December 25, 2009
Can’t say Simon Cowell doesn’t know his business. He had a bonus track “Wings to Fly“, which is a Japanese folk song, put the Japanese version of Susan Boyle’s CD. Her CD is #1 there without being promoted. Until now. According to the UK Mirror and the Japan Times, Ms Boyle will ring in the New Year on the Japanese New Year’s Eve program: “Kohaku Uta Gassen“.
According to wiki:
Literally “Red and White Song Battle,” the program divides the most popular music artists of the year into competing teams of red and white. The “red” team or akagumi is composed of all female artists (or groups with female vocals), while the “white” team or shirogumi is all male (or groups with male vocals). The honor of performing on Kōhaku is strictly by invitation, so only the most successful J-Pop artists and Enka singers can perform.
…..The basis for selection are record sales and adaptability to the edition’s theme.
Runs 4 hours 25 minutes. At least 25 members on each side – all perform.
Aside from the performances, there are special performances where certain performers do their act together, and the so-called “Ring Show” where performers from both teams take part in a “singing exercise.”
Not clear on the voting process or if they win anything.
One of those close Susan Boyle sources:
Kohaku Uta Gassen is a massive show watched by millions and lots of them who have seen Susan on You Tube will now get to see a new very special performance. Susan has been practising a Japanese folk song called Wings To Fly, which she is hoping to perform live for the first time.
Dec 22 – Ms Boyle pelts paparazzi with mini-snowballs
Photo: UK Mirror