Is Jin’s song really a hot-button issue?

So, I’ve really been neglecting blogging lately. And I do apologize for that. But in my defense there haven’t really been all that many blog worthy posts, just some general posts that can really be made any time. And because of that I’ve been in full procrastination mode. But when I read about Jin’s new song from his first album, I just had to make a blog post about it. This news is already a day old so you probably have heard about it already. But apparently people have already gotten digital copies of Jin’s debut US album Japonicana and one song in particular has gained a lot of attention. And that song is That’s What She Said featuring Uffie. And can I for a moment say I was pretty interested in hearing their collab. I first heard Uffie’s Pop The Glock around 05 or 06 on myspace and liked it, but I honestly haven’t given her much thought since.
Now the reason this song is getting so much attention is because of the lyrics of the song and how awful they are. Because they are. They are also extremely laughable. And hearing him sing the song made it even more hilarious, especially the chug it part. But you all know I would never make an entire blog post just to point out something as obvious as the lyrics being terrible. No, instead this post is all about my opinions on the fans reactions to the song.

And the fans reactions have been. “The lyrics are awful.” “Go back to Japan and make decent music again.” “The lyrics are misogynist.” “OMG the song is about rape.” “Just because there’s American music that sounds like this doesn’t mean it’s ok for this song to exist.” All I can say to this is, my god everyone takes absolutely everything so seriously. Now, let me explain why I don’t agree with nearly all of this and why it’s all wrong.

First off, this song is not about rape. I know that arama is exploding over the fact that it’s about rape or actually alludes to rape.  Which it does, it’s kind of alluding to it. But he’s also trying to be funny by adding the, now well over used, phrase that’s what she said to the end to imply that the lyrics aren’t really about what you think they are. Just like the lyrics of Trey Songz’ Say Ahh are about drinking even though they seem to be about something else. And Trey Songz lyrics are also basically forcing the girl too, but I’ve never heard anyone complain about that song ever! This is simply Jin trying to be “hard” and emulate the dozens upon dozens of rap and hip hop songs that are about male dominance over women. Now, do I personally like or agree with the fact that songs with such lyrics exists? Absolutely not. But the fact of the matter is they do exist and about 95% of all hip hop artists have a song with similar lyrics. And Jin is merely trying to appeal to that fanbase. This song could be far worse and far more graphic. It’s actually tame compared to some rap songs. And Date Rape by Sublime is a song actually about rape, go complain about that song. (But it’s actually against rape in the end, but whatever.) And before you cry misogyny remember that it’s the 21st century and there is of course equal opportunity. Go listen to My Neck My Back by Khia, How Many Licks by Lil Kim, or Nicki Minaj’s verse in Bedrock. The theme of the lyrics are pretty much the same if you ask me. Why isn’t anyone complaining about those lyrics being offensive to men? Probably because men don’t care nearly as much as women do. It’s just the type of lyrics that hip hop artists make. And if you don’t like it hip hop obviously isn’t the genre for you.

But the fan’s complaints really come from the fact that fans can’t accept that Jin is actually making this type of music. I know this might be hard for some fans to comprehend and you might not realize what’s going on, but brace yourself, Jin is actually selling out for fame. I know it’s so shocking and unbelieveable and I know this is a new concept to grasp, but please try to hold back your gasps. Can you imagine that Jin would actually care more about worldwide recognition, fame, and money instead of being this person who is only loved by really one region of the world with small amounts of fans scattered sporadically across the globe? That he would actually rather make meaningless dribble than meaningful lyrics just to gain acceptence and recognition? Clam down Jin fans I know this is such an utter betrayal to you. I mean it’s like he’s been lying to you all these years. Surely he must be the first person in the history of the world to do this, there’s no way fans should respect him anymore after this.

Now maybe I’m a jaded American, but am I really the only one who doesn’t care at all whatsoever that he’s selling out? Am I the only one who actually excepted this and realizes it is a bit necessary? That I actually would rather seem him succeed here by whatever means necessary? I can’t possibly be! Especially when a lot of Jin fans are from the US or the West. But then, why are they reacting like this? American artists sell out ALL THE TIME. Seriously they do. Remember when Usher was singing about having it bad and now he’s singing about daddy being home? Or when Enrique Iglesias wanted to be your hero but now tonight he’s fucking you? Or how about when Gwen Stefani was just a girl but then was suddenly a hollaback girl? There are probably TONS more but those are just the ones that I remember off the top of my head. I’ll never forget when I first heard Yeah but Usher and being appalled. And I’ll never forget the first time I heard Sexy Back by Justin Timberlake, my sister and I both said, “Why is he trying to soud black?” Or how about today’s popular music in general? Club music is popular so every artist is making that type of music just to sell records and stay relevant. Lately most of the popular American music is about drinking, clubbing, sex, drugs, and how awesome they are. Nearly ever song is about one of those things. And before you cry that not all American music is like this, please note that I said POPULAR music. And yes there is the occasional meaningful song. And we al know that Bruno Mars and Adele are quite popular. But this isn’t about them. This is about the majority of dance music that is flooding the airwaves.

