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NEWS : 01/2008

  • Upcoming Visual Kei Releases

    01.16.2008 - Sanaka, suu

    translation : Lacy

    source : Official Site, Brand-X

    related artist(s) : 176BIZ   Dio - distraught overlord   Shinkou Shuukyou Gakudan NoGoD  

    On February 27th 176BIZ will simultaneously release two new singles. "01" -Scope- and "01" -Kokoroe-, as suggested by the names, will have different title tracks. Each release will also include two additional tracks.

    Dio's first mini-album will also be out on February 27th. Heaven's Call will contain five tracks and come with a bonus DVD, the contents of which have not been confirmed.

    The first full album from Shinkou Shuukyou Gakudan NoGoD will be out on April 9th. Though the title has yet to be decided, the release will be available in two versions. The first press limited edition will include ten tracks and a DVD with a PV and making-of footage, while the regular edition will come with one bonus track.

    Dali will start a three-month consecutive release campaign on April 23rd with Heroine. Inkblot will follow on May 28th, the campaign closing out with Endroll on June 25th. Each single will contain two tracks.

  • SHOWTA.'s First Album

    01.16.2008 - Sanaka & Lacy

    source : Official Site

    related artist(s) :

    Not only will SHOWTA. be releasing his new single, Haru na no ni, on January 23rd, but his long-awaited first album will also be out in the coming months. EVE is scheduled for release on March 5th and will come in two versions, the limited of which will include a DVD.

  • RIZE: Live or Die

    01.16.2008 - Yodan & Lacy

    source : CDJapan

    related artist(s) : RIZE  

    RIZE will release a new single on March 26th. Live or Die will be available in two versions. The limited edition will come with a DVD containing the music video for the title track and making-of footage. The regular edition will include one bonus track not available on the limited edition.

  • The Birthday's First Live DVD

    01.16.2008 - Laurent

    translation : Lacy

    source : Official Site

    related artist(s) : The Birthday  

    Rock band The Birthday will release its first live DVD on March 26th. The Birthday Live at Nippon Budokan ~LOOKING FOR THE LOST TEARDROPS TOUR Final~ will be available in two editions, the limited of which will include a bonus disc with tour footage and interviews.

  • m.o.v.e's 10th Anniversary Live Releases

    01.16.2008 - jinshen_ka

    translation : Lacy

    source : CDJapan

    related artist(s) : m.o.v.e  

    On February 3rd m.o.v.e. will perform at Shibuya Club Quattro. This live performance, which is part of the group's 10 Years Anniversary Megalopolis Tour 2008, will be released on CD and DVD, both of which will be available on March 19th.

  • duraluMin to Disband

    01.16.2008 - YURA-sama

    translation : Lacy

    source : Official Site, VKDB

    related artist(s) :

    Visual pop-rock/punk band duraluMin have made the decision to disband. After about eight years of activity, they will play their last one man on February 10th.

  • LUNA SEA's Greatest Hits, Tourbillon's New Single

    01.16.2008 - Sanaka, Tanja & Lacy

    source : CDJapan, Official Site

    related artist(s) : LUNA SEA   Tourbillon  

    LUNA SEA will release a double-disc greatest hits album featuring brand new 2008 re-masterings. The album is currently untitled, but will be released on March 26th.

    Also, Tourbillon, Ryuichi Kawamura and Inoran's current project, will release a new single. Break the Chain will also be for sale on March 26th.

  • SEX MACHINEGUNS Best

    01.16.2008 - Tanja & Lacy

    source : Tower Records Japan

    related artist(s) : SEX MACHINEGUNS  

    On March 26th SEX MACHINEGUNS will release both a 10th anniversary best-of album and clips collection DVD. The titles have yet to be determined, but more details will be added as they are available.

  • New Female Artist Releases

    01.16.2008 - Yodan, Laurent & Lacy

    source : Official Sites, CDJapan

    related artist(s) : ayaka   Bonnie Pink   Utada Hikaru  

    On March 5th ayaka will release her 8th single. Te Wo Tsunaide will be used as the theme song of "Doraemon Nobita to Midori no Kyojinden" and will include the B-side Ai wo Utaou.

