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Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘Sixxxxxx’ – EP Review

Released: August 5, 2015 (Avex Trax) Clearly after the release of Ayu's 2015 studio album A One, she sure had some unfinished business to attend to. And that business, predictably, resulted into her mini-album Sixxxxxx—a title that represents the fact it's her sixth mini-album and that it features six songs—which, drum roll please... was released five months… Continue reading Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘Sixxxxxx’ – EP Review

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Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘A One’ – Album Review

Released: April 8, 2015 (Avex Trax) In 2015, Japan's reigning queen of pop Ayumi Hamasaki released her studio album A One, her 16th to be exact. And do you want to know something exciting? Well, there isn't any... It's just Ayu-chan releasing another album... every year. These days, I just throw a dart on my calendar… Continue reading Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘A One’ – Album Review

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Utada Hikaru releases two new stellar singles, “Oozora de Dakishimete” and “Forevermore”

After her glorious return to the music scene with last year's Fantome, J-Pop goddess Utada Hikaru bounced back with a new style. And this style has been demonstrated into her two new stunning singles "Oozora de Dakisheimete" and "Forevermore". Yes y'all, J-Pop alarm bells are ringing! The singer announced back in February that she was to… Continue reading Utada Hikaru releases two new stellar singles, “Oozora de Dakishimete” and “Forevermore”

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Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘Colours’ – Album Review

Released: July 2, 2014 (Avex Trax) Habitually, Ayu-chan would release a studio album every single year. It's inevitable as hell and, giving the fact that she has pigeonholed herself now as songstress that only deals with J-pop tunes (ehhh...), it comes wholesomely inconsistent and predictable. So when Ms. Ayu released her fifteenth studio album Colours back… Continue reading Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘Colours’ – Album Review

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Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘Love Again’ – Album Review

Released: February 8, 2013 (Avex Trax)  Ayumi Hamasaki's 2013 studio album Love Again is as predictable as it could get. Having flourished with a slightly similar conceptual record back in 2010—the timid Love Songs—Ayu-chan most have said to herself, "You know what? F it, I'mma release another record like my other records." And that's the result of Love… Continue reading Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘Love Again’ – Album Review

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Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘Party Queen’ – Album Review

Released: March 21, 2012 (Avex Trax) Ahhhhhh, Party Queen. A title that Ayumi Hamasaki doesn't particularly resonate well, seemingly because half her discography flourishes with J-pop ballads. But clearly Ayumi thought that 2012 was gon' be her year with dance music, so she decided to belt that out with a title track of the same name.… Continue reading Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘Party Queen’ – Album Review

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Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘Love Songs’ – Album Review

Released: December 22, 2010 (Avex Trax) Back in 2010, Ayumi Hamasaki had a pretty thrilling year with the release of one of her best records in my opinion, Rock 'n' Roll Circus. She ws on top, and to continue this reign, she decided to release another album Love Songs, in December that year. Because why? Because why… Continue reading Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘Love Songs’ – Album Review

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Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus’ – Album Review

Released: April 14, 2010 (Avex Trax) Ayu-chan's studio album's are always a case of hit-or-miss. She can belt out a pretty awesome single, and a few follow-up's manage to showcase a fun yet slim diversity of style. But when it comes to album's, Ms. Ayu never seems to reach a full-flight of potential or consistency… Continue reading Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus’ – Album Review