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J-Pop Band Ikimonogakari Announces Resumption After Nearly Two-Year Hiatus

J-Pop Band Ikimonogakari Announces Resumption After Nearly Two-Year Hiatus

J-pop band Ikimonogakari announced on their website on Friday that the band will resume activity on November 3, on the day of the unit's establishment. The members have expressed that after doing solo activities, they realized that they want to do more music together. Ikimonogakari announced their hiatus on January 2017 to conduct solo activities. Vocalist Kiyoe Yoshioka released her solo cover album "Utairo" on October 24, which ranked third on the first week with 25,065 copies sold. Yoshiki M...
Interview: Luna Haruna to Showcase Best Album at New York Anisong World Matsuri

Interview: Luna Haruna to Showcase Best Album at New York Anisong World Matsuri

Since making her international debut at Sakura-Con in Seattle five years ago, model-turned-singer Luna Haruna has performed at more than 30 anime conventions and concerts around the world. Her frequent overseas performances make her one of the most recognizable anisong singers today. Luna Haruna was a finalist in the 4th All-Japan Anisong Grand Prix sponsored by Animax, after which she debuted as a singer in 2012 with SME Records. Her debut CD single, "Sora wa Takaku Kaze wa Utau," was the endi...
Interview: Konomi Suzuki to Perform at First Anisong World Matsuri in New York

Interview: Konomi Suzuki to Perform at First Anisong World Matsuri in New York

Konomi Suzuki has been singing and dancing since she was little, but singing for anime was not always her objective. That changed when a friend introduced her to Macross F and performances by May'n for the anime. By middle school, Suzuki was determined to become a singer for works of anime. The opportunity arrived in 2011 when she auditioned for the 5th All-Japan Anisong Grand Prix sponsored by Animax. Despite placing second in the preliminaries in Osaka, she went on to be crowned the tournamen...
'Tantei Opera Milky Holmes' Franchise Gets Another End of the Year TV Special

'Tantei Opera Milky Holmes' Franchise Gets Another End of the Year TV Special

The final single for seiyuu unit Milky Holmes, which will be released on October 17, has announced that the coupling song "Soshite Gunjou ni Toketeiku" will be the theme song to the new end of the year TV special to Milky Holmes anime series titled Tantei Opera Milky Holmes: Saiko no Aisatsu. More information will be revealed at a later time. The single will also include "Mainichi Climax☆", which will also be Cardfight! Vanguard (2018) ending theme song that will start in November. Tantei Opera...
Singer YUI Announces Remarriage and Pregnancy

Singer YUI Announces Remarriage and Pregnancy

Singer YUI, 31-year-old vocalist and member of the band FLOWER FLOWER, has announced her recent marriage and pregnancy last Friday. She will marry this month and expects her third child to be born in February. Yui Yoshioka, the singer's full name, is most known for performing theme songs of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Bleach. She was previously married to an a man outside of the industry in April 2015 and had identical twin boys. However, they divorced in August 2016. She is managing h...
Ex-Drummer of Band nano.RIPE Dies

Ex-Drummer of Band nano.RIPE Dies

Music record company Lantis has announced through their website that Yuuki Aoyama, the former drummer of nano.RIPE between 2013 to 2016, died on August 21 from acute heart failure. He was 29 years old. The funeral was held among family and close friends. A farewell ceremony for the people who supported them will be also held at a later time. Aoyama joined as the drummer of nano.RIPE in March 2013. He has since then released five singles, three studio albums, and performed at five live tours alon...
SPYAIR Announce First World Tour

SPYAIR Announce First World Tour

Japanese rock band SPYAIR announced their first world tour on July 28, with tickets going on sale the same day. The tour is scheduled to begin in Atlanta in the United States on September 23. The group will be joined by fellow Japanese rock band ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D for the North and South American and European legs of the tour. Starting November 7, SPYAIR plan to conclude their 2018 tour with solo performances throughout Asia. SPYAIR were formed in Nagoya in 2005. After years of independent work...
Seiyuu Satomi Akesaka Retires from Singing

Seiyuu Satomi Akesaka Retires from Singing

The official website of BanG Dream! media franchise announced that Roselia band member Satomi Akesaka will be retiring from her singing activities due to sudden hearing loss. Her doctor has advised her that musical activities requiring continuous live rehearsals would be difficult. Akesaka will be graduating from the franchise's five member all-girl band at the "Roselia Fan Meeting 2018" event held on September 17 at Culttz Kawasaki. In the future, her voice cast for the role of Rinko Shirokana...
Seiyuu Yurie Funato Enters Hiatus

Seiyuu Yurie Funato Enters Hiatus

Seiyuu Yurie Funato has announced via her Twitter account that she will take a break from her seiyuu activity and leave Purely Monster. She has been suffering with a right ankle fracture as well as a ligament injury since last April. Due to having been working nonstop, Funato's fracture struggled to heal and she has decided to take leave from her agency Holy Peak and seiyuu idol group Purely Monster to fully rest. Funato is a new seiyuu who debuted as a member of seiyuu idol group Purely Monster...
Band Aqua Timez Disbands

Band Aqua Timez Disbands

Rock band Aqua Timez has announced via their official website on Tuesday that they will disband at the end of 2018. The band cited that they have created a stronger bond with each other over the past 15 years by supporting each other whenever they lacked confidence or when they where troubled by their music differences. They also thank all of the fans and staff members that have supported them even though they say they aren't good enough. Aqua Timez has performed various anime theme songs such...
Band Fo'xTails Disbands

