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Inspired by some stuff that came up in Updates a few weeks ago, here's a general music discussion thread (But it's mostly a place where I can vent about how nobody gives Tamaki Nami a proper shot at a comeback).
As an update to what I brought up in Updates, a full-on teaser of the first two or so minutes of Crystal Kay's new single with Amuro Namie was posted
a few days ago. I'm not too sure about how I feel about the slight military march feel of the song, but I really am pleased with how much it sounds like a true collaboration effort but with the balances tipped very heavily in Crystal's favor because Amuro, being a big deal as she is, should (in theory) be very commandeering when she appears on a song.
But somehow in the first two or so minutes she doesn't even have a solo bit (I think I read somewhere that she does have one later though). Anyways, it definitely isn't an Amuro song.
It turns out that this is the Season of Collaborations for Universal Music Japan artists though, with some guy whose name escapes me doing a song with miwa and Aoyama Thelma doing a song with
I haven't heard the former, but the Thelma song is like... it's a song that's not particularly
ear-catching based on my two listens, and I have no idea if she realized that she and Shota had such similar voices because I can barely tell when they switch. Maybe I'm just super starved of Miliyah/Shota collaborations though (since those two
decided to never collaborate again for creative reasons).
Also related to the new Crystal Kay single, apparently she's going to do a self-cover of her single hard to say, which I am now completely obsessed with because it is beyond adorable.
There's lots of other thing I want to talk about, like a full-on thing about Namie's album _genic and how BEE SHUFFLE apparently aren't a joke anymore but this has gone on long enough.
As an aside it'd be nice if this thread weren't overrun by YouTube embeds because we have a thread for that.