Interview: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu & Yasutaka Nakata Joined by Kizuna AI at SUMMER SONIC 2019
27.August.2019 | MUSIC
Kizuna AI recently performed at SUMMER SONIC 2019 on the RAINBOW Stage on August 18. She also interviewed various acts who performed at the music festival, including Yasutaka Nakata and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The full interview was posted on her YouTube channel.
SUMMER SONIC 2019 – Official Artist Interview vol.02: Yasutaka Nakata & Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Kizuna AI released a cover of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s song Kizunami on August 16 which is taken from Kyary’s fourth studio album Japamyu which dropped back in September 2018. To celebrate the release of the new song, Kizuna AI appeared as a surprise guest on Yasutaka Nakata and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s set at SUMMER SONIC 2019 where her and Kyary performed Kizunami.
Below is a translated summary of the interview.
Kizuna AI: “Our first collaboration together! Was I okay…?”
Kyary: “I haven’t collaborated with that many people. It’s rare for me to sing with someone, but I was really happy with how it went!”
Kizuna AI: “Nakata, when did people start calling you Ouji [Prince]?”
Kyary: “He has a lot of out-there nicknames! [laughs]”
Yasutaka Nakata: “Battery Eater is another one [laughs]”
Kizuna AI: “What does ‘chumete‘ mean?” [Referencing a word taken from the chorus of Kizuna AI’s song AIAIAI, written and produced by Nakata]
Yasutaka Nakata: “That’s a secret! Because you can interpret it in many different ways.”
Kizuna AI: “What’s a word or occurrence [in music] that’s stuck with you the most, Kyary?”
Kyary: “Ninja Re Bang Bang. The title was originally ‘tentative.’ I feel it’s a mysterious word that anyone can get behind. Even when touring overseas everyone sings it together.”
Kizuna AI: “Finally, please give a message to your fans!”
Kyary: “It was so much fun getting to stand on stage together with Nakata. I hope we can do something together again!”
Kizuna AI: “Kyary, can you put these ears on?”
Kizuna AI has posted lots of other interviews from the festival on her YouTube channel too including with SHAED, SOFI TUKKER, Alan Walker, the telephones, and AI. Be sure to check them out.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s ‘KIMI GA IINE KURETARA’ Single to be Released on Kawaii Pink Vinyl
12.November.2019 | MUSIC
In May 2019, Harajuku fashion monster Kyary Pamyu Pamyu released her latest single KIMI GA IINE KURETARA on streaming services. The single was used as the theme song for the Nippon Television Network drama Mukai no Bazuru Kazoku. The single will be released in late February 2020 in the form of a kawaii pink 7-inch vinyl. The last time Kyary Pamyu Pamyu released a single in analog format was in 2015 with Mondai Girl.
KIMI GA IINE KURETARA was produced entirely by Yasutaka Nakata. In the song, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu transforms into a modern social media expert, singing an encouraging message aimed at people who are lost in their obsession with getting likes on social media. The single’s B side contains the instrumental version of the song which has never been released.
As the vinyl release is still quite far away, all we can do is wait in excitement.
KIMI GA IINE KURETARA
Price: ¥1,600 (Tax Included)
Release Date: Late February 2020 (Subject to change)
Side A – KIMI GA IINE KURETARA
Side B – KIMI GA IINE KURETARA (Instrumental Version)
Streaming Services: https://kppm.lnk.to/kik
Official Website: http://kyary.asobisystem.com/english/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Will Perform a New Song if 100,000 People Sign Up for Merpay
08.November.2019 | MUSIC
Merpay is a smartphone payment service created by the flea market app Mercari. To reach out to young people who are still not accustomed to going cashless, the company launched a second round to their invite a friend campaign on November 7, 2019. As part of the campaign, both the user who invites a friend to use Merpay and the friend who creates an account will be rewarded with ¥1,000 worth of points. But that’s not all: Famous artist Kyary Pamyu Pamyu took to the scene with an even bigger reward.
As the campaign’s mascot, Kyaryu Pamyu Pamyu made an appearance at the Merpay campaign event. It was announced that if more than 100,000 people use the special invitation code “MOTTAINAI” to create a Merpay account during the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu challenge period, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will celebrate with a brand new song.
After the event, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu headed down Harajuku’s famous Takeshita Street to enjoy a crêpe at a crêpe stand that uses Merpay.
“It’s been so long since I last visited Takeshita Street,” she laughed. “Buying the crêpe was just as fun as eating it.”.
She then made a comment on her Kyary Pamyu Pamyu challenge song:
“I want to sing it. What kind of song will it be? It’s so exciting just thinking about it.” She said.
If you want to hear Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s new song, be sure to use the MOTTAINAI code to sign up for Merpay and invite a friend.
