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Yoyogi Rockabilly Elvises are so much cooler than you!

WTF is the plural of Elvis? Should I be writing ‘Elvi’?
Screw it.

What I am sure of, however, is that the Yoyogi Rockabilly guys are BADASS! Like, if these guys were any greasier they would induce CARDIAC ARREST! Seriously. Such a potent combo of machismo and pu$$y dancing has never been seen before.

I’m so conflicted. Want to see what I mean? Check it: Read the rest of this entry »

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Daisuke Asakura


Daisuke Asakura (浅倉大介, Asakura Daisuke?, November 4, 1967, Asakusa, Japan -) is a male Japanese pop artist.

His childhood consisted of piano lessons and the expectations to follow the family trade of plumbing.

Asakura began his career with landing a job at Yamaha right after High School. While under Yamaha, Asakura worked on the EOS synthesizer; he was also featured in the home-instructional video for the machine. His talent was discovered by Tetsuya Komuro of TM Network and Daisuke was pulled from Yamaha to work under Komuro as his protégé. Daisuke played Bass Synthesizer during TM Network’s 1990-91 Rhythm Red tour. Then Asakura met Hiroyuki Takami in 1990 following Rhythm Red and eventually in 1992 broke away from TM Network and formed access (or AXS) with Takami on vocals and lyric. The duo received enormous acclaim and a firm influence in Japanese popular music. Notably, access is also famous for their on-and-off-stage fan service.

Takami and Asakura’s early musical relationship was often a rocky one, however. Both men are reported by even newer fans to have been “at each other’s throats” constantly in Access’ later years until finally the duo disbanded in 1995, much to the dismay of their fans and supporters.

Despite this blow, the infamous break-up left Asakura to pursue new ideas that included producing and composing songs for new artists; one of the most successful acts he created was with J-pop idol Takanori Nishikawa under the title of T.M.Revolution. In mid-1996 Asakura started a three-man unit titled Iceman which brought Kenichi Ito(guitar) and Michihiro Kuroda(vocal) to the spotlight. Iceman, although not as popular as Asakura’s previous project with Takami, was met with considerable acclaim from Asakura’s loyal and growing fanbase. After several years Iceman ended activity due to conflict between Michihiro Kuroda and Asakura, however. During and after his years with Iceman Asakura built his wealth and reputation as a composer taking after his idol and teacher, Tetsuya Komuro. He produced singles and albums for many jpop vocalists who now reside in obscurity. Examples of Asakura’s past projects includes vocalists such as Sakanoue Yosuke, Kinya Kotani, Daichi Kuroda, Akiko Hinagata, Yuki Kimura, FayRay, Takashi Fujii and groups such as, Onapetz, Pool Bit Boys, Lazy Knack and The Seeker. He also composed a few songs for visual kei J-rock band, Shazna. Most of the above listed, as well as a group of school boys under the name D.A.N.K., were included in a project called Cherry Garden which amounted to literally nothing in the end instrumented the demise of Asakura’s musical ‘Family’.

The year 2001 was a great year for Daisuke, however. He produced his first solo album in seven years as well as working with Iceman guitarist Kenichi Ito in Mad Soldiers; a sort of comedic spin-off from Iceman in which both men’s ’sinister’ alter egos ‘Scorpion’ [Asakura] and ‘Snake’ [Ito] produced music for Kotani Kinya and performed officially unrecorded cover versions of famous songs such as ‘Lemon Tea’ by Sheena and the Rockkets and ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’ by Duran Duran, one of Asakura’s speculated favourite bands. Much to the joy of Asakura’s older fans, in 2002 he reunited with Hiroyuki Takami and reformed access. With the reuniting of Daisuke’s favoured vocalist, Takami, T.M.Revolution was dropped from Asakura’s projects possibly due to Nishikawa’s rude comments towards Daisuke’s true intentions as a musician, claiming that he had a ‘black stomach’ [synonymous with 'black heart']. In recent years Nishikawa has reportedly made efforts to contact Asakura and send him flowers, but such efforts have been ignored.

Asakura also went off on a solo project in 2004 titled “Quantum Mechanics Rainbow”. In which he released multipule CDs for a year, and each CD title name had to do with a color and math property.

