Japanese Music Artists Talk About Music They Listened to When They Were 14
22.April.2021 | MUSIC
TOKYO FM and 37 other Japan FM radio networks are set to air a special program on April 22 at 19:00 (JST) titled Life Time Audio～My First Music “14-Year-Old’s Playlist.”
TOKYO FM celebrated its 50th anniversary on April 26, 2021. In line with the milestone, the radio network launched a new brand promise: Life Time Audio, a radio special that promotes audio content that enrichens people’s lives through music will weaving stories that connect with everyday people. It aims to be a place where people encounter musical experiences and audio content that gives people meaning as they broadcast each and every day their new show Life Time Audio～My First Music “14-Year-Old’s Playlist” is inspired by a New York Times article published in 2018 titled The Songs That Bind which looks at how music heard when you are 14 years of age sets in stone your music preferences.
The live broadcast will be hosted by Daisuke Tooyama who worked as the principal of the Japanese radio show SCHOOL OF LOCK! for 10 years until 2020. Listeners can submit the music they listened to when they were 14-years-old either on the show’s official website or on social media using the Japanese hashtag #14歳のプレイリスト (“14-Year-Old’s Playlist”) which will be discussed each episode. Guest artists will also talk about what music they were listening to back then. In the first episode, Masamune Kusano of Spitz talks with Aimyon. Aimyon has publicly stated that she has loved Spitz since elementary school. Masamune will talk Aimyon about other artists she listened to growing up, her music roots, and more. They will also talk about Spitz’s latest single Murasaki no Yoru o Koete as well as Aimyon’s new song Koi o Shiru Made wa which will be released on May 26 and is used as the main theme for the Japanese drama show Konto ga Hajimaru.
Official HIDE DANdism will also feature as guests on the show. The band formed while they were all in university. It is mentioned that members will talk about not having gone to school much, not getting along with people, their first live shows, and more. They will also talk about what music they want 14-year-olds to listen to.
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Life Time Audio~My First Music “14-Year-Old’s Playlist.”
Broadcast Date: April 22, 2021
Time: 19:00-21:00 (JST)
Where: TOKYO FM / 38 JFN Networks
Official Website: https://tfm.co.jp/fourteen
Official Hige Dandism Releases Music Video for Tokyo Revengers Christmas Showdown Arc Opening Theme ‘White Noise’
18.January.2023 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC
Rock band Official Hige Dandism has released a music video for their song White Noise on YouTube.
White Noise serves as the opening theme song for Tokyo Revengers Christmas Showdown Arc which began airing on January 7. The band also performed the previous opening song Cry Baby.
Official Hige Dandism – White Noise [Official Video]
Official Hige Dandism – White Noise
The Official Hige Dandism SHOCKING NUTS TOUR is currently underway, with the band performing in halls throughout Japan. For details on each venue and how to purchase tickets, visit the band’s official website!
White Noise – Official Hige Dandism
Release Date: January 11, 2023
Streaming Links: https://HGDN.lnk.to/WhiteNoisePR
Teaser Video: https://youtu.be/dp6DQrNwK9U
White Noise Special Site: https://whitenoise.ponycanyon.co.jp
Official Hige Dandism Releases Behind the Scenes Video for Subtitle Music Video
05.December.2022 | MUSIC
Popular Japanese band Official Hige Dandism has released behind-the-scenes footage from the filming of their music video for Subtitle, the theme song for the Japanese drama series silent. The video includes in-depth interviews with the band members!
Subtitle – Official Hige Dandism Music Video (Behind the Scenes)
Subtitle was written as the theme song for silent, a drama series currently airing on Fuji TV.
Currently, Subtitle has surpassed 100 million views and has topped the Billboard JAPAN Streaming Songs chart for six consecutive weeks since its release on November 30.
Official Hige Dandism will appear at the 2022 FNS Song Festival on December 7 and 14, as well as CDTV Live! Live! 4-Hour Christmas SP on TBS on December 19 and the 73rd Annual Kouhaku Uta Gassen on New Year’s Eve.
The band is currently in the middle of their SHOCKING NUTS TOUR. More details about tickets can be found on the group’s official website.
Official Hige Dandism
Official Site: http://higedan.com/
Official HIGE DANdism Releases New Song ‘Subtitle,’ Theme Song for Drama Series ‘silent’
14.October.2022 | MUSIC
Official HiGE DANdism released the new song Subtitle on streaming services on October 12, 2022.
Subtitle was chosen as the theme song for the Fuji TV Thursday drama silent. The series follows Tsumugi Aoba, a high schooler who falls in love with fellow student So Sakura. The two love music, and while life pulls them apart, they meet again eight years later at a CD shop. As happy as they are, Tsumugi realizes that So has nearly lost his hearing.