    Also on March 5th, Nana Kitade's new single will be out. Suicides Love Story will be used as the closing theme to the anime series "Persona - trinity soul" and will include two additional tracks.

    Though no other information is currently available, Utada Hikaru's new album is scheduled for release on March 19th.

    BONNIE PINK will release her new live DVD on April 9th. It will be titled TOUR 2007 "Thinking Out Loud" Final at Nippon Budokan and will include twenty songs.

  • Another Cover Album From Tomiko Van

    01.15.2008 - Yosab & Lacy

    source : CDJapan

    related artist(s) : Tomiko Van  

    On March 5th Tomiko Van will release another cover album. Voice 2 -lovers rock- will contain a selection of tracks originally recorded by male artists. The album will be available in two versions, one of which will include a bonus DVD with music video.

  • A New Single From Guy's Family

    01.15.2008 - Tanja & Lacy

    source : Official Blog

    related artist(s) :

    Guy's Family's first single of the year and first release since their Voltage single in October, will be another new single. ROYAL HONEY is scheduled for release on March 12th.

  • An Cafe's Upcoming Album

    01.15.2008 - Tanja & Lacy

    source : Official Site

    related artist(s) : An Cafe  

    Though currently untitled, it has been announced that An Cafe's third album will be released on April 9th. More details will be added as they become available.

  • Cocco's First Live DVD

    01.15.2008 - Laurent

    translation : Lacy

    source : Official Site

    related artist(s) :

    More than ten years after her debut, Cocco will finally release her first live DVD this spring! Thought not all of the details have been announced, we do know that the DVD will include the last two shows of her "kira kira Live Tour 2007/2008" at Nippon Budokan, one show of which was an electric set, while the other was an acoustic set.

  • My Little Lover's First of the Year

    01.15.2008 - Laurent

    translation : Lacy

    source : CDJapan

    related artist(s) :

    MY LITTLE LOVER will release its first single of the year on March 12th. Labyrinth will be available in two versions, a regular version and a CD+DVD version that will include a PV.

  • Megamasso's Trio of Releases

    01.15.2008 - Hansi & Lacy

    source : Brand-X

    related artist(s) : Megamasso  

    Starting the year off busy, Megamasso already has a trio of releases scheduled for the coming months. February 20th marks the date of their next single, Kiss Me Chuchu. On March 5th, they will release a new live DVD featuring footage from their December 26th concert at Shibuya AX. Finally, on March 19th, a best-of album, featuring songs chosen by the band's fan club members, will hit the shelves.

  • Hitomi Yaida's Seventh Album

    01.15.2008 - Laurent

    translation : Lacy

    source : CDJapan

    related artist(s) : Yaida Hitomi  

    Pop-rock singer Hitomi Yaida's seventh album will be released on March 5th. Though it is currently untitled, it is said that the album will include the songs I Love You no katachi and Hane yume from her latest single.

  • A New Single and Album From Ikimonogakari

    01.15.2008 - Yodan & Lacy

    source : CDJapan

    related artist(s) : Ikimono-gakari  

    In advance of their upcoming album, Ikimonogakari will release a new single, Hana wa Sakura Kimi wa Utsukushi, on January 30th. On February 13th, Life Album, the second full-length album from the band, will be released. It will contain thirteen songs total, including the singles Natsuzora Graffiti, Seishun Line, Akane Iro no Yakusoku, Hana wa Sakura, Kimi wa Utsukushi, and more.

  • Hitoto Yo's Ukeirete

    01.14.2008 - Cage

    source : Official Site, CDJapan

    related artist(s) : Hitoto Yo  

    Hitoto Yo will release her eleventh single, Ukeirete, on January 30th. The single will feature three songs, the title track of which is composed by Minako Kawae.

  • The Best of Doremidan

    01.14.2008 - Tanja & Lacy

    source : Official Site

    related artist(s) : Doremidan  

    After a fairly lengthy pause, Doremidan has resumed activities and will play their first show on March 9th. In addition, they have moved their base of operations from Osaka to Tokyo and will release their first best-of album on March 5th, though no other details are currently available.

