Digging Yanawarabaa

Currently collecting a lot of play counts on my iPod and in iTunes is “Haikei (maru maru) san” from an indies J/O-pop duo (Rio Aizato & Yuu Ishigaki) from Ishigaki called Yanawarabaa. The song also happens to be the theme song for a Yukie Nakama drama called “Erai Tokoro ni Totsuide Shimatta!”. Talk about making …

melody. Takes It Up a Notch for 2007

She’s one of my favorite J-Pop artists and it looks like 2007 is going to be a big year for the Hawaii-born melody. With the release of her forthcoming single “Love Story” (video) looming ahead of us at the end of this month, melody.’s been busy as the VJ for an NHK music show called …

Rimi Natsukawa’s ‘Video Clip Collection’ and ‘Umuikaji’ Hits Stores on March 9th

Victor Entertainment will release a new Rimi Natsukawa DVD on March 9th titled “Video Clip Collection” which will be her third DVD release but her first collection of PVs (promotion videos). Beginning with her first single (under the Victor label) “Yuubae ni Yurete” on to her latest “Furusato”, there are a total of 11 videos …

What Do These Three Have in Common?

Konishiki – a retired sumo wrestler and popular celeb Rimi Natsukawa – one of Japan’s top vocalists Jake Shimabukuro – ukulele player extraordinaire The answer? An hour-long music special called “Melody Club” that I still hear people raving about although it aired on Hawaii’s KIKU-TV station on January 7, 2007. (The lowdown on the show: …

Currently at the Top of My Playlist

The PV for melody.’s latest single, “Finding My Road” (released on February 14), is pretty cool but it’s the song that I’m totally grooving too. If you’re not familiar with melody.’s music, seek out the English-language version of “Close Your Eyes” and “Our Journey” — also in English — which was coupled with her November …

Amuro’s ‘Baby Don’t Cry’ Makes It Her 13th Consecutive Oricon Best 10 Single

Congratulations to J-Pop diva Namie Amuro (29), whose latest single “Baby Don’t Cry” (released 2007.1.24) charted at #3 on the Oricon Single Chart making it her 13th consecutive single to reach the top 10! It’s an amazing feat when you consider that it was her 1995 single “Taiyou no SEASON” that started it all. [Via …

An Ageless Christmas Melody

Got wind of this little gem from Deckman. The song is called “Christmas Melody” and is performed by Takano Uehara with composition by her friend H. Tanahara. According to Deckman, Takano is an amateur singer from Itoman and the video was put out on the web to see if there would be any interest in …