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NEWS 2008-2009 Calendar
March 13, 2008, 12:04 am
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NEWS’ Johnny’s School Calendars this year had an interesting format description: the members will show you a part of themselves… in cans.

What they really should have just said was coasters, really.

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NEWS – Taiyou no Namida (2)
February 23, 2008, 5:13 pm
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Since “Taiyou no Namida” is going to be released on Wednesday, NEWS has started their blitz of media appearances. There’s many more to come, but their first TV performance was on Music Station… where they performed and had water pouring down on them. Their “sun” isn’t just shedding some tears, it’s bawling. By the end of the song, after only about a minute and half of the downpour, they can’t make direct eye contact at the cameras with all the water coming down and are all soaked through. But the performance went well, and they looked happy despite being dripping wet, so it’s all good.

Of course, what would the world be like without leaks. It’s not supposed to be out until Wednesday, but… hey, not like there weren’t decent radio rips already, right?

Follow the links for song previews & downloads. 🙂
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NEWS – Taiyou no Namida
February 5, 2008, 9:27 am
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Taiyou no Namida” (Sun’s Tears) is NEWS’ eighth single and is going to be the theme song for the Kurosagi movie coming in March that stars Yamashita Tomohisa.

I am such a huge, crazed NEWS fan (that’s actually still a big understatement) it’s really hard for me to be objective and not have fangirl explode out here, but I’ll try. The song is pretty Johnny’s – you know, easily sing-along kind of pop – but has middle eastern touches that make it noticeable. It’s not their best single ever, but it’s not bad. The song is a more mature-sounding release – think more KAT-TUN, less Arashi. I like their solo parts in the song, and I really like the ethnic accents. Overall, if you usually like Johnny’s releases, you’ll like this one too; if you’re not too hot for Johnny’s, then this one won’t change your mind.

However objective I’d like to be with their music though, there’s only one conclusion I can really make: this single, whether you like it or not, is freaking sexy.

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Johnny’s 2008 Calendars

Johnny’s Entertainment 2008 school calendars (April 09 – March 09) for most of its groups will be released in early March. The calendars all differ in type from year to year, group to group. And, granted, they’re not as much calendars as photos in formats that happen to have dates stamped somewhere that are expensive and come with some extra goodies, so I thought I’d give an overview.

Oh yeah, for your reference, here’s the paper sizes.

Arashi is releasing theirs in A5 size – not that big, but what makes their’s the most interesting is that their extra is a cookbook. And after all those Arashi variety shows where they make and eat foods, a cookbook does seem fitting, not to mention extremely intruiging.

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Johnny’s Entertainment Shows No Signs of Slowing
January 10, 2008, 11:33 am
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After a massively successful 2006 (releasing the #1, 3, and 4 singles of the year), an almost equally successful 2007 (releasing half of the yearly top ten singles), and a penchant for releasing something from one of its groups almost weekly and seeing them shoot straight to the top of the Oricon chart, you’d expect Johnny’s Entertainment to slow down on its hectic releases.

Or, not. Maybe they really do want to take over the world with their flashy costumes and Swedish-written pop.

NEWS in concert

Already less than two weeks into the new year, NEWS has already made headlines by holding shows in Tokyo Dome due to popular demand on a weekday, the first in Johnny’s to do so. Continue reading