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This single from latest Sailor Moon series "Sailor Moon Crystal 3rd Season" contains ending theme "otome no susume" that was written and produced by Konishi Yasuharu (Pizzicato One)! Also, the opening theme "New Moon ni koi shite" was produced by Yakushimaru Etsuko.

The release comes with a DVD of TV-sized opening and ending themes, plus full-size digest clips of both songs.

Horie Mitsuko "New Moon ni koi shite" / Chibiusa (CV. Fukuen Misato) "otome no susume" (CD+DVD)
堀江美都子 「ニュームーンに恋して」 / ちびうさ (CV. 福圓美里) 「乙女のススメ」

CD
1. New Moon ni koi shite
2. otome no susume
3. New Moon ni koi shite (off vocal ver.)
4. otome no susume (off vocal ver.)

DVD
1. New Moon ni koi shite (Non-telop TV-size)
2. otome no susume (Non-telop TV-size)
3. New Moon ni koi shite (Full-size Digest)
4. otome no susume (Full-size Digest)

Evil Line Records KIZM-427
Out now (5/25), ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"otome no susume" (Produced by Konishi Yasuharu)

"New Moon ni koi shite" (Produced by Yakushimaru Etsuko)

Find out more about: KONISHI Yasuharu, YAKUSHIMARU Etsuko

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Electro/techno-pop idol trio Cupitron's new single is a cover of the theme of "Galaxy Express 999" (in Japanese "ginga tetsudō 999", with "999" read "three nine"). The original was performed by band Godaigo and released in 1979. The new cover is produced by Cupitron's usual producer, Tobeta Bajune. Also, Matsumoto Leiji, the manga artist of "Galaxy Express 999", designed Cupitron's brand new costumes with a theme of "fairies of a digital world". See more photos at Natalie.

The single comes in 3 editions, each of which has a different B-side. The limited edition comes with a bonus DVD of the title song's music video.

A one-man live will be held on June 11 at club Womb in Shibuya.

Cupitron "Galaxy Express 999"
Cupitron 「銀河鉄道999」

(Japanese title: "ginga tetsudō 999")

1. ginga tetsudo 999
2. Techno Techno
3. ginga tetsudo 999 (Instrumental)
4. Techno Techno (Instrumental)

Limited edition (CD+DVD)
Kisspoint Records RPK-1042/1043
Out 5/25, ¥1481 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower (Japan only), CDJapan, YesAsia

1. ginga tetsudo 999
2. Love Science
3. ginga tetsudo 999 (Instrumental)
4. Love Science (Instrumental)

Regular edition A
Kisspoint Records RPK-1044
Out 5/25, ¥926 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

1. ginga tetsudo 999
2. ippunkan dake yume o miru
3. ginga tetsudo 999 (Instrumental)
4. ippunkan dake yume o miru (Instrumental)

Regular edition B
Kisspoint Records RPK-1045
Out 5/25, ¥926 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Play-Asia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Galaxy Express 999"

Find out more about: Bajune Tobeta, Cupitron

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Nanba Shiho has released a new album recently. Included are two songs written and produced by Tore Johansson, one of which has lyrics by tofubeats, with other songs written by The Charm Park, sugar me, etc. This is the first release on Nanba Shiho's own label sparkjoy records.

All songs can be sampled at Amazon Japan.

A tour will also be held in July, stopping at Shibuya O-West on July 22. Meanwhile, event "sparkjoy hour" hosted by herself will be held at the same place on May 24.

Nanba Shiho "meets sparkjoy"
南波志帆 「meets sparkjoy」

1. Good Morning Sunshine
2. yume janai.
3. necco
4. Cobalt Blue
5. Coffee Break
6. Mimosa
7. otogibanashi no yō ni
8. Travel
9. nijiiro no machi de
10. Adieu Tristesse
11. Antique

sparkjoy records SPJR-001
Out now (4/6), ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Good Morning Sunshine"

Sampler clip

Find out more about: NANBA Shiho, sugar me, tofubeats

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No Lie-Sense (official Facebook page), the unit of Suzuki Keiichi (Moonriders) and Kera, has released a 2nd album. Opening with a cover of the theme song from movie "kimi mo shusse ga dekiru", the album is filled with originals taking inspiration from a post-war to Showa-40's (until 1974) Japan. Guest musicians include Takada Ren (pupa), Gondō Tomohiko (Metafive), Yabe Hiroshi (Musement, ex-Carnation) and Ueno Yōko (asterisk).

