Wow, there are a lot of interesting releases for July – there’s good stuff every week. We haven’t had a month like this in ages.
As always, this list has selected single and album releases for the month, not all of them (i.e. releases from groups that I’m interested in tracking). My apologies if I missed a significant release – please mention the artist and title in a comment and I’ll update the list as long as I can confirm it’s for sale.
More complete listings are available on merchant websites (I use CD Japan’s list).
Nogizaka46 – Girls Rule
BUMP OF CHICKEN – BUMP OF CHICKEN I 1999-2004 (album)
BUMP OF CHICKEN – BUMP OF CHICKEN II 2005-2010 (album)
Shounentai – Wangan Skiyer
Shounentai – Ai to Chinmoku
Shounentai – Jounestu no ichiya
(Original Soundtrack) – PLAYZONE ’13 SONG & DANC ‘N. PART III (album)
VAMPS – (A)head / Replay
GACKT – Best Of The Best vol.1 -Mild- (album)
GACKT – Best Of The Best vol.1 -Wild- (album)
flumpool – Taisetsuna Mono wa Kimi Igai ni Miataranakute / Binetsu Refrain
Angela Aki – Yume no Owari Ai no Hajimari
S/mileage – Atarashii Watashi ni Nare! / Yattaruchan
Amuro Namie – Feel (album)
EXILE TRIBE (Sandaime J-Soul Brothers and GENERATIONS) – Burning Up
Gouriki Ayame – Tomodachi Yori Daiji na Hito
DREAMS COME TRUE – (Title TBA)
Ikimonogakari – Egao
A.B.C-Z – Walking on Clouds (DVD single)
Watanabe Mayu – Rappa Renshuchu
Cute – Kanashiki Amefuri / Adam to Eve no Dilemma
NICO Touches the Walls – Niwakaame nimo Makezu
An Cafe – Itai Onna – NO PAIN, NO LOVE ? JAPAIN GIRLS in LOVE
SKE48 – Utsukushii Inazuma
NEWS – NEWS (album)
SHARAM Q – “Single Bed”
Tsuchiya Anna – (Title TBA)
aiko – Loveletter / 4 Gatsu no Ame
Sako Tomohisa – Bye-Bye
AI – Moriagaro (album)
SUPER JUNIOR – Hero (album)
GLAY – DARK RIVER / Eternally / Tokei
Kobukuro – One Song From Two Hearts / Diamond
Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku – Chunin (album)
Ikimonogakari – I (album)
bump.y – Savage Heaven
Yamashita Tomohisa – Summer Nude ’13
UVERworld – (Title TBA)
Mizuki Nana – Vitalization
Koda Kumi – Summer Trip
MAXIMUM THE HORMONE – Yoshu Fukushu (album)
BABYRAIDS – Baby Ambitious
DAIGO – Itsumo Dakishimete / Mugen REBIRTH
Southern All Stars – Peace to Highlight
Akanishi Jin – Hey What’s Up?
Acid Black Cherry – Greed Greed Greed
IDOLING!!! – Summer Lion
So . . . where do I start? I guess chronological order makes sense.
The BUMP OF CHICKEN releases, though just compilation albums, will be the highlights of that side of the charts on July 3rd. I don’t know what’s up with the Shounentai releases – it seems odd to have three simultaneously like that, but I’m sure there’s a reason for it. Otherwise, I’m always curious about VAMPS singles – Hyde-san’s voice is always intriguing, but I can never tell beforehand whether I’ll enjoy the song or not.
On July 10th, I’m very curious about how Gouriki Ayame-san will do, and there’s some serious competition around in that week. Too bad A.B.C-Z still isn’t releasing regular singles, but I hope they do well enough with this DVD single release to gain the confidence of the agency.
I’m looking forward to the NEWS self-titled album on July 17th, and I continue to be interested in Sako Tomohisa-kun’s releases as well.
July 24th has two seasoned heavyweights on the single side – GLAY and Kobukuro. I’m not sure how the album side will shape up between Ikimonogakari and SUPER JUNIOR.
To close out July, I’ll be watching how Yamapi’s single does, though I wish it didn’t have a title that scream s”this is not for you!” at me.
And after Yamapi’s release, we get Akanishi Jin-kun’s comeback in the following week. “Hey What’s Up?” isn’t the most inspiring title ever, either, but I hope he does well with it. Southern All Stars and Acid Black Cherry are both top-class purveyors of music, and I’ll be looking forward to hearing what they have for us in August.