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Artist:   MIREI (Mirei Touyama)   Dancing Dolls R.  
Source:  press release
The Niconico sensation turned Jpop Idol group, Dancing Dolls R. brings their love for otaku and vocaloid culture to American fans, and will make their 3rd US live appearance since last summer with their label mate and a new breed of J-POP sensation, MIREI (Mirei Touyama) on SonyMusic at Anime Matsuri in Houston, TX this April. They will headline the main music concert on Friday, April 7 and will guest judge K-POP Dance Battle the following day with a special live performance. Earlier in January, both Dancing Dolls R. and MIREI rocked the crowd at SacAnime in Sacramento, California performing original songs and vocaloid covers, as well as a controversial remake of Beyoncé’s FORMATION and the dance floor anthem, Porter Robinson’s “SHELTER”.

If you are planning to attend Anime Matsuri, don’t miss their performances. If you won’t be around Texas this time, don’t worry and stay tuned for more US and international dates on its way!

Dancing Dolls R.

Following 10 million plus social video views,Dancing Dolls made their major record debut from Sony Music with “Touch-A.S.A.P.-/Shanghai Darling” in Sept, 2012. Choreographed by Misaki, the leader of the group, their sharp dance moves and powerful vocal skills distinguish them from other idol groups, but still hold the J-POP essence and sensibilities. Their EPs including “monochrome”, “Ring Dong” and their major debut singe “Touch- A.S.A.P.-/Shanghai Darling” are available at iTunes Store worldwide and the music video for each title tracks are also available at Vevo!

MIREI (Mirei Touyama)

The new breed of 18 year old pop star representing her own SNS generation is definitely an artist to watch out even for the international music fans.
She won Japan’s biggest dance competition, being featured in one of the top Gospel Choirs in America, and also released a commercial US single, Tattoo when she was only 14. Last summer, she made her major debut with the 12 song album set, titled “My Way” from Sony Music Japan and charted #1 on iTunes. She was also featured by Radio Fish for their summer smash, “Golden Tower” that is being viewed more than 12 million times on YouTube between the live version and the official MV. Her music videos are also available on Vevo.
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Artist:   MUCC  
Source:  Maverick
MUCC fans will likely already be aware that the band will be playing Budokan on 6/20 and 6/21 as part of their celebratory 20th anniversary tour.

For those who live overseas and are hoping to attend, tickets specifically for fans abroad can be purchased at the following URL:

Get them while they last, and don't miss this historic show!
Author: M. Minikhiem
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L'Arc~en~Ciel released information for the overseas fans who are interested in buying tickets for their 25th L'Anniversary Live, which will be taking place at Tokyo Dome on April 8 and April 9.

You can order your ticket from March 10th at 12:00pm (Japan time) to March 14 at 6:00pm (Japan time) on Live Pocket (in English) at the following address:

The cost of a ticket is 11,000 JPY (tax incl.) and includes an L'ed band (wristband).

Tickets will be assigned through a lottery, the result of which is scheduled to be announced on March 16th at 3:00pm (JST).
Author: Stefania
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Artist:   VAMPS  
VAMPS announced that they will be touring USA with I Prevail and Starset this May.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday, February 24, at 12 pm EST, including VAMPS exclusive VIP upgrades, at this link, where you also can check the dates and venues:

You can check out an exclusive preview for some new music from their upcoming album on VAMPS official Facebook page:
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Date: 2017.02.22
Source:  Universal Music Newsletter
Japanese superstar HOTEI returns to Europe in April 2017 with live dates scheduled in Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium, playing in many cities for the very first time.

This is a message from the man himself:

"My career started from playing in small clubs in Japan, and we built it up to the level where I was able to play in front of stadiums full of screaming fans.

And now, I'm opening the door to the world, starting again from playing small clubs in new, unfamiliar places. Back to basics, never lose your ambition even in your success―that's my philosophy. One step at a time with your own steps, that's the only way to achieve your dreams.

I can guarantee you that you will be up on your feet dancing once you hear me play live with my amazing band, even if you are not familiar with me. Those who are bored with experiencing live performances with no soul will be surprised at how refreshing it is to see a real 'live' performance!

I am really looking forward to meeting as many people as possible on this Euro tour! If you can't connect with the soul of the audience in front of you, there's no chance to grab the hearts of thousands!"

Hotei celebrated his 35th anniversary in music in 2016 with a new "Best of" album release and an extensive touring schedule in Japan, with 57 dates across the country. The shows ranged from intimate club shows, to a free open-air concert in his hometown in front of 25,000 fans and finishing the year with his 40th performance at the Budokan in Tokyo on December 30th, where Hotei performed 35 songs to celebrate his 35 years in music.