  • the studs' First Full Album

    01.14.2008 - Hansi

    translation : Lacy

    source : Official Site

    related artist(s) : the studs  

    Though previously stated that the studs' three month consecutive release campaign would have the band releasing three singles, it turns out that the third release will in fact be their first full-length album! and hate will be released on March 5th and will be available in two editions. The first press limited edition will be a CD+DVD that will contain the band's 2007 history and eleven tracks. The regular edition will include the CD only, but will contain two bonus tracks for a total of thirteen.

  • Good & Bad News From kannivalism

    01.14.2008 - Tanja & Lacy

    source : Official Site, Tower Records JP

    related artist(s) : kannivalism  

    kannivalism is scheduled to release their new, currently untitled, album on March 12th. It will be available in a regular version and a CD+DVD version.

    However, vocalist, Ryo was just recently hospitalized due to serious depression, prompting the cancellation of the band's upcoming performances and a temporary activity pause.

    It is unknown as to whether this unfortunate event will alter the band's plans to release their album as scheduled.

  • alice nine.'s Tora Injured, Unable to Perform

    01.14.2008 - yura & Lacy

    source : Official Blogs, alice9_diaries on LJ

    related artist(s) : alice nine.  

    According to blog posts by each member of alice nine., several of their upcoming lives have been postponed, with no knowledge as to if and when they will be able to proceed with them due to an injury sustained by guitarist, Tora. A cervical disk hernia in Tora's neck, which has been causing pain and numbness down his left arm, has ridden him unable to even hold his guitar. They are unsure what types of treatments he may have to undergo, but plan on keeping their fans updated once a full examination of Tora's condition is performed. They also ask for their fans' continued support and prayers.

  • Announcement of Japanese Guests for SXSW 2008

    01.14.2008 - Lacy

    source : SXSW Asia

    related artist(s) :

    Austin, Texas's lineup for their Japan Nite 2008, as part of the SXSW Music Festival, has been published. Though slightly different, the lineup will feature some of the same acts as the Japan Nite US Tour 2008, all of the shows having been organized by SXSW Music Asia and BENTEN Tokyo. Taking place on March 14th at Elysium, the following bands are scheduled to perform: detroit7, ketchup mania, Petty Booka, quartz-head 02, avengers in Sci-Fi, and Sodopp. More information about the bands taking part in the event can be found at SXSW Asia's Japan Nite 2008 page.

  • Namie Amuro's Latest Single

    01.13.2008 - Cage

    source : CDJapan

    related artist(s) :

    Namie Amuro will release her first single of 2008 on March 12th. The pop diva's latest single is currently untitled and will be released in both CD and CD+DVD formats.

    The single will aid the modernization of the Vidal Sassoon company, with a collaboration between Amuro, fashion stylist Patrica Field and hair stylist Orlando Pita.

  • An Cafe Returns to the USA!

    01.12.2008 - Kay

    source : Official Site

    related artist(s) : An Cafe  

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    The popular band An Cafe will return to the USA! Last year three of the members were invited to Akon in Texas and this time the band will make an appearance at Fanime 2008 in San Jose, California. Whether the band will perform this time is not known yet.

    For more info about Fanime, please check out their official website.

  • Japan Nite US Tour 2008, ketchup mania at Sakura-Con

    01.11.2008 - Kay

    source : SXSW Asia

    related artist(s) :

    Pop-punk rockers ketchup mania, along with Petty Booka, The Emeralds, detroit7, BEACHES, and SCANDAL will tour the USA for the Japan Nite 2008 tour. The following dates have been published:

    3/16 - Knitting Factory, New York, NY
    3/17 - TT The Bears, Boston, MA
    3/18 - Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
    3/19 - TBA, Denver, CO
    3/21 - TBA, San Francisco, CA
    3/23 - TBA, Los Angeles, CA

    In addition to the Japan Nite 2008 tour, ketchup mania will perform at the anime convention Sakura-Con, which takes place March 28-30 in Seattle, Washington.

