the songs are good so far and the K-ON one's do surprise me, I did not expect that I would like them that much. "Pani Poni Dash" and "Pre-Parade" are great too, that's the first time I'm not so sure which songs I should give my vote but oh my... let's wait for the surprise
In all seriousness, I'm liking the idea of OJS48. What better way to spend your retired life making music and having a great time?
They're not of retirement age, but it's still awesome that they're enjoying what they want to do. I would rather have more "alternative" groups such as these than the ordinary, young idol groups.
This is what's so good with asians. They all look like they're in their 40s so if they're around the 40s mentally, why not? (jk)
In all seriousness though it seems fricking awesome. Not my cup of tea... But awesome!
@Blai: Why, thank you. <3 *is a Nikkei-jin*
Old news is old but thought I would like to share. :3
I used to (and still am) a huge fan of Ayu so I'm really glad her hardwork has paid off. Even through tough times like her partial deafness, she never gave up. I'm so proud of her!Quote:
Can't go wrong with Back-On and Forces of Nature. I think that Chain and New World is probably the best fusion of J-hip-hop and rock anywhere. Hiji Suru Style by Forces of Nature (and Nujabes) will raise the roof off of any house. It also makes great battle music for a fanfic.
J- Pop Oricon
Oricon Weekly for 2010 week 44
Publisher: KING RECORDS
# ARTIST / SINGLE / SALES
2 Porno Graffitti Kimi wa 100% 38,815
3 Girls' Generation Gee 23,358
4 DREAMS COME TRUE LIES, LIES. 12,234
5 The ROOTLESS One day 11,944
6 Lia kizunairo 11,139
7 GRANRODEO ROSE HIP-BULLET 11,020
8 NYC Yoku Asobi Yoku Manabe 10,129
9 BUMP OF CHICKEN Uchuuhikoushi e no Tegami / Motorcycle 8,562
10 Kiyokiba Shunsuke Yell 7,922
11 ARASHI Dear Snow 7,800
12 ClariS irony 7,624
13 Muten Musume (Morning Musume) Appare Kaiten Zushi! 7,336
14 EXILE I Wish For You 6,603
15 LM.C LET ME' CRAZY!! 6,359
16 eufonius Hiyoku no Hane 6,006
17 Versailles DESTINY-The Lovers- 5,820
18 Kylee Everlasting 5,732
19 Zu Kegawanomari Mary Lou 5,620
20 AKB48 Heavy Rotation 5,511
21 Veil I Miss You 5,494
22 TEE Baby, I Love You 4,928
23 ELISA Special "ONE" 4,633
24 K dear... 4,497
25 Girls' Generation GENIE 4,435
26 AI Stronger feat. Kato Miliyah 4,297
27 Kiryu Ruru 4,208
28 4minute FIRST / DREAMS COME TRUE 4,039
29 Karasu free 3,836
30 Ichikawa Yukino Onna no Shioji 3,713
Artist: HO-KAGO TEA TIME
Album: HO-KAGO TEA TIME II
Publisher: Pony Canyon
# ARTIST / SINGLE / SALES
2 Spitz Togemaru 95,038
3 Nakashima Mika STAR 92,962
4 Def Tech Mind Shift 40,522
5 Ne-Yo Libra Scale 32,636
6 chatmonchy Awa Come 29,412
7 Saito Kazuyoshi ARE YOU READY? 26,767
8 JUJU Request 22,747
9 Kanjani8 8UPPERS 17,913
10 Yamazaki Masayoshi HOBO's MUSIC 15,567
11 JYJ The Beginning 15,534
12 The Beatles The Beatles 1967-nen ~ 1970-nen 11,610
13 The Beatles The Beatles 1962-nen ~ 1966-nen 11,580
14 Koda Kumi ETERNITY ~Love & Songs~ 10,015
15 Various Artists SIAM SHADE Tribute 7,495
16 TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA Goldfingers 7,457
17 KARA KARA BEST 2007-2010 7,051
18 Helloween 7 Sinners 6,608
19 LGMonkees LGMonkees 6,564
20 GLAY GLAY 6,315
21 Various Artists NHK Okaasan to Issho Saishin Best Koronpa 6,216
22 Good Charlotte Cardiology 5,752
23 SIAM SHADE SIAM SHADE XII: The Best Live Collection 5,341
24 Weezer Hurley 5,320
25 Various Artists DJ KAORI'S INMIX VI 5,161
26 LAST ALLIANCE Keep on smashing blue 4,932
27 MELL MIRAGE 4,674
28 Taylor Swift Speak Now 4,659
29 Linkin Park A Thousand Suns 4,603
