Idol Group Tsubaki Factory Features on Tower Records Shinjuku’s NO MUSIC, NO IDOL? Poster
14.May.2021 | MUSIC
In promotion of their upcoming album 2nd STEP, which will hit shelves on May 26, Japanese idol group Tsubaki Factory was featured in Vol.242 of Tower Record Shinjuku’s idol project NO MUSIC, NO IDOL?.
Tsubaki Factory in NO MUSIC, NO IDOL Vol.242
Tsubaki Factory formed in 2015 as members of Hello Project, an all-female idol group project managed by UP-FRONT AGENCY. The eight-member group made their debut with the release of their first single Hatsukoi Sunrise/Just Try!/Uruwashi no Camellia in 2017. In the same year, they receive the Newcomer Award from the 50th Japan Cable Awards.
Their forthcoming 15-track album 2nd STEP will include six singles from their fifth to their current as well as three additional tracks and six brand new ones. Tower Records is handing out posters and postcards to fans who pre-order or buy the record at select stores.
Receive a free NO MUSIC, NO IDOL? poster and postcard
Posters and postcards will be given to fans who purchase any of the three editions of 2nd STEP at the select Tower Records branches below. Available in limited stock on a first-come, first-served basis, those who pre-order the album will be given priority of posters and postcards over those who purchase it after its release.
Participating Branches: Sapporo PIVOT/Sendai PARCO/Shinjuku/Yokohama Vivre/Niigata/Shizuoka/Nagoya PARCO/Umeda NU Chayamachi/Hiroshima/Takamatsu Marugamemachi/Fukuoka PARCO/Naha
2nd STEP will be released in 3 editions
First Press Limited-Edition A (CD+Blu-ray+48 Page Booklet) | ¥8,800 (Tax Included)
First Press Limited-Edition A includes the album, all versions of the music videos from the group’s 5th single to their current release, a Blu-ray featuring a behind-the-scenes shoot of the album cover photos, and an 48-page A4-size photo book.
First Press Limited-Edition B (CD+DVD) | ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
First Press Limited-Edition B includes a DVD featuring the footage taken from a drama event hosted by the group.
Regular Edition (CD) | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Get a freebie with your purchase at Tower Records
Purchasing the new album at Tower Records, TOWERmini, or the Tower Records online store will earn fans the below-pictured A4 folder. Available in limited stock on a first-come, first-served basis, those who pre-order the album will be given priority of folders over those who purchase it after its release.
Tsubaki Factory – “2nd STEP”
Release Date: May 26, 2021
Tower Records Official Website: https://tower.jp
Idol Group Cho Tokimeki Sendenbu to Perform Ending Theme for Shadowverse Flame Anime Series
On November 9, 2022, idol group Cho Tokimeki Sendenbu will release their new single STAR, which will be used as the ending theme for the anime series Shadowverse Flame. The second series to be inspired by Cygame’s card-battling game Shadowverse, Shadowverse Flame follows Light Tenryu, a Shadowverse newbie, as he and his friends fight card battles and level up. Produced by ZEXCS and directed by Keiichiro Kawaguchi, the series began broadcasting Saturdays at 10:00 AM this April.
The ending theme, STAR, is a cheery song meant to encourage listeners to chase after their dreams. On October 22, the idol group Cho Tokimeki Sendenbu will hold its largest solo concert ever at Makuhari Messe.
In a surprise video posted on Cho Tokimeki Sendenbu’s social media, the girls announced that they would perform the ending song. All of the members seem overjoyed to be performing a song for an anime series, something they’ve never done before. Aki Suda is so happy, she starts crying tears of joy.
STAR is available to stream now, and fans will be able to purchase a limited-edition disc version at the mu-mo shop. This special release will include the STAR music video, the making of the song, and live footage from the group’s concert held in May 2022.
