Jin Akanishi launches episode 1 of The Takeover
In his new reality series, Jin talks about his career, explains his expansion into America, and buys a new car to promote new single, "Test Drive."
by Carolyn Huang
Date Published: 10/28/2011
Jin Akanishi. Photo courtesy of Jinakanishiusa.com.
On October 27, Jin Akanishi released the first episode of his web series, The Takeover. The series, released alongside Jin's new YouTube channel, will follow Jin as he "crosses over from Japan to the United States." The 3-min episode opens with an intro summarizing Jin's accomplishments and follows with shots of Jin shopping, before delving into why Jin decided to expand his target audience to America.
"The reason why I came out here is to get different audience," Jin says. "And sharing my music or art. I got an influence from my friend and my mom, too. She listen to music from overseas every day."
Jin then decides he wants to buy a car and goes for a test drive. Fittingly, the background music reveals a snippet of Jin's upcoming hit with Jason Derulo, "Test Drive." The single will be available for purchase on iTunes beginning November 8.
The Japanese pop star, a former member of boyband KAT-TUN, has been looking to expand into the American market. Jin signed on with Warner Music Group in December 2011. Now, Jin is simultaneously starring in period film 47 Ronin alongside Keanu Reeves and preparing for the release of "Test Drive."
More information regarding Jin and his web series can be found on his newly-launched official website.