PassCode’s Making Them International Moves

A good while back, I speculated that PassCode would not just join the Idol Invasion, but might be a prominent player in it. After all, between VIRTUAL and the “MISS UNLIMITED” single (and the signing with Universal), they were riding as high as anybody through 2016, including on gaijin shores. The ever-necessary English-language videos followed. It wasn’t a leap to expect them to arrive, maybe even in 2017, and possibly even put together a mini-tour.

The next year wasn’t so kind. “bite the bullet” didn’t seem to excite people the way that previous materials had, and ZENITH, despite being pretty good, seemed to be missing something. The shine had worn off, maybe, or PassCode’s fairly narrow musical range was catching up to them. Regardless, just when momentum seemed to be at its lowest ebb since 2014’s epic re-launch, it was announced that Yuna was going on hiatus for real-deal health issues.

Was PassCode going to recover? I questioned it, I’ll admit. Human beings are natural front-runners — maybe because we understand mortality in an abstract way, or maybe because we just suck, we follow the brightest and shiniest of things even if we don’t like them simply because they’re bright and shining, and that bright shininess can rub off on us one way or another. To lose shine, though, is to basically forfeit it, because we definitely do suck and will simply, as a species, move on to the next shiny bright thing.

You can be surprised that 2018 has been a pretty nice rebound for ol’ PassCode, then, especially since it seems like they’re finally getting to test those international waters. Continue reading

So Is This Some Kind of Record for an International Release?

In case you couldn’t tell, gang, ol’ Maniac’s been taking it easy this week on account of it being not just a slow one, but the holidays and all of that. I didn’t feel like putting too much time and/or energy into anything other than household projects, travel and other people’s horrified grimaces polite smiles upon seeing me for the first time in a while. It’s been fun!

One thing did drag me out of the woodwork for a minute, though, and it’s this little bit that you may have seen going around yesterday:

Candye Syrup, who I will remind you have been in existence for a matter of months, have real-deal international distribution. And not just iTunes, either! Continue reading

This Is Giving Me Hope for a Really Bad Idea

Lee posted this in the Alternative Idol group yesterday, and my heart swelled a little to see it:

That’s right — CD Japan’s going to be tracking international sales. Just theirs for now, but the sentiment in there, that other outlets will line up and provide figures of their own, that’s a great development. Yes, the really great thing is that maybe we’ll all start to matter more to the Japanese music industry, but the extraordinarily selfish part of me is practically leaping for joy at the possibilities. Continue reading

It’s Black Friday; Support PassCode!

Welcome to Black Friday, and welcome to PassCode Day! We’ll build on the success of BiS’s #NewIdolArmy campaign to celebrate the international release of “MISS UNLIMITED” and show PassCode that their fans love them and are everywhere.

This one’s very simple:

  1. Download “MISS UNLIMITED” if you haven’t already
  2. Snap a photo of it playing on your device of choice, or of your physical CD cover/case, or of you and your merch, or any combination thereof
  3. Tweet it at @passcodeO and the members with a message saying where you’re from
  4. Use the hashtag #国際ハッカーズ
  5. If you like, change your profile image over to the “MISS UNLIMITED” cover to show your support

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Now It’s Time to Say Hey to PassCode

tl;dr version: On Friday, we got nuts for “MISS UNLIMITED!” Use the hashtag #国際ハッカーズ and/or #InternationalHackers and send messages from your country, with pics showing your purchase/merch.

You can call me crazy (especially if you don’t already!), but I think the #NewIdolArmy celebration last Friday and over the weekend was an unmitigated success. I never did a proper count, but there were a lot of people in a lot of countries sharing their IDOL photos and turning it black in honor of BiS.

So how about PassCode?

If you remember this post (with a final point that got a little lost in the shuffle) about buying idols’ offerings when they actually become available in your country, sending a message to the labels and agencies that there aren’t just fans abroad, but enough fans abroad to warrant trying to make more of them, is one of the things that we can do right now.

PassCode made their major label debut with “MISS UNLIMITED,” and it distributed internationally, finally even in North America:

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Idol International: BiSH Reviewed in French Magazine ‘Coyote’

Per Pascal Hatton on Facebook, here’s a very cool bit of news: The French J-culture mag Coyote reviewed FAKE METAL JACKET. BiSH! In France!

Scan of BiSH review Fake Metal Jacket in French magazine Coyote
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