All tracks can be sampled at Amazon Japan.

No Lie-Sense can be seen live at all-night rock event "mayonaka no Heavy Rock Party" on May 27 at Mt.Rainer Hall in Shibuya, along with Kinoco Hotel and many more.

No Lie-Sense "Japan's Period"

1. kimi mo shusse ga dekiru
2. yōkoso Television
3. tō to tawamureru otoko futari
4. Mutant shūdan shushoku (totsuzen heni de kono yo wa hitomawari)
5. rodōshatachi
6. komatta no hana
7. Opera Yamashita Takahashi (kanashiki kutsuoto iya, yuyushiki shi no oto)
8. dai Tokyo wa dai shokudō
9. Ultra Pain
10. miraijin gai
11. Choinan kaigan no hakobiya

Nagomu Records CDSOL-1635
Out now (4/20), ¥3000 (excl. tax)
Order: Amazon, HMV, Tower Records , No Lie-Senseの
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Mutant shūdan shushoku (totsuzen heni de kono yo wa hitomawari)"

Find out more about: Kera, No Lie-Sense, SUZUKI Keiichi

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Kaji Hideki celebrates this year the 20th anniversary since his solo debut in 1996. I've lost count, but "The Blue Boy" is said to be his 15th original album! His back-band on this album is formed of Furukawa Taichi and Satō Hiroshi (both of Koncos), with other musicians including Horie Hirohisa (Neil and Iraiza), Matsuda "Chabe" Gakuji (Learners, Neil and Iraiza) and more.

A release party will be held on May 27 at Astrohall, with Koncos, The Natsuyasumi Band, ayU tokiO and DJ Konishi Yaruharu. Shows at Billboard Tokyo (June 14) and Shibuya Club Quattro (August 4) will follow, and also the Peanuts Camp festival to be held on August 20 and 21 which is curated by himself.

Kaji Hideki "The Blue Boy"
カジヒデキ 「The Blue Boy」

1. Melody
2. Heroes
3. Tokyo City Serenade
4. Perfect Pastel Sunset
5. Summer Breeze
6. Summer Disciples
7. goji no Shibuya de!
8. Summer Shower and Cream Soda
9. About a Blue Boy, Part 3
10. Love Me Do
11. Midnight Cafe Bleu

Blue Boys Club/awdr DDCB-12088
Out 5/25, ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: Chabe, HORIE Hirohisa, KAJI Hideki, Koncos

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Hoshino Michiru has a new 7" and CD set coming this month! Included is a single version of song "Discotheque ni tsuretette" from latest album "You Love Me", and a cover of Yamashita Tatsurō's "zutto issho sa". The latter was co-arranged by Hase Hajimu and Arai Toshiya (Count Joke).

Audio samples can be heard at Jet Set.

Hoshino Michiru's next one-man event will be held on May 22 at Vivid Sound Studio (4F, map) from 16:00. She can also be seen at event "Sunday Girls 2" on May 8 at Shichōshitsu (details).

Hoshino Michiru "Discotheque ni tsuretette (Single Version)" (CD+7")
星野みちる 「ディスコティークに連れてって Single Version」

CD
1. Discotheque ni tsuretette (Single Version)
2. zutto issho sa
3. Discotheque ni tsuretette (Single Version) (inst)
4. zutto issho sa (inst)

7"
A. Discotheque ni tsuretette (Single Version)
B. zutto issho sa

Vivid Sound / High Contrast HCCD-9572
Out 5/25, ¥1500 (excl. tax)
Order: Jet Set, CDJapan, Amazon, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Find out more about: ARAI Toshiya, HASE Hajimu, HOSHINO Michiru

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Follow-up to last year's "Love Song Covers", here's a 2nd cover album from Harada Tomoyo. Whlie the previous was of foreign songs, this time the focus is on Japanese love songs. This time again the whole is produced by Itō Gorō (naomi & goro), featuring musicians who have been accompanying her on recordings and tour in the recent years, such as Tzboguchi Masayasu, Yoshino Yuka (tico moon) and more.

The limited edition only holds a bonus track of an Ozawa Kenji cover. A DVD of two music videos is also included.

Harada Tomoyo "Love Song Covers 2 ~ wakaba no koro"
原田知世 「恋愛小説2~若葉のころ」

(Japanese title: "renai shosetsu 2 ~ ...")

