Hiroyuki Sawano & Aimer Announce First Collaboration in 3 Years

22.February.2019 | MUSIC

Acclaimed Japanese musician and composer Hiroyoki Sawano (composed soundtracks for Attack on TitanKill la KillMobile Suit Gundam Unicorn) and singer and lyricist Aimer have announced that they are getting together for their next long-awaited collaboration. This will mark 3 years since their last alliance on Aimer’s own ninelie EP back in May 2016.

Sawano will release his 3rd studio album R∃/MEMBER under his vocal project SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] on March 6, 2019. The record features a line-up of guest vocalists including SUGIZO, Akihito Okano (Porno Graffiti), Sukima Switch, LiSA, Takanori Nishikawa, Uru, Sayuri and more. Aimer is the final artist to be revealed for the album.


Sawano will promote the album with two performances at TOYOSU PIT in Tokyo on March 6 and 7 with Aimer as a special guest.


Speaking about her involvement in the collaboration, Aimer comments: “I am truly honoured to be getting together with Sawano once again. He is someone I credit for creating the origin of my strength. I approached this song, i-mage, as it’s one I’m able to sing at this moment in time. And with respect for Sawano, a different version of the song i-mage <in/AR> is included on my [new] album Penny Rain with new vocals and arrangement. Sawano always gives me the courage to never stop and keep moving forward with his music. I am grateful to him. Be sure to listen to them both. I would be overjoyed if people enjoy both of them.”


Hiroyuki Sawano also comments: “My [nZk] project started from the song UnChild I produced with Aimer. I learn much from these vocalists who continue to challenge and evolve themselves through their music and live shows. Being able to get together with Aimer again has made me feel that there are new possibilities from when we first met. Her voice which reverberates through the studio supports and strengthens the story of the song, its lyrics and its melody. I was able to see how amazing she really is as a vocalist once again. Aimer supported me when I began [nZk], and she has done so again with i-mage. I would be nothing more than ecstatic if everyone else enjoys it too.”


  • Aimer Announces Title Of Red & Blue Themed 2019-2020 Japan Tour

    15.August.2019 | MUSIC

    Having just released her 17th single Torches today (August 14)―which serves as the ending theme for the ongoing anime series Vinland Saga―Japanese singer Aimer has just announced an all new tour. Titled Aimer LIVE TOUR 19/20 “rouge de bleu”, the tour will begin this fall from October 31 and take her to 17 cities across Japan for 24 shows.


    The theme of the tour is red and blue as evident in the tour title’s use of French for the colours. This contrasts with her first-ever performance at Nippon Budokan back on August 29, 2017 which was themed on black and white (“blanc et noir”). We look forward to seeing how she uses these new colours on the new tour.


    Those who pick up a copy of Aimer’s new single Torches can access pre-sale tickets for the tour.

    Speaking about the tour, Aimer commented: “24 shows in total. The theme this time is red and blue. I will sing at you with everything I have on each of those days the songs I find myself able to sing because of the time we’re in right now. I intend to make this my most amazing tour ever. I’m looking forward to seeing you all from the bottom of my heart. See you out there.”

  • Aimer Releases Vinland Saga Ending Theme ‘Torches’ Music Video

    29.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Aimer will release her 17th single Torches on August 14. While we wait for the CD to hit shelves, us fans have been treated to shortened version of the music video in a track-by-track preview.


    The title track is used as the ending theme to the ongoing 24-episode anime series Vinland Saga which began airing on July 7. The music video paints grand imagery with fire and water along to the tribal-like sound of Torches.


    The video also teases us with a sneak peek at the other songs on the single including Blind to you and Daisy.

    Blind to you is reminiscent of Aimer’s earlier ballads while Daisy is a jaunty, foot-tapping love song.


    The title track Torches will receive an independent digital release on August 5 prior to the CD’s release.

  • Aimer Announces 2019-2020 Japan Tour After Wrapping Up Asia Tour

    29.June.2019 | MUSIC

    Aimer began her “soleil et pluie” Asia Tour on June 8 which has taken her to five cities around Asia, concluding at Tokyo Dome City Hall today in Japan.

    Every venue on the tour was sold out. Her performance in Shanghai at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in front of 6,000 fans in particular was a spectacular success.


    In her hometown of Tokyo, her set list included a performance of several new songs including STAND-ALONE which is the main theme for the Japanese drama Anata no Ban Desu.


