Neo Kei

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

Hi,

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 – 16 May 2012

Ohayo minai, o-genki deska?

That’s as much Japanese as I’ll attempt. I hope no-one’s fainted at the fact that there’s been 3 regular posts! I’m finding it much easier to research and create a regular post, so I’m happy I can keep people up to date with the latest j-music news.

Thanks very much for the comments this week, it’s brilliant to know that people are reading this and enjoying it rather than me typing to the general cosmos of the internet. Please let me know if there’s a particular section you like, or a favourite artist or genre that you’d like to be mentioned more often.

This week there’s naturally lot of release news (always a good thing), lots of info about the GazettE and some interesting news items courtesy of T.M.Revolution and AAA. Also there’s news about future lives, summer festivals or anniversary lives (I think it’s great there’s lots of artists being able to celebrate their longevity in the music industry).

In my latest attempt to tame Word Press, let’s use the Polls. I’ve been wondering about this for a while, so here’s the first question *ah they have a Manga style, ace!* ;

Artist News

  • Rumours were circulating around AAA when a countdown clock appeared on their website with a grey figure alongside the 7 members (see below). When the countdown reached zero at 12:00 on 16/05/2012 (JST), it launched the TRIPLE7 Campaign to celebrate 7 years since their debut. Fans have to collect codes from their next three singles, starting with Still Love You on 16/05/2012 to potentially win one of seven different prizes, the top prize is joining AAA’s activities as the 8th member for a limited time.
  • Teruya, the guitarist for BeepSpree has left the group.
  • More than just concert and music news, T.M.Revolution announced a series of releases at his consecutives lives. T.M.R. LIVE REVOLUTION ’12 -15th Anniversary FINAL- at Tokyo National Stadium First Gymnasium 12/05/2012 and 13/05/2012 was to celebrate his 16th anniversary since his debut. First on 12/09/2012 the live album T.M.R. LIVE REVOLUTION 11-12 -CLOUD NINE-, followed by the live DVD T.M.R. LIVE REVOLUTION 12 -15th Anniversary FINAL- on 19/09/2012, and finally on 26/09/2012 the cover album UNDER:COVER 2 is out. Goodie goodie!
  • Again with the double dose of news, Sambomaster will release their first album since moving to Victor Entertainment Inc,  Rock’n’roll is not dead, on 11/07/2012. Also they will be on tour nationwide through September In addition, they also announced that they will holding a nationwide in September, having just completed the final live on 12/05/2012 for the Sobaya no Oyaji ni Kikimasita! 『Sambomaster no Shinkyoku Mada Desuka?』『Sakki Deta Tokorodesu』Tour 2012 nationwide tour.‘Rock’n’roll is not dead’ is their first album after they transferred labels from Sony Music Records Inc. to ‘Getting Better‘ of Victor Entertainment, Inc..
  • Vallquar will go on hiatus on 17/08/2012. No reason has been given yet.

Music News

  • 0801ni209XX6! (the group formally known as 0801ni209336) have a number of releases planned. First the single http://www.kareshiboshuuchuu.jp is out on 04/07/2012, folowed by the mini albums
  • shinjitsu wa orange to salt de dekiteiru and uso wa ringo to sugar de dekiteiru on 22/08/2012. They are all limited to a thousand copies each. Certainly an interesting name. Does it have any significance when translated into Japanese? I’d love to know.
  • The first new mini album is titled “The 39th single from Arashi will be Your Eyes, available from 06/06/2012.
  • Although currently untitledArt Cube will release their mini album in July since their move to the Red Style Creation label.
  • Chatmonchy have had their latest single, Kira Kira Hikare, produced by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION member Goto Masafumi. It’s out on 04/07/2012.
  • Hello Project groups °C-ute and Berryz Koubou will collaborate for a second time for the single Cho HAPPY SONG on 20/06/2012.
  • Crystal Kay will be making her first release since joining Universal Music Japan. VIVID is out on 27/06/2012 and has been produced with other international and domestic artists, much like Namie Amuro’s Checkmate album. She will also be a guest star on FAR EAST MOVEMENT’s track Where the wild things are.
  • Reggae artist HIBIKILLA has his song The Goal available free to download via his website.
  • Kanjani 8 will release their single Ai Deshita, the theme for the TBC drama Papadol ! on 13/06/2012.
  • Double threat (singer and actor) Naohito Fujiki is celebrating his 40th birthday with a mini-album, Forty (卌) (surprise surprise) on 04/07/2012.
  • The strongest of the AKB-48 sub units, Not yet will release their fourth single Suika BABY on 30/05/2012, the same day as fellow sub-unit Watarirouka Hashiritai 7’s release Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke!.
  • After changes in their line-up, visual kei group Solaris.★ will release their first mini album ContRast ryuuseigun on 18/07/2012.
  • Superfly and Tortoise Matsumoto have dueted on the song STARS, which will be theme for Fuji TV’s broadcast of the London Olympics. The single will be released on 25/07/2012.
  • the GazettE have confirmed the release date for their album DIVISION will be 29/08/2012.
  • After the sad loss of their bassist TAIJI, TSP are releasing a new mini-album entitled  MAD CLUSTER!! on 06/06/2012.
  • Vanilla Beans will release their new single Non-section on 04/07/2012.
  • (Although I would call them a pop band) Hip-hop band w-inds. will release MOVE LIKE THIS, THEIR NINTH ALBUM, ON 04/07/2012.

