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Press Release: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Brings 5th Anniversary World Tour to NY’s PlayStation Theater

Celebrating the fifth anniversary of her recording debut, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is bringing her colorful and energetic “KPP 5iVE YEARS MONSTER WORLD TOUR 2016″ to New York City’s PlayStation Theater on July 25. Tickets are still available for Kyary’s unique celebration event, featuring bright costumes, dancing, and the chance to sing along with Kyary on her You Tube-smashing hits.

Show information and tickets

Kyary released her 2-disc greatest hits compilation album KPP Best last May, which included many of her well-known songs including “Tsukema Tsukeru”, “Ninja Re Bang Bang”, “Fashion Monster”, “PONPONPON”, and her latest single, “Sai & Co”. The “KPP 5iVE YEARS MONSTER WORLD TOUR” kicked off the same month in Singapore, with subsequent stops in Australia and England before her American concerts in July.

“KPP 5iVE YEARS MONSTER WORLD TOUR 2016″ is Kyary’s third world tour, and will be themed around her brand new song “5iVE YEARS MONSTER”. The song celebrates Kyary’s five-year singing career and is included in the KPP Best album.

TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO

VIDEO MESSAGE (in English and Japanese) for New York fans

MUSIC VIDEO “Sai & Co”

ABOUT KYARY PAMYU PAMYU

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (KPP) is Harajuku’s iconic existence. She is a combination of model and artist with self-producing skill. KPP started her career modeling for AOMOJI-KEI (Harajuku fashion) magazines when she was in high school and soon became the most popular AOMOJI-KEI fashion model. She earned a great reputation and support from her enthusiastic teenage fans all over Japan who were also attracted to Harajuku fashion culture.

KKP also became a well-known blogger due to her utterly uninhibited way of expression that is unimaginable for her sweet doll-like looks. She released her début mini album, MOSHI MOSHI HARAJUKU (Hello, Harajuku) with WARNER MUSIC JAPAN, produced by Yasutaka Nakata (capsule). MOSHI MOSHI HARAJUKU is available for streaming in 23 countries worldwide. A music video from her album, “PONPONPON,” has been streamed over 90M times on You Tube.

In May 2012, she released her 1st full-album, ”Pamyu Pamyu Revolution”, and it debuted at No.2 on national weekly charts, selling 230K copies so far. Later in 2012, she went on her first nationwide tour and successfully performed at Budokan.

In 2013, she then went on to perform in France, Belgium, UK, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and LA and NY. Her long-waited second album, “Nanda Collection,” was released on June 26th. It debuted at No.1 on the national weekly charts, selling 400K copies.

In 2014, KPP went on her 2nd world tour, “KPP NANDA COLLECTION WORLD TOUR 2014,” performing in 5 US cities, Toronto, Sydney, Hong Kong, Paris, Cologne, London, Taiwan, Singapore and Bangkok.

In July 2014, her 3rd album, ”Pika Pika Fantajin,” debuted at No.1 on the national weekly charts. After releasing several singles in 2015, she released her first remarkable visual product – a compilation of all of her past music videos with new visual contents. The limited version product with an artwork booklet sold out in a second.

2016 is an anniversary year for KPP: the 5th year from her stunning major début. KPP has many surprises in store for her fans to make this year very special.

KYARY PAMYU PAMYU Official Facebook for Fans
KYARY PAMYU PAMYU You Tube Channel

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Press Release: Sanketsu Shojo Sayuri Releases Two Singles Worldwide

Sayuri is an up-and-coming Japanese artist who made a brilliant major début on August in 2015 with her first single “Mikazuki” and then released her 2nd single “Sorewa Chiisana Hikarinoyouna” in Japan early this year.
Due to the overwhelming support and demand of her fans, her first two singles have been released worldwide today!
1st single “Mikazuki” is the ending theme song for the anime series “Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace”, ranked #1 in the rock genre on the iTunes Japan charts.
Her following single “Sorewa Chiisana Hikarinoyouna” is currently featured as the ending theme song for the hit anime series “ERASED”, in which songwriter Yuki Kajiura composed.
This song also reached #1 on the iTunes Japan rock genre charts, making it back to back chart topping singles for Sayuri.
Her music perfectly syncs with the anime’s world, expressing the “shadow” and “light (hope)”, creating a new style of alternative rock that you must listen to!

