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.)

Fuzzy Control & DREAMS COME TRUE

One great thing to come out of Fuzzy Control‘s joining DCT records (DREAMS COME TRUE‘s indie record label) is the collaborative songs between the two bands and the latest is called “Sono Saki e,” featured in the 4th season of the J-drama “Kyumei Byoto 24 Ji.” Very catchy song and SATOKO rocks the drums! Connection …

Shimobuku Rekoodo: Masaru and Isamu

Just in time for the start of summer is a new musical unit comprised of Masaru Shimabukuro (BEGIN) and Isamu Shimoji who call themselves Shimobuku Rekoodo (Record). The duo just released their debut album, “Looking South West,” on the Teichiku label. Isamu’s previous release was last year’s collaboration with (Karakui.com favorite) Yukito Ara for the …

Misako Oshiro & Toru Yonaha to release collaboration album!

Mark your calendars for this historic (well, IMHO) release: on June 24 veteran singer Misako Oshiro and popular singer-songwriter (and producer) Toru Yonaha will release a collaboration album titled “Futari Uta~Umui Keishou.” The 12-track (including a bonus track of a live performance at Misako’s Shima Umui) album is produced by Toru Yonaha and will be …

Yukito Ara x Isamu Shimoji’s “Sakishima Meeting” available on iTunes!

If you’ve been a longtime follower of my blogs, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of Yukito Ara and his O-pop band Parsha cluB. Therefore, I’m ecstatic to find music of his (albeit a recent collaboration with Isamu Shimoji, an awesome artist from Miyako Island) available on iTunes. The EP, “Sakishima Meeting,” was released …

PV for BENI’s upcoming single “Kiss Kiss Kiss”

BENI’s new single—and her 2nd since going solely by her first name—won’t be released until April 8, 2009, but luckily, her record label has released the PV of the single on their official YouTube page. The new single, titled “Kiss Kiss Kiss,” sports BENI in a short bob-style hairdo (which I really like, BTW) and …

Emi Tawata collaborates with apparel brand SOULSMANIA

Singer Emi Tawata’s latest mini album, “Sweet Soul Love,” was just released on the 18th and it features a collaboration with popular apparel brand SOULSMANIA. The combined effort produced a lineup of t-shirts that perfectly compliment both sides as the apparel from SOULSMANIA are influenced by black culture and Emi’s style of music is a …

YUI provides Stereopony’s next single – Tokyograph

Up-and-coming girl band Stereopony has revealed that their third single, ‘I do it,’ is a collaboration with singer-songwriter YUI. This is the first time that YUI has created a song for another artist. The band’s vocalist, AIMI, has been heavily influenced by YUI. The group shares the same producer as her, but they were still …

Gakky works with Ghibli for new single – Tokyograph

Actress Yui Aragaki is collaborating with Studio Ghibli for her upcoming single, ‘piece.’ Ghibli’s Yoshiyuki Momose directed the title song’s music video, as well as contributing art for the CD jacket. The collaboration came about after Aragaki served as the guide of an NHK music program last May that focused on Disney and Ghibli songs. …

Update: Ukulele Picnic 2009 in Hawaii

I posted an entry a couple of weeks ago about the upcoming Ukulele Picnic 2009 in Hawaii concert and it looks like we have a time slot for Keith Nakaganeku and BEGIN’s Masaru Shimabukuro. The special collaboration between these two amazing musicians is set to take the stage from 3:10 PM for a 15-minute set. …