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Artist:   GreeΣ  
Source:  Press release
Ex-MeteoroiD members Mikado, Machi, Raru, and Tomoya have come together with vocalist Tsukishiro to form a new visual kei band called GreeΣ, pronounced Greem. GreeΣ's theme is "A small light desperately struggling in dim places."

Additionally, their songs which are played with a monochromatic world view carry duality.

GreeΣ has officially began performing shows starting in March, and their first oneman show, titled "Good Morning, Morning Has Come," will take place at Ikebukuro EDGE on June 17, 2017.

GreeΣ's first single, "GreeM," has been released on March 1, 2017 and will be available for free at live venues and visual kei specialty stores in Japan.

1. GreeM
2. despair's ray

The music video spot for "GreeM" can be watched at the following link:

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Artist:   exist†trace  
Source:  Press release
exist†trace members Jyou (vo.) and miko (vo./gt.) appear as models for the Japanese fashion brand CIVARIZE 2017 Spring Season Collection, with limited in-store flyers available through the end of March.

More info here.

The band recently announced a series of monthly one-man shows in Japan on the 19th day of each month (the 19th, "IGU DAY", is the band's special day for events, based on the katakana spelling of "exist trace"). The next concert event, titled "chain resonance", is scheduled for April 19th at Tokyo’s club aim.

exist†trace live show information can be found here.
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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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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:   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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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:   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:   Yoshiki  
Source:  RMMS Newsletter
A live production of NPR and WBUR Boston, in collaboration with public radio stations across the country, "Here & Now" reflects the fluid world of news as it’s happening in the middle of the day, with timely, smart and in-depth news, interviews and conversation.

"Here and Now" airs on NPR stations across America.
(*broadcast times will vary depending on location)

Find a station or listen online:

YOSHIKI Classical Special featuring Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
January 12 & 13 at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Tickets and Info:
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Date: 2016.12.21
Artist:   MIZTAVLA  
Source:  press release
MIZTAVLA has just announced that their 2nd Mini Album "零"(Rei) will be released in January. Now is the time to reveal their forthcoming album.

MIZTAVLA is taking a chance and performing at O-EAST within a year of forming the band.
Their 1st mini album, "Adramelech", consisted of five unique tracks. So now, how they express and improve themselves for the 2nd album "零"(Rei) is the question.

"The retrospective of Visual kei" is the concept of MIZTAVLA.
The release of this album is a great opportunity for us to peak into their mind before their first solo show “Genten Kaiki" at O-EAST in September.

One of the five songs from the new album, "LOVE666", has been pre-released which can be found online.
"零" is a step ahead of their previous album and their concept of "retrospective of Visual-Kei".

It will surely bring us the impact it had when we first heard Visuak-kei music in the past.

------------Live info------------
2016.12.19 mon Koenji Niman Denatsu
MIZTAVLA Christmas Party
"Yadorigi no Kinosita, Akaku Somaru Kimito"

2017.09.19 tue TSUTAYA O-EAST
MIZTAVLA 1 Year Anniversary Solo gig
"Genten Kaiki"

2017.01.03 tue Shinjuku club SCIENCE
2017.01.07 sat ShibuyaREX
2017.01.13 fri IkebukuroEDGE
2017.01.16 mon TakadanobanaAREA
2017.01.23 mon IkebukuroEDGE
2017.01.25 wed IkebukuroEDGE
2017.01.27 fri IkebukuroEDGE
2017.02.03 fri IkebukuroEDGE
2017.02.11 sat Sibuya club asia 4MAN LIVE
2017.03.15 wed IkebukuroEDGE

------------Release info------------

2nd Mini Album "零"(Rei)
2017. 1.11(wed) release
order number: MIZT-002
2,100yen + tax
5 songs including "LOVE666"

Stockists & Shop limited editions
Extra film footage
MIZTAVLA radio(Kari) #2 - Each member of MIZTAVLA will become a radio personality and interview other members about behind scenes and process of making their 2nd album.

