Yamapi bares his naked soul

The PV for Yamapi’s 4th solo single, Hadakanbo, was just released.

And I gotta say for a song called naked figure I was expecting a slightly hotter PV. Instead the PV follows the style of the song, which I guess makes it a better PV. I do really like the old 1930s jazz club/cabaret setting it has. It makes the PV actually really classy. Which is something new for Yamapi. He seems to be really showing variety lately. But the PV also has a clubbing storyline to keep it youthful. But I absolutley hate that the whole magic sunglasses part is a rip off of Mike Posner’s Cooler Than Me music video. How unoriginal. :/
 
 

Horrible outfit choice.
 

  Why do the lights say KDVEN?
 

  I was actually kinda mesmerized by this. Mostly because of how bright the lights are and they way his outfit glitters. XD
 

  How in the world does he manage to look so charming in such a ridiculous outfit?
 

  Fist pumping? He was around Jin too long. XD
 

  Yamapi must think he’s cooler than me.
 

  Well, actually cooler than Mike Posner because he uses almost the same effect.
 

  I actually think Yamapi looks gross in sunglasses.
 

  Hot.
 

  This fast picture changing part made my head hurt a little.
 

  Look at that, it says naked not KDVEN. Lol.
 

  Lol at the geisha dancers.
 

  Hot. The black glove makes me think of Byou from ScReW.

Yamapi looks so hot in that outfit.

Wow. So sexy.

Magic sunglasses really? So now it’s just a full on Mike Posner rip off.

Yamapi’s magic naked sunglasses.

VS Mike Posner’s underwear sunglasses.

I love this part. But it reminds me of NEWS’s Live Diamond concert.

Awesome! But I wish it wasn’t in the shadows. XD

I hate how everyone looks Lady Gaga like. :/

Cool effect!

Yamapi-Hadakanbo preview

NEWS member Yamashita Tomohisa will be releasing his 4th solo single, Hadakanbo, on January 19th.  It kinda seems like Yamapi is going to be like Tegomass where they release a single or two a year, and an album every so often. Which I’m completely ok with. There’s nothing wrong with getting more bang for your buck JE.

The song is a complete 360 from anything Yamapi has released and is used to making. The music itself is a mix between disco, soul, and jazz. The music sounds like if you took NEWS’s Koi no ABO, Kanjnai8’s It’s My Soul, and Tackey & Tsubasa’s Ai wa Takaramono and mixed them together you might get this song.
The song is so random and old fashion sounding that I absolutely love it! Every single part is amazing. And the way Yamapi sings it is so beautiful. From the vocalizing before verses, the perfect sounding high notes, the heart melting way he says Hadakanbo towards the end, and the overall smoothness in which it’s sung. This is literally Yamapi’s best solo single since Daite Senorita.

English version of One in a Million?

I’m sure every JE fan out there is quite familiar with Yamapi’s 3rd solo single, One in a Million. And if you’re not I did a PV review of it here. Well apparently there is an English version of the song. Of course this version isn’t owned or even made by JE, but honestly this is the closest us fans will probably ever get to an English version of this or many other JE singles.


This English version is done by a Austrian singer named Victoria S. Apparently because Japanese people don’t normally listen to European music the song is owned legally by each artist. Which I didn’t even think was possible or legal, but obviously is. This song has been out for over a month. But since I don’t listen to any German music, aside from Tokio Hotel, I’m just hearing about this song now.

There seems to be a lot of hate for this song, for no other reason except that Yamapi released the song first. But I actually really like the song. Mostly because the song is exactly the same. The only real difference is, it’s sung by a girl and is obviously in English.
But at the same time I like Yamapi’s version more. The song just flows better in Japanese. Probably because I’m used to the Japanese version more. But Yamapi’s voice is a lot smoother and better than Victoria S’s. And his autotuned voice is a lot better sounding then hers. Her’s kinda sounds like a frog. (But still a hundred times better sounding then what happens to my beloved Tanaka Koki’s voice when it’s autotuned.) Also the lyrics to her song, aren’t the greatest. But now a days this is pretty much the caliber of all the popular music out there. (Katy Perry’s California Gurlz, need I say more?)

I also really like the fact that I can actually understand this song. It’s like the best of both worlds. Obviously, this song isn’t going to stop me from listening to or loving Yamapi’s original song. But to me there’s hardly a difference. If a song is good it’s good. Wether it’s in English or Japanese. I’m certainty not going to hate the song because of Yamapi and Japanese music biases. That’s just ridiculous.
And after MOLA I really wanna him try and sing this song. XD
 
 
Here’s Victoria S’s version

And here’s Yamapi’s original song.

