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30 July 2010 @ 03:51 am
Bad MEG news, everyone. :(  
In a post titled "MAVERICK," MEG revealed on her blog today that she will be releasing a best-of compilation album this fall before retiring from her record label and leaving on a trip to Paris alone next spring. Her upcoming birthday concert in Sanrio Puroland seems like it'll be her last performance anywhere for some time. It was quite a lot to translate, so I apologize for any errors there may be, but you can read her thoughts on this whole thing below:

This spring, I've decided that I'll take a solitary trip to Paris.

It'll be a brief reset.

It's sudden, but this autumn, I, MEG, will be releasing a best-of compilation,
and will also leave my current record label, taking a break for a little while
from my domestic release activity with regards to music.

I have no plans for any one-man live performances or tours in the year that follows.

Because this is something I've considered since the year before,

making things and delivering things, what I love doing as "creating"
has become "work,"
and I've lost what I wanted to do so carefully.

Whoever I deliver these things to, I want to craft them with perfect care.

In the scope of the things I can do, I've considered what can be done,
but the place I'm in no longer excites me, and from that, new ideas can't be born.

Within such a repeating cycle, I felt like I didn't know what to do.

I have to change something, I have to find something;
the period in which I thought those things went on for a rather long while.

In that sense, timing is a strange thing.

Putting on an image, even as I say that it suits me, with a single hint,
the feeling that the road before my eyes is made up from various parts becomes apparent.

The things that interest me, though they may not be for the best, are what I want to try.
Even if I overdo it the same way, even if I have to start from scratch, I want to try it.
Ever since that determination transformed itself into its own power, everything past that has gone quickly.

In the past, as if moving in place, I was convinced that I'd wasted too much time,
and now, moving in quite a roundabout way, I'm connected to this place I'm at.

People who aren't fake still won't be fake even as several years pass by.
There are reunions like that, too.

Because living is interesting.
It's the continuity of "no experience is meaningless."

As next year is also the tenth anniversary of my debut,
I believe that I want to make it the year of challenging new fields.

That is, what I've done up until now, regardless of whether it's music or fashion, it also won't be trapped in terms of "domestic" or "overseas."

It's not that I was in an environment where anyone could go and get work for me,
but retiring from a major label and having nothing left, wondering if it'll be okay,
even though I may feel conflicted, if I don't challenge myself, nothing can happen.

I've decided a few of the things I want to do next year already, but there are preliminary arrangements I need to take care of for a little bit.
There's anxiety that comes with freedom, too, but the possibilities are increasing,
and I'll be able to challenge things I've wanted to do for a long time, as well as work I've been wanting to lend my voice to.

Above all else, I am not alone.
Watching out from all around me, there are kind people, people I rely on right here, aren't there?
Even the people reading this blog entry here.

I'm thrilled.
For Team MEG, too, this is a good thing.

At my live parties, through creating music, I have the precious opportunity to meet you all,
and I have no doubt that this has become the source of my own power, too,

so I love music.
Taking a break for a little bit, when I have the self-confidence to do what I really want to do,
when I'm able to create the things I want to send out again, I firmly want to deliver that to all of you.

When that time comes, I don't know yet if I'll start an independent label, or, perhaps,
sign with a record label somewhere else—I still don't know for sure.

Whichever way I go, I have a feeling that when I start over again next time, the new environment will allow me to enjoy music once again.

Going ahead of my own free will, something has to be thrown away.
Because no one knows for sure if it's the right thing or not.

...that said, listening again to the lyrics of "MAVERICK" now, hearing every single one of the words,
I feel that it was a good thing that I was able to write my thoughts out frankly and honestly, and in that way, it's a treasure.

Aside from that, after two-and-a-half years and roughly fifty songs created, I've written a new song.
With so many individual thoughts and feelings in it, I believe it's taken the shape of my own personal history.

So, the end is a beginning.

The new song that will be my final single with this recording company is called "PASSPORT".
The CD title that I came up with over a period of three years until now is hidden in the lyrics.

Going along with the title, using these songs as identification, a passport,
I was thinking that I want to go on a journey to a new place.

On the day I perform at Puroland, though it'll be my birthday, I wonder if it'll also be something of a brief farewell.
It'll be nice if it's a wonderful day that I can share powerfully and happily with everyone, I think.

And now.
Fan mail, messages I get through Twitter, etc., I always feel them close to me.
For worrying about me, who is so prone to getting sick easily, thank you.

Phrases like "suspension of activity" are flowing through Twitter already,
but it isn't a suspension—it's breaking out of a routine I've had for several years, so it's positive.

From now on, too, if you're able to watch over me warmly
and still support the ever-defiant MEG, I'll be happy.

Thank you.



... so I'm really upset. Everyone else?

