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Artist:   Yoshiki   Pikotaro   X Japan  
Source:  press release
Speaking of YOSHIKI, he’s world widely known as member of the band X JAPAN, who have achieved showcases at world’s top 3 holy venues – Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, and Wembley Arena. Lately, he was much-talked-about as the first Japanese man to be featured on the cover of VOGUE magazine. PIKOTARO was requested by this international star to collaborate “PPAP” and X JAPAN’s “Forever Love” as an ad-lib during the show. Amazingly, it turned out to be one of the most beautiful PPAP ever presented.

PPAP x Forever Love Collaboration:



During the second half of the show, PIKOTARO presented his latest anime, “PIKOTARO’s LULLABY LALA BY” and Japanese festival & dance music fusion track, “Love & Peace ONDO.” Various positive reactions of the anime arouse from the fans, and YOSHIKI also praised PIKOTARO’s talent commenting, “Your idea about the music and anime are both simply amazing!!”

“PIKOTARO’s LULLABY LALA BY”
http://avex.jp/piko-lullaby/

"Love & Peace ONDO"



* ONDO = dance song

This is PIKOTARO's new idea of "Uhhh-ing" Japanese traditional dance, Bon Dance, and dance music... "Bon-Dance Music.” PIKOTARO also fused Robot Dance, choreographed by worldwide famous animation dancer, Koutei Sennin. His dance team, Time Machine, is known for catching the world’s attention when they won the first Golden Buzzer in the history of Asia’s Got Talent in 2015.

PIKOTARO would like to spread the Japanese traditional culture worldwide through this new fusion of Robot Dance + Obon Dance = "Robon-Dance"

* As you may have noticed, the ‘cat’ headphones PIKOTARO is wearing is Ariana Grande’s model! He admires Ariana so much that he personally purchased during his US visit

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Date: 2017.11.16
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Artist:   HOTEI  
Source:  press release
Hotei has just announced his first London show in three years, returning to the legendary Shepherds Bush Empire on 20th October 2018. Tickets are on sale on Monday 13th November.

Says Hotei:
“It’s such a thrill to be able to play at my favourite venue, Shepherds Bush Empire, my first show in London in three years! I promise I will play my guitar with a delicate, yet cutting edge and powerful sound, with the on stage chemistry completed by performing with my amazing musicians. We have arranged a fully seated venue this time, so you can enjoy my music in a more relaxed environment. I am looking forward to meeting lots of music lovers!”

http://www.hotei.com/en/
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Artist:   X Japan   Yoshiki  
Source:  press release
On October 9, 2017, YOSHIKI donated $100,000.00 to help get immediate aid to hurricane victims in the United States and its territories. YOSHIKI delivered the check in New York to MusiCares®, a charity of the Recording Academy™ via Jennifer Leff, LCSW Senior Director, Health & Human Services. The donation will be funded immediately to MusiCares’s current hurricane relief efforts through Yoshiki Foundation America 501(c)(3). 100% of all donations to Musicares go directly to people in need.

“I’m from Japan but I live in America,” YOSHIKI said. “When Japan got hit by the Tsunami Earthquake in 2011, the people of America supported Japan. I was really moved by that, so I’d like to keep supporting America as much as I can. My heart goes out to all those who are affected.”

http://www.yoshikifoundationamerica.org

The donation ceremony followed a Q&A with YOSHIKI and a special screening of WE ARE X, the award-winning documentary about X JAPAN — one of the most successful rock bands in Japanese history — at the Bryant Park Hotel in New York City.

WE ARE X has been released in a limited edition DVD and Vinyl soundtrack bundle now available worldwide through PledgeMusic: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/wearex

YOSHIKI is currently touring 10 countries in Europe for WE ARE X theatrical premieres.
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Artist:   Manami Konishi  
Source:  press release
One of the Top Actresses in Japan, Manami Konishi has started a musical metamorphosis with her own lyrics and original melody. Although Manami is most recognized for her acting and became a household name, she is going to unleash her musical talent by collaboration with Japan’s #1 Rap Star - KREVA.

From March to April 2016, Manami had performed for KREVA’s Hip Hop Musical, Saikou Wa Hitotsu Jyanai (Your Best is More Than One) 2016 SAKURA and she covered one of KREVA’s master pieces, “Tranquilizer”. She later recorded the song and released it on iTunes as a debut single, where it charted No.1 as a Hip Hop/Rap song.

