Bananarama’s, I Heard A Rumor, used to be one of my favorite songs so I noticed similarities when I first heard Meiko Nakahara’s, Dance In The Memories. It shares the same style although slightly different melody. Then I heard Yoko Nagayama’s, GIVE ME UP. It also reminded me of I Heard A Rumor and I’m thinking these songs are copying it. It turns out all these songs sample Michael Fortunati’s, Give Me Up. I’ve never heard of him because the song wasn’t released in the U.S.
Anime has some great songs. I wouldn’t have discovered these other songs without watching Ranma ½.
Tumblr has been a rewarding experience meeting people from different backgrounds. I’m lucky enough to meet people from Japan. I’m also fortunate enough to meet a young woman from Japan who models and recently released her first single on iTunes. I can honestly say I’ve never chatted online with a model or vocalist so this is a first. The other day ym blogged that she would soon release an album on iTunes. I didn’t take it too seriously and a few days later she blogged her album was on iTunes. Sure enough it was on iTunes and I purchased it. I was impressed with the album. I rated all three songs 5 stars. My favorite is the ballad Shiosai. She sings beautifully.
This came in my Tenso box. Most were used purchases from Amazon Japan. All were in good shape although the City Hunter CD needs some TLC as it was a rental. Key The Metal Idol is a double CD with a beautiful cover.
I’ve been wondering about Spotify for listening to anime soundtracks and jpop. After some quick searches I determined Spotify wasn’t worth it. I searched for some popular artists and anime with dismal results
Megumi Hayashibara: None
Yoko Kanno: 1 Album
m-flo: 1 Song
Round Table featuring Nino: None
Neon Genesis Evangelion: None
Home Made Kazoku: None
Crystal Kay: 1 Song
Yui Horie: None
BoA: 1 Song
Rurouni Kenshin: None
Utada Hikaru: None
I did find covers on some of the above but that’s not what I wanted. You’ll find much better selection on iTunes U.S.