Yonghwa reveals cover image for his 1st mini album ‘Do Disturb’


CNBLUE Yonghwa’s has released the cover image for his first mini album.

FNC Entertainment released the full schedule for Yonghwa’s first mini album ‘Do Disturb‘ and meeting with the schedule timeline, the cover image has been revealed. Like many concepts these days in K-pop, Yonghwa is going for a tropical theme in the image. Along with the image, FNC included the caption, “SUMMER NIGHT BEGINNING – COVER IMAGE OPEN” and a link to Yonghwa’s website, which you can check out there.

Stay tuned for more teasers from Yonghwa, before his full release on July 19.

 

Zico drops tracklist for 2nd mini album ‘Television’


Zico has dropped his tracklist for his 2nd mini album.

The mini album will include 6 songs including double title songs “Anti” and “Artist“, as well as songs fans have already heard such as “She’s a Baby” and “Bermuda Triangle“. “Bermuda Triangle” will only be available on the CD (but fans will be able to find the digital track through the single release from last year).

Check out the tracklist above and get ready for his comeback on the 12th.

 

KNK drops comeback schedule for repackage album ‘GRAVITY, Completed’


KNK has dropped their comeback schedule for their repackage album.

The boys will be repackaging their 2nd single ‘Gravity‘ into ‘GRAVITY, Completed‘. They’ve released a comeback schedule that shows that there will be a concept photo at midnight on the 11th, MV teasers on the 12th-14th at midnight, a tracklist at midnight on the 17th, an album preview on the 18th, and then the full release at 6PM KST on the 20th.
Stay tuned for KNK’s comeback.

KARD drop the MV teaser for their debut with ‘Hola Hola’


KARD released their debut MV teaser.

In the newest teaser for the title track ”Hola Hola”, the four members are captured freely roaming the bright lights in Las Vegas and by the ocean in Los Angeles while the catchy melody of ”Hola Hola” plays in the background.

You can listen to the full version of ”Hola Hola” on July 19. Stay tuned for KARD’s debut!

 

CNBLUE’s Yonghwa drops new concept video for ‘That Girl’


CNBLUE‘s Yonghwa recently dropped a concept trailer titled ‘LET U IN‘ for his latest track “That Girl” from his upcoming 1st mini album ‘DO DISTURB.’

The 18-second footage features funky background music as the singer gets ready for his big day with that girl.

Stay tuned for the full release on July 19.

 

New Digital Single from Aoi-168-


Ayabie vocalist Aoi‘s solo project Aoi-168- will release a new digital single titled MUSIC on August 10th.

This will be his first new solo release in about three years. The song is said to be an upbeat rock track, and it was composed by his former bandmate Megamassoguitarist Ryohei.

He has also announced a one-man tour for the winter titled Aoi-168- WINTER TOUR 2017 “J”. It will kick off at club vijon on December 15th and end at Ikebukuro EDGE on the 24th.

A short version of the video for Aoi-168-‘s 2014 single Hitsuyou aku can be viewed below.

 

Utada Hikaru Releases “Forevermore” Cover Art + “Oozora de Dakishimete” Reaches #1


On July 10, Utada Hikaru released her summer single “Oozora de Dakishimete” as well as the cover art for her next single “Forevermore“.

“Oozora de Dakishimete” was digitally released globally on July 10. The song hit #1 on iTunes in Japan upon its release, and has charted within the top 10 of various other countries.

A special lyric site for the single was made public. The site will change its layout depending on what users on Twitter are talking about, providing a visual representation of what lines are resonating with netizens the most.

While her latest single is being released, Hikaru is also busy promoting her next single “Forevermore” as well. The single’s cover art was released on July 10.

The cover art was shot by Jamie-James Medina, who is also directing the music video for the single.

 

BENI to Cover Sakanaction, AAA, Sandaime J Soul Brothers, and More in City Pop-style


On September 13, BENI will release her fourth cover album, “COVERS THE CITY.” On this album, BENI will be taking songs by male artists and reinterpreting them in the style of city pop. As with her other cover albums, the covers on this new album will be in English.

There will be 12 songs on “COVERS THE CITY.” Seven of the 12 songs have been revealed, and they include hits by the likes of Sakanaction, AAA, Sandaime J Soul Brothers, and Kiritani Kenta. Along with the announcement of “COVERS THE CITY”, BENI released the lyric video for her cover of Kenta’s “Umi no Koe.” Check it out below, along with more information on the album!

・海の声 / 桐谷健太 (Umi no Koe / Kiritani Kenta)
・家族になろうよ / 福山雅治 (Kazoku ni Narou yo / Masaharu Fukuyama)
・恋音と雨空 / AAA (Koi Oto to Amazora / AAA)
・新宝島 / サカナクション (Shin Takarajima / Sakanaction)
・ずっと好きだった / 斉藤和義 (Zutto Suki Datta / Saito Kazuyoshi)
・ひまわりの約束 / 秦基博 (Himawari no Yakusoku / Hata Motohiro)
・R.Y.U.S.E.I. / 三代目 J Soul Brothers (R.Y.U.S.E.I. / Sandaime J Soul Brothers)
12 songs in total

 

Mika Nakashima reveals visuals for cover album “ROOTS ~Piano & Voice~”


On August 9, Mika Nakashima will release a new cover album titled “ROOTS ~Piano & Voice~”, her second one after 2014’s “Zutto Suki Datta -ALL MY COVERS-“. As the title suggests, the focus will be on piano arrangements of the songs and Nakashima’s distinguished voice.

Unlike “ALL MY COVERS” that features some songs that were released by the singer previously, the covers on “ROOTS” are all new and the roster of the covered artists includes Miyuki NakajimaSpitz and amazarashi. Incidentially, amazarashi covered Nakashima’s “Boku ga Shinou to Omotta no wa” for her tribute album last year.