(Original artist in parentheses)
1. September (Takeuchi Mariya)
2. yasashisa ni tsutsumareta nara (Arai Yumi)
3. himitsu no hanazono (Matsuda Seiko)
4. momen no Hankerchief (Ōta Hiromi)
5. Candy (Harada Shinji)
6. toshishita no otoko no ko (Candies)
7. ihōjin (Kume Sayuri)
8. natsu ni koi suru onnatachi (Ōnuki Taeko)
9. yumesaki annainin (Yamaguchi Momoe)
10. SWEET MEMORIES (Matsuda Seiko)
11. ichō namiki no Serenade (Ozawa Kenji) (Limited edition-only bonus track)

DVD (Limited edition only)
"September" (Takeuchi Mariya) Music Video
"I've Just Seen A Face" (The Beatles) Music Video

Limited edition (CD + bonus track + DVD (Region 2 NTSC))
Universal UCCJ-2137
Out 5/11, ¥3600 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon (18% off *), HMV (15% off *), Tower Records , 原田知世の (Japan )
* Discount at time of writing
† Tower Records ships within Japan only
How to buy from iTunes Japan?

Digest movie

Find out more about: HARADA Tomoyo, ITO Goro

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Negicco have a 3rd original album coming soon! "Tea for Three" is the follow-up to "Rice & Snow" (2014). The album includes single tracks "mujun, hajimemashita.", "nee, Vardia", "Canal no madobe" and "oyasumi" (this one in a new album version), as well as a bunch of brand new songs, several of which are written by their main producer connie, and also ones written or arranged by Spangle call Lilli line, Kai Takahashi (Lucky Tapes), Okamoto's, mabanua, etc.

The first pressing will come as a special sleeve case.

A special listening event will be held on May 5 at Loft Plus One in Shinjuku (tickets at e+). Also, a one-man live will be held at NHK Hall on July 30, with tickets going on sale July 2.

Negicco "Tea for Three"
Negicco 「ティー・フォー・スリー」

1. nee, Vardia
2. RELISH
3. Magic mitai na Music
4. koi no shananana
5. Good Night negi Soup
6. Kōnan shōka
7. Canal no madobe
8. niji
9. SNS o buttobase
10. mujun, hajimemashita.
11. doyō no yoru wa
12. oyasumi (Album Ver.)
13. watashi e

T-Palette Records TPRV-0020
Out 5/24, ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"mujun, hajimemashita."

"nee, Vardia"

Find out more about: connie, HASE Yasuhiro, Lucky Tapes, mabanua, Negicco, Okamoto's, Spangle call Lilli line

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Ino Hidefumi has announced a new album titled "No Satisfaction". Coming almost exactly 10 years after first album "Satisfaction" (2006), it features 10 songs from that album though this time he plays them only on one Fender Rhodes.

Ino Hidefumi will play Billboard Tokyo on May 27. Tickets are on sale. Details here.

Ino Hidefumi "No Satisfaction"

1. Spartacus
2. What are you doing the rest of your life
3. Why are we at war
4. Billie Jean
5. Behind the rainbow
6. Midnight at the oasis
7. Just the two of us
8. Madsummer Reminiscence
9. Solid Foundation
10. Never can say goodbye

Innocent Record IRCD-0006
Out 5/11, ¥2500 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Sampler clip

Find out more about: INO Hidefumi

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sōtaiseiriron have just released a brand new album, follow-up to "Town Age" (2013). The album is available not only on CD, but also on 180g vinyl, hi-res 96Khz/24bit audio media BDM (Blu-ray Disc Music), and cassette tape.

sōtaiseiriron will play at Nippon Budōkan on July 22. Tickets will go on sale June 4.

sotaiseiriron "tensei Jingle"
相対性理論 「天声ジングル」

1. tenchi sozō SOS
2. Kerberos
3. Ultra Soda
4. watashi ga watashi
5. 13 banme no kanojo
6. Benten-sama wa Spiritua
7. geshi
8. Berlin tenshi
9. toaru Around
10. oyasumi chikyū
11. FLASHBACK

CD edition
mirai records XNMR-66600
Out now (4/27), ¥2800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia,HMV, Amazon, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

180g vinyl edition
mirai records XNMR-66601
Out now (4/27), ¥3300 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Cassette tape edition
mirai records XNMR-66602
Out now (4/27), ¥2200 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

Blu-ray (BDM) edition (All regions)
mirai records XNMR-66603
Out now (4/27), ¥3800 (excl. tax)
Order: CDJapan, YesAsia, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records
† Tower Records ships within Japan only

"Flashback"

Trailer clip

Find out more about: sotaiseiriron

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