Yasutaka Nakata Announces New Song ‘Pico Pico Tokyo’ Featuring Next Generation Artist Momo Mashiro
07.May.2019 | MUSIC
Yasutaka Nakata is lauded as a spearhead of the Japanese electro scene, as the creator of ‘kawaii’ dance music, as the producer for big names such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Perfume, for writing music for films, games―the list goes on.
Nakata is set to release his new song Pico Pico Tokyo (feat. Momo Mashiro) on May 17.
As the title indicates, Momo Mashiro is on board to provide the vocals. She won the Grand Prix award at the Lawson Dream Artist auditions and made her major debut last year by featuring on Nakata’s song Jump in Tonight which was included on his solo album Digital Native released last year.
We look forward to seeing how Nakata will use Mashiro’s pop vocals in the new track.
Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMWYqSmaxiqzpuBuFKbTTMg
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yasutaka_nakata/?hl=ja
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/ynofficial_
Official Website: http://yasutaka-nakata.com
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/momo_mashiro/?hl=ja
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/momo_mashiro
CAPSULE Releases Music Video for New Song ‘Virtual Freedom’
17.December.2021 | MUSIC
The music duo CAPSULE is celebrating 20 years since their major debut, and their third new single for 2021 Virtual Freedom is now streaming. The highly-anticipated music video has also been released.
Virtual Freedom Streaming Links
Virtual Freedom takes listeners on a trip through the history of synthesizers and submerges you in layers of interwoven soundscapes.
Virtual Freedom Music Video
Director: KENTARO SAISHO
3DCG supervisor: HIROMU KONNO
Production: Totte.Co., Ltd
A song-sharing campaign is also underway! Follow Warner Music Japan’s Twitter account and use the Twitter share function on Apple Music, Spotify, or LINE MUSIC to share Virtual Freedom with the hashtag #VirtualFreedomCP. 50 random people selected will receive the original cassette tape photographed for the cover of the Virtual Freedom album!
CAPSULE to Release Third New Song of 2021 on Streaming Services, Artwork Revealed
08.December.2021 | MUSIC
Japanese electronic band CAPSULE is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its major debut! The group’s two members, Yasutaka Nakata and Toshiko Koshijima, have announced the release of their third new single for 2021, Virtual Freedom. The track will release on streaming platforms on December 10 and follows Hikari no Disco and Future Wave. Cover art for the song featuring an old-school cassette tape has been revealed ahead of the song’s release.
Composer and producer for the band Yasutaka Nakata also serve as the music producer for popular group Perfume and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
Virtual Freedom can now be pre-added or pre-saved on Apple Music and Spotify. Be sure not to miss out on this new song when it drops later this week!
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Song Dodonpa Gets Early Streaming Release, Lyric Video
15.October.2021 | MUSIC
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s new album Candy Racer isn’t coming until October 27, but the singer has released a new song early. Dodonpa is now available on streaming services, and a lyric video has been posted to YouTube.
Dodonpa Lyric Video
Dodonpa is a more experimental track by the pop singer, written and composed by Yasutaka Nakata and featuring more scat and beatboxing elements. To match the catchy and upbeat percussion and fun lyrics, the new video is as vivid and colorful as it can be. We’d expect nothing less from Kyary!
An official announcement has also been made on the label’s website encouraging creators to make and upload their own videos using Dodonpa as the background music if they follow specific rules. The best videos will be selected by Kyary and her staff, and will be featured in a playlist on the official Kyary Pamyu Pamyu YouTube channel! This contest will also be appearing on other SNS sites like TikTok, so keep an eye out and get creative!
If you don’t speak Japanese, don’t worry! The lyrics themselves are nothing but fun sounds, and the video has subtitles in English, Spanish, Korean, and Chinese. Fans are also encouraged to use the song in vlogs and other creations.
What do you think of Kyary’s exciting new track?