Now, huh, why is it that Jin’s music is club themed with lyrics about having sex that are completely vacuous? It almost seems like he’s trying to make a name for himself by copying whatever is currently popular. No, he couldn’t be doing that. That would mean that Jin is just as manufactured as the American artists that are the reason elitist Japanese music fans stopped listening to American music in th first place. Which I might add is hilarious. I love that Japanese music is meaningful and it honestly is a nice change and a breath of fresh air. But don’t think for one second that means I have abandoned music from my native country and in my native tounge. Absolutely not! And you better believe I gobble up pretty much whatever Pitbull puts out because it is catchy and danceable. Obviously Jin should make the same type of music he made in Japan just to please his Japanese fans and fans of his Japanese music. Obviously most fans would rather have him crash and burn in the US completely as long as he is making music they approve of. That’s completely arrogant and ridiculous. And it makes no sense. You’d think these fans would have their hipster shades all ready for when he becomes popular in the US just to say they knew about him WAY before he was popular. And especially since he was making music in a completely different language you can’t get more underground that than. Obviously that should give you 500 hipster points!

Now I’m going to say something that Jin fans will not agree with but it is 100% true and this is something I’ve said before on this blog, this song is awful but it’s exactly the kind of music he has to make. What is so hard to get?  He’s trying to crack the US market. The US not Japan. Obviously what’s popular in Japan is NOT popular in the US. I think that’s painfully obviously by the fact that if any male idol group performed as is in the US as their debut they would be laughed out of the country! And Jin knows that, he said himself that Japan tends to like ballads while the US likes more upbeat music. Which is why he’s not releasing English versions of Eternal, Seasons, or Murasaki in the US. That’s why you’ll never see him sing songs like care in the US it will ALWAYS be Test Drive. We are talking about a country where songs about being sexy, being licked like a lollipop, and making love in a club were all hits! You have to realize the fact that Bruno Mars, Adele, and Taylor Swift being so popular is really a fluke and not really the norm. If you still don’t believe me go on youtube and watch BillboardGoddess’s videos of the top 50 songs on the US billboard charts, then tell me I’m wrong. (Obviously besides the country music!) Jin even tries to cover up the way he looks. People are saying it’s so people don’t know that he’s Japanese. But I honestly think it’s so people don’t notice how soft the features of his face are. Jin’s a pretty boy and that doesn’t really fly in the US so much, well with acting it does but not with music so much. I think that’s also why Jin has expressed he wants to cut his hair. After reading articles about Jin’s US album it really makes me think that Jin knows exactly what’s up and what he’s doing. I mean Jin has always liked American music. So, of course he has an example of what his music is supposed to sound like.

I’m sure this post is going to get a lot of negative comments, and all I can say is come at me. I firmly stand by everything said here. And let me point out that I am not even a Jin fan, never have been. He’s easy on the eyes that’s about it. And honestly if he wasn’t making an album in the US I probably wouldn’t really care about him at all.

Akanishi Jin to wed Kuroki Meisa

It was reported in today’s issue of Sports Nippon that Akanishi Jin is set to marry Kuroki Meisa. It is also said that Meisa is two months pregnant. I want to also point out, before fans jump down my throat, that this is technically still a rumor since neither agencies has released an official statement. But since this news is being reported on this morning’s news, we can pretty much assume, with good reason, that this is true.

Now, this is something I did not see coming at all. Of course I’m sure fans are familiar with the article that Sports Nippon reported a few day ago that said Jin and Meisa were seen on a date at Tokyo DisneySea. I’m sure most fans like myself really thought nothing about that rumor. I didn’t really take it as anything more as Jin going out with yet another random chick. I didn’t really think Jin would end up marrying her. I didn’t expect Jin to marry anyone for a while to be honest. Jin’s partying and playboy ways are pretty much all over the place. I mean, his partying with his group of friends is so infamous they are dubbed the Akanishi Troop by tabloid magazines. Not really the person I’d expect to see running off and getting married. Jin seemed to really enjoy the single life. But I guess we all gotta grow up sometime.

While I am a bit shocked, just because how unexpected and shocking the news is, I can’t really say I didn’t see it coming. Because honestly I did. Jin might love to party and bang random chicks, but he still really wanted to be a father. Which he has expressed before. Most recently, and maybe the only time, in this tweet.

