June 23rd, 2012


Artist Profile: ShounenT aka Sako Tomohisa

ShounenT is a singer who debuted as Sako Tomohisa on March 28th, 2012 under Sony Music Entertainment with the single "Ai Kotoba". On June 6th, he released his 2nd single "Zutto" which is the opening song of the anime, Kimi to Boku 2.

However, ShounenT has long been active as far back as 2009 as an utaite. Utaite is a term for people who cover previously released songs and post them on the popular video site Nico Nico Douga; under the utattemita category. Utaite is unique for NND singers, differentiating from the general term of "kashu" (singer). Generally utaite cover J-pop, anime, game and vocaloid original songs. However it is not unusual for them to release original music/drama CDs during events such as Comiket and Vocaloid M@ster.

ShounenT was born on December 26th, 1991 in Hokkaido and is currently a vocational college student. He is known for his acoustic arrangements, which other singers and himself use. He has a soft and light voice that is sometimes accompanied by his own guitar. The "T" in his stage name stands for his real name, Tomohisa. Thus his fans call him T-kun. He also has a younger brother, Malon, who is a odoite (dancer) on NND.

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source: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | Blog | Twitter | Mixi Comm | Official Website | NND profile | Utaite Wiki Profile | Ofurotaimu Spotlight on ShounenT

Does Japan’s New Copyright Law Make YouTube Illegal?

Earlier this week, the Japanese government revised its Copyright Law, making it possible for music/software/movie pirates to face up to 2 years in prison.

The bill makes downloading of such pirated content punishable by a maximum of two years in prison and/or a fine of up to ¥2 million. A 2010 revision to the same law made the downloading of such contents illegal, but avoided assigning penalties.

The uploading of pirated music and video content has long been illegal and carries a maximum 10 years in prison or a fine of up to ¥10 million.

People who make backup copies of legitimately purchased DVD’s could also face these penalties under the new revision.

Tech savvy people are understandably alarmed by this news. Some have suggested that the mere act of watching a YouTube video that contains copyrighted content could get you arrested.

However, as YouTube vlogger Victor (Gimmeaflakeman) explains, the reports about YouTube are exaggerated and sensationalized:

A Japanese government official has stated that watching a video would not be considered a crime. To violate the law, you would need to use software to save a copy of the Youtube video to your computer.

Although extremely harsh penalties will become a possibility, it is still unclear whether authorities will choose to apply them. My guess is that, like so many other crimes that carry possible jail sentences in Japan, first time offenders will get suspended sentences instead of serving actual time in prison.


2012 J-Pop Summit Festival Presents the U.S premiere of the ‘Evangelion Pop Up Museum’

NEW PEOPLE, a dynamic entertainment destination bringing the latest examples of Japanese popular culture to North American shores, is proud to present the U.S. premiere of the Evangelion Pop Up Museum as part of the 2012 J-Pop Summit Festival. This special exhibit staged inside the SUPERFROG Gallery [3rd floor], launches on Saturday, August 25th and is co-produced by Nippon Television and NEW PEOPLE.

The 2012 J-POP Summit Festival commences with the theme of “Cyberpop Overload!” and will be held across San Francisco’s Japantown, on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th. General admission to Evangelion Pop Up Museum is $5 with re-entry stamp, but will only run for the duration of the J-Pop Summit Festival. Tickets will be available at SUPERFROG Gallery on the day of the event. More information about the Festival is available here.

This special event will offer an extensive collection of original concept and production art, character drawings and other key artifacts from the famed Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone and Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance film series. Anime, Manga and sci-fi fans are invited to enjoy this unique exhibit and catch a rare inside glimpse at how original drawings, computer graphics and animation for these films were created. A variety of rare and valuable Evangelion books, toys and collectables, and other items will also be on display.

Evangelion is one of the most successful anime properties ever produced and its massive international popularity approaches an almost religious following among fans,” says Seiji Horibuchi, the President/CEO of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. and Chairman of the J-Pop Summit Festival Committee. “We are extremely honored to offer J-POP Summit attendees this special opportunity to enjoy a wide range of captivating artwork and other rare artifacts from the show that have never been exhibited before outside Japan.”

