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Higuchi Ai new album “Hibi Rinrin” out on June 20th.

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Hibi Rinrin (limited edition cover)
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Singer-songwriter Higuchi Ai is releasing her second full album on June 20th. The album will be titled Hibi Rinrin (“Amazing Days”) and contain 10 tracks total. Higuchi is a piano-based songwriter with a “modern” voice and stories to tell.

Hibin Rinrin will be released in 2 editions: a limited edition with a bonus DVD, and a regular CD only edition. The DVD will contain clips for the studio live versions of “Potari” and “Watakushi-goto.” The regular edition will include a bonus 11th track.

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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 Release news No Comments

Beverly new album “24” out on June 20th!

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24 (limited edition +DVD cover)
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Pop singer Beverly is releasing her second album on June 20th! The album is titled 24, which is also the singer’s age. It will contain 12 tracks total, including “LOVE THERAPY” and “A New Day.” Clips of music videos for several of the songs have been posted to YouTube by Beverly’s record label, Avex, and can be viewed below the track list.

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 Release news No Comments

lyrical school releasing new album “World’s End” on June 19th!

Hip-hop/spoken word idol group lyrical school is releasing their second major label album in June! Titled World’s End, the disc will contain 11 songs and other tracks/skits. 7 original songs will be included, along with a song they’ve performed live titled “DANCE WITH YOU”, and the 3 singles “Natsuyasumi no BABY,” “Tsuretette yo,” and “CALL ME TIGHT.” Music videos to their singles are posted on their official YouTube channel, and can be viewed below.

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Monday, May 14th, 2018 Release news No Comments

LOVEBITES new EP “Battle Against Damnation” out on June 5!

The female power metal trend continues as all-female band LOVEBITES releases their first mini album in June. Perhaps more accurately called an EP, Battle Against Damnation will contain 4 original tracks. The Japanese release will be distributed by Victor, while the US release will be on the Sliptrick Records label.

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Saturday, May 12th, 2018 Release news No Comments

Imai Miki new album “Sky” out on June 6!

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Sky (album cover)
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Veteran singer and actress Imai Miki is releasing her 20th album on June 6th. Titled Sky, it will contain 10 original songs composed by various well known musicians including Tomoyasu Hotei (her husband), Kameda Seiji (also the album’s producer), and Bonnie Pink.

One of the songs, “Anata wa anata no mama de ii” is the theme song to the movie Owatta Hito, and can be previewed with an official music video, and a movie trailer, on Miki’s official YouTube channel.

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Sunday, May 6th, 2018 Release news No Comments

BanG Dream! fictional band Roselia releasing debut album “Anfang” on May 2nd!

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Anfang (regular edition cover)
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The fictional band Roselia from popular manga/anime series BanG Dream! is releasing its first album in May. Titled Anfang, the album will include all 5 singles by the band, along with other songs for a total of 12 tracks.

The series BanG Dream!, now with several manga series and a TV show, has produced several hit singles on the real-life Oricon chart by fictional bands from the story, including Poppin’ Party, Roselia, and Pastel * Palettes. All 5 of the singles released by Roselia thus far have made it into the top 10 of the chart.

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Friday, April 27th, 2018 Release news No Comments

Tainaka Sachi mini album “Cat’s Cradle” out on May 23!

Cat's Cradle / Sachi Tainaka

Cat's Cradle (album cover)
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Singer-songwriter Tainaka Sachi is releasing a mini album next month! Titled Cat’s Cradle, the CD will be available on May 23rd from an independent label. It will contain 6 original tracks with an emphasis on classical arrangements with wood bass, violin, cello, and viola. The release announcement on her website suggests that her music and vocals will be in line with her usual gentle, carefree, and comforting style.

Sachi will go on tour in June to commemorate the album’s release, with three live venues and dates announced in Japan.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2018 Release news No Comments

ZAQ new album “Z-ONE” out on May 16!

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Z-ONE (limited edition cover)
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Singer-songwriter ZAQ is releasing her third album Z-ONE next month! 5 singles will be included among a total of 12 songs. All of the included singles, mostly upbeat poppy rock numbers, have tie-ups to anime shows. Most of the songs were written and composed by the artist, and several are also arranged by her.

Z-ONE will be released in 2 editions: a regular, and a limited edition containing a Blu-ray disc with music videos and footage from a live tour in 2016.

Music videos to the singles on the album can be previewed below the track list.

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Monday, April 16th, 2018 Release news No Comments

COMA-CHI fifth CD album “JOMON GREEN” out on May 16!

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JOMON GREEN (album cover)
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Rapper and R&B singer COMA-CHI is releasing her fifth studio album to CD on May 16th! Titled JOMON GREEN, the album was released digitally in March, but will now be available in CD format. JOMON GREEN contains 11 tracks and features several collaborations with artists including Keyco, Takimaku, and MC Mystie. The album is distributed by COMA-CHI’s indie label Queen’s Room.

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Friday, April 13th, 2018 Release news No Comments

Fio new mini album “Nakunara warae!!” out on May 9!

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Nakunara warae!! (album cover)
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Indie reggae-inspired artist Fio is releasing a mini album on May 9th! Titled Nakunara warae!!, this collection of 8 tracks ranges from dance pop to reggae ballads.

Other than a remix version of “Tsui no hito,” a song from her first album released in 2016, and a song titled “Daijoubu” which appears to be an instrumental track, the other 6 songs were released as digital singles or are new recordings. Several music videos have been posted to her label’s YouTube channel and can be previewed below the track list.

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 Release news No Comments
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