While not quite as packed with interesting releases as July, there’s plenty in August keep the Oricon numbers interesting every week.
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.
More complete listings are available on merchant websites (I use CD Japan’s list).
Southern All Stars – Peace & Hi-lite
Akanishi Jin – Hey What’s Up?
Acid Black Cherry – Greed Greed Greed
Nishino Kana – Namida Iro
IDOLING!!! – Summer Lion
Yusuke – Tomorokoshi/Earth Child
Kis-My-Ft2 – Kimi tono Kiseki
UVERworld – Fight for Liberty/Wizard CLUB
Dream5 – We are Dreamer
SCANDAL – Kagen no Tsuki
The Second from EXILE – Survivors feat. DJ MAKIDAI
An Cafe – ROMAN-Let’s make precious love
SONAR POCKET – Senko Hanabi – 8 Gatsu no Yakusoku
AKB48 – Koisuru Fortune Cookie
V6 – Kimi ga Omoidasu Boku wa Kimi wo Aishiteru Darou Ka
Sukima Switch – Popman’s World – All Time Best 2003-2013 (album)
EXILE ATSUSHI – Michishirube
GReeeeN – Itoshi Kimi e
androp – Voice
Morning Musume – (Title TBA)
Nakashima Mika – Boku ga Shino to Omotta no wa
LUNA SEA – Thoughts
mihimaru GT – mihimaland (album)
mihimaru GT – mihimania 4 (compilation)
Sonar Pocket – Sonapokeizm SUPER BEST (album)
HKT48 – Melon Juice
AAA – (Title TBA)
Tohoshinki – Scream
Nishino Kana – Love Collection – pink – (album)
Nishino Kana – Love Collection – mint – (album)
Southern All Stars will be the main treat on August 7th. I sort of expected Akanishi Jin-kun to get back to work after a respectable amount of time after his kid’s birth, so I don’t really consider this a big comeback, though it’ll still be interesting to see what sort of number he posts.
Has Kis-My-Ft2 continued to increase their already formidable fanbase? Will UVERworld be able to contend for #2 on August 14th? And even though they’ll be lucky to get into the top 10, I’m still a Dream5 booster.
The single title for V6 was really long – I hope that doesn’t hamper their ability to promote it. Obviously AKB48 is going to take the top spot on August 21st, but how will the group’s numbers turn out without the election boost?
Morning Musume seems to be picking up steam these days – will that trend continue with this new single?
Even though I don’t normally cover DVD releases, I suppose special note must be given for the Johnny’s World DVD on the 14th and the SZ Japan Tour DVD on the 28th. It just feels odd to have two Johnny’s DVD releases – both involving Shounen Club regulars – in the same month.