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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.

Full lineup is

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DBSK – Purple Line
January 16, 2008, 8:34 pm
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Korean boyband DBSK (Dong Bang Shin Ki, or THSK or TVXQ and about twenty other names they use) has been putting out Japanese releases in the past year like crazy. If you were a fangirl, you’d cry about how avex stole all your money and then go buy it and listen to everything nonstop. If you’re more of a casual listener like me, you’d probably wish they’d go away. Preferably silently. Despite strengthening record sales, the songs themselves weren’t too great. Actually, some were terrible. They’re not Johnny’s, so they don’t even have an excuse for releasing uninspired, recycled pop.

But I think they’ve really redeemed themselves with “Purple Line.” Continue reading