Babymetal & Rob Halford – Painkiller, Breaking The Law

 

When Babymetal devised their metal/Japanese idol hybrid band in 2010, none of the three members (Su-metal, Yuimetal, and Moametal) even knew what metal music was. Now, six years later, they’re covering Judas Priest songs with Rob Halford himself.

 

4minute disbands after 7 years

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The 5 members of popular Korean girl group 4minute have decided to part ways, thus disbanding after 7 years. The news came out at the beginning of the week.

4 of the members (Jihyun, Gayoon, Sohyun and Jiyoon) decided to not renew their contracts with their agency Cube Entertainment which were coming to an end during the month. Only Hyuna (far right on the above image) has renewed her contract, thus continuing doing activities under the Cube label. Undeniably the most popular member, Hyuna is also known for her solo releases as well as her works with the sub-unit Trouble Maker, whereas the other members are rumored to carry on their activities in the fields of acting, producing, singing respectively MCing under different agencies.

Extracts from their discography (in this order):

  • Hot Issue
  • Muzik
  • Whatcha Doin’ Today
  • Crazy
  • Hate

Otani Emiri officially leaves Akishibu Project

Today, Miri-nya officially graduates from idol group Akishibu Project. Her departure has already been announced on the 9th March.

Akishibu Project was formed in 2013 with to aim to connect Akihabara with Shibuya culture. As of now, the current members are leader Yuechi, Hinahi, Saorin-nu, Yuunarin, Abuchan, Amirakuru and Miichan.

2NE1: Minzy leaves the group

2NE1’s agency YG Entertainment has announced on the 5th April that Minzy (Gong Minji) has left the group. The contracts of all the members are set to expire in May and so far, the 3 remaining (CL, Dara and Bom) girls have decided to stay with the company whereas Minzy’s contract is not going to be renewed.

CEO Yang Hyun-suk has moreover announced that the group will continue promoting as 3 and that no member is currently being sought in order to replace Minzy.

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The girl group, originally composed of CL, Bom, Dara and Minzy, debuted in 2009 under YG Entertainment, the same label popular boy band BIG BANG is signed under. They have released 2 full albums as well as 2 mini-albums and were primarily known for their strong image and powerful live performances.

The group also has several major hits throughout its career, including “Fire”, “I Don’t Care”, “Can’t Nobody”, “Go Away”, “Lonely” and arguably their biggest success yet, “I Am The Best”.

2014 album “CRUSH” has been their last release, leading to hits such as “Come Back Home” and “Gotta Be You” as well as extensive touring, including concerts outside of Korea.

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Their career took a toll during that year however when Bom got involved into an alleged “drug scandal”. Reports were released that 4 years prior to the news, the group’s main vocalist was accused of having smuggled drugs that, according to agency statements, had been prescribed back when she lived in the US, but are illegal in South Korea.

Since then, the group has been inactive as a whole, with the exception of a 2015 MAMA live stage. Leader CL is currently trying to grab a hold in the US whereas Dara has been involved into web dramas. Not much has been heard about Minzy thoughout this time.

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Gong Minji debuted at age 16 (Korean age) as the main dancer, lead rapper and later on lead singer of the group. Although the most important vocal song parts were filled out by main vocalist and unique-tone-singer Bom, Minzy was still known among many fans as the member with the better vocal technique. Her vocals were thus used more throughout the later 2NE1 releases.

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Fans have been reacting with overflowing support on social media, frequently showing understanding for the singer’s decision based on her lack of opportunities.

On the other hand, the member’s departure hasn’t been devoid of controversy. Shortly after the news, the father posted a cryptic message that has made fans questions the circumstances behind the leave. His post, mentioning the intention to hold “a press conference to release the truth”, has since then been deleted however and replaced with a new message, stating that “he doesn’t want to be misunderstood”.

Fans have been wondering whether Minzy’s departure wouldn’t shed light on other things as well. She is currently looking for a new agency, according to reports.

