Winning Group of SKY-HI Audition BE:FIRST Releases Pre-Debut Track
19.August.2021 | MUSIC
BE:FIRST, the 7-member boy’s group created from winners of SKY-HI’s 6-month “THE FIRST” audition, has released their pre-debut song titled Shining One. Initially, the song was performed at the final screening of the audition process.
The group is made up of members SOTA, SHUNTO, MANATO, RYUHEI, JUNON, RYOKI and LEO. Hip-hop group m-flo’s ☆Taku Takahashi, who initially produced the track, added some finishing touches to this official release.
The BE:FIRST version of Shining One hit #1 on iTunes, LINE Music, Rakuten Music, AWA’s trending list, mora, and mu-mo. The group credits the success of the track to a blend of incredible quality, creativity, and artistry.
The BE:FIRST version of the track and an accompanying music video were released on August 16. Performed against a white backdrop, the members perform impeccably, and the video has been a hot topic on social media since its release. Following their final audition, the members were tasked with learning a new dance in only 30 minutes, after which they were immediately filmed performing on stage. If you pay attention, you can see bits and pieces of this incredible choreography!
BE:FIRST Shining One Music Video
What do you think of this new group?
RADWIMPS Release Music Video for ‘SHIWAKUCHA feat. Awich’ From New Album
01.December.2021 | MUSIC
Rock band RADWIMPS released their new album FOREVER DAZE on November 23, the 16th anniversary of their major debut. The group has released the official music video for SHIWAKUCHA, a track featuring guest performer Awich. Directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Spikey John, the video harnesses the song’s message through stillness, passion, and drama. Pay special attention to the lighting!
SHIWAKUCHA feat. Awich – RADWIMPS (Official Music Video)
Two guitarists make surprise appearances in the video: TAIKING (Suchmos) and Mizuki Masuda (miida) will also join RADWIMPS on their FOREVER IN THE DAZE TOUR 2021-2022 starting December 4.
For more information on the new album and tour, check out the band’s official website!
・Regular Edition (CD only): ¥3,000 (Tax not included)
・15th Anniversary Box (Limited First Edition)
CD+Blu-ray+68 page photobook: ¥10,000 (Tax not included)
CD+2DVD+68 page photobook: ¥10,000 (Tax not included)
・Made-to-order 15th Anniversary Box with Goods
CD+Blu-ray+68 page photobook+Goods: ¥15,000 (Tax not included)
CD+2DVD+68 page photobook+Goods: ¥15,000 (Tax not included)
Streaming Link: https://lnk.to/RadFD
FOREVER DAZE Special Site: https://radwimps.jp/foreverdaze/
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
BE:FIRST’s original podcast and self profile are now available on au Smart Pass Premium
29.November.2021 | MUSIC
au Smart Pass Premium,” which provides entertainment services such as videos, music, books, and live performances at any time on any mobile carrier including au, docomo, SoftBank, is now offering an original podcast and self-profile of BE:FIRST, who made their major label debut on November 3 with the single “Gifted.
JUNON, SHUNTO, and RYUHEI appeared in Part 1 of the original podcast and LEO, RYUHEI, SOTA, and MANATO appeared in Part 2, which was released on November 24.
Following Part 1, they have talked about their debut single Gifted, sharing many hidden stories about the recording and other valuable episodes that are only available here. To celebrate the release of the special content, an instax campaign to win a picture featuring all the members has also started, so please check it out!
BE:FIRST Photographed for Christmas Posters in New Episode of MUSIC ON! TV
23.November.2021 | MUSIC
Since September, the television variety series MUSIC ON! TV has been following the activities of the popular boy band BE:FIRST. This will continue for four consecutive months, and the long-awaited third installment will air on November 25, 2021, with reruns coming in December for those who miss it!
The BE:FIRST x World Standard segment depicts BE:FIRST’s growth as artists through talks appearances with worldly and wise guests. In the new episode, the group’s members will attempt to pose for a Christmas poster while guided by a world-class photographer, Atsuko Tanaka. Over her career, she has photographed hip-hop artists and celebrities in New York City.
BE:FIRST ~The First Moment~ #3
Air Date: November 25, 17:30-18:00
Rerun Date: December 16, 17:30-18:00 / December 23, 23:00-23:30
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/
Boy Band BE:FIRST Hits #4 on Billboard’s Hot Trending Songs List with ‘Gifted.’
19.November.2021 | MUSIC
BE:FIRST, the 7-member boy band created from winners of SKY-HI’s 6-month “THE FIRST” audition, is making a splash around the world. Their debut track Gifted, released on November 3, has ranked #4 on the US Billboard Hot Trending Songs 24-hour chart, and #9 on the weekly chart.
Gifted. – BE:FIRST Music Video
The Hot Trending Songs chart is rather new, powered by Twitter and first announced starting October 22 by Billboard and sponsored by Remy Martin. The chart tracks global music trends and conversations on Twitter in real-time and announces the top tracks for both periods of 24 hours and the past seven days, from Friday to Thursday each week. The chart itself is unique, as it doesn’t track what people are listening to–it tracks what people are talking about. This means new releases, award shows, festival highlights, nostalgic songs, and more are included.
