QUEEN BEE Celebrates 10th Anniversary With First Book Publication

05.February.2019 | MUSIC

March 31 this year will mark the 10th anniversary since the formation of Japanese rock band QUEEN BEE and to celebrate, they will release their first ever book entitled qb Zukan on March 28. It will feature artist photos, live shots, design notes written by vocalist Avu-chan on the band’s outfits and merchandise, interviews with the members and staff, and more.

Events will also be held in Tokyo and Osaka to promote its release. Fans can’t miss out on this 176-page, content-packed publication.

Speaking about the release, Avu-chan commented: “QUEEN BEE’s 10th anniversary has come around before I’ve even realised. We are fortunate to have made it this far, again before I even knew it, and have evolved, intently, in our own way, and all while not fitting into any boxes. I’m sure fans who have seen us live will understand what I mean. Well, the other members don’t talk so can’t explain it anyway! (Though they do talk in the ‘Mitsubachi Club’ fan club.) This book focuses a lot on each member – what’s great about them, cute about them, and their enigmatic sides. There’s design images taken from the production process of all of our outfits, lots of off-shots, pictures of our trip to Atami. Profiles, letters, interviews, recollections. It’s packed with highlighter, and you may be inclined to picture it as a memorial book. Tut-tut-tut! It will make me happy for people to order it thinking of it as like a manga or games manual. I think it’ll become even more mysterious when you read it. I hope many people enjoy it for a long, long time like they do our music!”


  • QUEEN BEE Release ‘P R I D E’ Music Video From New Album ‘BL’

    27.February.2020 | MUSIC

    QUEEN BEE just dropped the music video for their song P R I D E which is taken from their new record BL. The band dropped their new album BL last Wednesday, which charted at No. 3 on Oricon’s daily charts and No. 5 on Billboard Japan’s weekly album charts. 

    The music video is built up on the two CD covers for the album, including the above-pictured illustrated one drawn by manga artist Harada which blew up on social media when it was released, and the exclusive version which features a different cover.


    QUEEN BEE – “P R I D E” Official MV

    MOre details have also been released for the band’s upcoming two concerts at Makuhari Event Hall on April 4 and 5.

    Titled QUEEN BEE Solo Concert “Ten” −Introduction−, the first day (April 4) will be “BLACK” themed, while the second day (April 5) will be “BLUE” themed.


    It is anticipated that the band will fuse together their last album TEN, which was released last year and which features in the name of the two concerts, and BL.

  • QUEEN BEE’s New Album ‘BL’ Content Revealed & Title Track Released Digitally

    28.January.2020 | MUSIC

    QUEEN BEE released their industry-shaking album Ten in May last year, which shot to number one on iTunes in Japan and peaked at 4th place on Oricon’s weekly charts. Their success didn’t end there however, as tickets to all of their live shows in promotion of the record sold out.


    It hasn’t even been a year yet, and QUEEN BEE are set to release yet another new album, BL, on February 19.

    The album will be released in several different versions. There will be two limited pressing editions, lily and rose, each with their own design concept and each coming with a gorgeous 88 page visual book. There will also be regular edition copies with just the CD.


    The limited pressing editions feature photos of the members wearing different makeup and outfits in line with the respective lily and rose themes. Both visual books will each also contain entirely different photos.


    The CDs of all three versions will contain 8 brand new songs, and in line with each edition’s different concepts, the track list will be in different orders too. Additionally, regular edition copies also contain instrumental versions of all 8 tracks.

    The album also includes QUEEN BEE’s new song BL which features as the opening theme for the Japanese drama series Juu no Himitsu (“10 Secrets”) starring Osamu Mukai. The title and lead track for the new album, BL will be released digitally at midnight in Japan tonight (January 28). Pre-orders for the full album are also now open on iTunes in Japan.


    Tickets are now on sale for QUEEN BEE’s two concerts entitled “Ten −Introduction−” taking place at Mahukari Event Hall on April 4 and 5.

  • QUEEN BEE Release Music Video For Tokyo Ghoul S Main Theme ‘Introduction’

    11.July.2019 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    QUEEN BEE just dropped their new music video for Introduction on YouTube.