The first episode aired on October 6 and trended at the top spot on Twitter worldwide. Following this, people streamed the episode 1.6 million times, and many are calling it the hottest drama of the season. The show set a record on FOD, TVer, and GYAO as the Fuji TV show with the most views in the shortest amount of time. The official audio for the show’s theme is also available on YouTube.
Along with providing the theme for the drama series, Official HiGE DANdism has also been tasked with producing the music for the junior high school team at the 90th NHK All-Japan School Choir Competition. The theme this year is ‘map,’ and the group expressed thanks for being chosen to participate in the festivities in such a major way. “I hope everyone looks forward to the song that we create,” the group commented.
On October 5, the group released ‘one-man tour 2021-2022 -Editorial- @SAITAMA SUPER ARENA’ on Blu-ray, DVD, and CD. Additionally, the Official HiGE DANdism SHOCKING NUTS TOUR is currently underway, visiting 9 cities throughout Japan for a total of 20 shows.
Subtitle – Official HiGE DANdism
Streaming Links: https://hgdn.lnk.to/subtitlePR
Special Site: https://subtitle.ponycanyon.co.jp
YouTube (Official Audio): https://youtu.be/TPMQmLakizM
RecoChoku Announces Winners for Best Music of August 2022
13.September.2022 | MUSIC
Japanese music streaming site RecoChoku has announced the top song and album rankings for August 2022!
Unsurprisingly, Ado tops both the single and album charts with her new tracks from the movie ONE PIECE FILM RED. The singer provided the singing voice of Uta, a main character in the film which was released nationwide on August 6, 2022.
New Genesis, the theme from ONE PIECE FILM RED, was released ahead of the movie’s release on June 8, 2022. It ranked 4th in the monthly rankings for June and July, and following the film’s release in August, it shot to the top of the charts for four consecutive weeks, continuing to hold the #1 spot.
Ado also took first place in August’s album ranking with her collection of songs from ONE PIECE FILM RED. Released on August 19, 2022, the album features a number of tracks made for the film, with seven different artists helping to produce these now legendary songs.
For the daily ranking on August 11, the top seven singles were all from this one album. Starting at the top spot, the songs included were: New Genesis, Where the Wind Blows, Tot Musica, The World’s Continuation, Binks’ Sake, I’m Invincible, and Fleeting Lullaby.
In the album ranking, it was number one in the weekly ranking for three consecutive weeks since its release on August 17 and continued its momentum to take the top position in the monthly ranking for the month of August.
Ado had her first top single ranking in February 2021 with Usseewa, and her first #1 album in January and February 2022 with Kyogen.
If you haven’t listened to the singer’s collection of songs from the most recent ONE PIECE film, you’re missing out!
RecoChoku Monthly Music Award – August 2022 (Announced September 1, 2022)
1st Place: New Genesis (Uta from ONE PIECE FILM RED) – Ado (Released June 8, 2022)
2nd Place: Start Over – THE BEAT GARDEN
3rd Place: Ame Sansan – King Gnu
4th Place: Where the Wild Blows – Ado
5th Place: Mixed Nuts – Official HiGE DANdism
1st Place: Uta’s Songs from ONE PIECE FILM RED – Ado (Released August 10, 2022)
2nd Place: M – INI
3rd Place: BE:1 – BE:FIRST
4th Place: Falling into your eyes Record – Aimyon
5th Place: Suki Toiunowa Rock Daze! (Special Edition) – Nogizaka46
Official Site: https://recochoku.jp
ONE OK ROCK Collaborates with Official Hige Dandism’s Satoshi Fujihara on New Album
30.August.2022 | MUSIC
Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK has become massively popular worldwide in recent years. On September 9, 2022, the group will release its new album Luxury Disease, and fans will be excited to know that Satoshi Fujihara from Official Hige Dandism will appear on the track Gravity in an incredible collaboration.
Satoshi Fujihara has gone on record to cite Taka as the person who inspired him to become a vocalist. Since then, Taka has appeared as a guest on Official Hige Dandism’s radio show and Fujiwara appeared as a guest at ONE OK ROCK’s live performance at ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2022, bringing the two artists even closer together. This collaboration was a long time coming, and Gravity feat. Satoshi Fujihara will only be included on the Japanese edition of the album. Ahead of the song’s release, a portion of it has been unveiled on ONE OK ROCK’s social media accounts, so be sure to check it out!
With the album only a few weeks away, the countdown has begun! Will you be listening?
