BiSH Releases Kingdom Anime Opening Theme ‘STACKiNG’ Music Video
Japanese idol group BiSH, often called the ‘punk band without instruments,’ released the full music video for their new song STACKiNG on Monday. The track will feature as the second opening theme for the anime series Kingdom from July 18.
BiSH / STACKiNG [OFFiCiAL ViDEO]
The song is also available to listen to on major music streaming and download services. It will feature on their upcoming 4th album GOiNG TO DESTRUCTiON set to release on August 4.
Official Website: https://kingdom-anime.com
FEMM Releases Tokyo-Based Cyberpunk Music Video for ‘Crawl Away’
10.August.2022 | MUSIC
The mannequin rap duo FEMM has just returned from an expansive European tour through England, Germany, and France.
The main track from their latest album Tokyo Ex Machina, We Got Each Other, managed to chart for 12 consecutive weeks on the major U.S. radio chart MEDIABASE/Activator Chart, and in September, the two will return to Europe to perform in Spain.
The music video for their song Crawl Away, from their upcoming mini-album THE SIX, has been unveiled. The album will be released on August 17, 202.
Crawl Away (Music Video):
FEMM has always had cyberpunk as a theme for its visuals, and this time, the duo decided to collaborate with UK-based concept artist Max Prentis to kick up the retro-futuristic feel. The video is both set in a faraway time and nostalgic, bringing together 80s melodies and flashy visuals of a distant Tokyo.
As the duo continues their activities in Europe and the United States, their new song THE SIX is being used as the opening song for the MBS/TBS drama Ikinokotta 6-nin ni Yoru to, which has just begun airing.
Release Date: August 17, 2022
Official Site: https://femms.jp/
GARNiDELiA Releases Music Video for Cover Version of REBECCA’s ‘Friends’
09.August.2022 | MUSIC
GARNiDELiA has chosen REBECCA’s legendary track Friends as the ninth song in their ongoing cover series, also releasing a music video.
GARNiDELiA is composed of Maria, the lead vocalist, and toku, the group’s composer. The duo’s J-pop cover song project was started after the pandemic under the title ‘GARNiDELiA Cover Collection,’ and many popular songs have been featured so far, including Gurenge by LiSA, Hakujitsu by King Gnu, Pretender by Official Hige Dandism, Haru Yo Koi by Yumi Matsutoya, and Kaikai Kitan by Eve. Unsurprisingly, the project has pulled in over 5 million views.
Friends – REBECCA (Covered by GARNiDELiA)
MARiA does the styling for her musical activities and serves as a producer. For Friends, the artist focused on highlighting the feel of the 80s, the era when the track was initially released.
Check out the GARNiDELiA Cover Collection for some new and classic titles covered by this talented duo!
GARNiDELiA Official Site: https://www.garnidelia.com/
BiSH Releases Highly-Anticipated Music Video for ‘Sayonara Saraba’
09.August.2022 | MUSIC
On August 6, BiSH, known as a ‘punk rock band without instruments,’ released the music video for their song Sayonara Saraba! The 8th single released across 12 consecutive months will drop on August 31.
Sayonara Saraba – BiSH (Official Music Video)
Sayonara Saraba was created in collaboration with Taka from ONE OK ROCK and MEG from MEGMETAL and features lyrics written by KENTA from WANIMA. This is the first time BiSH has collaborated with an outside producer for a series of releases, and this electrifying rock number shows a different side of the group.
The coupling song, A long way to go, was composed by Taka and MEG from MEGMETAL and written by JxSxK.
The music video was directed by Kento Yamada, who has produced a number of other videos for the group.
The teaser trailer, released previously, shows a stylish video with an eye-catching red and black color scheme.
Sayonara Saraba – BiSH (Teaser)
More information regarding the 9th and 10th consecutive single has been released! The 9th song will be released on September 21, while the 10th will be released on October 26. Be sure to give them both a listen!
Release Date: August 31, 2022
・First Run Limited Edition (Single CD＋Blu-ray＋Live CD＋Photobook)
Price: ¥11,000 (Tax Included)
・DVD Version (Single CD＋DVD)
Price: ¥4,950 (Tax Included)
・CD Version (CD only)
Price: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
BiSH iS OVER! Special Site: https://www.bish.tokyo/BiSH_iS_OVER/
Taka from ONE OK ROCK and KENTA from WANIMA Create New Track for BiSH
03.August.2022 | MUSIC
BiSH, known as a ‘punk rock band without instruments,’ has released a teaser video of the making of their newest song! Sayonara Saraba was performed in collaboration with Taka from ONE OK ROCK with lyrics written by KENTA from WANIMA. The video was uploaded on July 31 on BiSH’s official Twitter and YouTube pages.
This is the first time that BiSH has collaborated with an outside producer for a series of releases, and this electrifying rock number shows a different side of the group. The coupling song A long way to go was composed by Taka and MEG from MEGMETAL and written by JxSxK.
The 8th single released across 12 consecutive months will drop on August 31. It can be preloaded now.
The full-length making-of video is now available on the BiSH official YouTube channel, so give it a watch!