Release Date: November 9, 2022
Official Site: https://toki-sen.com/contents/552332?tag=all
YouTuber Idol Group UNI Mello to Release First Original Song
In March 2022, UNI MELLO, a virtual YouTuber idol group, made its debut. A joint venture by Pony Canyon and Hello, the group will release its first original song Find out SHANGRI-LA on streaming services on September 28, 2022.
UNI Mello consists of seven members: Kaede, Sekai, You, Amane, Tomoka, Shirafuji, and Shun. Each has a unique hobby and skillset, and the members have continued to grow over the past six months. On the UNI Mello YouTube channel, the members have continuously posted singing videos, as well as daily streams. The group’s first original song was announced at the September 18th event Uni Mello’s First Offline Meeting, and the audience was beyond thrilled.
Find out SHANGRI-LA is a song filled with the member’s dreams and hopes, and listeners are sure to want to embark on a new journey. The track is filled with solo parts, allowing each member to shine, as well as harmonies highlighting the cohesiveness of the seven members.
More original music is planned to be released in the future, so look forward to it!
Find out SHANGRI-LA -UNI Mello (Digital Single)
Streaming Release Date: September 28, 2022
Streaming Links: https://lnk.to/Findout_SHANGRI-LA
Official Site: https://unimello.com/
Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/unimelloinfo
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/UNIMello_info
Japan’s Largest Sake Event TOKYO SAKE FESTIVAL to be Held in Shinjuku in October
Japan’s largest sake event, TOKYO SAKE FESTIVAL 2022, will run from October 4 until October 6 at the Shinjuku Sumitomo Building’s Triangle Square.
The event’s aim is to make sake more mainstream around the world, with the first festival taking place in 2020. Tokyo Sake Festival blends sake with entertainment, showing off the very best of Japanese culture to those who may be new to craft sake. For the third year, former NMB48 member Yui Takano will serve as ambassador. Takano is known for leaving her idol career to manage the sake specialty store Yui Sake Shop.
Tokyo Sake Festival 2022 is bringing together forty carefully selected sake breweries from around Japan, including Inoue Seikichi, winner of the Champion Sake award at IWC 2022. Tonoike Sake Brewery, winner of Kura Master 2022’s President’s Award, will also be in attendance. The full lineup can be found on the official website.
Popular influencers and artists from Raphael to BOYS AND MEN and Ukon Takafuji will take the stage during the event, so be sure to swing by if you’re a fan of Japanese spirits!
TOKYO SAKE FESTIVAL 2022
October 4: Part 1 13:30-16:30 / Part 2 18:00-21:00
October 5: Part 1 13:30-16:30 / Part 2 18:00-21:00
October 6: 16:00-19:00
Venue: Shinjuku Sumitomo Building Triangle Square
(2-6-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
Buy Tickets/Details: https://tokyosakefestival.bitfan.id/
Tower Records Cafe to Collaborate with Tokyo Revengers for Special Menu
Tokyo Records Cafe will hold a special Tokyo Revengers cafe in three cities around Japan–Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya. Fans of the series won’t want to miss this special collaboration menu inspired by popular characters from the series!
Phase 1 (Top): Takemichi and Chifuyu’s Omurice / Tokyo Manji Gang Team Pasta
Phase 2 (Bottom): Chifuyu’s Tonkotsu Rice Bowl / Tokyo Manji vs. Black Dragon Sandwich
Phase 1 (Top): Inui’s Cocoa Pancakes / Hina’s Apple Pie
Phase 2 (Bottom): Holy Night Cake / Mitsuya and Hakkai’s Sweets Plate
Tokyo Revengers Latte
Collaboration Drinks (Phase 1)
Collaboration Drinks (Phase 2)
Exclusive Happy Birthday Sweets
Tokyo Revengers Original Take-out Bottle (Phase 1/Phase 2)
Cafe Reservation Bonus: Sticker (Phase 1)
Cafe Reservation Bonus: Sticker (Phase 2)
Menu Order Bonus: Postcard (Phase 1)
Menu Order Bonus: Postcard (Phase 2)
Bonus for Customers Spending ¥4,000 or more: Name Card (Phase 1)
Bonus for Customers Spending ¥4,000 or more: Name Card (Phase 2)
The collaboration menu is inspired by the story and characters of the globally-popular anime and manga series. Guests can enjoy special offers, exclusive goods, and illustrations drawn exclusively for this event. Who is your favorite?
