Friday, October 31, 2014

Koda Kumi - Dance In The Rain

Dance In The Rain is a single by Koda Kumi in which it was released digitally last week on 22nd Oct .

Koda is taking this new release to the next level . The music video for Dance In The Rain includes an experience-based 360-degree that makes use of the latest advances in technology like 3D Sound & Oculus Rift . Considered the future of visual entertainment , Oculus Rift is a virtual reality head-mounted display that has not been released yet to the public , projected to be available in April 2015 .

A danceable number sung emotionally by Koda , Dance In The Rain will be released as a CD + DVD edition exclusively only for Koda's fanclub members next month on 12th Nov . The CD will include the A-side & instrumental tracks (no B-sides are included in the single) while the DVD will include the music video + making video footages of Dance In The Rain .

A lot of emotions can be felt in Dance In The Rain in which Koda delivered this song with plenty of gusto . It's a real shame that this song's only released digitally as I feel that it has a lot of potential to do well if it gets a general physical CD release .

My only slight problem towards Dance In The Rain is that it could have been a bit more longer as I felt duration wise , it's a bit short but sometimes you don't need a very long song to prove that it's great which's what I think Koda's trying to deliver when comes to Dance In The Rain .

The video preview for Dance In The Rain is simply stunning & I was in awe upon watching it . I'm sure the full version will be fantastic as soon as it gets released next month . Hopefully in due time , Dance In The Rain (be it song or video) will be eventually made available in Koda's 12th album as it will be a waste for this not to happen at all .


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Acid Black Cherry - INCUBUS

CD Regular

CD Limited

CD + DVD

1) INCUBUS
2) CLOUDY HEART ("LAST GIGS" ver.) 【Recreation Track】

INCUBUS is Acid Black Cherry's 19th single & it was released last week on 22nd Oct .

Acid Black Cherry's latest offering comes in about 7 months+ since the release of their previous single Kimi ga Inai Ano hi Kara ... .

CLOUDY HEART serves as the B-side in INCUBUS & for this , it's a cover of Kikkawa Kouji . This song was included in the album Cloudy Heart that was released in 31st Jan 1994 as track #7 .

Personally , every single aspect of INCUBUS is brilliant . From the song to the visual aspects , yasu spares no thoughts in making this single an all rounder .

INCUBUS itself is a hard rock edgy gritty number . The song is angsty/aggressive at its very best .

Acid Black Cherry's 4th album L will be released in 2015 . L will centres on an extraordinary story about a woman called L who lived a life full of ups + downs & just wanted love .

L will be Acid Black Cherry's 1st album in 3 years , after the release of their 3rd album 『2012』 .


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

V6 - Sky's The Limit

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CD + DVD Normal & Type A

CD + DVD Type B

Music Card

Sky's The Limit is V6's 44th single & it was released last week on 22nd Oct .

V6's latest single offering comes in about 2 months + since the release of their previous single Namida no Ato ga Kieru Koro .

The A-side was picked to be used as the theme song for Tokai TV / Fuji TV's noontime drama Hottokenai Majotachi starring member Miyake Ken & Sky's The Limit is described as a dance number that shows the group's true value .

There're a total of 3 B-sides in the single in which all of them will be not reviewed :

- Eyes to Eyes
- Ashita wa Kuru kara (CD Only Track)
- Kimi ga Inai Sekai (CD Only Track)

After releasing 2 back to back ballads as singles , I'm so relieved that Sky's The Limit is a great comeback for V6 as I honestly feel that they're equally versatile when comes to doing uptempo songs & ballads .

Sky's The Limit most certainly didn't disappoint & I already like it on 1st listen as it's edgy without sounding cheesy which allows V6 to showcase some serious dance moves in the music video .

V6 will celebrate their 20th anniversary next year & it's hard to believe that 20 years ago , they 1st debuted in the scene with their debut single MUSIC FOR THE PEOPLE .

A lot of artistes come & go but I'm glad that V6 still managed to stick around after so long as they're 1 of the rare seniors Johnny's that still got it going on in them . It's not easy to keep on going but if V6 is still around after all this while , they must be doing something right isn't it ?


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Suga Shikao - Monoraru Sekai

Monoraru Sekai is a single that was released digitally by Suga Shikao . Suga's latest digital single offering was released last week on 22nd Oct .