Following up this surprising chart success, Manami recorded 4 track EP titled “I miss you” with KREVA and will release it worldwide on October 7th (presale for iTunes/Apple Music only on Sept 23rd). It opens with a slow jam and the title track, “I miss you” followed by KREVA’s bouncy EDM signature beat with Manami’s visceral rap flow, “This is love”, a light hearted pop tune, “Tsumetaku Shinaide” (No Cold Shoulder, Please..) and closes with an airy intimate love song, “NO”.

With the rap legend KREVA on her side, Manami will be a force to be reckoned with and bring a fresh breeze to her fans all over the world.

“I made these songs with straight forward feeling” says Manami and it shows her unique character that is so pure and innocent, but sometimes mysterious.

EP Title: “I miss you”

Track 1: “I miss you”

Track 2: “This is love”

Track 3: “Tsumetaku Shinaide” (No Cold Shoulder, Please..)

Track 4: “No”

iTunes Presale started on Sept 23rd: http://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/id1282954897&app=itunes

Video Teaser on YouTube:



Official Website:
http://www.konishimanami.com

Official Blog:
https://lineblog.me/konishimanami/
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Artist:   VAMPS  
Source:  Universal Music
The rock duo VAMPS are coming back to the US and Latin America for live shows! Here is the complete list of stops on the tour:

VAMPS FALL 2017 TOUR DATES

(DANZIG Dates = * Headline Dates = **)

9/22* San Francisco, CA The Warfield

9/23* Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl

9/25* Tempe, AZ Marquee Theater

9/26** Los Angeles, CA The Roxy

9/28** Seattle, WA El Corazon


10/3** Guadalajara, Mexico Teatro Estudio Cavaret

10/5** Mexico City, Mexico Sala Corona (Japan Live)

10/8** Santiago, Chile Movistar Arena (Super Japan Expo)

10/10** Buenos Aires, Argentina Teatro Vorterix

Ticket info
VAMPS BandsinTown
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Date: 2017.08.30
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Artist:   VAMPS  
VAMPS announced that they will be holding a 4-date mini tour in Latin America in the first half of October!

Here's their schedule:

October 3, 2017 - 9:00 PM
Teatro Estudio Cavaret - Zapopan, Mexico

October 5, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Sala Corona - Mexico City, Mexico

October 8, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Movistar Arena - Santiago, Chile

October 10, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Teatro Vorterix - Buenos Aires, Argentina

You can buy tickets here: http://bandsintown.com/vamps
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Date: 2017.07.21
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Artist:   VAMPS  
At the end of September, VAMPS will be back in USA for some shows with Danzig and Deafhaven.

Here are the dates:

9/22 - Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
9/23 - Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV
9/24 - The Marquee, Tempe, AZ

Tickets are on sale at the following link: http://www.bandsintown.com/vamps
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Artist:   BAND-MAID  
Source:  press release
BAND-MAID is a rock band known for their maid looks and hard rock sound. With the charming gap in their cute looks and hardcore sound, they have gained strong following all over the world. Last year they toured the world with overseas event performances and full-blown World Tour, which included 9 cities in 8 countries and left the crowds wanting for more.

Now the waiting is finally over. Together with the release of their music video for “Choose Me”, BAND-MAID has just announced the dates for their up-coming Europe Tour, which includes 6 cities in 4 different countries.



■ BAND-MAID Europe Tour Dates

2017/11/03 (Fri) O₂ Academy Islington, London, United Kingdom
2017/11/04 (Sat) La Boule Noire, Paris, France
2017/11/05 (Sun) Zeche, Bochum, Germany
2017/11/08 (Wed) Bi Nuu, Berlin, Germany
2017/11/09 (Thu) Backstage, Munich, Germany
2017/11/12 (Sun) Salamandra, Barcelona, Spain

*Ticket details will be announced later.

“Choose Me” MV
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Artist:   X Japan   Yoshiki  
Source:  press release
X Japan leader Yoshiki will host a special screening of the documentary film We Are X at Anime Expo on July 2. In his first USA public appearance since his surgery last month, Yoshiki will participate in a live Q&A with fans to discuss the award-winning film and the past, present, and future of X Japan.

