Back in October, former KAT-TUN member Jin Akanishi indicated his plans for a CD debut in the United States. On Thursday, those plans became much more tangible with Warner Music Group and Warner Music Japan's announcement that Akanishi has signed a recording deal with the label and is expected to unleash his first U.S. release in spring 2011.
During a press conference held at a Tokyo hotel on December 9, Warner's recently appointed CEO Lachie Rutherford said that Akanishi plans to release a single and then an album during the spring, under the name JIN AKANISHI. Warner will be handling not just the U.S. release; the company will be working with Akanishi on a global basis for both his English and Japanese works.
Last month, Akanishi successfully completed a 5-concert tour in the U.S. Now back in Japan, he will be preparing for three concerts at Saitama Super Arena on January 14-16 and three more concerts at Osaka-jo Hall on January 21-23. Those six shows are expected to bring in approximately 105,000 fans combined.
Akanishi is also planning for another U.S. tour after his album's release, though nothing definite has been announced yet.