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« on: December 09, 2010, 11:06:29 am »

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Johnny’s star Jin Akanishi (26) will make his US debut as JIN AKANISHI under Warner Music next spring, it was announced at a press conference in Tokyo today, reports Oricon, and Web The Television.

It has been reported that before a crowd of 200 or so press, Akanishi had made a statement in English saying he hopes people would look forward to watching his upcoming performances and songs as he, a Japanese singer, sets off to entertain a larger audience.

The singer had gotten a global contract with Warner Music Group, which starts today, who will be supporting Akanishi as he works between the United States and Asia.

“It’s today.  Today.  I’m feeling nervous being here.

“So many things were happening so fast (in the meetings leading up to the contract) that I didn’t have time to get excited every time.  It hasn’t sunken into me yet.

“I was told about the contract after my LA concert around the end of June.  I was really happy, but then I immediately thought, ‘I have to start writing songs!”,” he said.

It has been reported Akanishi said even though he had been signed to one of the world’s largest record labels, he still had the same aspirations as when he had embarked on his tour last month.

“I was just doing what I wanted to do and this is where I ended up.  I think I’ll go into it having fun like I always do,” he said.

Akanishi had also talked about last month’s 5-city US tour.

“It was greater than I had ever imagined.  And it was fun.

“During my tour I went to meet people at the Warner office and invited a number of them to my concert.  I thought it would be great if five of them came, but nearly everyone I had invited came to see me so I was really happy,” he said.

It has been reported Akanishi thanked his fans in Japan ahead of the Japan leg of his concert tour “Yellow Gold Tour 3010″.

“I get a lot of power from hearing the cheers from my fans in Japan.  I just really want to say thank you.  I wanted to tell all of you about this contract as soon as possible,” he said.

Akanishi’s US Tour has been reported to have attracted 15,000 fans, and is estimated to attract more than 100,000 fans in Japan during his Tokyo and Osaka concerts in January 2011.
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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2010, 05:01:15 pm »

Cool, I haven't kept up to date with music trends, but it sounds unusual for a Japanese artist to debut here under an American company.
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2010, 03:59:12 am »

It's not that unusual, most of them don't speak English. He's not the first that's tried though - Pink Lady back in the 70's, Seiko Matsuda and Akina Nakamori in the 80's, Mai Kuraki in the 90's, and Utada Hikaru in the 00's, and those are just the ones off the top of my head. None of them did too well. Puffy's probably the biggest success. A bunch of Korean artists have been trying to break into the American market over the past few years, and they've all been flops.
I don't know how good his English is (I don't pay much attention to boy bands), but I don't have very high expectations for him either.
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2011, 06:22:38 pm »

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Jin Akanishi had fans lining up in droves outside MTV's Times Square studio recently, and you may have never heard his name before. But that's why we do what we do here at Buzzworthy -- to school you on cool people. You're welcome.

Jin Akanishi is big in Japan. And not just like your weird neighbor that wears a shirt that says that. Jin is actually big in Japan. As a former member of the huge J-pop group KAT-TUN, he already had a ton of fans when he began his solo career in 2010. And within a year, Jin has sold out his first North American solo tour, "Yellow Gold Tour 3010."

MTV Iggy caught up with Jin Akanishi when he was in New York for a secret three-song performance and a round of fan-questions Q&A. You can catch the whole thing through the link below.
http://buzzworthy.mtv.com/2011/02/25/jin-akanishi-live-in-nyc/

Utada was a buzz artist too. Would help if MTV actually played music.

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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2011, 11:09:38 pm »

Good to see he's doing well here, but yeah, being connected to MTV just doesn't mean as much these days.  MTV needs some competition from a real music channel.
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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2011, 11:12:23 pm »

Youtube has gotten rid of the need for one.
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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2011, 11:22:21 pm »

I hadn't considered that, it's true.  Youtube gives you control and choice that's not possible with a traditional cable channel.
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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2011, 11:37:03 pm »

Musicians can upload their videos and don't rely on the whims of a producer for success. The internet's the best thing that's ever happened to music.
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