Dodonpa – Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Composition/Lyrics: Yasutaka Nakata
Steaming Link: https://lnk.to/DDP
Latest Information: https://lit.link/kpp
10th Anniversary Site: http://kpp10.jp
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pamyurin
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kyarypappa/
Staff Twitter: https://twitter.com/kyarystaff
Staff Instagram: https://instagram.com/kyarystaff/
Official Site: http://kyary.asobisystem.com
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 5th Album Candy Racer Release Event
Special Online Concert
Date: October 27, 2021, at 20:00 (Chat opens at 19:30)
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to Release Candy Racer, the Singer’s First Full-Length Album in Three Years
20.September.2021 | MUSIC
Celebrating 10 years since her major debut, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will release her fifth full-length album Candy Racer on October 27, 2021. This will mark the singer’s first full-length album release in three years, her last being Japamyu in 2018.
The fifth album, titled Candy Racer, will be produced by CAPSULE’s Yasutaka Nakata. It will feature 11 tracks, including the recently released single GENTENKAIHI, of which the wacky music video has amassed over 1 million views on YouTube. Previously released tracks Kimi ga LINE Kuretara and Gum Gum Girl will also be included, along with world fabrication, a cover of a pre-electronic CAPSULE track originally released in 2005.
Creation of the album brought together a number of creative minds who have worked with Kyary Pamyu Paymu over the years, including Steve Nakamura serving as art director, Ken Hanzawa acting as photographer, Kumiko Iijima returning as the singer’s stylist, and Shinji Konishi as Kyary’s hair and makeup artist. All of these individuals were with Kyary at the time of her debut, and have returned to encourage her to not only stay connected to her roots, but to move forward without hesitation.
The limited edition version will come with a special 64-page flipbook.
A number of bonuses have also been announced, from stickers, clear pouches, and mobile stand keychains. These will be available while supplies last, so fans looking to get their hands on some of this swag are encouraged to preorder the album.
Are you looking forward to hearing Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s new tracks?
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Marks 10th Anniversary with New Song ‘GENTENKAIHI’
18.August.2021 | MUSIC
2021 marks a decade since singer and model Kyary Pamyu Pamyu made her debut with PONPONPON, which quickly became a viral YouTube hit worldwide. To celebrate, her newest single GENTENKAIHI, written and composed by Capsule’s Yasutaka Nakata, is now available to stream.
The song’s title and lyrics express both Kyary’s willingness to return to her roots, and her determination to continue moving forward, leaving the past behind and carving out a new path.
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A teaser of the song’s upcoming music video has also been released on the Official YouTube channel and on social media. The full-length version will premiere on August 25.
To celebrate this milestone, an official Instagram created by Kyary’s staff (@kyarystaff) is now open, where fans can see behind-the-scenes shots of the singer, as well as read staff commentary.
Starting August 31, a limited-time campaign will begin on LINE MUSIC. Those who listen to GENTENKAIHI more than 10 times using LINE MUSIC will be entered, and winners will receive an original sticker!
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s 10th Anniversary Tour will begin on January 16, 2022 at the Atsugi City Cultural Hall. The tour will visit 28 locations across Japan, and is the first time Kyary has toured since the JAPAMYU HALL TOUR 2018. It will also be the biggest tour in the singer’s career. Tickets are currently available for pre-order for fan club members.
What do you think of the new track?
GENTENKAIHI – Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (Lyrics/Composition: Yasutaka Nakata)
Release Date: August 17, 2021
Where to Listen: https://lnk.to/GENTENKAIHIPR
LINE MUSIC Campaign Details: https://kyary.net/enquete/337982
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th Anniversary Site: http://kpp10.jp
Official Site: http://kyary.asobisystem.com
CAPSULE to Release First Song in Six Years ‘Hikari no Disco’ Along With New Promo Photo
This year marks the 20th anniversary since CAPSULE—the music unit formed of Yasutaka Nakata and Toshiko Koshijima—made their major debut. Tomorrow will also mark the first new song from the duo in six years. Titled Hikari no Disco (“Disco of Light”), the track is the newest release from CAPSULE since their last album WAVE RUNNER dropped in 2015. The band also released a new artist photo to promote it.