  • Anna Tsuchiya's Cocoon

    01.11.2008 - Kay

    source : Official Site

    related artist(s) : Tsuchiya Anna  

    Rock chick Anna Tsuchiya will be releasing a new single, entitled cocoon, on January 30th.

    As usual, the single will be released in two different versions, both with a different cover from a rather remarkable new photo shoot. The title track is currently used in a commercial for the cellphone operator NTT DoCoMo.

  • ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION's World

    01.10.2008 - Yosab & Lacy

    source : CDJapan

    related artist(s) : Asian Kung-Fu Generation  

    ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION's new album, World World World, will be out on March 5th. The band's fourth full-length album, it will feature a sound with a worldly concept.

  • Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra's New Album

    01.10.2008 - Yosab & Lacy

    source : CDJapan

    related artist(s) : TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA  

    Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra's new, currently untitled, album is due out on March 26th. It will include the song Me & My Skyline and more for a total of twelve songs. A regular version will be available in addition to a limited version that will come with a bonus CD featuring live audio from the band's Montreux Jazz Festival '07 performance.

  • New Single & DVD From Ryuichi Sakamoto

    01.10.2008 - Yosab & Lacy

    source : CDJapan

    related artist(s) : Sakamoto Ryuichi  

    On March 19th Ryuichi Sakamoto will release a new single and DVD. The single, Koko, will feature his recording for the Japanese postal services "Heisei 20nen YO Nenga Campaign". The DVD, Playing The Piano/05, will contain footage from the composer's December 2005 piano concert, including songs like Energy Flow, Asience, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, and more.

  • alice nine.'s New Single

    01.10.2008 - Chantel

    source : Official Site

    related artist(s) : alice nine.  

    Alice nine.'s first release of the new year has been announced. Mirror Ball will be released on March 26th and will be available in three versions. Two of these will include three tracks and a DVD while the third will only contain two tracks. The title track will also be used in the movie adaptation of the anime "Aquarian Age".

  • Members of Vidoll at MegaCon

    01.10.2008 - Kay

    translation : Lacy

    source : Jhouserock, MegaCon

    related artist(s) : Vidoll  

    Vocalist, Jui and bassist, Rame of Vidoll will appear at Orlando, Florida's MegaCon convention as guests of Jhouse-Rock ENT. According to MegaCon's site, they will participate in photo and autograph sessions as well as a Q&A panel at the March 7th - 9th event.

  • Brand New Single From Lolita23q

    01.10.2008 - Hansi

    translation : Lacy

    source : Official Site

    related artist(s) : Lolita23q  

    Lolita23q have announced the release of a new single. Hoshi no Kakera will be released on March 5th and will come with a bonus DVD containing a PV for the title track.

  • Upcoming Album From Doping Panda

    01.10.2008 - Sanaka

    translation : Lacy

    source : CDJapan

    related artist(s) :

    On March 12th Doping Panda will release their new album. Dopamaniacs will includes songs like I'll be there, Crazy and more for a total of twelve tracks. The limited edition will include a CD-ROM adventure game for PC.

  • New Female Artist Releases

    01.10.2008 - jinshen_ka

    translation : Lacy

    source : CDJapan

    related artist(s) : YUI  

    Namidairo, the new single from YUI, will be out on February 27th. It will be available in a regular version which will also feature an acoustic rendition of Love & Truth, and a CD+DVD version that will include a PV and live footage.

    Sowelu's next single, Wish, will be out on March 12th and will be used as the ending to the anime series D.Gray-man.

  • X Japan's Upcoming DVD Releases

    01.10.2008 - Tanja & Lacy

    source : Official Site, CDJapan

    related artist(s) : X Japan  

    At first scheduled for release on January 25th, X Japan's new DVDs, X JAPAN RETURNS, have been postponed until February 29th. Though all titled similarly, three different DVDs will be available. X JAPAN RETURNS 1993.12.30 and X JAPAN RETURNS 1993.12.31 will each contain footage from those concerts on three discs each. However, a complete edition will also be available and will contain both concerts for a total of six discs. In addition, X JAPAN Returns Complete Edition DVD Box will include a bonus disc featuring unreleased live footage and the new PV, I.V..

