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  • Jay 6:06 pm on 2010-12-08 Permalink | Reply  

    S/mileage Fourth Single Details 

    S/mileage’s previously untitled fourth single has finally received a name.  In contrast to their previous two singles, the title of the single is considerably shorter.  Titled Short Cut, it doesn’t really give a lot of indication as to what kind of sound we’ll be expecting from their next single.  The single will be released in four different limited versions and a regular.  In an interesting turn of events, each version of the single will have a different coupling track.  It’s an interesting marketing technique being applied by UFA.  I’m interested to hear what each coupling track sounds like.

    The single will be released 9th February 2011.

    I wonder what coupling track will be available on iTunes?  I can’t afford to ship in physical copies of H!P singles so I’ve been buying them off iTunes.

     
    • Adam 9:23 pm on 2010-12-08 Permalink | Reply

      It’s a very good marketing technique and one used by Johnny’s and almost avery major avex artist. I’ve never understood why Hello! Pro don’t do this. Let’s hope it sells a whole lot more than usual and opens their eyes to the power of multiple c/ws!

      • jaydesummers 3:36 am on 2010-12-09 Permalink | Reply

        They did it with Nanchatte Renai back in 2009 and arguably, it worked spectacularly for Morning Musume as it’s their best selling single of the past two years. I’d like to see something like this done with Morning Musume’s future singles. It would make for some very interesting promotion.

  • Jay 7:48 pm on 2010-11-27 Permalink | Reply  

    Hello!Project News Roundup 

    Hello! Project's logo

    Image via Wikipedia

     

    Seems like the release dates just keep on coming don’t they? Can anyone else hear their bank accounts wailing in agony yet?

    Saki Shimizu of Berryz Koubou revealed on her blog today that she’ll be getting her first PB and Solo DVD in January. I know a lot of Berryz Koubou fans have been asking for a photobook of Captain for a long time and their finally getting their wish granted! I’ve never purchased a photobook myself because of the price but I definitely won’t complain about the great shots contained within these books!

    Recent nominees for Best New Artist, S/mileage will be releasing their fourth — currently untitled — single on February 9th, 2011! I’ve quite enjoyed S/mileages releases and have enjoyed the fact that at least one group in Hello!Project has been getting some decent promotion. Now take a hint UFA and promote all of the groups in H!P equally. I can’t wait for their upcoming first album. The upcoming single will be released in five different versions.

    Erina Mano will also be release her 9th single (also currently untitled) on January 26th, 2011. I hope that this new single will continue down the path of her recent single Genkimono de Ikou! as I believe that a rock/pop sound would be the perfect sound for her. I heard great improvement in her voice in this single so I’m excited to see how much she’s progressed since this last single was released.

     
    • 亚当 7:50 pm on 2010-11-27 Permalink | Reply

      Not been a round-up on here for a while, nice work! Really good post! :)

      • jaydesummers 10:46 pm on 2010-11-27 Permalink | Reply

        Well Saki is the last of the remaining Hello Project Kids to get a PB and I really like S/mileage so it seemed like a good time. ^^

        Manoeri… I keep waiting for her to really impress me.

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  • TH!P 1:38 am on 2010-04-04 Permalink | Reply  

    S/mileage to make major debut (2010-05-26) 

    S/mileage were issued a challenge by Tsunku around a month ago – if they could collect 10,000 photos of fans smiling through mobile, web and physical submission, their major debut would be confirmed. If they could not achieve this their future would be unclear. This challenge was pretty much a sure thing and sure enough, S/mileage succeeded with around 16,000 photos collected.

    As such, they will release their major debut single in May, star in a stage play in August and have their own tour later this year. Well done girls, let’s hope you’re an interesting group!

    Their debut single will be titled Yume Miru 15sai 夢見る15歳/才 (As I haven’t seen the Japanese title I can only guess how they’ll have it)

     
    • Solfa 12:14 am on 2010-04-09 Permalink | Reply

      16,000 photos were collected. It is too much but I like it….

    • Ao 11:39 pm on 2010-07-24 Permalink | Reply

      eeeehhh so they never did make the mural for it??

  • Michi 10:22 am on 2009-12-02 Permalink | Reply  

    New releases for next year 

    To start things off, Morning Musume‘s 42nd single has been revealed along with a release date, keep in mind that both are still subject to change before the date. The single is titled 女が目立って なぜイケナイ (Onna ga Medatte naze Ikenai, What’s wrong with woman standing out?) and will (for now) be released on 2010-02-10 in four different versions. This will be the first Morning Musume single to not feature Koharu as she graduates in just a few short days, on December 6.

    I just recieved my newsmail from cdjapan today and it featured a new release for AKB48 due out a week later, 2010-02-17. So far the single remains Untitled but according to the description, it will feature a graduation song and both versions of the single(from what I’ve seen as of now) are CD+DVD editions, both featuring different Music Videos.

