Rising from its surprising 4th position on the daily preorder chart yesterday, Akina’s upcoming release "Ballade Best" hits the 2nd spot today. Maybe Danny Bunny can give us some nice visuals again. 😉
I guess the various promotions that have been going on in the various sports papers have helped the album to gain some spotlight. HMV even rehashed their Akina story under the heading "Japanese Pop", so it does look good for Akina. There is nothing new in the report, so there is not much to tell, except that the print run for the limited edition with DVD is 5 万枚, which is actually quite a good sign. It is due to be released in slightly over a week and let’s hope that it will be another Top 10 release for Akina.
On another note, has anyone read Akina’s English Wikipaedia site. I remember that there was an invite once on this site to write it, but no one volunteered, so it died an easy death. Curiosity killed my cat and I had so much fun reading it, and will highlight a couple of passages which will bring delight to many Akina fans.
"Her live performances continue to be of very high standard, showcasing her amazing vocals, where few pop singers can match. Her 2000, 2002 and 2003 concerts were huge successes. 2006 marks her 25th anniversary in showbusiness. According to the Oricon Charts, she is one of a handful of singers who manage to have albums in the Top 10 in the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s; proving her resilience to the taste changing music industry.
Akina has ventured into acting in the last decade, with varying success. One might say that Akina the singer is mesmerizing, while Akina the actress is competent.
Regardless of her lack of prolific songs in recent years, Akina was honoured by the Japanese Music critics as the ‘5th’ best voice in the country’s recording history, even ahead of her rival, Matsuda Seiko, at ‘7th’ place."
Lastly, does anyone know which "Japanese Music Critics" site this is? It is definitely not HMV because they gave Seiko 7th place amongst the 30 singers they listed. I am a little disappointed that Akina didn’t make the list but placing Seiko above singers like Miyuki Nakajima, Mariya Takeuchi, Sawada Kenji, Miwa Yoshida (Dreams Come True) amongst many other more accomplished singers. I don’t think so!