30 KG Songs of love 4,575
J- Pop Oricon
Oricon Weekly for 2010 week 45
Single: Fighting Man
Publisher: Johnny's Entertainment
# ARTIST / SINGLE / SALES
2 AKB48 Beginner 63,504
3 Nishino Kana Kimi tte 40,670
4 BREAKERZ BUNNY LOVE / REAL LOVE 2010 16,120
5 Girls' Generation Gee 13,320
6 Kawada Mami No buts! 12,495
7 The Gospellers Fuyuhibiki 11,399
8 SEKAI NO OWARI Tenshi to Akuma / Fantasy 10,742
9 Dragon Ash SPIRIT OF PROGRESS E.P. 8,726
10 Oratorio The World God Only Knows God Only Knows ~ Shuuseki Kairo no Yume
11 CHEMISTRY + Synergy Keep Your Love 8,048
12 The ROOTLESS One day 7,842
13 Tomatsu Haruka Baby Baby Love 7,568
14 Porno Graffitti Kimi wa 100% 6,384
15 Shibasaki Kou EUPHORIA 6,077
16 ARASHI Dear Snow 5,591
17 ClariS irony 5,290
18 Takeuchi Mariya Whisky ga, Osuki Desho 5,232
19 AKB48 Heavy Rotation 4,898
20 Abe Mao 19-sai no Uta 4,653
21 EXILE I Wish For You 4,638
22 Sadie toge 4,130
23 NYC Yoku Asobi Yoku Manabe 4,122
24 BUMP OF CHICKEN Uchuuhikoushi e no Tegami / Motorcycle 4,109
25 Lia kizunairo 3,625
26 Hikawa Kiyoshi Nijiiro no Bayon 3,497
27 Maki Kotomi Sake no Fune 3,468
28 Girls' Generation GENIE 3,190
29 KAmiYU Kokoro no Tobira 2,940
30 DREAMS COME TRUE LIES, LIES. 2,792
Album: ikimono-bakari ~Members BEST Selection~
Publisher: EPIC Records
# ARTIST / SINGLE / SALES
2 Bon Jovi Greatest Hits 53,629
3 Nakashima Mika STAR 38,122
4 Spitz Togemaru 29,197
5 HO-KAGO TEA TIME HO-KAGO TEA TIME II 26,159
6 Def Tech Mind Shift 18,506
7 Jamiroquai Rock Dust Light Star 18,119
8 ASKA Kimi no Shiranai Kimi no Uta 17,755
9 Ne-Yo Libra Scale 17,640
10 Kusuo +1 14,526
11 JUJU Request 14,343
12 Various Artists Sengoku BASARA GAME BEST 11,588
13 Various Artists Sengoku BASARA ANIME BEST 11,090
14 dustbox starbow 9,477
15 PONTIACS GALAXY HEAD MEETING 9,424
16 Norah Jones ...Featuring 8,712
17 Saito Kazuyoshi ARE YOU READY? 8,522
18 JYJ The Beginning 8,114
19 Girls' Generation Hoot 8,066
20 CHAGE &C 7,314
21 chatmonchy Awa Come 7,258
22 ARASHI Boku no Miteiru Fuukei 6,929
23 Kanjani8 8UPPERS 6,876
24 Ganaha Hibiki THE IDOLM@STER ARTIST 2 -FIRST SEASON- 02 Ganaha Hibiki 6,708
25 The Beatles The Beatles 1967-nen ~ 1970-nen 6,694
26 The Beatles The Beatles 1962-nen ~ 1966-nen 6,679
27 Amami Haruka THE IDOLM@STER ARTIST 2 -FIRST SEASON- 01 Amami Haruka 6,649
28 Hoshii Miki THE IDOLM@STER ARTIST 2 -FIRST SEASON- 03 Hoshii Miki 6,469
29 Ayanokoji Kimimaro Bakusho Super Live Dai 4 Shu! - Haikei Chukonen & Yobigun no Minasama e 6,034
30 Koda Kumi ETERNITY ~Love & Songs~ 5,306
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HIME (Japanese Female Rapper)
Dir en Grey
The Candy Spooky Theater
I don't really listen to much VK but I got into SID after hearing their songs for FMA:Brotherhood anime Apart from them I only listen to a smattering of songs from various VK bands but the only one I actually follow is SID I guess.
Like Kashu_Desu said, there is a lot of diversity in VK. As I already said, I don't listen to VK much because I find a lot of it isn't quite my style, but there are definitely a large number of gems in the genre. Because of the diversity, there's bound to be something for everyone, I guess you could say
But on the bright side, I’m restarting the J-Music Show. And what better way to re-start the show than with some J-Music news.
Arashi’s latest single “Hatenai Sora” sold 248,828 copies on the release day
by Shiso on November 10, 2010 at 3:52 pm
Arashi has just released their 6th single of 2010, “Hatenai Sora” on November 10th, and not surprisingly it topped the Oricon daily chart.