Hotei also found time in 2016 to continue building his international profile, striking up a personal and professional relationship with Italian superstar Zucchero and performing on his latest, platinum selling, album "Black Cat". Hotei and Zuccchero performed live together several times in 2016, including Zucchero's first ever performance in Japan at a special event in Tokyo, and at headline shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London and Arena Di Verona in Italy.

That special relationship has continued into 2017 with Hotei joining Zucchero on stage at the prestigious San Remo Festival in Italy in February, a major TV performance viewed by millions.

Also in 2016, Hotei released singles with godfather of punk Iggy Pop and Richard Z. Kruspe (from Emigrate/Rammstein) from his critically acclaimed debut international album, "Strangers", and performed his first-ever LA show at the legendary Troubador, returned to the Highline Ballroom in New York, and performed headline dates in Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin.

Hotei released his debut international album, Strangers, in 2015 through Spinefarm Records, a subsidiary of Universal Music. The album features an array of guests including the godfather of punk Iggy Pop singing on two songs, Emigrate/Rammstein's Richard Z. Kruspe, Bullet For My Valentine's Matt Tuck, Noko from UK electronic band pioneers Apollo 440, and acclaimed Texan singer Shea Seger.

Heralded by Time Out as "iconic", and a genuine superstar in his native Japan where he has sold more than 40 million records, Hotei is best known internationally for his Kill Bill theme 'Battle Without Honor or Humanity' and is sought-after as a collaborator both in the studio and on stage.

I hope you are as excited for the tour as we are!

Please have a look at these awesome HOTEI / HOTEI featured music videos in the meantime:

Zucchero - Ti Voglio Sposare ft. Tomoyasu Hotei

Move It (Featuring Richard Z. Kruspe)

Walking Through The Night (featuring Iggy Pop) (Single Version)
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Date: 2017.02.21
Artist:   Miyavi  
Source:  Universal Music Newsletter
Just a little while ago Miyavi released the dates of the "Fire Bird" World Tour, that kicked off in Seoul, Korea February 19th.

This week, he will be heading to Hong Kong, then Taiwan~

Ticket info hasn't been listed for every US or EU show yet, but here are the dates thus far:

April 1st Vancouver, Canada @ Venue Nightclub
April 4th Seattle, USA @ The Neptune Theater
April 6th SanFrancisco, USA @ The Filmore
April 7th Anaheim, USA @ HOB Parish Room
April 9th Los Angeles, USA @ Belasco Theater
April 11th SanDiego, USA @ HOB Vodoo
April 14th Dallas, USA @ HOB Cambridge Room
April 15th Houston, USA @ HOB Bronze Peacock Room
April 18th Atlanta, USA @ Variety Playhouse
April 21st Philadelphia, USA @ The Foundry at The Filmore
April 22nd Boston, USA @ Brighton Music Hall
April 23rd New York, USA @ Irving Plaza
April 25th Chicago, USA @ HOB
April 26th Toronto, Canada @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
April 28th Vienna, Austria @ Chaya Fuera
April 29th Budapest, Hungary @ A38 Boatclub
May 1st Munich, Germany @ Theaterfabrik
May 2nd Milan, Italy @ Milan Alcatraz
May 4th Cologne, Germany @ Essigfabrik
May 5th Paris, France @ Elysee Montmartre
May 7th London, UK @ O2 Academy Islington
May 9th Hamburg, Germany @ Gruenspan
May 10th Berlin, Germany @ Huxleys Neue Welt

~stay tuned for ticket purchase information~
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Artist:   VAMPS  
VAMPS announced a new album, "UNDERWORLD", and the Live Tour "VAMPS LIVE 2017 UNDERWORLD".

April 26th, 2017 New Album "UNDERWORLD”
VAMPS’ new album, featuring an 11-song track list, will be available in 4 versions.