A variety of other pop-inspired attractions including fashion shows, theatrical film premieres, live art performances, celebrity appearances, and mini-concerts by some of Japan’s hottest bands are planned for the 2012 J-Pop Summit both inside the NEW PEOPLE complex, and outdoors at the adjacent Peace Plaza. Innovative artists from Japan will join a variety of product merchants and food vendors from the Bay Area to offer an array of pop-inspired products and delicacies for sale in open air displays on both sides of Post Street.


AAA reveals jacket covers for “777 ~We can sing a song!~”

AAA has just revealed the jacket covers for their upcoming single, “777 ~We can sing a song!~“!

Even though the group is currently busy with their nationwide tour, AAA plans to release a new single on July 25th titled “777 ~We can sing a song!~”, with 7 being a lucky number for them this year since they’re celebrating their 7th anniversary. The title track is said to be a party tune that will hype up men and women everywhere with its summery and exciting melody, something that is definitely reflected on the cover for the single.

“777 ~We can sing a song!~” will also include AAA’s first ever birthday celebration track, appropriately titled “Birthday song“. The song is described as a bright and cheerful birthday tune packed that expresses their gratitude of being born into this world.

Check out the jacket covers for their new single below!

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Source + Images: Barks & AAA’s Official Website  and


2NE1’s new song to be used for Maybelline New York + Park Bom attends PR event in Tokyo

On June 22nd, 2NE1’s Park Bom attended a PR product launch event for the makeup brand ‘Maybelline New York‘ in Tokyo.

At the event, Maybelline announced that 2NE1’s new song (title not yet announced), which will be released on August 29th, is going to be used as the theme song for their upcoming CM promoting their ‘Volume Express Magnum Cat Eyes Waterproof Mascara’.

Bom was wearing a sexy dress that accentuated her gorgeous body line and beautiful legs for the event and commented on the tie-up, “It’s an honor. The song expresses the feelings of a woman and perfectly fits with the image of Maybelline. I still can’t sing it for you yet, but please look forward to it.

The new CM is scheduled to start broadcasting nationwide in August.


Source & Pictures: Model Press
and tokyohive

Kato Shigeaki's Novel "Pink to Gray" Gets Manga Adaptation

It has been announced by Kadokawa Shoten that NEWS' Kato Shigeaki's debut novel "Pink to Gray" will get a manga adaptation. It will be released via Kadokawa's manga magazine "ASUKA" August issue. The writer and illustrator for the manga version hasn't been revealed yet.

"Pink to Gray" tells the story of two best friends who entered the entertainment industry together. However, one became a star while the other gets left behind to supporting roles. The novel talks about the successes and frustrations in the entertainment industry.

Shigeaki wrote the novel during the time when NEWS was idle. Shigeaki mentioned before that he wrote the novel with the intention of excluding everything about him that shouts "boy band". He wanted his novel to show a different side of him.

credits here

ALL THE FEEEELS for this Shige.
Can we also get a Live action adaption? That will be really interesting.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu snaps a picture with Linkin Park

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu tweeted a photo of herself after MTV’s Video Music Awards Japan, posing with American rock band Linkin Park!

In the photo, the band looks thrilled to meet the cute Japanese singer as she poses sweetly in her interesting blue dress. The picture was also posted by Japanese American band member Mike Kenji Shinoda, who tweeted the picture through Instagram with the caption “Linkin Park with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.”

Fans were thrilled to see her with Linkin Park, commenting, “No way!! This is AMAAAAZING!!! So excited!!”,”How did this happen!?!”, and “It’s Linkin Pamyu.”

Source + Image: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Official Twitter

via tokyohive

NINKI ratings for the week of 25/6~1/7/2012

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Rooting for both Namie and GReeeeN actually. But LOL that long-ass title for GReeeeN's album! Also rooting for MomoClo, Becky and Hilcrhyme!

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Perfume to release new single titled "Spending all my time"

Japan's favorite Technopop unit, Perfume, will be releasing their second single of 2012! The single is titled "Spending all my time," and this time their new single will include not only one b-side, but two! The b-sides will be "Point" and "Hurly Burly" which have already been used as CM tie-ins with Kirin Hyoketsu. This marks the first time in nearly 7 years where Perfume will be releasing a single with two b-sides, the last single doing so being "Linear Motor Girl" in 2005. "Spending all my time" is set for release on August 15th. This single also marks their second release under Universal Music Japan.

Check out the previously released CM tie-ins for Kirin Hyoketsu with "Point" and "Hurly Burly" below!

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Source: 1, 2, 3, 4