King & Prince and SixTONES Make Double Platinum With Latest Singles
16.March.2021 | MUSIC
The Recording Industry Association of Japan has published its official rankings for February 2021 gold disk records, revealing that Japanese boy bands King & Prince and SixTONES have been certified Double Platinum with their latest singles while SKE48, Kanjani Eight, Kis-My-Ft2, Johnny’s West, MISIA, and King & Prince again were certified Platinum. Check out the record-selling tracks below.
Double Platinum Ranking
King ＆ Prince – “koi-wazurai” (Single)
SixTONES – “Boku ga Boku Janai Mitai da” (Single)
SKE48 – “Koiochi Flag” (Single)
Kanjani Eight – “Kimi to Mitai Sekai” (Single)
Kis-My-Ft2 – “Luv Bias” (Single)
Johnny’s West – “Shuukan Umaku Iku Youbi” (Single)
MISIA – “Super Best Records -15th Celebration-” (Album)
King ＆ Prince – “King ＆ Prince CONCERT TOUR 2020 〜L＆〜” (Video)
Six records including two singles, three albums, and one video went Gold in January.
King ＆ Prince・SixTONES Double Platinum Certification
日本レコード協会 Official site：https://www.riaj.or.jp/f/data/cert/gd.html
Kanjani Eight Appear in Morinaga Ice Cream’s New Commercial
Japanese confectionery company Morinaga released two new commercials on Saturday (March 20) for their popular Monaka Jumbo ice cream. The commercials feature Japanese boy band Kanjani Eight.
The first commercial, entitled Choco Mimi, sees the band members dressed in cute rabbit ears to promote the chocolate and vanilla flavours of Monaka Jumbo. It also features the band’s new song Sweet&Bitter which even features the lyric “vanilla.” The second commercial, entitled Ice Case, has the band members spoilt for choice on which flavour to go for, but ends up with them saying, “Why not both?”
Vanilla Monaka Jumbo “Choco Mimi”
Choco Monaka Jumbo & Vanilla Monaka Jumbo “Ice Case”
Choco Monaka Jumbo & Vanilla Monaka Jumbo TV Commercial
Initial Broadcast: March 20, 2021
Official Website: https://www.morinaga.co.jp/ice/jumbo/
King & Prince released their 6th single I promise from Universal Music Japan on December 16, 2020. The track is the male idol group’s first winter love song, A J-pop number singing of a man whose love towards a girl isn’t realised but his feelings towards her don’t change.
The song is currently being played as the Christmas commercial song at 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan.
King & Prince「I promise」Music Video Making -Story ver.-
All songs on the single are winter-themed. The track Winter Love Story featured on Regular Edition copies was used as 7-Eleven’s Christmas commercial song in 2019, and this is the first time it is being released.
First Press Limited Edition A is coupled with a DVD featuring the I promise music video and the first part of its making-of while First Press Limited Edition B copies feature the second part.
Release Date: December 16, 2020
First Press Limited Edition A (CD+DVD): ¥1,500 (Before Tax) [UPCJ-9017]
First Press Limited Edition B (CD+DVD): ¥1,500 (Before Tax) [UPCJ-9018]
Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥1,500 (Before Tax) [UPCJ-5006]
Official Website: https://www.universal-music.co.jp/king-and-prince/
Universal Music Japan will release Japanese all-male idol group Male & Prince’s second album L& tomorrow (September 2).
The album’s title refers to “The place of King & Prince; a place where everyone can have fun.” Regular Edition copies will include 17 tracks while other copies will have 16. The album will include their single koi-wazurai, Mazy Night which was the main theme for the Japanese television drama Detective Novice, the main theme for the live-action adaptation of Yowamushi Pedal which stars King & Prince member Red Nagase, five songs produced by the group members themselves, and more.
King & Prince – “&LOVE” Music Video Making Digest
First Press Limited Edition ‘A’ copies of the new album will include the music video and making-of for &LOVE. ‘B’ copies will include a documentary entitled The Documentary – King & Prince in America- showcasing King & Prince in America making their international debut.
King & Prince – “The Documentary – King & Prince in America-” Digest
Both copies will also features dance lessons by Phil Tayag who is known for choreographing for Bruno Mars. Regular Edition copies will also exclusively feature recording scenes and vocal lessons for King & Prince’s song for Bounce.
