w-inds. Celebrate 20th Anniversary With Greatest Hits Album Announcement
28.November.2020 | MUSIC
Japanese pop boy band w-inds. will mark hit their 20th anniversary milestone since their debut on March 14, 2021. Thursday (November 26) also marked exactly 20 years since the band’s first street performance at Yoyogi Park. To commemorate the occasion, the band members, Ryohei Chiba Keita Tachibana, posted a new artist photo of themselves.
The band also recently launched their official 20th anniversary website, “w-inds. Beautiful 20th,” where they have announced the release of a greatest hits album to celebrate their 20th anniversary. It will be released on March 14, 2021.
w-inds. have launched a project where fans can vote for which of their favourite tracks they want to see on the album. The band also shared their own playlist of 20 songs via their anniversary website.
But it doesn’t stop there, as w-inds. also opened official TikTok and Instagram accounts, and will release the new song Beautiful Now digitally on December 2, 2020.
Japanese pop boy band w-inds. released their new song Beautiful Now on December 2, 2020, which comes as the first track to be released by the band since Ryuichi Ogata left earlier this year on June 1. The band also a the music video for the song on their official YouTube channel.
The music video was directed by Hideaki Sunaga who is working with w-inds. for the first time. It features members Ryohei Chiba and Keita Tachibana as they embrace the new formation of w-inds.. The choreography was created by Sota and kooouya of GANMI. Chiba and Tachibana are joined by six dancers in the video, which features beautiful drone shots and scenery.
w-inds. – “Beautiful Now” (Music Video)
w-inds. will release a greatest hits album promoting their 20th anniversary on March 14, 2021. This also falls on the date that w-inds. first formed 20 years ago. The band launched a 20th anniversary website last week and have also launched a project where fans can vote for which of their favourite tracks they want to see on the album. The band also shared their own playlist of 20 songs via their anniversary website.
To find out more about the 20th anniversary celebrations of w-inds., click here.
w-inds.’ Keita Tachibana Drops 2nd Single in 12-Month Song Series
19.February.2019 | MUSIC
Keita Tachibana, the vocalist of dance and vocal pop boy band w-inds. has release his new digital single Live For Yourself, the second in a series of twelve consecutive release coming out over a period of 12 months.
KEITA announced the return of his solo project on January 18 after almost 3 years and made headlines when he announced he would release new singles digitally every month for 12 months.
The singer stated that Live For Yourself pushed him to try new challenges. The song has a ‘floating’ sound that rocks the listener to and fro coupled with straight lyrics. Once again, the track was completed entirely by KEITA himself including the singing, music and mastering.
Live For Yourself
Released: February 18, 2018
Available: iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, LINE MUSIC, AWA, Google Play Music, Recochoku, mora, d Hits, and elsewhere
KEITA Official Website & Mobile Website: https://keita-official.tv/
*All produced by KEITA
w-inds. Member Keita Tachibana Restarts His Solo Career After 3 Years
20.January.2019 | MUSIC
Keita Tachibana, a member of the Japanese dance and vocal unit w-inds., has announced that he is restarting his solo music career under the name KEITA once again after over 3 years. His last solo released was the album FRAGMENTS which hit shelves back on December 16, 2015.
KEITA will carry out everything on his own – from the vocals to the composition and mastering. He plans to release a series of digital singles for 12 consecutive months.
It begins with Don’t Leave Me Alone which was released on January 18. The song was also posted on the artist’s official YouTube channel. Check it out below.
Look forward to the continuation of KEITA’s music throughout 2019.
Don’t Leave Me Alone
Now On Sale.
KEITA Official Website: ：https://keita-official.tv/
*All produced by KEITA
w-inds. Conclude 2018 Tour in Hong Kong & Release Two Songs From Live DVD/Blu-ray
12.December.2018 | MUSIC
Japanese pop boy band and dance unit w-inds. concluded their LIVE TOUR 2018 “100” on December 8 with a final show at KowLoon Bay KITEC-Star Hall in Hong Kong.
The tour began in July and has seen the trio perform 14 concerts across Japan before hitting up Hong Kong in a finale that featured a huge set list of 27 songs. w-inds. boasts immense popularity across the region of Asia and even rank as the first J-pop artist to receive a commendation for their diplomatic establishments abroad. The Hong Kong concert marked their 10th performance there, the first being back in 2007.
A tapestry was raised by local fans at the venue which read “w-inds. & Hong Kong, An Irreplaceable 10 Years.” Ryuichi Ogata from the group acknowledged the messaged and gave his heartfelt thanks, saying “Same here, thank you for an irreplaceable ten years!”
Ryohei Chiba thrilled the crowd by talking in Cantonese about their stay in Hong Kong. At the end of the show, Keita Tachibana wrapped up their 2018 tour with his final comments: “This is the end of our tour this year, but of course we will be writing new stuff next year and aim to return to Hong Kong. Will you come again if you’re able to next year? Let’s definitely meet again, Hong Kong!”
