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alan – Gunjou no Tani
January 22, 2009, 1:15 am
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alan’s next single “Gunjou no Tani” (Ultramarine Valley) will be released on February 2nd; this will be her last single preceeding her upcoming as yet untitled album. The song was originally written for the victims of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake. And no, I did not get lazy with the images – this is the first alan single to not have two different covers for the limited and regular editions.

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alan – Red Cliff ~Shin Sen~
October 5, 2008, 12:39 am
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alan’s fourth single representing fire in her elements series, “Red Cliff ~Shin Sen~“, will be released October 15th. This Japanese version of the song was used in the Japanese release of the John Woo movie Red Cliff.

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alan – Kaze no Tegami
September 9, 2008, 4:02 pm
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Well, talk about being really late about releases now that I’m mostly computer-less: alan releases her wind single “Kaze no Tegami” tomorrow, and I just heard it today.

One of the first things that struck me about this single was that the cover was gorgeous. No more of that one eye open, one eye close thing in the same pose – instead we get two gorgeous poses alan in a beautiful layered dress – it’s definitely an improvement.

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alan – Sora Uta
July 24, 2008, 2:21 pm
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alan’s single “Sora Uta” will be released August 13; it is the second in her series of five singles that focus on Chinese elements.

Before I say anything else – five Chinese elements, seriously? I totally didn’t get that just looking at the releases, and listening to/watching Natsukashi Mirai, I didn’t figure out. It’s actually a little cheesy. But thankfully, avex paired these releases with gorgeous photoshoots, videos, and songs (so far), and this gives alan more promotion, so why not.

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alan – Natsukashi Mirai ~longing future~
June 13, 2008, 6:11 pm
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alan’s third single, “Natsukashi Mirai ~longing future~” will be released July 2nd. It was used as the theme to NHK’s Save the Future theme song.

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Save the Future with NHK
June 3, 2008, 6:44 pm
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NHK is launching its Save the Future campaign to raise awareness for global warming. For three days, June 6 to 8, there will be different types of programming on the channel all relating to the issue.

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alan Releases Song for Sichuan
May 20, 2008, 5:39 pm
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Following the devastating earthquake in Sichuan, China, alan is releasing an impromptu single “Shiawase no Kane ” with a Chinese version, “Ai Jiu Shi Shou” (Love are Hands). It is only available online at internet music retailers; proceeds for the song will be donated to the Chinese Red Cross for the disaster relief.

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Chinese Invasion
May 3, 2008, 2:45 pm
Filed under: alan, Jpop, Makichang, Tiana Xiao

JunJun and LinLin are the resident pandas of Momusu (at least I know that much about H!P 🙂 ) but they’re not the only Chinese girls making a splash in the jpop scene.

Just in the past year, there’s several notable Chinese girls who made their debut in Japanese music:

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alan’s Chinese blog!
March 25, 2008, 5:08 pm
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Possibly one of the greatest things I’ve stumbled on in awhile – alan’s Chinese sinaweb blog!

Wait, wait, don’t roll your eyes and press “back” on the browser yet!

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alan – Hitotsu
February 24, 2008, 2:13 pm
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alan is the ethnically Tibetan singer from the Sichuan area of China. She released one Chinese cover album, but was discovered through Avex Beijing and brought to Japan; she debuted in 2007 with “Ashita e no Sanke” in Japan. “Hitotsu” (one) is her second single, and will be released on March 5th.

I love alan a lot; her voice is amazing, she’s beautiful, and – well, she reps China. Her Chinese cover album was well done, and I adored her first single. It’s interesting to see how avex plans to market her out – will they wait for her to master Japanese and make her a fully Japanese artist? Will they have her release material in Chinese too? Will they do both?

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