Hikari no Disco was written as the main theme for the anime film Sidonia no Kishi: Ai Tsumugu Hoshi (Knights of Sidonia: The Star Where Love is Spun). The film is based on Tsutomu Nihei’s Knights of Sidonia manga and will also release tomorrow on June 4. The new song can be pre-added and pre-saved on Apple Music and Spotify so it will be automatically added to your library when it’s released.
Knights of Sidonia is a mecha and space opera manga series by Tsutomu Nihei who is also known for other popular series such as Blame! and Aposimz. The series is a bestseller in Japan and has won the Kodansha Manga Award and Seiun Award. An anime adaptation by Polygon Pictures aired from 2014-2015 in line with the animation studio’s 30th anniversary. Now, the staff who worked on the anime series return for the release of the new movie tomorrow.
Hikari no Disco takes Yasutaka Nakata back to his synthesiser sound roots. The track has a laid-back driving-through-the-city feel to it. If you head on over to Warner Music Japan’s Twitter page and answer the four questions in the questionnaire, you can hear a 30 second snippet of the track before it’s released.
CAPSULE will premiere the music video for the new song on their official YouTube channel at 12:00am (JST) on June 4. A 12-hour live stream of CAPSULE’s discography is also began playing on their YouTube channel today at noon. That’s everything from their first album High Collar Girl (2001) to their 15th album WAVE RUNNER (2015).
Don’t miss the premiere of CAPSULE’s brand new track Hikari no Disco.
CAPSULE – “Hikari no Disco” Digital Single
Release Date: June 4, 2021
Download/Stream Here: https://capsule.lnk.to/Hikarinodisco
CAPSULE Official Website: http://capsule-official.com
CAPSULE Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/CAPSULEOFFICIAL
CAPSULE Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/capsuleofficial_ig/
CAPSULE Official TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@capsule_official
Yasutaka Nakata Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMWYqSmaxiqzpuBuFKbTTMg
Sidonia no Kishi: Ai Tsumugu Hoshi
Release Date: June 4, 2021
Official Website: sidonia-anime.jp
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/SIDONIA_anime?s=20 (＠SIDONIA_anime)
Yasutaka Nakata’s Main Unit CAPSULE Set To Digitally Release All Albums
07.July.2020 | MUSIC
Music unit CAPSULE, which was formed by world-famous producer Yasutaka Nakata, is releasing all their albums on Apple Music and other worldwide music streaming services from July 10, 2020.
After debuting in 2001, Yasutaka Nakata has gone on to release 17 albums with CAPSULE and three albums in partnership with model Kate Sakai as the music unit COLTEMONIKHA. Nakata also produced albums for the soundtrack to the sensational drama Liar Game in which Shota Matsuda played the main role. All the above albums will also be released on subscription services.
This is just what fans across the world have been waiting for. As CAPSULE will be celebrating their 20th anniversary next year, make sure to check out their playlists.
Release: July 10, 2020 from 12:00 AM
Available On: Apple Music, AWA, Spotify, Amazon Music, LINE Music (and more)
CAPSULE Official Website: http://www.capsule-official.com/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Announces New Song ‘KAMAITACHI’ at Her Concert With Yasutaka Nakata
22.February.2020 | MUSIC
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Yasutaka Nakata performed a two-man show entitled “Yasutaka Nakata x Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Presents SPECIAL DJ & LIVE TOUR 2020 YSTK×KPP Vol.02” at Toyosu PIT in Tokyo tonight on February 21, 2020.
The background music provided before the start of the show was music that was like from a car game. As excited fans waited with bated breath, the PlayStation startup sound rang throughout the room, at which point Kyary shouted “Time to dance!” and appeared on stage together with Nakata. They opened the show with Invader Invader -Extended Mix-.
Dancers joined the stage next for Minna no Uta -Extended Mix- and PON PON PON. The audience responded with great pleasure to Nakata and Kyary’s high-speed and ingenious song mashup. It was non-stop jumping and dancing as the performers continued to roll out more bangers like Enka Natrium, Ninja Re Bang Bang, and Mi, the bass grabbing hold of the crowd’s heart at every moment.
