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AKB48, Itano Tomomi’s spotlight and new CD jacket covers released!
The Jacket covers for Itano Tomomi‘s Solo Debut Single “Dear J” have been revealed in ORICON STYLE on the 22nd. All 3 covers show different pictures of Itano’s face from up-close and each include different coupling songs and special movies enclosed in the DVDs.
Excluding temporary projects and songs released under different names, this is Itano’s first solo debut under Akimoto Yasushi, AKB48‘s founder. The song “Dear J” consists of up-tempo dance music and the MV includes a luxurious stage setting that has pulled out Itano’s charm.
The coupling music for Type-A is “Tunnel”, Type-B is “Stay by my side”, and Type-C is “Thank you”. The DVD included in each type includes not only an MV for the song but also another special video. Type-A: “Tomomi Itano Collection” Type-B: “Tomomi Itano Interview” Type-C: “Making of Tomomi Itano”
Also, in honor of this solo debut, Itano Tomomi has been chosen to become the new image character for the Samantha Thavasa Group.
Drive, Grab and 50/50.
As for Forces of Nature; they're awesome. That "Hiji Suru Style" tune is the shiz! A fantastic record! I love the funky bass in it. It's definitely a jam! ^^
It was used for the first Naruto Shippuden OP; I'm sure many are familiar with the song and have heard it before but haven't paid much attention to the actual group or have taken an interest in them haha. =P I quite liked "Innocent Word" and "Where are you from...?" from them.
Aqua Timez releases “Mayonaka no Orchestra” PV!
by kurumi on January 17
Pop-rock group Aqua Timez has just revealed the PV for their upcoming song, “Mayonaka no Orchestra”!
The song is currently being used as the ending theme for popular anime, “Naruto Shippuden”. Aqua Timez will be releasing the “Mayonaka no Orchestra” single on January 26th.
In the meantime, check out the PV below!
Aqua Timez – Mayonaka no Orchestra PV
Music Station announces their Top 50 Idols of All-Time
The Japanese music program Music Station recently held a special where they counted down the Top 50 Idols of All-Time based on their sales total.
The list spans several decades, and many of the idols on the list are still active even to this day!
Check out the list:
50. Hayami Yuu – 2,850,000
49. Asaka Yui – 2,970,000
48. Otoko Gumi – 3,000,000
47. Asaoka Megumi – 3,020,000
46. Hori Chiemi – 3,210,000
45. Finger 5 – 3,600,000
44. w-inds. – 3,700,000
43. Shinohara Ryoko – 4,050,000
42. Momoki Kikuchi – 4,110,000
41. AKB48 – 4,310,000
40. Kashiwabara Yoshie – 4,400,000
39. NEWS – 4,490,000
38. Ohta Hiromi – 4,560,000
37. Kanjani 8 – 4,570,000
36. Minami Saori – 4,750,000
35. Agnes Chan – 4,900,000
34. Oginome Yoko – 5,380,000
33. Shibugaki-tai – 5,430,000
32. Candies – 5,450,000
31. Shonentai – 5,480,000
30. Minamino Yoko – 5,630,000
29. Yakushimaru Hiroko – 5,850,000
28. Amachi Mari – 5,960,000
27. Kawai Naoko – 6,530,000
26. Wink – 7,490,000
25. KAT-TUN – 7,660,000
24. TOKIO – 8,190,000
23. Suzuki Ami – 8,830,000
22. Noguchi Goro – 9,500,000
21. V6 – 12,120,000
20.Kahala Tomomi – 12,190,000
19. Hikaru Genji – 12,220,000
18. Kondo Masahiko – 12,670,000
17. Tahara Toshihiko – 12,700,000
16. Saijo Hideki – 13,290,000
15. Pink Lady – 13,330,000
14. Koizumi Kyoko – 14,260,000
13. Kudo Shizuka – 14,870,000
12. Nakayama Miho – 14,970,000
11. The Checkers – 15,380,000
10. Sawada Kenji – 15,700,000
9. Hiromi Go – 15,780,000
8. Yamaguchi Momoe – 16,220,000
7. Morning Musume. – 16,700,000
6. Arashi - 19,140,000
5. SPEED – 19,530,000
4. KinKi Kids – 24,670,000
3. Nakamori Akina – 25,340,000
2. Matsuda Seiko – 29,510,000
1. SMAP – 32,310,000
With over 32 million sales over their 21-year history, SMAP has earned the #1 spot!
