Top 5 Most Known Japanese Musicians according to MIT’s Pantheon Project. [link]

thx henrique!

Gackt - P.S. I Love You (PV)

The PV is a seven minutes mini-film for his latest single released two days ago, so the song pauses a bit here and there. It’s actually better than I expected and not full of the “daikishimeru” or various forms of this word that was used in his old ballads. Still “P.S. I Love You" is not much of a departure from what he has been releasing lately. "Sakura, chiru…" is the only standout so far. :/

Gackt visits Shibuya Tsutaya on release day

Love that he gets mobbed by guys and girls!

Via: The GACKTofficial YT channel

Eyes=Mirrorge became Drop (because there was already an Eyes=Mirrorge is Sacramento). 

Phobia was a great fuckin’ VK band. They shoulda gone further but I get the impression they were just brilliant guys goofing off for a couple years before going to med/law school or somethin’.

Remember how CRAZY people went when it was announced Hyde AND Gackt were gonna star in a vampire(?) flick together? Holy Shit. :)

Gackt | CLAYMORE pv teaser (2013)

"Claymore" is the theme song for Silent Hill: Revelation 3D which opened on July 12th in Japan. This track will be included on one of his best collection albums, “Best of the Best Vol. I -Wild-,” out July 3rd. Just wanted to post this PV in case there are folks who can’t view the one on the official Avex channel. I’m really liking this because it has a bit of his old-school vibe. I haven’t really enjoyed his stuff since “Jesus” and “Ghost.”

Release Info:

Gackt - Best of the Best Vol. I -Wild- CD+DVD Edition Cover Image

Best of the Best Vol. I -Wild- [CD+DVD] Edition Tracklist

¥4200 | 2013.07.03 | YICQ-10297 | avex trax

  1. [CD] DOOMSDAY
  2. [CD] DEATH WISH
  3. [CD] REDEMPTION
  4. [CD] UNTIL THE LAST DAY
  5. [CD] CLAYMORE
  6. [CD] FLOWER
  7. [CD] SAYONARA
  8. [CD] BLACK STONE
  9. [CD] ANOTHER WORLD
  10. [CD] EVER
  11. [CD] 情熱のイナズマ
  12. [CD] JESUS
  13. [CD] STAY THE RIDE ALIVE
  14. [DVD] UNTIL THE LAST DAY (MUSIC CLIP)
  15. [DVD] CLAYMORE (MUSIC CLIP)
  16. [DVD] FLOWER (G only) (MUSIC CLIP)
  17. [DVD] EVER (MUSIC CLIP)
  18. [DVD] JESUS (MUSIC CLIP)
  19. [DVD] STAY THE RIDE ALIVE (MUSIC CLIP)

Best of the Best Vol. 1 -Wild- Regular Edition Cover Image Best of the Best Vol. 1 -Wild- Regular Edition ¥3000 | YICQ-10298

Gackt - Best of the Best Vol. 1 -Mild-

Best of the Best Vol. 1 -Mild- [CD+DVD] Tracklist

¥4200 | 2013.07.03 | YICQ-10294 | avex trax

  1. [CD] WHITE LOVERS -幸せなトキ-
  2. [CD] DISPAR
  3. [CD] GHOST
  4. [CD] 絵夢 〜FOR MY DEAR〜
  5. [CD] JOURNEY THROUGH THE DECADE
  6. [CD] 白露 -HAKURO-
  7. [CD] LAST SONG 〜UNPLUGGED〜
  8. [CD] VANILLA
  9. [CD] 小悪魔ヘヴン
  10. [CD] GRAFFITI
  11. [CD] キミのためにできること
  12. [CD] MISSING 〜笑顔を見せて〜
  13. [CD] サクラ、散ル・・・
  14. [DVD] WHITE LOVERS -幸せなトキ- (MUSIC CLIP)
  15. [DVD] GHOST (MUSIC CLIP)
  16. [DVD] JOURNEY THROUGH THE DECADE (MUSIC CLIP)
  17. [DVD] 白露 -HAKURO- (MUSIC CLIP)
  18. [DVD] 小悪魔ヘヴン (LIVE)
  19. [DVD] GRAFFITI (MUSIC CLIP)
  20. [DVD] サクラ、散ル・・・ (MUSIC CLIP)

Gackt - Best of the Best Vol. 1 - Mild - Regular Edition Cover image Best of the Best Vol. 1 -Mild- Regular Edition ¥3000 | YICQ-10295

Thematically, I’m not sure what is the difference between “Wild” and “Mild” because I haven’t heard all of these tracks before. “Mild” seems to have more love ballads and “Wild” seems to have more hard rock songs? Anyways, some of these tracks were on Re:Born (2009), I’m not sure if I would consider them “best of the best” material.