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/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Kabuki Themed Concert Showcased in Documentary On YouTube
19.August.2019 | MUSIC
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s ‘Oto no Kuni Live Tour 2019’ has been taking the singer to various locations across Japan steeped in the country’s cultural heritage. The tour gets its name from Kyary’s song Oto no Kuni taken from her album Japamyu.
Following the success of her show at the sacred Izumo Shrine in Shimane Prefecture―a region said to be the birthplace of Japan’s many gods―Kyary took her traditional show to Minami-za in Kyoto, the oldest theatre in Japan. What’s more is that she held it on the final day of Japan’s Heisei period before the country transitioned into the current Reiwa period. The concert fused Kyary’s iconic pop culture fantasia with traditional Japanese kabuki theatre.
A 9-minute medley of the concert, featuring tracks such as Ninja Re Bang Bang and Oto no Kuni, is set to be played back live on NHK World Japan today (August 19) and again on NHK General TV on September 14. It will also feature a talk with Kyary and show host Shingo Murakami.
A special documentary featuring behind-the-scenes footage as well as clips of the concert was uploaded onto Kyary’s official YouTube channel. The video showcases Kyary’s training for the concert carried out with kabuki actor Ainosuke Kataoka. Check it out below.
「SONGS OF TOKYO」
August 19, 2019 on NHK World Japan (0:10-0:38 / 6:10~ / 12:30~ / 18:30~)
August 15, 2019 on NHK General TV (0:05-0:33)
Line-Up: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu / Shingo Murakami, Chiaki Horan
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Official Website: http://kyary.asobisystem.com/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu & Yasutaka Nakata Joined by Kizuna AI at SUMMER SONIC 2019
19.August.2019 | MUSIC
Yasutaka Nakata is the internationally acclaimed architect of kawaii music and music producer of huge Japanese names such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Perfume.
The DJ and music producer is known for having collaborated with a whole string of big artists, such as Kenshi Yonezu on the song NANIMONO as well as Charli XCX on Crazy Crazy. Despite having only just dropped his new song Pico Pico Tokyo (feat. Momo Mashiro) recently, he just released a new song entitled Kizunami (cover) for digital download on August 16. The track is a cover of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s song Kizunami taken from her fourth studio album Japamyu which Nakata Produced. It is covered by virtual talent Kizuna AI who has almost 2.7 million subscribers on her YouTube channel.
To celebrate the release of the new song, Kizuna AI appeared as a surprise guest on Yasutaka Nakata and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s set at SUMMER SONIC 2019 which was held in Tokyo and Osaka. In a very special collaboration, she sang the song alongside Kyary―the singer of the original track.
As with the Osaka show, the RAINBOW STAGE at the Tokyo concert had an admission limit due to how much music fans were anticipating this stage.
When the intro to Fashion Monster started playing as the first song of Yasutaka Nakata’s set, the crowd’s excitement went straight through the roof. But it didn’t stop there however, as it shot into the stratosphere when Kyary Pamyu Pamyu walked onto the stage, clad in a beautiful white outfit.
Nakata and Kyary’s set was an energetic amalgamation of song mash-ups and alternative arrangements, treating the crowd to familiar hit after hit. It reestablished Nakata’s status as a spearhead of the industry.
He joined Kyary in front of his DJ booth for CANDY CANDY and waved his hands left and right with the crowd to Kyary’s directions. The two of them rolled out even more big numbers including Invader Invader, PON PON PON and Ninja Re Bang Bang which also had fun new arrangements.
When the intro to Kizunami started up, Kizuna AI’s chorus entered the fray at which Kyary asked, “Whose voice is that?” Kizuna AI suddenly appeared on the giant LED screen at the back of the stage, and the crowd reacted instantly. She riled everyone up by calling “Summer Sonic!” before joining Nakata and Kyary in a dream collaboration.
The 19-song set was up with Mondai Girl and finally Oto no Kuni during which the crowd waved their towels in unison.
Kizuna AI’s cover of Kizunami is now available for digital download and is streaming on Spotify.
Released: August 16, 2019
Artists: Kizuna AI, Yasutaka Nakata
Lyrics/Composition/Arrangement: Yasutaka Nakata
Download/Stream Links: https://lnk.to/uuT0F
Yasutaka Nakata Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/YASUTAKA_NAKATA/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Official Website: http://kyary.asobisystem.com
Kizuna AI Official Website: http://kizunaai.com/
Kizuna AI’s Birthday Party Event Made Available to YouTube Channel Members
02.August.2019 | MUSIC
An archive of Kizuna AI’s birthday party event A.I. Party! 2019 ~ hello, how r u? ~, which was held at HY TOWN HALL in Tokyo on June 30, was posted onto her official YouTube channel on July 31 and is available to watch if you are a paid member of her channel. The party went down a storm where she also performed her newest song Sky High (Prod. Yunomi) live for the first time.