When Kyary and Nakata’s set reached its middle portion, they went full hardcore club mode as they performed Level Up from Nakata’s solo album Digital Native. Things got crazy when they mashed Kyary’s Fashion Monster into a trap beat with Star Wars as a Star Wars-style opening reel ran across the LED monitors.
They continued with a string of internationally-known pop songs, like Kyary’s Tsukema Tsukeru and Sokenbicha no Uta, as well as Harajuku Iyahoi. The ever-changing set kept the crowd on their feet with its mix of live music and club music.
Kyary and Nakata weren’t anywhere near finished yet however. They returned to mashup mode with Kyary’s Cherry Bon Bonーa track from her early days with a Eurobeat soundーand performed a cover of AIAIAI, which Nakata wrote for virtual YouTuber Kizuna AI, during which Kizuna AI appeared as a hidden character.
The internationally iconic SEGA logo sound then rolled across the venue before Nakata and Kyary performed a special version of Ichibanka which Nakata wrote for Japanese reggae band Shōnan no Kaze. The song is used as the main theme for the PS4® game Yakuza: Like a Dragon which will be released worldwide this year. Kyary provided some cute “Soiya Soiya!” chants during the song.
In the last spurt, they rolled out the hit tunes Kizunami and Mondai Girl before wrapping up with Oto no Kuni. Kyary pulled fans into her “Japamyu” world while Yasutaka Nakata smashed out some 8-bit video game beats.
But fans needed more, and the call for an encore didn’t die down. Kyary came out and said excitedly, “Thank you for the encore! Who’d’ve thought I’d sing some Shōnan no Kaze?! ” She also thank Nakata, before announcing the release of a new digital single entitled KAMAITACHI. Release details are TBA.
She also announced a mini 5-show tour to promote its release. The song’s lyrics have a traditional Japanese-feel to them, and so the tour too will take place at kabuki theatres around Japan.
To wrap up the concert, Kyary and Nakata performed KPP’s pop anthem Sai & Co -Extended Mix-.
Pre-sale tickets for Kyary’s “KAMAITACHI TOUR 2020” will go live on her fan club, KPP CLUB, on February 22, 2020 at 10:00 A.M (JST). Check her official website for the latest information.
Original Text: Fukuryu (Music Concierge)
Photo: Aki Ishii
Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Yasutaka Nakata x Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Presents SPECIAL DJ & LIVE TOUR 2020 YSTK×KPP vol.02
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu KAIMACHI TOUR 2020
2020/4/26 @ Yachiyo-za (Japanese: 八千代座), Kumamoto
2020/5/2 @ Kyōto Minami-za (Japanese: 京都四條南座), Kyoto
2020/5/6 @ Misono-za (Japanese: 御園座), Aichi
2020/5/9 @ Nagame Yokyujo (Japanese: ながめ余興場), Gunma
2020/5/23 @ Uchiko-za (Japanese: 内子座), Ehime
KPP CLUB Pre-Sale Tickets
Ticket Window: February 22, 2020 at 10:00 (JST) – February 26, 2020 at 23:59 (JST)
Price: All Reserved Seating – ¥9,500 (Before Tax) *Comes with zabuton floor cushion
*These details are for the Kumamoto, Gunma, and Ehime shows only. Kyoto and Aichi ticket details TBA at a later date (as of publishing this article).
*Ticket tout resales are strictly forbidden
*All photography, sound recording and video recording is prohibited
*Select first floor seats and all second floor seats do not fall under the reservation status and so are designated in order of arrival
*Preschool children are not permitted entry
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Official Website: http://kyary.asobisystem.com/
CAPSULE & Other Major Japanese Artists to Perform at ageHa’s 2020 Countdown Party in Tokyo
18.December.2019 | MUSIC
ageHa is set to host one of Japan’s biggest countdown parties again this year, falling on December 31, 2019 once more.