Thanks Cliff. :)

Gackt | Sakura, Chiru… -short ver- (2013)

This is the theme song for the “Moon Saga Yoshitsune Hiden” play written by CLAMP. The song structure and piano flourishes seem to resemble the previous singles “Setsugekka -The end of silence-" and "白露-HAKURO-”. While these two earlier singles’ (“Setsugekka” and “Hakuro”) PVs actually had almost the same plain black studio set and street clothing (with the exception of having a different seasonal visual theme), “Sakura, Chiru…” goes all out with the Heian period theme in the use of royal court costumes and shooting inside a Heian-period style temple at night. I just love those red columns and the light reflecting on the water pond. Out of these three singles, I still feel “Setsugekka” has a more impressionable melody and chorus.

The common thread between these three songs is that they are theme songs for stories set in feudal era. “Setsugekka” is for the Samurai Warriors 3 game and “Hakuro” is for the “Sengoku Basara” live action TV series. So I have the suspicion that Gackt is grouping them together through the visuals in these singles’ PVs. The “Setsugekka” PV has a winter theme set with CG snow falling over Gackt and the band members, while “Hakuro” PV has the fall theme with images of the “Sengoku Basara” actors and Gackt & co with falling maple leaves, and “Sakura, chiru…” is obviously spring with the cherry blossoms in the opening shot. I know it’s a bit of a stretch to include “Sakura, chiru…” as a part of the themed set with “Hakuro” and “Setsugekka” because the earlier PVs had the same plain (cheap) background sets practically, while “Sakura, chiru…” is full-blown Heian style and outdoors! But the sound and style of these songs make them practically siblings. Plus “Sakura, chiru…” is mostly likely a CM for “Moon Saga” (the “Moon Saga” play took place last July-Oct) and his upcoming best collection album, Mild. Mild will include the full version of the track and the special DVD or Blue-Ray editions will include the full version of the PV.

So all we’re missing is the summer-theme PV now.

(Via: SЯ : JROCK UK UPDATER)

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*Edited for more info.
Plus correction for when “Moon Saga” ran in Japan, previously it stated that it was for this year.

How are you all?
First time in a long while here on LINE.I’m about to leave the hotel near the venue.
We have a live in Omiya today. 
So. The reason why I’m updating LINE after a long absence is the
article on FLASH that was issued yesterday.
Do you know FLASH?
Well, it’s a tabloid magazine…They reported that 
I imprisoned, battered, and raped a female hostess several years ago… 
Their idea is… what should I say, eccentric….?
I can’t believe how much they can fabricate a story.
I was beyond angry, so appalled that my jaw almost came off.
Their content reads like an erotic novel. <== GACKT reads erotic novels!
They came out with their story to go against my tour.
Clearly they’re trying to sell a lot of copies.
But there’s nothing more disrespectful than this.  <== Child slavery?  Terrorism? …?
I can understand that using me leads to selling many copies. 
I know that tabloids are desperate because their sales are dropping.
But isn’t this just a bad cycle spiraling down? 
To sell, they keep reporting exaggerated lies. People stop believing them.
They have to write even more hurtful things in order to sell more copies. 
That ends up in less sales, and ultimately their cancellation. <== Not unlike releasing  multiple versions of a single, to make up for reduced sales, which leads to even less sales because “fuck you, I’m not paying $50 for four songs.”
So uncool………. <== YES.
In the first place, if it’s true that I battered, imprisoned, and raped a woman several years ago, wouldn’t the police have made a move right away and arrested me?
And this woman that calls herself the victim….
Well, to go back a little, she suddenly demanded that I pay her 10,000,000 yen 
by handing us a letter riddled with lies. Isn’t this so-called racketeering/blackmailing? <== Why didn’t you tell the police you were being blackmailed and trap her in a sting?
There’s really a limit to how far you can go. 
I answered her through a lawyer, “Why on earth will I pay you for such complete lies!!?” 
There was no further contact from her… 
But then it turned up through the tabloid…. What in the….? 
The article states that she’s simply asking for an apology, but hey hey,
the first thing you did was demand money, was it not? <== Who, me!? I’m just reading this! 
Listen. Since there’s this convenient thing called LINE,
I’m gonna say this loud and clear, so all of you in the world, 
clean out your ears and listen to me well, OK? <== I am upset at your implication that my ears are unclean, Gackt-sama.
"I’m doing just fine with women, I have no need to tie up a resisting woman and satisfy my need~~!!!!" 
Do I seem like such a despicable man? <== hmm, little bit, actually!
If I do……I will polish up on being a man a bit more. Ahahaha.
What in the world is this fuss anyway? <== something about publicity for her book and your new CDs, mebbe?
I decided to fight them by hiring 3 excellent lawyers this time. 
Even I couldn’t let this one go.I can endure a whole lot, but being accused of brutality is…. 
Give me a break, really. 
I wrote the details of the truth in my blog, so you can read that.
I’ve also included a portion of the response letter from my lawyer (to the woman).
This is just way too dumb…… 
Well, I’ll go stake my life on the live again today.
See ya. Adios!!! <== JA NE!
GACKT 

“According to Ms. A, GACKT shaves his pubic hair and has around 30 silicone balls inserted into his genital area.”

aramatheydidnt.livejournal.com

(Thx cliff!)