…and what did we just watch? This video is what I would expect from PSY and I love it. Silly dancing, hip thrusts, horses, explosions, random chicks. This video has it all. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out NOW!
The Wonder Girls are at it again, this time with a powerful new song called “Like Money” featuring Akon.
The video shows the girls in a futuristic setting where the narration explains that the girls are bionic where we also get to see the assembly of these perfect women. The girls dance in a Tron-esque setting where a part of me hoped to see some light cycles. Also, keep an eye out for JYP’s cameo!
It’s a catchy song in English so foreign fans can sing along!
Check out the new music video here!
I’m sure by now, many of us have owned a Nintendo DS or at least watched someone play one. This dual screen handheld console has had it’s ups and downs with games in the past few years but there’s always a game that will pull us back. One thing that always gets me is the music for games. Games are so much more appealing with an amazing soundtrack. Here’s a list of a few of my favorite songs in video games on the Nintendo DS.
Detective Jowd ~ A Captive of Fate from Ghost Trick
If you’ve played this wonderful game, you’d know how heart pumping many of the scenes can get. You’re given just a night to figure out the reason for your death and who you really are. Many of the events tie back to Detective Jowd and when you finally find him, a lot of questions are finally answered. On top of everything, he’s got a badass yet cool theme. Ghost Trick has a great soundtrack but this one happens to be my favorite.
Team Plasma Battle Theme from Pokemon Black and White
The Pokemon franchise has a ton of amazing music. I’ve been playing the games since Pokemon Blue but if we’re talking straight from the DS, Pokemon Black and White really pulled to be a great game. The soundtrack is great from the start. Personally, the evil organizations of the game usually have had the best theme. Team Rocket has a special place in my heart but Team Plasma really stepped it up.
3PM from Animal Crossing Wild World
I have no idea how many times I’ve found myself humming this throughout the day. Animal Crossing has music for every hour of the day. When you’re busy catching fish, watering plants, and more, it’s hard to find yourself in complete silence. Listening to the background music always makes these tasks that much more enjoyable.
Crash! Gourmet Race from Kirby Super Star Ultra
No idea if this really counts as cheating since the game was originally for the Super NES but since it was re-released on the Nintendo DS, I’ll include it. The music from Kirby is just catchy, period. I have so much nostalgia for this game since I remember my brother and I playing together as kids. Humming the music is a given, especially when racing King Dedede.
Preparing for Action from Ōkamiden
Being able to play as Chibiterasu would’ve been enough for me but when I heard the soundtrack, I couldn’t put the game down. I played Ōkami on the Nintendo Wii so I knew what to expect from the soundtrack and I wasn’t let down at all! Preparing for Battle really makes you feel good and really encourages you to continue on your quest, no matter how annoying Kuni can get sometimes.
Layton’s Theme from Professor Layton and the Curious Village
A true gentleman never goes anywhere without his amazing theme song! Being a huge fan of the Professor Layton series, this always stood out to me. Whenever Layton’s theme began to play, we knew stuff was about to go down. Professor Layton is a true gentleman whether he’s drinking tea, teaching lectures, or solving puzzles. Also for a bonus, check out the Theme of the Devil’s Flute in Professor Layton and the Last Specter here!
Cornered from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Now this might be a bit biased of me to include this. Anyone who knows me knows the Ace Attorney series is my favorite… of all time. Seriously. I must’ve played the games at least 3 times each. But seriously, how badass is it to hear this theme play when you catch someone’s contradiction? I can’t get enough of it. If you’re really feeling fancy, check out the orchestrated version as well!
And there’s my list. Not saying that there’s nothing else notable to point out but these are just the ones that stick out to me. I hope this introduces some great music and games for anyone who hasn’t had the chance! These games all have amazing music and great gameplay to go with. Happy listening!
By Lara Visconti
It was announced that the that the “Samurai Guitarist” MIYAVI and Japanese rapper KREVA have collaborated to bring us the new single “STRONG.” Two versions of the single will be released on October 5th.
Regular edition 1,000yen
2. STRONG (MYV “Exclusive” ver.)
3. STRONG (Instrumental).
Limited edition+DVD 1,890yen
2. STRONG (Acoustic Battle ver.)
3. STRONG (Instrumental)
STRONG music video
STRONG (Acoustic Battle ver.) music video
I don’t know about you, but when I first saw this news my brain went crazy. The two have completely different styles but are both amazing at what they do. I can’t wait to hear how this sounds!
Check out our previous interview with MIYAVI right here!
source: EMI Music
Our experience at Otakon wouldn’t have been as fun if it weren’t for this group. CHEMISTRY, a two member group comprising of Yoshikuni Dōchin and Kaname Kawabata, has been around since 2001 and is celebrating their 10 year anniversary together. Brought together by a talent search show called Asayan, this duo has had nothing but successes all through their decade together. It was a pleasure sitting down with them and getting to know the duo and asking them about their first live in the US together.
We’d like to give a big thank you to Sony Music Japan and the staff at Otakon 2011 for this great opportunity!
Watch the interview here and on YouTube!
The Korean wave is still in full force out in Japan and continues with SECRET stepping in showing their stuff. Today the 4-member girl group held a special showcase at the Harajuku Laforet Museum. Hundreds of enthusiastic fans lined the staircase with colorful signs in hand ready to cheer.
SECRET opened up with their hit Korean single “Magic” and sang other songs such as, “Lalala,” “Empty with you.” Nishio Hidetaka of X-GUN also made an appearance and held a special talk with the girls. He asked which places they would like to visit to in Japan to which they responded Disneyland. They also enjoyed the large Japanese department Donki Hodei. Member Sunhwa wanted to find the right words to express her feelings to the fans so she even pulled out her Japanese text book to tell them all how wonderful everyone was.
