I get excited every time I make JPOP updates. It gives a nice breather from all the pretty boy fangirling I do. Plus I’m really bad at translating, so I’m thankful to my sources. Anyways, first up!
Queen of JPOP Ayumi Hamasaki will expand her career to the US and Europe?
There’s been a lot of rumors surrounding Ayu’s absence in JPOP lately, from wedding rumors to her “fading” caeer.
“According to the inside document report FRIDAY has got in their possession, the latest international releases from both fellow label colleague BoA and her former rival Utada Hikaru was received with great enthusiasm by producers and critics in the U.S, with the exception of the general public. Under several circumstances, its in fact the name “Ayumi Hamasaki” that have been mentioned and sought after, both during interviews and live presentations, to Utada’s and BoA’s frustration.
For many it may seem as if Ayu has been slowly fading out of the entertainment industry, but this is incorrect. According to sources within the Avex Group, Hamasaki uses a lot of time to practice her language, which she takes weekly English language exams, preparing for a huge career move.”
Wow. Ayu coming to the US market? Never saw that coming. Idunno. There are so many Asian acts trying to break through the American market these days. It’s hard to say who’s gonna make it or not. But as for Ayu… she may make it in the European market, I kind of see her doing a Kylie Minogue-esque type of image. Ayu’s actually very versatile. I’m not a fan of her music, but I doubt that her career is fading. The Japanese love her! She’s kept her consistent cute-sexy appeal and she’s proven more than enough that she’s got staying power in the biz. A lot of artists have come and gone, but she’s still considered the queen. I’m just not sure if she’ll continue to reign overseas.
A movie comeback for Erika Sawajiri?
OMG. I’m so happy! If you’ve followed my posts since my beginnings at LJ, I’m sure you know how I get when I talk about Erika. She’s my girl!! I was really disappointed about her marriage, (and yes, even though I’m a girl, lol) and the long hiatus she took after that “Betsu ni” incident. If you’re not familiar with what happened, message me. She may be a bitch but I still love her! LOL.
“Sawajiri Erika has the chance to villanize live version of the film Space Battleship Yamato
Earlier news says Kimura Takuya of SMAP will make his new debut in the live version movie “Space Battleship Yamato.” The production details have not been officially announced yet, but the female candidate has been made to public by Weekly Bunshun, and Sawajiri Erika will be the leading actress in the movie “Yamato”.
Manager drums up support for Erika’s comeback
The film version of “Yamato” is funded by the TBS TV station. Due to his excellent relationship with TBS, Kimura immediately agreed to perform. Besides, part of the production staff once participated in making the movie Departures, an award-winning film. The line-up proves really great. As for the female character Mori Yuki, Sawajiri Erika is said to play the role. Furthermore, SMAP’s manager, known around a wide range of people in the showbiz, personally lobbied Erika’s performances, so the success rate is higher. When the film makers closely associated with Kimura were interviewed by the magazines, they still dragged their feet over the film rumors, only saying they have to wait for a formal announcement.”
Can I get a WOOT! WOOT!
I know I did a photshoot special about Erika before, but to celebrate her comeback, let’s take a look at her most diva photos!
What I like about her is that she’s a really good actress and model. And even though people see her as having an “attitude,” I think the media had been a little hard on her. I mean, she made a mistake. I hope this comeback will take her career to new heights. Anyway, I like how she’s not all cutesy-poo like hundreds of other artists out there.
She’s half-Algerian by the way. I saw a photo of her queen mother and she’s gorgeous! Very regal.
This is her mom and husband at her traditional Japanese wedding.
Couture dress fit for a queen.
So what do you think about Erika’s comeback (with KimuTaku no less!)?
Will Ayu make it in the US/Europe?
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