Category Archives: Idol Metal

Here’s What Fruitpochette and nanoCUNE Have Been Up To

When last we saw Fruitpochette, it was Teratani Mina’s farewell, leaving the future of the group in doubt. And when we last saw nanoCUNE … was never, actually, except in the context of Mad Magazine’s big blow-up earlier in the year. Nonetheless, feet are being landed on, and we’re learning a little bit about where […]

This Is Bad News: Haruno Megumi Leaving Mugen Regina

I follow something like 500 idols and managers and the like on Twitter. Literally for “work.” I can’t understand more than the tiniest shred of what gets tweeted, but I know by now to look for three things: Images/videos, or URLs for them; the letters “MV”; and dates. So when I saw this date this […]

SCANDAL to Release New Album “YELLOW” on March 2nd!

SCANDAL is releasing a new album “Yellow” on March 2, 2016. The album includes new songs released in 2016 “Stamp!” & “Sisters” and more tracks produced by the members themselves (13 tracks total, subject to change).

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There are two limited editions available. One of which comes with a bonus T-shirt while the other comes with a bonus DVD. The regular edition comes with a sticker as the first pressing bonus.

SCANDAL’s 1st Documentary out on DEC 23!

SCANDAL say “HELLO” to all over the world. Their new Blu-ray/DVD “Hello World” is out on December 23.

The contents follow the band’s first & big world tour, going around eight countries (10 gigs) that attracted 20,000 audience.

Why a member shown on the cover artwork squatted down and seemingly . . . is praying? The back print of her T-shirt has a strong message in kanji “世界進出,” meaning “advancing in the world.”

For more details, I would like you to confirm what happened to them in their tour with your own eyes.

SCANDAL

SCANDAL

Scandal (スキャンダル Sukyandaru?, stylized as SCANDAL) is an all-female Japanese rock band from Osaka. Formed in August 2006 by four high school girls, they played live street performances until they were noticed and signed to the indie label Kitty Records. In 2008, they released three singles and a mini-album while performing shows in the United States, France, and Hong Kong. That October, Scandal released their major debut single, “Doll”, under Epic Records Japan.

The band has performed the theme songs for many anime, including “Shōjo S” and “Harukaze” for Bleach and “Shunkan Sentimental” for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. With numerous overseas performances and anime theme songs, Scandal has built a considerable international fanbase.

YouTube Red: The Great Wall Against JPop

Original article on Pure Idol Heart

It was a weekend like any other weekend, when I am helping someone in the JPop music industry and I send her concert video to a friend in America to look at .Unlike any other weekend my friend said “her video is blocked”.

A concert that we are involved In helping her be showcased to the international idol world is suddenly without warning blocked in my friend’s home country.
Over the next few hours I received messages telling me that other well-known Japanese music groups , record labels , video reaction videos ,dance and vocal covers ,even Independent idol groups covering an AKB48 song in their concert to about 100 people was blocked.

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At first I thought it was another twist in a backwards music industry trying to completely isolate our music artists to be domestic only.
That was until I discovered something called YouTube Red. YouTube Red, staff claims it sent notices to music companies 6 months ago, yet not me or any other friends in other idol music agencies had even heard of it. In fact I spent most of three days explaining to managers ,producers and even idols in various Independent Idol music agencies what it was as best as I understood it. I even mentioned it to a friend that works with Ebichu, seems no one knew of YouTube Red or that it would shut down your videos if you did not join.

YouTube Red for those just hearing the name is a new Premium service with a monthly fee from YouTube offering several advantages, including ad-free videos, and a number of other user benefits for a membership fee of $9.99 a month and you get videos with no ads, that you were a few days ago watching for free with your ad blocker turned on.

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For content creators it means a lot more, the little small print that said “If you do not opt-in to the service your videos would be blocked, made private in the United States and coming soon the world.” YouTube Red has been created to give its partner creators more income. Partner creators are channels that have reached certain requirements and most major companies fall under this term. YouTube Red “claims” they have signed 99% of their partner creators ,which is great for them ,however the 1% left out is the Japanese ,Korean entertainment industry and I am sure a few more whose first language is not English and have their own domestic entertainment agreements they must respect.