Currently, Asakura focuses on his career as Keyboardist and support vocalist for access; now celebrating their 15th anniversary in the year 2007. In 2006–2007, Asakura produced two singles for new jpop idol Kimeru, hit the road with TM Network for 2007’s TMN TRIBUTE tour and is now currently creating new songs for the popular dance-step game, Dance Dance Revolution’s newest version.

In November 2007, access released a memory/ discography book, alongside much coveted access plushies, to commemorate their 15 years together (the 7 year interval apparently didn’t count to them). It is said to be a continuation of another discography/memory book they produced titled “Sync-Beat.”

In 2008, he has revealed a new musical project, entitled “DA METAVERSE ~100 songs for 1000 DAYS,” where he will release 100 new songs over 1000 days exclusively through iTunes. The project was launched on June 25th, 2008.

Song: Techno Beethoven

song: Decade

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Leah Dizon


Leah Dizon (リア・ディゾン, Ria Dizon?, born Leah Donna Dizon on September 24, 1986) is a model, singer, actress, Gravure idol and TV personality in Japan, born in Las Vegas, Nevada, US.[1] Her ethnicities include Chinese, Filipino and French. In 2006, she moved to Tokyo, Japan after being accepted by a Japanese talent agency for her modeling. Soon after, she began her music career releasing Japanese language songs.

Leah Dizon was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her parents were casino dealers. Her father was a business man in one of the largest cities in California. She has two older brothers, an older sister, and two younger brothers. She says she grew up listening to Rock and R&B music. She took dance lessons and was in her high school theater. Dizon dreamed of pursuing a career as a singer.

song: love paradox

song: vanilla

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Yo Hitoto

This is an artist with a sad past.

Yo Hitoto (一青窈 Hitoto Yō, born September 20, 1976) is a Japanese pop singer. Her mother is Japanese and her father is Taiwanese. She can speak three languages: Japanese, English, and standard Mandarin Chinese. Tae Hitoto is her older sister. Her name Hitoto is not her real surname, it’s her mother’s maiden name. She changed her name when she came to Japan. Her father died when she was really young and her mother died when she was 16.

She completed kindergarten in Taipei before moving to Japan, and she has lived there ever since. She graduated from the department of Environmental Information of Keio University and participated in the Keio University a cappella group, K.O.E., during her days as a student. She used to have live concerts on the street with fellow K.O.E. members before she met Youichi Kitayama, a member of the famous Japanese a cappella group the Gospellers. Mr. Kitayama encouraged Yo Hitoto to compose her own music. Before this encounter, she had been a backup singer for many other artists..

To date, Yo Hitoto has released eleven single CDs and four albums.

Yo Hitoto’s debut single “Morai naki” propelled her to stardom, and her songs enjoy wide popularity. Her clear voice and singing style, which is compared to the style of folk songs of Okinawa, attract many fans.

In Taiwan she is known for singing a Taiwanese folk song, which was included in her second album, as part of a Suntory beer commercial.

Yo Hitoto performs a song at the finale of the game, Dynasty Warriors 3.

In 2003 she debuted in her first film Café Lumière, as the lead character Yoko.

Her latest best of album sold over 700,000 copies(Platinum status in Japan), becoming her best selling album yet.

Song: Tentoumushi

Song: Dogwood

Song: Tears stream down and fall

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Chitose Hajime


Chitose Hajime (元ちとせ, Hajime Chitose?, born January 5, 1979) is a singer from Japan. She is from Amami Ōshima and sings in a style particular to that region, with distinctive falsetto effects. Because of this, it is said that her voice has a relaxing effect that has been observed in electroencephalograms taken from the brains of people listening to her singing.

Chitose Hajime was recognized as a gifted folk singer at a young age. She won many folk song competitions, released two traditional folk albums on an indie label, and was approached by numerous record labels. She decided to study to become a beautician instead of pursuing music. However, Hajime had severe allergic reactions to many of the chemicals used by beauticians. She withdrew from school, and seriously considered a music career.

