Let’s face it – everyone wants to release stuff at the start of Spring. There are all sorts of great seasonal themes to tap into and people are in more of a shopping mood after recovering from the end-of-year shopping and also thanks to the better weather. Which artists will rise to the occasion and give the season its soundtrack?

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 or at least recognize). I know I must have missed important ones, so 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).

March 5th

Kis-My-Ft2 – Hikari no Signal

JUJU – Door (album)

Tohoshinki – Tree (album)

Dochin Yoshikuni – Bronze Caravan (album)

Cute – Kokoro no Sakebi no Uta ni Shitemita/Love take it all

Angela Aki – Tapestry of Songs – the Best of Angela Aki (album)

Maeda Atsuko – Seventh Code

NICO Touches the Walls – Lawhide

EXILE TAKAHIRO – Love Story

Sako Tomohisa – Mahou no Yoru to Fushigina Waltz

androp – period (album)

Plastic Tree – echo (mini-album)

DAIGO – DAIGOLD (album)

March 11th

Acid Black Cherry – Kimi ga Inai, Ano hi kara . . .

Tsuchiya Anna – Sugar Palm (album)

March 12th

BUMP OF CHICKEN – Ray (album)

A.B.C-Z – from ABC to Z (album)

HKT48 – Sakura, Minna de Tabeta

Morning Musume ’14 – Morning Musume ’14 Coupling Collection (album)

SID – Outsider (album)

EXILE ATSUSHI – Music (album)

Hisaishi Joe – Ghibli Best Stories (album)

9nine – With You/With Me

Ketsumeishi – CALIFORNIE

SKY-HI – Trickster (album)

March 19th

SKE48 – Mirai to wa

Tackey & Tsubasa – Boku no Soba ni wa Hoshi ga Aru/Viva Viva More

E-girls – Colorful Pop (album)

Chris Hart – Song for You (album)

Koda Kumi – Driving Hits 6 (album)

Juice=Juice  – Hadaka no Hadaka no Hadaka no Kiss/Arekore Shitai

Yusuke – Ano . . . Tabi no Tochu Nandesukedo

Fudanjuku – Power of Wind (album)

Alice Nine – Supernova (album)

Green – (Title TBA)

March 26th

Kis-My-Ft2 – HIT! HIT! HIT! – Kis-My Selection 2014 (album)

NMB48 – (Title TBA)

Sandaime J Soul Brothers – (Title TBA)

May J. – Heartful Song Covers (album)

Fairies – Fairies (album)

DREAMS COME TRUE – Again

PASSPO – Perfect Sky

April 2nd

Nogizaka46 – (Title TBA)

Nakayama Yuma – High Five

Fukuyama Masaharu – Human (album)

Sada Masashi – ZAN SHUN

First of all, wow there are a lot of albums coming out! I guess with practically every week occupied by a -48 family single except for that one Kis-My-Ft2 release, the really interesting competition will be on the album side.

In terms of numbers, I’m interested in seeing how the A.B.C-Z album will do since all their single releases have been DVD singles set at a higher price point and placed on the DVD rankings rather than the CD ones. It’s hard to even set an expectation.

I’m also unsure about the Nakayama Yuma release on April 2nd. We know he has the skills to be a great performer, but is being a solo act really the way to go for him?

Otherwise, amidst all the recognizable and respectable names, we’ll just have to see which songs really capture the seasonal imagination, if any. Personally, I already have all the Ghibli tunes, but I can’t think of better music to suit Spring. I don’t think the Joe Hisaishi album will sell too many copies, though, because like me, I imagine most people who’ve fallen in love with the music from the Miyazaki films already have them.