    Also on E-hon’s page it was revealed that Mano Erina will be releasing a new Image DVD titled Mano Guide in Yakushima which release date is on 2010-01-27. We can assume that there might be an upcoming Photobook announcement a few days before the DVD release date as it has been the custom with the most recent Hello!Project Photobook releases as of late.

    Guardians 4 also have a single announced for next year, the title being ‘Going on!’ which will be going on sale on 2010-01-27 with the Single V coming out the week after on 2010-02-03.

    And Mano Erina also has a new single announced for next year, due out on 2010-02-24 and so far the title has been revealed to be 春の嵐 (Haru no Arashi) and it will be released in two limited editions along with one regular edition.

    And lastly, Tsunku has finally announced that S/mileage will be graduating from Hello! Project Eggs status and having their official debut under the Hello! Project umbrella during spring of next year. Something which I’m really looking forward to since I’ve enjoyed all of their indies releases.

    Seems next year will be full of Hello! Project releases. Which is a very good thing in my book. ^^

     
    • Fiendish 3:57 pm on 2009-12-02 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the update ^.^
      Looking forward to hear and see these singles

  • TH!P 12:52 pm on 2009-11-03 Permalink | Reply  

    New Singles for C-ute & S/mileage 

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    It was announced yesterday that C-ute will release their 11th single this coming 2010-01-06 – the first major Hello! Project release of the new year. It will also be the group’s first single as a 5 member group, I’m hoping it’s something a bit more enjoyable than everything they released in 2009! The single is titled SHOCK!

    Smileage+sage002

    S/mileage will release their 3rd indies single entitled スキちゃん (Suki Chan) this month on 2009-11-23, the group will most likely make their major debut next year though as their indie singles are published on TNX it’s unclear if they’ll debut under Hello! Project or TNX – I’m hoping Hello! Project!

     

     
    • rasune7 5:12 am on 2009-11-04 Permalink | Reply

      like YAY! i hope S/mileage’s new single is as good as the last one. Asu wa Date na no ni, Ima Sugu Koe ga Kikitai long name for an awesome song.

    • Bombie_ 12:19 am on 2009-11-05 Permalink | Reply

      Love you s/mileage!!! =)
      im a boy but i’ve been watching your videos for more thn a month 24/7… GOD!! yuukanon!! hehe ^_^

  • TH!P 6:55 pm on 2009-08-29 Permalink | Reply  

    2nd Indies Single for S/mileage (09-09-23) 

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    It has been announced today that S/mileage will release their 2nd indie single on 2009-09-23 with the title あすはデートなのに今すぐ声が聞きたい;Asu ha Deeto na no ni Ima Sugu Koe ga Kikitai; Even though we have a date tomorrow, I want to hear your voice right now.

    Sounds like it could be a mature sounding song! Previews are bound to come soon!

     
  • TH!P 9:42 pm on 2009-06-09 Permalink | Reply  

    Review: Ama no Jaku 

    Smileage Ama no Jaku

    Artist: S/mileage
    Title: ぁまのじゃく (Ama no Jaku)
    Release Date: 2009-06-07

    Tracklisting:

    1. ぁまのじゃく
    2. ぁまのじゃく(Instrumental)

    Fresh from Hello! Pro Egg, S/milage released their debut indie single Ama no Jaku a few days ago under the TNX label though as far we all know, they are still under the Hello! Project umbrella and may release their major debut under a different, Up-Front label.

    Their debut single was supposed to portray a mature yet cute image and the single manages this to varying degrees. The song opens quite nicely with a pretty cool, edgy sounding intro, different to the usual fare of nursery-rhyme like melodies we’re used to hearing from young groups in Hello! Project. The song continues on a similiar vein with a pretty decent menu and above average vocals from the girls, especially Fukuda Kanon and Maeda Yuuka.

    I can’t help however but be a little disapointed by the chorus, it was, for want of a better word, a little bit bleh. It lacks a distinctive melody and isn’t too markedly different from the rest of the song, throughout the entire song I find myself waiting for something bigger to happen and sadly it never really happens.

    Overall, Ama no Jaku is a pretty decent debut single from S/milage and as an indie release of it’s pretty decent quality. From the previews the PV looks pretty impressive and this is a cut above both Mano Erina and THE Possible’s indie debut as far as I’m concerned. I hope their major debut will have a little more oomph though.

    Overall Rating: 7.5 / 10

     
    • Kenny Yi 12:04 pm on 2009-06-12 Permalink | Reply

      I am 100% with you on the chorus. I was expecting something so good after the strong verse, but it was disappointing.

      I guess you can’t expect tooooo much from an Indies single. Strong members [excluding Ayaka D:!] though, I’m excited to see where they go.

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