First Press Limited Edition A (CD+DVD): ¥3,600 (Before Tax) [UPCJ-9015]
First Press Limited Edition B (CD+DVD): ¥3,600 (Before Tax) [UPCJ-9016]
Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥3,000 (Before Tax) [UPCJ-1002]
Official Website: https://www.universal-music.co.jp/king-and-prince/
King & Prince’s 5th single Mazy Night was released through UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC today (June 10).
The title track serves as the main theme for the Japanese crime thriller drama series Miman Keisatsu: Midnight Runner starring Kento Nakajima of Japanese idol group Sexy Zone and King & Prince’s own Sho Hirano.
King & Prince – “Mazy Night” Music Video
First Press Limited Edition A copies of the single are coupled with a DVD featuring the Mazy Night music video and its making-of, while First Press Limited Edition B copies include a DVD featuring a single-cut version of the music video as well as solo cut versions for each King & Prince member.
Miman Keisatsu: Midnight Runner had its broadcast postponed but is set to begin airing again in the near future.
Release Date: June 10, 2020
First Press Limited Edition A (CD+DVD): ¥1,500 (Before Tax) [UPCJ 9013]
First Press Limited Edition B (CD+DVD): ¥1,500 (Before Tax) [UPCJ 9014]
Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥1,000 (Before Tax) [UPCJ 5005]
Official Website: https://www.universal-music.co.jp/king-and-prince/
In response to the lockdown measures implemented as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), dTV® is set to live stream Kis-My-Ft2’s variety programme Kisumai Dokidoki-n for free on May 31, 2020 from 19:00 (JST). The episode was originally scheduled for regular broadcast on May 29. Episode 69 will be streamed on June 5.
Kis-My-Ft2 cheer up fans with a free live stream
Kis-My-Ft2’s Japan dome tour “Kis-My-Ft2 LIVE TOUR 2020 To-y2,” which was set to kick off in Tokyo, was cancelled due to COVID-19. The band members wanted to cheer fans up in some way, and so has teamed up with dTV to offer this free live stream. The streaming service caters to today’s smartphone lifestyle and so you can watch their programmes on smartphones too. And to increase the number of people who can watch the stream, fans won’t have to sign up for a dTV account or login. They can simply tune in and watch Kis-My-Ft2 live.
You do need to download the dTV app however which can be done on smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and any other device that’s compatible with dTV. If you’re using a PC, you can watch via the dTV website. You then just need to choose the programme which is entitled “キスマイどきどきーん！生特番” in Japanese. The stream will take place on Sunday May 31 from 19:00-19:45 (JST).
See songs performed for the first time
To protect the regular studio and staff against getting infected, the programme will be streamed in real time from each of the 7 band members’ locations. There will be an opening talk as well as various special segments and a chance for fans to vote on certain topics. The show will finish with a performance of songs fans want to hear the most, as well as songs chosen by the band which haven’t been performed before. There’s also a chance for fans to be involved in the show by using the Japanese hashtag #キスどき生特番.
*dTV is a registered trademark of NTT Docomo Inc.
Kisumai Dokidoki-n (Japanese Title: キスマイどきどきーん！生特番)
Streaming: May 31, 2020 at 19:00-19:45 (JST)
*The stream will open at 18:30
*Stream time subject to change
How to Watch: Download the dTV app on a smartphone, tablet, PC, or TV and search for the programme. If you’re using a PC you can watch from the dTV website.
Stream Link: https://video.dmkt-sp.jp/ft/s0007158
Sexy Zone’s Kento Nakajima and King & Prince’s Sho Hirano Feature On Front Cover Of CanCam Magazine
Kento Nakajima and Sho Hirano, who are members of the popular idol groups Sexy Zone and King & Prince respectively, will feature in the May edition of fashion magazine CanCam on both the front cover and with a special interview.
The two artists have formed a new music unit ahead of their co-star roles in the Japanese drama series Miman Keisatsu: Midnight Runner, which is set to begin this April. For fans of Sexy Zone and King & Prince, and of the members themselves, this new project is a dream collaboration. Both of them appear on the front cover of CanCam‘s May 2020 issue with their short black hair looking sexy and boyish.
What’s the relationship between the two of them?
In the 12-page special feature of the two idol stars, there is a cut of Nakajima and Hirano surrounded by lots of flowers, another of them feeding each other strawberries, and plenty of other beautiful photos. In the interview, they explain their relationship together as senior and junior in the same company.
