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Currently, Acid Black Cherry (ABC) is holding a nationwide tour split into 5 blocks of areas and time with Project “Shangri-la”. His new single, “Kuroneko ~Adult Black Cat~” will be released on 11/20, however the Chaku-Uta® of this song, went straight to the #1 spot on the Recochoku Daily Ranking chart immediately after its release on 11/6.

It’s been three months since his last song release, “Greed Greed Greed”; ABC’s new song “Kuroneko ~Adult Black Cat” is a number full of charm, and doesn’t fail to impress with its gorgeous sounding big-band arrangement.

The music video for the song was played on the TV show “Mezamashi TV” on 11/5, and introduced as “a gorgeous musical-like show”. It’s often said that footage in music videos is simplified; this video was made with attention to detail and rapidly changing scenes. This video is true to Acid Black Cherry’s style, which has been a continuing factor from their first single, “SPELL MAGIC”.


Full version can be found here.


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Acid Black Cherry will release his new single titled Kuroneko ~Adult Black Cat~ on November 20th.
Today he finally reveals the cover arts for this single.
In order to represent the big band concept from this song's arrangement, this is the first time in his solo career to feature his support members on a cover art and at his official websites.

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Acid Black Cherry has announced that he will be releasing his new single "Kuroneko ~Adult Black Cat~" on November 20th.

Acid Black Cherry started his 'Shangri-la' project last month by releasing his single "Greed Greed Greed". "Kuroneko ~Adult Black Cat~" will be the second song as a part of this project after "Greed Greed Greed".

Aside from the title track, the single will include Acid Black Cherry's customary "recreation track". This time will be ABC's version of Matsutoya Yumi's "Seishun no Regret", which she provided for Reimy back in 1984.

The single will come in 3 different types: CD+DVD, CD-Only, and Special Price, and the limited edition DVD will come with a PV and making-of footage.


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Although he's best-known as the founder of Japan's biggest rock band X Japan, international icon Yoshiki is also a classically trained musician with impressive chops as a multi-instrumentalist and composer. He's finally set to show off his talent in this arena with the global release of his first classical-music album on September 24.
Intrigued? We at Yahoo Music are excited to offer the full stream of Yoshiki Classical for you to hear right now! This amazing set features collaborations between Yoshiki and legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Symphony, and the Quartet San Francisco.

You can learn more about Yoshiki's endeavors into the classical world by visiting his official site: http://www.yoshiki.net/

LISTEN TO THE FULL ALBUM HERE!: http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/stop-the-presses/exclusive-hear-full-stream-first-classical-album-x-154709579.html
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Today, Acid Black Cherry finally announced the details for the fourth wave of his tour 'Shangri-la', a massive 47 prefectures nationwide tour (began summer 2013).

This tour is a part of Project 'Shangri-la'; a project that revolves around the effort to put a smile on the faces of all the people who love yasu's music. This project consists of Acid Black Cherry putting an effort in three simultaneous categories: 1. The release of new songs, 2. Nationwide tours through five separate blocks of Japan, through 5 set spans of time, and 3. Organizing events and opportunities which will allow Acid Black Cherry to interact with fans in each region.

The first part, second part and third part of this tour, the Hokkaido-Tohoku Tour which is taking place from August till September, the Hokuriku-Koshin-Tokai Tour which will take place from the end of September till mid-November and the Kansai-Chugoku Tour which will take place from the end of November till the end of December, have already been announced. However, this time the details on the times and places for the part 4, Kanto Tour, going on throughout February 2014, have been released.



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19 July 2013 @ 02:35 am
A continuation of SPELL MAGIC PV. :)
There is something from Janne's Vampire in this as well. XD



Greed Greed Greed single will be released on August 7th. More info here.


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MBS・TBS late night horror drama, Akuryo Byoutou (Evil Spirit Hospital) starring Kaho, will start the airing on July 18th.

