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10/31/2008

Do As Infinity

Do As Infinity is a popular Japanese band which debuted on September 29, 1999 with the release of their first single, “Tangerine Dream”. Their name is sometimes abbreviated as D.A.I., revealing that Do As Infinity was named after the band’s guitarist and composer, Dai Nagao. With the release of their A-side compilation album Do the A side, Do As Infinity disbanded on September 29, 2005, after a career which spanned six years, six albums, twenty singles, seven compilation albums and eight live DVDs. The band reformed on September 29, 2008, and reportedly will have their first new release in spring 2009.


Song: Fukai Mori


Song: Sense of Life

Song: Enrai

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8/29/2008

Utada Hikaru – Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro

New music clip from Utada Hikaru. Does anyone have a translation to it’s lyrics? It sounds like such a beautiful and sad song.

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8/15/2008

Bonnie Pink

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Bonnie Pink, real name Kaori Asada (浅田 香織, Asada Kaori?, born April 16, 1973 in Kyoto, Japan), is a Japanese singer songwriter. She lived in New York during 1998 and speaks English (many of her songs are entirely in English). She writes and composes all her songs, and plays guitar and piano. Kaori Asada has said that the name Bonnie Pink is random and that she thought the words were cute together. There is no special meaning behind the name, she chose it because it was easy to remember.

Bonnie Pink was quite famous in her early years during the 90s and the early 2000s but she slowly drifted out of popularity. However, in 2006 her hit single A Perfect Sky went to the top of the charts and brought her back into the J-Pop spotlight and her latest albums have become very popular and major successes for the 35 year old singer.


Song: A Perfect Song


Song: Love is Bubble

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7/11/2008

Rina Aiuchi

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Rina Aiuchi (愛内 里菜, Aiuchi Rina, born July 31, 1980 in Sakai, Osaka, Japan) is a female Japanese popular music singer. She writes her own lyrics to her songs and now self-produces. She is currently affiliated with the Giza Studio recording label.

As a child, Rina enjoyed singing for others, and put on shows for her mother. At the age of 5, she began musical training on the piano, becoming the class pianist for her kindergarten class and elementary school.

Rina made her debut on March 23, 2000, with the release of the single, “Close To Your Heart”. She released three more singles that year, and her title “Koi wa Thrill, Shock, Suspense (恋はスリル、ショック、サスペンス, Koi wa Thrill, Shock, Suspense?)” was used as an opening theme for the anime series Detective Conan, and made a great hit for the first time in her career. In 2001, Rina’s first album, “Be Happy”, that includes “Koi wa Thrill, Shock, Suspense”, was released. Since then, she came to appear on TV, and became very popular in Japan. In 2002, Rina’s second album “POWER OF WORDS” was released, and it is the most popular album in her work. “POWER OF WORDS” reached the top of the Oricon charts and sold over 540,000 copies. Her 3rd Album “A.I.R.” did the same, reaching the #1 spot in the Oricon charts again.

Her singles have since been used in other anime series, as well as video games. “MIRACLE” was used for the 5th ending theme of MAR and “Bara ga Saku, Bara ga Chiru” was used for the opening theme of Souten no Ken. Her song, “CODE CRUSH”, was chosen to be the opening theme to Capcom’s Rockman X7, helping her single “Over Shine” and her 3rd album gain popularity in 2003. Also, with the hit of her 13th single (and one of her most famous tune) “FULL JUMP”, she was invited to perform on the stage of “NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen”, the biggest concert event in Japan. Her popularity has been stable ever since, earning her 4th Album “PLAYGIRL” and 5th Album “DELIGHT” constant success. In May 21, 2008 was release her 6th Album “TRIP”, two years after “DELIGHT”. Once again, the album reached the Top 10 in the Oricom chart.

Rina is known for her wide voice range when singing, but her speaking voice is high pitched.


Song:Mint


Song: Orange Night


Song: Dream x Dream

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4/19/2008

Marié Digby

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Marié Christina Digby (pronounced /mæɹi’eɪ ‘dɪgbi/ Ma-ree-AY Dig-Bee) (born April 16, 1983) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist. She is best known for her acoustic cover version of Rihanna’s No. 1 hit “Umbrella”, which attracted attention on YouTube in 2007. The song was subsequently played on the radio station STAR 98.7, was featured on the third season opening episode of the MTV show The Hills, and peaked at #10 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. Digby performed the song on the late night talk show Last Call with Carson Daly on August 2, 2007.

Digby’s first official single, “Say It Again”, was released to radio stations on January 18, 2008. Her debut album, Unfold, was released on April 8, 2008.

