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T-ARA: SO GOOD

28 August, 2015 - 10:17
T-ARA: SO GOOD
Release Date: 
8/18/15
Label: 
Interpark INT
So Good is the lovely T-ARA's 11th mini-album already. Clearly, they work non-stop, making music faster than bees make honey, though their music is just as sweet!

So Good is the lovely T-ARA's 11th mini-album already. Clearly, they work non-stop, making music faster than bees make honey, though their music is just as sweet!

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VIZ MEDIA LAUNCHES THE SWEET SHOJO MANGA CONFECTION KOMOMO CONFISERIE

27 August, 2015 - 08:54
VIZ MEDIA LAUNCHES THE SWEET SHOJO MANGA CONFECTION KOMOMO CONFISERIE New Manga Series About An Ex-Rich Girl Who Starts Working At A Pastry Shop And Finds Love For The First Time From The Creator Of S•A And VOICE OVER! SEIYU ACADEMY

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KODA KUMI: SUMMER of LOVE

25 August, 2015 - 11:57
KODA KUMI: SUMMER of LOVE
Release Date: 
7/22/15
Label: 
rhythm zone
SUMMER of LOVE is a compilation. BUT the selling point is that it features three brand new tunes.

Koda Kumi is back. Sort of. SUMMER of LOVE is more of a compilation than a new album. It features her best summer-themed songs spanning from 2006 until today, which you could easily compile as a playlist if you own all of her albums already. BUT the real selling point is that it features three brand new tunes, which I will now review. And it just so happens that they're the first three tracks on the album.

1. "EX TAPE"

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GIRLS' GENERATION: LION HEART - THE 5TH ALBUM

20 August, 2015 - 13:59
GIRLS' GENERATION: LION HEART - THE 5TH ALBUM
Release Date: 
8/21/15
Label: 
SM Entertainment
It's finally here, Girls' Generation's long-awaited 5th album!!!

It's finally here, Girls' Generation's long-awaited 5th album. Hard to believe it's only their 5th though. They're always releasing so much music, juggling careers in Korea and Japan, that you'd think they were up to album number 8 by now. Not that getting up to number 5 is any small accomplishment. It's somewhat rare for a K-Pop act to release this many albums, so many artists here today and gone tomorrow. Seriously, some artists don't even get to make one album, maybe releasing two singles and a mini-album then vanishing.

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JAPANESE POP CULTURE EXTRAVAGANZA THIS AUGUST 29TH AND 30TH 2015

18 August, 2015 - 16:22
Waku Waku Azix, Inc. is pleased announce the inaugural edition of Waku Waku +NYC, a festival rooted in Japanese pop culture that celebrates creativity and collaboration and seeks to break down the boundaries that divide different fields and cultures.

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GIRLS' GENERATION: "LION HEART"

18 August, 2015 - 11:01
GIRLS' GENERATION: "LION HEART"
Release Date: 
8/21/15 (physical CD release date)
Label: 
SM Entertainment
"Lion Heart" is the lead track from Girls' Generation's 5th album, half of which is being released today with the other half being released tomorrow.

"Lion Heart" is the lead track from Girls' Generation's soon to be released 5th album. This time around, they're trying something a bit different. On August 18th -- the day of this posting -- they're releasing six songs under the title Lion Heart. But tomorrow, the 19th, will see the final six of the album's twelve songs released under the title You Think. It seems more like two separate EPs to me but the tracks are not being released in order, so it's like you get six seemingly random pieces of the puzzle one day and then the other six the next day, completing the puzzle.

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f(x): SUMMER SPECIAL

14 August, 2015 - 08:28
f(x): SUMMER SPECIAL
Release Date: 
7/22/15
Label: 
Avex
Korean girl group f(x) have finally released some music in Japanese. Considering how hugely popular they are in Korea, it's a wonder they didn't try to crossover into Japan years ago.

Korean girl group f(x) have finally released some music in Japanese. Considering how hugely popular they are in Korea, it's a wonder they didn't try to crossover into Japan years ago. Then again, their electro-licious music is so tasty it's probably been selling like Pocky in Japan already.