Tower Records Cafe x Tokyo Revengers
Tower Records Cafe Omotesando
Address: Imon Harajuku Building 2F (6-3-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Running: October 7 – October 31, 2022
Phase 1: October 7 – October 19, 2022
Phase 2: October 20 – October 31, 2022
Take-out Drinks are available from 13:00-18:40
◇Omotesando Time Schedule
① 11:00-12:20 ② 12:50-14:10 ③ 14:40-16:00 ④ 16:30-17:50 ⑤ 18:20-19:40
Tower Records Cafe Nagoya Sakae Skyle
Address: SKYLE 9F (3-4-5 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya)
Running: October 22 – November 14, 2022
Phase 1: October 22 – November 2, 2022
Phase 2: November 3 – November 14, 2022
Take-out Drinks are available from 13:00-18:40
Twitter : https://twitter.com/trc_nagoya
◇Nagoya Sakae Skyle Time Schedule
① 11:00-12:20 ② 12:50-14:10 ③ 14:40-16:00 ④ 16:30-17:50 ⑤ 18:20-19:40
Tower Records Cafe Umeda NU Chayamachi
Address: NU Chayamachi 6F (10-12 Chayamachi, Kita-ku, Osaka)
Running: October 7 – November 6, 2022
Phase 1: October 7 – October 21, 2022
Phase 2: October 22 – November 6, 2022
Take-out Drinks are available from 13:20-19:00
Twitter : https://twitter.com/TRC_NUchaya
◇Umeda NU Chayamachi Time Schedule
① 11:20-12:40 ② 13:10-14:30 ③ 15:00-16:20 ④ 16:50-18:10 ⑤ 18:40-20:00
Buy Collaboration Goods: https://tower.jp/revengers-goods
Dev-c Group from VTuber Project VEE Debuts with Huge Ad in Shinjuku
To celebrate the debut of Dev-c, the new VTuber unit from VEE, a giant ad has appeared in Shinjuku Station! Fans should head to the Promenade connecting Shinjuku Station to Shinjuku 3-come from September 5 until September 11 to catch a glimpse of these new talents!
The ad shows Uriyone, Anew Uparu, Cotonoha, Luminous Sweet, and Aomiya Yozuri strolling down a Tokyo street.
Spread out behind them are images of the members of Dev-a and Dev-b, who previously debuted.
VEE has managed to bring together some incredible talents so far. On the right side, fans will see Dev-c’s key visual and a message from VEE to fans, so if you’re near Shinjuku, be sure to check it out!
Dev-c Billboard Celebrating the Group’s Debut
On Display: September 5 – September 11, 2022
Location: Tokyo Metro Shinjuku Station – Promenade Area
Official Site: https://vee-official.jp/
*To prevent the spread of COVID-19, try to social distance and enjoy responsibly.
*Please do not contact station staff regarding the billboard.
NFT Digital Idol Project ‘Project B-idol’ Announces First Artist Collaboration
05.September.2022 | MUSIC
The digital NFT idol project ‘Project B-idol’ has announced its first collaboration with an artist! As the first release, the song Lumière is now available as an NFT. Produced by INIMI, a team of musical artists attracting worldwide attention, the catchy number was released on September 1, 2022.
A number of unique tracks made by both well-known artists and newcomers to music are available on the NFT Marketplace ‘PlayMining NFT Premier.’ Each member of Azure Melodies sang this new track, and those who purchase the song will be permitted to vote on how the group progresses.