Mikazuki (1st single)
smartlink: http://smarturl.it/mikazuki_Sayuri

Sorewa Chiisana Hikarinoyouna (2nd Single)
smartlink: http://smarturl.it/Sorewa-Raisede

Sayuri (left): she is a mysterious character that changes herself to several kinds of “shapes” depending on her mental condition and situation.

Sayuri(right): She is a 14-year old junior high school student.
She is the origin of Sankestu Shoujo Sayuri who lives in loop of infinite repentance.

Sayuri (center): A 2.5 dimensional singer-song writer, Sankestu Shoujo Sayuri (Suffocating Girl Sayuri).

About Sayuri:

Sankestu Shoujo Sayuri, (Suffocating Girl Sayuri), is a 19-year old Japanese singer-song writer.
She divides herself into the 2D and 3D world, making her a new type called a 2.5 dimensional artist, as each character plays in each dimension with their unique characteristics and expresses her music by going in and out of the world of subculture, pop, and moratorium.
She interprets “light” and “shadow” in the suffocating modern society – borrowing the words from Sayuri, it is the “suffocating world”. With this unique point of view, she sings while strumming the acoustic guitar.
Visual artists YKBX, who worked on many projects worldwide, visually creates the unique world of Sayuri and brings them to life.
Sayuri made her debut with “Mikazuki” as the ending song of Fuji TV Animation Noitamina series , “Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace” on August 26th, 2015.
The music video of “Mikazuki” had over 1.6 million views on YouTube and her street performance in front of the music shop, TSUTAYA in Shibuya, Tokyo, drew more than 500 excited fans.
Sayuri is absolutely a new type of artist who will give fans a performance they have never experienced before!

Official website (Japanese): http://sayuri-web.com

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Press Release: Hatsune Miku Returns to North America Spring 2016

Two years after her successful Fall 2014 live concerts in Los Angeles and New York, virtual singer Hatsune Miku prepares to return to the North-American continent in Spring 2016 for “HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2016 North America“, her longest and largest overseas tour to this date.
The HATSUNE MIKU EXPO world tour is a series of live concert events starring Hatsune Miku, the first-of-her-kind virtual artist, performing on stage through synthesized voice and CG animation. The first edition took place in Jakarta, Indonesia in May 2014, followed by Los Angeles and New York in October the same year, and Shanghai, China in June 2015. The 2016 edition of HATSUNE MIKU EXPO will begin with a series of concerts in five cities in Japan, before crossing the Pacific Ocean to perform in six more cities across North America: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Toronto, New York.

HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2016 North America Tour

April 23rd (Sat) in Seattle, WaMu Theater
April 30th (Sat) in San Francisco, The Warfield
May 6th (Sat) in Los Angeles, Microsoft Theater May 14th (Sat) in Dallas, The Bomb Factory
May 20th (Fri) in Toronto, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
May 28th (Sat) in New York, Hammerstein Ballroom

HATSUNE MIKU EXPO Tickets will go on sale Friday, Nov 20th at 9am PST/ 12 noon EST

Who’s Hatsune Miku?
Hatsune Miku is a Japanese music sensation, a 16 year-old blue-haired girl with a unique voice and prodigious energy.

What makes her special is that she is not a human singer, but a virtual persona who uses a computer-generated voice and 3D graphics to perform on stage. With a repertoire entirely provided by individual creators, she is the first truly crowd-created virtual talent. But being virtual doesn’t stop her from filling up concert halls, or teaming up with major artists like Lady Gaga and Pharrell Williams!