Before embarking on his upcoming SUGA SHIKAO NEXT ROUND TOUR 2014 , Suga released Monoraru Sekai to coincide with it + this track's an pleasant listening track coupled with funk , soul + R&B sounds that Suga's known for .

I did not really enjoy Suga's previous physical single release Astride / LIFE that much but Monoraru Sekai is something worth checking out & coming from 1 of the most unique/respective male solo artistes , it says a lot .


Monday, October 27, 2014

Kobukuro - 42.195km

42.195km is a single that was released digitally by Kobukuro . This was released about 2 weeks ago on 15th Oct .

Promo wise , 42.195km was picked to be used as the official theme song for the Osaka Marathon that took place yesterday on 26th Oct . Compared to their previous physical single release Hidamari no Michi which was great , I do not really like 42.195km that much because I felt that when Kobukuro does harder rock songs , it somehow doesn't really suit their image .

Let alone , 42.195km doesn't sound as though it's suited to be used in a sports related event even though song title wise it's a different thing .

Considering that the duo has other great songs in their discography , 42.195km is something I don't mind to skip in not hearing it .


Sunday, October 26, 2014

GLAY - Hyakka Ryoukan / Hashire ! Mirai

Cover for both CD & CD + DVD editions

1) Hyakka Ryoukan
2) Hashire ! Mirai
3) BLEEZE ~Studio Session Ver~
4) Soto Nada SAPPHIRE ~Studio Session Ver~
5) Kuroku nure ! ~Studio Session Ver~
6) YOU ~Studio Session Ver~
7) 「MUSIC LIFE」 Trailer

Hyakka Ryoukan / Hashire ! Mirai is GLAY's 51st single & it was released last week on 15th Oct .

The group's latest single offering comes in about 3 months + after the release of their previous single BLEEZE ~G4・III~ .

Hyakka Ryoukan / Hashire ! Mirai is GLAY's 2nd single release in celebrating their 20th anniversary in the business .

Besides both A-sides , Hyakka Ryoukan / Hashire ! Mirai also includes live recordings of all tracks from BLEEZE ~G4・III~ which were recorded from their 1st studio session live that was held in July , as well as a digest audio recording of their 13th album MUSIC LIFE .

The 1st A-side Hyakka Ryoukan has a heavy rock tune & is a satire of modern society . The hard rock number has lyrics that're intended to critique aspects of modern society in Japan .

On the other hand , the 2nd A-side Hashire ! Mirai was picked to be used as the opening theme for the anime Daiya no A . This rock tune was written + composed by vocalist TERU who claims to be a fan of Daiya no A .

Regarding the tie-up , TERU commented , "I loved reading Daiya no A , but I never thought that GLAY would be in charge of its theme song , so I am very happy ." This's GLAY's 1st tie-up with an anime in over 15 years , since their song Surviva was used as the opening theme song for the anime Kaikan Phrase .

Between both A-sides , I prefer Hashire ! Mirai a lot more than Hyakka Ryoukan . With regards to Hyakka Ryoukan , its music direction is something I don't really like that much unlike Hashire ! Mirai where it's more light hearted & fun .

Celebrating their 20th anniversary in the music industry , 1 of JRock's most iconic/influential bands GLAY has most certainly come a long way in the business & with the release of their latest single Hyakka Ryoukan / Hashire ! Mirai , they show no signs of slowing things down in any single bit .

GLAY's 13th album / 20th anniversary MUSIC LIFE will be released next month on 5th Nov & both Hyakka Ryoukan + Hashire ! Mirai will be included in the album , as tracks #2 & #4 respectively .


Friday, October 24, 2014

Matsushita Yuya - Whisper my name

1) Whisper my name
2) Close to you (LIVE)
3) Naturally

Whisper my name is Matsushita Yuya's latest single which was released digitally last week on 18th Oct .

The release of Whisper my name comes in about less than a month after the release of Matsushita's previous digital single Eternal now .

In Matsushita's latest digital single offering , it includes 2 B-sides which're live recordings . Close to you was 1st found originally as the 1st B-side of Matsushita's 2nd single LAST SNOW while Naturally was Matsushita's 8th physical single release .

As for Whisper my name , it's an mid tempo R&B number & it's not as catchy as Eternal Now on 1st listen . I find the song ok but it wouldn't be a fave song of mine as it sounds like something Matsushita has done before .

