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Nakashima Mika – ORION
October 31, 2008, 2:18 pm
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Nakashima Mika’s single “ORION” will be released November 12. The song is an insert song for the drama “Ryusei no Kizuna,” in which Mika also has a minor acting appearance.

What is it with the beginning of November and releases? It seems like half of all my favorite artists is releasing something during that time. Mika is no different, with the exception that I actually didn’t care much about the release of this single before. I haven’t really listened to anything of hers since she did “Hitoiro” for NANA; I mean, you have to agree with me that a lot of the songs she put out after then were really boring compared to her earlier works.

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Arashi – Beautiful Days
October 26, 2008, 10:23 pm
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Beautiful Days” is Arashi’s next single, to be released on November 5th. The title song is the theme song to the drama Ryusei no Kizuna, which stars member Ninomiya Kazunari.

You’d think with three insanely successful singles this year (it looks like Arashi is in a good position to take the distinction of the top selling single of 2008) they’d take a break – but nope, now it’s Nino’s turn to have a drama, and a song contributed to his activity.

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YUI – I’ll Be (for My Short Stories)
October 25, 2008, 8:18 pm
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YUI is going on a pre-announced hiatus until next year to “re-energize”, but before she leaves she’ll be releasing a B-sides album “My Short Stories” on November 12. There will be one new song included – “I’ll be” – currently used in CMs for SONY’s Walkman Play You cellphones.

With three successful albums under her belt and having established her place as a strong chart topper, I’d have thought that a best-of singles collection would have been timely for now – I certainly wasn’t expecting a B-side compilation so soon. She’s going all out for this release though – the DVD version contains 3 PVs and 7 additional lives.

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Kanjani8 – Musekinin Hero
October 22, 2008, 10:55 pm
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Kanjani8 will release their second single of 2008, “Musekinin Hero,” on October 29th. It comes in three editions: two special CD+DVD editions that have different B-sides and live performances on the DVD, and a regular edition CD-only that has yet another B-side.

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Rie fu – Romantic
October 22, 2008, 5:48 pm
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Rie fu’s next single “Romantic” will be released on November 12th.

It’s been almost a year since her last Japanese single “Home” was released in January. And, since it is Rie fu, I was expecting a sweet acoustic song like she’s known for. But there was a little tagline that said that “Romantic” was produced by Taku from m-flo, known for their synth hip-pop style – a completely unexpected choice for producer.

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Ikimonogakari – Planetarium
October 9, 2008, 11:10 pm
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Ikimonogakari’s next single “Planetarium,” used as the ending theme to the NHK drama “Cat Street,” will be released on October 15th.

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NEWS new album – color
October 8, 2008, 8:17 pm
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NEWS will be releasing their third album “color” on November 19th! Like their sophomore album “pacific,” there will be two editions, where the limited edition will come with a photo booklet, and the regular edition will have an extra track.

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