Oricon reports that they sold 248,828 copies on it’s debut day, and it exceeded the first day sales of “Troublemaker” which sold around 233,000 copies. Therefore, “Hatenai Sora” has the best first day sales amongst all 6 singles released by Arashi in 2010.
Below is the Top 5 ranking of Oricon single daily chart.
1. Hatenai Sora – Arashi 11/10 (248,828)
2. Nee – Perfume 11/10 (44,293)
3. Best Friend’s Girl – J Soul Brothers 11/10 (23,627)
4. Hito – Yusuke 11/10 (no sales number available)
5. Jumping – KARA 11/10 ( no sales number available)
Source: jnews1 + Oricon style
RIAJ gives AKB48’s “Beginner” a “Million” certification
by Shiso on November 10, 2010 at 1:39 pm
The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has announced that AKB48’s 18th single “Beginner“, which was released on October 27th, has earned the certification of “Million” on November 10th.
This is the first time that any AKB48 song has ever reached the “Million” mark, and it has been three years and two months since any single CD has been certified as “Million” by the RIAJ. The last to accomplish this feat was “Sen no Kaze ni Natte” (released in August 2007) by Akikawa Masafumi.
As we reported earlier, “Beginner” sold 827,000 copies in the first week, and it’s the best record among all female group for the sales in the first week of release.
For 2010, only Arashi’s album, “Boku no Miteiru Fukei“, and AKB48’s single, “Beginner”, are certified as “Million” for now.
Source: MANTAN Web
Do as Infinity announces 8th album, “EIGHT”
by Novaforever on November 10, 2010 at 9:11 am
Pop duo Do as Infinity will be releasing a brand new album for their 11th anniversary, titled, “EIGHT.”
The album is the 8th full studio album from the duo and will come out on January 19th of next year. Do as Infinity already has veteran producer Seiji Kameda (Tokyo Jihen) on board for the release. It will feature ballads similar to their hits “Hi no Ataru Sakamichi” and “Hiiragi“, but will also cover a much wider variety of genres. The tracks will vary from powerful upper songs to funk numbers.
Also included will be “Everything will be all right“, which was used as the 2010 BOAT RACE TV CM song, “Kimi ga inai Mirai” from the television anime Inuyasha, and their “Do! Creative!!” project theme.
However, the most noteworthy aspect of the album may be that this is the first time that members Van and Ryo will be doing the songwriting on their own. It will certainly be an interesting evolution of sound for the group, and it should stand out from all their previous releases.
The album will be released with a CD + DVD version that will contain the music video for “1/100” and three other music clips, along with documentary footage.
Source & Photo : neowing
TOKIO & Arashi to hijack the TV for New Year’s Day
It’s been reported that two variety shows featuring JE groups will be broadcasted in a “relay style” for New Year’s Day. Running for five and a half hours, the two shows have been identified as “THE Ultraman DASH Kiseki no 3-pun kan wo Mokugeki seyo” and “Arashi ni Shiyagare New Year’s Day 2.5 hours special“.
For the first, it will be hosted by the members of TOKIO, who will introduce experts on difficult subjects or interests; the group members report on the experts completing unique tasks, such as getting fully-dressed while sky diving, or breaking an egg while bungee jumping. TOKIO’s special will air at 6:00 p.m to 8:54 p.m on January 1st.
Right after TOKIO’s show ends, Arashi’s “Arashi ni Shiyagare New year’s day 2.5 hours special” will air. The show is a special edition of their variety show “Arashi ni Shiyagare“. On this program, the group will welcome two sets of secret guests to the show – interestingly enough, the Arashi member will not be informed of who these special guests will be. “Arashi ni Shiyagare New Year’s Day 2.5 hour special” will air from 9:00 PM to 11:24 PM.
Although their concepts are completely different, in the beginning of each show, there will be a talk portion in which both TOKIO and Arashi members come out together.
the GazettE releases PV for “PLEDGE”
Visual kei group the GazettE is scheduled to release their new single, “Pledge,” on December 15th and the PV for this upcoming single was released earlier today.
This is the third single of the year for the group, but it definitely stands apart from their other releases. “Pledge” will be the first ballad style single from the band since “Guren” back at the beginning of 2008. The song will set the mood for the winter season, and is being described as a new classic for the group.
“Pledge” will hit stores right before the GazettE is scheduled to perform at their Tokyo Dome Christmas concert on December 26th.
Click to watch the PV
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I'm surprised, and sad, that noone has mentioned Nobodyknows+ which was the first Japanese Hip-Hop band I heard and Hero's Come Back the first Japanese song I learned by heart (along with Nagareboshi Shooting Star by Home Made Kazuko. Other songs by them I like are "Whats going on" and "Winds of Wind".
I just came across this song and for two minutes I wondered "what the F did I just stumble across" and exited the window... Thirty seconds later I listened again.
It's stuck in my head and incredibly catchy... But oh so not my cup of tea, why can't I stop listen to it?