ASCA x Teniwoha x YOTTASUN Release ‘Villain’ Music Video
09.June.2021 | MUSIC
Japanese singer ASCA released her double A-side single Carpe Diem/Villain on June 2. The rock track Carpe Diem features as the ending theme for the ongoing anime adaptation of Square Enix’s video game The World Ends With You. The other song, Villain, is a full band cover of Teniwoha’s song of the same name. A lyric music video was posted on ASCA’s YouTube channel and features an illustration created by popular Japanese illustrator YOTTASUN.
ASCA – “Villain” Lyric Video
ASCA – “Carpe Diem” Music Video
ASCA performed live online on June 4 for fans who purchased the single at Tower Records. She will also hold another special online performance on June 27.
MAISONdes’ First Collaborative Track ‘Rally, Rally feat. Pii, meiyo’ Released
30.November.2021 | MUSIC
MAISONdes, the creator of the ‘most-used song on social media’ in 2021, has released a new collaborative track. The music video for Rally Rally is also available to watch on YouTube!
The new track has become a smash-hit in Japan, with the project’s popularity across social media continuing to grow. MAISONdes is a unique music project. Extremely popular on TikTok, it’s described only as ‘a fictional apartment building somewhere,’ where a different singer and creator features on each and every track. Each song is even labeled with a room number. This allows up-and-coming artists to collaborate in ways they never anticipated. Artist meiyo features on the new track, a creator who just recently made his major debut. The artist Pii remains a curious addition to the recent Japanese music scene, having never revealed her face and communicating her music through a self-animated character.
This new track will be used as the ending theme for the November edition of the morning show ‘Mezamashi 8.’
Popular artists like yama, Nakimushi, Kujira, Moka Sato, Riu Domura, Wanuka, and haruno have participated in the project. Released in May, ‘Yowanehaki feet. Wanuka, asmi’ won the TikTok Song Ranking four times in a row and has over 100 million views on the app. In August, vocalist asmi appeared on THE FIRST TAKE. The song also attracted a great deal of attention on Line Music, Spotify, and Apple Music.
MAISONdes Room #111 – ‘Rally, Rally’ feat. Pii, meiyo
Download/Streaming Links: https://smr.lnk.to/cq5Z4R
Official YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgRgH7nHGEV7q0QrtIuWoUA
GARNiDELiA Releases Music Video for ‘my code’ From New Album
22.November.2021 | Uncategorized
On November 17, musical duo GARNiDELiA released the music video for the song my code, the main track from their newly-released fifth album ‘Duality Code.’ This marks the duo’s first release since moving to the Pony Canyon label. Members MARiA and toku explained that much of the album was inspired by quarantine, and how the two, so used to traveling and performing in different areas, felt trapped and uncertain about the future.
my code Music Video
The two have also been working on solo projects, and have brought many of their new skills and talents to the table in this new album. This album aims to take them back to their roots, while also showing what the future could hold.
Along with the release of the album and music video, an exciting announcement has been unveiled: GARNiDELiA will be going on a nationwide tour starting on December 5. The GARNiDELiA stellacage tour 2021-2022 “Duality Code” tour will hit five cities, and both MARiA and toku have released comments ahead of the tour’s start date.
Comments from GARNiDELiA
This is MARiA from GARNiDELiA.
I’ve reunited with toku after working solo for a while.
This is the first GARNiDELiA album release in just over one year.
I wanted to really express my feelings in this work, and I wanted to do so confidently.
I’m proud of what we’ve made.
These songs were written with a brighter future in mind, imagining what it would be like to tour for the first time in two years. I can’t wait to meet you, and share my feelings through the tracks on ‘Duality Code.’
After a year, we’re so proud to announce our fifth album!
In the past year, we’ve both worked on our respective solo careers, and we’ve learned so much that we can apply here and now to this new tour and to our music.
Please listen to ‘Duality Code!’
