Kenshi Yonezu’s ‘Lemon’ CD Cover Displayed at Otsuka Museum of Art

07.July.2019 | MUSIC / SPOT

Since Kenshi Yonezu released his single Lemon in March last year, it has gone on to enjoy huge success, reaching numerous milestones.

 

The song was written as the main theme for the TBS drama Unnatural which aired in January 2018. Its music video was released the following month and garnered huge views in an instant, and after just 475 days it had reached over 400 million. It was also the first Japanese music video to gain 300 million. Lemon has also sold over 300 million copies. It is the first song to rank three times in a row on Billboard JAPAN Hot 100: for both halves of 2018 and the first half of 2019.

Photo by Tomokazu Yamada

Speaking of its continued success, Yonezu comments: “I am thankful. It exceeded my expectations a long time ago, but I’ve been very interested to see just how far it will go. I’m mostly unaware of my own songs. I’d like it to continue to be loved by people.”

As a show of gratitude to how much Lemon has resonated with people, the CD cover art will be displayed permanently at the Otsuka Museum of Art in Tokushima in the form of a ceramic tile from July 30.

Touban, or “ceramic tiles,” don’t lose their colour or deteriorate and so can keep their colour and shape for up to 2,000 years.

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    A video has just dropped on Kenshi Yonezu’s YouTube channel showcasing a teaser of his 2019 “Sekitsui ga Pearl ni Naru Koro” tour which will be featured on the DVD and Blu-ray discs coupled with the Video Edition of his forthcoming new single Uma to Shika which is set to hit shelves on September 11.

     

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    Yonezu’s new single Uma to Shika will be released in three editions: the “No Side Edition,” “Video Edition” and “Regular Edition.” All three editions come with application cards for a chance to access pre-sale tickets to the singer’s “HYPE” tour. Pre-sale sign-up will end on September 15.

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    The “Video Edition” of the new single is limited-edition and will discontinue once all have been sold. If you’re looking to get your hands on a copy to see the full show from his 2019 tour as teased in the live teaser then be sure to pre-order your copy ASAP.

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