How’s it going? More varied slices of news this week, including varied activities from artists and big news from Koda Kumi.
- 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.
- 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.
- 25/07/2012 B’z – B’z (first English album)
- 01/08/2012, 24/09/2012 THE MICRO HEAD 4N’S – A 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 Hamasaki – A Summer Best (compliation album)
- 15/08/2012 AKB48 – 1830m. (album)
- 22/08/2012 TOKIO – 17 (first new album in 6 years)
- 29/08/2012, 11/09/2012 Tackey & Tsubasa – to-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 GOTCHAROCKA – Hydrag (first single)
- 05/09/2012 FLOW – BraBlue (single)
- 05/09/2012 Blitz – Wish World Rainbow (first single)
- 05/09/2012 Plastic Tree – Shion (single)
- 12/09/2012 ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION – Landmark (album)
- 12/09/2012 SUGIZO – STAIRWAY to The FLOWER OF LIFE (live DVD)
- 12/09/2012 BUMP OF CHICKEN – firefly (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-TICK – yumemiru uchuu (first album release through their label Lingua Sounda)
- 26/09/2012 Girugamesh – (to-be-titled) (single)
- 26/09/2012 BLACK LINE – LEGNA (single)
Be Genki (^o^)y