26 October 2010

Kinki Kids new single

There will be a new single for Kinki Kids before the end of the year. This will also be their 30th single since debut and it is titled Family -Hitotsu ni Narukoto-. It will be released on December 1st.

It comes in two editions and is the usual Kinki Kids single release with the difference between the LE and RE mainly being a different B-side track.

Family -Hitotsu ni narukoto- [Regular Edition] / KinKi Kids

Family -Hitotsu ni narukoto- [Limited Edition] / KinKi Kids

I believe with this single every group has now released a single in 2010. Which is a vast improvement from 2009 where there were groups that seemed to be completely overlooked release-wise. Hopefully 2011 will be good about making sure each group releases something as well.

24 October 2010

Kazama Shunsuke to star in Visual Kei film.

It's been announced that Junior Kazama Shunsuke will be starring in an upcoming movie where he will play the lead singer of a visual kei band. The movie has already begun filming and is scheduled for a theater release in Japan in February of 2011.

Tokyograph article.

I'm happy for him, as it's probably a good sign that Johnny's is changing in a way that even if one doesn't debut in a singing group that their career with the agency is over or that they won't get the chance to find another way to stand out and be recognized.

Of course I can't help but wonder that if Yamashita Shoon was still with Johnny's if he would be following in the foots steps of Toma and now Kazama and get the chance to become an acting Johnny's.

23 October 2010

Higashiyama Noriyuki married!

Higashiyama Noriyuki (aka the ageless one from Shounentai) has let it been known that he has registered for marriage to actress Kimura Yoshino. They still have not had the wedding ceremony and gave no word to when that would be.

Tokyograph article. (English)

News like this is nice to see first thing in the morning. I hope they both spend many happy years together as a couple.

19 October 2010

Tokyo Juniors Vs. Kansai Juniors

Johnny's net has updated with information about a Junior concert event at NHK Hall on Novmeber 27th. It seems Johnny's is willing to spend some money on the Kansai Juniors and will be bringing some over to participate in the two concerts scheduled for that day which are titled A.B.C.-Z + Tokyo Juniors Vs. Nakayama Yuma + Kansai Juniors. Well there's a little more before that but I'm feeling dead tired right now so I don't want to do a full translation but it more or less ends up translating to a 'East/West song battle, East/West Juniors gathering'.

I really wish I would be in Japan for this, especially considering how rare it is to have a group of Kansai Juniors perform in Tokyo. Hopefully there will be a fan who knows English that will go and give everyone a report for the concert.

14 October 2010

Arashi has second million selling album

Arashi's latest album, Boku no Miteiru Fuukei, has finally crossed the 1 million sales mark this past week. This is their second album to do this, the first was last years single collection, and the first original studio album of their to do so. It is also the only album in 2010 to have sold over a million copies and is the current yearly number 1 album of the year for the Oricon chart.

Tokyo Graph article.

I have to say this is pretty impressive for Arashi, especially seeing as very albums these days sell over a million, and most tend to be single collections and other kinds of best of albums. It looks like 2010 could be dominated by the Storm like last year was.

13 October 2010

KAT-TUN - Change UR World single

It's been rumored for a while but finally there is official news for KAT-TUN's next single after their last album. The single is titled Change UR World and will be used as the new theme song for Going! Sports & News and will be released November, 17th. It also seems to be a return to KAT-TUN's more rock-pop sound as it boasts "lots of guitar rifts" and drumming by Korn's Ray Luzier.

Like KAT-TUN's more recent singles this will come in three editions. The first LE type comes with only the title track as well as a DVD with the PV, making of, and documentary from the summer concerts of 2010. The next LE has four songs in total, the title song, another group song and then the solo songs for members Ueda Tatsuya and Taguchi Junnosuke. Then the RE will have two B-side group songs on it that aren't on the LE, one being set up for fans of the group to learn to sing at their concerts next year.

Change UR World [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type 1] / KAT-TUN

Change UR World [Limited Edition / Type 2] / KAT-TUN

Change UR World [Regular Edition] / KAT-TUN

06 October 2010

Tackey & Tsubasa new single & Tackey's Takizawa Kakumei

Tackey & Tsubasa are finally going to release a new single as a duo on November 24th. The single will come in three editions, two LEs and one RE.

The LEs each have a DVD, but with different content for each one, while the RE will have bonus tracks not available on either versions of the LE and karaoke tracks. The DVD for the Type A LE will have the PV for the title track while the Type B LE DVD will have a mini documentary for the duo's upcoming concert tour.

Ai wa Takaramono [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type A / Jacket A] / Tackey & Tsubasa

Ai wa Takaramono [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type B / Jacket B] / Tackey & Tsubasa

Ai wa Takaramono [Jacket C] / Tackey & Tsubasa

Also dates for next year's Takizawa Kakumei butai have been announced. Like in previous years the butai will start on the first day of the year and run for the entire month of January in Tokyo.