The event included live performances from Kizuna AI and guests, a game section with Kizuners (her fans), and more.
The full music video for Sky High (Prod. Yunomi), which was posted on YouTube last week, was also released on the iTunes Store and other digital platforms on July 31. The video shot up to No. 3 on the iTunes Store Japan music video charts. Her song AIAIAI (feat. Yasutaka Nakata) also peaked at No. 1 on the electronic charts.
With Kizuna AI set to perform at this year’s Summer Sonic Festival, her popularity and influence continues to surge.
Sky High (Prod. Yunomi)
Released: June 30, 2019
Kizuna AI Official Website: http://kizunaai.com/
Yunomi Official Website: http://www.yunomi.tokyo/
A.I.Channel Membership Subscription: https://www.youtube.com/aichan_nel/join
Kizuna AI’s newest song Sky High (Prod. Yunomi) was released on June 30 and its full music video just dropped over on the virtual idol’s official YouTube page. The song was written and produced by Yunomi.
Kizuna AI’s 12th track to date, this marks her third song in collaboration with Yunomi following future base and new world. The powerful new anthem could be called a new phase for the virtual singer who has seen huge growth in such a short period of time with the release of her 9 singles across 9 weeks and performing her first solo show Kizuna AI 1st Live “hello, world” at the end of last year.
The music video takes a turn from her popular AIAIAI (feat. Yasutaka Nakata) music video which saw her performing alongside human dancers, and instead sees her performing on her own.
Two teaser videos were released for this new music video right before Kizuna’s 3rd birthday on June 30 which drew huge attention. The song was performed for the first time at her birthday party A.I. Party! 2019 〜 hello, how r u? 〜 on June 30. It shot straight to No. 1 on iTunes Store Japan’s electronic charts.
Yunomi has once again expressed Kizuna AI’s unique perspective in this exciting new music video.
Stream Your Favourite Japanese Artist Anytime With Deezer’s New ‘Asian Music’ Channel
11.July.2019 | MUSIC
Have you ever tried typing in your favourite Asian artist into Spotify only to find only some or none of their music is on there? All of that is about to change as the music streaming platform Deezer introduces its new ‘Asian Music’ channel to bring fans closer to their favourite acts, both mainstream and underground.
Deezer boasts 14 million monthly active users in 180 countries around the world who are connected to an ever-expanding catalogue of 53 million tracks.
Available now worldwide, the new music channel will help support local genres in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, and Indonesia. It features exclusive and personal playlists from the biggest artists across the continent such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (Japan), Tabitha Nauser (Singapore), and Gloc-9 (Philippines). The editors at Deezer have also created dedicated playlists for each country to help fans find their favourite artists as well as introduce them to new acts.
The playlists created by Deezer’s editors for Japan include: Top J-Pop, J-Pop Rising, Top J-Rock, and Japan 90s Hits. Look forward to listening to the biggest names in the land of the rising sun right now such as Perfume, Aimyon, and tofubeats and get familiar with rising acts like Manon and AAAMYYY.
Deezer’s Asian Music section can be accessed here. Find your new favourite artist today.
Hatsune Miku, Kizuna AI & Other Anime and Virtual Characters Performing at DIVE XR FESTIVAL
The DIVE XR FESTIVAL will be held at Makuhari Messe on September 22 and 23. It will be supported by SoftBank.
“XR” is an acronym compiling together mixed reality, augmented reality and virtual reality. The DIVE XR FESTIVAL is a crossover music festival that will bring together anime and game characters, online virtual singers, VTubers, AI and more into one place.
The first names announced for the lineup include Trickstar, UNDEAD and Knights from the idol game Ensemble Stars―for which an anime adaptation began airing on July 7―as well as ARP, a dance vocal group who focus on performing live and who also received an anime series, the most popular virtual YouTuber Kizuna AI who has over 2.6 million subscribers, and internationally beloved virtual singer Hatsune Miku.
Also joining them is the number one most watched VTuber duo HIMEHINA, Microsoft AI artist Rinna who has over 8 million subscribers (as of June 2019), and China’s number one virtual singer Luo Tianyu who will make her Japan debut at the event.
The line-up consists of a whopping 25 names spanning the XR categories. Experience the future of live music entertainment at the DIVE XR FESTIVAL. Tickets are available via all Japanese ticket vendors.
DIVE XR FESTIVAL supported by SoftBank
Location: Makuhari Messe Exhibition Hall 1-3 (2-1 Nakase, Mihama Ward, Chiba)
Tickets: All Standing – ¥8,800 (Tax Included)
*Numbered tickets. Ticket must be held by those aged 3+. Those ages 2 and below not permitted entry.