    The song is taken from their latest album Ju which hit shelves back in May. The song will feature as the main theme for the forthcoming film Tokyo Ghoul S, the sequel to the live-action adaptation of the popular manga and anime series Tokyo Ghoul.


    The music video was directed by Nakane Sayaka who has worked on QUEEN BEE’s most recent videos including HALFHypnotize, and Holy War.


    ©Sui Ishida / Shueisha   ©2019 “Tokyo Ghoul S” Production Committee

  • QUEEN BEE to Perform Tokyo Ghoul S Live-Action Film’s Main Theme

    12.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

    Masataka Kubota, who is reprising his role as Ken Kaneki in the upcoming live-action film Tokyo Ghoul S, announced at the film’s premiere at The Golden Hall in Ebisu that QUEEN BEE will perform the movie’s main theme song.


    The song is titled Introduction and is taken from QUEEN BEE’s new album Ju which hit shelves in May. The band also previously performed the song HALF as the ending theme for the TV anime series Tokyo Ghoul:re.


    QUEEN BEE released a new artist photo to promote the new collaboration.

    Speaking about their return to the franchise once again, QUEEN BEE’s vocalist Avu-chan commented: “Talks began on the day when we had finished everything on our album Ju―the music, the photos, and the music videos […] Introduction is the last song on the album. It’s a song that follows the road down ten years of QUEEN BEE, and we are honoured that it will begin as the theme song for Tokyo Ghoul S. Please look forward to it.”


    ©Sui Ishida / Shueisha   ©2019 “Tokyo Ghoul S” Production Committee

  • Japan’s Most Famous Horror Figure Sadako Features in QUEEN BEE’s ‘Seisen’ Music Video

    22.May.2019 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    It has been two years since rock band QUEEN BEE released an album. Their brand new album Ju (“Ten”) was just released on Wednesday 22nd May. Their song Seisen (“Holy War”), which is included on the new album, will be used as the film’s main theme song for the upcoming horror film Sadako.


    Along with the release of Seisen, the official music video has also gone public. The wildest thing: the scary ghost of Sadako even takes part in the music video!


    Sadako x QUEEN BEE – “Seisen” Collaboration Music Video

    The film Sadako is the sequel to the world-hit 1998 Japanese film Ring, which is an adaptation of Koji Suzuki’s horror novel of the same name about a cursed video that when watched kills the viewer seven days after watching. With Elaiza Ikeda playing the role of the heroine and Hideo Nakata as the film’s director, this latest horror film was created by the hands of an original team. The film is set to premiere in Japan on 24th May.

    The music video was directed by Sayaka Nakane, who also directed the music videos for QUEEN BEE’s HALF, Hypnotize and FIRE. As the film’s main antagonist, Sadako makes a strong appearance in the music video. Witnessing the terrifying Sadako in a music video is something you just have to see! The song Seisen is now available for early digital download and streaming across major digital music platforms.

    The new album Ju is the sequel to QUEEN BEE’s previous album Q which was praised as a masterpiece. The new album consists of 10 songs, including the album version of the band’s biggest singles such as FIRE; the opening theme for anime Dororo; and HALF, the ending theme for anime Tokyo Ghoul:re, both of which were hits on streaming services. Other big hits on the album include Hypnotize for which Limited Pressing Edition copies of the single sold out immediately. And of course, Sadako’s main theme song Seisen is also on the album.


    QUEEN BEE is currently on their 2019 Japan tour QUEEN BEE Tour 2019 “Ju” -Kaen-.


    © 2019 Sadako Production Committee

  • New Trailer Released For ‘Sadako’ Film Featuring Theme Song ‘Seisen’ by QUEEN BEE

    17.May.2019 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    The original Ring film was released in Japan in 1998 and was directed by Hideo Nakata. It is an adaptation of Koji Suzuki’s horror novel of the same name about a cursed video that when watched kills the viewer seven days after watching. It went on to become Japan’s No. 1 horror film. The film franchise is set to receive a sequel entitled in Sadako which is set to premiere in Japan on May 24, 2019.


    QUEEN BEE will perform the film’s main theme song Seisen (“Holy War”) which you can hear in the latest trailer.

