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.

RELATED ENTRIES

  • Aimyon Releases Unique Music Video for ‘My First Love is Crying’

    11.June.2022 | MUSIC

    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. 

     

     

    Comments

     

    Aimyon

    “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.” 

     

     

  • 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.

     

    ©遠藤達哉/集英社・SPY×FAMILY製作委員会

     

  • Aimyon Released Music Video for New Song ‘Futaba’

    02.April.2022 | MUSIC

    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)

    https://youtu.be/6lgT4zBr8eY

     

    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!

     

    Aimyon Comment

    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.

  • Aimyon Releases New Track ‘Futaba’ on Streaming Services

    29.March.2022 | FASHION / MUSIC

    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.

  • 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. 

     

    SPY×FAMILY Trailer

    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.”

    ©遠藤達哉/集英社・SPY×FAMILY製作委員会

  • Official Hige Dandism Releases Music Video for ‘Pending Machine’

    26.December.2021 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    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-.’

     

    ©2022「コンフィデンスマンJP」製作委員会

  • Aimyon Announces First Fan Club Tour and 14-city Arena Tour

    07.December.2021 | MUSIC

    Singer-songwriter Aimyon will hold her first fan club tour starting in January 2022, along with a 14-city arena tour beginning in April. The artist has seen an incredible amount of success since her major debut in 2016, winning Artist of the Year at the Billboard Japan Music Awards in 2019. 

     

    The fan club tour will start on January 20, 2022, at Tachikawa Stage Garden in Tokyo before moving on to seven more locations through February. Those who want to join the fan club can visit the official website below. 

     

    Aimyon’s arena tour will start on April 16 at the World Hall in Kobe and will span 28 shows in 14 cities around Japan. This will be the singer’s largest ever tour. 

     

    On the artist’s official website, a warning has been posted regarding the pandemic. Information and dates may change depending on the spread of COVID-19, so check the official tour page often. 

  • Official Hige Dandism Releases Lyric Video for ‘Bedroom Talk’

    03.December.2021 | MUSIC

    Pop band Official Hige Dandism has released the lyric video for their track Bedroom Talk from the group’s newest album Editorial

     

    Bedroom Talk was written and composed by the group’s guitar player Ozasa, co-arranged by mabuna, and with guitar arrangements provided by Kyohei Aruga. This lyric video is the first full-length illustrated video for the band and was created by Nagi, an illustrator making waves for her uniquely charming depictions of women. 

     

    Bedroom Talk – Official Hige Dandism (Music Video)


     

    Official Hige Dandism’s new song Anarchy has also been selected as the theme song for the upcoming film ‘The Confidence Man JP: Episode of the Hero.’ The latest trailer is available to watch on the movie’s official website.

     

  • New Song from Official Hige Dandism Chosen as Theme for Confidence Man JP Movie

    22.November.2021 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    Anarchy, the new song from pop group Official Hige Dandism, will be the theme song for the third Confidence Man film, ‘The Confidence Man JP: Episode of the Hero.’ The movie will be released in theaters in Japan on January 14, 2022. 

     

    The Confidence Man JP was written by Ryota Kosawa, a screenwriter known for contributing to numerous hit films such as ‘Always: Sunset on Third Street’ and ‘Legal High.’ This film will follow ‘The Confidence Man JP: The Movie’ and ‘The Confidence Man JP: Episode of the Princess.’ The main cast will feature Masami Nagasawa as Dako, Masahiro Higashide as Boku-chan, Fumiyo Kohinata ad Richard, and Shinya Kote as Igarashi. 

     

    The Confidence Man JP: Episode of the Hero Trailer

     

    Official Hige Dandism originally performed the theme song for the ‘Confidence Man JP’ drama series and has contributed the theme song for each previous movie. 

     

    The pop group gave a comment about the new project. “We’re so honored to be performing the theme song for the newest film, having worked on all of the others in the past. It’s so thrilling to imagine this being played in a movie theater! Honestly, it’s just crazy. I’m so proud that we could create a song like this. We’re so grateful to the movie’s staff for giving us these wonderful opportunities.” 

     

    The Confidence Man JP: Episode of the Hero Special Report #2



    The latest trailer for the film featuring the theme song Anarchy is available on the official website. 

