NEWS FROM 2005

No Akina on Kouhaku

Thursday, December 1, 2005

NHK has revealed the list of performers for this year's Kouhaku Utagassen, and, unfortunately, Akina's name is not among them.

With Akina's favorable results in NHK's Suki Uta fan poll--both of her listed songs (Kazarijanainoyo Namidawa and DESIRE) made the top 100--prompting many fans to eagerly anticipate her possible Kouhaku appearance, this news came as quite a disappointment.

Akina fans will have to take consolation in her upcoming releases and, for those fortunate to attend, her dinner shows this month.



25th Anniversary Best Compilation

Thursday, December 1, 2005

Akina will release a best compilation album on January 11, 2006 to commemorate her 25th anniversary in the music industry.

According to Faithway's web site, the album will be entitled "BEST FINGER ~ 25th Anniversary Selection" (UMCK-1200), and will feature a collection of songs especially chosen by Akina. The CD is expected to include a mix of newly re-recorded past hits as well as a selection of recent singles.

BEST FINGER Update- the track list is as follows:

  1. Rakka Ryusui
  2. Slow Motion (from "true album ~ Akina 95 Best")
  3. DESIRE -Jounetsu- (2005 version)
  4. Shojo A (2005 version)
  5. Hajimete Deatta Hi no Youni
  6. Kita Wing (2005 version)
  7. Jukkai (1984) (2005 version)
  8. Days
  9. Meu Amor é (from "true album ~ Akina 95 Best")
  10. TATTOO (from "true album ~ Akina 95 Best")
  11. 1/2 no Shinwa (2005 version)
  12. Nanpa Sen (from "true album ~ Akina 95 Best")
  13. Akai Hana
  14. The Heat ~musica fiesta~ (single version)
  15. TANGO NOIR (from "true album ~ Akina 95 Best")
  16. Kazarijanainoyo Namidawa (from "Utahime Double Decade")
  17. Hana



Rakka Ryusui

New Single

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Great news for all Akina fans who have been anticipating her next new release! Faithway has announced that Akina will be releasing a new single entitled "Rakka Ryusui" on December 7, 2005 (UMCK-5136). Following a period of more than a year since her last single "Hajimete Deatta Hi no Youni," this long-awaited title will serve as the theme song for the upcoming TV Tokyo feature drama "Tenka Soran ~ Tokugawa Sandai no Inbo" airing on January 2, 2006.

As an additional highlight, the single will be coupled with a newly recorded version of the 1986 hit single "DESIRE," which earned Akina her second of two consecutive Record Taisho wins.



Upcoming DVD Release

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Empress at Club eX Fans who have been looking to enjoy another live performance by Akina will certainly be pleased by this bit of news! On January 11, 2006, Akina will be releasing a new live DVD "Akina Nakamori Special Live 2005 ~ Empress at Club eX" (AVBC-22458). The DVD will feature a complete performance (July 15th) from Akina's 2005 concert series at Club eX in Tokyo.

The program is as follows:

  1. Kasaganai
  2. Wakare no Yokan
  3. Adieu
  4. Odoriko
  5. Kiss
  6. Asylum
  7. Southern Wind
  8. Mado
  9. Riverside Hotel
  10. Kazarijanainoyo Namidawa
  11. Akai Hana
  12. Watashi wa Kaze



2005 Christmas Dinner Show Schedule

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Akina will once again be performing a series of dinner shows during the month of December. Faithway has announced the schedule, as follows:

Date Venue Time (Dinner/Show) Ticket Prices Fan Club Reservations More Information
12/6 Kagoshima Sun Royal Hotel
  1. 17:00/18:00
  2. 20:00/21:00
S: ¥38,000
(Earlybird ¥33,000)

A: ¥35,000
(Earlybird ¥30,000)
Oct. 17 ~ 24 099-253-2024
12/14 Palace Hotel Omiya
  1. 16:30/17:30
  2. 19:30/20:30
¥37,000 Oct. 17 ~ 24 048-647-3300
12/18 Duo Cerezo Naoetsu
  1. 16:00/17:30
  2. 19:15/20:30
S: ¥35,000
A: ¥33,000
Oct. 17 ~ 24 025-526-3111
12/21 * Yokohama Prince Hotel 18:30/20:00 ¥40,000 Oct. 17 ~ 24 Faithway
03-5333-5339
13:00~17:00 (M~F)
12/22 * Hotel New Otani (Tokyo) 19:00/20:30 ¥44,000 Oct. 17 ~ 24
12/24 * Rhiga Royal Hotel (Osaka) 19:00/20:30 ¥40,000 Oct. 17 ~ 24

X'mas Dinner Show 2005 * Ticket reservations for the shows held at Yokohama Prince, New Otani, and Rhiga Royal should be made in the following manner:

  • Japan Postal Transfer
  • Account #00110-9-190991
  • Recipient: Faithway(ファイスウェイ)
  • Remitter’s name, address, phone number (for delivery of tickets)
  • Message: Faithway fan-club member number, desired show date, venue, time, and number of tickets
  • Amount remitted: Ticket price + ¥500 postage and handling



Kouhaku Uta Gassen Viewer Poll

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

NHK is conducting a fan poll to select the artists and songs that will be featured on the 56th Annual Kouhaku Uta Gassen in December. Fans may vote online by visiting this URL: https://www.nhk.or.jp/kouhaku/vote/. Submissions will be accepted through October 31, 2005.