This year alone , Matsushita has already released 4 singles digitally inclusive of his latest offering Whisper my name . I do hope that for his next release , it will be a full length album but of course I wouldn't mind if he chose to put out another digital single release again .



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Upcoming JPop Releases

 
# Mika Nakashima's best album DEARS , 051114 , Wed

# Mika Nakashima's best album TEARS , 051114 , Wed

# GLAY's 13th album MUSIC LIFE , 051114 , Wed

# INKT's self titled debut album , 081114 , Sat

# L'Arc~en~Ciel's L'Arc~en~Ciel LIVE 2014 at National Stadium DVD + Blu-ray , 121114 , Wed

# Akanishi Jin's 1st mini album Mi Amor , 121114 , Wed

# Shota Shimizu's 16th single SNOW SMILE , 121114 , Wed

# Namie Amuro's 40th single BRIGHTER DAY , 121114 , Wed

# KinKi Kids's 34th single Kagi no Nai Hako , 121114 , Wed

# THE TURTLES JAPAN's debut single It's Alright ! , 191114 , Wed

# Fukuyama Masaharu's FUKUYAMA MASAHARU WE'RE BROS. TOUR 2014 HUMAN DVD + Blu-ray , 201114 , Thu

# Hilcrhyme's lead vocalist TOC's debut solo album IN PHASE , 261114 , Wed

# SPYAIR's 1st best album BEST , 261114 , Wed

# FLOWER FLOWER's debut album Mi , 261114 , Wed

# Aqua Timez's 17th single Ikite , 031214 , Wed

# Tackey & Tsubasa's 4th album Two Tops Treasure , 031214 , Wed

# flumpool's flumpool 5th Anniversary tour 2014 「MOMENT」 〈ARENA SPECIAL〉 at YOKOHAMA ARENA DVD + Blu-ray , 031214 , Wed

# SID's 19th single White tree , 101214 , Wed

# Ken Hirai's 37th single Sore Demo Shitai / Onnaji Samishisa , 101214 , Wed

# KinKi Kids's 14th album M album , 101214 , Wed

# Kobukuro's KOBUKURO LIVE TOUR 2014 "Hidamari no Michi" FINAL at Kyocera Dome Osaka DVD + Blu-ray , 171214 , Wed

# Hilcrhyme's Hilcrhyme in Nippon Budokan ~Junction~ DVD , 241214 , Wed

# Hilcrhyme's 6th album title tbc , release in Spring 2015

# Acid Black Cherry's 4th album L , release in 2015




Album Reviews