Gifted was ranked #1 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart, and #3 on the Weekly Streaming Number by Artist chart in Japan.
BE:FIRST has made a spectacular debut, with each member showcasing incredible quality and potential in the realms of singing, dancing, and rapping, as well as songwriting, composition, and choreography. There’s no doubt that these guys can take over the world.
*As measured by the U.S. Billboard Hot Trending Songs 24-hour chart (November 14) and the 7-day chart (November 15)
BE:FIRST First Solo Concert to Stream Exclusively on the Hulu Store
01.November.2021 | MUSIC
BE:FIRST, the 7-member boy’s group created from winners of SKY-HI’s 6-month “THE FIRST” audition, will make their debut on November 3 with the single Gifted. On November 5, the group will hold its first-ever solo concert. This milestone will be available to watch live exclusively on the Hulu Store and will be available for a week after the live stream.
The group is made up of members SOTA, SHUNTO, MANATO, RYUHEI, JUNON, RYOKI, and LEO. The music video for their song Shining One has been viewed more than 10 million times in the past two weeks, making this one group to keep an eye on!
BE:FIRST “FIRST” One Man Show -We All Gifted.-
Live Stream Date: November 5, 2021, at 22:00
*The archived video will be available to watch immediately after the live stream until November 12 at 23:59
Ticket Price: ¥3,850 (Tax Included)
*Tickets Available until November 12 at 21:00
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/
Boy Band BE:FIRST Celebrates Debut by Becoming the Managers of Shibuya’s Tsutaya
BE:FIRST, scheduled to make their debut on November 3, will serve as the managers of Shibuya’s Tsutaya location for a limited time. Visitors can enjoy some exclusive privileges and see special videos only at this location during the event.
The group was assembled during BMSG’s ‘THE FIRST’ audition and will release their first single Gifted next month. The sales floor of Shibuya’s Tsutaya location will be decorated to celebrate, with huge panels of each member lining the aisles and a huge monitor showing videos of the band.
Those who purchase the Gifted single at this location will be given a special Store Manager member card (7 varieties) at random. Those who purchase the CD from the Shibuya Tsutaya official online store will also receive this special gift!
BE:FIRST Members to Appear on J-WAVE’s ‘TOPPAN INNOVATION WORLD ERA’
28.October.2021 | MUSIC
Members Sota, Manato, and Leo from the boy band BE:FIRST will make a special appearance on the radio/podcast program ‘TOPPAN INNOVATION WORLD ERA’ on October 31! The boys will talk about their experiences in the group, and discuss the future of BE:FIRST in the music world.
BE:FIRST previously performed at ‘J-WAVE INNOVATION WORLD FESTA 2021 supported by CHINTAI,’ a festival of technology and music held on October 9 and 10, 2021.
On the October 31 broadcast, the three performers will also share stories from behind the scenes at the recent event, as well as the possibility of AR live events becoming normalized in the future. They will also share personal stories about their entry into the celebrity world. Their live performances from the event will be streamed during the show, and those overseas can listen on J-WAVE’s podcast site SPINEAR. Fans of the boy band won’t want to miss it!
TOPPAN INNOVATION WORLD ERA
J-WAVE (81.3 FM)
Broadcast Date: October 31 from 23:00-23:54
Starring SOTA, MANATO, and LEO from BE:FIRST
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/iwera813
Official Site: https://www.j-wave.co.jp/original/innovationworldera/
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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Boy Band BE:FIRST to Hold First Photo Exhibition
BE:FIRST is a seven-member dance and vocal group created during THE FIRST boy band audition. Organized by BMSG, a company founded by popular rapper SKY-HI, the group immediately amassed an army of fans who immediately fell in love with the member’s incredible perseverance and passion during the audition program.
Long Sleeve T-Shirt: ¥5,800
Hand Towel: ¥900
Rubber Keychain: ¥700
To commemorate the group’s major debut on November 3, PARCO will play host to the ‘BE:FIRST Photo Exhibition “We Just Gifted” event starting on October 22 in Shibuya and November 13 in Nagoya. The showing will feature unreleased photos and videos of the audition process, and original merchandise and materials will only be available at the event. There are plans for an online photo exhibition and regional tour in the future, so keep an eye out for details!
BE:FIRST Photo Exhibition “We Just Gifted.”
Running: October 22 – November 8, 2021
Address: :Shibuya PARCO B1F Gallery X (15-7 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Running: November 13 – December 5, 2021
Address: Nagoya PARCO East Building B1F Event Space (3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya)
Admission: ¥500 (Tax Included) *Advanced Tickets Required
How to Reserve Tickets: https://art.parco.jp/galleryx/detail/?id=740
Reservations for Shibuya: http://t.livepocket.jp/t/2asx9
Reservations for Nagoya: http://t.livepocket.jp/t/t616h