Maybe Jin might not fail in the US after all

During an interview before his concert at the Budokan Akanishi Jin announced that his debut US single will be a collaboration with popular American singer Jason Derulo. In case you’re not familiar with Jason Derulo, last year he had the insanely popular songs Whatcha Say? and In My Head.

This is probably the most exciting Jin news I have come across in months. This means Jin might actually have a chance at becoming popular in the US. Just yesterday I was thinking for Jin to be popular in the US he has to not make music like Justin Timberlake. Because Jin totally wants to be the Japanese Justin Timberlake. Justin hasn’t made music in years, that music direction would be an absolute train wreck. To be popular in America Jin has to make music like Usher, Enrique Iglesias, Trey Songz, Taio Cruz, or Jason Derulo. And wouldn’t you know it, his debut single is going to be with Jason Derulo. And since the song itself was made by Jason Derulo that just adds to the chance of it becoming a hit. Even if the song isn’t that amazing just having Jason Derulo in it will automatically get the song some air play. I mean, because of this I’ll probably even get to see the music video on TV. Which is mucho exciting.
There have been a lot of Asian artists that failed in the US and I think a main problem with that is they are trying to do it on their own. They don’t realize to really get their name out there, they need to have their name attached to someone already popular in the US. Yes, BoA did collaborate with American artist Sean Garrett. But the problem with that was is Sean Garrett isn’t really popular at all. I mean, the first time I ever heard of him was in her song. Who ever is producing Jin or is handling his career in the US seriously knows what they are doing. I mean, I think Jin might actually be the first Asian artist to really make it here. I went from being extremely skeptical and had absolutely no faith in him, to actually being a little optimistic about his career now.

Let’s just hope the actual lyrics of the song are A LOT better than Yellow Gold. XD

KAT-TUN’s new single Going on without Jin

KAT-TUN will be releasing a new single entitled Going! on May 12th. Now I usually don’t make entire posts for the announcement of new singles. But what makes this new single so significant is Jin will not be part of this single. Which isn’t really anything new since he wasn’t in the Bokura no Machi de single last time he was in LA. And on top of that supposedly Jin doesn’t have any work scheduled after October. Though I’m not sure how it’s possible for anyone outside of Johnny’s to actually know that.

So of course it’s easy for any fan to start to wonder if this means Jin will permanently leaving KAT-TUN to focus on the US. And of course that will likely never happen. Hey a fan can still dream. I guess I’m just overly eager to see Jin try to break into the US market. Even though he would fail miserably. But I don’t even care if it’s Jin so much. It could be any Japanese artist. I’m just tired of constantly hearing about Korean singers trying to make it here. I like Kpop and all, but I like Jpop about 500 times more.
And I would still like to know why Jin is staying in the US for 3 extra months. It still doesn’t make sense to be to add 3 extra months to your visa for extra concerts that aren’t set in stone. Because honestly if he doesn’t add more concerts, what is he going to do in the US for 3 extra months? It’s not really fair that the rest of KAT-TUN has to do concerts, while he gets a 3 month break just because he was asked to do concerts in the US.
I don’t know this whole situation doesn’t sit right with me. But I guess we’ll have to wait until October. Since this Jin breaking out in the US rumor is a little farfetched, I’m sure come October everyone will look back and laugh about it as much as the Kusano joining KAT-TUN rumor.

Don’t you wanna see it when KAT-TUN makes it worldwide?

KAT-TUN is going worldwide! Well kinda, but not really. KAT-TUN will start their Jinless worldwide tour in May. The tour will run from May-August with stops in Japan, Bangkok, Seoul, and Taipei. Which would technically make is an Asia wide tour rather than worldwide tour. But I guess that’s a start. As for the Jinless part, Akanishi Jin won’t be taking part in the tour instead he will be heading to the US to do 3 solo concerts in LA.

Now that’s a lot of KAT-TUN news to digest. My initial reaction was “OMG JIN IS COMING TO THE US!” Then I had a moment of fangirl glee. Only to find out that the concerts were in LA, and I had no way to get there. Which is like the 7th Japanese concert I couldn’t go to because it was in California. Thank god it’s only Akanishi Jin, and I don’t really like KAT-TUN music too much. Not being able to see Momusu at Anime Expo physically hurt. But crying about living in New Jersey isn’t what this post is about. It’s time for my over analyzed reaction to this news.

First off KAT-TUN’s world tour. I’m happy for them. Not doing back flips excited, because KAT-TUN is probably my least favorite Johnny’s group and touring Asia isn’t that big of a deal. I mean NEWS had a concert in Taiwan, and Arashi has their Around Asia tours. So it’s pretty much old news for Johnny’s artists. But I guess it’s cool if you’re a KAT-TUN fan for them to be able to have overseas concerts for the first time. But this really only effects fans from Thailand, South Korea, and Taiwan. Which I’m not.

