YouTube: Namie Amuro feat. Tomohisa Yamashita “Unusual”

[updated] Video is no longer available since Avex pulled it. Hopefully, Avex will release an official version that fans can view. PV of Namie Amuro’s song “Unusual” (featuring Tomohisa Yamashita) from her upcoming best collaboration album “Checkmate!” which will be released on March 23, 2011. (Via @fyiMango.)

iTunes: Seijin Noborikawa’s “Noborikawa Seijin Live! ~Just One Night at CAY 2010.8.29~”

It’s only available as a partial album, and you can’t buy it in its entirety (meaning you’ll have to buy track by track — yes, silly indeed) but if you were holding out on the latest offering from Respect Record for Seijin Noborikawa, it’s now out on iTunes (link opens iTunes). So, what’s missing? Disc …

BEGIN announces tribute and cover albums, plus more – Tokyograph

Pop group BEGIN celebrated the 20th anniversary of their debut this year, and they have now announced the simultaneous release of two special albums to celebrate that milestone. Titled “BEGIN 20th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL TRIBUTE ALBUM” and “BEGIN 20th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL COVER ALBUM,” the albums are scheduled to go on sale on March 2, 2011. The …

Seijin Noborikawa to release new album on 4/14/10

Seijin Noborikawa’s “Fountain of Songs” — his first original album in two years — will be released on April 14, 2010, from Respect Record. The album will have a total of 12 tracks including five written by the utasaa legend. Be sure to check out his albums that are already available at the iTunes Store …

Kazutoshi Matsuda to release 2nd album in 2010

It’s hard to believe that two years have passed since Kazutoshi Matsuda released his debut album, “Diigunii” on June 15, 2007. Come Sanshin Day (March 3rd) in 2010, Kazutoshi will be releasing his second album titled “Uta Michi Aruki” on Tundami Label. Featuring a total of 12 tracks, the album will feature a pop rock …

Namie Amuro’s latest album “PAST<FUTURE” is top-selling album

Namie Amuro’s “PAST < FUTURE” was the top selling album this past week, with close to 331,000 units sold. At the age of 32, she has now become the first female solo artist to achieve #1 with an original album in her 10s, 20s, and 30s. She had three of them before her 20th birthday …

Hirara releases debut mini album, “Kanikubata”

Miyakojima folk singer, Hirara, who performed at this year’s Okinawan Festival in Honolulu, released her debut mini album, “Kanikubata,” on December 1, 2009. The album is currently sold in Okinawa and contains a total of six tracks including “Kanikubata” and “Tsuki ni Negai wo” — both featured in CMs for the awamori Kiku no Tsuyu.