The release date for "歌姫ベスト – 25周年anniversary Selection" has been set … again. These are the links on HMV:
There is only the mention of 「いい日旅立ち」 as a new song and the contents of the DVD are clips of Akina recording during 「歌姫２」「歌姫３」 and some interviews.
From a marketing standpoint, the decision to remarket this on 17th January is the work of a genius because Momoe Yamaguchi was born on 17th January 1959 and this seems like Akina’s part "tribute" to Momoe (or the press might pick that up as a "selling point"). Personally, I hope that there will be some new songs but if they are just going to use 17th Jan as a selling point, then we may be disappointed.
The DVD for "Live Tour 2006: The Last Destination " has also been set on the same date!!! However, HMV has used wrong information to advertise this new release, hence my shock when I saw the cover art and then scrolled down with relief when I saw the song list. Ha! Ha!
Nonetheless, this is great news for Akina fans and I can’t wait to see if 「GAME」 is added in the final edit.
On another note, 1982 produced some of my favourite female JPop idols so I am rather excited to see what their companies have to offer for their "real" 25th anniversary. Universal is releasing a revival series for some of them priced at only 999 yen (at the moment, only 堀ちえみ and 早見優 have been announced though they are both not from Universal), so I’m not holding out for it, but hopefully, they will a proper Best Collection for 早見優 in the near future.