Marié is half Japanese and half Irish-American and is incredibly talented with a nice pretty face to go with. Strumming on her guitar belting out familiar pop tunes in her own version made her the popular starlet that she is today. SHe is certain not just another pretty face, an unconventional artist to watch out for. :)


Song: Umbrella


Original song: Say it Again


Original song: Fool

Digby’s MySpace Page

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3/30/2007

Yui

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Yui

Yui is a Japanese pop artist who writes her own songs and plays acoustic guitar. Since the age of 16 she’s been writing her own songs and performing. She hails from Fukuoka, Japan. She is still relatively unknown outside of Japan, but her song “LIFE”, from her single by the same name, was the 5th ending theme for Bleach, a popular Japanese anime series, which has brought her some international fame.

Upon leaving Fukuoka for Tokyo, YUI wrote the song “feel my soul”. She was planning to release it on an indie label as a tribute to her hometown, when the song caught the ears of Fuji TV producer, Mr. Yamaguchi, who happened to see the demo video clip. He claimed YUI’s voice haunted him so much that he went out of his way to visit the recording studio himself. He even made his channel’s prime-time drama “Fukigen na Gene” an extraordinary tie-in with YUI’s debut track.

Check out the official site of this beautiful 20 year old artist: Yui

I also brought some of her youtube videos to you:


Title: Life


Title: Feel My Soul


Title: Rolling Star

Source: wiki.theppn

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4/1/2005

Become a (Pop/Rock) Star in Japan!

Sony Music Japan International Audition

It does sound like an April’s fool but it is just an odd starting date for a real event: for the first time ever, Sony Music Entertainment Japan is hosting an “International Audition”. What it means is that the Japanese branch of Sony Music is looking for foreigners to spice up their catalog. Not just models, they are actually open to all kinds of talents, from musicians, to bands, to TV talents. It seems everyone is invited to apply and try their chance to become a star.”Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” meets Show Business!It isn’t rare for Japanese entertainment companies and music labels to host big public auditions like that, and many successful artists have been found through these. Not only interpreters, but also composers, writers, and all-round music artists. What makes this audition different however is that this time, Sony Music is targetting gaijin! And not just fluent Japanese-speakers either: English speakers, Chinese, Koreans, the scope is large and the possibilities seem infinite. Participants from any nationality, sex and age are welcome.

Because of its size, Sony Music is interested in all kinds of profiles, and any musical genres. And the best part is that you can enter from anywhere, inside or outside from Japan.

If you don’t have any recordings, you can apply without sending a demo. You can also submit your homepage’s URL if it has your music and profile online. In fact, you can even enter if you don’t have any musical experience (“we welcome applications from anyone wishing to become a musical artist”). Cover songs are ok too, and to make sure every singer has a chance to get noticed, they even accept submission of demos recorded at a karaoke…

Models are welcome too (“we have some model management groups within Sony so models are also welcome”), but fear not: someone with a better look will not be given priority (“it is important for those who want to become a model or TV talent to have charisma and a unique look. However, for musical artists, the look won’t affect our decision”).

Also notable are the facts that the audition is free (“no fees required for application, screening, or any matters thereafter”), and if you get chosen, you don’t have to worry about money either (“Sony Music will bear all the costs involved in developing you career. If you need lessons, for example, Sony Music will take care of all the lesson fees.”).

Regarding copyright issues, Sony Music will not re-use your original content afterwards (“application materials will not be used for any purposes other than screening”). You will also keep the rights of your songs (“If Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc wants to release one of your songs, we will discuss and make a contract with you before releasing it”).

The audition starts today and end on May 31st, 2005.

More details on the requirements, address etc. on the official Sony Music Japan website


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3/21/2005

alva noto + Ruyichi Sakamoto = “insen”

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The minimalist label raster-noton has just released a new “clear series” CD with a collaboration between alva noto and Ruyichi Sakamoto, called “insen”.

From their website:

with insen, alva noto (aka carsten nicolai) and ryuichi sakamoto continue their collaboration which started with vrioon. The debut album released on raster-noton in 2003 was voted record of the year 2004 in the electronica category by british magazine the wire. particular interest was shown in nicolai’s creation towards a new synergy of acoustic piano and digital post production that had not witnessed before, in his approach and interpretation of sakamoto’s piano clusters.

the strict splitting of the composition process on this record (piano: sakamoto; production and additional sounds: nicolai) reminds one of the debut album. however, insen carries a kind of transcendental aura of an early morning meditatory exercise – but at the same time avoiding the field of new age philosophy. enriched by new elements, this high-tech meditation follows a consistent line.

on vrioon, nicolai’s typical sinus sounds counterbalanced sakamoto’s piano accords. now, on insen nicolai works directly with the piano sounds. he dismantles sakamoto’s recordings with a surgeon-like precision into micro loops, into its atomic elements. starting with these atoms of sound, he creates a new basis for form, compressing floating rotating rhythm with harmonic sequences, with melodic counterpoints, and laying it underneath the piano tracks. this makes insen appear more of a complex experience, although the time-stretched flow, or even the clear lines of the piano stay untouched.

