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 nikkansports.com.]

Meisa Kuroki Desktop for Collagen Water

Meisa Kuroki Asahi Beverage Desktop

Some of our Hawaii readers may recognize Meisa Kuroki as the heroine in the J-drama “Aru Ai no Uta (Song of Love)” which was featured as a KIKU-TV 2007 New Year special. The 18 year-old hapa (her father is American, mother is Japanese, and Meisa Kuroki is her stage name) model/actress is steadily gaining popularity and here she is as the image character for a drink from Asahi Soft Drinks called Collagen Water (I’ll leave testing the drink to you guys 😛 ). There are four different desktops available for download over here. [Via 壁紙fan!]

Risa Niigaki, Ready for the Spotlight?

Ladies and gentlemen, the Niigaki Risa boom has come.

Some crazy points here, coming from a huge Gaki-san fan. Apologies in advance if this sounded bias.

Old news made new. Way back (I think a couple months) before Yossie’s graduation announcement, read from somewhere that there were some ‘insider’ rumour from internal staffs, that Yoshizawa Hitomi, Fujimoto Miki and Takahashi Ai have their solo plans scheduled already. Was it true? Now Yossie’s gone, two to go. When? This year? Next year? I don’t know. But one thing’s for sure, the year 2007 has to be Gaki-san’s time to shine. (Read the complete article at Jinryuichi’s blog.)

When I first saw “Gaki-san” (Risa’s nickname) in the group I read her last name as “Arakaki” and was surprised to find that it’s actually read as “Niigaki”. Her place of birth is Yokohama, not Okinawa, but her grandmother lives there and it’s also her favorite place in Japan.

[Via Feed of Pop.]

Vote for Keith Nakaganeku and Calabash!

Keith Nakaganeku and Calabash’s debut album, “Hawaiian Jazz Done Asian Style”, is up for New Artist of the Year for the 10th Annual Hawaii Music Awards. We can vote for him/his band online and they also have a sample (one minute long) of “Blue Darlin'” up on the site too. Vote for him over here and tell your friends about it too!

Learn more about Keith and Calabash at their official website where you can sample songs from the rest of his very fine album. (My personal favorite is the song “Ke Lana Nei”.)