Don’t miss out on this musical NFT, available in limited quantities on PlayMining NFT Premier!
Lumière – Azure Melodies
Release Date: September 1, 2022
*Each member’s solo version of the song will be released as NFTs on release day.
Where to Buy:
PlayMining NFT Premier: https://nft-premier.playmining.com/
*Please refer to the following information to learn how to purchase an NFT on PlayMining NFT Premier.
Listen Before You Buy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCIDipSNjtA
BNB Chain Information:
ONE OK ROCK to Appear in Tower Record’s ‘NO MUSIC, NO LIFE’ Campaign for the First Time in 11 Years
25.August.2022 | MUSIC
For the first time in over a decade, ONE OK ROCK will appear in Tower Records’ popular NO MUSIC, NO LIFE campaign. Special posters will appear at all Tower Records and TOWERmini stores starting September 3, 2022.
The last time ONE OK ROCK appeared on posters for the campaign was in September 2011. The band will release its first original album in three and a half years, Luxury Disease, on September 9. While the previous album saw the group tackling different genres, ONE OK ROCK’s signature rock sound seems to have returned. Luxury Disease was created along with producer Rob Cavallo and other overseas artists.
Those who purchase the album will be entered into a drawing to win a B2-sized version of the NO MUSIC, NO LIFE poster. Entries can be submitted through the 59 participating Tower Records stores and Tower Records Online. Don’t miss your chance to get a hold of this rare poster with a special message from Taka!
ONE OK ROCK – NO MUSIC, NO LIFE.
Official Site: https://tower.jp/nomusicnolife/
Luxury Disease – ONE OK ROCK
Release Date: September 9, 2022
Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie Gets Collaboration Cafe at Three Tower Records Cafe Locations
Tower Records Cafe locations in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka have announced a collaboration with Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie! Starting September 9, fans will be able to grab some tasty treats and special merch.
Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie opened in theaters on December 24, 2021. A prequel to the beloved Jujutsu Kaisen series, the film was extremely well-recieved, remaining in theaters for over five months. Fans fell in love with the narrative and Yuta’s story, as well as the intricate fight scenes crafted by MAPPA and the impressive soundtrack.
To celebrate the film’s release on DVD and Blu-ray in September, Tower Records Cafe locations in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka will hold limited-time collaboration cafes. The menu was inspired by familiar characters and their personalities, and visitors who reserve seats ahead of time will receive a bonus sticker featuring a newly-drawn illustration made exclusively for the event.
Yuta Okkotsu’s Salted Cabbage Peperoncino: ¥1,580 (Tax Included)
Panda’s Small Dishes & Pancakes: ¥1,580 (Tax Included)
Satoru Gojo’s Sweet Meal: ¥1,380 (Tax Included)
Part 1 Design
Part 2 Design
A random postcard will be handed out to those who order from the collaboration menu during the first phase of the cafe. There are a total of five to collect featuring Yuta, Maki, Toge, Panda, and Satoru.
Guests will also be able to purchase exclusive merchandise featuring brand-new illustrations. For every ¥2,000 spent (including tax), guests will receive a character card as a bonus!
Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie x Tower Records Cafe
Omotesando / Umeda NU Chayamachi:
Part 1: September 9 – September 20 / Part 2: September 21 – October 2
Nagoya Sakae SKYLE:
Part 1: September 9 – September 17 / Part 2: September 18 – September 26
Halloween Afternoon Tea Featuring AR Technology Coming to Shinjuku
From September 1 until October 31, the District Brasserie, Bar, and Lounge at the Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo will be offering a spooky Halloween-themed afternoon tea set. The tasty treats won’t be the only scary thing on the plate–the event will incorporate AR technology! By holding up your phone, you’ll be able to see monsters moving around on your plate.
The goodies will also be available for take-out, making them perfect for souvenirs or at-home Halloween parties! Nine types of Halloween sweets, six small dishes, and two tea sachets will be included. Why not spend Halloween in a more elegant way in 2022?