September 22, 2019 – [Daytime] Open 12:00, Start 13:00 / [Evening] Open 17:00, Start 18:00
September 23, 2019 – [Daytime] Open 11:00, Start 12:00
Enquiries: SOGO TOKYO (03-3405-9999)
Official Website: https://www.project-dive.com
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Marshmello, Ninja & More to Perform at Metarama Festival in Las Vegas
20.June.2019 | MUSIC
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu released her new song KIMI GA IINE KURETARA in May and subsequently went on to put on a Kabuki-style concert at Minami-za in Kyoto.
The pop sensation continues to spread Japanese culture across the globe as she announces her appearance at the Metarama festival in Las Vegas this October.
*Update: It has been recently announced that the Metarama festival in Las Vegas has unfortunately been cancelled.
Metarama is a gaming and music festival that is being held for the first ever time this year. It features a line-up of influencers in both music, such as Marshmello and Snoop Dogg, and gaming including Ninja and Pokimane.
Running: October 19, 2019 – October 20, 2019
Venue: LAS VEGAS FESTIVAL GROUND
Official Website: https://on.metaramafestival.com/trk/KIXk
Yasutaka Nakata, DJ KAORI & More to Perform at ASOBINITE!!! Summer Party in Tokyo
Driving the Japanese pop culture scene, ASOBISYSTEM’s annual grand party ASOBINITE!!! is back! The party will be held on Saturday 20th July at Shinkiba ageHA @STUDIO COAST.
Japan’s most iconic producer Yasutaka Nakata will be firing up the party as the resident DJ. He will be accompanied by many sensational guest performers including the DJ queen DJ Kaori; who was the resident DJ for ageHa’s 15th anniversary concert THE BEST PARTY!! Nakata’s main music unit CAPSULE will also be performing on stage for the first time in two years! TJO, TeddyLoid and many more big name DJs will also feature at the event.
Filled with summer vibes, the WATER stage will be hosting the event BIKINI NIGHT. The lineup of famous performers includes MITOMI, TOKOTO, BUNNY, iamSHUM and SHOTA. This party is going to kick off by the spacious poolside and there’s no doubt the night is gonna be a splash!
VIRTUAFREAK will be managing a spin-off stage with an army of famous VTubers who have influenced many creatives! Witness an army of wildly enthusiastic VTubers as they tear down the BOX stage at ageHa! The lineup includes Miori Ehara, Virtual Cat, and even Wani and Komori (Wani no Yaka & Hashiyan Takasaka)!
Limited early bird tickets will be released on Tuesday 28th May during the afternoon. This summer festival of Japanese stars is something you don’t want to miss so check it out as soon as you can!
ASOBINITE!!! SUMMER SPECIAL
Date: Sat 20/07/2019
OPEN 23:00 / CLOSE 05:30
On the door: ¥4,000
International guest discount (valid form of ID required) ¥3,000
20th Pass (20-year-olds only) ¥2,000
EARLY BIRD TIER 1 : ¥2,500
U-25 TICKET / (Under 25s): ¥2,750
GA TICKET / (General Admission) : ¥3,250
GROUP TICKET (5 tickets ): ¥12,500
Ticket release date: From 12:00 pm on 28th May
Shinkiba ageHa @STUDIO COAST
Address: 2-2-10, Shinkiba, Koto Ward, Tokyo
Join Kyary Pamyu Pamyu as She Tours the Sacred City of Izumo in Latest Video
24.May.2019 | SPOT
Recently, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu held a special one-night-only live performance at Izumo Taisha; a sacred and grand Shinto shrine located in Shimane prefecture which is said to be the origin of Japan’s gods. Kyary’s Otono Kuni Live Tour 2019 performance embraced the sacred atmosphere and the theme of her recent fourth album Japamyu. On that night in particular, her new song Otono Kuni really struck a chord!
Wanna know more about her godlike live concert on holy grounds?!
Here’s the concert live report: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/191957
Travelling to Japan? Let Kyary be your tour guide!
Kyary has just released a travel movie where she returns to the sacred land but this time, as your tour guide and not a performer! Join Kyary and get discovering with her new tourist video! She has also set up a special website dedicated to her sightseeing adventures in Izumo.
Kyary strolls around Izumo: The sacred land where the sun sets.
From legends to ancient history, Izumo is a gold mine of culture and secrets that Kyary will share with you! In this beautiful short movie, you can join Kyary and enjoy a day of fun!
Whether you want to visit Izumo or you’ve already been,or maybe you’re considering a trip to Japan and you’re not quite sure where to go! This movie is something you’ll definitely love to see so please check it out!
Special website: https://www.kankou-shimane.com/kyary/
Shimane prefecture Japan heritage sites special edition website: https://www.kankou-shimane.com/mag/11987.html
Japan heritage: Izumo official website: https://izumo-japan-heritage.jp/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu official website: http://kyary.asobisystem.com/