Nakajima said of Hirano: “[He’s] a really cute junior. In the entertainment world, there are people I call ‘Big Bro,’ but there’s no one I call ‘Little Bro.’ He might just be my first Little Bro.”
Hirano said: “During my junior years I was allowed to be a backup for Sexy Zone numerous times, so to have a connection to Kento gives me the confidence to lose to no-one.”
They both started something to deepen their connection
In the interview, they reveal that Nakajima suggested they exchange diaries between each other to deepen their relationship. On the day of the interview, Hirano was supposed to take the first entry with him, but he actually ended up forgetting in the car. Nakajima said of this: “Sho’s clumsiness is cute, but when it gets down to business, he doesn’t mess around. He’s the hero I want to cheer on.”
The interview includes plenty of other information fans will love to read about too, like more about their friendship, and how they feel about their fans. Their new project together is big news for the entertainment industry in 2020.
CanCam May 2020 Issue (Special Issue)
Release Date: March 23, 2020
Front Cover: Kento Nakajima (Sexy Zone) Sho Hirano (King & Prince)
Price: ¥730 (Tax Included)
*The front cover of the Regular Issue is different but the inside content is the same
Kis-My-Ft2’s Toshiya Miyata Appears in &CAST!!! App Commercial For Anime & Voice Actress Lovers
Toshiya Miyata, a member of the seven-member Japanese boy band Kis-My-Ft2, appeared in a new commercial for &CAST!!! on Wedneday. The video application is catered towards fans of anime and voice actors/actresses.
Miyata is the self-proclaimed (and proclaimed by others) number one Japanese anime fan. In the commercial, Miyata showcases the fun you can have with the app. This is his first commercial to appear by himself, and features a song written by Miyata for the commercial entitled Boku Dake no Princess with lyrics by MEGUMI.
The commercial begins with Miyata with a serious expression, explaining the hearts of anime fans in detail with difficult words, but in the second half his expression changes when he takes the phone in his hand and starts using the app.
&CAST!!! lets you message and use items on various “cast” members and they will reply to you.
In line with the new commercial, a log-in bonus campaign is being held right now until October 15 where you can receive the above-pictured clothing item when you log in.
&CAST!!! Official Website: https://www.and-cast.com/
Trailer Released For Ren Nagase’s Role as Kaei Karasuma in Film ‘According to Our Butler’
17.May.2019 | MOVIE
According to Our Butler is a short novel mystery series by Japanese author Shiina Takasato that has sold over 1.1 million copies in Japan. The film adaptation directed by Shinji Kuma finally hit Japanese theatres today (May 17).
Ren Nagase of six-member Japanese idol group King & Price―who will celebrate one year since their debut on May 23―is set to play the part of protagonist Kaei Karasuma.
A special promotional trailer showcasing Nagase performance as Kaei was posted on YouTube. The also unveils that the film’s main theme song Kimi ni Arigatou (“My Thanks to You”) will be performed by King & Prince themselves.
Kaei is the heir to the esteemed and affluent Karasuma family. The day after he returns home from a period of studying abroad in the United Kingdom, his father announces his sudden retirement, and that Kaei will take his place as the head of the family. As a child, Kaei grew up knowing and trusting the family’s now senior butler, but is now entrusted with a new butler, the highly intelligent Soma Kisaragi.
Speaking about his performance as Kaei, Ren Nagase commented: “I was told by the directed to play Kaei as someone who is not simply just selfish, but loved by everyone too, so I made sure to be conscious of that.” We can see in his performance that he has succeeded in that with his almost adorable selfishness and scene where he is surrounded by people who love him.
He continues: “By nature, Kaei is someone who has a strong perception of colour. This ended up being the cause of a traumatic event that happened when he was younger. Based on that, I made sure to value his warmth as a person as well as how he treasures the people who work for the Karasuma family. Just as Kaei and Soma grown together, I too feel that I have grown alongside Kaei.”
©2019 “According to Our Butler” Production Committee
According to Our Butler
Release Date: May 17, 2019
Theme Song: “Kimi ni Arigatou” by King & Prince (Label: Johnnys’ Universe)
Publisher: Toei ©2019 “According to Our Butler” Production Committee
Official Website: uchinoshitsuji.com
Japanese R&B, soul and pop singer-songwriter MISIA performed at the Sony Hall in New York on May 12 as part of “Japan 2019 presents Japan Night.” This was her first ever live performance in the Big Apple and she succeeded in serving the crowd an overwhelming show.