fiveStars : DVD: "Premium comment" DVD
little HEARTS. : Talk CD: :MIZTAVLA radio (Kari) #2 v(Hiryu) disc
SKULLROSE: DVD: "Premium comment" DVD
ZEAL LINK: Talk CD: :MIZTAVLA radio (Kari) #2 Kou disc
PURE SOUND : DVD: "Premium comment" DVD
BRAND X : Talk CD: :MIZTAVLA radio (Kari) #2 yuri disc
LIKE AN EDISON : Talk CD: :MIZTAVLA radio (Kari) #2 fumiya disc
ONDOKO : DVD: "Premium comment" DVD
JISHUBANCLUB : Talk CD: :MIZTAVLA radio (Kari) #2 Riuki disc

In store event info

*check official website for info on how to attend the events
2017. 1.15(Sun)
OPEN 12:30 / START 13:00
at little HEARTS. Shinjuku
members' outfit : Hakama
contents: Talk & 6shot

2017. 1.15(Sun)
member's outfit : MIZTAVLA Original Big Hoodie
contents: Talk & autograph session

2017. 1.21(Sat)
OPEN 13:30 / START 14:00
members' outfit : Suits
contents: Talk & 6shot

2017. 1.21(Sat)
OPEN 16:30 / START 17:00
members' outfit : Live/Stage outfit
Contents: Talk & autograph session

2017. 1.28(Sat)
OPEN 15:30 / START 16:00
member's outfit : MIZTAVLA Original Big Hoodie
contents: Talk & 6shot

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Date: 2016.12.02
Artist:   MeteoroiD  
Source:  Press release
It is with great sadness that MeteoroiD have announced that following their oneman at Shibuya REX on 2/11/17, they will cease all activities.

Subsequently, their mini album “83” and mini album “83” commemorative tour will be cancelled. Comments from MeteoroiD and each band member have been translated below.

「Disbandment Announcement」

We are so thankful to those who have supported MeteoroiD in the past.
We have a very important announcement for everyone.
Following our oneman performance at Shibuya REX on 2/11/17, MeteoroiD will cease all activities.
We are really sorry to all of our fans and staff who have supported MeteoroiD that we are making this announcement so suddenly.
Regarding the reason, the balance that we had perfectly preserved began to crumble, and we decided that we wanted end with MeteoroiD shining the brightest at this moment.
Once more, as the band members all felt very strongly about ending on 2/11, the day in which Meteoroid was born, the previously announced mini album "83" and the mini album commemoration tour will be cancelled. We apologize.
We want to really thank all of the fans and staff who have supported us in the few years since we began activities.
There's only a short amount of time until 2/11/17, but both the band members and staff will give it their all, so please look forward to it. In regards to the members, we kindly appreciate your unchanging backing and support.
From all of us in MeteoroiD

On 2/11/17, MeteoroiD will disband.
Upon speaking with all of the band members, we were unable to find a solution aside from disbandment.
The staff, even those that could support us only 1%, gave their all until the bitter end, but even so it's come to this announcement.
I knew from the beginning that "one day it will end" but now that it's come it's still no good.
It's true that I still can't find an answer to what words would be good to write.
Regarding everything after 2/11, we determined that that day would be MeteoroiD's limit and so we decided to cancel everything after.
I am really sorry...that is the limit of the 5 of us
To everyone who loved MeteoroiD (METEOROID)! Thank you so much.
In order to tell each one of you thanks, I will sing with all of my heart until the very end.
On 2/11/17, I will commit lovers suicide with my beloved MeteoroiD (METEOROID).

I'm sorry for making an announcement like this.
After having this discussion, it makes my chest tighten when I read the letters and fanmail from everyone.
But, I don't have any regrets and this was a unanimous decision that was made in order for us to all move forward.
Unfortunately this is how things have turned out, but in the future I want to remain in the same place as all of you because you've become so important to me, but first I want to rush forward to 2/11 with all of my being.
Thank you so much for everything up until now.