So, what’s my personal responce to this? Quite honestly, I don’t care so much. I wish I could say I’m such a dedicated and delusional Jin fangirl that I cried buckets of tears over the fact that he’s actually with a woman that isn’t me. Well, I don’t really wish that because that’s embarassing. I would have written it regardless though, because I don’t care one ounce what anyone thinks. The reason I don’t care at all is because I’m just not a Jin fan. Yes, he’s one of the best looking male idols in all of Japan, but I’m just not really a fan of his. I have absolutely no attachment to him other than the fact that he’s pretty to look at. Maybe if it was Ryo or Koki or someone else, I’d care. But even then I don’t really think I would. I’m not really delusional and I don’t really care about anyone in JE at that obsessive of a level. I do admit, I have had my moments of being an embarassing and semi-delusional fan. When my idols graduate or leave groups I usually cry, and cry a lot. But at least that is something to be upset about. But on the other hand, when Miyavi announced his shotgun wedding I do admit I cried. A lot more then I’m proud to admit. Mostly because this meant I officially had no chance with Miyavi, and a little because he did complain to fans he was super lonely all while he was really married. But mostly because of my delusional moment of weakness. But in my defense I was 16 at the time, and I have been following Miyavi since I was 12. He was one of the first Japanese artists I liked. And I spent 4 years following him in a pretty obsessive manner. But I like to think I have grown up substantially since then. I do get fangirls reaction of crying or being really upset on some level. But I still think it’s completely absurd. Miyavi is the only celebrity I’ve ever really cared was married. Jackson Rathbone announced a few days ago his girlfriend was pregnant, and I didn’t care at all. I didn’t cry a river. I said, “Oh man!,” and that was it. And I do think fangirls reacting like it’s the end of the world because he is married is outrageous. Almost as outrageous as male fans thinking female idols shouldn’t date. But that’s a whole nother subject completely.

I also have to ask the question, where does this leave Jin. I wish I could say where does this leave Meisa too, but this is an idol blog and not a Meisa blog. That and the fact that I don’t care about Meisa. She’s extremely pretty but I have not seen or heard anything by her ever. So, what happens to Meisa does not effect or bother me at all. A lot of people are saying that this is probably the end for both of them. But I seriously don’t see that happening for Jin. But there is apparently a marriage ban within Johnny’s. Apparently when Kimura Takuya announced his marriage 4 people commited suicide and since then you have the marriage ban. I wonder how JE is handling all of this? Jin might be trying to make it in America, and signed to Warner Music but he is still very much affiliated with Johnny’s. He’s still listed on Johnn’s Net and still makes vidoes for Johnny’s Net. Apparently fans take things like this very seriously. But Jin is pretty popular, maybe not SMAP popular, but popular nonetheless. And I don’t see this hurting him all that much. Especially since his next release is his full length American album in March. And that obviously wasn’t halted or anything. It might also be being released in Japan, but it is mainly targeted for the US. So, he’s not going to be promoting much in Japan anyway to really hurt sales. Female fans also seem to react differently than male fans. If female fans really cared about their idols dating then everytime they were caught dating they’d get kicked out like female idols do. And male fans are caught extremely often. The fact that they are not proves that female fans don’t really care all that much. They obviously do care, but not really enough to cause a substantial drop in sales. And it’s happened time after time. Arihara Kanna and Hashimoto Ryosuke scandal, Kanna got kicked out. Takaki Yuya and Kato Rubi scandal, Rubi got kicked out. And those are just two examples.

There is one aspect I do find strange and that is how MIA Jin has been lately. If you follow him on twitter you might notice that he hasn’t posted since October. And his last tweet was him announcing his official youtube channel. I guess you can blame it on him being too busy with Meisa now. But not entirely. If you follow him you might also know that a few days ago Jin tweeted on his brother’s twitter. Which was apparelty done on his brother’s phone, so maybe he was just too lazy to get his own phone. But with this piece of news I wonder if that really was the case. Maybe I’m just over analyzing things per usual.

All in all, I’m happy for Jin. Genuinely happy for him. It seems like he really wanted to be a father and because of that I’m happy he finally is going to be one. I’m not going to be petty and say he’s making a mistake because it’s his life. Yes, the timing sucks as he’s right in the middle of trying to conquer the US. But like I said on twitter, this isn’t really going to change anything because it’s not. Shortly after his daughter was born Miyavi went on a world tour. It didn’t exactly make him father of the year, but it is what it is. And apparently Jin is friends with Miyavi, maybe he can get some tips from him.

Akanishi Jin-Seasons PV preview

Recently a PV preview for Jin’s 2nd Japanese solo single, Seasons, was released.