Live News

  • a-nation will be holding two summer events, with a new project to celebrate their 11th anniversary. stadium fes will be at Nagai Stadium in Osaka on 18 and 19/08/2012 and Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo on 25 and 26/08/2012 (further details to follow). The news this week is about their new event music week at Shibuya and Yoyogi first gymnasiums in Tokyo from 03/08/2012 to 12/08/2012. There’ll be decorations and fashion/food/amusement collaborations at Shibuya, described as the “trendsetting area in Japan”.  But the artists are incredible, any major current artist you can think will be there. Announced so far include VERBAL, m-flo, the GazettE, AAA, Miura Daichi, AKB48, girl next door, SUPER☆GiRLS, SKE48, VAMPS and more. If there was ever a time I would visit Japan, this would be it!
  • Ai Otsuka is making hr comeback with a nation tour in September. Ai Otsuka LOVE IS BORN ~9th Anniversary 2012~ will be making stops in Tokyo, Kobe and Nagoya.
  • Due to high demand from fans worldwide, DIR EN GREY will be broadcasting Movie DIR EN GREY -UROBOROS- via USTREAM. The movie is taken from Nippon Budokan lives on 09/01/2012 and 10/01/2012.  Further details about the broadcast date and time will be made on 21/05/2012. They also have two live releases on DVD and Blu-ray, with TOUR2011 AGE QUOD AGIS Vol.1 [Europe & Japan] on 20/06/2012 and TOUR2011 AGE QUOD AGIS Vol.1 [U.S. & Japan] on 18/07/2012.
  • Rockers Girugamesh will be going on their have Sadistic Year 2012 national tour, starting 07/07/2012 in Chiba.
  • NICO Touches the Walls will hold a free live at Yoyogi Park Outdoor Stage on 16/05/2012 on the release day of their single Natsu no Daisankakkei.
  • Otsuka Ai will be hosting her one-man live Otsuka Ai LOVE IS BORN ~9th Anniversary 2012~ in September to celebrate the anniversary of the debut (made on 10/09/2003) and her 30th birthday (on 09/09/2012).
  • L’Arc~en~Ciel member TETSUYA will host a live at Shibuya Kokaido on 2 and 3/10/2012, entitled TETSUYA LIVE 2012 ‘THANK YOU.
  • the GazettE and VAMPS are both appearing at KISHIDAN BANPAKU 2012 on 16 and 17/09/2012.
  • UNLIMITS will be hosting their first acoustic live at Shimokitazawa SHELTER on 20/05/2012, and will be free for the first hundred people to purchase their single Cascade on 16/05/2012.

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Neo Kei – 25 Mar 2012

Artist News

  • Visual kei band Ap(r)il will be disbanding after their live on 03/06/2012 at Takadanobaba AREA.
  • The vocalist Hayato will be leaving BLOOD after their anniversary concerts on 7-8/07/2012.
  • STEREOPONY will be the Guest of Honor at Sakura-Con, the biggest Anime convention in NW US, to be hosted in Washington between 6th and 8th April. In addition Moi dix Mois & Kanon Wakeshima will also be at Sakura-Con, conducting perfornances, autograph sessions and artist panels.
  • The guitarist Hyuga and Hagiri will be leaving VelBet after their performance today (24/03/2012), having just celebrated their 3rd anniversary.

