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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!!”


"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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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:

Video Teaser on YouTube:

Official Website:

Official Blog:
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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:   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 :

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:   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 on Facebook:

Temma Matsunaga (self-titled)
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
1. Chi, seieki, soshite shi (short film)
2. Love Harassment (music video)
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Artist:   ALI PROJECT  
Source:  press release
ALI PROJECT has revealed the elegant photography of their 25th Anniversary Best Album, Chi to Mitsu – Anthology of Gothic Lolita & Horror, which will be released on June 21, 2017, on two discs with Blu-ray bonus.

The double-album includes two new tracks and music videos produced exclusively for this release, “Royal Academy Gothic Lolita”, and “Shojo Misso Le sang et le miel”.
ALI PROJECT will perform many of their anime theme hits live at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017 on July 1st in Los Angeles. Tickets and info are available at

ALI PROJECT vocalist Arika commented, “ALI PROJECT will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. In commemoration, we will release a 2-disc best album including tracks from our past releases with 2 themes; “Gothic Lolita” theme with tracks such as “Kinjirareta Asobi” and “Seishojoryoiki” from the anime Rozen Maiden, and “Gothic Horror” theme with tracks such as “Kyoumu Densen” from the anime Another.

“The CD jacket and music videos of the 2 new tracks were shot at the Fontainebleau Palace in France. We chartered the Palace and wore different costumes for Gothic Lolita and Gothic Horror, using the day and night scene at the Palace to draw the world of light and darkness. It is a gorgeous album that brings you fully into our Gothic ALI PROJECT world with sound, images and visuals!”

ALI PROJECT 25th Anniversary Best Album
Chi to Mitsu – Anthology of Gothic Lolita & Horror

Disc 1 / Gothic Lolita
01. Watashi no Bara wo Kaminasai (from the anime “Rozen Maiden 2013″)
02. ALICE Dozai Innocent
03. Rose ke no Futago
04. Yuri no Hibi wa Tuioku no Naka ni Hisomikaoru
05. Otome no Aganai
06. Reijo Bara Zukan
07. Barami to Yurine no Fushigi na Hotel
08. Lolicate
09. à la cuisine
10. Shojo to Suimitsuto
11. Royal Academy Gothic Lolita
12. Kinjirareta Asobi (strings version) (from the anime “Rozen Maiden”)
13. Seishoujo Ryouiki (orchestra version) (from the anime “Rozen Maiden: Träumend”)
14. Baragoku Otome (strings version) (from the anime “Rozen Maiden: Ouvertüre”)
15. Fräulein Rose
16. Koyoi Aoi Mori Fukaku
Disc 2 / Gothic Horror
01. Kyoumu Densen (from the anime “Another”)
02. Sekka Zange Shinju
03. Yomi no Tasogare no Utsuronaru Aoki Hiromi no
04. Chi no Dansho
05. Rokudo Rinne Survival
06. Kinsho
07. Shojo Misso Le sang et le miel
08. Beijing LOVERS
09. Abiyo Shindai
10. Renka Yuren
11. Gantai Usagi to Hotai Hitsuji no March
12. Rodoku suru Jochu to Chisana Reijo
13. Onnakasei Bugakuzu
14. Akai Rosoku to Kingyo
15. Himitsu no Hanazono

Shojo Misso Le sang et le miel Music Video
Royal Academy of Gothic Lolita Music Video
Chi to Mitsu – Anthology of Gothic Lolita & Horror – Shooting in France –
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Artist:   Masami Okui  
Source:  press release
Masami Okui celebrates the beginning of her 25th anniversary with a new single “Innocent Bubble”, to be released August 30.
Okui’s amazing career began in 1993 singing backing vocals for superstars such as Yumi Matsutoya, and since has amassed numerous solo anime credits, including Revolutionary Girl Utena, Slayers, Sorcerer Hunters, Di Gi Charat, Magic User’s Club, Ray the Animation, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, and Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere II.

In 2003, she joined the super anisong unit JAM Project, adding to her worldwide fan base with hits from One Punch Man, Bakuman, Cardfight!! Vanguard, Super Robot Wars, and many others.

Masami Okui will return to the United States with JAM Project for Anisong World Matsuri at Otakon® 2017 in Washington, D.C., on August 11.
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Source:  Press release
Japanese gothic metal band YOUSEI TEIKOKU has announced a series of stunning, limited-edition "tarot cards" for fans who purchase their 20th anniversary single, flamma idola, at selected stores in Japan.

Store details on the Lantis official website (Japanese):

The band revealed the mysterious cover art for flamma idola earlier this month, depicting a beautiful but strangely-transformed portrait of YOUSEI TEIKOKU's lead singer, Empress Yui.

The leader of the Fairy Empire cryptically explained, "Humans adore dolls, dolls adore humans. This deep, hidden longing to transform each other's essence has persisted since ancient times. Elevating our existence to become both human and doll is our goal with the image of this CD. True subjects of the Fairy Empire will sense the message of the clothing and design displayed herein."

YOUSEI TEIKOKU returns to the United States for Anisong World Matsuri at Otakon® in Washington, D.C, on August 12.

flamma idola
Rel. 05.31.2017
Track List:
1. flamma idola
2. Veludo Papilio
3. Naikan Uchu Shisha no Yurikago
4. flamma idola (Instrumental)
5. Veludo Papilio (Instrumental)
6. Naikan Uchu Shisha no Yurikago (Instrumental)

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Artist:   NIA  
Source:  Press release
Back in 2016, visual kei band NIA (ex-AUNCIA/Ansia) visited Europe on a tour thanks to Realive, and now Realive is also distributing their new live DVD “ANSHIA”, shot at NIA’s last oneman show before their hiatus, in December 2016 in Tokyo (Tsutaya O-West).