This concert is being used to commemorate “日本秋祭IN香港”, an ongoing event that has been held since October to promote Japanese culture in Hong Kong. The Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong who planned this event praised the three members: “The accumulation of ten years is extraordinary event for a Japanese artist. We will continue to support them with all our might from next year onward.”
「Celebration」from「w-inds. LIVE TOUR 2018 “100”」DVD/Blu-ray
「Long Road」from「w-inds. LIVE TOUR 2018 “100”」DVD/Blu-ray
w-inds. have also released two live videos of Celebration and Long Road from the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release of their w-inds. LIVE TOUR 2018 “100” which hit shelves on December 12. Fans who purchase both the first press limited edition of the DVD along with either the regular edition DVD or Blu-ray and sign up within the specified period will receive a tour towel. Full details can be found on their official website.
w-inds. LIVE TOUR 2018 “100”
Release Date: December 12, 2018
First Press Limited Edition DVD (2 Discs + 2 CDs): ¥5,926 (+Tax)
Regular Edition Blu-ray (1 Disc): ¥5,926 (+Tax)
Regular Edition DVD (2 Discs): ¥4,907 (+Tax)
w-inds. Official Website: www.w-inds.tv/
Boy band w-inds. wrap up tour finale announcing their 10th live in Hong Kong to follow!
08.September.2018 | MUSIC
Dancing pop boy band trio “w-inds.” performed the finale of their tour “w-inds. LIVE TOUR 2018 “100” at Hall A, Tokyo International Forum.
The boys also announced the release of the LIVE DVD/Blu-ray of their tour, which fans can purchase from Wednesday 12th December. They have also announced their 10th solo live performance which will take place in Hong Kong – this finale has been packed with fun announcements for their fans!
Updates on all their future action will gradually follow overtime!
On Saturday 18th August, 100 fans were invited to “w-inds. New Album “100! Premium Live from YouTube Space Tokyo” to witness the band before their very eyes at YouTube Space Tokyo. The performance was live streamed on w-inds.’ official YouTube channel.
Join the boys’ worldwide fan base and plunge into the excitement of the band’s performance on the 29th floor at Roppongi Hills’ stage!
Concert Review: w-inds. Hold Their Premium Live Show at YouTube Space Tokyo
20.August.2018 | MUSIC
Dance and vocal trio w-inds. held a premium live performance at YouTube Space Tokyo which is located on the 29th floor of Roppongi Hills.
The show was held to celebrate the release of their new album 100 now on sale. In line with record’s title, this premium concert was limited to 100 invitations.
The members stepped onto the stage donning a chic jacket style, the Tokyo nightscape serving as their backdrop.
“It’s Saturday night. I bet it’s been a busy week for you all. I wonder how you’re all living your lives these days? This weekend… with our music…” Ryuichi whispered to the audience.
Keita butted in, saying, “Shouldn’t we be a bit a bit cooler? (laughs).”
Ryohei followed this up too. “Right? I mean, the night is beautiful.”
The atmosphere of the room turned peaceful at their chatter.
The performance began with the summer tune Bring back the summer, the first song on their new album. This was followed by a new arrangement of one of their early hits SUPER LOVER ~I need you tonight~.
Keita has started posting gaming videos on YouTube recently. During an interval, he made the audience laugh, saying: “I was told that once I get 10,000 subscribers, it’d be cool if I played games here [YouTube Space Tokyo], so I’ve decided it’ll be games the next time we come here.”
Moving onto the second half of the concert, the band performed We Don’t Need To Talk Anymore, a song self-produced by Keita. They then performed a string of tracks from 100 including Temporary, We Gotta go, and Dirty Talk which was released early as a single. The group put on a thrilling performance of fantastic dancing and singing backed up by a skilled live band as well as entertained the crowd with conversation.
The concert was streamed live on YouTube which saw lots of messages from fans overseas too who had tuned in for the premium experience.
w-inds. are currently on a nationwide tour in Japan to promote 100. If you’re in Japan then you’ve got to experience seeing them live for yourself. Details can be found on their official website.
w-inds.’ New Album ‘100’ Release Event at YouTube Space Tokyo to be Streamed Live
01.August.2018 | MUSIC
Male trio dance and vocal group w-inds. have announced a special event to commemorate the release of their new album 100 which was released on July 4.
The event will take place at YouTube Space Tokyo located on the 29th floor of Roppongi Hills. The group will perform a special live show on the day.
The entire show will also be live streamed on YouTube via their official channel, meaning those unable to make it won’t miss out on the fun.
Additionally, 90 lucky people will be randomly selected to be invited to the event via the group’s official fan club “w-inds.day” and on C CHANNEL, Japan’s biggest video streaming site aimed at women.
Full details on how to apply for the event can be found on the official w-inds. website.
w-inds. began their nationwide Japan tour, officially titled w-inds. LIVE TOUR 2018 “100”, on July 13 in promotion of their new album 100.
The three guys stepped onto stage donning colourful sexy jackets and started the show with Bring back the summer from the new album.
