From our friends at Warner Bros Records:
Top-selling Japanese vocalist, musician and actor, Jin Akanishi, is about to take the U.S. by storm with his highly anticipated all-English single, “Test Drive featuring Jason Derulo,” slated to release in the U.S. on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. “I’ve been given this great opportunity to crossover to the U.S.,” said Akanishi, who signed a global deal with Warner Music Group in December 2010, “and I’m so excited to be able to share my music and style with more people.”
“Test Drive featuring Jason Derulo” will be available for purchase through all digital retailers and streaming services starting Tuesday, November 8th at 7:00AM PST. In concurrence with the release of “Test Drive featuring Jason Derulo,” Jin will also be answering questions from all his fans during a LIVE U-Stream session with details to be announced through his official Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/JinAkanishiMusic.
Akanishi, well-known for his unique talents from dynamic vocals to songwriting and hip-hop dancing, achieved superstardom in Japan and throughout Asia at a young age. As a former vocalist in the popular Japanese boy band, KAT-TUN, Akanishi set milestones with his original lyrics and energetic performances propelling all of their singles, albums and DVDs to #1 on the Japanese National Charts.
After a widely successful solo tour in Japan, Akanishi decided to take his music abroad. “You & Jin U.S.A” and “Yellow Gold Tour 3010” drew thousands of fans and packed venues in Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, New York and San Francisco without a U.S. release or support from a record company. After the success of his U.S. concert tours, Jin knew he made the right move to go solo. Now he’s ready to follow his dreams and fully transcend his talents outside Asia.
The overwhelming support from his fans all around the globe is the force behind Jin’s motivation to keep doing what he truly loves - entertaining the masses. His creative vision is to produce new music by merging his J-pop style with the U.S. music trends. His fascination with the U.S. culture and music has made him a big fan of Jason Derulo, The Stereotypes, The Black Eyed Peas, Lil Wayne, Dr. Dre, Nicki Minaj and many more avant-garde artists of the like.
Now on the verge of his first U.S. single release, “Test Drive featuring Jason Derulo,” and wrapping up the movie, “47 Ronin,” starring Keanu Reeves, Akanishi is just getting geared up for his new life in the U.S. limelight. “We are delighted that Jin is making his U.S. debut, following his sold-out tour here last year,” said Rob Cavallo, Chairman, Warner Bros Records, “Jin is a talented, versatile artist who is already a superstar in Japan, and we are looking forward to working with him to build his American fan-base and global career.”
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