To cast your vote, begin by clicking on the "enter poll" button. You will be asked to enter your personal e-mail address (cell phone e-mail addresses cannot be used). Make sure you enter your e-mail address correctly.

NHK will send an e-mail to the address you specified. The message will include a link to the actual polling page. Click on the link to go to it.

A list of 600 songs (searchable by singer name, time frame and keywords) will be presented. You may vote for up to 3 songs from the list. In addition, you may vote for one unlisted song by specifying the artist's name and title of the song. Akina has two songs on the list: Kazarijanainoyo Namidawa (#382) and DESIRE (#417).

Finally, you will be asked to provide some personal information. Gender, age and native prefecture are required fields. Name and address are optional. Enter your e-mail address to receive future Kouhaku Uta Gassen mailings. Click the button to submit your vote.

You may vote one time only. Be sure to vote for Akina! With enough votes, Akina might once again be a guest on this year end special, which would truly be a treat for all Akina fans.



Happy 40th Birthday, Akina!

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Akina officially turned 40 today. Currently in the midst of her Special Live ~ Empress concert series at Shinagawa Club eX in Tokyo, she celebrated her special day with a pair of performances.

The concert shows had a running time of approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes. Akina performed the entire show without a single change of costume. The program was as follows:

Special Live ~ Empress

  1. Watashi wa Kaze
  2. Kasa ga Nai
    [MC 1]
  3. Wakare no Yokan
  4. Adieu
  5. Odoriko
    [MC 2]
  6. Kiss (Original Love)
  7. Asylum
  8. Southern Wind
    [MC 3]
  9. Mado
  10. Riverside Hotel (Inoue Yosui)
  11. Kazarijanainoyo Namidawa
    [MC 4]
  12. Akai Hana



Akina's 40th Birthday

Wednesday, July 6, 2005

Best wishes to Akina as she will be celebrating a milestone birthday one week from today. She will turn 40 on July 13.

Akina has come a long way since she made her debut on May 1, 1982, at the tender age of 16.



Akina's Anniversary

Sunday, May 1, 2005

Congratulations to Akina! Today marks another anniversary of Akina's debut. Akina debuted 23 years ago with the single "Slow Motion" on May 1, 1982.



Akina Nakamori Special Live 2005

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Date Time(s)
July 7 (Thu) 21:30 - 22:45
July 8 (Fri) 1st Show: 19:00 - 20:15
2nd Show: 21:30 - 22:45
July 9 (Sat) 1st Show: 19:00 - 20:15
2nd Show: 21:30 - 22:45
July 10 (Sun) 21:30 - 22:45
July 11 (Mon) 21:30 - 22:45
July 12 (Tue) 21:30 - 22:45
July 13 (Wed) 1st Show: 19:00 - 20:15
2nd Show: 21:30 - 22:45
July 14 (Thu) 21:30 - 22:45
July 15 (Fri) 1st Show: 19:00 - 20:15
2nd Show: 21:30 - 22:45
July 16 (Sat) 1st Show: 19:00 - 20:15
2nd Show: 21:30 - 22:45
July 17 (Sun) 1st Show: 19:00 - 20:15
2nd Show: 21:30 - 22:45
Faithway has announced the schedule for a special summer concert series. In a significant departure from the typical concert tour schedule, Akina will be performing in Tokyo for 11 nights straight from July 7th to the 17th.

The single venue for all shows is Shinagawa CLUB eX, where Akina will be performing on a round stage. The club's seating capacity is limited to 450 and all seats are priced at ¥12,000.

Faithway fan club members can place advance orders from April 11th to the 18th by calling 0570-063-015 (operators are standing by 24 hours). From April 25th to the 27th, individuals who requested tickets must call 0570-063-034 to access an automated system (in Japanese only) in order to find out whether they have been assigned seats. Individuals who did receive seats must then remit payment via Japan P.O. no later than April 28th.

Additional details may be obtained from Lawson Ticket service at 0570-000-403 (daily from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm).

At this time, there are no plans for Akina to perform outside Tokyo.



TV Appearances in January

Sunday, January 30, 2005

In January, Akina made televised guest appearances on NTV's "Uta no Daijiten" and Fuji TV's "HEY!HEY!HEY! Music Champ".

The January 19 (Wed) broadcast of "Uta no Daijiten" took a look back at winter 1986 and featured a video clip of Akina performing "DESIRE," which held the #1 ranking at the time.

The January 24 (Mon) "HEY!HEY!HEY! Music Champ" segment reflected on Akina's remarkable career and featured video clips from past music shows, including a number of humorous scenes.


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