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Hashimoto Yuta debut album “CHANGE” out on August 7th.

Change / Yuta Hashimoto

Change (regular edition cover)
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Singer Hashimoto Yuta is releasing his first album on August 7th, titled CHANGE. The album will contain 12 tracks total, including the 4 singles “NEW WORLD,” “Fuwa fuwa,” “Kimi wa yougisha,” and “BOKURA SEDAI.” “Koibito ni naretara” is a digital single, and the other tracks are original songs. Yuta is known for his “melty” high-pitched voice, and has gathered an online following through his covers of Japanese ballads, mostly originally sung by female vocalists.

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 Release news No Comments

Leola second album “Things change but not all” out on Aug 7th!

Singer-songwriter Leola is releasing her second album on August 7th! Titled Things change but not all, the album will contain 12 tracks total. “Puzzle” is Leola’s 5th single, while “Sunshine & Happiness,” “Magic Clap,” and “RIDE ON TIME” were originally released on her mini album LOVE, LIFE & LAUGHTER. The other songs appear to be new material, including the advance digital single “Alright!”.

Several music videos and live recordings are available on YouTube, and can be previewed below the track list.

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the HIATUS new album “Our Secret Spot” out on July 24th!

Our Secret Spot / the HIATUS

Our Secret Spot (album cover)
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Rock band the HIATUS is releasing their 6th original album on July 24th! The release commemorates the band’s 10th anniversary, and will contain 10 tracks total which are all original new recordings.

A 10th anniversary special page has been posted to the band’s website, and a trailer featuring songs from the band’s previous albums since 2009 can be previewed below the track list. Previews of songs from Our Secret Spot are not officially available.

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Sunday, June 30th, 2019 Release news No Comments

Sakamoto Maaya new single “Uchuu no kioku” out on July 24th.

"BEM (Anime)" Intro Theme Song: Uchu no Kioku / Maaya Sakamoto

Uchuu no Kioku (single cover)
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Singer, songwriter, and seiyuu Maaya SAKAMOTO is releasing a new single on July 24th! Titled Uchuu no Kioku, the leading and title song of the single is composed by Sheena Ringo, and features jazz overtones that are a bit different from Maaya’s usual musical influences. Two coupling songs will be included, and the instrumental tracks for all 3 songs will also be on this disc.

“Uchuu no kioku” will be the opening to a remake of the animated show Youkai Ningen BEM, originally aired in 1968. The show has been remade several times, and the 20th anniversary remake will be the second animated remake, and the third overall.

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Saturday, June 29th, 2019 Release news No Comments

bird commemorates 20th anniversary with best album on July 24th!

bird 20th Anniversary Best / bird

bird 20th Anniversary Best (album cover)
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singer-songwriter bird is releasing a best album on July 24th! bird 20th Anniversary Best will contain 28 tracks on 2 discs, spanning her career since her first single “SOULS” was released in 1999. bird’s overall groovy music suggests influences ranging from R&B to reggae, bossa nova, and jazz.

This compilation will include 18 of her 23 singles, along with several other songs found on several more recent studio albums: “Flowers” and “Konnanimo Blue” from NEW BASIC (7th studio album); “Laboratory”, “First Breath”, and “The Secret Room” from HOME (8th); “Run” and “Ah” from 9 (9th); and “Ashita no Kizashi” and “Michi” from LUSH (10th).

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Komagata Yuri new mini album “Indigo” out on July 17th.

Indigo / Yuri Komagata

Indigo (album cover)
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Seiyuu and singer Komagata Yuri is releasing her second mini album in July! Titled Indigo, the release features 7 original songs. Yuri might be best known for her role in a popular rhythm simulation game, THE iDOLM@STER, where she has performed at live events; and her love of covering songs by Maaya SAKAMOTO.

While no previews are available for Yuri’s new mini album, you can find a compilation of her Maaya covers at the YouTube link below (not guaranteed to work after the date of this post).

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Thursday, June 27th, 2019 Release news No Comments

SOLEIL new album “Lollipop Sixteen” out on July 17th.

Lollipop Sixteen / SOLEIL

Lollipop Sixteen (album cover)
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Teenage singer SOLEIL is releasing her third album under the Victor Entertainment label on July 17th! Lollipop Sixteen will contain 12 tracks total, with the last track being instrumental.

“Mellotron Girl” was released as a digital single in May, along with B-side “High School Lullabye” which is a cover of a 1981 song by the Imo-Kin Trio. “Zozoi” is a cover of a France Gall song. The other songs appear to be original, and inspired by the 1960’s rock ‘n’ roll sound.

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Miyuu new mini album “Here Comes The Sound!” out on July 17th!

Here Comes The Sound! / Miyuu

Here Comes The Sound! (regular edition cover)
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Singer-songwriter Miyuu is releasing her second mini album on July 17th! Titled Here Comes The Sound!, the release will contain 6 new tracks. Miyuu has performed some of the songs at online live events.

Several music videos and full song clips are posted to Miyuu’s official YouTube channel through her label Avex, but most are only available to those who pay for a subscription. Live recordings are available unofficially on YouTube, but links are not guaranteed to work after the date of this posting. The music video to “closer again,” an insert song for the TV animation Revisions, is available to preview below the track list.

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Kamishiraishi Mone new mini album “i” out on July 10th!

I / Mone Kamishiraishi

i (regular edition cover)
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Actress and singer Kamishiraishi Mone is releasing her second mini album on July 10th! Titled i, the album’s concept is “5 love stories” and includes 5 songs total. The song “Happy End” is the theme song to a movie starring Mone titled L-DK Hitotsu Yane no Shita, ‘Suki’ ga Futatsu, based on a manga of the same title.

The full song clip to “Happy End” and another song from the album titled “Eien wa Kirai” are available on the artist’s official YouTube channel, and an album trailer and music videos have been posted to the Universal Music website. The videos can be previewed below the track list.

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Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 Release news No Comments

LOVEBITES live CD+DVD “Daughters of the Dawn” out on July 10th!

Daughters Of The Dawn - Live In Tokyo 2019 / LOVEBITES

Daughters of the Dawn (album cover)
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All-female metal rock band LOVEBITES is releasing their first live recordings on July 10th! Titled Daughters of the Dawn, the releases will consist of a live album, a Blu-Ray disc, and a DVD with recordings from their Clockwork Immortality Tour performed at Akasaka Blitz on January 27th, 2019.

The live CD album will contain 19 audio tracks, of which two are the intro and outro to the set. The Blu-Ray and DVD will contain footage of the same content, and include an extra chapter with the band members discussing the instruments they played on the tour.

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Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 Release news No Comments
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