ONE OK ROCK
Luxury Disease (New Album)
Release Date: September 9, 2022
Official Site: www.oneokrock.com
Popular singer Aimyon has released the music video for her song 3636 from her fourth original album, Falling Into Your Eyes Record. The album was released on August 17, 2022.
The video was directed by Classic 6, marking the first collaboration between the two. The lyrics of the song contain the phrase ‘delivery box,’ and this became a big theme in the direction of the video. Along with the video release, Aimyon and Classic 6 both released comments about the new creation, so be sure to read them below.
3636 – Aimyon (Official Music Video)
Aimyon is currently on her largest-ever national tour, seeing the artist perform 28 shows in 14 cities throughout Japan. On November 5, Aimyon will perform her largest solo concert ever at Hanshin Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya.
Comment from Aimyon
“When the delivery box wouldn’t open anymore, I felt as though my heart had been closed. I was so incredibly sad. I wondered if it had simply grown tired of me, and I went on a journey of endless delusion. I remembered what happened in that small room as the seasons passed.”
Comment from Classic 6
“When I heard the song, I pictured Aimyon riding on a train in a private compartment, something that isn’t common in Japan. It’s also a metaphor for the time, space, and heart that the delivery box and Aimyon shared. That’s what I imagined when I planned the video. I wanted it to be obvious. There was a way for both of them to keep going, to not stop along the way. Even now, the box alone is being carried somewhere far away.”
Falling Into Your Eyes Record
Released: August 17, 2022
Standard Edition (CD Only): ¥3,080 (Tax Included)
Limited First Edition (CD+Blu-ray): ¥7,700 (Tax Included)
Limited First Edition (CD+DVD): ¥6,600 (Tax Included)
Aimyon Official Site: http://www.aimyong.net/
On June 8, popular singer Aimyon released her 13th single My First Love is Crying. Now, the music video is here–and it was filmed in a yakiniku restaurant!
The music video was directed by Tomokazu Yamada, who previously directed the videos for Aimyon’s Marigold, Let the Night, Harunohi, The Smell of a Midsummer Night, On This Day We Say Goodbye, and Naked Heart. The video itself was filmed in one shot at a yakiniku restaurant in Tokyo, showing Aimyon eating alone and crying. A stirring and emotional song paired with this moving video will be enough to stir any fan’s heart.
My First Love is Crying – Aimyon
The coupling song, Satsuki, is available to stream now. The track is a continuation of the song Mini-Skirt and Hi-Lite from Aimyon’s 11th single. The track features Moto Kawabe, the first time a male has participated in one of Aimyon’s tracks.
Aimyon is currently holding her largest-ever national tour, performing 28 concerts in 14 cities around Japan.
“When I got dumped by the person I was dating, I can remember crying uncontrollably.
I was asking myself “why me?” People would respond with “there’s nothing you can do,” or “this was for the best,” or “there are other fish in the sea!”
I ate, I drank, I reminisced, I cried, I got angry, and as time went on, I realized that I had forgotten why I loved him so much in the first place.
But I still love him a little bit–and that pisses me off! That’s the emotion I wanted to bring to this shoot.”
Tomokazu Yamada (Director)
“In this age when people can easily impersonate (or quote) someone else, people like Aimyon, who is unapologetically herself, seem to shine more brightly. Even in the midst of her sadness, she wants to show that side of her to someone else in the hopes that it can help. She has the power to light up anyone’s day with her honesty and sense of self.”
My First Love is Crying – Aimyon (13th Single)
Release Date: June 8, 2022
Streaming Links: https://aim.lnk.to/hatsukoi
Official Site: http://www.aimyong.net/
Official HiGE DANdism to Release Newest EP ‘Mixed Nuts’ in June
25.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC
Official HiGE DANdism will release the Mixed Nuts EP on June 22, 2022. The album will include a total of four songs, including Mixed Nuts, the opening theme for the current anime series SPY x FAMILY, and Anarchy, the theme song for the film The Confidence Man JP: Episode of the Hero.
The CD+Blu-ray/CD+DVD versions will include nine songs from the Official HiGE DANdism Road to One-Man Tour 2021-2022 held on June 21 at Pia Arena MM in Kanagawa, the band’s first concert in over a year. Depending on where you buy the album, you’ll receive a special bonus, so check out the album’s special site for more details.
The group has also recently concluded their 2021-2022 -Editorial- Tour which began in September 2021 on April 17 in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture. The tour saw a total of 48 performances and 300,000 spectators.
To celebrate the conclusion of the tour, the band will stream the Saitama Super Arena concert held in March! The stream will begin at 20:00 on May 1 and tickets are on sale now, so check the band’s official website for more details.
