According to Avex, cellphone downloads in Japan for songs from Marty Friedman's (ex-MEGADETH) "Loudspeaker" album have topped 140,000 and show no signs of slowing down.The lead-off track from "Loudspeaker", "Elixir" is the new ending theme for the current season of "Rock Fujiyama". Other songs from the all instrumental album are receiving heavy TV airplay on several other shows, mainly sports-related. A U.S. release as well as a Korea release for "Loudspeaker" are in the works. The European edition came out on Sept. 15 on Mascot Records. Other news tidbits: * Marty is slated to play guitar and produce an album featuring the cast of "Rock Fujiyama". There will be tons of surprises! * Marty's monthly feature in mainstream magazine Nikkei Entertainment begins this month! * Marty's performance with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra aired on Aug. 26 on NHK and the reaction has been fantastic. * In TV news, thanks to consistently high ratings, Marty's weekly "Rock Fujiyama" program has been extended two more seasons, through March 2007. * Marty's special feature in the Japanese edition of Playboy is on newsstands now! * In TV news, Marty filmed 20 weeks worth of his segment for M-On-TV with top model (and now singer) Shoko Nakagawa last week. * Marty's performance with superstars Ayaka Hirahara and Tomomi Kahala on NHK's "Pop Jam" was rebroadcast on July 8. Nippon Television's "Uta Sta!", which is Japan's answer to "American Idol", features Marty weekly on the judges panel. Marty is currently on the cover of Young Guitar in Japan as well as Sound Designer. Go here for a look.
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