Sony Hall and the PlayStation Theatre are two locations that are part of the Japan 2019 event where popular artists from Japan brought Japanese culture to foreign music lovers. Acts included big names such as PUFFY, HYDE of L’Arc-en-Ciel, Wagakki Band and more, not to mention MISIA. 3,000 people were spread across both venues―both of which sold out.
MISIA’s 12-track set list spanned from her debut number Tsutsumi Komu Youni all the way to her latest song Ai no Katachi (feat. HIDE GReeeeN) for which she performed alongside a live band spearheaded by New York-based Japanese jazz trumpeter Takuya Kuroda.
MISIA’s incredible vocals were bolstered by the unrivalled musicianship dished out by her stage band. Each of them played their instruments with expert grace and talent which rippled through the sold-out venue. As soon as the performance begun the audience showed heated excitement.
At the end of the performance rock band PUFFY joined the stage as special guests. They sung their own hit songs such as Electric Beach Fever and True Asia alongside MISIA in their first-ever live performance together.
MISIA released her thirteenth album Life Is Going On and On on December 26, 2018.
Photography: Mayumi Nashida
Kis-My-Ft2’s New Single ‘Kimi, Boku.’ Ranks No. 1 on Oricon Charts
10.October.2018 | MUSIC
Kis-My-Ft2’s new single Kimi, Boku. dropped on October 3 and has made it into Oricon’s latest Weekly Single Rankings, selling 195,000 copies in its first week. This is the 22nd record from the seven-member boy band that has reached number one since their debut.
The song is currently being used in a commercial in which the members also appear for a new heating pad product by KOWA.
Kimi, Boku. is a pop song about love and the thoughts and feelings Kis-My-Ft2 want to convey. The CD cover photo (above) has also been unveiled featuring the group’s new concept for the release that sees each member with their own respective colours painting onto a white canvas – as seen in their music video for the song.
The single also comes coupled with a blank version of the CD cover inside the booklet for fans to colour in. This has blown up along with the hashtag #君僕お絵描きジャケット which is seeing fans sharing their coloured-in pieces on social media. It has meant that each and every person has their own unique CD cover for Kimi, Boku..
Another hashtag #ソライロ was also created for the song Sorairo (‘colour of the sky’) which is coupled on the single. Fans have been posting pictures of different skies such as the colour of the sky during a certain memory they remember, their favourite sky, how the sky looked when they want to the band’s live show and so on.
These two hashtags are a result of the band members posting their own coloured-in CD covers and pictures of the sky, causing fans to follow suit.
Kis-My-Ft2 – “Kimi, Boku.” – How to do the “Kis-Tep”
The music video for Kimi, Boku. drew much attention for a new kind of high-speed shuffle dance the members have dubbed “Kis-Tep.” The band even posted a choreography video (above) showing how to do it properly.
Kis-My-Ft2 – “Kimi, Boku.” Track Preview
A track-by-track preview of all five songs on the single was also released on YouTube. Also, previews for all 240 songs the band have released on CD up to October 3 from avex have been posted on the band’s official website, enabling their discography to reach a wider audience and those who may not know much about the boys’ music. Playlists are also set to be posted in the future.
Taisuke Fujigaya, representing the band, had the following to say about the Oricon announcement.
“All of us are extremely happy as a team. Our 22nd single ‘Kimi, Boku.’ is a very special song to the group. It contains the message ‘I’m here because you’re here’ and is a song that’s tied to our tour this year.”
It’s been 7 years since Kis-My-Ft2’s debut, and they continue to sprint ahead full force with everything they’ve got.
On Sale: October 3, 2018
First Press Regular Edition A – ¥1,600 (Tax Included) [AVCD-94185/B]
・”Kimi, Boku.” Music Video
・The Making of the “Kimi, Boku.” Music Video
First Press Regular Edition B – ¥1,600 (Tax Included) [AVCD-94186/B]
Regular Edition – ¥1,000 [AVCD-94187]
・Still song for you
[Bonus Track]: KIS-MY-VOICE
Kis-My-Ft2 Official Website: https://avex.jp/kismyft2/
Kis-My-Ft2 Show Off Their Shuffle Dance Skills in Music Video for New Song ‘Kimi, Boku.’