I forgot to mention that she also linked to this YouTube upload of "MAVERICK," which I found kind of interesting, buuuuut now I also feel weird knowing that she may have seen my shitty translations of a few of her other songs from that album if she looked at those ones. :|
ルーdungbrains on July 30th, 2010 09:11 am (UTC)
She's brave and has the guts to follow her dream. She's amazing.
Donovoncosmeticmusic on July 30th, 2010 10:54 am (UTC)
On the verge of crying rn
ilovekuu4everilovekuu4ever on July 30th, 2010 11:24 am (UTC)
She is brave, but on the verge of crying
mike: MEGvolume1995 on July 30th, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)
no fucking way

yes okay I'm crying buhbuhuh why MEG ):
Yumo: MEGmoriyumegari_chan on July 30th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
I'm really happy for her.
She's working really hard for herself, which will make her work more powerful. And she has the guts to kinda throw away all she accomplished until now (record labels, popularity, contacts, etc) and not so many people would do what she's going to. She knows she wants something and she's going to fight for it. I'm really proud of her as a fan.
I'm sad because, well, she won't be arround much (if anything at all) but I'm sure she'll come back with something amazing, and I'll be waiting for it for sure!
A@D: October Journeydeadnessemotion on July 30th, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC)
I understand everything now...all those releases together and the title, i was suspicious
Well, I'm happy if she will be happy
With recording company...what does she mean exactly?
I'm sure this won't be a goodbye though

Anyway, fucking crying too, brb commiting suicide

But I'll repeat, as I said some posts ago, you're so fucking amazingly enigmatic, MEG

Fabrice Fabrice: X3pikapika217 on July 30th, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
I think this is beautiful. I know I often use 'fierce' to the point where it's not kind've a throw away, but this is fierce: Leaving a highly successful career fto follow your heart? That's Fierce! I'm happy that she will take time away so that her passion can be that again - a passion, instead of an obligation or something she has to do. When she comes back, it will be a triumph and her music will be more rich because she'll be that much happier.

so instead of 'bad' MEG news, I consider this very good news: She's taking control of her life and living for herself. I am nothing short of inspired. Rooting for you, MEG!
北原美月: pic#102973683roomgirl on July 30th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)

Anyway, yeah, I ♥ this comment.
少年仕掛けのリブレット: kanon wakeshimalimejam on July 30th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
Very sad, very interesting to the least. But to be honest, I didn't enjoy MAVERICK one bit, so it doesn't upset me to hear she's going to be "resetting" her music a few years from now and trying out something new.

It definitely sounds like she's hinting at starting a new music project on an international level, so it will be very interesting to see where that goes. Until then, it is sad that MEG's diverse musical career will be in flux for a while...I have a lot of good memories of her music!
krys: fat kid loves cakeglider on July 30th, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
...I might be the only person who's actually somewhat happy with this development? :( I'm very glad she's taking a break and severing ties and restarting. Her creations are very important to her, so much that she is discontent with them having become "work". She even said that after 2½ years, there's been roughly fifty songs made. Meg has given us a lot.


I'm also guessing she's leaving her record company perhaps due to pressures or a strict schedule. It's difficult to continue releasing good music when you have due dates and limitations, and this could hamper her creativity and her freedom (which she hinted at the freedom being a big deal in her decision to...haul ass to France? roffl omg).

I would much rather she continue working as a singer/songwriter/performer under conditions that she's comfortable with that provide her with that freedom, and I see this as her first giant step towards achieving that.
Fabrice Fabricepikapika217 on July 30th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
I was too.
disc_harge on July 30th, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
i dont know what i shall say for i'm upset about this
but if this is what she needs, i understand her but i will miss her
for i like her music a lot, even if i have just liked her for six months
Pedro: MEGprismboy on July 30th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
I'm seriously about to cry. :( But those words MEG, are very moving. You totally deserve the break and if you really feel that way about your music career, then you are making the right decision. I hope she has the best time of her life in Paris.

MEG you are one amazing person. I'll love you forever, and I'll be looking forward for when you come back to the music scene! And if you don't you still left us many amazing and gorgeous music to remember you with.
samuhelsamuhel on July 30th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
Ah, so that's what she meant about having to pick songs for... I thought she might release a best album, but I didn't see this break coming!

I thought I'd feel sad about this, but it just made me love MEG even more, now!
I am SO happy she decided to this, not only because it shows her courage, but because that way we'll always have our MEG, and not a poor artist that goes on because of a record deal, for the money or for reputation. She's doing what many artists aren't capable of, and I'm sure this break or routine will mean a lot on her next works.

Do you remember room girl? How AWESOME it sounded? MEG did that when she was at the beggining, without nything she has now. And as she says, the end is a new beggining. I'm not saynig we can expect another room girl album, but I'm sure MEG will deliver something just as fresh and creative.

To be honest I don't even mind the fact she won't have any releases coming soon... The only bad feeling I have is that she isn't going to release a DVD of the Sanrio Live Party...

GOSH, I really needed to go to that, and I had hopes of a DVD coming...

Bt anyways, GO MEG!
kimi dake wokimivalkyrie on July 30th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
I won't be sad about this if you do that ;;
petitpoisbleupetitpoisbleu on July 30th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)

james.romaholic on July 30th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
I've never had more respect for her as an artist <3 I can't wait to see what happens after this whole PARIS thing~