Sayonara Saraba Documentary
New artwork for Sayonara Saraba has also been unveiled. The visuals have a dark and cool feel, matching the track’s rock image.
BiSH has announced that it will disband in 2023. As new information is released prior to the group’s dissolution, we’ll be sure to cover it.
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
i☆Ris Releases Music Video for ‘Kakegurui Twin’ Anime Series Ending Theme ‘Queens Bluff’
22.July.2022 | MUSIC
Hybrid voice actress-idol group i☆Ris is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022. The group released its new track, Queens Bluff, on July 20, and the music video for the song is now available on YouTube!
Queens Bluff is being used as the ending song for the anime series Kakegurui Twin, which will air on Netflix globally starting August 4, 2022.
Queens Bluff Music Video (Full Version)
The music video teaser trailer was released on June 5, and the song was first performed during the final performance of i☆Ris’s national tour on July 7. The member’s speedy dance moves and style quickly caught on on social media, and the song has been called the most ‘seductive’ track in the group’s discography.
Since debuting in 2012, i☆Ris has been active in the voice acting scene, with the members starring in the PriPara series. They have also starred in stage performances and films, while also carrying out solo activities.
On November 7, i☆Ris will hold their 10th anniversary concert at Tokyo International Forum Hall A. In addition, they will also release their first best-of album to celebrate this huge milestone. To express their gratitude to their fanbase, the best album will also include a new track written by the members. This song will be performed for the first time at the 10th anniversary concert.
Be sure to keep an eye out for more from i☆Ris on the group’s 10th anniversary!
Release Date: August 3, 2022
Streaming Links: https://avex.lnk.to/iRis_22nd_QB_preDIGI
i☆Ris – First Best-of Album
Release Date: November 7, 2022
i☆Ris Official Site: https://iris.dive2ent.com/
Kingdom Anime Opening Theme Unit zonji to Release First CD
The up-and-coming music unit zonji was selected to perform the opening theme for the popular anime series Kingdom, which began airing its second cour on July 9, 2022.
The opening theme song geki will be physically released on September 7, 2022.
zonji is a home-based music unit consisting of Shoya Abe (Vo./Producer) and Takuma Nozawa (Gt./Designer). The group began its activities in 2020 with the slogan ‘music for all moods.’ With a mix of catchy melodies and a contemporary R&B sound, the pair have been releasing a ton of incredible tracks all made in their home homes.
The new song geki, written by zonji for the Kingdom anime series, is based on the theme of ‘proclamation,’ a statement of one’s most powerful beliefs.
The pair’s first CD will include geki and two other tracks.
The song geki will be streaming on July 20, so be sure to give it a listen.
Japanese Girl Group XG Releases ‘MASCARA’ Choreography Video
08.July.2022 | MUSIC
Japanese hip-hop R&B girls group XG released their second single MASCARA on June 29, 2022. Since then, the group has appeared on a series of popular Korean music shows such as Mnet’s MCOUNTDOWN, KBS 2TV’s MUSIC BANK, and MBC’s Show! Music Core. On July 4, XG revealed a special choreography video for the track on YouTube.
MASCARA – XG (Choreography Video)
Fans of the group have been posting dancing videos on TikTok and YouTube since the song was released, and many posts describe the choreography during the chorus as the ‘shuriken dance.’ The choreography video shows off the member’s slick moves and fashion, and we doubt you’ll be able to watch it just once.
The original MASCARA music video surpassed 4 million views within four days of its release. Additional videos on the girl’s YouTube channel continue to rank in the YouTube Fastest Rising Ranking for music simultaneously. The group is seeing a massive influx of followers on social media and their momentum seems unstoppable!
XG also appeared on the Korean music program THE SHOW on SBS on July 5. Expectations are high going forward, so keep an eye on XG!
FEMM Releases Music Video for ‘Falling For A Lullaby,’ Announces European Tour Dates
07.July.2022 | MUSIC
Japanese electronic dance duo FEMM continues to impress. While still relatively unknown in Japan, the main track from their latest album Tokyo Ex Machina, We Got Each Other, managed to chart for 12 consecutive weeks on the major U.S. radio chart MEDIABASE/Activator Chart, rising as high as #48 as of June 22, 2022.
The song Fxxk Boyz Get Money, ranked in the Top 10 on Billboard’s World Albums chart and was also selected as the Best Indies Album at HMV in the U.K. The girls have continued to become popular in the U.S. in Europe.
The pandemic forced the duo to cancel all festival appearances in the U.S. and Europe. Their recent album Tokyo Ex Machina took over five years to complete.
The music video for Falling For A Lullaby is finally here featuring Jenna Andrews, who previously worked with BTS on the video for Butter. Inspired by the current cyberpunk craze, this song is worth a few dozen listens at a minimum.
Falling For A Lullaby（Music Video）
In terms of visuals, FEMM has received high acclaim from Western media outlets such as Vice, Noisey, and DAZED. The new video was made along with BRDG, a close friend with many fans around the world, and YAMACHANG, one of the best laser artists in Japan. The work stands out for its incredible use of light and color.
