December 18th, 2012

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MISIA To Release Best Album & Blu-ray Box Set!


MISIA is kicking off her 15th anniversary celebrations with the release of a new best album on February 20, 2013!

The 3-disc set, which comes in Blu-spec CD2 format for optimal sound quality, will include a remastered selection of hits from MISIA's repertoire as well as new songs and previously unreleased material for a total of 40 tracks. The limited edition comes with a DVD featuring some of MISIA's best live performances. This "MISIA Encylopedia" is a must for new fans and long-timers alike!

"MISIA SUPER BEST RECORDS -15th Celebration-"
Regular Edition: (3CD+DVD) [BVCL-3001/4] -- 4,200yen
Limited Edition: (3CD) [BVCL-30005/7] -- 3,980yen

That's not all!

On the same date, MISIA will also release a complete box set of her "TOUR OF MISIA" concerts remastered in Blu-ray format! The 11-disc set will include the legendary concert "WM", which until now had only been released in VHS.

"THE TOUR OF MISIA BOX Blu-ray 15th Celebration"
11-disc Blu-ray box set [BVXL-20] -- 25,000yen

"WM"
"LOVE IS THE MESSAGE THE TOUR OF MISIA 1999-2000"
"THE TOUR OF MISIA 2001"
"THE TOUR OF MISIA 2002"
"THE TOUR OF MISIA 2003 KISS IN THE SKY IN SAPPORO DOME"
"THE TOUR OF MISIA 2004 MARS & ROSES"
"THE SINGER SHOW THE TOUR OF MISIA 2005"
"THE TOUR OF MISIA 2007 ASCENSION"
"THE TOUR OF MISIA 2008 EIGHTH WORLD"
"THE TOUR OF MISIA DISCOTHEQUE ASIA"
"THE TOUR OF MISIA JAPAN SOUL QUEST GRAND FINALE 2012 IN YOKOHAMA ARENA"

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"HEY! HEY! HEY!" comes to an end



On December 17th, Fuji TV’s music program “HEY! HEY! HEY!” on which the comedian duo Downtown served as the host, live broadcast their final episode with the title “Konna ni Waraeta Ongaku Bangumi wa Nakatta ze! Saigo no HEY! HEY! HEY! MUSIC CHAMP“, and it was revealed the average audience rating reached 14.3% (in Kanto region according to Video Research).

The music program started back in 1994, and aired a total of 745 episodes.

For the 2-hour long final episode, total 10 groups of artists (45 people in total), such as EXILE, Porno Graffitti, Every Little Thing, T.M. Revolution, GACKT, AKB48, TRF×Komuro Tetsuya, SMAP (Inagaki Goro was absent), Okuda Tamio, and Hamasaki Ayumi, made appearances.

The live broadcast started with the performance of “Ashita ga Aru sa” (released in 2001) sang by Re: Japan, which consists of Yoshimoto Kogyo’s comedians including Downtown, along with more performances of masterpieces that were related to the program one after another, as well as some footages from the past.

Arashi, Kahala Tomomi, Inoue Yosui, and PUFFY appeared through video messages and actress Shinohara Ryoko, who has co-starred with Downtown in “Downtown no Gottsu Ee Kanji“, also visited the program with a bouquet.

For the finale of the show, Makihara Noriyuki showed up, and all the guests and even the staff members performed a song “Chicken Rice“, which is Makihara and Hamada Masatoshi’s collaboration song, and written by Matsumoto Hitoshi. During the performance, Hamada commented, “Thank you for the past 18 years.”

“HEY! HEY! HEY!” has gained popularity and has become one of Fuji TV’s longest running programs. The highest rating they reached was on June 21, 1999 with 28.5% when Utada Hikaru made her first appearance on the program, however, it has taken a fall in ratings as of late. The guest who appeared most on the show was Amuro Namie with 56 appearances.

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i'm bummed, hey!x3 was one of those few shows i could watch whether or not i knew the guests because downtown's glorious ;;

at least the finale sounds pretty good

NHK announces the song list for ‘Kohaku Uta Gassen’

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NHK has announced the official song list for the 50 artists who will be performing on their ‘63rd Kohaku Uta Gassen‘!

The theme for this year’s ‘Kohaku’ is “Uta de Aitai.” (“Meet with song.“). It will be hosted by actress Horikita Maki (red team) and popular group Arashi (white team).

‘Kohaku Uta Gassen’ will air on New Year’s Eve from 7:15 pm JST.

Check out the song list below!



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Source: NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen Official Website via tokyohive

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Comedian Yamasaki Hosei to change his name starting in 2013 + a tribute band "The Yamasakis"



On December 17th, comedian Yamasaki Hosei held a press conference in Osaka, where he announced that he will integrate his name into his stage name as a Rakugo-ka (a comic story teller), “Tsukitei Hosei“, starting next year.

Yamasaki stated, “It’s been decided that all my activities will be under ‘Tsukitei Hosei’ starting on January 1st of 2013.”

The comedian became Rakugo-ka Tsukitei Happou’s pupil about 5 years ago and received the name ‘Tsukitei Hosei.’ Though he was using two names properly, because of Happou’s recommendation to integrate the names and as he will be 45 years old next year, he has decided to officially change his stage name.

Yamasaki clearly said, “It feels like I am graduating from ‘Yamasaki Hosei’ rather than throwing it away. I will never use the name and have no regrets.”

Link for The Yamasakishttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8Ow8FiQwJc

Source: Tokyohive, GakiMule
I'm kinda sad, won't be hearing "Yamasaki Out!" anymore. Btw the Yamasakis is awesome, do check it out.