Band Fo'xTails Disbands

The Japanese rock band Fo'xTails have announced on Sunday that they will disband after their live performance in August. The band members left a message explaining that after working hard for five years, they have realized there are different thoughts and directions in the group, and that it is hard to stay together. Fo'xTails have performed various theme songs such as the Kuroko no Basket 3rd Season ending, the Junjou Romantica 3 opening, and the most recent Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara - T...
Kalafina Considers Disbandment Following Yuki Kajiura's Departure [Update 3/14]

Kalafina Considers Disbandment Following Yuki Kajiura's Departure [Update 3/14]

Members of the vocal group Kalafina are considering splitting up, according to a report published Tuesday by the Sports Hochi newspaper. The report indicates that information on the group's future state comes from an interview the newspaper conducted with another music producer from Kalafina's management office, Space Craft Produce. In December, the Sports Nippon newspaper reported that composer Yuki Kajiura would leave Space Craft Produce in February after 25 years of being affiliated with the...

Mar 12, 11:30 PM by arsonal 30 Comments

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Japan Anime Music Lab. Aims to Connect Anisong Artists with Overseas Distributors

Japan Anime Music Lab. Aims to Connect Anisong Artists with Overseas Distributors

PROMIC, the foundation for promotion of Japan's music industry and culture, has launched a new service called Japan Anime Music Lab., which aims to support the overseas expansion of anime music (anisong). Also known by the abbreviation JAMLAB., the service provides a free portal in which international rights buyers can communicate directly with music industry professionals. JAMLAB. was first introduced last October at the 14th Tokyo International Music Market. In a seminar held at the event, Sh...
Anisong Singer Sayaka Sasaki Announces Marriage

Anisong Singer Sayaka Sasaki Announces Marriage

Anisong singer Sayaka Sasaki announced that she got married in November of last year. Her husband is actor Sanshirou Wada. They met through the Garo series, where he was an action actor in the live-action Garo series, while Sasaki performed theme songs in Garo anime series. He proposed to her on her birthday, and they married during Garo Kanshasai last November. Sasaki announced that she will continue working as a singer while married. Sayaka worked as an office lady before participating in and...
Singer Eir Aoi to Resume Activities in Spring

Singer Eir Aoi to Resume Activities in Spring

The official website of Eir Aoi announced on Thursday that the anisong singer will resume her activities in the coming spring. The announcement also included a preview of Aoi's newest song "Yakusoku," which will be released as a CD single to commemorate her return to singing. Eir Aoi returns to singing more than one year after indefinitely suspending activities following her fifth anniversary concerts at the Nippon Budokan in November 2016. At the time, she had already canceled a number of majo...
Seiyuu Unit Milky Holmes Disbands

Seiyuu Unit Milky Holmes Disbands

The official Twitter account for Project Milky Holmes has announced that the seiyuu unit will hold their final live next February. The Twitter has also asked the fans to continue supporting the unit in this remaining year by announcing a series of events titled Road to Final, which will be held before the final live. The first event will be held this June and the details will be announced this March. It was also announced via a fan club event held on Saturday. Milky Holmes is a seiyuu unit form...
Record Producer Tetsuya Komuro Retires from Music Industry

Record Producer Tetsuya Komuro Retires from Music Industry

Tetsuya Komuro, one of Japan's most successful record producers, announced in a press conference on Friday that he will be retiring from the music industry. Komuro, who turned 59 in November, is one of the founders of the pop/rock band TM NETWORK. Komuro's announcement follows Thursday's publication of the weekly tabloid Shukan Bunshun, which printed a report of an alleged extramarital relationship between Komuro and an unidentified woman. Komuro has been married to singer Keiko since 2002 and w...
Seiyuu and Singer Yurika Endou Announces Retirement

Seiyuu and Singer Yurika Endou Announces Retirement

Seiyuu Yurika Endou has announced via Swallow agency's website on Sunday that she will be retiring from the entertainment field and suspend her seiyuu and singing activities at the end of May 2018. She explained that it is mainly due to her declining health as it piles up. Even though she has tried to under her current condition, she decided that it would be best to retire at this time. A final solo live will be held before her retirement. Endou entered the entertainment field in 2012 when she w...
Seiyuu Unit Earth Star Dream Enters Hiatus

Seiyuu Unit Earth Star Dream Enters Hiatus

The official website for the seiyuu unit Earth Star Dream has announced that the unit will cease activity and enter an indefinite hiatus after the concert held on December 29, which was originally a graduation concert for the two members Arisa Aihara and Maria Tanijiri. It was announced that Aihara and Tanijiri will leave the unit on Thursday so that they can "progress on the new road." The rest of the members, Kanon Takao, Hikaru Koide, and Eri Sogabe, will continue with their solo activities...
Band flumpool Enters Hiatus

Band flumpool Enters Hiatus

The band flumpool has announced via their official website on Wednesday that the band will enter an indefinite hiatus. The vocalist Ryuta Yamamura mentioned that his throat didn't feel well during flumpool's 8th 2017 tour "Re:image" on December 3, and later learned that he has been diagnosed with functional dysphonia in his vocal chord. The band has decided to cancel upcoming concerts as well as enter a hiatus so Yamamura can rest. flumpool is a band from Osaka that had their debut in 2007. The...

Dec 6, 2017 4:37 PM by tsubasalover 5 Comments

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