  • AAA and Hirahara Ayaka Releases

    01.09.2008 - Cage

    source : Official Site, CDJapan

    related artist(s) : AAA  

    AAA will release their first best-of album on March 5th. The album will be titled ATTACK ALL AROUND, but other information has yet to be announced.

    Hirahara Ayaka has a series of releases coming up in the near future. The first is her latest single Hoshi tsumugi no uta, to be released on January 23rd. The second will be her first best-of album, Jupiter ~Hirahara Ayaka Best~, that will come in both CD and CD+DVD editions, to be released on February 13th. Lastly will be a live DVD, Concert Tour 2007: Sora At Kokusai Forum, also scheduled for release on February 13th.

  • Ask JaME a question!

    01.09.2008 - Weblog team

    source : JaME weblog

    The JaME weblog is doing a JaME question and answer session. Have you always been wondering about something related to JaME, but didn't dare to ask or was it too small to dedicate an email to? Here's your chance, so please comment on the weblog with your question!

    Next to that, the weblog is currently also collecting pictures of concert memorabilia; picks and drumsticks caught during lives, so feel free to submit yours as well.

  • Second Pressing of UnsraW's Abel/Kein

    01.08.2008 - Tanja & Lacy

    source : Guruguru

    related artist(s) : UnsraW  

    UnsraW will release a second pressing of their Abel and Kein releases. Due out on February 6th, the release will also include a new song as a bonus track.

  • New 3-Type Single From ayabie

    01.08.2008 - Sanaka

    translation : Lacy

    source : CDJapan

    related artist(s) : ayabie  

    A new, currently untitled, single from ayabie will be released on March 19th. It will be available in three versions: Type A with two songs and a bonus DVD, Type B with the same two songs and an additional song, and Type C with, once again, the same two songs but a different third track. All versions will come with different cover art chosen from six varieties.

  • Pistol Valve in Europe

    01.07.2008 - Tanja

    translation : Lacy

    source : J-Music Live

    related artist(s) :

    Pistol Valve will perform in Europe in February at seven different locations. The schedule is as follows:

    2/15 - Lo Bolegason - Castres, France
    2/16 - Abbey Studio - London, UK
    2/17 - Espace Miramar - Cannes, France (In partnership with the FAN FESTIVAL convention.
    2/18 - Scene Bastille - Paris, France
    2/19 - Underground - Cologne, Germany
    2/20 - Rosenkeller - Jena, Germany
    2/23 - Japan Addict - Strasbourg, France (In partnership with the JAPAN ADDICT convention.

    Please see our tour schedule for more information.

  • Rin' to Perform in Brazil

    01.07.2008 - Gaga-kun

    translation : Lacy

    source : Sao Paulo Japan Foundation

    related artist(s) : Rin'  

    A unique blend of pop and traditional Japanese music, the trio Rin' will perform at Auditorio Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil on January 16th. The performance will be the starting event for the commemoration of the 100 year immigration of Japanese to Brazil. Along with Rin' there will also be performances from Agatsuma Hiromitsu and two national artists, Hamilton de Holanda and Yamandu Costa.

  • Juka's Best Works

    01.07.2008 - Lizzie-chan

    translation : Lacy

    source : CDJapan, Live Announcement

    related artist(s) : Juka  

    Juka will release one more album, Seventh Sense, before ceasing activities due to, what he revealed during his last shows to be, throat polyps. The album, due out on February 26th, will include all of his releases from his solo debut to the most recent single, Saint Croix. It will also include a live-only released single and previously unreleased tracks. Juka told his fans that he was very sad about having to stop activities and that he hopes to return some day.

  • JaME URL Change

    01.05.2008 - Cynthia

    source : JaME

    With the coming of a new year, comes a change in the JaME URL. No longer are we divided by JaME America or JaME Europa, but rather we are JaME World!

    The usual "www.jmusicamerica.com" and "www.jmusiceuropa.com" has now changed to "www.jame-world.com" with the country abbreviation.