The DVD includes the whole show (24 tracks).

Japanese pre-release: April 23
International release: May 15

Worldwide shipment

Available from May 15th on REALive online shop
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Artist:   X Japan  
Source:  Press release
WE ARE X, the award-winning rock-n-roll documentary about one of the most successful bands in history, arrives on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD on April 25 from Magnolia Home Entertainment under The Magnet Label.

From director and acclaimed documentarian Stephen Kijak (Stones in Exile), WE ARE X profiles the blockbuster Japanese rock band X Japan and its enigmatic frontman Yoshiki – composer, classically trained pianist, drummer and the creative force behind the band's wild success.
Featuring interviews with Gene Simmons, Marilyn Manson, Stan Lee and more, WE ARE X dives into Yoshiki's life and X Japan's attempt to break into the American music industry. Supported by concert footage, band interviews and fan photos, the compelling film takes a look at X Japan's hardships and conflicts including suicide and cultism. Also spotlighting the band's triumphs, WE ARE X explores the group's phenomenal success, boasting more than 30 million albums and singles sold, countless sold-out concerts around the world, and fans in North America, Europe, Latin America and South East Asia.

Special features for WE ARE X include deleted scenes featuring Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi and clips from Kitty Con, the New Economy Summit, Tateyama and the X Museum, as well as deleted interviews with members of X Japan. Extras also include seven interview vignettes with Yoshiki about WE ARE X, and two live performances, "Forever Love" and "Kurenai," from X Japan's 1997 "The Last Live" concert at the Tokyo Dome. A tribute to the band with the "Born to be Free" Fan Video featuring concert footage and global fan interviews is also included.

The documentary will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $29.98 and $26.98, and on Digital HD via iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Video and additional digital retailers on April 25.

"If We Are X proves anything, it’s that rock bands can experience similar trials: acrimony and fatalities, but also, sometimes, glorious comebacks." – The New York Times
"It succeeds as an examination of why we turn to escapist art and what we do when it's no longer there." – The Wrap
"Invoking the spirit of an epic rock show, We Are X expresses all the energy, joy and sadness of X Japan's music." – Los Angeles Times

From the producers of the Oscar-winning film Searching for Sugar Man, comes WE ARE X, a transcendent rock and roll story about one of the biggest and most successful bands the world's never heard of...yet. Under the enigmatic direction of drummer, pianist, composer, and producer Yoshiki, X Japan has sold over 30 million singles and albums combined––captivating such a wide range of admirers as Sir George Martin, KISS, Stan Lee, and even the Japanese Emperor. An astonishingly intimate portrait of a deeply haunted––but truly unstoppable––virtuoso and the music that has enthralled legions of the world's most devoted fans.

Deleted Scenes
Deleted Interviews:
• Yoshiki
• Toshl
• Pata
• Heath
• Sugizo
Yoshiki on We Are X
"Forever Love" (From 1997's "The Last Live" Concert at Tokyo Dome)
"Kurenai" (From 1997's "The Last Live" Concert at Tokyo Dome)
"Born to be Free" Fan Video


WE ARE X Official Website:

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Artist:   URBANGARDE  
Source:  Press release
URBANGARDE will release their first live album Urbangarde 2016 Xmas Special Hall Live Tenshi De Akuma ("Angel and Devil") on April 12, 2017. The regular CD version will contain the complete concert audio and a live performance DVD, while a limited-press lower-price version will showcase selected concert tracks.

URBANGARDE's one-man holiday concert, recorded at Shibuya Ward Culture Center on December 17, 2016, was divided into "devil" and "angel" segments, culminating in an audience vote to see which side won the night. When the devils were announced as victorious, the hall was bathed in red lights for the final songs. Their single "Akumade Akuma" ("Devils Forever"), the band's first non-album music release in over four years, was released the following month in January 2017.

Both editions of Urbangarde 2016 Xmas Special Hall Live Tenshi De Akuma feature the band's trademark polka-dot symbols, connecting to their upcoming 10th Anniversary celebration coming up this May.

URBANGARDE leader, songwriter, and frontman Temma Matsunaga also recently announced his first solo live concert titled "Blood, Semen, and Death" scheduled for June 18 at Shinjuku JAM.


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Artist:   RAINDIA  
Source:  Press release
On February 25, 2017, RAINDIA held their first successful oneman. To commemorate the show, RAINDIA released a live digest video featuring short clips of each of the songs performed.

The digest video can be viewed on YouTube here:

Additionally, RAINDIA announced two new releases due to come out in May of 2017. The first of which will be a single called "Ame ni, Speaker." This single will feature entirely new songs.

The second will be their petite album vol. 2, "Ningen Shikkaku," and will include both re-recordings and new songs. More information about these two new releases will come soon.

About RAINDIA: RAINDIA is a 5 piece visual kei band with roots from the 90's music scene and entirely self-produced music. Beauty is a feature of both the lyrics and melodies and the lyrics are written in a literary way and involve feelings of anger, conflict, and doubt about situations that many can relate to. The story created by the composition is strong, and similarly, their live performances include both intensity and melancholy emotion. The five member's individual characters are strong with each person's different hair color, but they skillfully become entwined on stage, expressing a world through their musical performance.

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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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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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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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