     

    ©2022「コンフィデンスマンJP」製作委員会

     

  • Aimyon Releases Music Video for ‘Heart,’ Directed by Rachel Chie Miller

    18.November.2021 | MUSIC

    On November 24, 2021, singer-songwriter Aimyon will release her 12th single, Heart. Prior to the track’s official release, the official music video has been uploaded to the artist’s YouTube channel.

     

    The video was directed by Rachel Chie Miller, who also directed the music videos for GOOD NIGHT BABY, Kimi wa Rock wo Kikanai, and Futari no Sekai

     

    Heart – Aimyon [Official Music Video]

     

    To celebrate the music video’s release, the design of the original A5-sized Heart clear folder–scheduled to be the first purchase bonus for the single–was unveiled. 

     

    Aimyon will hold an additional performance of her current narrative tour ‘AIMYON Narative Tour 2021 -I Fell in Love With a Scar and a Demon!-’ on November 30, 2021, at Nippon Budokan. The artist is currently celebrating five years since her major label debut, and she doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.

     

    Comment from Aimyon

    Does it depict the finale of the song, or the beginning? When I first saw the music video, I immediately realized how well it could capture someone’s imagination. That’s how amazing Rachel Chie Miller is! Living while consumed with thoughts of someone you love can only lead to the best kind of romance.

     

    Comment from Rachel Chie Miller

    Even when I’m trying my best to be calm, the more I think, the more restless I become and the more my mind wanders. I wanted to depict that here–that no matter how hectic your brain may be, life doesn’t care, and it marches on. 

  • Aimyon’s New Song ‘Heart’ Scheduled to Drop Ahead of Album Release

    13.October.2021 | MUSIC

    Massively popular J-pop star Aimyon is scheduled to drop her new single Heart on November 24, 2021. As a gift for more impatient fans, the song will be available to stream ahead of the CD’s physical release, hitting a number of music platforms on October 20, 2021. 

     

    In September, it was announced that the track would serve as the theme song for Konnintodoke ni Han wo Oshitadakedesuga (Only Just Married). The drama series will begin on October 19, 2021, and will star Nana Seino and Kentaro Sakaguchi in the lead roles.  

     

    Along with this announcement, new artist photos have been released alongside the cover for the 12th single. A short video previewing the song is also available on YouTube, with art and video direction headed by Tondayashi Ran. 

     

    Aimyon – Heart  [very short movie]

     

    Starting October 9, those pre-saving or pre-adding Heart from the campaign page will be able to download an original image to use as a smartphone wallpaper!

  • Aimyon’s ‘Heart’ Chosen as Theme Song for Drama Series ‘Konnintodoke ni Han wo Oshitadakedesuga’

    20.September.2021 | MUSIC

    Singer-songwriter Aimyon will provide the theme song for the upcoming TBS Tuesday drama Konnintodoke ni Han wo Oshitadakedesuga (Only Just Married), premiering on TBS on October 19, 2021. 

     

    The drama will follow the story of a couple married under false pretenses, and will star Nana Seino and Kentaro Sakaguchi in the lead roles. The theme song, Heart, will be released on November 24. 

     

     

    Comment from Aimyon

    I’ve never once had to rewrite lyrics over once I’ve written them, but for this song, I read them over and over, sang them, and rewrote them over again. 

    I kept fine-tuning the words, trying to keep them from being too cute, or too clumsy. 

    When you think about the shape of a heart, they’re odd. Round on top, but pointed on the bottom. They can be soft, or they can be painful. I thought they were the perfect symbol for a strained relationship!

    I’m really looking forward to hearing the music in this drama series. I’m also looking forward to working with the stars of the drama, and I hope that you enjoy Heart!

     

     

    Comment from Nana Seino

    From the moment the intro began playing, I could feel my understanding of my character Akiha expanding. 

    I want to thank Aimyon for providing us with such a wonderful song, and I can’t wait to see how the drama series and Aimyon’s song Heart blend together.

     

    Comment from Kentaro Sakaguchi

    This song perfectly encapsulates the frustrating and delicate relationship between Akiha and Momose. 

    After filming the series little by little, I hope that my acting will be as gentle and incredible as this track. 

     

RANKING

  • DAILY
  • MONTHLY

FOLLOW US