SKY-HI surprised 3,000 fans at their live in Tokyo with the news that they will be performing in the Nippon Budokan!

19.December.2016 | MUSIC

On Wednesday 14th December, SKY-HI, who had just released “Double Down”, surprised a crowd of 3000 fans at TOYOSU Pit with the news that they will be performing in the Nippon Budokan next year.

 

With the booming success of their hall tour at the start of the year and their live performances at numerous festivals, their “SKY-HI LIVE HOUSE TOUR 2016~Round A Ground~” started on 20th September in Fukushima, invaded the Kyoto region on 10th December, and then was wrapped up with their finale “SKY-HI LIVE HOUSE TOUR 2016~Round A Ground Tokyo Final~supported by MUSICA” at TOYOSU Pit, Tokyo.

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Their final live performance at TOYOSU Pit was a Battle of Bands-style live with UVERWorld ー a fellow band in the music industry and also good friends. The live tour semifinal was a massive success and the venue was filled with approximately 3,000 fans.

 

As the performers spoke at the start of the live, the fans screamed with excitement. If they were to die today, they would be satisfied that they at least got the chance to see UVERworld standing on the big stage ー and that’s not an exaggeration! To express their gratitude to the many fans who came to see them, the rapper exclaimed “I’ll show you my ultimate weapon ー from my view through these rose-tinted glasses!” and then developed a high speed rap medley of the ending theme song for the 3rd season of popular TV show “Freestyle Dungeon”.

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From the very first day of the tour, the live was hot and boiling. When they started the intro of their newly released song “Double Down” (which was released on 14th December), the fans all sung in unison and the venue went wild with enthusiasm. Upon announcing their surprise news that they will be hitting the Nippon Budokan with their hall tour, which starts in March 2017, the crowd’s enthusiasm hit its peak. They will perform in the Budokan on 2nd May 2017.

 

SKY-HI have packed 2017 with the release of their 3rd album on Wednesday 8th January, their hall tour which starts in March, and their performance in the Budokan in May. Check out their new album and come see them at the Budokan — you won’t be disappointed! And don’t take your eyes off SKY-HI for a second!

 

■Information

[CD+DVD]Double Down -Music Video disc-

AVCD-83734/B \¥1,944 (tax included)

[CD+DVD]Double Down –LIVE disc‐

AVCD-83735/B \¥1,944(tax included)

[CDシングル]Double Down

AVCD-83736 \¥1,080 (tax included)

SKY-HI Official Site http://avex.jp/skyhi/

 

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    A new promotional video has been released featuring the new opening theme of the upcoming TV anime series Run with the Wind. The song, titled Kaze Tsuyoku, Kimi Atsuku, was written by Q-MHz and Mitsuhiro Hidaka―also known as SKY-HI―and will be released as a digital single on January 23.

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    Japanese music group Q-MHz which is composed of Aki Hata, Tomokazu Tashiro, Katsuhiko Kurosu and Tomoya Tabuchi (UNISON SQUARE GARDEN) are teaming up with AAA member Mitsuhiro Hidaka―who is also active as a solo rapper under the bane SKY-HI―to release a new digital single called Kaze Tsuyoku, Kimi Atsuku on January 23.

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    “We are Q-MHz and we have been handed the baton from the first opening theme to perform the second one! It has a colourful rock sound that looks towards the climax of the story. Hidaka’s numbing rapping too makes it mega exciting. [People’s] emotions are sure to rise when the song doesn’t play for a second time at the end.”

     

    Comment: Mitsuhiro Hidaka a.k.a. SKY-HI
    “Tabuchi was my upperclassman in high school. This is the first time we have worked together, so getting to sing for Q-MHz felt like going back to being a high school student. I also got to sing in a style different to what they usually do! In receiving a request as singer I feel that though the weight is fairly heavy that pressure is thrilling and ties in with the anime and the song. It’s an eternity of youth packed in an instant into 3 minutes!”

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    SKY-HI dropped his fourth studio album JAPRISON on December 12. He held the finale of his 2018 “Round A Ground” tour across two days at Toyosu PIT. This is a report of the first day, December 11, 2018.

    The prior unveiling of the list of special guests to perform at this show drew huge attention. Once the overhead radio show ‘Radio Marble’ ended (something which has become a staple to play at SKY-HI’s shows), the man himself, SKY-HI, stepped onto stage with his band THE SUPER FLYERS to an eruption of cheers from the crowd.

