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1SAGAIN & JU BORA: ENDLESS WINTER

19 December, 2014 - 15:52
1SAGAIN & JU BORA: ENDLESS WINTER
Release Date: 
12/12
Label: 
Unknown
I couldn't find a Wiki page in English about 1sAgain but a Luminosity page about Ju Bora states that she frequently collaborates with him. So, I'm assuming 1sAgain is the one who's doing the rapping, since that voice sounds male, and Ju Bora is doing the singing since that voice sounds female.

Well, I couldn't find a link for this on iTunes. And I couldn't find a translation either. But the song is out there, I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to find. Maybe it's even on Spotify. In any case, 1sagain & Ju Bora have concocted a lovely song here. The relatively down-tempo beats split the difference between R&B and K-Pop; suffice to say it's in Korean. And this one is *totally* in Korean. I didn't notice a single word in English. They don't even sing/say/rap the title of the song.

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PIUS: GIVE LOVE ON CHRISTMAS DAY

19 December, 2014 - 09:28
PIUS: GIVE LOVE ON CHRISTMAS DAY
Release Date: 
12/4/14
Label: 
PIUS Records
An incredible Christmas song -- in English -- from soulful K-Popper PIUS.

K-Pop soul singer Pius has given us a Christmas song this year -- and it's in English. It's gorgeous, too. If you like harmonizing, you have to give this one a listen. It's right up there with The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows." Layers and layers of vocals. I think he had a whole chorus of guys backing him because there are parts when you can hear the different voices. But mostly their voices blend together in perfect harmony.

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Crayon Pop, K-Much, Bob Girls, & Zan Zan: 2014 Chrome Family - A Very Special Christmas

18 December, 2014 - 14:09
Crayon Pop, K-Much, Bob Girls, & Zan Zan: 2014 Chrome Family - A Very Special Christmas
Release Date: 
12/2/14
Label: 
Chrome Family
Crayon Pop + Christmas = bliss

The name of this single isn't A Very Special Christmas, apparently that's the title of an album or EP that Chrome Family label artists are releasing songs for. I don't know why they'd release the tracks one song at a time, but then Korean labels often release movie soundtracks in parts, so I suppose it's not surprising.

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LEO IEIRI: SILLY

16 December, 2014 - 10:15
LEO IEIRI: SILLY
Release Date: 
11/19/14
Label: 
Victor Entertainment
You have to admire Leo Ieiri. If for nothing else then for the fact that she writes all of her own songs. Also, she manages to put out new music as regularly as the bulk of J-Pop artists who have other people writing songs for them. That takes real creativity and effort.

You have to admire Leo Ieiri. If for nothing else then for the fact that she writes all of her own songs. Also, she manages to put out new music as regularly as the bulk of J-Pop artists who have other people writing songs for them. That takes real creativity and effort.

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THE BARBERETTES: Carol: Hun Hun Christmas

10 December, 2014 - 11:34
THE BARBERETTES: Carol: Hun Hun Christmas
Release Date: 
12/9/14
Label: 
Sony Music
If you're a fan of '60's pop music and you like Christmas music, this EP will have you jumping with joy.

To be totally honest, I'd never heard of The Barberettes before randomly coming across this EP, which caught my eye because it's called Christmas and I'm quite the sucker for Christmas music. Well, it did not disappoint, all four tunes being charmers.

Here's a little info about the trio from their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheBarberettesKorea)...

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Nendoroid Kokomi Shiina and Chloe Lemaire from Girlfriend BETA due in June 2015!

9 December, 2014 - 15:13
GFB nendos in June!

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MEG: THANK YOU, MAMA

9 December, 2014 - 13:35
MEG: THANK YOU, MAMA
Release Date: 
10/29/14
Label: 
XQMN
It's a pretty ballad and ballad junkies are sure to love it. But I just didn't find it very catchy, unlike almost everything else Meg has ever done.

[I meant to post this review a month ago but forgot about it. My bad. Sorry.]

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Meg brings the world "Thank you Mama" (that's how she writes it). Which might just be the very first Thanksgiving song.

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BOA: FLY

5 December, 2014 - 10:16
BOA: FLY
Release Date: 
12/3/14
Label: 
Avex
BoA releases yet another magnificent J-Pop gem...

"Fly" is Korean megastar BoA's latest Japanese single. As you undoubtedly know, BoA is a huge star in Japan as well as in her native Korea. In fact, if Wiki is up to date, BoA has released eight albums in Japan, whereas she's only released seven in Korea. That said, she's also released three EPs in Korea, which came early in her career. Suffice to say she's just as popular in Japan as she is in Korea. I don't know how she manages to juggle both countries and languages, but she does it, so I'd say she deserves the millions and millions of dollars she's made.

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Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash

4 December, 2014 - 22:34
Ridiculous ninja premise+fanservice= hilarious fun!

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OniAi

4 December, 2014 - 20:57
Although I've seen better harem setups, this isn't one that should be overlooked even if the premise may bother you.

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SUNNY: FIRST KISS

4 December, 2014 - 13:17
SUNNY: FIRST KISS
Release Date: 
11/14
Label: 
발매사(주)네오위즈인터넷기획사BJJ뮤직
Sunny delivers a gorgeous rendition of Hwang Jungmi's "First Kiss" as part of Hwang Sungje's Project Super Hero.

