Masaki Suda’s New Song ‘Machigai Sagashi’ to be Released Digitally on May 14

24.April.2019 | MUSIC

It was announced on Masaki Suda’s All Night Nippon on April 22 that Masaki Suda’s long-awaited new song Machigai Sagashi will be released digitally on May 14.

 

Japanese singer-songwriter and record producer Kenshi Yonezu wrote the lyrics for, arranged and produced the track. He appeared as a guest alongside Suda on the television program where both artists spoke about the track. The song was also played in full for the first time.

The song is being used as the main theme for the ongoing Kansai Telecasting Corporation and Fuji TV drama series Perfect World which began airing on April 16.

 

Both the series and song have received huge attention in Japan where they have been trending on Twitter.

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    Crowing the Billboard JAPAN Hot Albums is Gen Hoshino’s POP VIRUS which sold 281,039 copies in its first week. Thanks to continued promotion in the media the record has enjoyed long sales. It is also the most downloaded and searched album for the ranking. At number two is ONE OK ROCK with Eye of the Storm and at number three is Nogizaka46 with Ima ga Omoide ni Naru Made.

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    Who will reign in the second half of 2019?

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