Internationally popular, with over 2.5 million followers on Facebook, the increasing demand for concerts overseas paved the way to MIKU EXPO, a world tour that has so far taken her from Indonesia to Los Angeles, New York and Shanghai, with a memorable TV stop at the David Letterman show. Next spring she’s back for a series of live concerts in her native country of Japan, before heading to North America for even more dates, to once again meet thousands of fans eager to see her “in person”!

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Press Release: JPop Group Perfume’s Documentary “WE ARE Perfume -World Tour 3rd DOCUMENT-” To Receive Simultaneous Japan and U.S. Theatrical Premieres

With the conclusion of Perfume‘s most recent live shows held in Asia, Europe, and for the first time, in the United States, the famed Japanese pop trio’s very first feature-length documentary titled, “WE ARE Perfume -World Tour 3rd DOCUMENT-” presents an in-depth look into the making of Perfume‘s recent international tour. The film will be released simultaneously in Japan and the U.S., with U.S. premieres set to take place in New York and Los Angeles on two consecutive days, Saturday, October 31st and Sunday, November 1st 2015.

“WE ARE Perfume -WORLD TOUR 3rd DOCUMENT” U.S. Release
NEW YORK
Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-505-5181
Time: 12 PM – 2 PM

LOS ANGELES
Downtown Independent
251 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-617-1033
Time: 3 PM – 5 PM

Ticket Price: $18.00

WE ARE Perfume” will also be the first feature-length documentary to hold a simultaneous Japan and U.S. release. Additional screenings will also take place in Hong Kong, Mexico, Singapore, and Taiwan. The theme song to “WE ARE Perfume” is also the group’s next single, “STAR TRAIN,” written by Yasutaka Nakata (from the Japanese electro house group, CAPSULE). The single, which scheduled to drop on October 28th 2015, is penned as the culmination of Perfume‘s 15-year career.

About “WE ARE Perfume -WORLD TOUR 3rd DOCUMENT”
This documentary follows Perfume on a two-month international live tour, “Perfume WORLD
TOUR 3rd.” While traveling around the globe to cities across Asia, Europe, and the United
States, audiences will see Perfume‘s powerful live performances and catch never before seen
behind-the-scenes footage. Witness the group’s single-minded approach to their performances –
the joy, anguish, and struggles, not only in the music, but also in fashion and pop culture. By
witnessing the girls’ ongoing current activities fans will glimpse Perfume‘s achievements and
their goals for the future. This is Perfume‘s nonstop evolution. Their “now” is here.

During several insightful interviews, the members “Dame Dashi” will be revealed in which they
reflect on improving for upcoming shows. The source of their passion for performing live will
also be revealed. In between their tight schedules the members are depicted enjoying some
leisure time – from their excitement in Singapore’s giant Merlion, to exploring New York’s
Times Square, fans will witness their life-sized reactions. In addition, each member also talks
about the world tour, the group’s formation, and a look back on their successful career to-date.
These exclusive interviews can only be seen in the movie.

About Perfume 
Perfume is a female trio formed in Hiroshima in 2000, consisting of a-chan (Ayaka Nishiwaki),
KASHIYUKA (Yuka Kashino) and NOCCHI (Ayano Omoto). The group moved to Tokyo in
2003 and started working with Yasutaka Nakata of CAPSULE as their producer. In 2005,
Perfume made their major début with a single “Linear Motor Girl” attracting attention with their
futuristic sound and image.

From Oct. 26th, 2012, Perfume went on their first international tour visiting Taiwan, Hong Kong,
Korea and Singapore proving their popularity goes beyond Japan. Their next world tour was in
July, 2013. With this “Perfume WORLD TOUR 2nd”, Perfume visited Germany, the UK and
France for the first time which spread their recognition to the western markets.

In Oct. and Nov., 2014, yet another world tour “Perfume WORLD TOUR 3rd” in Taiwan,
Singapore, LA, London and NY followed. Perfume celebrates their 15th anniversary since
formation and 10th since major début in 2015.