    In the trailer, we see the fear-filled protagonist Mayu (played by Elaiza Ikeda) sitting on a bed, contrasted with another scene of her where her desperate eyes are full of rage. There’s also a mysterious scene of a small child with mysterious eyes.


    Hideo Nakata explained how Sadako maintains that J-horror atmosphere while keeping in line with the “entertaining fear factor” of today’s movies. He also noted that the film contains strong human drama elements as expressed through love as a blood connection. Nakata praised QUEEN BEE’s song Seisen as being the perfect match for the film as they were able to capture and portray the movie’s themes. He admitted to being in tears after seeing the band perform live.


    Elaiza Ikeda’s passionate performance of Mayu combined with the beautiful collaboration between Seisen and the movie are just a couple of reasons why you should check the trailer out.


    ©2019 Sadako Production Committee /A KADOKAWA film.

  • QUEEN BEE Drop Details On Forthcoming New Album ‘Ju’

    09.May.2019 | MUSIC

    QUEEN BEE will release their new album Ju on May 22, 2019, their first studio album in two years. The record’s lead track Seisen (“Holy War”) received an early digital release on May 9.


    The band revealed last month that Seisen will be used as the main theme song for the upcoming Japanese horror film Sadako, the latest entry to the Ring film series set for release in Japan on May 24, 2019. The song debuted in Japan on the J-WAVE radio show SONAR MUSIC on May 8.

    Ju will feature a total of 10 tracks including Seisen, the Tokyo Ghoul:re ending theme HALFHypnotize which was originally only available as part of a Limited Pressing Edition, and Kaen, the opening theme song for the anime series Dororo. Each single featured on the album is an album version different from the single versions.


    First Press Limited Edition copies of the album include a DVD of “Honeybee Night 4~:re~,” a sold-out show organised by QUEEN BEE. They also come with an 84-page booklet filled with photos and visuals of the band as well as a special sticker sheet.


    Depending on where fans purchase the CD from they will receive exclusive bonuses. Buying from either Tower Records, Amazon or their 2019 “Ju” tour will earn fans one of three cards that enables them to watch different documentary footag. This footage includes off-shots of the band when they performed at MEGAPORT FESTIVAL this year in Taiwan, an interview, and more. Additionally, when picked up at TSUTAYA RECORDS, copies will be coupled with a sticker of the CD cover art, and a sticker of the QUEEN BEE logo can be receive at select participating stores.

    The band also unveiled the above-pictured new artist photo.


    QUEEN BEE are in the midst of their 2019 “Ju” tour. The tour will conclude with two performances at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo on July 5 and 6 respectively.

  • QUEEN BEE Will Perform Theme Song For the Upcoming Film ‘Sadako’

    09.April.2019 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    A new trailer for the latest entry to the Ring film franchise Sadako has been released. The film is set to premiere on May 24, 2019 in Japan. Check out the new trailer below.


    The original Ring film was released in Japan in 1998 and was directed by Hideo Nakata. It is an adaptation of Koji Suzuki’s horror novel of the same name about a cursed video that when watched kills the viewer seven days after watching.

    QUEEN BEE made headlines last month for performing a cover of feels like HEAVEN which is being used in promotional videos for the film including the one above. In more recent news, it has just been announced that their new song Seisen (“Holy War”) will be used as the film’s main theme song.


    The track will be included on the band’s upcoming new album Ju (“Ten”) which will drop on May 22, 2019 just before the film’s release.

    A new promo visual has also been released featuring the protagonist Mayu about to close her camera shutter as some familiar hands show their ghoulish hands from behind her. This poster is creepy enough to have us thinking we’re already cursed by looking at it!

  • QUEEN BEE Perform Original ‘Ring’ Main Theme For New Film ‘Sadako’

    27.March.2019 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    The original Ring film was released in Japan in 1998 and was directed by Hideo Nakata. It is an adaptation of Koji Suzuki’s horror novel of the same name about a cursed video that when watched kills the viewer seven days after watching. The film kindled a J-horror boom when it was released and the main antagonist, Sadako, has gone on to become one of Japan’s most famous ghosts.


    The next entry to the famous horror series will be Sadako hitting Japanese cinemas on May 24, 2019. It was revealed earlier this month that Hitomi Satō will reprise her role as Masami Kurahashi ―20 years later.