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KOREAN MUSIC SINGLE SPOTLIGHT VOLUME ONE

12 August, 2015 - 12:29
KOREAN MUSIC SINGLE SPOTLIGHT VOLUME ONE
Release Date: 
various
Label: 
various
New single reviews of Taesabiae, Kim So Jung, U Sung Eun, Min Yeol, Badkiz, Rica and Simba Zawadi.

Personally, I much prefer mini-albums and full-length albums over stand alone digital singles. But I guess they're a necessary evil, since they help new artists start building up a fanbase and keep fans of already popular artists thirsty for more in between bigger releases. Since these isolated singles have become so popular during the past couple of years, I thought I should write a review of a handful of those released recently, something I believe I've only done once before. I'll probably start doing it every few weeks now.

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VIZ Media has announced the brand new ULTRAMAN sci-fi superhero action manga series set to debut in print and digitally on August 18th

12 August, 2015 - 08:58
VIZ Media has announced the brand new ULTRAMAN sci-fi superhero action manga ser Kinetic Superhero Action Series Updates The Iconic Japanese Sci-Fi Property For A Whole New Generation Of Manga Fans

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dolls: ROCK'N' DOLL

11 August, 2015 - 08:22
dolls: ROCK'N' DOLL
Release Date: 
6/17/15
Label: 
Universal Music Japan
dolls is a new Japanese hard rock group. They sound a bit like Passpo, the big difference being that dolls play their own instruments.

dolls is a new Japanese rock group consisting of three girls who appear to be teenagers. And they're a real rock band, playing their own instruments. (See the teaser video below.) I'm assuming that they write their own songs, too. I mean, if they play their own instruments, why wouldn't they? They obviously have the talent.

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AYUMI HAMASAKI: sixxxxxx

5 August, 2015 - 09:25
AYUMI HAMASAKI: sixxxxxx
Release Date: 
8/5/15
Label: 
Avex
Want this summer to get a little hotter? Then you simply must check out this new mini-album by Ayumi Hamasaki; it's on fire, each of its six tracks nothing short of red hot.

Want this summer to get a little hotter? Then you simply must check out this new mini-album by Ayu; it's on fire, each of its six tracks nothing short of red hot.

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MAMAMOO: MINI ALBUM VOL. 2 - PINK FUNKY

4 August, 2015 - 11:01
MAMAMOO: MINI ALBUM VOL. 2 - PINK FUNKY
Release Date: 
6/22/15
Label: 
CJ E&M
Mamamoo is one of the busiest girl groups in the business of K-Pop. Their new mini-album, Pink Funky, is exceptional.

Mamamoo released their much-praised debut mini-album, Hello, last year and they've been very active ever since, collaborating with Bumkey, K.Will, Geeks, eSNa and Loco, this in addition to releasing various songs on soundtracks and competition releases. Suffice to say they're one of the busiest girl groups in the business of K-Pop.

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INFINITE: REALITY

1 August, 2015 - 13:38
INFINITE: REALITY
Release Date: 
7/15/15
Label: 
Woolim Entertainment, Loen Entertainment
Following numerous solo and sub-unit activities, Infinite makes their big comeback with their excellent fifth mini-album, Reality.

Following numerous solo and sub-unit activities, Infinite makes their big comeback with their fifth mini-album, Reality.

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YUKI: 好きってなんだろう…涙 / となりのメトロ - Single [Sukitte Nandarou...Namida + Tonari no Metro]

29 July, 2015 - 11:08
YUKI: 好きってなんだろう…涙 / となりのメトロ - Single [Sukitte Nandarou...Namida + Tonari no Metro]
Release Date: 
7/29/15
Label: 
Epic Records
It's been almost a year since Yuki released Daredemo Lonely, but I'm quite happy to say that she's back with this, her new double A-side single, Sukitte Nandarou...Namida + Tonari no Metro.

It's been almost a year since Yuki released Daredemo Lonely, but I'm quite happy to say that she's back with this, her new double A-side single, Sukitte Nandarou...Namida + Tonari no Metro.

