January 25th, 2013

Weekly Oricon Chart: Albums/Singles/Music-DVDs (14/1/2013~20/1/2013)


Popular Korean group, Tohoshinki have reached the top spot in the singles chart with "Catch Me -If you wanna-", making it their 3rd consecutive no.1 single since "STILL" (March last year), and 12th no.1 single overall. This is also their 28th single to reach the top 10 since "Sky" (August 2006). This has updated their own record at first place for foreign artists with the most top 10 singles. Since "ANDROID" (July last year), Tohoshinki's total single sales has reached 3.264 million copies.

In the albums chart, rock band, SID have achieved their first no.1 in any Oricon chart since their formation 10 years ago with their first best album, "SID 10th Anniversary BEST." Previously, 4 of their singles, "Uso" (April 2009), "sleep" (March 2010), "Rain" (June 2010), and "Itsuka" (September 2011) peaked at no.2, with an album "Hikari" (July 2009) also peaked at no.2. The album includes the songs from their indie days for a total of 18 songs. The Limited Edition comes with a DVD consisting of their previously unreleased live performances.

Posting the top 30 albums/singles and the top 10 music-DVDs. The second column in the top 10 refers to sales in 2013. New release in bold.

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Source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Shionoya Sayaka's debut

Birth date: 1994.3.12

In 2011, Sayaka participated in “EXILE Presents VOCAL BATTLE AUDITION 3 ~ For Girls ~” sponsored by LDH Inc..
Among about 30,000 applicants, she was chosen from the finalists of the vocal department, and attracted much attention at once.
In 2012, she won in “KING RECORDS Presents Dream Vocal Audition” among about 10,000 applicants.
She won the grand prize “Dream Vocalist loved by ViVi” and grasped the ticket of the major debut.
With her inborn voice quality of super presence and excellent vocalist’s power of expression, she is praised high in all respects.
In “TOKYO GIRLS COLLECTION 2012A/W THE BEST VOCAL AUDITION”, she was chosen to be the most attracting female singer of next generation from the winners of female singers in many auditions during 2012.

Her major debut single "Dear Heaven" was released in 2013.01.23. The b-side "ONE" was her debut digital single released in 2012.10.24.

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Sources: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4

I'm glad she didn't win that audition to become a FLOWER member. I think she's better as a solo artist, but will LDH promote her well?

AKB48 Idol Tomomi Kasai's Photo Book Cancelled


The official website for Kodansha's Young Magazine announced on Thursday that AKB48 idol Tomomi Kasai's photo collection has been cancelled. The magazine's editors apologized for the cancellation of people's orders and thanked them for their understanding. According to the Yomiuri Shimbun paper, the possibility of a different photo collection for Kasai is being explored.

As recently as Monday, the magazine was advertising the "Tomomi Kasai First Solo Photo Collection Tomo no Koto, Suki?" [Do You Love Tomo?] book on its cover with an "early February" release date. The latest issue of the magazine was delayed and then revised to remove an "inappropriate" photo of Kasai.

Asahi, Sankei, and other news organizations reported on Friday that Kodansha is under investigation by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department for possible child pornography charges due to the book and its promotion in Young Magazine. Masaaki Hiruma, a media commentator with experience in editing weekly magazines, projected that the incident will cost Kodansha more than 300 million yen (about US$3.4 million) for just revising and reprinting the magazine issue alone. (Hiruma's estimate does not include the cost of cancelling the photo book entirely.)


Kingdom Hearts 1.5 to Include 3 Hours of 358/2 Days Cutscenes


Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX-, the high-definition port for the PlayStation 3 of the first Kingdom Hearts role-playing game and the Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories follow-up, will include 2 hours and 50 minutes of remastered video footage from the Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days game. Cutscene director Masaru Oka told Famitsu that the staff created 100 new scenes for the 358/2 Days content.

Famitsu is currently hosting screenshots of the remastered footage. Famitsu's interview with sound designer Yuki Hirose revealed that composer Yoko Shimomura is supervising the rearranging and re-recording the songs for the 358/2 Days content with live instruments.

After viewing all the 358/2 Days content, players will receive a custom theme for the PS3. The game, which includes the "Final Mix" version of the original Kingdom Hearts game, will also have trophy support.

The game is slated for a March 14 release in Japan for 6,980 yen (about US$77).



AKB48's 'Yuuhi Marie' and Cultural Appropriation?

Yesterday, idol group AKB48 livestreamed their yearly event of 'Request Hour Set List Best 100'. During this, AKB48's Team K performed the coupling track to the new AKB48 single, 'Yuuhi Marie'. However many fans and non-fans alike were disappointed in the outfits the girls performed in. The girls are dressed in Native American-inspired form of dress as seen above and below. It is what is known as cultural appropriation.