from the sleeve notes one can learn that the album was a dedication to a certain people. created far away from these people, insen might be a kind of dialogue. It definitely represents a diary of a stay over several month at leon feuchtwanger’s villa aurora, where a large part of the production as well as the final mixes were completed. the themes and the track titles directly refer to that place, to the times of the day, and the events there. even the colours of the album cover associate the emotions and atmosphere experienced at villa aurora.

only the track berlin was recorded later, with nicolai and sakamoto together, during a session at nicolai’s studio in berlin. as a reference to that place, one can hear a flock of birds singing in the background of the recording.

aveol closes the album also seen as a diary, with a mysterious beauty. the evolution of piano recording and digital post production were pushed the furthest on this track. the combination reached its (temporary) final point.

For further information and beautiful samples in mp3, go to www.raster-noton.de

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3/11/2005

Yoko Kanno

Yoko Kanno (菅野 よう子 Kanno Yōko) is a famous composer and keyboardist known for her performances and musical scores in anime titles.

She has created game music for Koei. Some of her most famous music pieces are "Tank!" (Cowboy Bebop), "Voices" (Macross Plus), "Dance of Curse" (Escaflowne), "Gravity" (Wolf’s Rain), and "Rush" (Cowboy Bebop). She was the lead member of a band called The Seatbelts, which was formed for the sole purpose of making the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack.

Apart from anime and games, Kanno also composes for films and CMs (television advertisements or commercials) for all sorts of brands. Grand Funk Inc. is her recording studio of choice in producing for those media.

There is some speculation that one of her frequently hired vocalists, Gabriela Robin, is Kanno herself under a pseudonym.

She is currently married to fellow composer Hajime Mizoguchi, with whom she collaborated on the soundtracks for Please Save My Earth and Escaflowne.

She has attended Otakon and Anime Expo in 1999, as well as Anime Expo New York in 2002.

Anime works

  • Brain Powerd
  • Cardcaptor Sakura (TV opening theme)
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
  • Dai-Guard (Ending theme; "Rocking Horse Stars")
  • Earth Girl Arjuna
  • Escaflowne: The Movie (in collaboration with Hajime Mizoguchi)
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
  • Ghost in the Shell: Tachikoma Days
  • Jin-Roh (Piano)
  • Macross 7 (some of the music)
  • Macross 7 Encore (some of the music)
  • Macross Dynamite 7 (some of the music)
  • Macross Plus
  • Macross Zero (some of the music)
  • Magnetic Rose
  • Mindgame
  • Noiseman Sound Insect
  • Please Save My Earth (in collaboration with Hajime Mizoguchi)
  • RahXephon (opening theme for TV & OVA)
  • RahXephon: Pluralitas Concentino (ending theme)
  • Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight (opening theme)
  • Sousei no Aquarion
  • Turn-A Gundam
  • Turn-A Gundam: Earth Light
  • Turn-A Gundam: Moonlight Butterfly
  • The Vision of Escaflowne (in collaboration with Hajime Mizoguchi)
  • Wolf’s Rain (TV & OVA)

Film works

  • Beautiful Sunday
  • Boku wa Benkyou ga Dekinai (I Can’t Study)
  • Mizu no Onna (Woman of Water)
  • Natsujikan no Otonatachi (Adults of Summertime)
  • Onkyou Seimeitai Noiseman (Noiseman Sound Insect)
  • tokyo.sora
  • Shimotsuma Monogatari (Kamikaze Girls)

Video Games

  • Dai Koukai Jidai (Era of Great Voyage / Uncharted Waters)
  • Napple Tale
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition

Hired vocalists

  • AFRA
  • Akino Arai
  • Pierre Bensusan
  • Emily Bindiger
  • Donna Burke
  • Steve Conte
  • Cosmic Voices from Bulgaria
  • Crystal Kay
  • Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch
  • Emily Curtis
  • Ilaria Graziano
  • Reynada Hill
  • Seika Iwashita
  • Tokiko Kato
  • Kyoko Katsunuma
  • Joyce (singer)
  • Scott Matthew
  • M (singer)
  • Maryanne Murray
  • Kaoru Nishino
  • Origa
  • Aki Okui
  • Soichiro Otsuka
  • Raiché Coutev Sisters
  • Raju Ramayya (The Beautiful Losers)
  • Jadwiga Rappé
  • Gabriela Robin
  • Maaya Sakamoto
  • Franco Sansalone
  • Shanti Snyder
  • Artur Stefanowicz
  • Sydney Thiam
  • Carla Vallet
  • Wuyontana
  • Chinatsu Yamamoto
  • Mai Yamane

External links

(Source: Wikipedia)

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3/10/2005

Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono Lennon (b. February 18, 1933) is a Tokyo-born American musician and artist. In Japanese, her name is written 小野 洋子 (Ono Yōko), meaning "Ocean Child".