The quality of this PV preview is less than low quality, so it’s extremely hard to really get a feel for the PV. But from what I can make of it, it seems like Jin is singing with his PV daughter the majority of the time. They are singing together back to back in black and white. And the rest of the PV shows Jin singing in the rain and ominously singing in front of candles. I’m not really getting what the storyline is supposed to be, but it’s only 30 seconds long. Obviously it will become apparent when the PV is released.
Can I just say how hilarious this whole single is? And not because it’s bad or anything, because it’s not. The song actually sounds nice. It’s hilarious because this song is in English. English! And so is the B-side! So, why is he releasing this in Japan and not America? Couldn’t he have just simultaneously released it in Japan and America like he did with Test Drive? Are Japanese fans so selfish that they would feel abandoned if Jin didn’t jeopardize his entire US career just to release a single exclusively for them? And not only that, the Japanese PV already looks better than Test Drive does. Mostly because he’s actually showing his face in this video. Hiding your face isn’t going to keep Americans from knowing your Asian or that your face has soft features that Americans would say is girly. Just cut your hair already then. And stop complaining you need a haircut. Because that’s got to be the only reason he wants one. I just don’t understand what is managment is doing. I didn’t get why he was releasing Seasons to begin with, but I accepted it because I thought it was going to be in Japanese. But now that I know it’s in English, I am literally at loss for words. Just crash and burn already Jin. Because it seems like your magament wants you to.

Jin announces new Japanese single

Former KAT-TUN member, and currently artist trying to break into the US, Akanishi Jin announced he will be releasing a new single in Japan. The single is titled Seasons and will be released on December 28th.

I am actually really surprised that Jin is releasing another Japanese single so quickly. And it honestly doesn’t make sense to me. Test Drive was just released on November 8th, shouldn’t he be in the US trying to promote his single? He should be whoring himself to US radio stations and MTV. He should be trying to get the word out about himself and trying to create a buzz. Since right now no one in the US knows he exists. It seems a little premature for him to release something in Japan again. And it just shows that Johnny’s doesn’t really have faith that he’ll succeed, or he just doesn’t know how to manage his artists. That or JE still has the main control over his career. Which is probably exactly what’s going on. I know JE wants to suck as much money as possible from his Japanese fans while they still can, but honestly, it’s only going to hurt Jin in the long run.

The reason why Jin is still so unknown in the US is because his record label isn’t promoting him at all. And going to Japan for a month or more isn’t going to help his US career one bit. And during his fan event for the single the Japanese fans are going to get a preview of his upcoming US album. His Japanese fans are going to get a preview of his US album. I had to repeat the sentense just so you could take that information in twice. So, you’ll see that it still makes zero sense the second time you hear it. I’m sorry, correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought his US album was going to be sold and marketed to the US and not Japan. Wouldn’t it make a lot more sense to do this kind of album preview for US fans? And I don’t know, maybe invite some media and try to get featured on MTV, E, Access Hollywood, or something. Why doesn’t he hang out with his “new friend” Justin Beiber so TMZ can run the picture and say, “who’s the random Asian guy hanging out with the Beibs?” Seriously, that would help his career ten fold. And 100% more than a Japanese single would. I know that Johnny’s doesn’t want to reglect the Japanese fanbase too much, since that’s what Jin has to fall back on, but he seriously needs to. And the Japanese fans need to suck it up. I’m sure they would rather have Jin become an international celebrity to tote around to the world as being a Japanese person the world loves, than to have him fail in the US to release one more single in Japan. Seriously, whoever is managing his career isn’t doing a good enough job. I though they knew what they were doing when they had him collab with Jason Derulo. But they didn’t use that at all. Why didn’t they have Jason go on the radio or TV and promote the single? I’m sure they could have paid him to, just like they paid him be featured in his US debut single. And then they have him meet up with, and possibly, collab with Justin Beiber. Which is just sad, because Jin is too old to. It’s fine when Usher does it because he discovered him, or signed him, or something along those lines. Then they also have him meet Sean Kingston who is completely irrelevant. His last hit was 2 years ago! Which was actually a really catchy song, but that’s besides the point.

I wish I could just have 5 minutes with either Jin or whoever is in charge of his career, because they aren’t doing enough. There have been tons of US artists who’s debut single was a giantic hit. Warner needs to work on getting better artists to collab with. Jin already said he likes Young Money, so setup a collab with Lil Wayne. Lil Wayne has been in something like 80 or 100 collaborations. And he will seriously collab with anyone. I mean anyone, he just collabed with Joe Jonas. No seriously he did, click here if you care. Now, if he will be featured in a Jonas Brother’s solo song, he’d be featured in a Jin song. And a Jin and Lil Wayne collaboration would probably be the hottest thing ever.

Anyway, sorry for the rant. But things like this get me so frustrated. I’ve seen tons of Asian artists fail in the US for no other reason but poor management.