Kimpton Halloween MONSBLANC Afternoon Tea
Running: September 1 – October 31, 2022
Hours: 11:30-17:00 (Last Order at 15:00), 2-hour seatings
*Reservations must be made by 16:00 on the previous day.
Venue: Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo, District Brasserie, Bar, and Lounge
Official Site: https://www.kimptonshinjuku.com/jp/
Virtual Idol Group 15 Voices Releases New Song ‘Ash,’ Story PV
15 Voices is a new virtual idol group aimed at youth around the world. A group of 15 girls living in the fictional industrial city of Kagutsuchi sacrifice the future in order to live in the present, or sacrifice the present in exchange for the future, as they travel on a mysterious bus towards a city of youth.
This spring, a free series of web prequel novels exploring the backstory of each member began. A manga adaptation and audio drama featuring popular voice actresses are also currently in the works.
On August 3, the group released a new song, Ash. This track comes ahead of 15 Voice’s new EP ASTRONOTES, which will release next week. A short version of the anime music video has also been uploaded to YouTube.
Ash – 15 Voice (Short Music Video)
The track features music and lyrics by Vocaloid-P ichica, who expertly weaves in the sentimentality one feels at the end of summer. The band’s post-punk sound is a throwback to 90s pop-punk and the emo revival of the early 2000s. This one is sure to bring the nostalgia!
The new prequel novel, The Case of Emi Akiko and Nami Akiko, has also been fully released. The story was written by Takumi Mochizuki, a Mephisto Prize winner who has written a number of popular works in the past. The story can be read for free on the tree website.
The story follows the twin sisters as they navigate through their difficult upbringing, which included a neglectful mother, an absent father, and a fortune-telling foster grandmother. The two were born and raised in a strange place, and the life they choose to live in the end will shock you. We’re looking forward to seeing how this prequel tale impacts the main story.
Each chapter of the prequel novel is accompanied by a theme song sung by the group, and the story of these two sisters is joined by the track Eureka. This song will also be featured on the ASTRONOTES EP. Don’t miss the promo video narrated by Anna Suzuki (Nami) and Minori Fujidera (Emi).
Emi Akiko & Nami Akiko Prequel Novel Video
Live activities held in the virtual world will begin this fall, so check out the group’s official Twitter page for more information going forward!
Virtual Idol Group 15 Voices
New EP ASTRONOTES
Release Date: August 10, 2022
Streaming Links: https://15shoujo.lnk.to/Ash
Spotify Presave / Apple Music Pre-add: https://avex.ffm.to/p72ejpw.OWE
tree Serialization Site: https://tree-novel.com/works/96b8b411b4810f421a503bb4ac16a8f7.html
Idol Group FRUITS ZIPPER Releases 4th Single ‘RADIO GALAXY,’ Music Video Revealed
29.July.2022 | MUSIC
FRUITS ZIPPER, a new idol group from ASOBISYSTEM, has a simple concept: “From Harajuku to the World.” Ready to transmit what they call ‘NEW KAWAII’ from Harajuku, an area known for fashion and individuality, to their soon-to-be global fanbase, the group consists of seven members: Amane Tsukiashi, Suzuka Chinzei, Yui Sakurai, Luna Nakagawa, Mana Manaka, Karen Matsumoto, and Noel Hayase.
This spring, the group released the song Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, which exploded in popularity on TikTok racking up over 200 million plays. The song also ranked on the TikTok HOT SONGS list and ranked at #1 on Spotify’s viral chart. Fans requested a music video, and after its release, it pulled in over 1.1 million views in one month.
The group’s long-awaited new single RADIO GALAXY was released on July 29, 2022.
This is FRUITS ZIPPER’s 4th single, created in collaboration with trackmaker, singer, and producer YUC’e, who has provided songs for numerous artists and idols in the past.