In 2001, she released a self titled mini-album on the indie label Office Augusta. The album was covers of older songs, but was so well received that Hajime was pushed to release another mini-album. In August 2001, Chitose released her second mini-album with Augusta Records entitled Kotonoha (コトノハ, Kotonoha?). This release featured 5 original tracks.

In 2002 she released her first major label single on Epic Records – “Wadatsumi no Ki” (ワダツミの木, “Wadatsumi no Ki”?). It was the third highest selling single of the year behind only Hikaru Utada’s “traveling”, and Ayumi Hamasaki’s “H”. Three months later, she released a brand new single, “Kimi wo Omō” (君ヲ想フ, “Kimi wo Omō”?). While also very popular, it was not nearly the success that her first single was, although it did help to cement her as a permanent artist.

Her first major album, Hainumikaze (ハイヌミカゼ, Hainumikaze?), followed later in the year. It sold 800,000 copies, charted for 57 weeks, and was the 16th highest selling album of the year.

She released 3 more singles before her second major album, Nomad Soul (ノマド・ソウル, nomado souru?), was released in 2003. Shortly after a concert tour, and the release of a live album and DVD in 2004, Hajime announced that she would be taking time away from the music scene to get married, and have a child. Her first child miscarried, but she successfully gave birth to a girl on January 20, 2005.

She returned to the music industry in November 2005 with the single “Kataritsugu Koto” (語り継ぐこと, “Kataritsugu Koto”?), the ending theme for the anime BLOOD+. The single was a hit, reaching #12 on the Oricon charts. She followed this success with her next come-back single, “Haru no Katami” (春のかたみ, “Haru no Katami”?), the ending theme for the anime AYAKASHI – Japanese Classic Horror. This single sold 6050 copies in its first week, and remained on the charts for 7 weeks total. A third single was released before her next album. The single, “Ao no Requiem” (青のレクイエム, “Ao no Requiem”?), was the theme song for the Studio GAGA film Hatsukoi. It featured 1 extra track, and charted for 3 weeks. The following week, Hajime released her third original major album, Hanadairo (ハナダイロ, Hanadairo?). The album was available in both a regular edition, and a limited edition. The limited edition featured a 13th track, “Shinda Onna no Ko” (死んだ女の子, “Shinda Onna no Ko”?) with Ryuichi Sakamoto), as well as a DVD containing the music videos for “Kataritsugu Koto”, and “Haru no Katami”.

Song: Megumi No Ame

Song: Miyori no Mori

Song: kono Machi

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Rina Aiuchi


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: Orange Night

Song: Dream x Dream

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Dreams Come True

Dreams Come True (ドリームズ・カム・トゥルー, Dorīmuzu Kamu Tourū?) is an influential music duo from Japan, formed in 1988.They are renowned for their melodies and poetic songwriting, and have sold more than 50 million records worldwide.

Dreams Come True was started by Masato Nakamura, and is fronted by Miwa Yoshida, who is the band’s main singer-songwriter. They were originally a three-piece band with Takahiro Nishikawa on keyboards, until he departed in 2002. The band is commonly known as DCT (Dreams Come True) and sometimes referred to as “Dorikamu” (ドリカム, “Dorikamu”?) by their fans. Dreams Come True released their self-titled debut album in 1989, which sold more than one million copies.

In 1993 they recorded “Winter Song” for the opening theme of the Tristar Pictures movie “Sleepless in Seattle” and the following year recorded the song “Eternity” for the animated film “The Swan Princess” by New Line Cinema. In Japan, they recorded many theme songs for TBS television shows, and it wasn’t long before they caught the attention of the Walt Disney company, and were hired to create various musical-tunes for their television shows, and attractions at the Tokyo Disney Resort. In 2001, they composed the theme song for the Japanese release on the Disney film Atlantis, and Miwa was hired to be the voice actor for the character Audrey Rocio Ramirez in the Japanese version.

Hey! You! Jump!


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Marié Digby


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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Prisoner of Love

This is Utada Hikaru’s latest single out from her fifth Japanese Album called Heart Station.

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Eternal Flower – Miho Asahi

The video reminds me so much of Madonna’s Frozen video. Check it out:

Copycat. :P

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