From what I have heard, SECREThas come a long way. The girls got really emotional on stage. They talked about how happy they were to have performed today and that they will never forget the feeling. I wish them luck!
Popular Japanese group GReeeeN along with their producer JIN, have come up with new project called “Green Boys” in order to bring awareness to the people still struggling in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
The members of GReeeeN live in Fukushima and have also been effected by the events of March 11th. While they have songs that have been downloaded over 36 million times in Japan alone, the group also have jobs as dentists and have been helping to identify victims of this tragedy through dental records.
GReeeeN has composed a new song called “Green Boys” and has placed it up as a free download at the official website. The song is meant to bring positive spirits to everyone who listens to it. There is also a video with a translation of the lyrics in several languages so check it out.
There is also a chance to be in the official music video. For more information about the Green Boys project in English visit www.reverbnation.com/greenboysproject
It seems like as if overnight hip-hop/rap group Far East Movement blew up with popularity. With songs like “Like a G6” and “Girls on the Dancefloor,” it was almost a given that they would become highly successful.
Recently, Idolator got their hands on the original demo for Far East Movement’s hit song “Rocketeer” featuring Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic… but Ryan Tedder isn’t on this track. It’s the co-writter and co-producer of the song, Grammy winner Bruno Mars!
The song embodies a whole different feel when heard with Bruno Mars. It’s something that can’t be compared with Ryan Tedder. Both musicians are extremely talented in their own right and this version just begs to be listened to.
Click here to listen to Far East Movement’s hit song “Rocketeer” featuring Bruno Mars!
For those of you who may know, May Pang’s AMIN attended Otakon 2010 last year and hung out with fans and musical guests. It’s 2011 and Otakon 2011 is coming in a few months. Who’s the musical guest this year? It’s none other then Japanese R&B duo CHEMISTRY and dance group SYNERGY!
Here’s an excerpt from the press release from Otakorp:
Baltimore, MD (April 14, 2011) – CHEMISTRY, with an amazing six #1 albums on the Oricon National Charts, along with 4 person dance group Synergy are making their U.S. debut this summer at Otakon 2011 July 29-31 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore MD. Recent anime songs by CHEMISTRY include “Period” for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and “merry-go-round” in the recent OVA of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.
CHEMISTRY is a Japanese R&B duo, composed of, Yoshikuni Dōchin and Kaname Kawabata. After winning the Asayan audition in 2000 which was organized by Sony Music Entertainment Japan, they debuted in 2001 with three #1 singles (“Pieces of Dreams,” “Point of No Return,” and “You Go Your Way”) and a #1 album (The Way We Are).
In June 2002, CHEMISTRY participated in “Voices of KOREA/JAPAN,” a Korean/Japanese collaboration vocal unit that sang the official theme song of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. They co-recorded the first Korean/Japanese collaboration song entitled “Let’s Get Together Now.” The song, performed at the pre-opening festival of the World Cup held in Korea, was hailed as the first national broadcast of a Japanese language song in Korea since WWII. Their performance at the World Cup opening ceremony was broadcast in 160 countries worldwide.
Not ones to rest on their laurels, CHEMISTRY went on to produce #1 album after #1 album. Hits include songs “Your Name Never Gone” and “Tōkage feat. John Legend.”
In August 2010, CHEMISTRY recorded “a better tomorrow,” the world wide theme song for a Korean remake of the Hong Kong film “A Better Tomorrow” starring Song Seung- Heon.
The year saw the duo building on their successful career within Japan as well as highlights of increasing their presence in the rest of Asia including their endeavor to sing in Korean for the first time and in November, performing at the M-net Asian Music Awards held in Macao, receiving the Best Asian Male Artist award.
Also in 2010, CHEMISTRY worked together with the 4-person dance group Synergy to release “Shawty.” Another joint work of the two groups was released November 3, 2010, titled “Keep Your Love.”
This March, CHEMISTRY released their best of album, “CHEMISTRY 2001-2011,” which commemorates their first decade together as a duo.
To preview some music from CHEMISTRY, go to CHEMISTRY’s official site at:
Otakon 2011 will be held July 29 – 31 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland
Who else is ridiculously excited about this?! I only got into CHEMISTRY in recent months but their vocals are excellent and I’m in love with their song “Shawty.” Synergy also brings an amazing vibe to the song as it shows a whole new CHEMISTRY as well. Those boys are definitely talented in singing and dancing.
For more information, visit Otakon’s official website!
Check out the music video for “Shawty”!
As we all know, Japan is going through one of the worst earthquake/tsunami disasters in history at the moment. Despite all of the turmoil, T.M.Revolution (Takanori Nishikawa), has decided to release the long-awaited music video for “Save the One, Save the All.”
The single itself was released December 1st of last year and was used for the the fourth movie in the anime franchise Bleach.
TMR’s staff tweeted the following:
Now that the music video is finally finished, T.M.Revolution hopes that the victims of the terrible earthquake/tsunami will see this and will hopefully pass on his wish that the victims will hold on to courage and hope.
The video itself is monochrome, just like his last music video for the single “Naked arms.” It seems to stick with a Bleach theme and shows Takanori being bound up in chains (don’t get any freaky ideas). It shows Takanori doing what he does well… dance to his own songs. He even pops his collar towards the end, which is highly amusing to fans such as myself. He even throws in some spins and massive arm movements. It’s a pretty funny music video if you’ve never seen him before.
To see the video, click here to his official site and follow the link to his new music video.