Music News

  • AI‘s track Happiness, chosen as Coca-Cola’s Christmas Campaign track, has reached 1 million downloads.
  • Released late 2011 in Japan, the mini-album Kerguelen Vortex Aural Vampire is available from Bishi-Bishi’s online store.
  • BOOM BOOM SATELLITES‘s song BROKEN MIRROR will be part of GUNDAM anime “episode 5 ‘Kuroi Unicorn'”. This marks 15 years since the band’s debut and first song contribution for the ‘Unicorn’ series of GUNDAM.
  • On 04/07/2012 BORN will be releasing their new single BLASTED ANIMALS. In July they will also start their one man tour.
  • BUCK-TICK‘s first single from their new label “Lingua Sounda” will be Elise no Tame ni on 23/05/2012.
  • On 13/03/2012 FLOW released their new album BLACK&WHITE online through iTunes and Amazon, just in time for their 10th anniversary. They will also be appearing at Anime Matsuri 2012 at Houston, Texas in April and France’s largest anime convention in the summer.
  • Singer/seiyuu Hirano Aya is a collection albumFRAGMENTS due on 23/05/2012, featuring artists such as kz (livetune), Maeyamada Kenichi, Fu_mou and Miss Modular.
  • After the physical release of AKATSUKI last year, HOME MADE KAZOKU is now available digitally. I’m looking forward to listening through the tracks and downloading my favourites, or buying the physical if I love them all!
  • LUNA SEA bassist J has released his new album ON FIRE and will be going on tour in Japan for the first time in 4 years.
  • The fashion magazine KERA will be celebrating their 13th anniversary, and on 25/04/2012 will be releasing a compilation titled KERA SONGS 13th Anniversary Collection. A number of artists will be featured such as SCANDAL, SuG and HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR, as well as the track Fashion Doll composed by AN CAFÉ’s Kanon and lyrics by AN CAFÉ’S miku.
  • On 14/03/2012 Kitano Kie released her mini-album Can you hear me?, which includes her thoughts on the Tohoku disaster.
  • The vocalist from Every Little Thing, Mochida Kaori, will release her double A-single Megumi/Kanashii toki mo ureshii toki mo on 09/05/2012.
  • Nakagawa Shouko will be releasing her best of album Shokotan☆Best――(°∀°) ――!! on 02/05/2012, celebrating 10 years.
  • Piko‘s new single Emiiro Refrain, written by L’Arc~en~Ciel’s bassist TETSUYA, is due on 25/04/2012.
  • Visual kei band UNiTE will be releasing their new single AIVIE on 28/03/2012 , just before their first AKASAKA BLITZ performance on 29/03/2012.l be held to celebrate their 1st Anniversary since their formation.
  • ViViD will be releasing their single REAL in May, just before their first hall tour in May.

Concert News

  • Alice Nine will be releasing their latest PV collection, alice in pictures III on 06/06/2012. No tracklisting is confirmed, but is expected to feature from RAINBOWS to their recent single Niji no yuki.
  • When Do As Infinity start their Do As Infinity LIVE TOUR 2012~TIME MACHINE~, the tour t-shirt will feature Kumamon, the mascot of Kumamoto prefecture where vocalist Ban Tomiko is from.
  • girugamesh have just completed 13 consecutive sold out performances at Shibuya WWW.  But not content with that, they’ll now be doing a tour throughout Japan in July/August.
  • HITT will have 2 new singles, For Myself and For My Lover available during his European tour.
  • Already on their world tour, L’Arc~en~Ciel have added 2 additional dates at the National Stadium in Tokyo in May.
  • LM.C. are starting their world tour on 30/04/2012 and as part of this, the members Maya and Aiji will appear on MJPTV with their live program LM.C TV, airing 25/03/2012 at 21:00 (JST) on the MJP website.
  • Plastic Tree have had to take on a support drummer whilst Satou Kenken is hospitalised for acute hepatitis. After discussion the band have taken this decision especially as the band had to be inactive last year due to Ryuutaro (Vocalist)’s throat issues.
  • In May SuG will start their first Asian tour, visiting South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
  • UVERworld have their Christmas concert DVD due on 04/04/2012. UVERworld 2011 Premium LIVE on Xmas will also be available on Blu-ray on 02/05/2012.
  • VAMPS will be back on tour with 10 cities and 13 shows at ZEPP TOKYO alone.