    It has been announced that QUEEN BEE are releasinga cover of feels like HEAVEN, the theme of the original 1998 film and considered synonymous with Sadako. The song is being used for promotional material.

    The already-released trailer for the film features a snippet of the song―a lyric that embedded fear in the hearts of Japanese people with the original movie was released: Kitto kuru (“I’m on my way”).


    A promotional visual was released featuring QUEEN BEE’s vocalist Avu-chan as a “reverse-Sadako,” donning long white hair. The band’s cover of the main theme will be released on iTunes and other digital platforms on March 28, 2019 at midnight (JST).

    Avu-chan released the following statement: “Sadako. A superstar in the world of Japanese horror movies. The artwork we have created and our cover of that iconic song respect her [Sadako’s] development and charisma. We have begun the effort to help spread Sadako’s curse. She’s on her way. On her way to you.”


    The film’s director Hideo Nakata also commented on teaming up with QUEEN BEE: “At the first QUEEN BEE concert I went to it felt like I had suddenly returned to when I was going through puberty in my teens. Avu-chan’s lyrics and voice have a quality to them that is characteristic of puberty: delicate and easy to hurt. That combines with the other members’ energetic playing. It’s all-out raw positivity, the kind that makes you feel no matter what happens you will keep on living. I felt the combination of those things and the pull of their magnetic force was something incredible. When I met Avu-chan, she explained how she was captivated by Ring and the power that Sadako holds, which is what led her to listen to the original song feels like HEAVEN. I am shuddering at the cover which incorporates the band’s uniqueness magnificently.”

  • QUEEN BEE Releases Music Video for Dororo Opening Theme ‘Kaen’

    08.February.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    QUEEN BEE released their new single Kaen (FIRE) last week which is used as the opening theme for the TV anime series Dororo.


    The band has just dropped the music video on their YouTube channel which was directed by Sayaka Nakane who worked on the band’s previous videos for HALF and Saiminjutsu.



    First Press Limited Edition copies of the single include a DVD featuring the second half of the band’s concert at Zepp Tokyo, the final show of their sold-out 2018 “HALF” tour.


    First Press Regular Edition copies include an application card to attend the band’s acoustic live show being held to support the release of Kaen.


    The new single is available to listen to on Spotify and Apple Music and to download on iTunes.

  • Japanese rock band QUEEN BEE releases opening theme song for anime “Dororo” – catch their limited acoustic live!

    28.January.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Japanese rock band QUEEN BEE performed “Kaen”, the opening theme song for anime “Dororo”. Now, there is an opportunity to catch them live! Last week, their new song ”Kaen” was released in advance on CD and was made available on music streaming services. As a limited-edition streaming service, you can access a special package of four songs in the “Kaen full edition” package, which can be reserved via iTunes.

      The band is celebrating the release of their standard-limited edition version with a commemoration “Acoustic Live”, to which fans can apply to attend. Customers who purchase this product can enter into a prize draw to attend the premium live by completing and sending the postcard which can be found inside the CD case. There will only be 100 lucky winners! To find out more information on how to attend the live, or for more information on the release of “Kaen”, please consider purchasing the CD!


     In addition, you can listen to their new song “Saiminjutsu” (acc.ver) ahead of its release, as it will be available from midday on Monday 28th January 2019 until 12:00 in the morning. This song is included on their new single “Kaen”. To listen, please join the fan club so you can quickly listen to their new song!

  • QUEEN BEE Unveils ‘Dororo’ Opening Theme CD Cover, Anime Opening Video Released

    24.January.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    QUEEN BEE has unveiled the CD cover for their upcoming new single Kaen set for release on January 30.

    Kaen received an early digital release in Japan on January 21 at midnight ahead of the CD release. It also includes the anime edit of the title track which is not available on the CD edition. Available now on iTunes and other digital platforms, the single features 4 tracks in total.

    The song is used as the opening theme for the ongoing anime adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s manga series Dororo. A creditless version of the opening video was posted to YouTube. Check it out below.


    Kaen will begin playing at Shibuya Center-Gai from January 23, so if you’re in Shibuya be sure to listen out.