Headlining the ARENA is English DJ and producer Sigala. He released his debut single Easy Love in 2015 which shot to number one on the UK charts. Since then, he has continued to pump out club and festival bangers such as Sweet Lovin and Say You Do. Seven of his nine singles have gone platinum, proving that he is one of the main players in the scene right now.
Another headlining act for the show, this time from Japan, is CAPSULE, the music duo spearheaded by internationally-acclaimed Japanese DJ and record producer Yasutaka Nakata who is the official producer for two of the biggest names in Japanese music: Perfume and Kyari Pamyu Pamyu. CAPSULE plan to put on a special performance for the countdown party.
banvox is also making a return from last year’s ageHa countdown concert, and CYBERJAPAN DANCERS are entering the fray for a special showcase.
In the WATER area of the venue, which is produced by WORLD CLASS and TCPT, France-based bass house duo Loge21, who have piled up t he releases since Confession, will perform in Japan for the very first time. DJ Remo-con will join the line-up as a guest too.
Over at the ISLAND area, the latest in cutting edge hip hop will take to the stage. Several DJs representing Tokyo will join rapper Jin Dogg, who is garnering attention right now, including HOKUTO, KEKKE, CHARI, and FUJI TRILL.
Finally, the BOX area will give rise to trance tunes, with performances from DJ KAYA, NORIO SP, FULLMOON RAVE, agefarre, and more.
But that’s not all, because the famous Robot Restaurantーa major tourist attraction in Shinjukuーis making an unexpected collaboration with ageHa to put on their first ever show outside the restaurant.
A variety of other celebratory things are planned for the countdown party to chime in the new year, including servings of toshikoshi soba, omikuji fortunes, goshuin seals, and more. If you happen to be in Tokyo for the New Year, then don’t miss out on this very special event.
□ EVENT TITLE
ageHa COUNTDOWN to 2020
□ OPEN – CLOSE
AFTER 3: ¥3,000
□ ADVANCE TICKETS
EARLY BIRD: ¥4,500
GOLDEN TICKET: ¥10,000
(Included : Entry Fee, 2nd Floor VIP Seat, Welcome Champagne, Exclusive Entrance, Swallowtail Butterfly Charm)入場料・2F VIP SEAT・ウェルカムシャンパン・専用入口・揚羽御守り付)
□ VIP TABLE
Event Page: http://ageha.com/COUNTDOWN2020/
Idol Group CY8ER Drop Details On Upcoming 1st Major Album ‘Tokyo’
25.November.2019 | MUSIC
Japanese idol group CY8ER recently performed at Shinkiba ageHa in Tokyo on November 23 for “CY8ER FES,” where they performed their new track Renai Reality Shou (feat. Yasutaka Nakata) for the first time, a song produced by Japanese music producer and DJ Yasutaka Nakata. They also revealed details on their forthcoming first studio album Tokyo which is set for release on January 22, 2020.
Renai Reality Shou (feat. Yasutaka Nakata) was made before CY8ER made their major debut, making it a significant track to include on their first major album.
The concept of Tokyo is “Neo-Kawaii Tokyo in 2020” and serves to promote Tokyo’s various subcultures, including the club scene of Shibuya, the otaku and “moe” culture of Akihabara, Harajuku’s kawaii fashion scene. The record includes 8 tracks and sees 8 producers on board, including Yasutaka Nakata, Yunomi, Moe Shop, Pa’s Lam System, Masayoshi Iimori, KOTONOHOUSE, Tomggg, and Neko Hacker.
The album will be released with first press limited edition and regular edition copies. The first press limited edition comes with both the album and a DVD featuring the music video and making-of for Renai Reality Shou (feat. Yasutaka Nakata). Regular editions comes with just the CD which also features a remixed version of the song.
CY8ER will celebrate their 3rd anniversary with a free live show at Shinjuku Marui Men on December 26. They will subsequently promote the new album with a series of release events. Details on these are TBA.
