“Crazy Love”!! & Utahime Densetsu 2

What a great 45th Birthday it is for Akina’s fans! First she threw a rather big scale press conference for the Uta Hime Densetsu 2 Pachinko Machine “CR中森明菜 歌姫伝説 〜恋も2度目なら〜” by Daiichi, and then she announced the shocker which is a brand new tie-up song “Crazy Love” which will be exclusively distributed via mobile/ketai networks in Japan! From my understanding, the 3:30 minute dance track will be distributed on Recochoku for AU, Yahoo and I-mode phone users. Softbank users are left out in the cold. Brrrr~!

Crazy Love

作詞: 遠藤幸三、Miran:Miran
作曲: Fredrik Bostrom, Anna Nordell, Calle Kindbom
Produced by BNA Productions for Caped Crusader Management
Label: Universal Sigma

Source: Wikipedia

Miran:Miran is Akina’s pen name so she co-write the song!! Good for royalties! LOL.

We’ve heard a low quality rip of the song, and it’s really up-tempo and current!! Starts off with a reminescence of Madonna’s Hung Up bassline. It’s an excellent track and I’d say single material, so I am sure this isn’t some “leftover” song from the “DIVA” session. All these must have been preorchestrated a long time ago. Much as I like surprises, I wonder why she loves harbouring her developments and plans under tight wraps only to unleash a tidal wave on her fans lately. She could have milked this alot more by building up to the release of the track (which by the way, is available for digital download starting from today 13th July).

On the track: Vocals are strong and confident. She sounds extremely adept and comfortable with this genre of music. I really fantasize about her having a treasure trove of tracks along this line – a “DIVA Part 2” will sell like hotcakes if given proper marketing. all you need is another 9 tracks like this, throw in a couple of remixes, plus a megamix, and if budget allows – a quality music video!! “Aprodite” would have made a brilliant follow up album title, but Kylie has already snatched that! Too bad. Kekeke. Personally, I think this current team of musicians working with her is a definite keeper!

Oh, I must add that she is looking really genki! Bright smiles and great get up and hair!! Love those stocking and shoes!! For once I didn’t cringe at her choice of wardrobe at a press conference.

Great great day for all of us!! And to Akina, THANK YOU and on behalf of all Akina fans – we wish you a great and fulfilling year ahead!! Hope you had a blast!

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Update:

Promo clip for “CR中森明菜 歌姫伝説 〜恋も2度目なら〜”

dannybunny

Akina fanboy since 14. Still undecided which are his top ten favourite Akina tracks as it's mission impossible. Digs "Everlasting Love" a whole lot more than the average Akina fan.

10 thoughts on ““Crazy Love”!! & Utahime Densetsu 2

  1. This has really surprised me! I read that on twitter yesterday and I was shocked! Too bad it won’t be released as a “normal” single 😦 btw I can’t recognize the pachinko new characters, can some one tell me? I think it includes TATTOO, Second love, ???, TANGO NOIR, Mi Amore, Twilight, ??? and Southern Wind

    I am really really glado to see she is active again !!!!
    明菜ちゃんお誕生日おめでとう!あなたは永遠に私のミ・アモーレです!

  2. This is really exciting news. Looks very promising and fun. The ‘Tango Noir’ anime really capture Akina’s eyes in that single. Crazy Love sounds great and we are crazy in love with it already. Hope there is more and more news and material coming through the end of this year!

  3. Oh! 😮

    I don’t think I’ve ever completely understood the idea behind this game. Is it something you only play at the arcade? Is it kinda like one of those fruit games where you try to get three similar ones on the same line lol? To be honest, I was always quite underwhelmed by the first one, and I’m a bit surprised to see that she seems to have had some kind of success with it or at least so it seems considering the continuation.

    I think Fin would have also served well for some more image variance (or is it just not popular enough to be added?).

    Crazy Love sounds quite clubby. Will most likely please newer fans. And digital distribution is a wise decision for just one song by someone like Akina. I’m sure it will make its way onto some album, be it original or just another compilation.

  4. Pachinko is a HUGE game at the arcade. Many Japanese play it all day. Some professionally! It’s a game with little metallic balls and the idea is to get as many balls as you can. And you can exchange the baskets of metallic beads for cash/prizes.

  5. MG,

    We have missed you. I think they may be preparing for the third one. After all, there is still Gypsy Queen, Fin, Blonde, Nanpasen, Al Mauj, IMTS and possibly Liar that they have not covered.

    With this new song and new images, I think it may pull Akina fans back into the Pachinko arcade. I would do so if I was in Japan. Danny is going there soon, so I am sure he will go too.

    I think it is a clever move to introduce so many new ones instead of just another five, because they are all so cute. I just wish that they would produce little figurines eventually because I would definitely like to collect them, and then they can produce the “Kouhaku” versions as well.

    Crazy Love has been included in a CD in the press pack. I am so surprised that Akina would treat us to such a wonderful present on her birthday. God is she 45 already? She definitely doesn’t look it in these photos. She looks so healthy and happy. Still a little too skinny but she looks so much better than I had anticipated, especially when she kept saying how she doesn’t like how she looks anymore, and the performance on SONGS. I think it is also good hair and makeup helps tremendously.

    Akina loves to spring surprises. I think that is part of her package, like how she rolls out each image and Kouhaku each time (even if the first was a shocker). She knows that her fans are tough and critical, and she still manages to pull through.

    I take my hat off to you, Akina. Happy Birthday and thank you for continuing to delight your fans, new and old.

  6. Wow, what a surprise it is to see something like this. I have not visited the site in a while and when I come back, I see Akina is up to some really good stuff. I hope it means a new album is coming. I don’t mind buying music in electronic format because that is how I listen to it any way.

  7. Yes, she’s toying between the titles Best Thumb or Best Toe at this point. I hope not. The CD was part of the press pack that was given away at the press conference.

    If she ever wants to do a “revival” of her hits, let her re-sing her old B-Side songs. I would like to hear that instead.

  8. no no… not another best collection please….. I think the more she releases best collection, the further she (or her record comapny) push her to the OLD or PAST category.

    Let’s hope for a new crazy strong album too!

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