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Tohoshinki vol.4

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With all that’s going on with TVXQ right now, it’s amazing how label’s will cash in while the pipes hot.

TVXQ will release a new DVD called “History in Japan vol.4“. The DVD is a documentary on their activities in Japan from 2008-2009; on top of their previous release, “All about Tohoshinki Season 3“, earlier this month. That DVD has 6 DVDs, so what could you possibly get in this new one? Probably a lot of backstage and member point-of-view shots that weren’t included in the 6 DVD set? It’s a documentary, what do you expect?

Seems to me that avex and SME are trying to get out as much money as they can before any decision is made by the courts. Because if DBSK loses, there is a 50/50 chance that they will disband, especially if the other two members said they would most likely follow the others. One of the only true ways to get out of a contract is to disband, well in Japan anyways; I’m not too sure if that holds up in Korea, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t be.

How much will this DVD cost you? A whole $42USD. The DVD first press comes with a postcard too. At least you have some incentive?

The DVD will be in stores and available for online delivery on 10/28/09.

Preorder this now at CDJ, you know you want to.

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Welcome Back Maki!

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Whatever happened to that cute little idol that was the center of attention when “Love Machine” first debuted 10 years ago? Well, she’s not so cute as to say she got hot after leaving Hello! Project. After 2-years of training, Maki Goto finally re-surfaces with a a new mini album, “Sweet Black“. The name reflects the ‘positive and negative’ sides of today’s women.

The mini album is due out 9/16. One track,“Tear Drops with KG,” will be the theme song in a mobile phone drama Onnya,starring 23-year-old model Anne.

Maki left Hello! Project 2 years ago, due to personal conflict with management and now is taking her solo career ‘serious’. She later joined Avex in June of last year.

During her 2-year absence she’s been seen Los Angeles training in dance and vocal with some of Hollywood’s top trainers. She also released three digital singles, and did various side projects that coincide with J-Wave, mixi, and YouTube. She was also a model in Japan’s biggest fashion show, Tokyo Girls Collection on March 7, 2009.

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AKB48 gives thanks

Even though six members of AKB48 are out due to the influenza virus, the show must go on. The rest of the members of AKB48 continued on with their concert at Nippon Budokan, “AKB104 Selection formation festival” on 8/22.

Representing AKB48, Atsuko Maeda expressed the groups feelings to all their fans. “All of us were talking about how performing at Nippon Budokan has been our dream, and thanks to all of you it’s come true. Together with the staff and other members, we gave it our all and we thank you. It’s your enthusiasum that gave gave us the power to do our best.

Though I’m not a fan of the group, they are certainly giving Morning Musume. a run for their money this year, so I’m happy about that. They needed rivals.

Don’t forget that AB48 will be appearing in New York next month.

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Japan’s got a case of the Swine

This past week everyone has been on alert as this past week, Japan has started to experience its first swine flu deaths.

Now it is being reported that the H1N1 influenza virus (swine) has reached the epidemic stage in Japan. Some of the cases have been identified as normal flu virus, but they are suspecting it is the strain of the H1N1 virus.

A few days we reported that guitar/vocalist Ryo of Maximum the Hormone caught the piggy flu (aka swine). Others in the entertainment industry have been infected as well. Actor Takeru Sato was noted as having the H1N1 strain, but now more and more cases are being reported. Members of the baseball team, Nippon Ham Fighters. The couch and four players have been diagnosed with influenza A, with two of them being the H1N1 strain. All five members have been placed in isolation for now.

It’s been reported today (8/22 JST) that six members of idol group AKB48 have been infected as well. Team K’s Manami Oku and Asuka Kuramochi, Team B’s Aika Ohta and Haruka Kohara, and kenkyuusei members Haruka Ishida and Sumire Sato. All of them have been diagnosed with influenza A and will not participate in AKB48‘s Nippon Budokan concert this weekend.

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Big Bang is on top of things

While G-Dragon dominates Korean music charts, Big Bang releases their album in Japan today (yesterday in Japan) and takes the 2nd and 6th place on Oricon charts.

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I still stand by what I said before, it’s an okay album. I don’t feel it’s anything special. If anything GD’s album is better than this album; so if you’re going to spend money, spend it on the better and cheaper album. I mean really three songs are remakes and if you have the singles, you pretty much have 75% of the album.

If you’re in it for collection and goodies purposes then by all means. I can’t help but think that GD’s scandals are also the reason why they did so well in Japan. G-Dragon’s album was the number one pre-ordered album on HMV Japan, so how did Big Bang out do him?

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GLAY and their money: What to do with it all?

Let’s just say after 15 years they are putting their money to work. GLAY spent a whopping 1.5 billion yen on for 2 days in Nissan Stadium. Over 150,000 fans attended the “GLAY 15th anniversary Special Live 2009 THE GREAT VACATION”.

Dubbed the “HOTEL GLAY”, they performed 21 songs on a stage that is 100 meters wide and 30 meters deep. For some great fan service, the guys ran/walked up and down a 500 meter long extension that circled the entire stadium. Way to go GLAY.

Don’t forget to catch them this September 9 in San Francisco and September 11~12 at the House of Blues in Hollywood. GLAY will be starting off their tour state side and then continue their tour in Japan in November.

For more information read GLAY returns to America.

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