     

    The night began with a performance of Free Tokyo, the title track of SKY-HI’s hit album that was released back in summer as a free download. He went on to perform nine continuous tracks including this year’s newly released tracks So What??, Name Tag, The Story Of “J” and Nanisama in addition to some of his classic live tracks.

     

    sleepyhead was the first guest artist to be called out to perform 1 2 3 for hype sex heaven which received a music video this year to much attention. This was his first performance of the song and it went down a riot with the crowd.

     

    Takuya “TAK” Tanaka (guitar) then took over for a talk and then a relaxing acoustic session to perform StrayCat and Bitter Dream before performing together with THE SUPER FLYERS for Limo.

    Then, all of a sudden, the gauze curtain dropped and the music video for illusions feat. SKY-HI made in collaboration with Nobuaki Kaneko began playing.

    During that, Nobuaki Kaneko himself appeared to perform the song alongside SKY-HI. This was followed by a freestyle session of Gemstone together with Miyavi and then Double Down. It was an overwhelming performance as SKY-HI, Miyavi and Kaneko showed off their incredible musical skills together, giving the crowd a riveting performance.

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    THE SUPER FLYERS returned to the stage for the final act. Together with SKY-HI they performed 0570-064-556 which is a remix of Logic’s 1-800-273-8255, as well as I Think, I Sing, I Say and Marble.

     

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    The song was produced by SKY-HI himself and sees the rapper and singer take to the piano throughout. The track also features legendary Brazilian musician Sérgio Mendes performing his own piano solo. Laced together with SKY-HI’s personal and emotional lyrics and a chorus by Yuuho and Kayo of SUPER FLYERS, What a Wonderful World!! will no doubt be a standout of the artist’s first album in nearly two years.

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    It has also been announced that internationally renowned guitarist Miyavi as well as RAU DEF and sleepyhead will join the special guest list the finale of SKY-HI’s ongoing tour SKY-HI Round A Ground 2018 which will take place at Toyosu PIT in Tokyo on December 11 and 12. There are limited tickets left for the two-nighter at Toyosu PIT

  • SKY-HI Collaborates With Brazilian Musician Sérgio Mendes on New Song

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    SKY-HI’s upcoming 4th album JAPRISON will be released on December 12―his first album in almost two years. The song What a Wonderful World!! from the new record aired on Tokyo FM/JFN38’s “SCHOOL OF LOCK!” slot in Japan on November 14.

    The song, self-produced by SKY-HI himself, features a piano track by SKY-HI and a guest appearance from legendary Brazilian musician Sérgio Mendes. The song is said to be representative of the overall album.

     

    What a Wonderful World!! -Teaser Movie-

     

    A teaser trailer for the avant garde music video was also released. Check it out above.

    What a Wonderful World!! will be released digitally on November 16. JAPRISON will also be available to pre-order on the iTunes Store for the special price of ¥1,500 for a limited time only.

  • SKY-HI Reveals Artwork & Details For Upcoming New Album ‘JAPRISON’

    02.November.2018 | MUSIC

    SKY-HI has released the CD covers for all three versions of his upcoming 4th album JAPRISON―his first album in almost two years. The main design of each album cover features the artist holding his head in his left hand.

    The album features a total of 14 tracks which consists of the 4 already-unveiled tracks MarbleSnatchawayDiver’s High and Name Tag -Remix- feat. Ja Mezz & HUNGER and 10 all-new tracks produced by UTA and SUNNY BOY who have both released a range of big hits, as well as Yosi who belongs to Hi-Lite Records, and MATZ, a spearhead of Japan’s dance music scene who is also active as an artist under the name Matt Cab.

    JAPRISON Music Video Edition

    The album’s Music Video Edition comes with a DVD containing numerous music videos from SKY-HI in addition to a new song title What a Wonderful World!!, the complete version of Name Tag titled Name Tag feat. SALU, HUNGER, Ja Mezz, Moment Joon (No Cut ver.), as well a bonus track titled Bitter Dream for a total of 8 songs.

    JAPRISON Live Edition

    The album’s Live Edition includes footage of SKY-HI’s concert at ROHM Theatre Kyoto’s main hall on April 28, 2018 which was the final concert of his tour SKY-HI TOUR 2018-Marble the World-.

