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7:23 pm - 10/09/2011

Akanishi Jin finally makes his American dreams come true

Akanishi Jin and Jason Derulo

On October 9, singer Akanishi Jin (27) announced that he would make his American debut with the American digital release of his new song 「TEST DRIVE Featuring JASON DERULO」on November 8.

Akanishi excitedly commented, "Having travelled across the United States, I'm excited to be given this chance to work in America. I'm looking forward to sharing my music with more people than before".

The new song will be released under the name "Jin Akanishi". The song is an up-tempo, R&B duet with popular young artist Jason Derulo (22) who reached number 1 on the US charts in 2009.

The meaning of the song title「TEST DRIVE」is "Why don't you give me a try? (go out together)". Derulo commented, "Jin is an easy guy to get along with. I really enjoyed recording with him".

The American release of his song will be by digital download release rather than by CD release. It has been decided that a mini-album including three different songs will be released on CD in Japan on December 7. His American album is planned to release next year and it is said that he is currently in the middle of recording.

Source: Sanspo
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shavashava 10th-Oct-2011 01:15 am (UTC)
lol ok
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kame_94 10th-Oct-2011 04:48 am (UTC)
Tbh, I heard the sample and it doesn't sound too bad. It reminds me of Franz Ferdinand - "Do You Want To" used at the end of the Paradise Kiss anime.

I thought it was going to flop, but now I'm not so sure it'll be a complete failure..
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jeugd1 10th-Oct-2011 01:21 am (UTC)
JIN IS 27???? damn he is old
midori_akanishi 10th-Oct-2011 01:55 am (UTC)
and hot!!
brucelynn 10th-Oct-2011 01:23 am (UTC)
He looks really cute in that photo but Jin is too much of a wanksta...I can't get with him I wish he would be himself.
cuizy 10th-Oct-2011 02:59 am (UTC)
me too.... just be himself!
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pistachu 10th-Oct-2011 01:28 am (UTC)
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pfft_idec 10th-Oct-2011 01:25 am (UTC)
Can this post combined with the post earlier? why make another post? content is the same just with translation.
tennyo29 10th-Oct-2011 01:35 am (UTC)
Sorry. I don't control both entries so I can't combine them.

Hopefully some people will enjoy seeing the full translation of the article.
pistachu 10th-Oct-2011 01:26 am (UTC)
don't like the song and don't love Jin enough to buy this but I wish his fans good look because they will need it.
ueda_suki 10th-Oct-2011 09:33 am (UTC)
islandgurl84 10th-Oct-2011 01:33 am (UTC)
Excited for the release! Go Jin!
fauxparadiso 10th-Oct-2011 01:34 am (UTC)
God I fucking hate Jason Derulo. He would have been better off collaborating with Drake. Hell even Verbal got him, Weezy and Nicki Minaj for his album.
brucelynn 10th-Oct-2011 01:38 am (UTC)
Drake is awful though
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boycottbananas 10th-Oct-2011 01:41 am (UTC)
I wonder if I'm more surprised that Jin is 27 or that Jason's only 22. ._.
tennyo29 10th-Oct-2011 01:46 am (UTC)
I was totally surprised that Jason is 22. I would think he's around the same age as Jin...

I wonder how Jin felt being "mentored" by someone younger than him... >.> Japanese ppl are more aware of age differences
midori_akanishi 10th-Oct-2011 01:55 am (UTC)
jinny ganbatte

goooo baby goooo
baka_tenshi 10th-Oct-2011 02:00 am (UTC)
here's wishing him good luck!
chibi_hime 10th-Oct-2011 02:05 am (UTC)
Am I the only who thinks that if this doesn't work for Jin, JE will never let us have anything nice?
Don't get me wrong, I really like Akanishi's ballads but his upbeat, R&B stuff doesn't do much for me.

I'm really looking forward to what other boys they would send over here.

b_akakame 10th-Oct-2011 05:04 am (UTC)
Just what I think, too!

But Japanese groups going overseas is always some kind of... non-permantent thing, I think. Truth be told I doubt they'll reach the same status as in Japan but I think that is what JE will be aiming for though. But well, they can totally prrof me wrong, of course ^.~
endohmiyako 10th-Oct-2011 02:33 am (UTC)
listen to the preview already.
bcoz Jin is my bias, i would say it quite awesome.
who's care it gonna be flop/not, coz my bias finally come out with a single!!
Definitely,definitely will buy this!
endohmiyako 10th-Oct-2011 02:43 am (UTC)
i mean, I dun care if this gonna be flop..
asweetsymphony 10th-Oct-2011 02:50 am (UTC)
LOLS! Is this real life?

Anyways, Am I the only one who laughs every time a Jason Derulo record starts, he has to effin sing his own name... Lmao. That's the only way I can differentiate him with the other R&B singers nowadays.

Good Luck to Jin. Wish him all the best!

shorty35565 18th-Oct-2011 07:40 am (UTC)
The beginning of Jin's version of test drive, he sings "it's Jin" lol He's gonna announce himself too Been hanging around Jason too much lol But I actually like it
ninomi 10th-Oct-2011 02:50 am (UTC)
The song really isn't all that bad, the accent just throws me off.
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