New Arashi Releases

ArashiArashi fans be happy! Your favourite group will release a new album as well as a live DVD this summer.

Online music store "CD Japan" announced the release of a new Arashi album titled "Beautiful World" on July 6th. Besides 7 new songs the album will also include each member's solo and most likely the latest singles.

Siam Shade Will Reunite

Siam Shade will reuniteRock band SIAM SHADE has announced that it will be reuniting for earthquake victims.

"To those who are suffering in disaster regions, and to Japan in the midst of an unprecedented crisis: we originally did not know what we could do to help out, but now we realize what we can do is devliver our 'music'.

Rock No Gakuen Moves To Osaka

Rockno Gakuen The annual Rock No Gakuen (Rock academy) event, a music workshop that was postponed due to the Kanto region's rolling power outages following the Great East Japan Earthquake in March, will happen instead at an Osaka shopping facility later this month.

The event, which features performances, talk sessions and music paraphernalia sales, has been held annually at a vacant high school in Miura, Kanagawa Prefecture, since 2007.

Lady Gaga To Perform In Chiba

Lady Gaga in JapanAmerican singer Lady Gaga will come to Japan for a June 25 charity performance in Chiba Prefecture, as part of the MTV Music Aid Japan series. Other artists canceled events scheduled in Japan amid fears of radiation leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor complex, but Lady Gaga was quick to say that she was not concerned. MTV quickly offered her a spot in the Music Aid Japan series.

X Japan Crystal Piano Auction

X Japan's Yoshiki crystal pianoRock band X Japan founder Yoshiki, who announced in March his plan to auction off his favorite crystal piano to raise money for Japan’s earthquake and tsunami victims, has revealed that he is working with Internet portal Yahoo to make the auction available worldwide.

Yoshiki Supports Quake Recovery

X Japan's YoshikiRock band X Japan founder Yoshiki will auction off his favorite piano to raise money for victims of the catastrophic series of earthquakes and tsunami which struck Japan last Friday.

After seeing images from the northeast, Yoshiki said he was struck by the scale of the devastation and immediately sent out a Twitter message asking his fans if they were OK.

Keisuke Kuwata New Album Tops

Musicman by Keisuke KuwataSouthern All Stars frontman Keisuke Kuwata, 55, who made a triumphant comeback on NHK’s New Year’s Eve program “Kohaku Uta Gassen,” after undergoing surgery for esophageal cancer last year, has released a new solo album which has rocketed to the top of Japan’s Oricon album chart.

The new album, titled “Musicman,” is his first solo since 2002’s “Rock and Roll Hero.”

Mika Nakashima Stage Return

Mika NakashimaSinger Mika Nakashima, 27, announced she will return to the stage after a hiatus since October 2010, due to a rare ear condition called Patulous Eustachian Tube.

On April 22, she will begin her 2011 “The Only Star” all-Japan tour, which will coincide closely with her April 27 release of her new single, “Dear.”

Matsumoto , Uchida Win Grammys

Takahiro MatsumotoTakahiro Matsumoto, guitarist in the popular Japanese rock duo B’z, on Sunday won the Best Pop Instrumental Album award at the Grammys, sharing the prize with American jazz fusion guitarist Larry Carlton for their collaborative album ‘‘Take Your Pick.’‘

Mtv Australia To Rock Japan

Mademoiselle Yulia MTV Australia is to bring its awe-inspiring winter live music event, MTV Snow Jam, to Japan for the first time ever as the MTV Japan Jam VIP Tour, presented by Jagermeister and sponsored by Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

The ultimate northern hemisphere VIP winter experience, the MTV Japan Jam 30+ person traveling tour will include 3-piece dance punk band Art vs Science, Tokyo’s trend setting music artist Mademoiselle Yulia, Sydney based DJ Anna Lunoe .

Popular School Song In Japan

Aogeba TotoshiA university professor in Tokyo said Monday he has found the original version of a song that is often sung at graduation ceremonies in Japan in a music book published in the United States in 1871, clearing up a long-standing mystery about the origin of the song.

Masato Sakurai, professor emeritus at Hitotsubashi University, said the melody and fermata musical notations of the original song titled "Song for the Close of School" are exactly the same as the Japanese school song "Aogeba Totoshi" .

Akb48 Beginner Sells Million

AKB 48 - BeginnerBeginner, a single released by all-girl Japanese pop idol group AKB48 last October, has sold more than 1 million copies, music information provider Oricon Inc. said Monday.

The song became the first million-seller single in Japan in three years and five months, since sales of "Sen-no kaze-ni natte" sung by tenor Masafumi Akikawa passed the 1 million mark in August 2007, according to the company.

Harumi Hanafusa American Debut

Harumi Hanafusa Celebrated Japanese pianist Harumi Hanafusa will make her long-awaited American debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on January 15.

Known for her kaleidoscopic repertoire including classic, romantic and modern works, this one-night only concert presented by Robin Radin Productions features the world premiere of a major new work for piano by the leading Japanese composer, Toshi Ichiyanagi.

Seiji Ozawa Awarded

Seiji OzawaJapanese conductor Seiji Ozawa will be presented Saturday with the Shigemitsu Award, given annually to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to peaceful communication between nations through cultural activity.

The Japan Society of Boston cited Ozawa’s latest endeavor to stage a series of concerts with his Saito Kinen Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York despite “severe physical setbacks including a major cancer operation and continuing back problems.”