Today the International Johnny's newsletter came out with some announcements.
The first announcement was that Domoto Tsuyoshi's upcoming album NIPPON will be released in various countries in Europe. The news about this had been out for a while but the newsletter confirms which countries should be releasing the album; Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, UK,
Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. According to the newsletter the album will be out October 21st.
I will confess that at first I was surprised that Tsuyoshi was getting this kind of release but after thinking about I think Johnny's knows what they're doing. Even if there isn't demand for him in those countries the kind of music Tsuyoshi writes for his solo work would probably fit better with the European music scene than other Johnny's. Especially as it's some of the most un-idol music that comes from a member of Johnny's.
The next is that they are letting international fans ballot for tickets for A.B.C-Z's upcoming concert. And while that in itself probably isn't too noteworthy as a good deal of Johnny's concerts are open for this it's the way the group was promoted. Most notable was the fact that they mentioned how A.B.C-Z toured with Yamashita Tomohisa when he did his Asia tour and how they are, and I will directly quote, "Their popularity around Asia is growing!".
It's rather interesting as one of the things that felt like a sign that Kis-My-Ft2 were being prepared for debut was the fact they were the only Juniors going with KAT-TUN when they did their most recent Asia tour. Especially as they were even put on the marquee with KAT-TUN as if they were also headlining with them for some of those concerts. I don't think A.B.C-Z was featured that prominently with Yamapi's tour but I would not be surprised if part of the reason they were taken to tour with him was to help get people outside of Japan to know that they exist. And going back to the A.B.C-xyZ announcement if the group debuts they'll be heading to Asia soon after debut so maybe Asian Johnny's fans should start figuring out if they'll be a group they would like to become a fan of.