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Sources:

[★BREAKING] Minzy confirms she will be leaving 2NE1 permanently

http://www.allkpop.com/article/2016/04/minzys-dad-comments-on-her-leave-from-2ne1

http://www.allkpop.com/article/2016/04/minzys-father-erases-post-targeting-yg-and-writes-something-new

“Alles beim Alen, Alen” – Freshdax Vinyl Release Party

Den 23. Januar huet d’Lëtzebuerger Hiphop-Formatioun Freshdax hier Vinyl-Release-Party vum neien Album “Alles beim Alen, Alen” an de Rotondes organiséiert. Dëss Veröffentlechung, 2 Joer nom Debut “Ziel mir net däi Liewen”, huet misse gebührend gefeiert ginn, mat Géistack an deem een oder anere Feature inklusiv.

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Géint halwer 11 war et sou wäit: Den Optakt huet den Duo Mr Charly an De Lux gemaach. Déi 2 Rapper hunn och schon zesummen e Mixtape erausbruecht a waren hei fir d’Unheize vum Publikum zoustänneg. Vill Leit waren (nach) net op der Plaz, mä den Duo huet sech dovunner net stéiere gelooss. Mat Lidder wéi “De Lares an de Charel” an “Domm Fotz” konnt d’Publikum en Androck vun den 2 Newcomere gewannen.

“Tëschent Humor a Wourécht”

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Als 2. Viroptrëtt huet den Tommek Tracks aus sengem éischte Solo-Album “Tëschent Humor a Wourécht”, deen d’lescht Joer erauskomm ass, performt. Wéi Freshdax gehéiert och hien zu där Sparte an der Lëtzebuerger Rap-Szene, déi statt Swag a Bling-bling op clever Wuertspiller, Ironie a Sarkusmus setzt. Oft ginn Alldagssituatioune wéi an “Vitaminnentherapie” opgeholl, mä och philosophesch oder sozialkritesch Texter, net selten mat engem Aenzwinkern statt “in your face”, gehéiere zu sengem Repertoire.

 

Trotz gudder Stëmmung huet sech och do de Sall nëmme lues gefëllt, wat laut engem Besucher haaptsächlech dorënner louch, dass tëschent deene verschiddenen Optrëtter ze laang Pause waren. Trotzdem sinn Tracks wéi “Ma so!” a “Mlimli an eng Mötsch” gutt beim Publikum ukomm. Méi roueg goung et bei “Porzeläin” zou, dem nodenklechste Bäitrag vum Album, deen och hei net huet misse fehlen.

“D’Rad net nei erfannen, mä de Pneu frësch oppompelen”

 

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Freshdax wëllen erausstiechen. Aus der Rap-Szen, der Lëtzebuerger Museksszen an iwerhapt. Keng typesch Rapper-Lafbunn stëcht hannert dem Duo. Laut dem Julien (hei hannert dem Mic, anerwärts Frontmann vun der Hardcore-/Metal-Band Everwaiting Serenade) gëtt Freshdax och duerchaus vu Leit gelauschtert, déi eigentlech mat Hip-Hop wéineg um Hutt hunn. Vum typesche Mainstream-Ami-Rap-Klischee vu Boobs & ass & 420 club swag, deen oft dorem geeschtert, si mer hei wäit ewech. Mat Witz, Wuertspiller an Ironie gëtt vu Konservatismus bis hin zu Weekend-Revoluzzern a gelangweilt Pinselhausfrae villes parodéiert, kritiséiert an op d’Schëpp geholl.

Bal genau 2 Joer si säit dem Release vum éischten Album “Ziel mir net däi Liewen” vergaang, mä souwuel am Sound- wéi och am flowtechnesche Beräich huet sech den Duo weiderentwéckelt. Nach ëmmer kléngt dat Ganzt “sou relax”, mä ween tëschent den Zeile liest, erkennt och déi schaarf Kritik, déi Freshdax besonnesch un der lëtzebuergescher Gesellschaft ausüben.

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“Gutt drop, besser drënner”

Haptsächlech ginn de Konservatismus an déi Angscht virun allem, wat irgendwéi nei oder ongewinnt ass, déi besonnesch säit der Flüchtlingskris an dem Gebrëll, iwerall Grenzen zou ze maachen, a ganz neier Couleur erstrahlen. Bei Hattxhattxheenxheen gëtt et beispillsweis dorëm, dass et kengem säi Business ass, ween elo mat weem den Owend heemgeet. Weder d’Politiker nach d’Moralapostelen.