With that announcement, my activities as "MeteoroiD's Machi" will cease.
From the beginning and until now, lots of different things have happened within MeteoroiD including members leaving and new members coming in, but throughout it all, you have loved us unconditionally and I thank you so much for that.
Those times you made me feel needed and gave me a place to belong, and the times I needed you and gave you a place to belong may be over as far as MeteoroiD is concerned, but they will be a part of me forever.
Despite lies and betrayals, no matter what happens, each and every one of you are here for me right now.
Without changing, let's meet head-on with no regrets in the remaining time we have.
As "MeteoroiD's Machi" I will continue to provide a place where everyone can feel they can belong until the final day.

First, I'm sorry to surprise you with this abrupt announcement. We are superior, and so in order to be able to move forward, we made the decision to disband.
Many things have happened since the band began and up until now, but in those times we've been able to overcome them together. Everything is an important treasure.
I believe from the bottom of my heart that we've been able to come this far because of our staff and the help of everyone who's supported us. I really want to thank you all.
Although MeteoroiD's activities and live shows have become few, I want to be with all of you.
Please look forward to MeteoroiD and MeteoroiD's raL until the very end.

I'm really sorry for announcing so suddenly.
We were a band where we diligently worked to reach one objective, and had mutual enjoyment doing it together.
While it would have been good if we experienced the same enjoyment from everyone from now on, in order to pursue everyone's goals we'll continue to step forward but for right now we've taken the time to decide what's really the right thing to do.
We want to conclude by showing you the MeteoroiD that's no less than the MeteoroiD now.
For this reason, I've arrived at the conclusion that the current MeteoroiD can no longer be in the pursuit of this hindered dream.
For this reason, our last duty as MeteoroiD will be to be the current best MeteoroiD that's able to reach you all.
We also always thought how to become a place where everyone could belong. I will not forget our work and activities up to this point.
I'd be very happy if we could continue to live on in everyone's hearts.
This band was also a place where I could belong, so I want for MeteoroiD to live on in everyone's hearts, together.
We also received many precious experiences. We were able to spend the best time together with you all.
There's only a little time until 2/11, but we'll continue on as MeteoroiD full force until the end.
Thank you.

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Artist:   X Japan  
Source:  Press Release
X Japan leader Yoshiki performed at the Classic Rock Awards held at Ryogoku Kokugikan this past Friday, November 11.
Yoshiki made history by becoming the first-ever artist to be honored with the “Asian Icon Award.” Based at the venerable Roundhouse venue in London, the Classic Rock Awards are widely recognized by the world’s rock stars as the “annual must-attend event,” bringing together artists from rock’s global Hall of Fame.

The show was held in Japan this year for the first time ever, and with this memorable timing Yoshiki became the first Asian artist to accomplish this great achievement. Rock royalty including Jeff Beck, ELO, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Def Leppard, Richie Sambora, Cheap Trick attended the event and gave Yoshiki rave reviews for his performance featuring classical renditions of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and X Japan’s masterpiece “Art Of Life.”

"So many artists in Asia are going overseas and Asian rock is growing worldwide,” Yoshiki said as he accepted the award. “X Japan is proud to be one of them and if there’s a wall between east and west, the wall is getting lower and thinner. I’m going to break this wall. It’s an honor to receive this award. I would like to dedicate this award to the X Japan members especially Hide and Taiji. Thank you very much.”

On January 12 and 13, 2017, Yoshiki will make his Carnegie Hall debut with “Yoshiki Classical featuring Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.” Although known as the founder, songwriter and drummer of X Japan, Yoshiki is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, composer, and musician. Having composed the 2012 Golden Globe Awards theme song, he also composed and performed an orchestral piece and piano concerto to commemorate the Japanese Emperor’s 10th anniversary of his reign. His recent album Yoshiki Classical features collaborations between Yoshiki and legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, and Quartet San Francisco. At the Carnegie shows, Yoshiki will perform his original compositions alongside the world-renowned Tokyo Philharmonic; he will also play several traditional Classical pieces. Yoshiki has tapped Yuga Cohler (co-creator of the Kanye West/Beethoven crossover project “Yeethoven”) to conduct the concerts.

