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HYDE new album “Anti” out on June 19th!

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Anti (album cover)
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Rock singer and musician HYDE is releasing a new album on June 19th! Anti is the artist’s 4th original album, and arrives more than 10 years after his previous solo album Faith. Hyde has been busy, releasing 5 new singles since last June, which will all be included on this album. Anti will contain 13 tracks total. Other than the singles, several B-sides, original songs, and a remix of “MIDNIGHT CELEBRATION II” will be included.

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Sunday, May 19th, 2019 Release news No Comments

Nakajima Megumi commemorating 30th birthday with new album!

30 pieces of love / Megumi Nakajima

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Singer and seiyuu Nakajima Megumi turns 30 years old on June 5th, and she is releasing a compilation album to commemorate the occasion. 30 pieces of love is set for a release date of June 5th, and will contain 30 tracks total spanning Megumi’s singing career since her solo debut in 2009. All 15 of Megumi’s singles, some of which were released as double A sides, are included on this 2 disc set. Several B sides and tracks from prior albums are included in the rest of the songs, along with one brand new song, “Love! For Your Love!” which was recorded for this album.

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Friday, May 17th, 2019 Release news No Comments

Lisa Halim releasing album “A New Me” on June 5th!

Singer-songwriter and surfer Lisa Halim is releasing a new (mini) album containing 7 songs. A New Me will be in stores on June 5th. Two of the songs will be covers, and the other 5 will be original material for which Lisa has composed and/or written lyrics. A New Me comes 5 years after the artist’s previous album By The Sea, where she covered popular songs with relaxing acoustic arrangements.

The music video to one of the songs, “Setsunai kurai, aishiteta. ~reprise~,” is available on YouTube, and can be previewed below the track list. The song was originally released in 2008 as a single on the Pony Canyon label. The new version on this album, which was released as a digital single last November, is less R&B and more in the acoustic folk style of Lisa’s recent work.

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Kaji Hideki new album “Goth Romance” out on June 5th.

Goth Romance / Hideki Kaji

Goth Romance (album cover)
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Singer, composer, and musician Kaji Hideki will release his 18th original studio album on June 5th! Titled Goth Romance, the album will contain 12 tracks total. Hideki has provided English titles for each of the songs in addition to their Japanese titles. Hideki’s recent work seems more reminiscent of Suneohair than gothic, with the relaxed, dreamy lead song “Spray and Fanfare” available for preview on Spotify and Youtube.

An audio preview of “Spray and Fanfare” is on the official YouTube channel of Space Sonic Music, for which Hideki hosts a radio program that airs every Wednesday night.

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The Winking Owl releases new album “Thanks Love Letter” on June 5th!

Thanks Love Letter / The Winking Owl

Thanks Love Letter (limited edition cover)
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Alternative/emo rock band The Winking Owl is releasing their second full album on June 5th! Titled Thanks Love Letter, the album will contain 12 tracks total, including recent single “Try.” It has been 3 years since the band’s debut album, BLOOMING, in May 2016. The band has also posted dates to their “Thanks Love Letter” Tour in support of the new release, in June and July. Currently, they are on their “Drive Camp” Tour through May.

Music videos to 2 songs on the album, “Try” and “NEW” are available on the Warner Music official YouTube channel, and can be previewed below the track list.

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B’z new album “New Love” out on May 29th.

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Legendary rock band B’z is releasing their 21st original studio album on May 29th! The album is titled New Love, and follows their prior album Dinosaur which was released 2.5 years ago.

New Love contains 13 previously unreleased songs, several with tie-ups to commercials and TV shows including “Majestic” (Pocky CM), “Hei, hashiru” (Japanese national rubgy team), “WOLF” (Fuji TV channel drama SUITS), and “Deus” (Suzuki car CM).

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Monday, May 6th, 2019 Release news No Comments

Inoue Sonoko releasing new album “Shiro to Iroiro” on May 29th.

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Shiro to Iroiro (regular edition cover)
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Singer, songwriter, musician, and actress Inoue Sonoko is releasing her new album on May 29th! Titled Shiro to Iroiro, the album will contain 12 tracks total, including the single “Fantastic”, two songs from her prior mini-album Mine (“Remember” and “Fumidasu ippo ga boku ni naru”), the digital single “KOTONOHA NO OMOI”, and others.

A short commercial for the album and the music video to “Hajimari” are available on YouTube, and can be previewed below the track list.

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Sunday, May 5th, 2019 Release news No Comments

Sheena Ringo new album “Sandokushi” out on May 27th!

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Sandokushi (regular edition cover)
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Veteran singer, songwriter, and musician Sheena Ringo is releasing a new album in May! Sandokushi is being released 5 years after her previous original album Hi Izuru Tokoro. The album will contain 13 tracks total, centered around the theme of the “3 poisons” in Buddhist teaching.

Included are many collaborations with artists including Turtoise Matsumoto (vocalist of the Ulfuls), Sakurai Atsushi (vocalist of Buck-Tick), Miyamoto Hiroji (vocalist of Elephant Kashimashi), and others.

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RIRI new EP “Summertime” out on May 22nd!

Summertime EP / RIRI

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R&B singer RIRI is releasing a new single! Titled Summertime, the release will contain 5 tracks, with collaborations by several R&B/urban pop artists. The songs “Summertime” and “luv luv feat. Junoflo”, which features a Korean artist, have been released digitally, and the track “HONEY (BUNNY Remix)” is a remix of the lead song from RIRI’s most recent album NEO. “Dilemma” is a cover of a Nelly song.

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Saturday, May 4th, 2019 Release news No Comments

SNARE COVER new mini album “Birth” out on May 15th.

Birth / SNARE COVER

Birth (album cover)
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Singer-songwriter Saitou Takeshi is releasing a new mini-album under his solo project title SNARE COVER on May 15th! The release is titled Birth and contains 7 songs written and composed by Saitou. Many of the songs make use of looping to add harmonies, percussion, and overlaid guitar melodies.

Several live clips are available on the SNARE COVER official YouTube channel, and can be previewed below the track list.

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