    At the end of the show, Aimer announced that she will head on a 24-date hall tour across Japan which will run from October this year into February 2020. Official fan club pre-sale tickets went on sale today. Full details can be found on her official website.

    Aimer will release her new song Torches on August 14. The song will be used as the ending theme for the TV anime series Vinland Saga.

  • TV Anime Vinland Saga’s New Trailer Shows ED Theme ‘Torches’ by Aimer

    16.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Aimer will release her new single Torches on August 14. The song will be used as the ending theme for the forthcoming TV anime series Vinland Saga which is set to premiere on July 7.


    A new trailer was just released in which you can hear the track.


    Aimer’s emotional voice and the tribal sound of the chorus perfectly match the grand world of of Vinland Saga which is set in the seas of Iceland and Northern Europe.

    The cover artwork for Torches was also posted on Aimer’s official website. The artwork matches the title of the song with Aimer wielding a torch while shrouded in darkness, suggesting a glimmer of hope.

  • TV Anime Vinland Saga Ending Theme ‘Torches’ to be Performed by Aimer

    10.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Aimer will release her new single Torches on August 14. The song will be used as the ending theme for the forthcoming TV anime series Vinland Saga which is set to premiere on July 7.

    The song pictures a torch-lit ocean in the evening and reminds one of setting off on a new trip at night as with Aimer’s digital single STAND-ALONE.

    Speaking about the collaboration, Aimer commented: “While reading the manga, I pictured the evening sea lit by torchlight. When writing the song I thought about life and death, and [series characters] Thorfinn and Thors’s feelings towards them. I put into the song the inspiration I got from these things. This has also been an opportunity to challenge myself to something new on the sound side of things. I would be overjoyed if people look forward to hearing it alongside the anime.”

  • Concert Review: LiSA, GARNiDELiA, ReoNa & More Perform at SACRA MUSIC’s Music Festival

    22.May.2019 | MUSIC

    SACRA MUSIC―a music label under Sony Music Labels―held a music event entitled SACRA MUSIC FES.2019 -NEW GENERATION- at Makuhari Messe in Chiba on Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19. This non-stop live show housed a 360° stage in the centre of the venue on which artists signed to the label dazzled a total of 12,000 fans across the weekend.

    This was the first live event of its kind by SACRA MUSIC. The show’s subtitle “New Generation” refers to artists both signed to the label and the new generation of artists leading the music scene into the future. The line-up feature a diverse array of talent and genres spanning voice actors to rock bands, idols, virtual YouTubers and more.

    The line-up for both days included ASCA, Ayano Mashiro, =LOVE, Luna Kaguya, GARNiDELiA, ClariS, Soma Saito, SawanoHiroyuki[nZk], Sangatsu no Phantasia, Spira Spica, TrySail, halca, PENGUIN RESEARCH, and ReoNa. A live band of skilled musicians dubbed the “SACRA BAND” also took to the stage to aid in performing various hits songs and anime songs. Virtual YouTuber Luna Kaguya performed as an opener, and EGOIST also made a surprise performance on screen, fusing the 2D world with the 3D world.

    Several special collaborations also took place throughout the festival where artists banded together to perform covers as well as perform each others’ songs. This included ClariS x TrySail, Mikiha (Spira Spica) x halca, Soma Saito x Yoji Ikuta & Shota Horie (PENGUIN RESEARCH), GARNiDELiA x Ayano Mashiro, and ASCA x ReoNa.

    At the end of the first night, Eir Aoi appeared as a secret guest to perform three songs including her first single Ryuusei. At the end of the second night, LiSA was the secret guest, who performed several songs including her latest number Gurenge. The two also came together to sing each of their respective hits IGNITE and Rising Hope.

    A teaser video was also shown for two new SACRA MUSIC projects titled BATON=RELAY and Tenka Soul. The concerts are only set to continue growing bigger and better.

  • Aimer’s ‘STAND-ALONE’ Reaches No. 1 on Multiple Music Charts

    07.May.2019 | MUSIC

    Aimer’s new song STAND-ALONE is being used as the main theme for the ongoing NTV Japanese drama Anata no Ban Desu which began airing on April 14.

    The song claimed the No. 1 spot on nine separate digital music services on May 5 including iTunes, Amazon, Recochoku, mora, d Music, mu-mo, Hikari TV Music, HAPPY Uta Furu, and TSUTAYA Music.



    The song’s music video features appearances from Kei Tanaka and Nao Honda who play the main characters in the television drama.