Yoshiki Classical @ Carnegie Hall Tickets and VIP info:

Yoshiki is currently on a world tour greeting audiences for the X Japan documentary “WE ARE X” at film festivals in various countries, as well as promoting his forthcoming classical tour. "WE ARE X" is a transcendent and beautifully shot rock & roll story about the Japanese rock band X Japan, one of the biggest rock bands in the world.

“WE ARE X” Website & Showtimes:
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Artist:   GazettE (the)  
Source:  Sony Muisc Entertainment Japan Newletter
Exciting news for worldwide fans of the GazettE!

Concert footage from their SOLD OUT Yoyogi (Tokyo, Japan) show of the DOGMATIC tour titled "LIVE TOUR 15-16 DOGMATIC FINAL- SHIKKOKU- LIVE AT 02.28 Yoyogi National Stadium Gymnasium 1", is set to be released on January 25, 2017!

The content will be digitally released via iTunes and made available in 58 countries.

In addition, fans can check out two new music videos, "DOGMA" and "DEUX" which are now up on their official VEVO channel!

And.... circle the dates, December 25 and January 25 for never before seen music videos to be uploaded on the VEVO channel.
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L'Arc~en~Ciel's new song "Don't be Afraid" will be used as the theme song for the Japanese version of the "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" movie.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and starring Milla Jovovich, is the final instalment in the film series based on the Resident Evil videogame series.
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BOOM BOOM SATELLITES' Kawashima Michiyuki passed away due to a brain tumour on October 9th.

Here the official statement:

To everyone who has supported BOOM BOOM SATELLITES over the years

It is our sad duty to inform you that Michiyuki Kawashima of BOOM BOOM SATELLITES passed away at 5:12am on October 9th, 2016, after his continued battle with brain tumor.

We offer our sincerest appreciation to everyone who supported BOOM BOOM SATELLITES and Michiyuki Kawashima over the years.

The wake and funeral will be held privately for family and close friends, with a farewell event for fans at a later date. Details will be posted on the band's website.

【Comment from Masayuki Nakano of BOOM BOOM SATELLITES】

At 5:12am on October 9th, BOOM BOOM SATELLITES's vocalist Michiyuki Kawashima set off on the next stage of his journey.
I imagine he is soaring around the world, finally freed from the restrictions of his body. His passing is not a tragedy, but the achievement of a lifetime goal and a happy ending. The love of our many fans supported Michiyuki Kawashima and BOOM BOOM SATELLITES on their journey, and we are truly happy and lucky because of you.
On behalf of Michiyuki Kawashima, I would like to thank all our fans and colleagues again.

"Thank you for supporting us up until now. Live your lives with passion and energy and keep the music we made, the time we spent together, and the memories we shared close to you."

“One more thing, we are BOOM BOOM SATELLITES!!”

Masayuki Nakano
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Date: 2016.10.07
Artist:   PIKOTARO  
Source:  press release
Kinky perm, sunglasses and clad in animal print. With the infectious bizarre phrase “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” (PPAP), PIKOTARO age 53, singer/songwriter from Chiba, Japan releases 4 songs including “PPAP” in 134 countries, only through digital distribution on Oct 7th. PIKOTARO finally made a world debut.

“PPAP” all started when PIKOTARO posted the song on YouTube by himself. The word spread from teenage girls and internationally, creating a buzz. TIME, BBC, CNN and other global media in Europe, US, and Asia took notice of the sensation and “PPAP” resulted in being covered by numerous media around the world.

Furthermore, Justin Bieber who boasts 88 million followers on Twitter, tweeted it was his “favorite video” and lead to the viral explosion. Also in Japan, it is being covered by countless media and has become a social phenomenon. Meanwhile, PIKOTARO himself tweeted “Master Justin Bieber…?!” and now his profile writes “My life saver is Justin Bieber.”

“PPAP” is adding its views, day by day. The total number of all view counts of all sites in the world, has already surpassed 200 million. Not only Japanese stars, but international celebrities and people are copying the dance. The number of its related videos are well over 36,000.

In such situation, PIKOTARO has finally made his much anticipated world debut.
You better watch his next move.

PIKOTARO Official Website:

PIKOTARO Official YouTube “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen”:


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