◆First Press Limited Edition Type A (CD & Blu-ray): ¥5,000 (w/o tax) 

CD and Blu-ray with footage of the September 17th, 2016 show at ZEPP TOKYO

◆First Press Limited Edition Type B (CD & DVD): ¥4,000 (w/o tax)

CD and DVD featuring music videos for "CALLING" and "INSIDE OF ME” as well as VAMPS LIVE 2016 Tour Documentary

◆Special BOX Type First Press Limited Edition Type C (CD & Blu-ray & DVD & Skajyan (jumper jacket)): ¥17,000 (w/o tax)
・CD & First Press Limited Edition Type A's Blu-ray & First Press Limited Edition Type B's DVD & Rockin' Jelly Bean×VAMPS Original Skajyan (jumper jacket)
・Skajyan (jumper jacket) is One Size Only( L size: Length 75cm / Width 60cm / Sleeve Length 77cm)

◆Regular Edition (CD Only): ¥3,000(w/o tax) *UICV-1082

▼CD Track List (for all types)
M7. INSIDE OF ME feat. Chris Motionless of Motionless In White
M8. RISE OR DIE feat. Richard Z.Kruspe of Emigrate / Rammstein

▼Special Bonus Included with the First Shipment (For all Types)
“VAMPS CHANCE” Serial Number
VAMPS show, Meet & Greet Invitation Course, scheduled to take place at three venues, with Meet & Greet limited to 100 people!
June 28th (Wed) ZEPP TOKYO
July 12th (Wed) ZEPP NAGOYA
*Show tickets included
VAMPS Original Rubber Ring Course
200 people will receive VAMPS Original Rubber Ring as a gift!

Live Tour "VAMPS LIVE 2017 UNDERWORLD" will be starting in June in Japan:


June 21st (Wed)/June 22nd (Thu)/June 24th (Sat)/June 25th (Sun)/June 27th (Tue)/June 28th (Wed)

July 8th (Sat)/July 9th (Sun)/July 11th (Tue)/July 12th (Wed)

July 22nd (Sat)/July 23rd (Sun)/July 25th (Tue)/July 26th (Wed)

September 2nd (Sat)/September 3rd (Sun)

[Doors Open/Show Start Times]
On Weekdays OPEN 6:00pm/START 7:06pm
On Weekends OPEN 4:00pm/START 5:06pm

[Ticket Prices (w/o tax/drinks not included)]
Pre-sale 6,660yen (1F All Standing/ 2F Reserved Seats)

[General Ticket Sale]
Starting on May 13th (Sat) at 10:00am

[Ticket Pre-Sale]
March 7th (Tue) 6:00pm - March 12th (Sun) 11:59pm
■HYDE Official Mobile Site HYDERoom
March 16th (Thu) 6:00pm - March 21st (Tue) 11:59pm
■Ticket Pre-Sale with Purchase of Single "CALLING"
March 22nd (Wed) 12:00pm - April 3rd (Mon) 11:59pm
■Ticket Box Office Pre-Sale via Ticket Pia
April 7th (Fri) 12:00pm - April 11th (Tue) 11:59 pm
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Artist:   Miyavi  
Source:  Universal Music Newsletter
Miyavi's ALL TIME BEST "DAY 2" will release on April 5, 2017. New song, "Live to Die Another Day" will be featured on the movie, "Mugen no Juunin" starring Takuya Kimura.

Release Details
~Limited Edition (2CD+DVD) *special packaging with sleeve case
Retail Price: 7,800JPY(excl. tax)
UPC: 00602557432176
[2CD] DISC 1 (20 tracks including 5 re-recorded songs and a new song) / DISC 2 (13 tracks) = 33 TRACKS IN TOTAL
[DVD] MIYAVI Japan Tour 2016 "NEW BEAT, NEW FUTURE" Tour Final @ Makuhari Messe LIVEfootage (aprox. 90min)
[Special Booklet]
-newly shot photos
-collection of behind-the-scene photos from MIYAVI Japan Tour 2016 "NEW BEAT, NEW FUTURE"

DISC 1 -DAY 1-
(01) What's My Name? - Day2 mix (re-recorded)
(02) Universe - Day2 mix (re-recorded)
(03) Ahead Of The Light - Day2 mix (re-recorded)
(04) What A Wonderful World - Day2 Mix (re-recorded)
(05) Guard You- Day2 mix (re-recorded)
(06) Live to Die Another Day (New song) (Theme song for the movie 'Mugen no Juunin'
(07) What's My Name?
(08) Survive
(09) Torture
(10) Strong
(11) Day 1
(12) Ahead Of The Light
(13) Horizon
(14) Secret
(15) Real?
(16) Let Go
(17) The Others
(18) Afraid To Be Cool
(19) Fire Bird
(20) Long Nights

