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Yamapi releases “A Nude” DVD with appearances from Katori Shingo and Fujigaya Taisuke

5 Sep

Yamashita Tomohisa has released the live DVD “TOMOHISA YAMASHITA TOUR 2013 -A NUDE-.”

The DVD was shot during his 20 city, 29 performance nationwide tour for his 2013 album “A NUDE.” The contents include the last performance which was held in Yoyogi National Gymnasium, with lots of behind the scenes footage from the entire tour. Also, there is footage of a special guest appearance from Katori Shingo, who co-starred with Yamashita in last year’s drama “the MONSTERS” and the music video of his collaboration song with Kis-My-Ft2′s Fujigaya Taisuke, “NEXTACTION feat. Fujigaya Taisuke (Kis-My-Ft2)”.

Below is the music video of his collaboration with Fujigaya Taisuke.






This song featuring Fujigaya is one of the nicer songs from Yamapi in quite a long while…can even see some badass expression on his face this time. 


Performances from FNS Music Festival 2014

14 Aug

On August 13th, Fuji TV aired their annual summer music show, FNS Uta no Natsu Matsuri. This year’s show features artistes such as Yamashita Tomohisa, Kis-My-Fts, SMAP, Momoiro Clover Z, 48groups, WaT and more. Check out the official site for the full lineup. 

Highlights of the show include:

  • Theme song of FujiTV drama “Wakamono Tachi”  (Tsumabuki, Eita from the drama also showed up)
  • Yamashita Tomohisa‘s new song “Hello” from upcoming album
  • Japanese version of “Love is an open door” from movie Frozen 

wakamono tachi
Moriyama Naotaro – Wakamono tachi
I’m watching this drama so i loved it when this song was performed. And the bonus in seeing Eita/Tsumabuki singing along shoulder to shoulder!!!*Kyaa*

Yamashita Tomohisa x Hata Motohiro – Hello
I liked the CD version but the live is quite boring.Well, credits to Yamapi for trying to keep the mood high though.

Japanese version of “Love is an open door” in a stage play setting. It was definitely one of the more well-received performances of the night, judging from the cheers.

SMAP x Suga Shikao x Yamapi x Kis-My-Ft2 – Yoru Sora no Mukou
One nostalgic SMAP song and nice solo from Kimura and his guitar

Kis-My-Ft2 – Another Future

Kis-My-Ft2 x T.M. Revolution – High Pressure

Yuzu x Sandaime J Soul Brothers – Natsu iro

Yuzu x Sandaime J Soul Brothers – Hanabi

Nishino Kana – Watashi tachi

Momoiro Clover Z/ Ebichu/ Team Shachihoko – Nana iro no Stardust
I don’t follow these idols but this song is quite nice and their vocals seem to be better than the 48groups?!

AKB48 – Heavy Rotation (Kawaei Rina center)
Kawaei makes a great center for this song! That’s the most Yuko-like solo dance i’ve ever seen, and that solo line at the end was pitch perfect! (even better than Yuko hehe)

AKB48 x WaT x Naoto Inti Raymi – The world is ours!
I chose to post this song cos of WaT. How long have they been missing from the music industry?! Teppei looks as cute as ever…the 48girls are so lucky!

AKB48 – Kokoro no Placard
To be honest this perf is horrible.I wouldn’t blame it that much on the live singing. It was more of the band and that weak trumpet solo in the middle which totally destroyed the whole song. 

NMB48 – Nagiichi

SKE48 – Bukiyou Taiyou
Rather emotionless singing for such a beautiful song..


Audio previews to Yamashita Tomohisa dance album “Asobi”

4 Aug

Yamashita Tomohisa is coming back with a mini album, set for release on 20th August.

Content of the mini album includes “HELLO” written by Motohiro Hata and composed byBACHLOGIC, “Mysterious” mixed by DAVE WAY, “Moon Disco” originally composed by Keiichiro Shibuya and written by Yamapi, “Back to the dance floor” produced by Yasutaka Nakata (CAPSULE), and “Dress Code:” by Shinichi Ohsawa.

Different genres of dance music are gathered in the album and Yamapi hopes fans will thoroughly enjoy the music.

3. Mysterious
4. Moon Disco
5. Back to the dance floor
6. Dress Code:





Performances from CDTV Premier Live 2013-2014

10 Jan

Below are selected clips from CDTV New Year Special. Catch Itano Tomomi and Kasai Tomomi’s first live performances for their new single!

