HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR’s “good bye”

Let the comparisons between former HandMC vocalist Mākii and new vocalist Halca commence! I believe this is the second song (and first PV) to feature Halca (21) with the band and it’s a rocker. The debut single with Halca, titled “XYZ,” was released on July 7, 2009, and is currently on sale on iTunes (link …

alan sings for Kusanagi’s “Ballad” – Tokyograph

Singer alan (21) will be providing the theme song for Takashi Yamazaki’s upcoming movie, ‘Ballad: Namonaki Koi no Uta’ (opening September 5). Although she sang the theme songs for the two ‘Red Cliff’ movies, this is her first time doing one for a Japanese film. The movie, which started shooting last year, is an adaptation …

Wallpaper: Stereopony’s “A hydrangea blooms”

As has been with their previous releases, Stereopony’s record label has posted a wallpaper commemorating the release of the band’s upcoming album, “A hydrangea blooms,” on June 17, 2009. The wallpaper is only available for a limited time so be sure to grab it now. (Via 壁紙fan!)

Model Lena Fujii dating DA PUMP’s ISSA – Tokyograph

Fashion model Lena Fujii (24) has confirmed rumors of her dating DA PUMP member ISSA (30). Last week’s issue of Josei Seven had published photos of the two sharing a kiss together late at night. On Wednesday, Fujii held a press conference presenting a red wedding dress that she produced. Reporters at the event took …

Minami Kizuki’s 3rd single set for 7/22 release

Amami Oshima singer Minami Kizuki’s 3rd single release has been set for a July 22, 2009, release. Titled “Shiroi Tsuki,” the single will have a total of three tracks — all originals with no instrumental (karaoke) tracks. Minami, who debuted this year with the single “Aitsumugi,” follows a tradition of shimauta-trained female singers from Amami …

Yui Aragaki’s 2nd album set for 6/17 release!

Titled “hug,” Yui Aragaki’s (or Gakky) follow-up album to her 2007 debut “Sora” will be released on June 17, 2009. Containing a total of 13 tracks, it will be released in a CD+DVD format with the DVD including four PVs, as well as two first release editions. From the release of her single “Make my …

SPEED to go on nationwide tour

Having reunited in August of last year and with a new single (“S.P.D.”) to be released on the 27th of this month, the girls of SPEED have announced a nationwide tour—their first in eight years—beginning September 5, 2009, in Aichi Prefecture and concluding on October 14, 2009, at the Nippon Budokan. (Via Yahoo! Japan.)

THE BOOM to release a special cover album commemorating the band’s 20th anniversary

On July 22, 2009, THE BOOM will commemorate their 20th anniversary with a special cover album that will feature several artists from Okinawa. Known for their song “Shimauta,” THE BOOM has released a number of singles with an Okinawan-sound to them. Titled “THE BOOM 20th SPECIAL COVER ALBUM,” it will feature Kariyushi58, MONGOL800 and BEGIN. …