Kaho plays the role of a nurse named Runa who is able to see spirits and works at a suburb hospital. Her colleagues start encountering spirits drenched in blood which leads them to wonder if Runa is the cause of the appearance of these spirits. In the midst of these accusations, Runa's ex-classmate Sakai Manami who used to help her when she was ostracised during their junior high days, comes to the hospital where Runa works at which causes a change to the situation.
- Dorama World


Acid Black Cherry's Greed Greed Greed will be the themesong to this drama.
Greed Greed Greed will be released as a single on August 7th, 2013.


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With a fame not limited to Asia, and a music surpassing banal genre, the rock band that inspired other talented and accomplished artists is making a comeback in a world stage. X Japan fans are sure to be both nostalgic and excited with the announcement of Yoshiki for another world tour.

“Recently I came to think I’ll start a new era of rock,” Yoshiki said at the conference held in Tokyo last month. It’d be no surprise to find discriminating fans of music approving his proposal, knowing that X Japan is peerless. “I was often told that people feel that my songs represent a fusion of the Eastern and Western worlds,” said Yoshiki, who has long been the main songwriter of X Japan. Still, the Chiba-born artist shows preference to Japanese style. “I’ve lived in the United States for a long time. But when I make a song without any constraint, my Japanese-taste melodies may come out.”

In the world of music, electronic dance music, or EDM, has been making trends. Having lived in Los Angeles for 20 years, the trend did not go unnoticed to the master multi-instrumentalist Yoshiki. “Last year, the United States also was virtually saturated with EDM. As I make EDM sounds for fun myself, I got stimulated by it,” he revealed. “But rock also has a human side, and has accidents and dramas in many senses,” Yoshiki added, showing that his love for rock music remains unwavering.

Since their reunion in 2007 and their world tour in 2011, X Japan have not yet released a new album. Although the group has already recorded and completed some new songs, the selection has not yet been finalized. “We’re living in a world of information overload, so we can’t just relax and listen to the music. It seems to me that we can’t do it for much more than about 30 minutes,” Yoshiki shared. He even admitted having no hesitation to “throw away completed songs.” The passionate musician, who was also commissioned to compose the 69th and 70th Golden Globe Awards themes, remains fastidious. “I hope you will hear only good songs.”

Referring to X Japan’s world tour, Yoshiki said, “We’ve yet to have influence overseas, but we want to go all-out for that goal. We’ll make next year’s tour thrilling.”

Source: http://japandailypress.com/x-japan-back-for-2nd-world-tour-yoshiki-to-start-a-new-era-of-rock-2631219 & http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000324188
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29 June 2013 @ 06:55 pm
 
 
 



GACKT will be lending his voice to the Japanese version of the movie 'Silent Hill: Revelation 3D'.

As previously reported, GACKT is already involved with the movie as his new song, "CLAYMORE", was chosen as its image song. He will further contribute by providing the voice of one of the protagonists from the 'Silent Hill' game series.

SEE ALSO: GACKT's new song chosen as image song for Japanese version of 'Silent Hill: Revelation 3D'

GACKT commented on the tie-up, saying, "Through this tie-up, which shares a magical and gothic worldview, I hope that more people will come across my song and this movie."

'Silent Hill: Revelation 3D' will open in theaters nationwide on July 12th. Those who purchase advance tickets at the theater counter will receive a "welcome file" (clear file).

Sources: http://www.tokyohive.com/article/2013/06/gackt-to-voice-act-for-japanese-version-of-silent-hill-revelation-3d & http://natalie.mu/music/news/93870

Dedicate this to my pal squallina who loves these games. XD

GACKT looks so gorgeous! The tabloid rumors just haven't deterred him at all! :D
 
 
 
Greed Greed Greed will be released on August 7th. Details of the single can be found here.

