Jin Akanishi reveals plans for new single, U.S. album

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 日曜日, 1月 16, 2011 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

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Jin Akanishi (赤西仁),26, kicked off his Japan tour on January 14 with the first of three concerts in Saitama city near Tokyo.

Akanishi’s single “Eternal,” scheduled for March 2, will be his first release since signing a global contract with Warner Music Japan. The single’s B-side will be his song “Murasaki.”

Akanishi is a former member of the J-pop group, KAT-TUN, and was one of the two lead vocalists. Since the group’s debut in 2006, it has achieved 14 consecutive number ones.

Akanishi is also a budding actor with roles in the second season of popular NTV school drama, Gokusen 2, Anego and Yukan Club. He is also a co-host of KAT-TUN’s own variety show, Cartoon KAT-TUN, and used to host a radio program called “KAT-TUN Style” with bandmate Junnosuke Taguchi from October 2007 to March 2008.

Currently, Akanishi is working on his debut U.S. album. He is reportedly aiming to release it on July 4, which is his birthday and is Independence Day in the United States. It is said that he is mainly self-producing the album, but he plans to get participation from some big-name artists in the American R&B and hip-hop scene. It is also said that Akanishi may release a single in the U.S. before the album.

Akanishi was in the U.S. from January 2 to January 10 of this year to do some production on the album.

Currently, his artist name is expected to remain as “Jin Akanishi,” but there is a possibility that it may be modified for the American market.

There are plans for a U.S. tour after the album’s release, followed by a tour in various Asian countries.

It would also be unforgivable to KAT-TUN fans to have Akanishi dragging the group on, or returning the same way he did in 2007.

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