As a special gift to fans, Yoshiki will also present the first-ever public screening of the We Are X featurette, “The Birth of Yoshikitty", which includes:
- video interview with Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi
- inside look at the creation and design process explained by Yuko Yamaguchi herself
- behind-the-scenes with Yoshiki working on the “Hello Kitty Theme Song”
- Yoshiki speaking about his relationship with the founder of Sanrio

“Yoshikitty” is the first Hello Kitty character to be based on a living person. Fans who attend the We Are X screening at Anime Expo will be the first to see this in-depth featurette on the big screen with live commentary by Yoshiki himself.
Yoshiki and X Japan have contributed music to several historic anime titles, including X, X – X2 Double X, Buddha: The Great Departure, and Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary. Yoshiki also served as the inspiration for the Blood Red Dragon comic book created by Stan Lee, with creative direction from Todd McFarlane.

WE ARE X @ ANIME EXPO
SUNDAY, JULY 2
12:00PM
Video 1/JW Marriott Diamond Ballroom
Info: http://bit.ly/WeAreX_AX2017

WE ARE X FILM TRAILER

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Artist:   Broken Doll  
Source:  press release
Broken Doll has announced the release of their new album “Broken doll”. It will include 13 songs and it will be released worldwide on July 1st. The album will be available on Itunes and also on Broken Doll's online shop : http://brokendoll.jp

The band will also tour Europe this summer:

July 7th: NIHON NO OTO – Paris (France)
July 14th : The George Tavern – London (UK)
July 14th : HYPER JAPAN – London (UK)
July 15th: HYPER JAPAN – London (UK)
July 16th: HYPER JAPAN – London (UK)

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Artist:   X Japan   Yoshiki  
Source:  press release
Yoshiki reveals details of the upcoming tour and discusses his state of mind following his operation.

“This was Hide and Taiji’s dream… a comeback was the only choice.”

Yoshiki made a sudden return to Japan on June 20th (Tuesday), and held a press conference in Tokyo. During the press conference, Yoshiki personally revealed details of his upcoming tour.
Despite the last-minute notice, hundreds of fans selected from the fan club attended the press conference. When Yoshiki, who had landed in Japan that morning, appeared wearing a protective neck brace, the fans cheered and screamed and some had tears in their eyes.

Yoshiki announced that the upcoming X Japan tour would feature a screening of the special, 60-minute edition of the film We Are X which debuted at the Wembley Arena show in March earlier this year. Screenings will begin one hour before the concert, and the concert itself is scheduled to last over two hours. Yoshiki personally disclosed ongoing discussions about whether to include old songs such as “Rose of Pain” and “Unfinished” in the set list as well as the fact that a string section will accompany him on stage.
 

Physiotherapist Carl Dunstan also arrived in Japan from the UK and will be accompanying the band throughout the tour to ensure that Yoshiki, who is only a few weeks post-surgery, will be able to complete the performances.

Mr. Dunstan belongs to the physiotherapist organization Atherapy, which counts numerous renowned artists and actors such as U2 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers among its clients, and is himself an accomplished professional who was Daniel Craig’s exclusive physiotherapist during production of the 007 film Spectre and has treated many other famous actors and musicians. He was able to accompany the tour thanks to an introduction from Larry Mullen, Jr., the drummer for U2, with whom Yoshiki is acquainted.

​Furthermore, it was revealed that the plans for the Yoshiki Premium Dinner Show 2017, which begins August 26th, had designated from its inception that 150,000 dollars (approximately 18 million yen) of the sales would be donated to charity, and that the staging of the show itself was decided upon with these plans in mind. The donations will go to the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, which is one of the top two music schools in the U.S. Shelly Berg, the school’s dean, is also responsible for the string arrangement for the X Japan tour and the quartet arrangement for the Dinner Show. The donation will be used to help musicians of the future create the next era of music.

There were also moments in the press conference where Yoshiki described his experience of going through rehabilitation. “I don’t know if I will be able to play the drums again. Even if I am able to do so, it may be impossible to perform with the same intensity as before. I can’t even say for sure, at this point, whether I would do so if I could.” These words clearly express his turbulent emotions following a major surgery.

“If there were no X Japan reunion, I would not have had surgery twice. But the time put into the reunion and the challenge of taking on the world are worthwhile. I do not regret it. And I will not stop until I break down the wall.” As a result of the dangerous surgery, Yoshiki said he often thought about the direction of his life.

Yet, having overcome that surgery with the support of myriad members and fans, and with the goal of completing the Japan tour serving as a kind of fuel, he has decided to “show the best of myself on stage.” No doubt Yoshiki’s resolve will be engraved into history by six miraculous nights.