Itano Tomomi – Little
I hate to say this but she’s really exposing her flaws in singing this time. Tomochin should just stick to her dance numbers and lip sync!

Kasai Tomomi – Kietai Kurai
Much better live than Tomochin…

AKB48, SKE48, NK46, HKT48, Watarirouka Hashiritai, Kashiwagi Yuki- Medley

Golden Bomber – Dance My Generation

Yamashita Tomohisa – Medley

Perfume – Magic of Love

Live performances from FNS Music Festival 2013

6 Dec

Check out all these collaborations and live singing!

Hiromi Go, Yuzu, NGK46 – Hana to Mitsu Bachi

AKB48 – Heavy Rotation/ Suzukake Nanchara

AKB48,  – Heart Eleki

Nishino Kana , Mizuki Nana – Always

Arashi – Endless Game

Yamashita Tomohisa – Summer Nude 13

SKE48, E-girls – Nante Tatte Idol

SKE48 – Break Out!


Yamapi unable to save Fuji TV from streak of “Getsu 9” low ratings

18 Sep

Yamashita Tomohisa’s latest drama “Summer Nude” ended its run of 11 episodes yesterday with a final viewership of 11.9% in the Kanto region.

The much anticipated drama boasting all-star casts like Toda Erika, Karina and Nagasawa Masami had started off on a good note with 17.4% in viewership. However, it dropped to 12% after the 1st episode and pretty much maintained until the last episode.

According to personnel related to FujiTV, in the late 90s, their Getsu 9 slot (Monday 9pm) had so much viewership that its value was likened to a plot of land right in the center of Tokyo’s upscale Ginza district.  “Everyone looked up to it. If it was a product, it would definitely be priced high.”

However, the Fuji TV now is in a terrible position, being 4th in position and being crushed by rivals like TBS. A personnel related to Nihon TV said “Getsu 9? They’re like the shops in the suburbs.”

Seems like even Yamapi can’t stop this streak of losses for Fuji. How much longer will this situation drag on for?


Did you guys watch this drama? I slept through the first few episodes and was going to quit it entirely. But the storyline for the side characters (Toda Erika) was interesting so that’s the only reason i pushed through.

Maeda Atsuko, Yamapi, Yuzu and more on Music Station

14 Sep

This week is an eye opener as we’ve got Acchan back in Music Station with her new single after what seems like a year! Yamapi is also back to promote songs from his latest album “A Nude”. Pls read on for other artistes below!

Maeda Atsuko – Time Machine nan tte Iranai
(Uh-oh at Acchan trying to hit her high notes….)

Yuzu – Tomo, Tabitachi no Toki

Yamashita Tomohisa – Sing for You/Genshiteki ja Night ~Analog Love~
What is this kpop crap….is it that hard to pick a nice song for him?

Performances from Hey!Hey!Hey! Comeback Special

2 Jul

Fuji TV‘s music program hosted by comedy duo Downtown, “HEY! HEY! HEY! MUSIC CHAMP“, ended its 18-year run last year, but a special comeback episode was aired on 1st July. Lasting 3 hrs, artistes including AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, Yamashita Tomohisa, Kis-My-Ft2, SMAP, E-Girls, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, EXILE’s Takahiro, Kahara Tomomi and Goriki Ayame showed up to perform their latest hits.

As the show was filmed right after AKB48 5th General Elections, a special interview was held to talk about their post-election feelings. A game of musical chairs was also played to determine the center for Heavy Rotation.