Not only because the Native Americans' clothes are not costumes but a lot of the garments also holds cultural and spiritual significance. Thus it should be respected. The outfits in the picture are unrepresentative of the culture and is based on popular caricature that appears on television. As the Native American culture, of course, is not all the same, and there are various tribes. Their varied ways of ritual, beliefs, ways of dressing, and more should be taken into consideration. However the diverse and complex culture is generalised into a single idea based on popular media.

So what's the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation?
Daily Sundial:
What’s the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation? The latter is having genuine interest in learning about a people’s history, traditions, language, values and way of life. Appropriation is based on a superficial appreciation of a group and uses
convenient parts of that group’s culture for commercial reasons. It is damaging because doing so ignores the experiences of minorities and
marginalized people.

The painful history of Native Americans includes over 500 years of being colonized, slaughtered and marginalized. However, this history is often mistaught or misrepresented, making cultural appropriation all the easier to commit, especially around the Thanksgiving holiday.

The ignorance or romanticism of native history coupled with the exclusion of native people as producers within the culture industry has allowed for appropriation to be acceptable and fashionable.

“Hipsters turn appropriated culture into a commodity,” said Andrews. “Seeing a cultural identity as something to be purchased rather than lived, and abandon it when it becomes inconvenient or unfashionable without any consequences.”

The real damage is caused not just by one event, but the cumulative effect of appropriation throughout the centuries. Fortunately, the Internet allows for Native Americans and other marginalized groups, as well as those who simply do not appreciate appropriation, to have a greater voice in what gets mass produced. Hopefully, the culture industry will understand that you can’t talk about people as if they do not exist, and be more careful with what they try to sell.

Below are pictures of the said 'costumes'.

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So your opinions Arama? I hope we can a non-wank post and discuss it in a civil manner. Do you think it is cultural appropriation? Do you think it's not? Feelings on why people think this is okay?
You can also add more examples if you want.

source: 1, more info on cultural appropriation: 1, 2
massu dayo

Tegomass to release 6th single on 6th March

Tegomass's sixth single is an R&B love song with title Sayonara ni Sayonara.
Regular Edition includes 2 more new song that are not included on the Limited Edition.

Limited Edition comes with the music video for "Sayonara ni Sayonara" and a making-of video. It also includes an instrumental version of the song (not included on the Regular Edition).

RE track list:
1. サヨナラにさよなら
2. ひとりじゃない
3. 木漏れ日メモリーズ
4. サヨナラにさよなら (テゴ・カラ)
5. サヨナラにさよなら (マス・カラ)

LE track list:
1. [CD] サヨナラにさよなら
2. [CD] サヨナラにさよなら (オリジナル・カラオケ)
3. [DVD] 「サヨナラにさよなら」 Music Clip & Making

source: here and here

soooo excited

Musical Duo Chage and Aska Reunite After 4 Years


Chage and Aska, the musical duo known for such hit songs as "Say Yes" and "Yah Yah Yah," are reuniting after a four-year hiatus and performing their first live concert in six years. The unit had their last concert in December 2007, but kept on collaborating in music until 2009, when they went on break. The two members of the duo worked on their separate solo careers since then.

Chage and Aska approached Studio Ghibli to make a music video for their "On Your Mark" song, and the result was the "On Your Mark" anime film short that studio founder Hayao Miyazaki personally directed. It played with Ghibli's Whisper of the Heart film when that feature opened in Japan in 1995. The duo's "Something There" song also became the ending theme song for the 1994 American Street Fighter film.

Chage and Aska debuted in 1979, and this summer will mark their 35th anniversary. The duo said, “We hope that this year will be one we can spend with our fans, who walked with us for an amazing 35 years.” More details about the new concert or concerts will be revealed on a later time at their website.


smile acchan

AKB48 reveals the MV for ‘So long!’ on the 1st day of their ‘Request Hour’ event

On the first day of “AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 100 2013” held at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL on January 24th, the MV for AKB48’s upcoming 30th single “So long!” (to be released on February 20th) was revealed. It was announced that the MV was directed by a film director Obayashi Nobuhiko.

“So long!” is AKB48’s 6th “Sakura” song, and Watanabe Mayu will be the center for the first time.

The MV that was revealed at the event was the short version that was 6 minutes long, however, there will also be a 64-minute long version which is the longest MV ever for the group.Collapse )
AKB48 Official Youtube Channel has uploaded the PV preview.

Nice song, nice PV. You buy a single, and you got a short film. I'm not complaining at all :)