About Live Viewing Japan
Live Viewing Japan is a Japanese-based media distribution company dedicated to introducing
Japanese artists of various genres around the world.

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Press Release: 2015 J-Pop Summit Announces Day 1 Live Programming & Music Concerts

The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT, the Japanese pop culture event held annually in San Francisco, has announced DAY 1 programming. This year’s festival is highlighted by live music from a wide range of pop, ani-pop, electronica, punk/alternative, and a cappella artists, as well as live comedy and other acts to complement an extensive roster of attractions, participants and exhibits, and other live programming.

The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT takes place Saturday and Sunday August 8th & 9th at the historic Fort Mason Center in San Francisco’s Marina district. Tickets and V.I.P Passes are available. Both types of passes include access to daytime programming as well as the J-POP LIVE NIGHT concert. V.I.P Pass holders will have priority access to a premium viewing area and will be invited to an exclusive Meet & Greet Event with JAM Project on Saturday, August 8th and Eir Aoi on Sunday, August 9th respectively. Details to be announced soon!

This year’s live performers reflect the diversity and unique creative expression that is burgeoning in Japan and capturing a global following. The first-ever 2-night event J-POP LIVE NIGHT tops off DAY 1 Saturday, August 8th, with an evening concert by anime music super-group – JAM Project – as well as live sets from pop singer, Eir Aoi, frenetic rock band, Gacharic Spin, and returning all-girl punk rock acts, JinnyOops! and the Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass.

During the afternoon of Saturday, attendees also will be treated to the U.S. début of Little Glee Monster, an extraordinary 6-member female a cappella group that has received wide acclaim in Japan for their unique vocal treatments to a range of popular Japanese and English songs. Also making their début at J-POP SUMMIT will be FES★TIVE, a unique act built around the concept of Japanese “festivals” that has garnered a global following with their up-tempo, catchy sound. The hilarious antics of the comedy duo, Jaru Jaru, also come to U.S. shores for the first time as does the stylish female pop duo, Faint★Star.

J-POP SUMMIT also introduces attendees to a brand new way to show their love of favorite Japanese idols with the Cheerz App, on which users can upload photos to show support for a wide array of top artists, including ones performing at J-POP SUMMIT. Cheerz users also can receive additional opportunities for visibility and promotion based on their photo’s popularity among other users of the app. Over 300 top Japanese artists are currently active on Cheerz and since its launch in December 2014, fans have cheered on their favorite idols over 40 million times.

Stay tuned for J-POP SUMMIT DAY 2 programming to be announced very soon!

J-POP LIVE NIGHT Artists
J-POP LIVE NIGHT on Saturday begins at 4:30pm on the J-POP SUMMIT Main Stage inside the Fort Mason Pavilion. Specific set times will be posted shortly.

JAM Project (Japan Animation-Song Makers Project)
JAM Project is an anime music super-group founded in 2000. The group is composed of the top vocal artists that are each renowned for their work in the anime industry. The members came together to create and perform powerful theme songs for anime, tokusatsu (SFX movies and TV), and video games. Since their début, the JAM Project has produced and released hundreds of anime and video game theme songs, including the themes to Super Robot Wars, GARO and Tomica Hero. The group toured internationally in 2008, 2012 and 2015. Current regular members are Hironobu Kageyama (singer of “Dragon Ball Z” opening theme), Masaaki Endoh (singer of “Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s” opening theme), Hiroshi Kitadani (singer of “ONE PIECE” opening theme), Masami Okui (singer of “Revolutionary Girl Utena” opening theme) and Yoshiki Fukuyama (singer of “Macross 7” opening theme), who will all perform in San Francisco!

Eir Aoi
Eir Aoi is a Japanese singer from Sapporo, Hokkaido that is signed to SEM Records (Sony Music Entertainment. She gained wide popularity after several of her songs were used as the opening and ending themes for many popular anime series including Kill la Kill, Sword Art Online II and Season 2 of Aldnoah.Zero. She has built a worldwide fan base and embarks on her first international tour this summer.

