Ayano Uema’s 2nd album will be released on 8/2/09!!!

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We knew she was working on her 2nd album back in January 2009 and now we finally have a release date and a title for it, “Majun,” which will hit local store shelves on August 2, 2009. No other information on the number of tracks or its price but we’ll report it as soon as it’s available. Ayano’s debut album, “Negai Hoshi,” was released in 2006 and the majority of tracks were penned by her. Containing a total of 8 tracks, it sold for ¥2,000.

Ayano Uema’s official website

(Via 上間綾乃の、日々ブログ.)

J-Pop CD Cover Art Shares Amuro Cover via Feed of Pop

[Blogs] J-Pop CD Cover Art Shares Amuro Cover: “‘PLAY’ Front Covers + Promo
Recommended ogling. It would’ve been nice to have a scan of that back cover where Namie’s wearing that magnificently sexy eyepatch…” Link

(Via Feed of Pop.)

Continuing onto 2008 with the great success of her PLAY album Namie will be releasing a concert DVD “NAMIE AMURO PLAY TOUR 2007” on February 27 as well as a new single on March 12. (Via bounce.com.)

Music: Respect Record to release Seijin Noborikawa original album in January 2008

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Respect Record has been the record label most associated with original album releases (as opposed to compilations or reissues of an artist’s earlier recordings) of artists from Okinawa that’s readily available outside of Okinawa on say iTunes or from my personal favorite online stores like CDJapan.

The label’s release of Seijin Noborikawa’s fantastic “Spiritual Unity” (RES-45) in 2001 — which apparently is out-of-print but available for sale digitally in DRM-free goodness iTunes Plus — brought an end to a recording drought by the utasaa[1] legend. (Noborikawa’s previous original album was 1998’s “Howling Wolf.”) The 2001 release also brought about a string of shima-uta[2] releases by the record label which brought us many gems and continues onto 2008 with Noborikawa’s first original solo album recording in six years, “Suikojizai” (RES-135).

The 14-track “Suikojizai” follows 2002’s “STAND!” (out-of-print but available on iTunes) and will be released on 16 January 2008.

(Via Campus Record Staff Blog.)

1. utasaa, utasha, 唄者 – folk singer.
2. shima-uta, 島唄 – island song, folk music from Amami-Oshima and Okinawa.