Congratulations to them and to all of the artists who made it!
Last edited by destiny4ever; January 18, 2011 at 10:20 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
Definitely Malice Mizer and SID all the way.
I love the intricate melodies and accompaniment in Malice Mizer and I love the lead singer's voice in SID, so strong and powerful.
My friend is a HUGE fan of visual-kei and a song he recommended to me was Eliza from Vidoll. KHR has quite a bit of theme songs from visual-kei artists such as LM.C (BOYS AND GIRLS and 88) and SuG. Most of the videos for SuG has been taken down.
My preference for visual-kei seems to be colourful ones with a fashion sense similar to scene kids.
X - Japan is the best thing from the Japanese rock music groups, many come close, but still the drummer/pianist dude, rocks them all, I just wanted to say they are my favorite ban form Japan.
Beautiful songs, and good mixing of English and Japanese.
Great ! I love versailles too, see my avatar, it's Kamijo, Versailles's vocalist..^^
what versailles song u like?
Here’s a thread to talk about anything and everything regarding Japanese rock.
Let’s start with some J-rock news:
From SYNC MUSIC JAPAN
Since the above news is about one of my favorite J-rock bands, I thought I would post one of my favorite Luna Sea’s songs.
Luna Sea – Rosier
I also like the cover of Rosier by High and Mighty Color
Rosier (Cover) - High and Mighty Color
雅-MIYAVI- / WHAT’S MY NAME? WORLD TOUR 2011
From SYNC MUSIC JAPAN
Ever active in the overseas music scene as much as in Japan, MIYAVI is going on his world tour, “WHAT’S MY NAME? WORLD TOUR 2011.” Come out to his live to experience his unique world of music!海外でも精力的に活動する、雅-MIYAVI-。WHAT’S MY NAME? WORLD TOUR 2011での海外公演が決定。是非その目で彼の音楽に触れてほしい。
WHAT’S MY NAME? WORLD TOUR 2011 -EUROPE-
3/16/2011 Barcelona, Spain – Apolo
3/17/2011 Lisbon, Portugal – SanTiago Alquimista
3/19/2011 London, UK – HMV Forum
3/22/2011 Nantes, France – La Carriere
3/23/2011 Lyon, France – Transbordeur
3/25/2011 Lille, France – Le Splendid
3/26/2011 Strasbourg, France – Laiterie
3/27/2011 Paris, France – Trianon
3/29/2011 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
3/31/2011 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique
MIYAVI Official Website
MIYAVI Official Myspace
In response to the damage caused by the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin) and tsunami, Japanese rock performer Gackt launched a new donation fund called "Show Your Heart." Donations raised through the fund will be given to the Japanese Red Cross, the affected prefectures, and social welfare organizations.
Many Japanese celebrities and musical artists have posted messages on the official website showing their support:
•Shinya (Luna Sea)
•Hiroki Yoshimoto (doa)
•Go Ueki (PaniCrew)
•lovelife Black & FanFan
•Hiromu Takahara (Roen)
•Midori Matsuo (Fuji TV announcer)
•Kōsei Inoue & Aki Higashihara
•Ichiro Miyajima (Seiloo)
•Hilomu (formerly of RSP)
•Yui Okada & Yuka Okada
The Japanese gaming website Hangame is helping to organize and host the donation fund.
Source: Natalie via Tokyograph
GLAY contributes $240,000 USD to disaster reliefby bazinga on March 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm
On March 14th, J-rock band GLAY donated 20 million yen (~$240,000 USD) to aid with the disaster relief through the Asahi Shimbun Social Welfare Organization.
Members TAKURO, HISASHI, JIRO, and TERU expressed, “In midst of the continuing aftershocks, we hope we can be of even a little help to the people who are suffering in the disaster … We will continue praying that the damages don’t escalate further.”
