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It truly is a week of firsts for Japanese pop star Jin Akanishi. Sure, the singer has charted eleven consecutive number one hits back in his native country, but this week he officially launched in to the United States. On Tuesday, Akanishi released Japonicana, his debut U.S. album. This Friday, the Asian star kicks off his first ever North American tour. But before either of those took place, Jin made his American radio debut on Monday. Akanishi checked in to “The Ralphie Radio Show” via Skype from Tokyo, in an interview that was taped the previous week.

“I’m expecting a lot of dancing, partying… drinking,” Akanishi semi-joked when asked what he was looking forward to in his first go round in North America. “I just want to have a good time.”

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The singer will cover a good amount of land – starting this week in Los Angeles before touching down in Vancouver, Honolulu, New York, and wrapping up in San Francisco. Akanishi recorded Japonicana in LA, but he revealed that there is a special connection between him and the Big Apple.

“It’s different, but it’s kind of similar to Tokyo,” Akanishi explained. “I was staying in LA for a long time, and I was kind of missing Tokyo. When I went to New York, I felt [like] I was back home.”

It was on the west coast where Akanishi linked up with the likes of Justin Bieber, Sean Kingston, and Jason Derulo – the later whom he collaborated with for “Test Drive.”

“I learned a lot of things from him,” Jin said of working with Derulo. “I was happy to hear his ‘Jason Derulo’ in the introduction, with my name.”

But besides hearing Jason’s trademark signature, Akanishi was able to witness firsthand how the multi-platinum recording artist works.

“Jason works on a track hard,” he said. “He’ll sing over and over and over until he’s satisfied. I really like that.”

Akanishi won’t just be using his voice – but also his acting ability to make a good first impression in America. The 27 year-old was cast for the movie “47 Ronin,” starring Keanu Reeves.

“I taught him how to play Japanese chess,” Akanishi revealed before light-heartedly adding. “I guess I can brag about it.”

Clearly, he’s adapting to his new surroundings quite nicely.

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Who would’ve thought that there could be a person or persons that would ignite more of a social media thunderstorm than Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber?

By the way, as of press time, the storm has yet to subside.

Entertainment reporter Jill Wilderman checked in from Hollywood with the latest on the “Jelena.” The couple was spotted last weekend not in Los Angeles for The Grammy Awards, but in New York. Gomez and The Biebs ate at a trendy Thai restaurant in Manhattan, and the actress was spotted wearing a ring on her way out. Wilderman said the idea that the piece of jewelry is of the engagement variety is probably false. Reportedly the schedules of the teen stars were not allowing them the chance to see each other on Tuesday for Valentine’s Day.

But all of that was soon overshadowed by Wilderman’s introduction of Jin Akanishi. The Japanese pop star has already attracted a very large and passionate following across the globe. Akanishi now has his eyes set on America – with a handful of tour dates that will take him from Los Angeles to Honolulu to New York. Last November the singer dropped a single, “Test Drive,” which was produced by J.R. Rotem and features Jason Derulo. Akanishi released his latest track, “Sun Burns Down,” last month. It shot to the top of the iTunes dance chart.

Don’t believe the hype? Check out how many mentions, retweets, and favorites I received on Twitter here. Plus, read more about Akanishi’s migration to the States on Wilderman’s blog.