[Review] May.J’s “Secret Diary”

Released: 1.25.2012

-Japanese R&B/Urban Pop singer May J. has unveiled her fifth studio album, “SECRET DIARY.” The title was enough to intrigue me into anticipating the album’s arrival but the short clips had me sold. In the entertainment business image is everything, even placed at a higher level than talent. In May’s case, it’s all about the talent, and of course her beauty is a wonderful addition. I had a good listen to the entire album and was well pleased with the songs. Diversity is very much emphasized; pointing out the singer’s ability to challenge herself in different genres. Whether it’s electro pop, r&b ballads, or bubbly dance, May J. has proven to me that there’s a wide range of ‘secrets’ in her ‘diary’. As for the story behind the new album, let’s look back on May’s description during our interview:

In this album, I’m expressing the inner side of me that I couldn’t show to other people. Such as: my worst relationship with my boyfriend or like a broken friendship with my best friend. I have also put lots of positive messages to this album.”

So, my fellow readers keep that in mind while I take you through my own interpretation of each song onSecret Diary.’ Continue reading “[Review] May.J’s “Secret Diary””

VERBAL & Drake in “Some Other Place”

VISIONAIR

VERBAL, a Japanese rapper and member of hip hop group M-flo, has teamed up with Young Money star Drake on his latest single “Some Other Place“. The song is from VERBAL’s first solo album “VISIONAIR“, which will be released on March 16th, but can be pre-ordered now on amazon. The collaborative track “Black Out” with Namie Amuro & Lil Wayne (Young Money founder) is also included on the album, because it’s actually VERBAL’s song and they’re the guest artists riding on it. “Black Out” is also included on Namie’s album “Checkmate“, which we also posted about recently. “Some Other Place” sounds hot in the teaser but as you may have discovered from my previous rants on the topic, I hate auto-tune. That’s the downfall to this song, other than that it’s hot. Listen to the snippet and tell me what do you think? Continue reading “VERBAL & Drake in “Some Other Place””

Spotlight – Crystal Kay

Meet Crystal Kay Williams, a Japanese pop/r&b singer and songwriter, who gained notable success after the release of her debut single “Eternal Memories” in 1999 at the age of 13. She has released a total of 30 singles, 9 studio albums, 2 EPs and 2 compilations.

Crystal Kay was born in Yokohama, Japan to an African-American father and South Korean mother. Continue reading “Spotlight – Crystal Kay”

Emyli – Rising Jpop Star

If you are only just now discovering Emyli, then you are definitely missing out on raw talent. This Jpop singer, songwriter and dancer has been working hard at becoming an entertainer for as long as she can remember. Now on the verge of dropping her second studio album, and with the release of two singles: “Wanna Dance“, and “Take Me Away“, Emyli hopes to take her music to international ears. There’s just no stopping an artist with undeniable talent.

Watch the pv for her hot song “Tekito Lover” ft. VERBAL (M-flo), and read the interview below for more:

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