# Yamashita Tomohisa - YOU

# Aoyama Thelma - Lonely Angel

# Yamashita Tomohisa - Asobi EP

# Kis-My-Ft2 - Kis-My-Journey

# ayumi hamasaki - Colours

# KAT-TUN - come Here

# Hey ! Say ! JUMP - smart

# Fukuyama Masaharu - HUMAN

# Miliyah Kato x Shota Shimizu - THE BEST

# JASMINE - Welcome to Jas Vegas

# SID - OUTSIDER

# Shota Shimizu - ENCORE

# Hilcrhyme - FIVE ZERO ONE

# DAIGO - DAIGOLD

# Koda Kumi - Bon Voyage

# Tegomass - Tegomass no Seishun

# MUSCLE ATTACK - MUSCLE

# KAT-TUN - Kusabi -kusabi- EP

# ARASHI - LOVE

# Yamashita Tomohisa - A NUDE

# Matsushita Yuya - #musicoverdose

# JASMINE - Complexxx

# SPYAIR - MILLION

# BENI - Red

# ON/OFF - DICE EP

# NEWS - NEWS

# Namie Amuro - FEEL

# AKIHIDE - Amber

# Kis-My-Ft2 - Good Ikuze !

# girl next door - Life of Sound

# V6 - Oh ! My ! Goodness !

# ayumi hamasaki - LOVE again

# Mika Nakashima - REAL

# flumpool - experience

# ayumi hamasaki - again EP

# Hilcrhyme - LIKE A NOVEL

# ayumi hamasaki - LOVE EP

# ARASHI - Popcorn

# Domoto Koichi - Gravity

# SPYAIR - Just Do It

# SID - M&W

# Yamashita Tomohisa - Ero

# Namie Amuro - Uncontrolled

# Hey ! Say ! JUMP - JUMP WORLD

# Kis-My-Ft2 - Kis-My-1st

# Acid Black Cherry - 『2012』

# Shota Shimizu - Naturally

# ayumi hamasaki - Party Queen

# Matsushita Yuya - 2U

# KAT-TUN - CHAIN

# Kuroki Meisa - UNLOCKED

# L'Arc~en~Ciel - BUTTERFLY

# ayaka - The beginning

# Koda Kumi - JAPONESQUE

# Kuriyama Chiaki - CIRCUS Deluxe Edition

# girl next door - Agaruneku !

# Hilcrhyme - RISING

# ON/OFF - Legend Of Twins II -Zoku Futago Densetsu-

# BENI - Fortune

# YUI - HOW CRAZY YOUR LOVE

# Saito Kazuyoshi - 45 STONES

# Tegomass - Tegomass no Mahou

# SPYAIR - Rockin' the World

# BREAKERZ - GO

# ayumi hamasaki - FIVE EP

# B'z - C'mon

# School Food Punishment - Prog-Roid

# ARASHI - Beautiful World

# Aoyama Thelma - WILL

# Ken Hirai - JAPANESE SINGER

# GIRL NEXT DOOR - Destination

# Tackey & Tsubasa - TRIP & TREASURE EP

# Shota Shimizu - COLORS

# Koda Kumi - Dejavu

# SID - dead stock

# flumpool - Fantasia of Life Stripe

# Yamashita Tomohisa - SUPERGOOD , SUPERBAD

# Kuroki Meisa - MAGAZINE

# ayumi hamasaki - Love songs

# BENI - Jewel

# Hilcrhyme - MESSAGE

# Saito Kazuyoshi - ARE YOU READY ?

# Mika Nakashima - STAR

# Kanjani∞ - 8UPPERS (Pacchi Uppers)

# GLAY - GLAY

# Anna Tsuchiya - RULE

# NEWS - LIVE

# JASMINE - GOLD

# Domoto Koichi - BPM

# Aoyama Thelma - LOVE ! 2

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# ARASHI - Boku no Miteiru Fukei