Gacharic Spin
Celebrating their 5th anniversary this year, Gacharic Spin is a true force of musical power from Japan! One of their songs is now used as the ending theme for Dragon Ball Kai. Taking their name from the word, “Gacha,” derived from a Japanese word gacha-gacha, meaning clattering, each members’ character and sound clatters and mixes perfectly with singers Hana and Oreoreona’s powerful and melancholic voices, to result in a spectacularly unique sound. The band is signed to the JVCKENWOOD Victor Entertainment Corp. Taking hints from everything from pop to rock and industrial music, their energy-filled live performances and excellent musicianship have made them a very fun band to watch!

JinnyOops!
Returning to J-POP SUMMIT for their first time since 2010 is JinnyOops!, the 3 -piece indie punk band from Osaka, Japan. The group, which is composed of Mitsuyo Ishibashi (guitar/vocals), Chihiro Ishida (Bass), and Hitomi Futemma (Drums) are known for their wild and explosive punk sound and have made several appearances in the US.

Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass
The Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass are a Japanese female punk rock trio from Tokyo. Formed in 2005, the band has Kei Sofue on drums and sisters Yumi and Miki Uchizono on vocals/guitar and bass, respectively. After playing at SXSW 2012 in Austin, Texas, the band embarked on a US tour and headlined the J-Pop Summit Festival in San Francisco. Known for their energetic live performances, the band has played countless shows internationally and have established a loyal fan base in Japan, as well as overseas.

DAY 1 Daytime Live Performances

Little Glee Monster
This 6-member group composed of teenage girls has gained wide acclaim for their exceptional vocal skills and harmonies. Little Glee Monster was formed in Tokyo in 2013 by winners of a “Best Young Female Singer Audition” contest. The music video for the group’s first single, Houkago High Five, featured on their major label début for Sony Music has been viewed more than 500 million times! Little Glee Monster’s “Gao Gao All-Star” was selected as the ending theme song for the Pokémon XY anime series and their music also will be featured in the upcoming anime feature, Pokémon XY The Movie: The Archdjinni of Rings.

Faint★Star
Faint★Star is a Japanese pop-duo consisting of Hina (formerly of Tomato’n Pine) and Yuria that debuted in 2014. The duo gained international popularity after a Tokyo Girls Update article on their 1st music video became the most viewed article on the site. Faint★Star is produced by one of the most famous music agencies, “agehasprings,” and are known for their live performances that integrate advanced visual technology.

FES★TIVE
The 8-piece Japanese idol group, “FES★TIVE, is a unique act that builds on the concept of “festivals” and focuses on performing at Japanese festivals all over the world. FES★TIVE made its major label début on Tokuma Japan in May, and throughout 2015, they will continue to showcase their “FESTIVAL FROM JAPAN” theme to intentional audiences. With their up-tempo and catchy sound, FES★TIVE is a rapidly growing force in the international music scene.

Jaru Jaru
Jaru Jaru is a Japanese comedy duo made up of Shusuke Fukutoku and Junpei Goto, and managed by the Yoshimoto Creative Agency. The pair is one of the most successful and popular comedy acts in Japan with their brand of Manzai – a traditional style of Japanese comedy consisting a fool and a long-suffering companion. In the twelve years that they have been active, the duo has received countless awards, made many TV appearances, and even starred in several movies.

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Pres Release: Scandal World Tour 2015 “Hello World” U.S., Tickets on Sale Now

Japanese girls’ band, SCANDAL has just announced Chicago, Los Angeles, Anaheim, and Mexico headliner shows for the North America leg of their WORLD TOUR 2015 “HELLO WORLD”!
Ticket sales are on sale now and a select number of VIP tickets will also be available for each show.