CD+DVD


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27 June 2013 @ 10:22 pm
Despite the tabloids rumors, GACKT seems to be doing really well with his sold out tour & many tv appearances.
He recently released two new PVs form his upcoming BEST of the BEST albums, Claymore & Sakura, Chiru....





CMs for BEST of the BEST albums & the Double Viewing of MOON SAGA play & BEST of the BEST tour.





Please check the sources if videos aren't working.

Sources: http://www.yinyuetai.com/video/692637, http://www.yinyuetai.com/video/692645, http://avex.jp/gackt/index.html, http://www.gackt.com/
 
 
 


The government will relax visa requirements for visitors from Southeast Asian countries starting Monday, hoping to lure more travelers from fast-growing economies to spur economic growth.

Japan will waive visa requirements for tourists from Thailand and Malaysia, and offer a multiple-entry visa to Filipino and Vietnamese travelers.

The move coincides with the 40th anniversary of the ASEAN-Japan Dialogue, a project to boost international relations.

The visa waiver will apply to Thai travelers to Japan whose stay is less than 15 days and to tourists from Malaysia whose length of visit is no more than three months, according to the Foreign Ministry.

The visa waiver will only apply to people with an IC-equipped passport, the ministry said.

The multiple-entry visa for Filipino and Vietnamese travelers will allow them to visit Japan several times within a period of three years. The maximum stay per visit will be 15 days.

Japan will meanwhile extend the maximum stay for multiple-entry visas for Indonesian travelers to 30 days from the current 15.

“I hope that (the measures) will further develop relationships between these countries, such as an increase of travelers from these nations and improvement of convenience in the business (environment),” Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday.

With Japan facing a graying and shrinking population, boosting the number of foreign visitors is one of the pillars of the government’s growth strategy. The current goal is to raise the number of people coming into the country to 30 million a year by 2030.

About 8.37 million foreign visitors came in last year, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization. Among them, 780,000, or 9.3 percent, were from Southeast Asia. The government has set a goal to increase the number of visitors from that region to 2 million in 2016.


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Acid Black Cherry will be releasing a new single on August 7th with the title Greed Greed Greed.
Greed Greed Greed is said to be a groovy song that will attack you on all the five senses.

This song is the first song as a part of his Shangri-la Project which will consist of Acid Black Cherry putting an effort in three simultaneous categories: 1. The release of new songs, 2. Nationwide tours through five separate blocks of Japan, through 5 set spans of time, and 3. Organizing events and opportunities which will allow Acid Black Cherry to interact with fans in each region.

Greed Greed Greed will be the themesong to the MBS・TBS late night drama, Akuryo Byoutou (Evil Spirit Hospital) starring Kaho, which will start the airing on July 18th.

Kaho plays the role of a nurse named Runa who is able to see spirits and works at a suburb hospital. Her colleagues start encountering spirits drenched in blood which leads them to wonder if Runa is the cause of the appearance of these spirits. In the midst of these accusations, Runa's ex-classmate Sakai Manami who used to help her when she was ostracised during their junior high days, comes to the hospital where Runa works at which causes a change to the situation.
- Dorama World

The recreation track this time will be Tokunaga Hideaki's 1987 hit, Kagayaki Nagara....


[Single details and pre-order links]【CD+DVD】 Limited Edition
AVCD-32227/B ¥1,680 (tax in)

CD:
1. Greed Greed Greed
2. Kagayaki Nagara... [Recreation Track]

DVD:
1. Greed Greed Greed [music clip]
2. OFF SHOT (approximately 15 minutes duration)



【CD ONLY】
AVCD-32228 ¥1,050 (tax in)

CD:
1. Greed Greed Greed
2. Kagayaki Nagara... [Recreation Track]


【Special Price ¥394 Edition (1 song)】 Limited Release
AVCD-32229 ¥394 (tax in)

CD:
1. Greed Greed Greed


Pre-order links:
CDJapan: Limited / Regular / Special Price
HMV Japan: Limited / Regular / Special Price



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