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As this 1% is not a concern for YouTube Red they have simply decided to turn off their ability to market themselves to the United States and if the service works later the rest of the world. If you ask a YouTube Red supporter they will say “all the company has to do is agree and everybody makes money”. Ask the other side and you get “we had contractual agreements already agreed to”, “or we don`t even know what it is” or in the fans view “YouTube is holding our Idols hostage and if you don`t give them back, we are storming the castle walls.”

Seems no one wants to take fault in JPOP videos being blocked in the United States. The question here is not who is at fault , but does the Japanese music industry that has been slow to adopt change and accept international fans even fully know the seriousness of this situation or even care?

As I said some people I know didn`t know about it and they currently are so small of agency that their groups are not blocked. But surely the 30 heavy players in our industry know that for days now their videos are being blocked. Instead JPop companies, are ignoring foreign fan questions and working as business normal inside Japan. upfront english (Just one of many comments or questions on Up-Front English Facebook .Up-Front has English speaking staff )

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Tweets related to Hello!Project Group ANGERME, AKB48 & Alice Project three of the 30 companies blocked by YouTube Red In the United States

https://twitter.com/kojima_yuuka/status/659002217110736897

The time has long past that the industry took serious the economic value of gaining an international following. There are some smaller Idol companies trying to do just that because they have seen the fan pool in Japan and there is only so many otaku to bring under your charms.

I often hear from my peers in music, “why promote to foreign Idol fans, when it’s easier to just take safe money from otaku!” or “why do you write in English, when otaku fans are the heart of idol?” Just because something is easy, doesn`t mean it’s the only option for success. Taking the easy road means you will become half of what you could have been. It means making your artists half of what they could have been.

Ask any small idol how she feels when she learns she has overseas fans. I can tell you everyone I told cries out of happiness. Idols want more than what agencies want and now is the chance for the Japanese music industry to make a change and take their foreign fans serious and take YouTube Red serious. It not enough to say that in Japan we have the second largest music market, one day the otaku might not be there, but the world will.

Foreign Idol fans, if you can afford to market to them, makes a difference. If you think not, just ask BABYMETAL, Just ask their agency Amuse. If YouTube Red is not taken serious by the music industry here in Japan, there might not be a next BABYMETAL type group success. For the idol community this is the chance to speak up and move videos to Dailymotion and other services, to unite and help those cut off to find the alternative sites the videos are on, to be a voice of change and show the Japanese music industry that they can be just as mad as KPop fans about losing their favorite music groups.

There is no reason for YouTube Red to become the “Great Red Wall Against JPop!”

English Related Tweets from
Tokyo Girls` Update Twitter

On twitter I have hash tagged the post YouTube Red and SaveJPop. I hope this is one step in the process of doing that.

Special Thanks post publish & Follow ups

Many people around the world have reached out to me about this or shared the article.
I cannot thank everyone in this setting .two I want to make mention of and thank.

Thanks to everyone public and private who sent messages ,I’ll contact you in other ways.

To clear a point asked in a DM on Facebook
Us small Indie Idol agencies , didn`t know until after the blocks started. Big companies I expect did know. It seems like to me (my opinion ,YTRed is interested in the most revenue drawing channels, not everybody ). I can`t speak for everybody , just myself and those small indie Idol agencies I deal with daily. The gap between us and the Hello!Pro level is huge. I was talking about us small groups & producers like Aphrodite and others just trying to break out level, idol agencies in the shallow pond. I should explained that part better.

My overseas friend Jean-Francois has a article in French on this JPop/KPop vs You Tube Red fight.
http://www.tvqc.com/2015/10/youtube-red-les-fans-de-jpop-et-kpop-en-colere/

BAND-MAID to Release “New Beginning” on November 4

BAND-MAID New Beginning

BAND-MAID is releasing a mini-album “New Beginning” on November 4, 2015.

This album includes nine tracks total, including “REAL EXISTENCE” and “Don’t Let Me Down,” whose music videos were released in advance and have got huge positive feedback.

