Toremono to make their Major Debut with their First Full Album

Island-pop band Toremono have announced that they will be joining up with Warner Music Japan in order to release their first studio album on July 5th.  Titled “island island”, this 11 track record will include a mix of bright tropical tunes and sentimental ballads which have been newly composed by the band.

Ahead of the album’s release, the group have published a teaser for its title song to their official Youtube channel.  In addition, album tracks “Puzzle” and “Zutto Anata to.” have both been picked up as CM songs for Fujitsu FMV’s latest web-based commercials.

You’ll find the teaser, both CMs, and the cover and track list for “island island” right after the jump.

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FAKY releases cool new MV for “Someday We’ll Know”

Avex group FAKY has released the video for their latest song “Someday We’ll Know”.

“Someday We’ll Know” is one of the promotional songs for their upcoming major debut mini-album “Unwrapped”. With 8 tracks in total, the album features a few of their previously released digital singles including “Candy” and “Surrender”. The CD+DVD edition of the album comes with 4 music videos for “Candy”, “Are You Ok?”, “Surrender”, and the latest track “Someday We’ll Know”.

In the “Someday We’ll Know” MV the girls mainly wander around urban areas in Tokyo, with scenes cutting to an impressive dance routine performed on the roof of a building. “Unwrapped” will be released on June 14th, 2017. Covers for the mini-album and the full MV for “someday We’ll Know” can be seen below.

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The Recording Industry Association of Japan Releases Its Annual Report for 2016

Following on the heels of the IFPI report on the worldwide music industry, the Recording Industry Association of Japan recently released its annual report for 2016.

According to the RIAJ, the volume of production of physical music (both audio and video formats) was 212.98 million, 95% of 2015’s total. Revenue from physical music was 245.7 billion yen, 97% of 2015’s total.

On the digital front, revenue was at 112.9% of 2015’s total, at 52.9 billion yen. This is the third year of consective growth in the digital market.

When combined, the physical and digital markets were at 99% of 2015’s total, at 298.5 billion yen.

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The Birthday and Mahou Shoujo ni Naritai Perform on Premium MelodiX! for May 22

This week’s guests were The Birthday and Mahou Shoujo ni Naritai.

The Birthday – Dakishimetai

Mahou Shoujo ni Naritai – Himesama Spirits

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Yuya Tegoshi’s LINE information/conversations have been leaked

NEWS and Tegomass member Yuya Tegoshi is the latest victim of contents from his personal social media getting leaked to the public.

Early this morning LINE conversations from Yuya’s personal account were shared on twitter, instantly getting hundreds of RTs. Around the same time the QR code of his personal account was additionally leaked making it so anyone could add him or look up his profile, Yuya was forced to swiftly delete his account in response.

Luckily for Yuya, the contents of the leaked information weren’t scandalous or incriminating. One leaked image shows him heading to go play golf via helicopter, while another shows his excitement over his picture being shown in a national Spanish newspaper, and one with himself at the salon getting a new hairstyle. Typical stuff you would share on social media. However, what does have fans a little worried is that Yuya criticized his agency Johnny & Associates. Read more

After nearly 10 years Buono! calls it quits

Today on May 22nd, 2017 Buono! held their final concert “Buono! Live 2017 ~Pienezza!~”, a sold out show at the famed Yokohama Arena. The concert lasted over 3 hours long with 33 songs performed in total.

Buono! consists of former Berryz Kobo members Momoko Tsugunaga, Miyabi Natsuyaki, and C-ute member Airi Suzuki. They made their official debut on October 31st, 2007 with the single “Honto no Jibun”, which served as the ending theme for the anime “Shugo Chara!” A successful string of singles and albums were released until 2012, when Buono! activities started to slow down. After 4 years of no new music Buono! returned to the music scene with their DVD single “Sorashido -Nene-“.

Once it was announced that both C-ute and Momoko Tsugunaga would be graduating from Hello!Project in June 2017 the fate of Buono! was clear. Read more