Jin Akanishi has signed a deal with Universal Music Japan which adds his personal label Go Good Records to the company's umbrella.
Akanishi was a member of KAT-TUN and managed by Johnny's & Associates until February 2014 after marrying Meisa Kuroki and having a child together. The singer established an independent label named Go Good Records to continue his activities as a solo artist.
The decision to partner with Universal Music Japan stems from Akanishi's desire to elevate his music career and increase his global presence.
"Through a major label's global network, I hope to stimulate my career, raise the level of my music, do more activities in Japan, and go to foreign countries more often," Akanishi said.
Although his label is now associated with Universal Music Japan, Akanishi did not sign a contract with the company as an artist. He retains a level of independence by continuing to create music through his own label while also enjoying the benefits of a large company with more resources.
Akanishi's first solo album through the major label is titled "Blessèd". It will be released on December 12 in 4 different versions: a CD-Only version, 2 different CD DVD versions, and a CD VR version. The virtual reality version will be a fan club exclusive and comes with VR goggles and viewing code for a unique experience.
Check out the track list, cover art and a teaser video for "Blessèd" below:
2. Fill Me Up
3. One Addiction
4. I Want You
6. Good Or Bad
7. Sun Kiss
8. All About You
CD DVD A
CD DVD B