As for Akanishi Jin’s concerts they’re pretty exciting. I mean they’re in the US after all. The first JE artist to perform in the US ever. This is pretty big. Especially for Jin fangirls in the US or one that can easily get to the US. I know I was pretty excited for Jin to be in the United States. I’m not even that big of a Jin fan. I wonder what songs he’ll sing? Probably Love Juice, Wonder, and the LANDS album. And of course since I have to over analyze things, this concert makes me think JE is realizing Jin’s potential for the US market. So be prepared for my long explanation why. XD


Lets look at Jin’s concerts in LA a little closer. Jin’s concerts have their own website, which you can find here. Now on the website basically all they have on it so far is the tour name, when the concerts are, and when tickets go on sale. But it also says in bold letters Japan Pop Star US Debut. Now you can argue that US debut simply means what is says. These are his first concerts in the US so naturally their his US debut. But what if they mean debut in the normal sense. Like Jin will be debuting in the US. Now I know what you’re thinking, “how can that possibly be,” or “that will never happen.” While I will agree that most likely he won’t be making a debut in the US, but with everything going on around the concerts make it seem like a slim possibility.

First off the amount of time Jin is staying in the US for. He’s leaving for the US in May to prepare for his 3 concerts from June 19-20. But he’s staying in the US until October. October, but why? The KAT-TUN concerts end in August. He could miss the first half for his solo concerts, and be back in time for the second half. But he’s not doing that.
The reason Jin is staying in US for so long is He will be involved in promotional activities and is considering additional U.S. concerts. Which seems a little unnecessary for 3 concerts. Sure he said he is considering adding more US concerts. But let’s be honest, Jin is an unknown singer in the US. The venue he’s pre forming at only hold 2,000 people. Which is the perfect size because only people who listen to Japanese music or know who he is will go. But let’s say he does add more shows. It will most likely only be 3 shows. Even if he does that he’s still staying for too long. Let’s say it takes him a month to prepare for each set of concerts. He each set lasts two days. That brings up his stay in the US to two months and 4 days. Figure in time for rest and that’s an even 3 months. Which is just enough time to miss the KAT-TUN concerts. But remember that’s just if he adds the extra concerts. If it’s just the 3 concerts that brings his stay until the end of June. That doesn’t make sense to me.
Jin said he would be doing promotion activities. Which seems weird to me.
Let’s look at Miyavi for example. His first solo US performance was in Las Vegas and was a very small performance since he’s not well known here. Much like with Jin’s LA concerts. Miyavi has performed at Anime Expo with S.K.I.N. and done 2 world tours. But he has not promoted any of these performances at all. Aside from posting it on his website and myspace. AKB48 performed in the US and France. Momusu performed at Anime Expo and tons of other Japanese artists have performed in the US. But none of them have taken actual time to promote this concerts. And why is that? Because they are Japanese artists who sing in Japanese. And if you don’t already like Japanese music you won’t go to these concerts. And these artists know that. The only Japanese artist to do any real promoting here was Dir en grey. And that’s only because they had some mild popularity here. But even their promotions were small. So why is Jin promoting his concert? Anyone who knows who Jin is or would actually go to his concert already know it’s happening. So who is he spending so much time on promoting to? The only person he could possibly be promoting to for that long is average Joe who doesn’t know who he is. And why would he go through all that trouble? Promoting a concert 4 months after it ended, if he doesn’t have any future plan for the US.
Another thing that comes to mind is Jin might want to continue his English studies. Which seems completely reasonable. I wouldn’t have thought twice if it said, “And while Jin is the US he plans to further his studies of the English language.” But if that’s really the reason Jin wants to stay, why the secret? They could just say it. He left to study English once, why not again? So there’s no way promotion could really mean study English. Unless promotion really means, Jin wants to party for a while in LA again. Which could definitely be the reason. But it’s not like JE could straight up say that. He could be using this as a vacations. Since JE boys hardly ever get a break.
My last reason why Jin’s concerts seem like a US career starter is, JE artists never perform in the US. Plain and simple, they never perform here. If I’m not mistaken no JE artist has ever performed on US soil. Not even Arashi, who would probably be the only JE artist to have a successful US tour. So why is Jin so special? It can’t just be because his English is good. Because if that was the case where’s Okamoto Keito’s solo concerts? No, Jin is so special because not only can he speak English pretty well, but he would sell well in the US. I mean he copies Justin Timberlake so much that he already has a US vibe. Listen to Wonder his English singing is nearly accent free. If the lyrics were better I could see a song like this becoming popular in the US.

So anyone reading this post what do you think? Questions, comments? I can’t be the only one over analyzing this. The only one who thinks his solo concerts are fishy and have an underline agenda. But either way I bet Jin is ecstatic. He probably jumps at any opportunity to be close to foreign chicks.