    For instance:
    http://www.jame-world.com/us/ (JaME U.S.A.)
    http://www.jame-world.com/uk/ (JaME U.K.)
    http://www.jame-world.com/au/ (JaME Australia)

    Many thanks to our readers from around the globe that have helped make this possible.

  • jealkb: Ready to Fly with a New Single

    01.04.2008 - Cage

    translation : Lacy

    source : Official Site, CDJapan

    related artist(s) :

    jeaklb will release their next single, Fly, on March 12th. It will be available in both a CD and CD+DVD version, the DVD containing a PV of the title track.

  • Inoue Yosui's Single Reissue

    01.04.2008 - Cage

    translation : Lacy

    source : CDJapan

    related artist(s) :

    Because it will be used as the background music for an ANA commercial, Inoue Yosui's 1986 single, Atarashii Rhapsody, will be reissued. Originally released in 8cm format, the reissued 12cm release will be available on February 20th.

  • New Single From Akiko Wada

    01.04.2008 - Cage

    translation : Lacy

    source : CDJapan

    related artist(s) :

    Soul singer Akiko Wada will release her latest single, Shiawase no chikara, on February 27th.

  • Gagaga SP 's New Album

    01.04.2008 - Cage

    translation : Lacy

    source : CDJapan

    related artist(s) :

    Gagaga SP will release their latest album, Koe ni dasu to akappaji, on February 5th. It will be their first album release in two years and will feature fifteen songs.

  • Plasma Jet Without a Vocalist or Bassist

    01.04.2008 - YURA-sama

    translation : Lacy

    source : Official MySpace

    related artist(s) :

    Vocalist Guillaume, who only recently joined in August, and bassist Youhei of Plasma Jet have officially left the band as of December 31st.

  • Toshinobu Kubota meets MISIA

    01.04.2008 - jinshen_ka

    translation : Lacy

    source : CDJapan

    related artist(s) : Misia  

    The second release in the Toshinobu Kubota meets campaign will be out on March 12th. Featuring a collaboration with MISIA, it will be available in two different versions and is currently untitled. A limited edition will include a bonus DVD with music video.

  • First Albums From 9GOATS BLACK OUT & Sugar

    01.02.2008 - Sanaka & Tanja

    translation : Lacy

    source : Official Sites

    related artist(s) : Sugar  

    9GOATS BLACK OUT's first release will be an album titled devils in bedside. It will include six tracks and be released on January 25th.

    Sugar's first full-length album, SWEETEST, will go on sale on March 5th. It will be available in two versions, the limited of which will include a DVD with the PV for Blossom. The band also has a new member now, bassist Shingo.

  • Joe Hisaishi's Collaboration with Hayao Miyazaki

    01.02.2008 - Laurent

    translation : Lacy

    source : CDJapan

    related artist(s) : Hisaishi Joe  

    Once again, famous composer Joe Hisaishi will collaborate with Hayao Miyazaki by composing the music of the new animation film "Gake no ue no ponyo". Prior to the release of the soundtrack, the release date for which is currently unknown, an image album will be available on March 5th. Also, a best-of compilation, featuring work from Joe Hisaishi's Piano Stories quadrology, will be released on February 27th.

  • The Best Of PORT OF NOTES

    01.02.2008 - Laurent

    translation : Lacy

    source : CRUE-L Records

    related artist(s) :

    Indie duo PORT OF NOTES (Miyuki Hatakeyama + Daisuke "DSK" Kojima) will release the 1st best of album of its more than ten year career on February 2nd. Titled BLUE ARPEGGIO ~OWN BEST SELECTION~, it will contain fifteen tracks selected by the artists themselves, including one new song, Anata ni tsuite.

  • Happy New Year!

    01.01.2008 - JaME Team

    source : JaME

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    The JaME team wishes everyone a happy 2008!

    Seeing as it doesn't only mean the start of a new year, but also the end of an old one, JaME is featuring an article with the most important Jmusic happenings in Europe and the America's in 2007.

    You can also find a short entry about it in the JaME weblog.

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