    SKY-HI will head on a new tour next year titled SKY-HI TOUR 2019 -The JAPRISON- to promote the new album. Get your hands on the Live Edition to see the excitement you can expect from the artist on his tour in 2019. JAPRISON drops on December 12.

  • SKY-HI to be Joined By Guest Musicians Nobuaki Kaneko and SALU at Tour Finale Concert

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    SKY-HI’s Japan tour “Round A Ground 2018” began on October 5 at the port city of Otaru in Hokkaido. The final two shows of the tour will be held at Toyosu PIT in Tokyo on December 11 and 12, for which it has been announced that the singer, dancer and AAA member will be joined by Japanese drummer Nobuaki Kaneko and music artist SALU. Both artists have a long friendship with SKY-HI.

    Nobuaki Kaneko featured on SKY-HI’s newest song illusions which was released digitally on October 3. A line-up of other artists close with SKY-HI are also scheduled to appear as guests at the final concerts. The excitement of both the artists and fans is sure to be nothing less than through the roof.

     

    Tickets are still on sale for Toyosu PIT but the number is low, so you’d best get yours quick.

  • AAA Release Music Video for ‘DEJAVU’

    29.July.2018 | MUSIC

    6-member Japanese pop group AAA have dropped a music video for their new song DEJAVU. The song serves as the lead track to their forthcoming new album COLOR A LIFE set for release on August 29.

     

    The concept behind the music video is that ambiguous dreamlike world you sink into during déjà vu.

     

    Like their single LIFE, which became popular for the L-dance, the new uses catchy choreography, with the members making a V shape during the chorus – the “V” of “déjà vu.” A lot of teenagers in Japan have been copying the dance moves of their favourite artists and posting it online. We might be seeing the new V-dance from them very soon.

    The group also unveiled the CD cover (above) for COLOR A LIFE. The picture itself makes use of a lot of colour. Fans will be very much anticipating this 12-track album from AAADEJAVU is now available early for digital download.

     

    ■Information

    AAA – “COLOR A LIFE”

    On Sale: August 29, 2018

    Price:

    First Press Limited Edition

    AL+DVD+GOODS – ¥6,480 (Tax Included)

    AL+DVD – ¥4,320 (Tax Included)

    AL – ¥3,348 (Tax Included)

     

    AAA DOME TOUR 2018 COLOR A LIFE

    9.19 @ Tokyo Dome

    9.2 @ Tokyo Dome

    9.3 @ Tokyo Dome

    9.15 @ Nagoya Dome

    9.16 @ Nagoya Dome

    9.29 @ Kyocera Dome Osaka

    9.30 @ Kyocera Dome Osaka

    11.23 @ Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome

    11.24 @ Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome

     

    AAA Official Website: http://avex.jp/aaa/

     

  • New Gundam Breaker Theme Song ‘Snatchaway’ by SKY-HI Teaser Released

    19.June.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    SKY-HI successfully completed his SKY-HI Round A Ground tour last year which saw him perform 25 concert in 24 locations including his first performances overseas in Shanghai, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and London.

     

    A music video teaser has just dropped for the singer and rapper’s new song Snatchaway which was written for the video game New Gundam Breaker.

    The song was produced by Koichi Tsutaya and features horn sections made by SKY-HI‘s own band The Super Flyers. Inspired by the world of the game, the foot-tapping and free-feeling song shows off the singer’s technical rap skills.

     

    The music video features a dance performance together with BFQ, elevating the party-like feeling of the track’s sound.

    Snatchaway will be released as a maxi-single on June 27 together with Diver’s High, the opening theme to the anime series Gundam Build Divers written in collaboration with UNISON SQUARE GARDEN guitarist and vocalist Saito Kousuke and produced by music producer veteran Seiji Kameda. A free live show is set to take place in promotion of the new single. It will be held at DiverCity Tokyo in Odaiba where the famous giant Gundam statue stands.

     

    It’s not every day you get to stand before a life-sized Gundam and listen to the theme song for New Gundam Breaker and opening song for Gundam Build Divers. Gundam fans, don’t miss out!

     

    ■Information

    Snatchaway / Diver’s High
    On Sale: June 27, 2018
    Price:
    First Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD) – ¥5,000 (+Tax)
    First Press Limited Edition (CD+Blu-ray) – ¥5,000 (+Tax)
    *Includes slip case packaging, 52 pg. “SKY-HI Round A Ground 2017 -LA, NY, PARIS, LONDON” photobook, sticker.

