MUCC Has Two Fans Added to its Line up

DEAN and Hancho are the two lucky fans that joined the Japanese band MUCC today. They join the band becoming YUKKE’s junior fellows.

On July 26th viewers of MUCC’s nico program could vote and choose two members to join the band. Hancho is a foreign exchange student, so we might be getting a few new English tweets out of one of the new members. Check twitter both the new members have accounts.

Arashi announces the big Dome tour + New album

On September 20th, popular group Arashi held the first day of their 2-day live “AraFes” at the National Olympic Stadium.  

70,000 fans were in attendance for the opening show. The “AraFes” concert is different from Arashi’s regular concerts, as its set list was based on fans’ requests – about 270,000 of them.  

Arashi performed about 40 songs that were ranked top among their singles, tracks from albums, as well as the coupling songs.

The biggest announcement though was that they would be releasing a new album “Popcorn” on October 31st, and holding a big Dome tour.

Starting at Kyocera Dome Osaka on November 16th, Arashi will make the rounds in the 5 big Domes of Japan (Kyocera Dome Osaka, Sapporo Dome, Fukuoka Yahoo! JAPAN Dome, Tokyo Dome, and Nagoya Dome).

And as Matsumoto Jun declares “Arashi’s summer never ends.”

This Summer’s Music Festival Season in Japan

Across Japan, the June rainy season is about to give way to summer’s searing heat that kicks in come July. That means one thing to music fans: Festival season is getting into full swing.

This year, The Japan Times picks out the best of the bunch — whether it’s Kazuyoshi Kushida, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu or Kraftwerk that gets your mercury soaring.

The monsters

These extravaganzas on the festival circuit have been drumming up publicity via social media for months with line-up announcements, and each one grabs annual attendances of more than 100,000.

The first to take place will be Fuji Rock Festival (July 27-29). Since relocating in 1999 to its present home of Naeba, Niigata Prefecture, new stages have been added regularly to the venue, making it Japan’s largest festival. This year’s main draw is Britain’s Radiohead, who will headline the final day’s program on Sunday night. In fact, the headlining slots are pretty much a U.K. rock lover’s dream (though I wish Blur or Pulp could’ve made the bill) with former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher’s new band Beady Eye, and the recently reformed Stone Roses anchoring Friday’s lineup; and The Specials and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds taking the main Green Stage on Saturday. It’s unlikely that Liam and Noel will cross paths, as the brothers are reportedly not on speaking terms — but if there’s ever a chance for drama it’s more likely at Fuji.

Read the rest of the story: Festival season in Japan gets the mercury rising.

NMB48 unveiled

The Osaka-based idol group NMB48 finally made their public debut on Saturday, participating in an AKB48 event in Tokyo. 26 members attended, labeled as the first generation of kenkyuusei research students. The group just completed its audition last month, so the members are still taking lessons and have not yet been assigned to teams.When the results of the audition were announced, there were 39 names. There are 13 girls who are no longer listed on the group’s website, which has just officially launched:

  • Mayu Kusaka
  • Sara Kondo
  • Mari Saito
  • Ayaka Suzuki
  • Rina Tanaka
  • Mami Tsukiyama
  • Sari Nishikawa
  • Rina Hyoda
  • Miyuki Furukawa
  • Erika Maruyama
  • Ayaka Murakami
  • Rei Mori
  • Minami Yasaka

The remaining 26 girls range in age from 12 years old to 18 years old, with an average of 14.7. They are planning to make their performance theater debut next year, though their main venue has not yet been announced.