Beni Arashiro drops last name for new single – Tokyograph

Singer Beni Arashiro is reinventing herself under a new name: BENI. She will once again be focusing on her music career, after months of silence, starting with a new single next month.

Arashiro left her previous management agency, Oscar Promotion, at the end of August, and her contract with Avex expired at the end of September. She has now signed with Universal Music, and her first single as BENI will be released on December 10.

Titled ‘Mou Nidoto…,’ the ballad is a follow-up to DOHZI-T’s ‘Mou Ichido… feat. BENI’ that was released in June. While Arashiro was a guest artist on that song, she hasn’t released a single of her own since February 2007.

‘Mou Nidoto’ will start selling as a chaku-uta on November 12.

(Link: Beni Arashiro drops last name for new single – Tokyograph.)

Wow, I had to read the part about “a single of her own since February 2007″ twice. I have to admit that I wasn’t much a fan of her music (her singing, I like) but that changed after listening to her sing “Koibumi,” a track off of her 2007 album “GEM.” This sentiment was further cemented after her stint on DOHZI-T’s superb J-R&B ballad “Mou Ichido…” released on June of this year. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that her first single release under her new record label (Universal) should be titled “Mou Nidoto…” which is set to be released on December 10, 2008. I think she’ll do rather well if she follows along with music of a similar vibe to these songs so we’re wishing her the best. The iTunes Store (link opens iTunes) has a pretty good collection of her material so check it out!

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