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Artist:   Sleepyhead  
Source:  ART OF COMMUNITY Newsletter
Takeru, former frontman of the visual kei band SuG announced the start of his solo project “sleepyhead.” SuG closed the curtain after 10 years with their last live performance at the Nippon Budokan on September 2nd, 2017,

News had become quiet around him after the disbanding of SuG, but on his Twitter Takeru drew attention by tweeting a photo of a waxing moon and “13040820 SEC HELL“ everyday. This was in fact a countdown corresponding to the actual moon cycle, the numbers representing the number of seconds from their show at the Budokan until the start of his solo project. Also, the countdown ended on the night of the “Super Blue Blood Moon.” Corresponding with this phenomenon on January 31st at 10:27pm Takeru announced the start of his solo project “sleepyhead” and its first live concert “Tomei Shingetsu” (“Transparent New Moon”) at Shibuya’s TSUTAYA O-EAT in Tokyo on March 17th.
Furthermore, the music video of his new song “Yamikumo” (“Cloud of Darkness”) was finally released and Takeru is looking forward to what the future will bring.

During his time with SuG, the band was active globally. In addition to Asia (namely Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China) they held a European tour and a concert in Mexico, but sleepyhead also announced its intention to be active around the world. A Facebook page targeting overseas fans was established and the preparations for advancing worldwide are ongoing.

Takeru commented, “I experienced a taste of hell for 13040820 seconds. I don’t have a clear goal or answers and I’m unprepared, but I decided to step into the fog. I challenged myself to not join any label or management company for now, but to start completely on my own. There are many trials I have yet to face, but the concerts where I can meet you all will be worth it.”


Check out the PV for his new song "Yamikumo":


Stay tuned here, for more news regarding Takeru's solo project and upcoming activities.
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Date: 2018.02.13
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Artist:   BRATS  
Japanese girls rock band BRATS has released the music video for their new song “Kimarigoto”. Shot at remote locations including the Yamba Dam construction site and the abandoned Taishi station in Gunma prefecture, “Kimarigoto” features a new studio recording of the song previewed in last year’s “Ainikoiyo/Nounai Shoukyo Game” release.

BRATS teased the new video release on their social media accounts with #BratsIsBack, following vocalist Rei Kuromiya’s unexpected break from recording and performing last October due to throat issues.

Rei (vocals): “This is the third music video we’ve created together as the new BRATS. It was really a challenge, and the lyrics are important to all of us right now at this current stage. If we’re not careful, we might all end up living through the same moment again and again in life, so we hope this song gives you power to be yourself and move forward. That’s really what we’re about now.”

Aya (bass): “I was probably the most excited out of all of us to complete this music video, since we haven’t made one in such a long time. I’m really happy our fans can finally see it. We put little messages in the details and a lot of thought into the color and speed of each shot. Please check it out.”

Hinako (guitar): “We talked a lot about how to make this video. I’m really happy with it. It’s a heavy rock song, but we wanted to add powerful performances and cinematography to it so everyone could feel the song’s power the same way we feel it. As the new reborn BRATS, we’re all moving together into the future one step at a time, so a song like ‘Kimarigoto’ charges us with energy to make to the next step. We hope you feel that energy, too.”

Please check out the PV for "Kimarigato"


BRATS has also announced the return of their previously-scheduled concert events which were postponed last year.

3/26/2018
BRATS Free Live “Will 2″
Venue: Osaka GANZ toi,toi,toi
Free live concert via ticket lottery

4/7/2018
Special event “VERSUS” presented by BRATS
Venue: Shibuya TAKEOFF 7
Lineup: BRATS / FATE GEAR / FullMooN / IRIS MONDE

Please like BRATS' offcial facebook page
Author: candyfields
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Artist:   A9  
Source:  With the help of VKH press and twitter
We have received word about the escalating matter regarding identity theft of A9 members on social media, and things are really getting out of hand.

