it will feature PVs, making-of footage, studio footage and from MIKA NAKASHIMA CONCERT TOUR 2011 THE ONLY STAR.
  • Idol group Momoiro Clover Z have a new DVD due on 21/12/2011. Being the third release, it’s current title is Momoiro Clover Z 3rd LIVE DVD and will feature the concert from 20/08/2011 at Yomiuri Land East.
  • VAMPS will release their VAMPS LIVE 2010 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ARENA live DVD on 15/02/2012. The DVD will feature their VAMPS LIVE 2010 BEAST tour. The regular edition will have one disc with special documentary footage, whilst the limited edition will be as a digipak with three discs, containing the main concert, a Japanese and world documentary and a special booklet.


  • A preview has been  released of 2NE1‘s first Japanese single Go Away, released on 16/11/2011.
  • AI will be releasing the single Happiness on 14/12/2011. The PV will have her in various cosplay outfits, including a house keeper, a student and a salary man. The single is going to be the new commercial song for Coca Cola, which is big considering this is the first time in 10 years a Japanese artist has been involved in the Christmas promotions. Catch the CM here.
  • Ex-Morning Musume member Goto Maki revealed her PV for YOU, with a single being released on 02/11/2011.
  • J-Rockers Matenrou Opera have released the director’s cut for the PV to their single Otoshiana no Soko wa Konna Sekai.
  • Talking about Fukui Mai earlier, here is the preview PV for her single Yakusoku no Basho.


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