Gackt gets ready to launch in 20 countries – Tokyograph

In October, Gackt will be making some of his releases available to 20 countries in North America and Europe.

On the 19th, his two DVDs “THE GREATEST FILMOGRAPHY 1999-2006” (“~RED~” and “~BLUE~”) will be released simultaneously in the U.S. and Canada. These North American editions will reportedly include English lyrics he wrote for the songs.

Then on the 26th, his album “DIABOLOS” will go on sale in 18 European countries, followed by his previous live performance DVDs.

Furthermore, his entire solo discography of 201 songs will be made available through iTunes in 22 countries, starting on October 17. Together with his album and DVD, Gackt’s music is being introduced to a total of 36 nations.

Gackt mentioned that he would like to perform an international tour in the future.

(Link: “Gackt gets ready to launch in 20 countries” – Tokyograph.)

This is great news to Gackt fans outside of Japan and to J-pop/rock fans in general. Both of Gackt’s DVDs are available for pre-order at Amazon.com. Be sure to check out my post on artists who are currently available on iTunes too. 😉

Hawaiian meets Okinawan: Churamana

If you’re a fan of Hawaiian and Okinawan music you may be interested in the duo Churamana (チュラマナ, roughly translated as “Beautiful [chura, Okinawan] Energy [mana, Hawaiian]”) with Tokyo-born Maki Uehara on vocals/hula and Ishigakijima-born Makiko Miyara (formerly of the O-pop group Donann) on vocals. If you’re familiar with the group TINGARA (Okinawan healing music) — check out this Pop.i-O entry I posted about 2 years ago on them — Churamana’s music may seem familiar and that’s due to Gerhen Oshima’s (ex-TINGARA, on sanshin) involvement in the project along with a well-known musician of Hawaiian music in Japan by the name of Yuki “Alani” Yamauchi (on slack-key guitar, Hawaiian guitar and ukulele).

Samples of the duo’s music is available at the Japan iTunes Store (clicking on link will launch iTunes). If you’re interested in purchasing their CDs, they’re available at one of my favorite online stores, CDJapan.co.jp.

Churamana’s Discography (caps = katakana):

Rakuen no Niji
“Rakuen no Niji” 2007.05.23 (VICL-62409)

  1. Hi‘lawe ∼ Akata Sundunchi
  2. Aloha Oe
  3. ChuraMANA
  4. Hana ∼ Subete no Hito no Koroko ni Hana wo
  5. Mana
  6. Umi no Joou Rainha do mar
  7. Pua Mae‘ole
  8. Asadoya Yunta
  9. Kokoro ni Niji wo
  10. Amakakiru Hashi
  11. Pauoa Liko Ka Lehua
  12. Yuuyake no Niwa

Futatsu no Rakuen
Futatsu no Rakuen 2006.06.21 (VICL-61977)

  1. Ula No Weo —Prologue—
  2. Kodou ∼Ichimadin∼
  3. Akaka Falls
  4. Tinsagu nu Hana
  5. Pua Ahihi
  6. Furusato
  7. Pua Anela
  8. Kanahele —Interlude—
  9. Tsuki nu Kaisha
  10. Yashi no Mi
  11. Ula No Weo

Official Website (Victor Entertaiment, Inc.)
Official Blog (Futatsu no Rakuen)

Whatever Happened to the DotW?

A feature of my previous Okinawan pop culture blogs was the DotW, or the Discography of the Week. Long time readers of my blogs know that although I called it DotW, entries were posted rather sporadically (mostly due to the amount of free time I had to work on the discography) and the main focus of the artist discography was the romanization of album tracks and links (if available) to the artist’s website. I also added in a little tidbit of information on the background of some of the artists. Well, I think it’s time that I brought this feature back to the blog. Oh, and there’s “one more thing” that I’ll add this time around, samples.