Just a few days ago Show[Vocalist of A9 tweeted from his verified twitter account: "The identity theft a9_shou has continuously harassed my fans, and I wish to have my real account, show_a9dw unfrozen with an official badge. Instagram, I pray that you take action against this ongoing issue."

the tweet can be seen Here

A9 staff have also released a statement following a list of the social media that A9 members do use. Stating that the absolutely do not have individual LINE ID's nor do they solicit money from individual fans:

"Thank you for always supporting A9. We'd like to take a moment to talk about social media (social networking sites) the members are involved in.

Only the sites listed here (the band's website) are official. There are, however, third party sites, made up by individuals who say 'this is a secret, this is my private account,' but they have no such thing. They absolutely do not have private LINE IDs.

There have been reports that these accounts have asked for money. The members of A9 would never do such a thing; and we urge you not to follow such sites/accounts as there's a possibility of getting caught up in criminal activity.
In addition to this, we cannot assume responsibility for any trouble caused by these matters.

Thanks for your consideration/continued support,
A9 Staff"


Tweet linking to this staff statement can be found here


Here are the links to the fake accounts:

A9_shou

A9_tora

A9_saga

These accounts have even gone as far as cursing, threatening and offering fake proof to fans in claims that the accounts are real, but they are just private. You will find the screen shots here, here and here
*thanks to VKH press and @VelesseinRose for providing the screenshots*


Listed below are the member's real/known social media accounts. Show and Tora's instagram accounts have been frozen so they are not available:

■ 将 / SHOW
Twitter→https://twitter.com/SW_A9
Instagram→https://www.instagram.com/show_a9dw (Frozen)

■ ヒロト / HIROTO
Twitter→ https://twitter.com/hrt_a9
Instagram→ https://www.instagram.com/hiroto_a9/

■ 虎 / TORA
Twitter→ https://twitter.com/tora9amano
Instagram→https://www.instagram.com/tora_a9 (Frozen)

■ 沙我 /SAGA
Twitter→ https://twitter.com/saga_a9
Instagram→本人は未開設

■ Nao
Twitter→ https://twitter.com/nao_a9
Amebaブログ→http://ameblo.jp/nao-a9/

Thank you to VKH press for sharing details of this information with us. We at Nippon Project stand by you you in support and in truth. Please share all the information you can with fellow fans using the twitter hashtag #ShownotShou and if you have any LINE accounts added claiming to be A9 members, do not send them any money and remove them immediately.

In hopes this terrible situation is resolved soon for the members.


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Artist:   Mana  
Source:  FAKE STAR Newletter
Elegant Gothic Aristocrat brand Moi-même- Moitié at Sakura-Con 2018 in Seattle, WA. Mana
himself will be a guest of the convention as the producer for his fashion brand.
Mana’s last US appearance was in 2012 at Sakura-Con with his band Moi dix Mois.
Moi-même- Moitié will host a pop-up boutique, fashion show, and tea party at the convention.
The pop-up boutique will also feature items from Wunderwelt, the Japanese online retailer and
parent company of Moi-même- Moitié.

Mana will be participating in autograph sessions and a panel at Sakura-Con.
More information regarding the tea party, model applications, and schedule details will be
released at a later time.

Please stay tuned!


Sakura-Con will be held at the Washington State Convention Center in Downtown Seattle.
Sakura-Con is the largest anime and Japanese culture convention in the Pacific Northwest.
Presented by Asia Northwest Cultural Education Association (ANCEA), Sakura-Con celebrated
its 20th anniversary last year.
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Date: 2018.01.16
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Artist:   Kaya  
Source:  FAKE STAR newsletter
FAKE STAR, USA in partnership with TUNE IN TOKYO present Kaya live at GAMeBoi night at RAGE in West Hollywood on Friday, February 2nd.

This will be Kaya's first return to Los Angeles after 5 years. Kaya will be performing a series of short performances for attendees of the club. Attendance is limited to 18+.

