As for music, I have discovered some new artists I really like. One of them is Aya Kamiki. I don't know why I never listened to her seriously before, but I am sure I have some of her music somewhere. She's cool, she's really punky and has a different sounding voice to generic pop stuff.
At the moment, I am checking out AVEX's new releases. They are always guaranteed to have quality music. I am looking forward to SUPER*GIRLS when they eventually bring out their new music. They have a range of different ages and looks, and I hope they do better than AKB48.
(and hopefully aren't as attractive for pervy old men >.>)It'd be wicked if anyone could hit SweetS style of music, as they were just the best pop band I've heard in years.
Kumi's new single 'Fishbowl' looks kick-ass. Also, Maki's new single 'Eyes' looks quite good as well, although she is really sexing up her act lately. She has been for a few years, but you'd think she would have classed it up a bit now. It may take her a while I suppose.
Years of acting like an innocent schoolgirl type in MM probably stuffed her up for a few years. Ha~