There seems to be an unwritten law that the girls of Girls' Generation (SNSD) must do a solo song for some movie soundtrack at some point. Actually, it seems like members from all girl groups usually do songs for soundtracks when they first test the waters alone. And usually these songs are ballads. Why, I don't know. To that end, Sunny already did a solo song recently with "The 2nd Drawer" for "여왕의 교실 OST `두 번째 서랍`." It was a sweet, warm ballad that I've listened to 77 times so far according to my iTunes player; it's on one of the playlists I listen to while falling asleep at night.

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LEE JUN KI: EXHALE

2 December, 2014 - 13:45
LEE JUN KI: EXHALE
Release Date: 
11/26/14
Label: 
Windmill Ent.
Exhale opens with a lively song that splits the difference between pop and R&B, "Ma Lady." It opens with a wash of synth over which Lee speaks in English, apparently addressing the lady the song is about. "I've been waiting for a long time," he says before exhaling.

Lee Jun Ki is a hugely popular Korean actor who has starred in 10 television series since 2003. Exhale is his sixth mini-album. Oddly enough, he's been releasing music since 2006 but he's yet to release a full-length album, always going the mini-album route, save for a one song single ("One & Only) that he released in 2006.

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MEG: THANK YOU, MAMA

26 November, 2014 - 15:14
MEG: THANK YOU, MAMA
Release Date: 
10/29/14
Label: 
publisher code: XQMN
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Meg brings the world "Thank you Mama." (OK, so it was actually released a month ago, but you get the idea.)

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Meg brings the world "Thank you Mama" (that's how she writes it). Which might just be the very first Thanksgiving song.

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MIKI KOZONO: MY LOVE SONG / SNOW WITH YOU

26 November, 2014 - 11:25
MIKI KOZONO: MY LOVE SONG / SNOW WITH YOU
Release Date: 
11/26/14
Label: 
Village Again
Miki Kozono delivers a wonderful double A-side, "My Love Song" and "Snow With You," the later obviously being a Christmas song.

I couldn't find a Wiki page or a GenAsia page or anything about Miki Kozono, but I'm really digging her Christmas single, "Snow With You," so I thought I'd give it a shout out. Not understanding the lyrics, it only really sounds like a Christmas song during the chorus because it has Christmas bells in the background at that point. During the rest of that song it just sounds like a J-Pop song in the J-Rock vein. A very, very infectious J-Pop song, mind you.

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AMBER AN: WITH YOU

25 November, 2014 - 11:01
AMBER AN: WITH YOU
Release Date: 
9/26/14
Label: 
Wonderful Music
Her new album opens with "哈囉" (translation: "Hello"), a song so soft and delicate, it's like the audio equivalent of a butterfly. A butterfly emerging from a cocoon, saying "hello" to the world. So beautiful and awe-inspiring.

My favorite foreign language to listen to music in might surprise you because it's not an Asian language but French. I'm actually obsessed with France and have been ever since I first went to Paris back in 1999. But, getting to my point, if you asked me what my second favorite foreign language to listen to music in was I would probably say Mandarin (Chinese). I just love the way it sounds; it always sounds so poetic in songs. And actress/singer Amber An's With You is a shining example of why I love Mandarin. Every word that she sings just sounds so lovely.

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CHARA: せつなくてごめんね/ Rainbow / ラッキーガール

21 November, 2014 - 15:02
CHARA: せつなくてごめんね/ Rainbow / ラッキーガール
Release Date: 
2014
Label: 
Ki/oon Records
Three delightful new songs by Chara. Each was released as a digital single. I'm honestly not sure if they've been compiled as an EP now, which is what I thought when I wrote the review, or if they were just released separately. Regardless, they're great songs!

Chara is back! Yes, that deserves an exclamation point. Why? Because I always find myself smiling whenever new music from her pops up. She's been one of my favorite J-Pop stars for around 15 years, too. How many J-Pop stars have that longevity? Not many. So, even if you don't like her very unique voice, you still have to admire her for continuing to make music and not just retire and live off of royalties like other artists her age might do. Also, Chara writes her own music and does whatever she wants. Nobody can tell her what to do.

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KAELA KIMURA: TODAY IS A NEW DAY

19 November, 2014 - 09:32
KAELA KIMURA: TODAY IS A NEW DAY
Release Date: 
10/22/14
Label: 
Victor Entertainment
Today is a New Day is Kaela Kimura's second single since signing with Victor Entertainment and this year is the 15th anniversary of her career... So, you'd have to expect something special here, right? I know my expectations were high. And I can honestly say that I was not disappointed.

Today is a New Day is Kaela Kimura's second single since signing with Victor Entertainment and this year is the 15th anniversary of her career... So, you'd have to expect something special here, right? I know my expectations were high. And I can honestly say that I was not disappointed. Kaela's always been like a chameleon, except that she changes colors *before* her environment, creating the bandwagons that everybody else later tries to jump on. At least that's how I see it, but, yes, I'm a big fan.

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Sentai Filmworks Licenses “The World God Only Knows: Goddesses”

18 November, 2014 - 11:19
The God of Conquests returns to once again win his way into the hearts of young girls and goddesses everywhere in Sentai Filmworks' latest acquisition, The World God Only Knows: Goddesses.

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Sentai Filmworks Licenses “Familiar Of Zero: Knight Of The Twin Moons”

18 November, 2014 - 11:13
When your hero’s a zero and decides to stick around, there’s not much to do but soldier on in Sentai Filmworks' latest acquisition, Familiar of Zero: Knight of the Twin Moons.

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Fan-Favorite DORAEMON Makes United States Product Debut, Just in Time for the Holidays!

18 November, 2014 - 11:08
Viz Media Announces New Officially Licensed Collectables And Apparel Based On The Celebrated Anime Property Doraemon

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