YUC’e is known for her dance music inlaid with ‘KAWAII’ elements, and the artist has become incredibly popular both in Japan and abroad. It’s no surprise that she chose to work with the adorable members of FRUITS ZIPPER, who are aiming to bring Harajuku culture to fans around the world.
A music video for RADIO GALAXY was posted to YouTube ahead of the song’s streaming release.
FRUITS ZIPPER’s artist photos were created by YUKARI, a video director, art director, and 3DCG artist from the digital creative company OFBYFOR TOKYO.
RADIO GALAXY – FRUITS ZIPPER (Music Video)
A special campaign to celebrate the release of the new song is ongoing on a number of music streaming sites. In addition, FRUITS ZIPPER will hold their first solo concert at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM on September 12.
For a long time, RADIO GALAXY was only known to fans in the in-crowd who saw it performed at FRUITS ZIPPER live shows. Now, everyone can dance along!
RADIO GALAXY (4th Digital Single)
Streaming Links: https://ssm.lnk.to/RADIOGALAXY
Kimino Akaruimiraiwo Oikakete (1st Single)
Streaming Links: https://ssm.lnk.to/KAO_FZ
Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro (2nd Single)
Streaming Links: https://ssm.lnk.to/WnIK
Kanpeki Shugide☆ (3rd Digital Single)
Streaming Links: https://ssm.lnk.to/KS_FZ
FRUITS ZIPPER is a new idol group created through KAWAII LAB, ASOBISYSTEM’s project to introduce idol culture to the world. The group’s concept is ‘from Harajuku to the world.’ FRUITS ZIPPER will transmit what they call ‘NEW KAWAII’ from Harajuku, an area known for fashion and individuality, to their soon-to-be global fanbase.
FRUITS ZIPPER Solo Live ‘Natsuyasumi ZIPPER~!’
Venue: Yokohama 1000 CLUB
Time: Doors open at 18:00, Show starts at 19:00
FRUITS ZIPPER 1st Solo Concert (Title to be announced)
Date: September 12, 2022
Venue: Ebisu LIQUIDROOM
Time: To be announced
Tickets: Sales dates to be announced
World’s First Apex Legends Collaboration Cafe to Open in Tokyo and Osaka
The world’s first Apex Legends cafe will be opening for a limited time in Tokyo and Osaka this summer! The Nessie Cafe will be held at Tower Records Shibuya starting July 22 and at Tower Records Umeda NU Chayamachi starting August 20.
Over 100 million people around the world have played the battle royale title Apex Legends. Every aspect of the game, from the character designs to the maps and weapons, has been meticulously designed to create a truly engaging and fun experience. Basically, it makes sense that so many people seem addicted to it.
Menu at a Glance
Nessie & Wattson’s W Curry
Supplies Box Sandwich
Nessie & Wattson’s Crackling Orange Parfait
A Nessie Surfaces! Cake
Bloodhound / Gibraltar
Lifeline / Pathfinder
Wraith / Bangalore
Caustic / Mirage
Octane / Wattson
Crypto / Revenant
Loba / Rampart
Horizon / Fuse
Valkyrie / Seer
Ash / Mad Maggie
Newcastle / Nessie Latte
Drink in Original Bottle
The collaboration cafe will feature a selection of themed menu items based on Nessie, a loveable part of the title. Drinks inspired by every Legend in the game will also be available. Reservations are available by lottery only, but certain menu items will be available for takeout. Drinks will be available in a limited edition bottle.
Those who make reservations for the cafe will also have the opportunity to purchase exclusive merchandise on-site.
Veteran players won’t want to miss out on the world’s first Apex Legends cafe!
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Apex Legends – Nessie cafe
Tokyo Venue: July 22 – August 14 / Tower Records Shibuya *The cafe will be on the 2nd floor. Merchandise will be sold on the 8th floor.
Osaka Venue: August 20 – September 6 / Tower Records Umeda NU Chayamachi