KAT-TUN has announced new mini-album Kusabi (楔) just over a week after the announcement of member Koki Tanaka’s removal from the group for violating his contract. Their new mini-album’s title track Kusabi, has tie-in as theme song for TBS TV drama Henshin Interviewer no Yuutsu staring member Yuichi Nakamaru and actress Fumino Kimura. Also the main coupling track (untitled) has a tie-in as the TVCM song for Suzuki’s Solio Bandit. Mini-album Kusabi comes on three editions scheduled for release on November 27th 2013, read on for more details….
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On October 9th 2013 it was announced that member Koki Tanaka had been removed from his talent agency and as member of KAT-TUN. The faxed announcement only stated there were repeated rule violations that led to the termination of his contract. Other reports revealed that he had run a restaurant in Tokyo without permission of the agency and that private photos exposing the lower part of his body had been published. Koki Tanaka comment in the fax offered a sincere apology for his actions that led to his dismissal and thanked each member of KAT-TUN for being a friend all the way.
KAT-TUN will continue as a 4-member unit going forward. The group originally began as a 6-member unit and dropped to 5 members back on July 17th 2010 when then group leader Jin Akanishi left the group to pursue a solo career.
Upcoming live activities now only include their year end concert at Kyocera Dome Osaka,
– December 30th 2013 6:00pm Kyocera Dome Osaka
– December 31st 2013 8:00pm Kyocera Dome Osaka
TBS TV late-night drama Henshin Interviewer no Yuutsu begins airing October 21st 2013. The drama stars member Yuichi Nakamaru as a split character – unkempt, long-haired genius writer who can transform into a fresh and handsome interviewer to get the story. The drama is written and directed by Miki Satoshi who directed movie Ore Ore that stars member Kazuya Kamenashi.
KAT-TUN’s new min-album Kusabi comes on three editions each with a different 5th coupling track plus the single is available as a special 3-edition bundle (details subject to change),
– Limited A with DVD that includes music video and making-of footage for title track. The CD and DVD includes bonus song and music video for MONSTER NIGHT (solo by Tatsuya Ueda).
– Limited B with DVD that includes music video for untitled main coupling song.
– Regular CD-only with 2 bonus tracks.
All editions include a serial code for entry into a KAT-TUN 2014 New Year’s greeting database. All who enter will get a special smartphone background graphic, additional offers will be announced. Also selected stores offer a B2-size poster when reserving all three editions (the special bundled edition). Poster image varies by store (6 different).
Full track list, jacket covers, and more details will be announced, come back to Comtrya Sugoi for updates.