Due to changes in the style of the X Japan tour performances, those who wish to do so can apply for a refund of their ticket purchase at the Udo Music Office website: http://udo.jp

X JAPAN WORLD TOUR 2017 WE ARE X Acoustic Special Miracle 6 DAYS

TOUR DATES
July 11 – Osaka-jo Hall
July 12 – Osaka-jo Hall
July 14 – Yokohama Arena
July 15 – Yokohama Arena
July 16 – Yokohama Arena
July 17 – Yokohama Arena

YOSHIKI PREMIUM DINNER SHOW 2017

August 26 – Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel
August 27 – Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel
August 29 – The Ritz-Carlton Osaka
August 30 – The Ritz-Carlton Osaka
September 1 – Grand Hyatt Tokyo
September 2 – Grand Hyatt Tokyo
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Artist:   SMAP  
Source:  press release
The news of SMAP breaking up was a big shock to everyone in Japan. After 31st December 2016, we hadn’t seen the five members act together. Although the fans were eager to know each member’s future plans, nothing had been clarified.

On the 18th June 2017, Jonny & Associates sent an official announcement that three members of SMAP, Goro Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and Shingo Katori, will end the contracts while the other two, Takuya Kimura and Masahiro Nakai, will stay with the agency. The rumor about this act was always around, yet most fans were uncertain about Nakai’s decision. Apparently, the group leader Nakai was the one who endlessly fought to prevent SMAP to split up. Some media suggested that one of the reasons for Nakai's remaining with Johnny’s is to keep the possibilities for SMAP to reunite again in the future.

The confusion continues. Although Johnny & Associates has released the announcement and sent out a special statement from Johnny Kitagawa, written below, there isn’t any specific directions the members will take.

Johnny Kitagawa’s comment about SMAP:

SMAP broke up on the 31st December last year. I believe we had special fate between us and each member so even after they disbanded, we continued to work together. This time, three of the SMAP members made their decisions to part ways. I will continue thinking about them wherever they are and whatever the relationship we’ll have. They put in a lot of effort and worked with us for a long time. I am certain that they will bring many people true entertainment and happiness in the future as well.
In addition, the name SMAP (SPORTS, MUSIC, ASSEMBLE, PEOPLE) means more to all of us now. I’d like to express it with: S for SUBARASHII (=amazing), M for MEMORIES, A for ARIGATOU(=thank you) and P for POWER.
The SMAP members are extremely talented and their names will be marked in their fans hearts, as well as my heart, forever.
-Johnny Kitagawa

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Artist:   THE SOUND BEE HD  
Source:  press release
Japanese artist THE SOUND BEE HD will be performing for the first time in Mexico at the Animex 2017 in Monterrey city (Nuevo Leon) to be held from July 14th to 16th at Cintermex.


THE SOUND BEE HD is a Visual Kei from Japan formed by vocalist DaISUKE DARK SIDE (ex-Media Youth), guitarist Yuu (lix, ex-SUICIDE ALI), bassist YOU and drummer HIRO. Their music is a mix of hard rock, metal and electro elements blended with a goth and horror atmosphere. The band started as the solo project of former Media Youth vocalist DaISUKE at the end of the 90’s and, after some name changes, they finally established as THE SOUND BEE HD around 2005. They joined the record company Starwave Records in 2010. They have toured outside Japan in the USA (Virginia, 2010 and Maryland, 2013) and China (Shanhgai, 2016). They are currently promoting their latest album “WALKING DEAD”.

THE SOUND BEE HD are scheduled to perform at the anime convention on July 15th (Sat) and signing autographs as well. Other activities at the event will be announced soon.

For further details about their participation at the Animex 2017 and the event itself (in Spanish):
http://royalstage.info/thesoundbeehd
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Artist:   URBANGARDE  
Source:  press release
URBANGARDE frontman and chief provocateur Temma Matsunaga has released the music video for “Love Harassment” from his upcoming self-titled solo album, due for release July 26.
The limited edition of the album will include the music video and a short film.
In addition to his duties as URBANGARDE’s co-lead singer, Matsunaga is the chief songwriter of the group and supervises the band’s artwork as well as the mind-blowing visual style of their stage shows and music videos.

Outside of URBANGARDE, Matsunaga is an acclaimed novelist, poet, and actor. His first book, Jisatsushatachi (“Selfie People”) was published in 2015, followed by Shoujo ka, shousetsu ka (“Girl, or novel?”) in 2016, which was endorsed by Jun Itarihoba of Golden Bomber.

