Friday, September 30, 2016

DAIGO - Wanda Nanda!?

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Wanda Nanda!? is a song by DAIGO that was used in the TBS anime Kamiwaza Wanda .

This song was included in the Kamiwaza・Wanda SONG COLLECTION ~Wanda Nanda!?~ compilation album which was released on 21st Sept .

I think there's a pretty clear reason on why Wanda Nanda!? isn't released as part of DAIGO's solo release because I frankly don't think it's single material unlike ULTRA BRAVE which was also released in a compilation album which subsequently wasn't released as part of DAIGO's solo discography .

Prior to K S K , I thought DAIGO might release Wanda Nanda!? as his next solo single but end of the day in a way I'm glad he didn't & for once I don't mind this was released as part of Kamiwaza・Wanda SONG COLLECTION ~Wanda Nanda!?~ .

Wanda Nanda!? is meant not to be taken seriously & this's to fit the theme/story plot of Kamiwaza Wanda but given a choice , I would rather listen to other solo songs of DAIGO's instead as he has many better material & not this .


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

ARASHI - Power of the Paradise

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CD + DVD

Power of the Paradise is ARASHI's 50th single & it was released last week on 14th Sept .

This single was released 4 months + since their previous single I seek / Daylight .

Power of the Paradise was used as NTV's theme song in covering the 2016 Summer Olympics that was held this year at Rio de Janeiro , Brazil . Member Sakurai Sho served as the main caster .

Past NTV Olympics coverage songs by ARASHI include :

2004 Summer Olympics (held in Athens , Greece) - Hero (2nd A-side of 13th single Hitomi no Naka no Galaxy / Hero)
2008 Summer Olympics (held in Beijing , China) - Kaze no Mukou e (2nd A-side of 23rd single truth / Kaze no Mukou e)
2010 Winter Olympics (held in Vancouver , Canada) - Yurase Ima wo (1st B-side in 29th single Troublemaker)
2012 Summer Olympics (held in London , England) - Akashi (track #15 in 11th album Popcorn)
2014 Winter Olympics (held in Sochi , Russia) - Road to Glory (1st B-side in 42nd single Bittersweet)

The A-side is described as a support song for the athletes as well as for all the people who keep on challenging . It has a positive vibe that wraps around you with refreshing vigour & kindness .

This time round , there's only 1 B-side made available in Power of the Paradise . Titled Hana , this ballad is only available in the CD only edition of the single .

Arashi channels the Power of the Paradise in their 50th single . Backed by a refreshing & resonant sound of strings + percussion , the uplifting track centres on courage & power .

Way before Power of the Paradise had the CD treatment , I already liked the song the 1st time ARASHI debuted it during NTV's THE MUSIC DAY Natsu no Hajimari. in July as normally , they don't tend to debut a new song live on TV shows before an official CD release .

To me it would have been better if Power of the Paradise was released during the Olympics coverage as releasing it now is a bit too late but aside from that , this's their 50th single which's a milestone & they couldn't have picked a better song to commemorate it .

Just that I wished a bit more effort would have gone into creating the single covers & the video as both aspects look really cheap but the song itself is something I really enjoy so I let this pass .

ARASHI's 15th album Are You Happy? will be released next month on 26th Oct & Power of the Paradise will not be included in the new album .


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

FLOWER FLOWER - Takaramono

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2 CDs Limited

1) Takaramono
2) Hono

Takaramono is FLOWER FLOWER's debut single & it was released last week on 7th Sept .

FLOWER FLOWER's last physical release was last Feb's mini album Shiki EP . The band took a break after vocalist yui got married & gave birth to twin boys last Aug .

Takaramono marks the 1st time FLOWER FLOWER releases a physical single . Their debut solo album Mi & Shiki EP were physically released before , but all singles were released digitally until now .

Work on Takaramono began earlier this year with yui expresseing her excitement over the single . She commented , 'I wasn't expecting to be able to release this single. I'm honestly very happy about it," she said .

Takaramono has been part of the band's set list during their past concerts & it's generally considered 1 of their more popular unreleased songs .

Hono serves as the B-side in Takaramono while the 2nd disc of the 2 CDs edition includes 3 live recordings Toumei na Uta (track #4 in debut album Mi) , Takaramono & Start Line (track #11 in debut album Mi) from FLOWER FLOWER's 2013 secret live gig which was held in Tokyo's Shibuya WWW .

FLOWER FLOWER resume activities with the single Takaramono , a fan favourite that the band has been performing live since the start & they re-recorded the song for this single release .

It's great to have FLOWER FLOWER back with them returning back to the music scene & I understand why Takaramono is a personal favourite song of their fans as it's a very chilled out song which's quite different & less complicated sounding than their other songs .