Yamapi is One in a Million

Yampi’s PV for his 3rd solo single, One in a Million, is released. Yamapi fans rejoice! Or complain it should be a NEWS single, it’s really up to you. Upcoming NEWS concerts don’t make me less NEWS deprived. Though a new Kanjani8 single, and new Yamapi single allows me to see something new from my favorites NEWS members.

Onto the review. I’m going to keep the formula for PV reviews the same from now on. That I make the review as I’m watching the PV. That way all my comments are my immediate honest reactions.


The first scene I can already tell the PV is going to be wicked Americanized kinda like MOLA.(Song wise on PV wise) So I’m either going to hate it or think it’s hilarious. XD


I love how every name on the list, other than Yamapi’s, is an American name. As if he’d ever get into an American club.


OMG I’m on the list! I don’t know if you can read that, but inside the pink box it says Amy Burg. My name! Sure my last name isn’t Burg, but that’s just because it’s the alias I use when I go meet Yamapi. XP


It’s serious now, Yamapi’s arrived.


WTF? A foreign chick again.


Am I the only one who think random guy out of focus in the background might be hot? XD


Come right this way, Prince will escort you in now. He totally looks like a Japanese version of Prince. I’m sure his Little Red Corvette is parked right out front. 😀 I crack myself up. XD


Now the party don’t get started till I walk in.


Foreign chick numero dos.


I love how she gives Pi the evil eye. Like, “nobody walks away from me and lives to see the day.” XD


This spiral background will probably hurt my eyes after a while.


DJ Yamapi laying it down.


Yamapi does not look good here. He also doesn’t sound good with autotuning.


MIND FUCK! This effect is so simple to do, yet I’m amazed by it every time I see it. XD


This background is just awesome!


For a second it looked like Prince was gonna kiss Yamapi.


Hot face!


Dude, this guy look like Eddy Gordo! If Eddy Gordo were real. XD


Oh WTF, now all of a sudden Prince is a pimp.


Eh, his “who is that” face isn’t really that hot.


Oh gross. His one in a million is list checker chick. Yamapi could do better than hair. That blonde haired girl from the beginning of the PV was way prettier.


Aww she only has eyes for Prince.


Or he’s her drug hook up.


Yamapi says “soon my pretty you will be mine.”


Guess it’s time to awkwardly follow her.


I wish I could get that close to Yamapi.


Or that close. *O*


Just kiss already! But they won’t, because fangirls would HATE it.


That’s it?! I feel ripped off.


Oh WTF, it was just a dream!


Or not?

Yamapi is Loveless in New York

I really love Yamapi. He easily has one of the best voices in NEWS. But does that mean he should get a solo single and concert instead of NEWS? Not so much. However, that doesn’t stop me from loving his song Loveless. Now for the most part I’m not really into ballad type songs. But all of Yamapi’s solo songs seem to have the same format. Sad lyrics and soft music mixed with just enough upbeat music that it’s not completely boring. Well Gomen ne Juliet was like that anyway.
The overall way he is singing is great. It’s soft, sweet, and fits it perfectly. But as great as it sounds, I really wish there was at least one high note thrown in there. Heck Tegoshi’s Ai Nante is full of them. And we all know Yamapi can hit them. I don’t know without it, it seems like it’s missing something. The lyrics are pretty good. Johnny’s always does have great heartbreaking lyrics. The lyrics are also a lot better and more mature then any song he’d sing within NEWS. But since I’m paranoid, this makes me think Yamapi is getting ready to leave NEWS. I mean whenever Yamapi releasing a single outside of NEWS it’s for a drama. But he doesn’t have a drama to plug.

The PV is ok. It’s not bad, but not great. It’s pretty much what you’d expect from a song entitled Loveless. Lots of sulking and feeling heartbroken. He always flashes a Crybaby single tear in the begining. And despite his hideous hair he does manage to look cute at times. Just not the scenes were he’s wearing a beanie hat. He just looks ridiculously ugly. Designer or not it’s ugly. I really hate that this PV was filmed in NYC. I was so close to Yamapi and didn’t even know.


At least his tear looks real.


Nice outfit, too bad your hair ruins it.


You can barely even notice it here.

This hat makes him look like a tool. :/

Hot.


Nothing is hotter than you’re hair looking like a wet dog.

Happy Birthday Yamapi

It’s April 9th, so you know what that means? It’s Yamapi’s birthday! Well it’s not April 9th in Japan anymore, but it is here in the US.

Today the leader of NEWS is celebrating his 24th birthday. This will be Yamapi’s first birthday while I’m a NEWS fan. I fail I haven’t even been listening to them for a year yet.

But anyway, Happy Birthday Yamapi. Enjoy the pic spam.