Mixed Nuts EP
Release Date: June 22, 2022
CD+Blu-ray/CD+DVD Version: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Standard Edition (CD Only): ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Mixed Nuts Special Site: https://mixednuts.ponycanyon.co.jp
Official HiGE DANdism One-Man Tour 2021-2022 -Editorial- at Saitama Super Arena – Online Show
Date: May 1, 20:00
*Archive available until May 8, 23:59
Special Site: https://event.higedan.com/feature/at20_tour2122
Official HiGE DANdism Official Site: http://higedan.com/
Popular singer Aimyon has released the music video for her new song Futaba, which premiered on streaming services on March 24, 2022.
The video was directed by Kodai Kobayashi, who previously directed videos for Only Under the Full Moon, Dream Chaser Bengal, Chika, and Till I Know What Love Is. Futaba was shot in locations all over Okinawa, and is a treat to watch. Check out comments from Aimyon and Kodai Kobayashi below!
Futaba – Aimyon (Official Music Video)
The track was used as the theme song during the March 23 broadcast of ‘Aimyon 18 Festival’ on NHK, which will be rebroadcast on April 3, 2022. Aimyon will perform the song live along with a special talk, so don’t miss it!
This was such a fun trip, and the director really captured so many different sides of me.
When I saw the finished video, I thought to myself “Wow, I’ve really grown up!” Yet some of the expressions I made were the same ones I made as a child.
There are things you can only do as an adult and things you can only do as a child,
but all I care about is valuing the things I’m doing right now.
With that in mind, I jumped into the ocean for the first time in my life.
I was terrified, but it was something I always wanted to do.
(I won’t do it again!)
Kodai Kobayashi (Director) Comment
The team ran all over the place getting these shots. Please check out the final product made possible by these dedicated adults.
Released: March 24, 2022
Streaming Links: https://aim.lnk.to/futaba
Official Site: http://www.aimyong.net/
Aimyon’s new track Futaba is now available to stream! The track was used as the theme song during the March 23 broadcast of ‘Aimyon 18 Festival’ on NHK. The show featured Aimyon collecting messages and videos from 17 to 20-year-olds across Japan which were then used to create the video. Ran Tondabayashi was in charge of the jacket photo and art direction.
The music video for Futaba will be released on March 31 at 20:00 on Aimyon’s official YouTube channel.
The singer will start her new tour–her largest ever–in April.
Release Date: March 24, 2022
Streaming Links: https://aim.lnk.to/futaba
Official Site: http://www.aimyong.net/
Official HiGE DANdism’s ‘Mixed Nuts’ to Serve as OP Track for SPY x FAMILY Anime Series
27.March.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC
Official HiGE DANdism’s new song Mixed Nuts has been chosen as the opening theme song for the upcoming anime adaptation of the SPYxFAMILY manga series. Written and illustrated by Tatsuya Endo, the manga has been serialized on Shonen Jump+ since 2019 and has been incredibly well-recieved, selling over 12.5 million copies. The anime series will premiere in April 2022.
Along with this announcement, the official website for the anime series has posted the full promotional video for the show. The video also previews the opening song.
The ending theme will be Kigeki by Gen Hoshino.
The members of Official HiGE DANdism also posted a comment about their track being chosen as the opening theme.
“It’s such an incredible series, and as fans ourselves, we’ve been so pumped for the anime adaptation. The art quality is incredible and we hope that everyone enjoys the show. If you could, be sure to listen to Mixed Nuts while you follow the story of Loid, Yor, and Anya.”
Premiering on TV Tokyo on April 9 at 23:00
Airing in North America on Crunchyroll
Official Site: https://spy-family.net/
Official Hige Dandism Releases Music Video for ‘Pending Machine’
Official Hige Dandism has released the music video for Pending Machine from their new album ‘Editorial.’
The video was directed by Takuto Shimpo, who has worked on a number of the band’s music videos to date. The story begins as the members get into an elevator, and peering into a duffel bag, they discover what looks like a space suit. This video shows the funnier side of the group and is perfect for cheering viewers up on a bitterly cold winter day!
Pending Machine – Official Hige Dandism［Official Video］
Official Hige Dandism’s new song Anarchy will serve as the theme song for the upcoming film ‘The Confidence Man JP: Episode of the Hero. A clip of the track can be heard during the film’s trailer, found on the official movie website.
The band is currently on its first national arena tour, titled ‘Official Hige Dandism One-Man Tour 2021-2022 -Editorial-.’
CD: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
CD＋DVD: ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
CD＋Blu-ray: ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
Buy the CD here: https://hgdn.lnk.to/Editorial
The Confidence Man JP: Episode of the Hero
Release Date: January 14, 2022
Official Site: http://confidenceman-movie.com