13.September.2018 | MUSIC
Seven-member Japanese boy group Kis-My-Ft2 have released the music video to their new single Kimi, Boku. which is set to hit shelves on October 3.
Having completed their first dome tour, the boys are now making their way onto new things. During this year’s tour, the whole crowd held white penlights in their hands which has led the group to dye their image in the colour of that white canvas in their new music video. The short version can be seen below – you’ll have to get your hands on a copy of the single if you want the full version.
The white buildings on the music video set are inspired by those on the island of Santorini located southeast of mainland Greece.
The members, all donning white, perform a street dance like that from a musical before painting the world of the music video with their own respective colours. It’s a combination of “beauty and cutey” that stands out from all of their other music videos.
What’s drawing the most attention however is their dance performance.
The members perform what they call the “Kis-Tep” which is their own high-speed take on the popular shuffle dance. Legs are the focal point of the original shuffle, but Kis-My-Ft2 incorporate colourful umbrellas to create an original and vivid performance.
If you get your hands on a copy of the single’s First Press Edition A you can watch a lecture by the members on how to do the Kis-Tep.
The lyrics are also grabbing fans’ attention as they are littered with references to each members’ colour.
・kiiro chikatetsu, “yellow underground” (Tamamori Yuta)
・makka ni saishiki zuite, “dyed bright red” (Kitayama Hiromitsu)
・sumiwataru sora wa mizuiro no haikei, “the clear sky is a light blue background” (Senga Kento)
・kureyuku paapuru no machinami, “the purple streets grow dark” (Miyata Toshiya)
・guriin no gairoju, “the green roadside” (Nikaidō Takashi)
・pinku no ringukeesu, “pink ring case” (Fujigaya Taisuke)
・orenji no tawaa, “orange tower” (Yokoo Wataru)
Each of these lyrics are sang as solo parts for each member. This is the group’s 22nd single and in their 7 year career, this marks the first time each member has had their own distinct solo parts in a song.
Members’ Comments on the New Song & Music Video
“This is a sung unlike any other from us. It’s fresh. The filming of the music video was over in the blink of an eye, it was fun.”
“The Kis-Tep dance we perform was difficult, but we all came together and practiced hard! It’s the highlight of the music video so I want lots of people to see it.”
“The grand staircase decorated in each members’ colours was really beautiful. We filmed it with that classic idol feeling.”
Kis-My-Ft2 celebrated their 7 year anniversary on August 10. They are sure to keep going full force into the future.
Kis-My-Ft2 Dance Emotionally in New ‘Because I Love You’ Music Video
27.June.2018 | MUSIC
Japanese boy band Kis-My-Ft2 have released their new music video for Because I Love You which features on the B-version of their forthcoming single LOVE dropping on July 11.
It has also been announced that Because I Love You will be used in a commercial for LIVE DAM STADIUM that will begin airing from July 11.
Kis-My-Ft2 – “Because I Love You” Music Video -Dance Edition-
‘Love songs in and out’ is the theme for the group’s new single this summer and includes Because I Love You as well as L.O.V.E. which was used for an Uwa Kowa Cool beverage commercial.
Because I Love You talks about young love during our school days, calling it wistful and something we should treasure. This is the first single from the group to be such an emotional R&B ballad.
The music video included on the DVD of the First Press B edition of the single is the dance edition―which is also featured on YouTube―where we get to see their impressive dance skills. The members bring to life the feeling and emotion of the lyrics with their entire bodies. You could call this new grounds for Kis-My-Ft2. Their voices, too, are emotional and sensual. And as well as the main music video, the DVD also includes dance separate parts for the chorus from each member.
The music video is a step up for the members as they celebrate 7 years since their debut. It’s clear to see they have matured and come a long way.
Below are comments from the members regarding the new song and music video.
“It’s a very cool song, so we shot each and every scene and our performances with great care. Please be sure to check out each of our dance parts.”
“We challenged ourselves to bringing out emotion in this video. I hope you can feel it.”
“It was very tough conveying the song’s sense of emotion with just singing and the video. I’d particularly like people to pay attention to the emotional scene at the beginning of the song.”
Kis-My-Ft2 are currently on a dome tour titled LIVE TOUR 2018 Yummy!! you&me. They’re set to bring the love to all this summer.