In the latest post on her blog, Ayumi write that the recording of her new winter ballad starts next week! A shooting (photo? Filming?) is also planned!
Time for another Ayumi Hamasaki News Round-up! Last week was full of surprise announcements. It might be a good time to review them.
- We’ve learned that COUNTDOWN LIVE 2014-2015 will be a “Cirque de Minuit”
- Ayu revealed informally on twitter that there’s a new winter ballad single in the works—the first since 2009’s You were…/BALLAD.
- Ayu headlined the first ever a-nation Singapore, the press conference for which is pictured above.
- An official international fan club was also announced at a-nation and will launch in December.
With all that news, it’s easy to forget that Premium Showcase ~Feel the love~ hits DVD and Blu-ray this Wednesday! Sounds like the latter part of 2014 (and hopefully 2015) will be very busy for Ayu fans!
If I really wanted to quit, I think I would have already done it. That’s my character… I’m still here. It means I just can’t picture a life without music.
ICYMI, Ayu answering questions in English at the a-nation Singapore press conference.
According to AHS user alternarist, Ayu performed the following set at the first ever a-nation Singapore:
1. STEP you
3. A Song for XX
4. Memorial address
5. Love song
7. You & Me
8. SURREAL ~ evolution ~ SURREAL
9. how beautiful you are
1. Boys & Girls
Disappointed in the lack of “Merry-go-round” or “My way” considering m-flo performed as well, but this still sounds like a great show! (Image source)
YAY ! It’s official! An international fan club will open in December!
(Credit : @hojohojohojo )
Koda Kumi’s Playroom also recently opened an international fan club, so I quizzed gkjaylee on how that works. Apparently, the international Playroom allows fans to view digital copies of the fan club magazines, cutting down on the shipping fees (which fans would normally have to pay double for through the Tenso.com forwarding service). It still requires a Tenso.com account to ship special Playroom editions of albums, though. I wonder if the new TeamAyu will be similar?
TeamAyu has allowed international fans to unofficially join for a few years now, and a partial move to digital might make this a bit more affordable for some of us who have been waiting to make the jump. I’m going to be following this with interest, to say the least.
Ayu is in Singapore for a-nation! This is the first time a-nation has come to Singapore, and the second time Ayu has performed in the country. Both Ayu and m-flo are attending a press conference, the hash tag with the most updates for which seems to be #aNationSG.