Release Date: November 17, 2021
Streaming Links: https://lnk.to/GARNiDELiA_streaming
Limited First Edition (CD+Blu-ray): ¥4,950 (Tax Included)
Regular Edition (CD Only): ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Canime Limited Edition (CD+Concert Blu-ray): ¥9,900 (Tax Included)
GARNiDELiA Official Site: https://www.garnidelia.com/
Yuu Miyashita Releases Music Video for Platinum End Ending Theme
The Platinum End anime series premiered earlier this month, quickly becoming a hit around the world. Singer and illustrator Yuu Miyashita, a popular internet personality, has released the music video for the show’s ending theme Koufuku-Ron (Theory of Surrender). The video shows the main character as he moves between life and death, struggling to find purpose but eventually finding a reason to live.
Theory of Surrender Music Video
The track is already available on streaming services, with a physical release coming on November 17, 2021. The single will include another original song, bystander, as well as the track Phantom Raid, written by popular internet creator Ren. Limited Edition copies will include a music video DVD. Fun fact: the jacket art was drawn by Yuu Miyashita himself!
Theory of Surrender
Release Date: November 17, 2021
Limited Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,870 (Tax Included)
Regular Edition (CD Only): ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
*First Edition Releases will feature an anime wrapper.
Theory of Surrender Special Site: https://yuu-miyashita.com/special/
Taichi Mukai Releases Music Video for Dragon Quest Anime Opening Theme
Taichi Mukai’s newest track Bravest is currently available on streaming platforms worldwide, and serves as the opening theme to the ongoing Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai anime series. Now, the official music video has been uploaded to YouTube!
Fans of the series will take note of the meaningful lyrics, dotted with powerful words about friendship and long journeys. The song hopes to inspire listeners and to give people the strength to keep fighting during difficult times.
Bravest (Official Music Video)
The video was directed by Tai Nakazawa, who has also worked on music videos for Shota Shimizu, aiko, [Alexandros], and others. He previously directed Mukai’s music videos for Get Loud and Celebrate! Keep an eye out while watching to catch a glimpse of the singer wearing pieces from costume designer TOMO KOIZUMI.
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Creator Ujita Mai and Vocaloid Producer 40mP Release First Song and Music Video
20.October.2021 | MUSIC
40mP is one of the most beloved Vocaloid producers, having released a number of smash hits over the years including Kakakuri Pierrot and Love Trial. On September 25, 2021, the artist released his first collaborative track with multifaceted creator Ujita Mai on streaming platforms. Her track Hitoriuta ~September How YOU doin’?~ has been a massive hit with young people on TikTok.
The message of the duo’s track Tsuno (Horn) is the importance of meeting someone who can accept your individuality.
The music video for the track will be uploaded to 40mP’s YouTube channel on October 16 at 21:00. The artwork and video were illustrated by Mikkun, who has also worked on videos for Honey Works and Amatsuki in the past.
40mP YouTube Channel
Horn – Ujita Mai x 40mP
Release Date: September 25, 2021
MV Release Date: October 16, 2021 at 21:00
Streaming Sites: https://lnk.to/Tsuno_Horn
40mP YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/40meterP
BABYMETAL Says Goodbye With Official 10th Anniversary Video on YouTube
18.October.2021 | MUSIC
Metal J-pop group BABYMETAL has brought their 10th-anniversary celebration to a close with a new YouTube video. The group previously announced that their history would be ‘sealed’ on October 10, 2021.
BABYMETAL – THE ONE – STAIRWAY TO LIVING LEGEND
The video shows SU-METAL and MOAMETAL climbing a staircase into the clouds, leaving the Earth in order to become ‘living legends’ of the Metal Galaxy they have cultivated for the past decade. Fans will also recognize the track THE ONE, which has become the group’s anthem.
BABYMETAL has been celebrating its anniversary for the past year with special concert performances, limited-time merchandise, and exhibitions. The 10 BABYMETAL BUDOKAN concert, held this year from January to April, was the group’s first collection of solo shows at Nippon Budokan.