DISC 2 -DAY 0-
(1) Rock No Gyakusyuu Superstar No Zyouken
(2) Freedom Fighters
(3) Wedding March With Band Ver.
(4) Senor Senora Senorita
(5) Itoshii Hito (Beta De Suman.)-2006 ver.-
(6) Dear My Friend -Tegami Wo Kakuyo--
(7) Kimi Ni Negai Wo
(8) We Love You
(9) Selfish Love -Aishitekure,Aishiterukara-
(10) Sakihokoru Hana No Youni -Neo Visyualism-
(11) Subarashikikana, Kono Sekai -What A Wonderful Word-
(12) Hi No Hikarisae Todokanai Kono Basyo De feat. SUGIZO
(13) Girls, be ambitious.(previously released from Indies label)

~Standard Edition (CD)
Retail Price: 2,500JPY (excl. tax) 
[CD] same as DISC 1 of Limited Edition =20 tracks in total

~Digital (worldwide/All BPs)
Standard Edition plus "Mission: Impossible Theme" (as a bundle bonus)
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Artist:   ViViD   SHIN  
Source:  Press release
SHIN, formerly the vocalist of ViViD, held his first come-back performance in Tokyo at EX THEATER ROPPONGI on Christmas Eve. His first oneman show was a success, with tickets completely selling out. The venue was filled with fans who gathered at
there to take in the experience. With the conclusion of this performance, his goods will be made available for mail order to fans all over the world.
Following SHIN's come-back show, he released a statement written in his own words. Since most of his social media hadn't been made public before the show, he hopes that he can
convey what he thought after the performance.

For now, it hasn't been announced what type of activities SHIN will continue to do, but fans should definitely expect more news.

SHIN 1st Oneman Live Merch Purchase Page

SHIN Official Website

A message from SHIN from his official blog:
I want time to stop.
It was a time that I thought like that from my heart.
Many thanks to everyone who couldn't come but supported me anyway.

This is the beginning of SHIN.

There are many scary things,
and there are many painful things but
when I think that from here on out there will be many days which are deeply moving like yesterday was, I feel as though I can overcome things no matter how painful they are.

I want time to stop.
I thought like that but
If time were to stop I'd never be able to advance further from before.

Beginning today, I'm moving one step at a time towards the day I can meet all of you again.

It's a promise.
It's okay.

We can meet soon.

Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers.

And, I just want to say over and over again.

Thank you for coming to meet SHIN.
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Visual kei merch store Chaotic Harmony Imports is now offering pre-orders for Lolita23q's latest single, "Joker Game." The single comes in a set which features a signed cheki from a member of the customer's choice, personalized with their name.

This special set is available for $16 and ships world-wide. Pre-orders will close on the release date, which is March 22, 2017.

"Joker Game" will feature 3 songs, although the tracks have yet to be announced.

Joker Game can be purchased here.

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Date: 2017.02.02
Artist:   Avanchick  
Source:  Press release
Avanchick have announced that they will disband in fall of 2017, following a performance in Tokyo. Details of this performance, including the date, have yet to be released.

Fans planning to attend Tokyo in Tulsa in July also have nothing to worry about, as the band will perform as planned. To their American fans, vocalist NOAH tweeted, "To everyone in America, I'm sorry to worry you. Avanchick is definitely going to Tulsa. Please come see our final form."

The statement regarding their disbandment along with individual member statements to their fans, whom they call "Moumoku Shojo," have been translated below:

*Important Announcement*

We are truly thankful to those who have supported Avanchick in the past.
Unfortunately, Avanchick will disband in the fall of 2017 following a Tokyo performance.
We apologize deeply to all of the fans and staff whom we've caused a great worry and trouble to with this sudden announcement.


Member Comments

I'm sorry for the abrupt announcement regarding our disbandment.
We thought about it again and again, and this is the answer we came to.
After our performance at Akasaka BLITZ ended, I felt like I wanted time to reconsider once more what it was I really wanted to do as I came back to Tokyo from Kumamoto.
While I've been gaining experience through my activities in Avanchick, I started to feel as though I'm out of step with the musical activities I personally have been striving for.
I'm struggling to put an end to something personal that I created myself, but I'm very proud of the songs I made with this band and the time I spent with the Moumoku Shojo.
I think what I can and should do is to keep singing with all my power, conveying the emotions I want to express, and reach out to the lonely as Avanchick's Noah until the moment we disband.
Please continue on with me until that very last day.


First of all, I'm sorry to all of the Moumoku Shojo that have trusted us so far. And, thank you. If it wasn't for you, we wouldn't have made it this far. Even now, I love this band. My true feelings are that I wanted to continue with it. I'm sorry for such a sudden announcement. I love all of you. I want to always look over you.