CY8ER Major Debut Album – “Tokyo”
Release Date: January 22, 2020
First Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD)
Regular Edition (CD)
Download: iTunes Store, Apple Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, LINE MUSIC, Recochoku
*Will also be released on major streaming services in January
CY8ER Major Debut Album “Tokyo” Promotional Mini Concert
Date: November 27, 2019
Time: 18:00 (Start)
Venue: Shinjuku Marui Men (Website: https://www.0101.co.jp/074/access/)
*Shinjuku Marui Men is open 11:00-21:00 (until 20:30 on Sundays and public holidays)
Event Info: Free mini concert + bonus event. Those who purchase either edition of the album at the venue will be able to attend the bonus event. Places for the bonus event at limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
CD Purchasing/Priority Area Tickets/Bonus Event Tickets
Time: From 16:00
CY8ER Official Website: https://cy8er.jp
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Yasutaka Nakata to Embark on vol.02 of their Ultimate Three City Tour
22.November.2019 | MUSIC
In 2020, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Yasutaka Nakata will be following up on their ultimate three-city tour that took place in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya in 2016, returning to the three cities on tour again for vol.02.
The duo’s performance at SUMMER SONIC 2019 saw both Osaka and Tokyo venues overcrowded with fans to the extent that entry had to be strongly regulated. Following the success of SUMMER SONIC and vol.01 of the duo’s tour in 2016, there’s no doubt that their upcoming 2020 tour will see an exponential increase in fans.
The long-awaited 2020 tour is bound to fill Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya with excitement. This powerhouse duo is the perfect recipe for an explosive atmosphere that you just cannot miss.
Yasutaka Nakata × Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Presents SPECIAL DJ & LIVE TOUR 2020 YSTK × KPP vol.02
February 12 (Weds): Zepp Osaka Bayside, Osaka
Doors Open: 18:00, Performance Start: 19:00
February 13 (Thurs): Zepp Nagoya, Aichi
Doors Open: 18:00, Performance Start: 19:00
February 21 (Fri): Toyosu PIT
Doors Open: 18:00, Performance Start: 19:00
YSTK × KPP vol.02 Official Website Advanced Tickets
Preorder Period: November 22 (19:00) – November 26, 2019 (23:59)
1st Floor Standing: ¥5,500 (Tax Included, Drink Fee Not Included)
2nd Floor Designated Seats: ¥6,050 (Tax Included, Drink Fee Not Included) * Only available at Osaka and Nagoya Venues
Where to Purchase
Advanced tickets will be available for purchase from the following Official Websites:
Yasutaka Nakata: http://yasutaka-nakata.com/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu: http://kyary.asobisystem.com/
Yakuza 7: Yasutaka Nakata and Shōnan no Kaze Collaborate On PS4® Game’s Theme Song
SEGA dropped a new teaser trailer for the upcoming PS4® exclusive Yakuza 7, the latest entry to the popular franchise, at Tokyo Game Show 2019. It was revealed that DJ and music producer Yasutaka Nakata and reggae band Shōnan no Kaze collaborated on the game’s main theme song.
This is their first time collaborating together. We look forward to more details on the song and hearing what the two artists have forged together.
Shōnan no Kaze band leader RED RICE commented: “We were given the opportunity to work together with the game director [Toshihiro] Nagoshi on Kurohyou 2: Ryu ga Gotoku Ashura Hen and Yakuza 0 from the Yakuza series. I am thrilled to get to work on the song while seeing the game world and concept from the early stages. We are putting our all into it.”
He also explained the challenges of ensuring there was the same level of fire and excitement in the song as with the introduction of a new protagonist, and so got in touch with Yasutaka Nakata to produce the song. He finished by saying how important the songs they have written for the Yakuza series are for their live shows, and that the band will work hard to ensure this song is added to that list.
Genre: RPG, Drama
Release Date: January 16, 2020
Official Website: http://ryu-ga-gotoku.com/seven/
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Yasutaka Nakata Official Website: http://yasutaka-nakata.com/
Shōnan no Kaze Official Website: http://www.134r.com/