May 15, 2015
Anime Central-Chicago, Illinois
May 20, 2015
Wednesday@ 8PM
El Plaza Condesa-Mexico City
http://www.ticketmaster.com.mx

May 22, 2015
Friday @ 7:30PM
House of Blues– Los Angeles, California
http://www.ticketmaster.com/Scandal-tickets/artist/949557

May 23, 2015
Saturday @ 7PM
House of Blues– Anaheim, California
http://www.ticketmaster.com/Scandal-tickets/artist/949557

SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2015 “HELLO WORLD” official website

Album “HELLO WORLD” and more music from SCANDAL available at U.S. iTunes and Amazon MP3.

About SCANDAL
SCANDAL was formed in August, 2006 with four high school girls who went to the same vocal &dance school in Osaka, Japan. They started performing as SCANDAL with aggressive sounds with pop characters.
In March 2008, they were invited to the Japanese culture convention Sakura-Con in Seattle, and they went around six cities in the U.S to see over 7,000 fans of them. In July 2008, they generated 10,000 people to Japan Expo in France and 8,000 to Anime Comic Fes in Hong Kong in August.
In October 2008, they released “DOLL” as their debut single. “DOLL” was rewarded for Power Play from over 40 FM/AM/CS radio stations in Japan.
In June 2009, they released their 3rd single “Shoujo S”, and it was ranked 6th in the first week on Oricon chart, and 5th on Reco-choku Chakuuta Full (Full digital download provider) weekly chart.
On October 21st, they released their first album “BEST★SCANDAL” and ranked 5th on Oricon chart in their first week of the release. For the girls band’s album to be awarded within 5th in their first week of the release was the first time in 7 years and a half.
In 2009, they were rewarded for New Face Award from Japan Record Award. – New Artist Their 7th single “Shunkan Sentimental” a tie-in song with the smash-hit animation series “FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST”, has again scored high on the charts. #7 on ORICON and #4 on the Reco-choku full (full track download) chart.
They released their 2nd album “TEMPTATION BOX” in August 2010, and this was awarded 3rd place on Oricon daily chart. In October, “Scandal nanka Buttobase” was released, and awarded 3rd place on Oricon weekly chart, the highest ranking on Oricon weekly in their history ever.
In April 2011, single “HARUKA” was released and it also ranked #3. In August 2011, their 3rd original album “BABY ACTION” was released, followed by “VIDEO ACTION”, 1st video clip collection DVD.

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Press Release: Visual Kei Band Diaura Livestream Q&A Session in Los Angeles September 13

Fashion and Music Shop, Xenon, located in Downtown Los Angeles Little Tokyo Mall, will be welcoming visual kei band DIAURA as a guest for their live stream Q&A session.

Fans are able to ask questions to the band directly through live streaming chat, as well as answer questions from the band. This is a great opportunity for fans in the States to engage and gather new upcoming information’s from the band.

No cover fee will be charged, absolutely free event. Hours for the event will be from 8:00pm – 9:30pm.

ABOUT XENON: Xenon is the Official Cure Magazine Shop, recently opened its doors on August 1st 2014 in Downtown, Little Tokyo (319 E. 2nd St #119 Los Angeles, CA 90012). The store carries various apparel brands from Shibuya 109, including Jury Black, as well as, CD’s, DVD’s, and official tour merchants of idols and visual-kei bands straight from Japan. Official Website and Facebook

ABOUT DIAURA: DIAURA is a Visual-Kei rock band from Japan formed in 2010. Members consists of ex.Valluna, Yo-ka (vocals) and Kei (guitars), Shoya(bass), and Tatsuya (drums). Their début single “Shitsuyoku no Seiiki” was released on January 19, 2011 which was followed by two further singles and the mini-album Dictator. DIAURA had gradually raised its profile, before their début album Genesis on March 2012 and through their second full studio album FOCUS on December 4, 2013, selling largely in both Japan and the West. The band has recently released its 10th single “bling message” and will be releasing their 3rd Full Album “Triangle” on November 26th, 2014. Official Website  and Facebook

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