A VIP Meet & Greet is also available, which includes an Instax cheki photo with Kaya and autographs for official merchandise. Merchandise will be available for purchase.

On Sunday, February 4th, Kaya will visit BABY, the Stars Shine Bright San Francisco store for a special Meet & Greet session with local fans. This will be his first visit to San Francisco and first in-store event at BABY, the Stars Shine Bright in the US.

Photo tickets for an Instax cheki photo with Kaya will be available for $20, and Kaya will be signing official merchandise. In addition, the first 25 attendees will receive a limited gift from BABY, the Stars Shine Bright.

Click the links to FAKE STAR USA's Event pages for more information.

GAMeBoi Night: Here

BABY Event: Here
Author: candyfields
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The "big four of the new generation of visual kei," Kiryu, BugLug, R-Shitei and vistlip, are uniting for their 4-band tour "Quadruple Disrupting and Fighting the Symmetry."

Revitalizing the scene in 2015 with their 7-city Japan tour "Quadruple Disruption and Fighting the Symmetry," both Kiryu and vistlip are celebrating their 10th band anniversary in 2017. Also, BugLug's vocalist Issei has miraculously recovered from his injury. Together with R-Shitei, who is celebrating his 10th anniversary in 2018, the drive of the four bands to express their stories and experience has intensified.

This 7-city tour marks the first in roughly 2.5 years and starts at the Factory Hall in Sapporo, Hokkaido, on March 11th, 2018 and culminates in their final show at STUDIO COAST, Shin-Kiba, Tokyo on March 30th, 2018. Opening acts for the local performances were also announced.

Check out the tour promo trailer here:



Tour Details
2018.3.11
SAPPORP FACTORY HALL
OPEN 16:30/START 17:00

2018.3.13
Sendai Rensa
OPEN 16:30/START 17:00

2018.3.17
Nagoya Diamond Hall
OPEN 16:30/START 17:00

2018.3.18
OKAYAMA CRAZYMAMA KINGDOM
OPEN 16:30/START 17:00

2018.3.21
FUKUOKA DRUM LOGOS
OPEN 16:30/START 17:00

2018.3.24
Namba Hatch
OPEN 16:15/START 17:00

2018.3.30
Shinkiba STUDIO COAST
OPEN 15:45/START 16:30
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Date: 2017.12.01
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Artist:   VAMPS  
Source:  VAMPS
VAMPS has just announced their ‘break’ after December 2017 due to their need for a period to chill down. Once they decide to re-start VAMPS, they will let us know but this shocking news surely is going to affect many Japanese music fans all over the world.

Their official website has put the band members’ comment:


DEAR BLOODSUCKERS,

Thanks for supporting us all this time. We have to tell you something disappointing today.

VAMPS will have a ‘break’ starting from this December.

The main reason is that we ‘overheated’ ourselves and reckon we need a break for cool things down.

When we are back to normal, we will be back. So please wait and support us then.


From VAMPS OFFICIAL
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Artist:   LM.C  
Source:  FAKE STAR newsletter
FAKE STAR, USA is proud to present rock duo LM.C at Tekko 2018. Consisting of maya on vocals and Aiji on guitar, the unit has been a staple in the Japanese rock scene for over a decade.

With hit songs such as “Boys & Girls” for the anime REBORN!, LM.C is no stranger to anime
conventions, having performed at big shows like Anime Expo throughout their long career. LM.C has also performed around the world 3 times, spanning the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The band celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2016 at the sold-out Maihama Amphitheater.

LM.C will perform on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at Tekko. In addition, the band will have a panel and autograph sessions throughout the weekend. More information regarding scheduling will be released at a later time.

Tekko is an annual Japanese pop culture convention with a focus on anime, gaming, music, and fashion. The convention has previously hosted musica burgh, PA. For more information, visit www.teamtekko.us
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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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