Born into a privileged background, she attended the exclusive Gakushuin academy in Tokyo from primary school all the way through to the college division. After 2 months at the university, she moved with her family to Scarsdale, New York and enrolled in Sarah Lawrence College.

In 1956, she married composer Toshi Ichiyanagi. They divorced in 1962. She married American Christian fundamentalist filmmaker Tony Cox on November 28, 1962. The marriage was annulled on March 1, 1963; they re-married that June 6, and divorced on February 2, 1969. Their daughter, Kyoko Chan Cox, was born on August 8, 1963.

An early member of the Fluxus art movement, Ono is best known for marrying The Beatles’ John Lennon. They met when John visited a preview of an exhibition of Yoko’s. He was taken with the attitude of the exhibits, such as a telescope looking at the word ‘Yes’ on a ceiling, a block of wood with protruding nails to be hammered in, and a decomposing apple. They married on March 20, 1969 on the Rock of Gibraltar. Their son, Sean Taro Ono Lennon, was born on John’s 35th birthday.

Ono is often accused by Beatles fans of breaking up the band; however, in a 2003 interview by Jay Leno, she revealed the disappointment she felt by the breakup and how it impacted upon a life that she was used to. There are Lennon fans who, in addition, blame Ono for the experimental phase (considered bizarre and somewhat unpopular) that Lennon explored in his work immediately following the Beatles’ breakup. On the other hand, many fans consider—as Lennon consistently attested—that Ono had a profound and beneficial influence on his body of work.

In 1987 she was one of the speakers at artist Andy Warhol’s funeral.

Ono performed with Lennon on several of his albums, beginning with the 1968 Two Virgins and including those recorded under the name of the Plastic Ono Band. Ono also achieved moderate success as a musician in her own right. Many of her earlier songs retain the surreal quality of her art and films; however, her later songs are more conventional. In the Spring of 1980, Lennon heard new wave artists such as Lene Lovich and the B52’s and felt they sounded like Ono’s music. This led to their collaboration on the 1980 album Double Fantasy. Quite a few of her songs have been covered by other prominent musicians, including Elvis Costello’s, among others, one of "Walking on Thin Ice."

Recently she began expanding her music to dance tracks. In 2002 she released a double-single called Will I? / Fly, each with some remixes. In 2003 she had more success with new versions of "Walking on Thin Ice", remixed by top DJs and dance artists including Pet Shop Boys, Orange Factory and Peter Rauhofer. There were so many mixes, and their popularity was high enough, that she made plans to remix more of her material. She made much of her music available through Apple’s iTunes Music Store and was glad of the results. An album compilation of all the WOTI mixes was also planned.

Many of the friends she had worked with on her Thin Ice single, as well as in the art world in general, were gay. Continuing her DJing, in 2004 she remade her "Every Man Loves a Woman" song in support of same-sex marriages, releasing a single with remixes that included "Every Man Loves a Man" and "Every Woman Loves a Woman" versions (as well as straight versions, too).

Ono has allegedly had a turbulent relationship with Paul McCartney for some time in a dispute centred around the writing credits for many Beatles songs, traditionally credited to Lennon-McCartney. McCartney had wanted to change the order to "Paul McCartney and John Lennon" for some songs that were solely or predominantly McCartney’s, but she would not allow it. She had also wanted to remove the McCartney credit for "Give Peace a Chance".

Her photograph of Lennon’s spectacles, bloodstained from when he was fatally shot outside their Manhattan apartment building on December 8, 1980, sold at auction in London in April, 2002 for about $13,000.

She currently resides in New York City.

Discography

  • Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins (1968)
  • Unfinished Music No.2: Life With The Lions (1969)
  • Wedding Album (1969)
  • Live Peace In Toronto (1969)
  • Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band (1970)
  • Fly (1971)
  • Sometime In New York City (1972)
  • Approximately Infinite Universe (1973)
  • Feeling The Space (1973)
  • Welcome: The Many Sides Of Yoko Ono (1973)
  • A Story (1974/97)
  • Double Fantasy (1980)
  • Season Of Glass (1981)
  • It’s Alright (I See Rainbows) (1982)
  • Milk And Honey (1984)
  • Every Man Has A Woman (1984)
  • Starpeace (1985)
  • Onobox (1992)
  • Walking On Thin Ice (1992)
  • Rising (1995)
  • New York Rock (1995)
  • Rising Mixes (1996)
  • Blueprint For A Sunrise (2001)
  • "Will I"/"Fly" (maxi-single) (2002)
  • "Walking on Thin Ice" (maxi-single) (2003)
  • "Every Man Has A Man Who Loves Him" and "Every Woman Has A Woman Who Loves Her" (singles promoting gay marriage) (2004)

External links

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(Source: Wikipedia)

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