First of all, I'm so sorry it's come to snatching away something that you all like.
NOAH, Rey, Otake, kagari, and Hyu-ga.
I feel with all my heart that it's all thanks to the fans and the industry people we worked with that the five of us were able to stand on stage and be an active part of the world of music.
Avanchick had been trying to get through a rough time so I can't really say that things were going well for us, and now it's come to this point...
Even with the current outcome, I think a "miracle" was produced, born of the mixing of relationships between various things and people.
It's difficult for miracles like that to continue on forever. That miracle comes to an end, and the gears that were intertwined so intricately have come to a stop.
As the one who started Avanchick and its leader, I feel so apologetic that I couldn't keep the miracle going. I feel incredibly disappointed in myself.
But while it may just be my opinion, I believe that the feelings and songs created by Avanchick will go on forever, and I'm going to keep working hard all the way until the very end, so I hope I can count on all of your support until then.


First of all, I'm really sorry for such a sudden announcement.
It's been about 3 years since Avanchick's formation. It was short, but it was a very rich 3 years.
I was able to live because of all of the smiles every Moumoku Shojo. I truly have nothing but thanks. Thank you.
But, we also have things that we have yet to announce, and until the end of this current stage I am "Avanchick's Kagari."
My attitude isn't that of "Well, we're breaking up anyway." Rather, I feel more than ever that I want to move forward and give you everything I have, encompassing all of the emotions I've gotten from everyone and the gratitude I have toward those feelings at each and every performance until the moment we disband.
I'd like you to support me all the way up until the moment I'm not longer "Avanchick's Kagari." I want you to stand by me.
Please indulge my selfishness one last time.


I'm sorry to make this announcement so suddenly.
This was the outcome we decided on after talking together with the members again and again.
In the 2 and a half years since we began, we rushed forward frantically with our own style.
Since doing this band there have been things which were very fun, but there have been just as many painful and difficult things too. The other members, the staff, and without a doubt, the Moumoku Shojo are the reasons that I, a brat like me that didn't know left from right regarding bands, was able to come this far. Thank you.
Being able to play the drums and piano for Avanchick were an irreplaceable treasure within my own life.
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Artist:   VAMPS  
VAMPS announced that their new single "CALLING" will be released on March 22nd, 2017.


First press limited edition
Price: ¥ 1,800 (¥ 1,944 tax included)
Product code: UICV-9235

M2. Cover song

Regular Edition
Price: ¥ 1,000 (¥ 1,080 tax included)
Product code: UICV-5060

M2. Cover song

More details, including benefits for early pre-orders, will be announced at a later date.
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Artist:   Pentagon  
Source:  FAKE STAR Official Newsletter
Pentagon, the viral Visual Kei sensation, will headline their first overseas live performance at Texas-based event A-Kon, ranked #2 in largest anime conventions of 2016 in North America by In addition, the band has announced a new name to signify their expansion to include overseas activities: “Pentagon Japan.” A new English logo was also created for the new band name.

Pentagon Japan will headline a musical performance on Friday, June 9th, 2017 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas.

Other activities at the convention will include autograph sessions, a Q&A panel, and a special
fashion event to be announced.

More information regarding scheduling will be released on the A-kon website: Click Here

You can register for tickets Here

Pentagon Japan's appearance is coordinated by FAKE STAR, USA
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Artist:   CroiX  
Source:  CroiX newsletter
Up and coming band CroiX will be releasing two mini album through Gan-shin Records all over Europe.

The albums will be release and available on Amazon, Spotify and iTunes. {their songs on Spotify and iTunes can be purchased outside of Europe}




Here are the Album Tracklists:

1st Album 『Ray』

1.The Beautiful Ray Is
2.Queer Queen's March
6.Fuuka Kaoru Yukizuki No Hi Ni

2nd Album 『Alea iacta est』

2.Subliminal (Stage 1)
3.Schroedinger No Neko
4.Mora in the Blue

Check out their PV 'Subliminal -stage 1-' here:

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Artist:   BRATS   LADYBABY  
Source:  Press release
16-Year-Old Rei Kuromiya (Labybaby/The Idol Formerly Known As) has teamed with older siter for a girls rock group!

Japanese girls band BRATS have released a scorching new music video for their theme song "Ainikoiyo" from the television anime To Be Hero.

Showcasing the powerhouse combination of sisters Rei Kuromiya (vocals) and Aya Kuromiya (bass), the high-energy song moves BRATS into a rock-influenced style that's also hinted at in the preview of their song "Nounai Shoukyo Game" ("Brain Erase Game") in the upcoming Japanese film Slaveman.

BRATS have also created a new official Facebook page — — to update fans on their upcoming activities in 2017.

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