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VIZ Media Announces BORUTO Anime Film Premiere In 80 U.S. Cities

28 July, 2015 - 11:44
 NARUTO THE MOVIE IZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces that it has partnered with Los Angeles-based film distribution company ELEVEN ARTS to present BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE in a series of exclusive theatrical engagements around the United States starting on October 10th.

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D.HOLIC: MINI-ALBUM VOL. 1: CHEWY CHEWY

28 July, 2015 - 11:35
D.HOLIC: MINI-ALBUM VOL. 1: CHEWY CHEWY
Release Date: 
7/13/15
Label: 
Windmill Entertainment
Chewy Chewy is D.Holic's first mini-album, but it's really a glorified single since it only consists of two songs, an intro and an outro.

D.Holic is a South Korean girl group formed in 2014 by H.Mate Entertainment. They debuted on October 23, 2014 with the single "I Don't Know." The group consists of five girls, Hami, Nine, Duri, Danbee and Rena. I wish I could tell you why they're called D.Holic, specifically what the D stands for, but I've just given you all of the information I could find about them when I googled them.

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MINX: LOVE SHAKE

23 July, 2015 - 11:31
MINX: LOVE SHAKE
Release Date: 
7/7/15
Label: 
Universal Music South Korea
Minx is a K-Pop girl group produced by Happy Face Entertainment, the agency behind Dalshabet. Their new mini-album is worth your time and K-Pop dollars.

Minx is a K-Pop girl group produced by Happy Face Entertainment, the agency behind Dalshabet. The rookie group's five members are Ji Yoo, Soo Ah, Yo Hyun, Da Mi and Si Yeon. They made their debut last year with the single "Why Did You Come To My Home," which is best described as a fine slice of EDM pie. To that end, I found the track to be rather delicious and was really looking forward to hearing more from them.

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9MUSES: 9MUSES S/S EDITION [SPECIAL SUMMER ALBUM]

22 July, 2015 - 10:03
9MUSES: 9MUSES S/S EDITION [SPECIAL SUMMER ALBUM]
Release Date: 
7/6/15
Label: 
KT Music
9Muses have released a special summer-themed mini-album full of catchy tunes.

9Muses, also written as Nine Muses, is a K-Pop girl group that initially began with nine members but after the last bunch of line-up changes, they decided to stick with eight: Euaerin, Pyo Hyemi, Park Minha, Moon Hyuna, Park Kyungri, Son Sungah, Jo Sojin and Lee Keumjo. But I suppose the name still works because they were named after the nine muses of Greek mythology and there's no law that states that they must have one member to represent each of the muses. But perhaps they will add a ninth member at some point in the future.

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Shin Yong Jae: 숨 쉴때 마다

20 July, 2015 - 10:22
Shin Yong Jae: 숨 쉴때 마다
Release Date: 
2015
Label: 
HappyFace Entertainment
4MEN's Shin Yong Jae has released a powerful ballad.

Google translates the title of this new single by 4MEN's Shin Yong Jae as "Every breath swilttae."* And, no, I have no idea what that last word is supposed to mean. Clearly, it's something that gets lost in translation. Unless it's a name. But I doubt it. In any case, yes, Shin hails from a boy band called 4MEN. I'd never heard of them before, to be entirely honest, but Generasia indicates that they've been around since 1998, though they were initially called Four Men. Currently, it seems there are only two members, Shin and Kim Won Joo.

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MICRODOT: 마이크로테입 (Microtape Mixtape EP)

15 July, 2015 - 10:08
MICRODOT: 마이크로테입 (Microtape Mixtape EP)
Release Date: 
7/15
Label: 
self-released
Former All Black rap duo member Microdot has unleashed a fantastic solo mixtape.

Microdot -- real name David Shin -- hails from New Zealand but was one half of the popular Korean rap duo All Black, along with Lee Joon-Kyung (aka Dok-2). By the time he was 13, he was already quite famous, especially in Seoul. But in 2006 he decided to go back to New Zealand. Now he's 21 and an Auckland University marketing graduate. But he's trying to make it as a Korean rap star once again. Sort of. You see, he's largely rapping in English, but he's back in Seoul and recently competed on Show Me The Money, the Korean reality television/rap competition.

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