Vill Erfolleg beim Publikum hat den 1. Live-Optrëtt vun “Abstrakt Hausfraëkonscht”, mä spéitstens beim Titelsong “Gutt drop, besser drënner” war et och dem Leschten am Sall egal, ob säin Arsch elo fir Hip-Hop gemaach ass oder net. Niewent Tracks vum neien Album goufen och eeler Hits wéi “D‘Spillplaz”, “Sprang drop” an e Remix vun “Der Mamm hiere Beschten” performt.

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Et gouf vill Applaus deen Owend. Déi 2 Memberen hunn ëmmer erem mat hieren Intermezzi tëschent de Lidder fir Stëmmung gesuergt an d’Leit zum Matmaache bewegt. Och de Jacques koum mat sengem Géistack ganz iwerzegend eriwer. Bei Feature-Tracks géint d’Enn vum Concert waren och den T the Boss an de Maka MC mat dobäi.

Fir 15 Euro hat een d’Geleenheet, sech niewt dem Entréesticket eng Vinylplatte ze besuergen. Op déi Offre, déi och net bei all Lëtzebuerger Concert gemaach gëtt, hunn dann och vill Leit zeréckgegraff.

Love Live! Seiyuu Unit looking forward to 2016 Live Shows

After their appearance at the 66th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen (without Yoshino Nanjou), the 9 members of Love Live!’s own idol group μ will be holding their “Final Love Live!” concert at Tokyo dome from 31 March until 1 April 2016. The seiyuu unit consisting of Emi Nitta, Aya Suzuki, Suzuko Mimori, Pile, Riho Iida, Yurika Kubo, Yoshino Nanjou, Aina Kusuda and Sora Tokui has been around since 2010.

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As the real-life version of the fictional idol group μ from the Love Live! anime, the unit has been holding several concerts and live shows, among which was last year’s “μ’s Go→Go! LoveLive! 2015 ~Dream Sensation!~”, and is going to release its final single on 2 March. In addition, the contracts of the 9 voice actresses are set to expire around the end of March, which led to rumors about a disbandment coming up.

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Said rumours were however denied by  μ’s center Emi Nitta who clarified that “μ’s Final Love Live!” would “only be their final concert by themselves” and that the group wasn’t breaking up. Nico Yazawa’s voice actress Sora Takui added that the show was planned as a “culmination of their work”.

Fans have been relieved to hear about the disbanding rumors being denied, but were left wondering whether the statements were implying future performances with μ’s successor group from Love Live! Sunshine, Aquors.

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In anticipation of the final concert  “LoveLive! μ’s FINAL LoveLive! μ’sic Forever♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪”, the 9 members have launched a “LoveLive! μ’s Thank You Project ~Road to μ’sic Forever~” for their Japanese fans, which includes screening events in Japanese theaters, special broadcasts and programs for regular and premium Bandai Channel users alike as well as the release of 3 Love Live! books.

 

Sources:

http://www.afachan.asia/2015/12/seiyuu-love-lives-%CE%BCs-break-contract-expires-april/

http://www.afachan.asia/2015/12/seiyuu-good-news-love-lives-%CE%BCs-note-really-breaking/

http://www.lovelive-anime.jp/otonokizaka/sp_finallive.html

http://pilefectionmedia.com/2015/12/29/kouhaku-uta-gassen-rehearsal-love-live-%CE%BCs-muse-denies-disbandment-rumours-next-spring-of-the-final-live-will-be-the-culmination-official/

NEWS FLASH!! Thank You for All the Legends!! μ’s FINAL LoveLive! Project “Music” Start!!!

Miliyah Kato releases FUTURE LOVER -Mirai Koibito- short video

The Japanese Pop/R&B singer has recently released the short version PV of FUTURE LOVER -Mirai Koibito-, which uses Daft Punk’s One More Time as a sample throughout the song. The latter starts with the hook from the hit song released 15 years ago before jumping over to Kato’s own vocals.

The single is set to be released on the 13th January.