Starting in July, the duo will embark on a European tour. The dates are listed below, so if you live in the UK, France, or Germany, don’t miss this stellar show!
Tokyo Ex Machina
Streaming Links: https://avex.lnk.to/TokyoExMachina
FEMM- Isation UK/EU Tour 2022
July 14 – Dusseldorf, Germany – Kultur Banausen
July 16 – Paris, France – Badaboum
July 19 – Manchester, UK – Night & Day Cafe
July 20 – Huddersfield, UK – The Parish
July 21 – London, UK – Boston Music Room
July 22 – London, UK – Hyper Japan
Official Website: femms.jp/
QUEENDOM Releases Music Video for Ya Boy Kongming! Opening Theme
QUEENDOM has unveiled the music video for Chikichiki Banban, the catchy opening theme for the anime series Ya Boy Kongming!
QUEENDOM is a special music unit composed of hibiki and moca from lol, Akina and Taki from FAKY, and Maria Kaneya from GENIC. Chikichiki Banban has been a smash hit, and the anime series Ya Boy Kongming becoming a hot topic over the past few months.
The anime’s opening movie featuring the song has already surpassed 10 million views on YouTube, and many fans have posted videos of themselves singing and dancing along.
Chikichiki Banban – QUEENDOM MV (Opening Theme for Ya Boy Kongming!)
Many comments on YouTube and social networking sites began popping up begging QUEENDOM for a full music video, and the long-awaited release is incredibly impactful, with a loud party-like worldview that will make you want to dance.
The Special Anime MV was released prior to the QUEENDOM music video and uses footage from the series, so fans should give it a watch!
Chikichiki Banban – QUEENDOM (Special Anime MV)
Have you been watching one of the grooviest anime series of the season?
Singer-songwriter Misaki, from the music creative agency ‘muchoo,’ will perform the ending theme for the popular anime series Kingdom! The fourth series premiered on NHK General on April 9. A new arc will begin in July.
Misaki is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Nagasaki Prefecture. The artist has amassed a following on TikTok with over 450,000 followers despite having never shown her face. Her gentle and fragile voice has gained her fans not only in Japan but around the world.
The new ending theme, Believe, was written with the up-and-coming rock band Hiyorinoame. With a different sound than most of her previous tracks, the song was made with Kingdom’s main character Shin in mind.
Comment from Misaki
I’m not someone who’s typically involved in anime or manga, but I had heard of Kingdom. When I heard that I would be performing the ending theme, I was so excited I couldn’t even react!
This is really a dream come true–it’s something that feels way too good to be true. Thank you so much!
I didn’t worry too much about the lyrics when I wrote the song–instead, I just imagined Shin and how he always moves forward, no matter what.
Being a girl, I had never written lyrics so masculine before, with words like ore and ora*! (These are both ways to refer to oneself in Japanese, but are only used by men.)
I think I was able to express Shin’s personality in this track, and I’ll be happy if you can picture him in your mind when you’re listening to this song!
I hope this song resonates with as many people as possible.
Kingdom Series 4
Airing Saturdays at 24:00
*The broadcast time is subject to change.
Official Site: https://kingdom-anime.com
The up-and-coming music unit zonji will perform the new opening theme for the popular anime series Kingdom! The song will be heard when the second cour premieres on July 9, 2022.
zonji is a home-based music unit consisting of Shoya Abe (Vo./Producer) and Takuma Nozawa (Gt./Designer).
The group began its activities in 2020 with the slogan ‘music for all moods.’ With a mix of catchy melodies and a contemporary R&B sound, the pair have been releasing a ton of incredible tracks all made in their home homes.
The new song geki, written by zonji for the Kingdom anime series, is based on the theme of ‘proclamation,’ a statement of one’s most powerful beliefs. Fans of the anime series will understand how this theme plays into the show, and the catchy track will be available as a digital single on July 20.
Comment from Shoya Abe (Vo./Producer)
In Kingdom, Shin speaks loudly and earnestly of a dream that is unlikely to come true. His message of loneliness, persistence, and hope really inspired me, as I also struggled for years without knowing if my work would pay off.
When I started writing geki, I thought about all the important people I’ve met in my life. Just as Ou Ki and Hyou live on in Shin’s heart, I live each day with these people in my soul.
You are not alone. To all of the dreamers out there who feel like they’re fighting alone, I want you to listen to geki.
Comment from Takuma Nozawa (Gt./Designer)
This is like a dream.
I’ve been following Kingdom since a friend recommended it to me in college. I’ve felt so many emotions through this work–elation that bubbled up from the depths of my soul, despair that made me want to give up, excitement to the point of shaking. It has also inspired me to keep going when I’m feeling hopeless.
I’m not as strong as Shin, but I still managed to continue with my music and now I’ve been given this incredible opportunity. I’m honored to be a part of a work that has had such an impact on me. I can’t wait until the next season of the anime.
geki – zonji (Digital Single)
Release Date: July 20, 2022
Kingdom Series 4
Airing Saturdays at 24:00
Official Site: https://kingdom-anime.com