Group member Ryuichi expressed his happiness to the crowd: “I turn 33-years-old this year. I have spent 17 and a half of those years with w-inds., encountered many songs, and I’m extremely happy to have met all of you!” Fellow member Keita said: “We’re challenging ourselves to lots of different things, like playing the guitar and keyboard like today. Please look forward to us moving rapidly forward.”
The crowd never let up their excitement and surprise once throughout the entire show as the guys performed new tracks with electrifying dance choreography as well as nostalgic numbers that get people screaming simply at their intros’.
Ryohei also offered some words: “Our album came out and we also finished w-inds. Fes without worries, so I’ve been looking forward to starting this tour. I look forward to making all kinds of memories at each show [on this tour] from today onward.”
The tour will take w-inds. on 11 concerts across 10 locations, finishing up at Tokyo International Forum Hall A on September 7.
Concert Review: w-inds. Hold Japan’s First Dance & Vocal Group Festival ‘ADSR 2018’
13.July.2018 | MUSIC
Male trio dance and vocal unit w-inds. held their very own self-produced music festival w-inds. Fes ADSR 2018 -Attitude Dance Sing Rhythm- in Odaiba, Tokyo on July 7, 2018.
The event focused on Japanese dance and vocal groups. The first of its kind in Japan, the festival was under development for 2 and a half years. 13 artists performed at the show, all of whom are mutually respected by w-inds.
The opening act of the festival was BuZZ. Once they warmed everyone up, MC Boo and the festival organisers themselves w-inds. stepped onto stage. Group member Ryuichi Ogata spoke about various episodes centered around w-inds.’ roots, such as when the group’s name was originally E&W (East & West), which is why they titled the stages at the show East Stage and West Stage. He also mentioned the kebab shop he and his fellow members would eat at almost every day which was located below the dance studio they commuted to. Keita Tachibana displayed his happiness, saying: “I’m happy so many people have come. We’re collaborating with everyone here today, but they’re all such good people I want to be with them all.” Group leader Ryohei Chiba said, “The rain seems to have blown away! Let’s all enjoy ourselves today!” At that, the real festival began.
During DOBERMAN INFINITY’s performance, w-inds. and BuZZ joined them on stage resulting in a very special and precious performance with 11 artists up there. Da-iCE performed Paradox on stage while wearing the same pink shirt and beige trousers w-inds. wore in the music video.
But the show was just getting started. w-inds. performed a string of nostalgic hits such as Super Lover ~I need you tonight~ together with Lead who’s like a brother to the group, as well as Shiki with SOLIDEMO and Long Road with MYNAME who was the only Korean artist there. They shook the audience of 5,000 with a set-list spanning 20 songs.
Tachibana went on to say, “These are people here who have watched and raised us. There’s a reason why we’ve continued doing what we’re doing.” He wrapped up by talking about the future: “The number of people strong people here has increased. I want to make a movement with them. I want to hold this festival in Asia in the future.”
w-inds. released the lead track Temporary from their forthcoming 13th album 100 on June 27.
The track can be listened to on Spotify and iTunes. The boy band recently released their entire discography across digital music platforms including iTunes and Spotify.
They are also holding a campaign in collaboration with Spotify which anybody from around the world can get involved with. It simply involves a Twitter follow and a retweet. 20 people will be randomly selected for participating to attend a private talk event with w-inds. at an undisclosed location on August 18. Those living outside Japan can receive invitations too, so be sure to get involved. Full details can be found below.
Be sure to give Temporary a listen and share it with everyone you know!
w-inds. Discography Released on Spotify, Apple Music & Other Music Subscription Services
08.June.2018 | MUSIC
Vocal unit trio w-inds. released their entire discography across music subscription services on June 6.
There are 81 tracks in total featuring all of their singles and albums from their debut single Forever Memories on March 14, 2001 to Dirty Talk on March 3, 2018. The discography was dropped onto Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, LINE MUSIC, AWA, Recochoku Best, d Hits, KKBOX, Uta Pass, Rakuten Music, Smart, and USEN.
The boy band are also holding a playlist campaign on Spotify titled ‘My 17 Years with w-inds’ to celebrate the discography hitting the platform. Fans are encouraged to make their own personal playlists. The winner will receive a voice recording from the members themselves.
w-inds. have come a long way over the years, and now you can relive their journey from all the way back in the early days to now, with everything from the latest world standard dance numbers to nostalgic ballads.
3-piece vocal unit w-inds. will drop their 13th album 100 on July 4, 2018. In the run up to the summer release, the pop boy group have unveiled the CD cover as well as a new artist photo.
Additionally, w-inds. have set up their first official Instagram page in line with the new album.
The special 100 Instagram page features a grid layout of the new artist photo as well as information regarding each edition of the new album. More content is scheduled to be posted over the course of 2 months, including sneak peaks of the tracks, information regarding the album, behind-the-scenes of the music production, and casual photos of the members. The account isn’t solely run by staff―the members themselves will post too!
The album will hit shelves on July 4. The group will then perform at w-inds. Fes on July 7 before embarking on their 100 Live Tour from July 13.
Be sure to follow them on Instagram for plenty of details to stay up to date.