The album also includes a bonus DVD with the two videos. Furthermore, this album includes a remastered version of “Thrill,” the second track of their first single “Ai to Jonetsu no Matador” (currently out-of-print).

Death Rabbits Fight Ninja and Fall in Love in “Nande?” MV

Japanese death pop band’s latest single will be released on November 11, 2015

Death Rabbits

The newest music video by Japanese death pop band Death Rabbits, entitled “Nande?” (“Why?”), envisions their gas mask-clad stormtrooper manager Bucho as a frustrated salaryman who fights ninjas and engages in a little interoffice romance. The single for “Nande?” will be released in Japan on November 11, 2015.

For more information about Death Rabbits, please check out their official English language home page here.

Death Rabbits on CdJapan

Nande? / Death Rabbits
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Dai Ichiji Usagi Taisen / Death Rabbits
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Underground IDOL Domination vol.1 : documentary about the new wave of metal and rock japanese IDOL

UNDERGROUND IDOL DOMINATION Vol1. with English and French subtitles

Japanese IDOL are supposed to be pure & innocent, but sometimes, they’re not. IDOL 2.0, i s the best documentary about unconventional and badass japanese IDOL!

00:01:10 GEKIDOL https://twitter.com/_gekidol
00:08:17 Lyric-Holic http://www.lyric-holic.com/
00:16:50 GusOdRoP http://gusodrop.info/
00:26:06 Screaming Sixties https://twitter.com/zekkyo60
00:37:18 NECRONOMIDOL http://necronomidol.com/

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Stargazer / Lyric-holic Kagekidan
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Goshikanatibu / Lyric-holic Kagekidan
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Meshi no Tane / Guso Drop
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Etranger / NECRONOMIDOL
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Reikon Shometsu / NECRONOMIDOL
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IDOL 2.0 : https://www.facebook.com/IDOL2dot0
JapanCorner : http://japancorner.cc/





BAND-MAID release a new music video for Don’t Let Me Down and pre-order new CD!!

BAND-MAID has just released a new music video for the song Don’t Let Me Down and will release a brand new mini-album on November 04, 2015

BAND-MAID brings a mini-album with nine tracks total (subject to change). This edition includes a bonus DVD with music videos for “REAL EXISTENCE” and “Don’t Let Me Down” (subject to change). *The DVD disc is encoded for region 2 (Japan, Europe, and Middle East), and no subtitles are included.

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BAND-MAID 2nd mini album『New Beginning』

TRACK LIST
1.Thrill(スリル)
2.FREEZER
3.REAL EXISTENCE
4.Price of Pride
5.Arcadia Girl
6.Don’t Apply The Brake
7.Beauty and the Beast
8.Don’t Let Me Down
9.Shake That



BAND-MAID – Interview in english (2015)

Aphrodite: Symphonic Idol Group — we need your opinion about them —

Today I had the wonderful pleasure of having a short, but meaningful conversation with the staff of a re-born idol group.

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Aphrodite

I had known about the group in the past at the time the group had nine members and was a ballet Idol rock group. Almost as quickly as they arrived they seemed to disappear. Those things happen in this genre for different reasons things happen.

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Well the staff reintroduced themselves to me to let me know they had been re-born as a new unit, with a new look, sound and songs.

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Aphrodite

The staff after exchanging greetings, they mentioned to me about their new songs and invited me to listen to them and express to them my opinions about the songs.
The group aim is to be a different sound and style from the idol groups you see all the time. The group has a number of influences ranging from Gothic metal, symphonic metal, alternative rock and Idol Pop.

What makes this group interesting is how they approach using their influences. They have created a sound that is symphonic inspired and very delicate. It`s a lot different from what you are used to hearing from idol groups.

There is just something about the songs that as a musician and songwriter that draws me to them and I find them very pleasurable to listen to.

If you are looking for something fresh, that is not true Idol metal and not true traditional Idol JPop, I strongly suggest giving Mai and Chiharu a try.

https://twitter.com/aphrodite_idol
https://twitter.com/ChikoAph0426
https://twitter.com/mihm17

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