Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Unblocked Idol Videos!

Disappointed that certain idol groups have their videos region blocked on YouTube?  Me too.  The record companies who do this may have legitimate reasons for blocking them, but this only leads some fans to illegally upload the videos to their personal YouTube and Dailymotion channels.   When this is done the fans will find their uploads blocked or their channels deleted by the music companies who own the videos.  So it's not a good idea to do this, no matter what your intentions are.  The good news is some progress has been made for two idol groups I follow.

I already reported that on December 13, 2014 Idol Renaissance was signed to T-Palette Records.   Previously they were with Sony.  Well yesterday I just noticed that all of their YouTube videos were now unblocked!  I'm not sure when this happened, but I'm guessing that as a result of Idol Renaissance changing companies that T-Palette decided to make their videos available for people all around the world to enjoy.  So fans can now rejoice!  If you haven't already become a fan of Idol Renaissance, here are some videos that are personal favorites of mine to hopefully get you interested.

"17 Sai"

"Taiyo to Shinzo"


A group that I was the first person to write about in English way back in late 2010 is Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku, or EbiChu for short.  (Note: I capitalize the C to differentiate it from the anime series Ebichu.)  I was excited, like many others, that EbiChu were being signed to a major label, Sony's DefSTAR Records, in late February 2012, only to be disappointed when Sony decided to region block all of their videos!  In December 2014 a friend of mine on Facebook pointed out that there was now an EbichuVEVO YouTube channel!  Yes, everyone around the world should hopefully be able to see their previously blocked videos.  Having said this, Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku filmed a video for the song "Otona wa Wakatte Kurenai" back in 2012 which still has not appeared on this YouTube channel.  Hopefully it will soon.  Here are some personal picks from the VEVO channel for you to watch.  

"Houkago Getabako Rock'n'Roll MX" 


"Te wo Tsunagou"

"Butterfly Effect" 

I'm not sure if any other idol groups (on Sony or other record labels) have recently had their videos unblocked, but you might want to check YouTube and see for yourself.  


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