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Kouhaku 2008 Artist Lineup

Kohaku’s artist lineup for this year has been released.

Newcomers on the red team (female) are Aoyama Thelma, Akimoto Junko (enka singer who I think made it big this year with her single “Ai no Mama De”), Ikimonogakari, GIRL NEXT DOOR, Perfume, and Fujioka Fujimaki and Ohashi Nozomi (the two men and the little girl who sang the theme to Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea).

Newcomers to the white team (male) are Kimaguren, Kiyama Yusaku, Jero, Shuchishin with Pabo, Tohoshinki(DBSK), Mr. Children, and Mizutani Yutaka (enka singer who made a comeback).

Overall, expected additions for the year. I’m not familiar with enka singers, but the female singers who made it big this year all made it onto the show (Perfume! Yes!). I’m surprised and pleased that Ikimonogakari are finally on. For the male artists though, I’m surprised it took this long for Mr. Children to make it on.

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Uchi Hiroki Gets Solo Act
November 14, 2008, 8:52 pm
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Uchi Hiroki – the current Johnny’s trainee who was suspended from NEWS and Kanjani8 for underage drinking – will have his own solo live show.

There will be two shows at Yokohama Arena on December 20th and 21st, and three shows at Osaka-jo Hall on January 3rd and 4th. 75,000 tickets will be available. His backing band will be Johnny’s Jr. band Question? (the guys who released “Mezamero Yasei” with Matchy).

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chatmonchy – Somaru Yo
November 8, 2008, 4:36 pm
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I am late with this one – chatmonchy’s single “Somaru Yo” was released November 5th. It is the theme for Tonsure

My lateness probably reflects my feelings towards this band – still one of my favorites, but with the hype surrounding some of my other favorites going on (Arashi, Perfume) and that I didn’t enjoy their last single that much, they slipped off the radar a bit for me.v So you’ll have to excuse me for not even realizing they had a release until now.

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Perfume – Dream Fighter
November 7, 2008, 10:39 am
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Perfume’s highly anticipated next single “Dream Fighter” will be released on November 19.

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Who would’ve thought…
November 6, 2008, 12:47 am
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In all my wildest dreams or thought-out predictions about Jpop acts making it in America, I never would’ve pegged H!P to make the move and launch singles and concerts – especially not with a side project that includes ex-Momusu members, punk cats, and crazy hair.

But it looks like Hangry & Angry is really going to go for it.

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Get Out the Vote! (for your favorites on NTV)
November 3, 2008, 10:29 pm
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For those of you of voting age in the United States, November 4 is upon us – no matter what happens, don’t forget to visit the polls and cast your vote!

And for everyone else, cast your vote in the 2008 NTV Best Artist!

Every year, NTV hosts a big musical gala with numerous musical guests. The catch is that YOU, the audience, get to vote for who appears! This is the one that also talllies up votes for age and gender groups that are most interested in a particular artist – a very interesting add-on to the performances.

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