Despite all of the fanfare, this might not be the end of BABYMETAL. Sadly, it has been said that ‘only the Fox God knows’ when the seal will be broken, but the girls are asking fans to ‘stay metal’ until the next chapter of their journey is announced.
10 BABYMETAL YEARS
Baki Hanma Ending Theme Music Video Released, Performed by GENERATIONS
Baki the Grappler is one of the most recognized manga series in recent history, serialized in Weekly Shonen Champion from 1991 until 1999. A new 12-episode Netflix anime series Hanma Baki is set to release on September 30, and the ending theme Unchained World, performed by GENERATIONS from Exile Tribe, is now available to stream!
The music video for the track has also been uploaded to the group’s official YouTube channel and features an intense and fast-paced performance sure to have you on your feet! The song’s title and major theme revolve around being unbound, and that comes through in this manly and powerful vocal performance and freestyle choreography.
Unchained World Music Video
The album jacket is incredible, featuring characters from the series and members of GENERATIONS illustrated in Baki Hanma style!
Will you be catching this new Baki the Grappler series on Netflix?
Girl Group Atarashii Gakko! Releases Music Video for Pineapple Kryptonite
28.September.2021 | MUSIC
The four members of Atarashii Gakko constantly generate buzz on the web for their wacky dance moves, crazy personalities, and hilarious TikTok uploads. The group has over 3 million followers on the app, and with their new track Pineapple Kryptonite streaming now, more fans are sure to flock to the ASOBISYSTEM gang. Also affiliated with 88rising, a U.S.-based label helping to promote Asian music globally, the official 88rising YouTube channel has now uploaded the music video for this catchy track.
Pineapple Kryptonite was produced by Money Mark, known as the best sound producer and melody maker in the alternative music world, having worked with the Beastie Boys for nearly 20 years. The song was created in Los Angeles, and with its addictive pop sound, it’s perfect for a new TikTok dance challenge.
The blockbuster music video depicts the girls fighting against invading aliens in the vast deserts of California. As to be expected, their choreography is on point, and the members attempted their own stunts for the first time.
Pineapple Kryptonite Music Video
The group will continue to promote their activities to an international audience, so be sure to keep an eye out for where they’ll appear next!
INTERSECTION’s Kaz Hits #1 on China Charts, MV Featuring Hikari Mitsushima Released
23.September.2021 | MUSIC
Chuang 2021, the Chinese version of the vocal audition show Produce 101, put vocalist Kaz (Kazuma Mitchell) on the map. A member of the boy band INTERSECTION, he’s been garnering massive attention for his sweet voice, good looks, and Harvard-grade intelligence.
The singer’s first EP, CODE LOVE, was released on September 13, 2021, and the music video for the track Drown feat. Hikari Mitsushima has also been uploaded to YouTube!
Kazuma himself produced the track, and as the title would suggest, the song will have listeners drowning in emotion. Hikari Mitsushima makes an appearance, and the video itself was directed by Takeshi Maruyama, who also directed MONDO GROSSO’s Labyrinth. The video itself expertly captures the moment when two people fall in love.
Kaz – Drown feat. Hikari Mitsushima MV
On the day of the video’s release, it received over 500,000 views on the Chinese version of Twitter, Weibo. CODE LOVE also ranked at #1 on the daily album ranking of NetEase, China’s major music streaming service, on release day. Upon the release of White Stallion, another song on the EP, Kaz set a NetEase record for most downloads for a Japanese artist.
Fictional Band INNOSENT in FORMAL Releases New Single and Music Video
08.September.2021 | MUSIC
After performing the ending theme songs for popular anime series Ikebukuro West Gate Park, fictional cartoon band INNOSENT in FORMAL exploded in popularity. Now, the group has released a music video for their digital single ‘my peaches feat. PES.’
A smooth drum beat combined with catchy rap verses make it a perfect summer jam. The music video features vocalist Paul Smith and PES in a bit of a rap battle while driving through a blossoming, trippy landscape filled with ever-shifting graphics.
How do you like the new track?
