Itano Tomomi to release 2 digital singles along with 2nd single

AKB48 member and solo artist Itano Tomomi announced at a handshake event, that in addition to her already announced 2nd single she will also be releasing two digital singles. Her first digitial single is titled Wanna be Now and is being released on May 11th. The second single is titled Ai Ai Pierce and will be released on June 1st. These digital singles will only be available through the moble phone downloading site Recochoku. Meanwhile, her still to be untitled 2nd single was supposed to be released on April 27th, but has been pushed back until July 13th.

Maybe it’s just me, but doesn’t this seem a bit like overkill? I understand that Dear J was pretty popular and sold over 200,000 copies, but to basically release 3 singles after another just seems like too much. And I am not being biased. I find it just as ridiculous when Arashi frequently does it, and find it ridiculous that Kanjnai8 is doing it now. I guess they are having so many single at once for 2 reasons. Obviously the first is it seems like the earthquake effected her releases quite a bit. Since her 2nd single was supposed to be released on April 27th, it seems like at least one of those song was intended to be used as her 3rd single. And the other reason being simply: she sells well, so why not get all the money they can out of her in her peak popularity.

Coming from someone who didn’t really want to see her release a 2nd single, I obviously am not to happy about basically 3 more. But there’s nothing I can do about that.
Also, it really sucks for foreign fans that these digital singles can only be purchsed through Recochoku.

Okai Chisato to release first digital single

Since uploading her own dance videos on C-ute’s official Youtube channel, C-ute member Okai Chisato is releasing her first digital single, LOVE Namida Iro, on iTunes. Which is more commonly know as Matuura Aya’s 3rd single. It seems like she’s finally getting noticed by H!P and UFA.

This has been a good couple of months for one of H!P’s favorite underdogs. She’s releasing her first photobook and DVD, and now she’s releasing her first digital single. Digital single or not, this is the first solo single by any C-ute member. Even though she’s one of my least favorite H!P members I am extremely happy for her. She’s always shoved in the back, so I’m glad she’s getting a little bit of attention. Even if it is only for a brief moment. I also always did like her voice. It was unique and probably one of the deepest in H!P currently.
I think Chisa picked the absolute perfect song as her solo song. She has basically the same pitch and tone as Ayaya. When I listened to Chisato singing it for a split second I thought it was Ayaya. So Chisa did an amazing job.


Here’s Chisato singing and dancing to LOVE Namida Iro.

And for fun, here’s the original.

Hangry & Angry – Sadistic Dance preview

To commemorate their first performance in the US, Hangry & Angry are releasing a brand new single entitled Sadistic Dance. This single is however just a digital single. Japanfiles has released a preview of the song.

At first listen I didn’t really think I’d like this song because the music and singing started off really soft. And it’s completely different than their last single, Kiss Me Kill Me. But the music picks up really quickly. I love the overall sound of the music, it’s sweet and still rock like. And the guitar solo towards the end of the song is juts awesome. Singing wise, it’s really great. Yossie and Rika blend great together. And they sound really cute while they are saying Sadistic Dance. The song ends up being really great, but it’s not a song I’d have to have. It’s really catchy though.