NEWS FROM 2003
Christmas Dinner Shows
From December 2 through December 24, 2003, Akina held 15 dinner shows in 10 cities around Japan. She performed the following songs:
A new DVD "I hope so ~ Akina Nakamori Live Tour 2003" (UMBK-1073) is now on sale. The DVD features footage from Akina's performance at Tokyo International Forum on July 11, 2003 during her summer concert tour.
In this ballad concert, Akina performs 18 songs including a selection of songs from her album "I hope so" and classics such as "Slow Motion" and "Nanpasen."
Please refer to the Videography
for additional information.
On December 3, Universal Japan will release "Utahime 3 ~ Shuumaku", Akina's third CD in her series of cover albums, which began with 1994's "Utahime" and was followed by "Zero Album ~ Utahime 2" in 2002.
This entry, the last in the "Utahime" series, features songs that were originally performed by male artists including Ishihara Yujiro, Inoue Yosui, Maekawa Kiyoshi and Cool 5, Matsuyama Chiharu, Anzen Chitai, B'z, Murashita Kozo, Minami Yoshitaka, Gamu, Go Hiromi, and Uzaki Ryudo.
Please refer to the Discography for further details.
2003 Dinner Show Schedule
Attention all Akina fans looking for a wonderful evening of fine dining and entertainment: Faithway has announced Akina's Christmas Dinner Show schedule for 2003. Ten dates/venues have been slated as follows:
*Advance ticket sales for Faithway fan club members from September 16~22.
Important Instructions for Purchasing Tickets from Faithway:
Tickets will be delivered in late October
2003 Concert Tour - "I Hope So"
Akina's 2003 summer concert tour began May 15 and concluded on her birthday, July 13. The tour had a largely ballad concentration and differed as well from previous years' tours in that such signature songs as "Desire," "Meu Amor é," and "Kazarijanainoyo Namidawa" were not among the songs performed.
Instead, Akina performed a number of songs from her latest album "I Hope So" in addition to a mix of older singles and album selections:
Happy Birthday Akina!
That special day has arrived! Akina celebrates her 38th birthday today. Sunday, July 13 is also the final performance of her 2003 summer concert tour.
Best wishes to Akina for a very special birthday as well as a fantastic
finale to her concert tour!
Akina's newest CD is a ballad album entitled "I hope so" released by Universal Japan on May 14, 2003.
The album includes 10 original songs (including the single "Days") along with 4 instrumental selections. Two versions of the album are available (UMCK-9035: limited edition release with DVD and UMCK-1162: standard CD only version).
Please refer to the Discography for additional details.
Akina's new single is entitled "Days" (UMCK-5094) released by Universal Japan on April 30, 2003.
Coupling with the title track is "Hana" and the Matsuda Seiko cover "Ruriiro no Chikyuu."
For more information, please refer to the Discography.
Additional Concert Dates
Faithway has announced the addition of two more dates to Akina's 2003 Concert Tour schedule:
2003 Concert Tour Schedule
Great news fans! Akina will once again be performing summer concerts in 2003! Slated to run from mid-May through early July, the concert tour will include twenty dates. As announced by Faithway, the schedule is as follows:
*Date tickets go on sale to the general public. Fan club advance sales begin immediately.
Akina made an appearance on NHK's 53rd Annual Kouhaku Utagassen (Red-White Singing Contest) which was broadcast on New Year's Eve. It was her first appearance on the show after a lengthy absence of 14 years.
Akina's up-beat performance of "Kazarijanainoyo Namidawa" featured the musical arrangement from her latest album "Utahime Double Decade."
Akina had previously appeared in Kouhaku six times from 1983 to 1988.
Click here to see some more images from her performance.
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