Multimedia Project aoppella Releases Music Video for ‘Come on up, Baby’
aoppella, a new vocal multimedia project from KLab, tells the story of eleven high school students discovering the art of a cappella. These students are voiced by famous voice actors, and on August 30, a new music video for the original song Come on up, Baby, was released on the project’s official YouTube channel.
A special anniversary event is also scheduled to begin on September 4, marking six months since the project’s launch. An illustrated countdown is currently displayed on the official Twitter page.
Come on up, Baby
The track was written by Kanata Nakamura, composed by Ryo Takahashi, and arranged by zakbee. It’s sung by FYA’M, the a cappella club from Kanadezaka Private School.
Prior to the release of the song, composer Ryo Takahashi commented “I aimed to create a song that could express to the audience how voices alone can convey such complexity, warmth and closeness. There’s something sexy about this, but also smooth–perfect for FYA’M.”
With an R&B style and simple rhythm, the song tells the story of an adult romance. Listen for Daiki Hamano’s bass playing as Yui Nekoyashiki and Shugo Nakamura’s voice percussion as Fukami Shinkai.
aoppella 6-month Anniversary Countdown Underway
The aoppella music project was announced by KLab, a popular phone game company, on March 4, 2021. The group’s cover of J-pop medley Hakuga/Pretender (the tracks originally by King Gnu and Official Hige Dandism) was played over one million times in the first week of release. Since then, the group has continued to release original music, including their first album, and has started a web radio show.
Don’t miss the special illustrations counting down to the half-year anniversary on September 4!
Atre Akihabara Pop-up Store
Starting September 1, aoppella will be taking over Atre Akihabara, with the students appearing on the walls, life-size cutouts, and special in-store broadcasts. The special pop-up store will also sell goods featuring the students in their casual wear, available for the first time.
Summer Casual Wear Acrylic Stand: ¥1,045 (Tax Included)
SNS Style Acrylic Keyring (11 designs): ¥715 (Tax Included)
Summer Casual Wear Mini Signboard (13 designs): ¥495 (Tax Included)
Summer Casual Wear B3-size Poster (13 designs): ¥605 (Tax Included)
Summer Casual Wear Pin (11 designs): ¥440 (Tax Included)
Summer Casual Wear Folder (11 designs): ¥385 (Tax Included)
Summer Casual Wear Acrylic Art Panel: ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
Come on up, Baby – aoppella!?
aoppella Pop-up Store
Running: September 1 – September 15, 2021
Location: Atre Akihabara 1 (1-17-6, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/aoppella
Official Site: https://www.klab.com/jp/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Releases Music Video for 10th Anniversary Track GENTENKAIHI
27.August.2021 | MUSIC
Last week, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu released her new single, GENTENKAIHI, on streaming services. The track marks 10 years since the singer’s major debut, and now, a fittingly trippy music video has been released to keep the excitement going!
(c)Issei Nomura I.N.Art Pro.NIPPON COLUMBIA CO., LTD.
Starting on August 17, Kyary’s official YouTube channel began streaming 24 hours a day for an entire week, showing the singer running nonstop. The stream served as a countdown for the release of the GENTENKAIHI music video, and matched with the concept of the video: to “keep running.”
For the past decade, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s work has continued to evolve, but the performer has also kept to her Harajuku roots. Using the video to express her desire to shake off this consistent image, Kyary is seen running away from an oversized ribbon, similar to one she usually wears on her head. Created for the music video, the ribbon is truly massive, measuring 2 meters long and 2.5 meters wide.
Kyary had her own thoughts on the music video. “The ribbon represents my origins in the industry, and I’m running from it while also wearing a similar ribbon on my head. It was an incredibly hot day when we filmed, so the scene where I ran through the forest was really tough. We got some great shots though, so please, check it out!”
The video itself was directed by N2B+peladone, a creative team known for their work with Creepy Nuts and Nogizaka46.
If you haven’t seen it, go check out Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s new video, and help celebrate her 10th anniversary!