     

    Regular Edition (CD+DVD) – ¥2,000 (+Tax) *First Press Bonus: Sticker
    Regular Edition (CD-Only) – ¥1,204 (+Tax) *First Press Bonus: Sticker

     

    DVD/Blu-ray Includes:
    Music Video: “Snatchaway,” “Diver’s High, ” “Snatchaway (Behind The Scenes)”
    Live Footage: “SKY-HI Round A Ground 2017 at Los Angels Troubadour”

     

    SKY-HI / Snatchaway -Teaser Movie-: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EijQ17_iCUY

    SKY-HI / Diver’s High: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0rj-Y0nMcc

     

    Live Event

    Venue: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza 2F

    Date/Time:  June 24, 2018 @ 3pm

    *Please visit SKY-HI’s official website for full details.

     

    Official Website: http://avex.jp/skyhi/

     

  • AAA’s New Song ‘Tomorrow’ to be Used as Main Theme Song for Japanese Drama

    15.June.2018 | MUSIC

    Japanese pop group AAA are currently in the middle of their fan meeting tour which is taking theme to arenas across Japan. In recent news, it’s just been announced that their new song Tomorrow will be used as the main theme song for the upcoming Fuji TV Tuesday 9pm drama series Kenkou de Bunkateki na Saiteigendo no Seikatsu which will begin in July. This marks AAA‘s first involvement in providing a main theme for a Tuesday 9pm drama.

    The drama, set to begin on Tuesday July 17 at 9pm (JST) features Japanese actress Riho Yoshioka as the protagonist. The show takes place in a welfare department and explores themes that hit home to anybody including money, health, work and family.

     

    The show is based off the manga of the same name by Haruko Kashiwagi. The original work placed 10th in the Kono Manga wa Sugoi! 2015 awards. It has received high praise and attention not much in the media, but with case workers, as well as in the medical care and welfare departments.

    Tomorrow was written specifically for the drama series and is AAA‘s first ballad track in almost 3 years. The song states that although we may feel a loss of emotional support in our lives, it’s important to hold the love and words of those precious to us close and take a bold forward into tomorrow.

     

    Below is a comment from the drama’s producer Takashi Yoneda who spoke about AAA‘s involvement.

    “AAA is a group who is gaining support from a diverse range of people. But that didn’t happen overnight. They’ve got to where they are now with time, hard work, and experience in their career. That’s why their music has the power to encourage anyone. I was convinced that there was no other artist fitting enough, so I asked them on board.

     

    Mitsuhiro Hidaka, a member of AAA, is himself a fan of the original manga. He also spoke about his enjoyment in being put in charge for the drama’s main theme song.

    “I am extremely grateful for being able to be involved like this. The topic of welfare may be something difficult to picture in your head just hearing the word, but I look forward to the day that I can feel Emiru and the gang’s growth told alongside my story, and your story. That it’s not a story about wanting to keep the place you live close.”

     

    AAA will release their new album COLOR A LIFE on August 29. The album includes the track Tomorrow which features in the drama. The group will go on to tour in September in support of the album.

     

    ■Information

    AAA – “COLOR A LIFE”

    On Sale: August 29, 2018

    Price:

    First Press Limited Edition

    AL+DVD+GOODS – ¥6,480 (Tax Included)

    AL+DVD – ¥4,320 (Tax Included)

    AL – ¥3,348 (Tax Included)

     

    AAA DOME TOUR 2018 COLOR A LIFE

    9.19 @ Tokyo Dome

    9.2 @ Tokyo Dome

    9.3 @ Tokyo Dome

    9.15 @ Nagoya Dome

    9.16 @ Nagoya Dome

    9.29 @ Kyocera Dome Osaka

    9.30 @ Kyocera Dome Osaka

    11.23 @ Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome

    11.24 @ Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome

     

    AAA Official Website: http://avex.jp/aaa/

     

    Fuji TV Tuesday 9pm Drama – “Kenkou de Bunkateki na Saiteigendo no Seikatsu”

    Broadcast Date: July 17, 2018 at 9pm (JST)

    *The first broadcast will run an extra 20 minutes.

    Website: https://www.ktv.jp/kbss/index.html

     

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