# Kanon Wakeshima - Shoujo Shikake no Libretto ~LOLITAWORK LIBRETTO~

# YUI - HOLIDAYS IN THE SUN

# Hey ! Say ! JUMP - JUMP NO.1

# KAT-TUN - NO MORE PAIИ

# BENI - Lovebox

# Matsushita Yuya - I AM ME

# Acid Black Cherry - Q.E.D.

# Acid Black Cherry - BLACK LIST

# school food punishment - amp-reflection

# Tegomass - Tegomass no Ai EP

# BREAKERZ - B.R.Z ACOUSTIC EP

# ayumi hamasaki - Rock'n'Roll Circus

# V6 - READY ?

# DAIGO☆STARDUST - HELLO CRAZY GENTLEMAN

# DAIGO☆STARDUST - The space toy

# Shota Shimizu - Journey

# Koda Kumi - UNIVERSE

# NEVER LAND - Beautiful Days EP

# abingdon boys school - ABINGDON ROAD

# BENI - Bitter & Sweet

# GIRL NEXT DOOR - NEXT FUTURE

# LANDS - Olympos EP

# flumpool - What's flumpool !?

# Kuroki Meisa - ATTITUDE EP

# Yusuke - Ano .. Konnan Dekimashita Kedo.

# KinKi Kids - J album

# Namie Amuro - PAST < FUTURE

# BREAKERZ - FIGHTERZ

# alan - my life

# LOVE - LOVE.IT EP

# B'z - MAGIC

# Dew - PRESENT

# Saito Kazuyoshi - Tsuki ga Noboreba

# Aoyama Thelma - Emotions

# SID - hikari

# Kobukuro - CALLING

# Domoto Koichi - mirror

# Tegomass - Tegomass no Uta

# ON / OFF - Legend Of Twins I -Futago Densetsu-

# Fukuyama Masaharu - Zankyou

# Kanon Wakeshima - Shinshoku Dolce

# GReeeeN - Shio , Koshou -SALT & PEPPER-

# flumpool - Unreal EP

# Yuna Ito - DREAM

# Kanjani∞ - PUZZLE

# KAT-TUN - Break the Records -by you & for you-

# Kuroki Meisa - hellcat EP

# Kanjani∞ - KJ2 Zukkoke Daidassou

# ayumi hamasaki - NEXT LEVEL

# Utada Hikaru - DEEP RIVER

# Utada - This Is The One

# Kanjani∞ - KJ1 F·T·O

# ARASHI - Dream"A"Live

# Kanjani∞ - Kansha ni Eight EP

# alan - Voice of EARTH

# Aoyama Thelma - LOVE !

# Koda Kumi - TRICK

# Aoyama Thelma - DIARY

# YUI - I LOVED YESTERDAY

# YUI - CAN'T BUY MY LOVE

# BREAKERZ - BREAKERZ

# GIRL NEXT DOOR - GIRL NEXT DOOR

# GReeeeN - A , Domo. Ohisashiburi Desu

# YUI - FROM ME TO YOU

# GReeeeN - A , Domo. Hajimemashite

# BREAKERZ - CRASH & BUILD

# ai otsuka - LOVE LETTER

# Mika Nakashima - VOICE

# BREAKERZ - BIG BANG !

# NEWS - color

# Anna Tsuchiya - NUDY SHOW !

# Soundtrack Of High School Musical 3 : Senior Year

# L'Arc~en~Ciel - KISS

# BREAKERZ - Ao no Mirai EP

# ai otsuka - LOVE PUNCH

# ai otsuka - LOVE COOK

# ai otsuka - LOVE JAM

# KAT-TUN - cartoon KAT-TUN II You

# OLIVIA - Trinka Trinka EP

# NEWS - touch

# NEWS - pacific

# ARASHI - Iza , Now

# ARASHI - One

# NANA Triple Billing

# OLIVIA - The Cloudy Dreamer EP

# Anna Tsuchiya - strip me ?

# ARASHI - ARASHIC

# KAT-TUN - Best of KAT-TUN

# Anna Tsuchiya - Taste My Beat EP

# ARASHI - Time

# Electrico - We Satellites

# ayaka - Sing to the Sky

# ayaka - First Message

# KAT-TUN - KAT-TUN III -QUEEN OF PIRATES-

# Koda Kumi - BEST ~BOUNCE & LOVERS~

# Jesse McCartney - Departure

# The Veronicas - Hook Me Up

# Ken Hirai - LIFE is ...

# Ashlee Simpson - Bittersweet World

# Ken Hirai - gaining through losing

# Yuna Ito - HEART

# Utada Hikaru - HEART STATION

# Ken Hirai - FAKIN' POP

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Yuna Ito - WISH

# Ken Hirai - SENTIMENTALovers

# Koda Kumi - Kingdom

# ayumi hamasaki - GUILTY

# ai otsuka - LOVE PiECE

# abingdon boys school - abingdon boys school

# ayumi hamasaki - I am ...

# ayumi hamasaki - RAINBOW

# The Great Spy Experiment - Flower Show Riots

# Koda Kumi - BEST ~second session~

# The Click Five - Modern Minds And Pastimes

# Soundtrack Of High School Musical 2

# Koda Kumi - Black Cherry

# Namie Amuro - PLAY

# Maroon 5 - It Wouldn't Be Soon Before Long

# ayumi hamasaki - Memorial address EP

# NANA starring Mika Nakashima - THE END

# Mika Nakashima - YES

# Jamie Michael - People Watching

# ayumi hamasaki - A BEST 2 -BLACK- & A BEST 2 -WHITE-

# ayumi hamasaki - (miss)understood

# ayumi hamasaki - Duty & MY STORY

# Muse - Blackholes And Relevations

# Utada Hikaru - ULTRA BLUE

# ayumi hamasaki - Secret

# Utada - Exodus

# Vanessa Hudgens - V

# The Veronicas - The Secret Life Of The Veronicas

# Jesse McCartney - Right Where You Want Me

# Maksim - Electrik

# McFly - Motion In The Ocean




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# The Best Music Releases For The 1st 1/2 Of 2009

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# Fave Singles Of 2008

# Fave Albums Of 2008

# The 1st Song I Heard From My Future JPop Acts

# The Best & The Worst Music Releases For The 1st 1/2 Of 2008

# Fave Albums Of 2007

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