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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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Which J-pop Lady Can Make It In America?

With Hikki working on her second English album, the question really still stands: if one j-pop diva or female group would make it in the English music industry, who would it be? After all, basing on the American charts, popular songs by female artists are rather limited. Pretty much most are R&B/hip hop hits (Rihanna, Beyonce, Fergie, Danity Kane, Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis), a smattering of pop rock (Colbie Caillat, Natasha Bedingfield, Paramore) and occasionally, a big pop song that makes it (Miley Cyrus).

So if all our favorite j-pop girls give it a try, who has the best chances of breaking into the market?

Utada Hikaru

I love Hikki and I love “Exodus,” but let’s face it – “Exodus” was brilliantly experimental and alternative but nowhere near mainstream. If she does her next English album in her Cubic U style or in her Japanese music style, she’d have a chance, but her idea of American mainstream R&B is a little too alternative. Unless she completely changes her image and sound, she won’t make it in the urban music genre she’s aiming for. But she does have beauty, quirkiness, and her language – she just needs to tailor herself to be more mainstream. Chances: 60%.

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June 15, 2008, 8:44 pm
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Following her successful “I LOVED YESTERDAY” album, YUI’s next single “SUMMER SONG” is going to be released July 2nd.

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YUI – Laugh away
March 7, 2008, 11:59 pm
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“Laugh away” is YUI’s new song, and is used for Glico CM. It will not be released as a single, but will probably (most likely) appear on her yet untitled album that’s scheduled to drop April 9th.

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