Hono felt like an extension from Takaramono but all in all , I think both songs are pretty good . End of the day , it's heartening to see them back as I feel some of their material are good even though I still wish yui would go back to do solo material but hopefully that might happen in the near future ?

That said , here's hoping it wouldn't take long for FLOWER FLOWER to release something new again .


Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Kis-My-Ft2 - Sha la la☆Summer Time

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Sha la la☆Summer Time is Kis-My-Ft2's 17th single & it was released last month on 24th Aug .

The group's 5th album I SCREAM was released in June .

The A-side was used in the ads of Unakowa & as the title suggests , Sha la la☆Summer Time is a full on bright Summer song .

There're a total of 4 B-sides in the single . 2 are found in the CD only edition while 1 different B-side are each included in both CD + DVD editions .

Out of the 4 B-sides , 3 of them are done by 3 different sub duo/trios within Kis-My-Ft2 .

DREAM STAGE is the only B-side sung by the whole group & this was used as the theme song for Fuji TV's Moshimo Tours .

This's 1 of 2 songs that're only available in the CD only edition of Sha la la☆Summer Time . The sub duo song found in it is Touch which's sung together by Fujigaya Taisuke & Tamamori Yuta .

Snack SHOW wa is included only in the CD + DVD A edition of the single & this's handled by Kitayama Hiromitsu , Yokoo Wataru & Miyata Toshiya while in the CD + DVD B edition , you can find 70 Oku-bun No 2 which's sung by Nikaido Takashi & Senga Kento .

Kis-My-Ft2 shake things up with their latest single offering Sha la la☆Summer Time . While I feel the A-side is not their personal best , it's the structure of their new single that catches my attention as it's something they haven't done before , singles wise .

Out of the 3 different sub duo/trios songs , the only 1 I dislike is Kitayama , Yokoo & Miyata as Snack SHOW wa is just a really strange song & I find it really odd that in between takes , there's talking dialogue involve which makes me confused .

On the other hand , Fujigaya & Tamamori's duo track Touch is really edgy & catchy which I enjoyed a lot while I'm surprised the most by Nikaido & Senga's duo song as 70 Oku-bun No 2 is a ballad .

70 Oku-bun No 2 is a complete departure from what Nikaido & Senga did together in Double Up (found as track #10 in Kis-My-Ft2's 4th album KIS-MY-WORLD) but it's nice nonetheless . The only thing I don't like is that it should have been a bit longer .

All in all , it seems that surprises just keep coming from Kis-My-Ft2 & that's not necessary a bad thing as it feels like whatever they do next , it keeps my interest on check constantly & I'm already waiting to see what else they have plan next .



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# SPYAIR - KINGDOM

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# NEWS - NEVERLAND

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# GRANRODEO - Karma to Labyrinth

# GRANRODEO - Pierrot Dancin'

# Hilcrhyme - SIDE BY SIDE

# Kanon Wakeshima - luminescence Q.E.D

# ARASHI - Are You Happy?

# Mao from SID - Maison de M EP

# Hey ! Say ! JUMP - DEAR.

# Ken Hirai - THE STILL LIFE

# BENI - Shiki Uta summer

# Kis-My-Ft2 - I SCREAM

# ayumi hamasaki - M(A)DE IN JAPAN

# MUSCLE ATTACK - HERCULES ROAD

# Aoyama Thelma - PINK TEARS EP

# Shota Shimizu - PROUD

# flumpool - EGG

# NEWS - QUARTETTO

# AKi - EPHEMERAL EP

# BENI - Undress

# SPYAIR - 4

# ARASHI - Japonism

# Aoyama Thelma - GRAY SMOKE EP

# ayumi hamasaki - sixxxxxx EP

# BREAKERZ - 0-ZERO-

# Domoto Koichi - Spiral

# Kis-My-Ft2 - KIS-MY-WORLD

# Hey ! Say ! JUMP - JUMPing CAR

# Namie Amuro - _genic

# ayaka - Rainbow Road

# THE TURTLES JAPAN - ELECTRONIC HUMANITY

# ayumi hamasaki - A ONE

# Hilcrhyme - REVIVAL

# MUSCLE ATTACK - ATTACK

# Koda Kumi - WALK OF MY LIFE

# B'z - EPIC DAY

# Acid Black Cherry - L

# Kanon Wakeshima - Tsukinami

# NEWS - White

# FLOWER FLOWER - Shiki EP

# AKi - ARISE

# FLOWER FLOWER - Mi

# ARASHI - THE DIGITALIAN

# Anna Tsuchiya - LUCIFER EP

# 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

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# 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

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# 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

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# SID - hikari

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# 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

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# ayumi hamasaki - Secret

# Utada - Exodus

# Vanessa Hudgens - V

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