  • Aimer’s New Song ‘STAND-ALONE’ Used as Main Theme for Japanese Drama ‘Anata no Ban Desu’

    12.April.2019 | MUSIC

    Aimer just released her two new albums Sun Dance and Penny Rain simultaneously on April 10. Both records have reached at No. 1 and No. 2 on popular music streaming services including iTunes, mora and Recochoku. Penny Rain also made it to No. 1 on Oricon’s Daily Album Chart while Sun Dance peaked at No. 2.


    With two new albums out of the bag almost two and a half years since her last, Aimer has already released a brand new track.

    Titled STAND-ALONE, the single was released yesterday (April 11), and it has been revealed that it will be used as the main theme for the upcoming Japanese drama Anata no Ban Desu.

    The murder mystery stars Tomoyo Harada and  Kei Tanaka as the leads. STAND-ALONE will be released digitally on May 5, 2019.

    Aimer released the following statement regarding her involvement: “I am so happy to be in charge of the main theme song for another drama series. I’ve only just released my 5th studio albums Sun Dance and Penny Rain, but I decided to set off on another new adventure and so I made STAND-ALONE which I poured my recollections and yearnings into. The song is about a premonition that something is about to happen. I hope that it goes well with the world of Anata no Ban Desu every week.”

  • Aimer Releases Music Video For ‘Stand By You’ Written by TK

    11.April.2019 | MUSIC

    Aimer finally dropped her highly-anticipated two new albums Sun Dance and Penny Rain simultaneously on April 10.

    On April 8 it was announced that the singer would release three music videos from the new records on her official YouTube channel three days in a row. The final video to be released is for Stand By You from the album Penny Rain.


    The song was written and produced by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure. This is TK’s third collaboration with Aimer following us and Kowairo in 2016. The video was directed by Japanese film director Kyotaro Hayashi. The powerful visuals perfectly match the emotional music written by TK.


    Be sure to check out the new video alongside the already-released We Two and Monochrome Syndrome.

  • Aimer to Release 3 New Music Videos in a Row

    08.April.2019 | MUSIC / Uncategorized

    Japanese singer Aimer―known for her iconic husky voice―will release two new albums simultaneously on April 10: Sun Dance and Penny Rain.

    Several songs from the albums have already gained much attention before the official release including April Showers which was used in an earth music&ecology commercial starring Suzu Hirose and Koiwazurai which is used as the main theme song for the romantic reality show Shirayuki to Ookami-kun ni wa Damasarenai❤.


    Now, it has been announced that Aimer will release three new music videos three days in a row for songs off the new records starting today.


    Aimer – “We Two” Music Video

    The first music video to be released is for We Two from the album Sun Dance. The song is a dance tune just like her already-released tracks ONE and 3min. The cute video features a dancing high school girl.


    The next two videos will be released tomorrow and the day after respectively both at 6:00pm (JST).

  • Aimer Releases ‘3min’ Music Video From New Album.

    05.April.2019 | MUSIC

    Japanese singer Aimer―known for her iconic husky voice―will release two new albums simultaneously on April 10: Sun Dance and Penny Rain.

    The music video for her new song 3min taken from Sun Dance has been posted onto her official YouTube channel.

    The music video takes on the theme of travelling around the world in three minutes. As the title suggest, Aimer journeys to Tokyo, Taipei, Shanghai, Singapore, London, Liverpool, New York and Los Angeles in just three minutes.


    The video was shot across Aimer’s various live shows including during her Asia tour and trip to NYC and LA. You could called it a documentary tracing her steps through 2018. The video also features the locations where the album covers for both new records were shot.


    Speaking about the new song and video, Aimer comments: “The idea for this song, which is about going around the world in three minutes, came about around February last year when we were planning the album. It’s been a year since then during which me and the team have accumulate footage to make into a music video. I want everybody to join me on this three-minute journey and the world I have walked across, from countries where it rains to others where the sun shines.”

  • Aimer’s New Album to Feature Song Produced by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure

    28.March.2019 | MUSIC

    Aimer will release two new albums simultaneously on April 10: Sun Dance and Penny Rain. These will be the newest albums from the artist since daydream which dropped back in September 2019. The full-track list had already been unveiled except for one song, but details on that song have now been released.

    It is titled Stand By You and was written and produced by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure. This is his third song written for Aimer following us and Kowairo from 2016.

    A video was posted on Aimer’s official YouTube channel which plays a track-by-track preview of each song on both albums including Stand By You.