GLAY has actively done charity work in the past, keeping in mind the following message: “Is there something we can do for society, other than singing?“. Last year, they donated 93 uniforms (valued at ~$12,000 USD) to students at a middle school in the bankrupt city of Yubari, with TAKURO and TERU handing them out personally. When Miyazaki prefecture had a problem with foot-and-mouth disease, they donated 1 million yen (~$12,000 USD) through a local news agency.
Source: Nikkan Sports
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GACKT organizes charity “SHOW YOUR HEART” for the earthquakeby bazinga on March 13
It’s been revealed that GACKT has organized an emergency charity, "SHOW YOUR HEART", to raise disaster relief funds for the 2011 Japanese earthquake.
As the representative for “SHOW YOUR HEART”, GACKT stated, “We decided to organize the charity as it was something that even we could start [in order to help]. We want everyone to lend us their strength. Although individuals may not be able to do much, if everyone works together, it becomes a lot of power. In this sort of time, we need to have the courage to lend a helping hand.”
On the “SHOW YOUR HEART” official webpage, many celebrities, including Shinya (from LUNA SEA), Fujiwara Norika, DAIGO (from BREAKERZ), and Haruna Ai, have left supportive messages.
Donations can be made through a direct deposit in Japan to the “SHOW YOUR HEART” bank account. The funds collected will be distributed to victims through the Japanese Red Cross and local community associations.
X JAPAN’s YOSHIKI is donating his piano for earthquake reliefby bazinga on March 13, 2011
On March 13th, it was revealed that X JAPAN’s leader, YOSHIKI, will be auctioning off his beloved “crystal piano” to aid in the disaster relief effort for Japan.
YOSHIKI, who normally lives in Los Angeles, flew to Tokyo in order to oversee his fashion show, as well as to record songs. He felt the tremors of the earthquake in his recording studio on the 11th. After watching news reports, he was shocked by the large-scale damage across Japan, and decided that he “must do something.”
The “crystal piano” has YOSHIKI’s logo engraved on it and according to experts, “is a priceless item.” His “crystal piano” often accompanies the star during their concerts all over the world. The entire sum raised from the auction will be given to disaster relief organizations, although detailed information will follow at a later date. The musician has also expressed an intent to collect disaster relief donations through his foundation, YOSHIKI FOUNDATION AMERICA.
On Twitter, YOSHIKI reassured fans, saying, “Thank you, everyone, for worrying about me. Although there are some friends I haven’t been able to contact, I’ve been able to reach all my family members. In order to support everyone, I am planning to extend my stay in Japan. LOVE YOU…”
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(I don’t know who the author of the fanart is, but if you know his/her name please let me know. I’ll love to give him/her credit for the fanart above)
It has been a while since we had a music contest here on the J-Music Show, so what about having another one very soon?
To nominate the songs for the contest you can post a J-song in any of the threads of this board (starting from now), or you can send me a PM with a link to the song, or you can post a link to the song in this thread.
I’ll check the nominees on Sunday and will start the contest on Sunday as well.
Last edited by destiny4ever; April 06, 2011 at 09:12 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
So there is going to be a contest starting up right?
Can I know some details, like if theres any category or more than one winners or is there only one winner for the entire contest?
How many songs can one person nomination
and just to confirm, I can just post the song in this thread right?
Sorry, its my first time seeing this contest
One song per person, please. And yes, you are more than welcome to post the song you want to nominate in this thread.Quote:
No need to apologize, thank you! Thank you for asking those questions, Zeltrax!Quote:
Since this isn’t the first time that we have a contest on the J-show, I just kind of assumed everyone knew the rules already. Sorry!
Last edited by destiny4ever; April 07, 2011 at 08:39 PM.
the thing is..I never knew something like this happens in the forum
But now that I do, I'm ready to fight and nominate
Anyway, since its my first time I hope to see more people entering, all shall bow to the greatness of jpop !
Can I help spread the news ? (I'm already doing it tho)
Since the deadline is sunday(that's early), I have to make my choice quick but there's so many songs..
There should be more songs up there too!