Elections Talk Part

New Kami7 were asked to talk about their feelings
Matsui Rena: I was a fan of AKB48 before i joined SKE48, so it felt special to enter Kami7 as a fan.
Matsui Jurina: Shinoda Mariko said something about surpassing the seniors last year. I think i did it.
Shinoda Mariko: When i announced my graduation and the 70,000 audience started a Mariko call, i wavered and felt like telling them i was joking.
Downtown MC: Have you thought of starting a solo career?
Shinoda Mariko: I can’t sing, so i never thought about it.
Kashiwagi Yuki: The Kami7 now includes younger ones who are stylish. I don’t want to be compared to them.
Watanabe Mayu: We are an idol group, so we want to sing something bright and cheerful! But …since Sasshi is now the center, I’m worried what song will come next.
Takamina: I agree wholeheartedly. Afterall, this is also Mariko sama’s last single..
Shinoda Mariko: This is my last single, but….(looks at Sasshi). I wouldn’t like it if the last song is something weird.
Sasshi: I will ask Akimoto san for a good song….(Sheepish)
Oshima Yuko: Actually i wore my lucky swimwear underneath my costume on elections day. It’s a festival and  it equates to wearing swimwear…so i was prepared to strip if i got too high!
Downtown MC: You really love to strip don’t you?!
Sasshi: I was really confused on being the center. After all i was transferred to HKT48.
Downtown MC: Ah so do you still have a boyfriend?
Sasshi screams: No!!! (Everyone laughs.)
Downstown MC: Well in future you might find your costume missing, or one half of your shoes gone..
Sasshi: Eh?! That’s scary!

Musical Chairs Portion + Heavy Rotation


Rest of Music Performances

AKB48 – Sayonara Crawl

NMB48 – Bokura No Eureka

SKE48 – Uzukushii Inazuma

HKT48 – Suki!Suki!Skip!

Yamashita Tomohisa – Summer Nude ’13

EXILE’s Takairo – Issen Ichibyou

SMAP – Joy!

Kis-my-Ft2 – Kisumai Kiss Your Mind & She!Her!Her!

E-girls – Follow Me

First perf of Yamapi’s summer single “Summer Nude 13”

1 Jul

After releasing a string of forgettable singles, Yamapi is now back with fresh sound for his upcoming drama “Summer Nude”. Wait, fresh isn’t the most accurate term to use here since his song is actually a remake of “Endless Summer Nude”, released in 1997 by the Magokoro brothers.(I guess he finally abandoned his previous producers for something that’s more tried and tested.)

The difference between the 2 versions? Not much actually, the background music is practically the same, just that Yamapi’s voice is much better than the Magokoro brothers.

Remake or not, the song is easy on the ears and has this breezy feel which makes it rather enjoyable. It actually reminds me of the classic songs that accompanied Kimura Takuya’s hit dramas in the 90s. Will “Summer Nude 13” finally be the turning point in Yamapi’s career?

Yamapi’s version 

Magokoro brothers’ version


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Live Performances from Ongaku no Hi

30 Jun

This is an annual music program from TBS that brings together the greatest idols/bands/artistes. Hosted by SMAP’s Nakai Masahiro, this year’s “Ongaku no Hi” will last for as long as 13 hours, making it the longest running music program ever.It is currently broadcasting live in Japan and performances are being uploaded as we speak, so check back to see your favourite artistes!

Disclaimer: As there are too many artistes, i will only post selected videos

AKB48 32nd single – Koisuru Fortune Cookie(In Love with Fortune Cookie)
It’s still 1.5 months away from AKB48’s 32nd single release so i was quite shocked to see them perform it way in advance. Anyways, this is the song that features Sashihara Rino as the center after she won AKB48 5th General Elections. Right away, i felt uncomfortable seeing her as the center. It doesn’t help that the song choice is kind of retro, and ….just not AKB style. I’ll leave my comments in my next post.

AKB48 – Flying Get/Gingham Check

AKB48 – Tenohira ga Kataru Koto

Watanabe Mayu – Rappa Renshuuchu( Practicing my Trumpet)

Kashiwagi Yuki – Shortcake

Takahashi Minami – Jane Doe

Itano Tomomi – 1%

NMB48 – Nagiichi / Bokura no Eureka

SKE48 – Uzukushii Inazuma

HKT48 – Suki!Suki!Skip!

Yamashita Tomohisa  – Daite Senorita/Summer Nude ’13

Nogizaka46 – Oide Shampoo/Girls Rule

Perfume – Magic of Love/Mirai no Museum/Laser Beam

Nishino Kana – Believe/Kimitte/Watashi Tachi

Golden Bomber – Dance My Generation/Memeshikute

ABC-Z – Song Medley

Sexy Zone – Bad Boys/ Real Sexy!

Kis-my-ft2 – Everybody Go/Kimi to no Kiseki

SMAP – Battery/Bang!Bang!Vacance/Mae Ni

Kubota Toshinobu – La la la Love Song/Corcovado

EXILE Atsushi-  Furusato