Check out the freshly released album visuals and more artists below.

Mika Nakashima – “ROOTS ~Piano & Voice~

Regular Edition (CD)

Limited Edition (CD + DVD)

Tracklist

  1. Melody (Koji Tamaki)
  2. Inochi no Betsumei (Miyuki Nakajima)
  3. Maboroshi (Jun Shibata)
  4. SAY YES (CHAGE and ASKA)
  5. Anata no Kisu wo Kazuemashou ~You were mine~ (Yuki Koyanagi)
  6. Hiro (amazarashi)
  7. Sora mo Toberu Hazu (Spitz)
  8. Matsuri no Ato (Keisuke Kuwata)

DVD:

MIKA NAKASHIMA 15TH ANNIVERSARY BEST LIVE IN TAIPEI / Live documentary film

 

A Glimpse into Ayumi Hamasaki’s Lavish Personal Life


NTV variety show “Konya Kurabete Mimashita” recently provided a look into the luxury lifestyle of singer Ayumi Hamasaki. Hosted by Yoshimi TokuiTerumoto GotoSHELLY and HKT48 Rino Sashihara, the 2-hour special also guested comedian Tomochika and Nora Hirano.

In the opening segment called “Ayu Block“, the host peeled pieces off a board to reveal personal pictures from Hamasaki’s personal life from her lifestyle book released in 2014 (all of which was filmed ahead of her house photo drama earlier this week).

Weekly magazine FLASH reported earlier this week that Hamasaki recently sold her 5-floor Aoyama mansion to move to the high-class Tokyo residential area Denenchofu, a district in Ota Ward in southern Tokyo famously home to other celebrities such as avex CEO Max MatsuuraHiroshi Itsuki and former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. The district includes many detached suburban homes built in a variety of styles, including Japanese neo-classical, Swiss cottages, Edwardian villas and modern architectural designs.

The mansion that sources say Hamasaki paid 1 billion yen in cash for was built on land that exceeds 900 square meters, and is reportedly adjacent to Matsuura’s former residence.

Hamasaki’s newly moved-in three-story home boasts a 60-tatami mat “party room” and 50-tatami mat guest room (In Japan, the size of a room is often measured by the number of tatami mats which roughly equate to 1.65 square meters each).  As the mansion was built towards the end of the economic bubble in 1992, marble is abundantly used inside (which is something Hamasaki’s mother loves, as they live together).

Living Room


Every morning, she calls her yoga instructor over to practice the physical, mental and spiritual discipline with a friend (presumably Timmy Wellard?). She corrects the host, saying this is her “training room”.

Bath Time


Ayumi Hamasaki is a known bath fanatic. The program showed off her gorgeous circular bath tub, which was lined with candles and filled with rose petals and rose-tinted water

I like drawing a bath, I like choosing bathtubs, and I like buying bathtubs,” Hamasaki said. She’s crazy about baths.

Staff


Ayu brought 25 staff members to the taping of the episode, including managers, record company officials, and her glam squad:

  • 7 Managers
  • 5 Record Company Officials
  • 4 Stylists
  • 4 Hair & Makeup Staff
  • 2 Trainers
  • 1 Costume Designer
  • 1 Eyelash Extension Specialist
  • 1 Esthetician

She clarifies her trainers are around for standby (when there is free time between filming, as filming can go on for a while). According to comments left by industry insider “ProllyWild” in the comment section of the previous post, this is a normal amount of staff for a celebrity of her magnitude who does not do variety appearances often.

Shoe Collection

Ayumi Hamasaki’s designer shoes are not really for wearing, but rather for decoration as she likes looking at them. She doesn’t know how many she has.

She seemingly doesn’t like wearing them—she usually only wears sandals when she lives her day-to-day life.

Garden

She literally floored the hosts when a picture of her with her Yorkshire Terriers Oreo and Kokoawere shown.

Did you go to a National park or something?

It’s my own garden.

Built on her rooftop, she is sitting on a structure that looks like a pond with its reflection—but it’s really a skylight (window) into the floor below.

Dogs

Ayu loves her small dogs. She has five at her home, and often brings them along with her on tour:

  • Kure
  • Choko
  • Oreo
  • Kokoa
  • Papiko

Sunglass Collection


Ayu showed off her shelves of sunglasses, of which she has three cases of.

Bag Collection


A picture is shown of Ayu’s collection of Chanel bags arranged on steps in a small hallway with mirrored walls.

Ayu’s Influence

Besides her personal life, the show looked at her impact as a celebrity.

Incomes a pop-up nostalgia board where they talk about Ayu’s impact on pop culture, showing clips of her debut video “pokerface” and the covers of her second studio album “Loveppears“. She was so big that when she released a new song, there were huge lines at record stores. When an album was delayed, avex’s stocks would plummet.

The Fall of Ganguro with the Gyaru Boom

Using the dark skin-toned “Appears” single cover as a transitional topic, they note Ayu’s come-up in the late 90’s and early 2000’s coincided with the rise of Gyaru fashion which she helped further popularize.

Eyebrow comedian Nora Hirano, who is the same age as Ayu, talked about her days as a Gyaru, stanning for Ayu’s 2000 hit “Vogue“.

Bedazzling

They talk about her being known for bedazzled phone cases. She admittedly now uses a plain phone case and doesn’t really use her phone.

Being on Everything

In her heyday, she monopolized literally every magazine cover at one point. Talent only.

The promotion for “A Best” was extensive. Between March and April 2001, Hamasaki appeared in over 40 magazines.

Queen of Patterns

She is credited with popularizing leopard print in Japan, as well as Camo and Zebra.

Furry tails

Her Tail Charm in the “Evolution” music video single-handedly revolutionized fashion.