Matsunaga has also collaborated with popular Japanese photographer Yuki Aoyama, known internationally for his provocative “Schoolgirl Complex” photobook series, for a special collection of photos and poems titled “Schoolgirl Trauma”. Last year, Matsunaga starred alongside Hikari Mitsushima (Gomen ne Seishun!, Moteki, Woman) in an episode of NHK BS Premium’s Edogawa Rampo Tanpenshu, an anthology series featuring the works of noted Japanese mystery writer Edogawa Rampo.

URBANGARDE will headline UTSU FES 2017 in September with guests A9 (Alice Nine), Kenji Ohtsuki, Kinoco Hotel, Mio Yamazaki, Akito Matsumoto (Vacuum Hollow), and BRATS.

URBANGARDE website: http://urbangarde.net
URBANGARDE on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/urbangarde

Temma Matsunaga (self-titled)
07.26.2017
Track List
1. Kiss Mark / Kuchibiru
2. Blood, Semen, and Death
3. Love Harassment
4. Temma no Kazoeuta
5. Bokura no Nanokakan Renai
6. Heart Mark / Shinzou
7. Karada to uta dake no kankei
DVD
1. Chi, seieki, soshite shi (short film)
2. Love Harassment (music video)
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Artist:   JAM Project  
Source:  press release
JAM Project, composed of Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endoh, Hiroshi Kitadani, Masami Okui, and Yoshiki Fukuyama, has announced information about their new album, tour, and their first live album digital release. Tour tickets can be registered in advance at the JAM Project fan app “MOTTO! MOTTO!! App” starting June 21.

Their original album TOKYO DIVE will be released on September 27th. The group also announced their next tour will kick off on November 2nd at Kawasaki City, Kanagawa, and will include 10 shows running through February 11, 2018. Advance registration for tickets will be available for their app members starting at June 21 12:00 through July 3 23:59 (JST). Members in Taiwan can register as well.
Also, in commemoration of the tour, the group’s first live album AREA Z Live Edition will receive a digital release in Japan. The digital release will include 6 live tracks from last year’s “JAM Project LIVE TOUR 2016 ~AREA Z~” performance held on November 23.

Tour Information
JAM Project Tour 2017

November 2, 2017 – Kawasaki City Sports and Culture Center, Kanagawa
November 5, 2017 – OSAKA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER, Osaka
November 23, 2017 – TOHKnet HALL SENDAI SENDAI CIVIC AUDITORIUM, Miyagi
November 25, 2017 – Zepp Sapporo, Hokkaido
January 6, 2018 – Kishiwada City NAMIKIRI HALL, Osaka
January 13, 2018 – Clea Konosu, Saitama
January 14, 2018 – MISHIMA Citizens Cultural Hall, Shizuoka
January 21, 2018 – FUKUOKA INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS CENTER, Fukuoka
February 3, 2018 – MUSIC TOWN OTO-ICHIBA, Okinawa
February 11, 2018 – Aichi Prefectural Art Theater Main Theater, Aichi
The smartphone fan app “MOTTO! MOTTO!! App” was released for iOS/Android last November in Japan, and was also released in Taiwan last April. The app includes members-only videos, concert videos, unlimited music playback, “fan feed” and exclusive content featuring JAM Project members.
The “MOTTO ! MOTTO !! Radio Episode 1” was streamed on May 19, and more episodes will be scheduled in the future.

VIDEO: JAM Project - Anisong World Matsuri at Otakon® 2017


JAM Project will perform live in Washington, D.C., at Anisong World Matsuri at Otakon® 2017 on August 11.

Anisong World Matsuri at Otakon® 2017
Tickets and Info: https://www.otakon.com/concerts/anisong/

JAM Project
AREA Z Live Edition
June 27, 2017
Track List
1. AREA Z ~Song for J-Riders~ (AREA Z Live Edition)
2. The Brave (AREA Z Live Edition)
3. GEKKA (AREA Z Live Edition)
4. Treasure in the sky (AREA Z Live Edition)
5. Shining Storm -ka no gotoku- (AREA Z Live Edition)
6. Genkai Battle (AREA Z Live Edition)

AREA Z Live Edition will be available on iTunes US starting June 27: https://itunes.apple.com/artist/jam-project/id266646521
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