RecoChoku Announces Winners for Best Music of August 2021
10.September.2021 | MUSIC
Japanese music streaming site RecoChoku has announced the top song and album rankings for August 2021!
RecoChoku Monthly Music Award – August 2021
1st Place: Love Letter – YOASOBI (Released digitally August 9, 2021)
2nd Place: Suiheisen – back number
3rd Place: Dry Flower – Yuri
4th Place: SMILE ~Harewataru Sora no Youni~ – Keisuke Kuwata
5th Place: Apoptosis – Official Hige Dandism
1st Place: Editorial – Official Hige Dandism (Released digitally August 18, 2021)
2nd Place: THE BOOK – YOASOBI
3rd Place: Belle Original Soundtrack – Various Artists
4th Place: Magia Record 2nd Season Theme Song Collection – ClariS, TrySail
5th Place: Senko Hanabi – Sandaime J SOUL BROTHERS from EXILE TRIBE
YOASOBI’s Love Letter took the top prize in the single ranking. Written as a collaborative project with the SUNDAY’S POST radio show on TOKYO FM, the song was inspired by a letter sent in by a sixth grader, Hatsune-san, expressing gratitude for music. The Osaka Toin High School Brass Band, after impressing the nation at the SING YOUR WORLD event last month, also performed on the track. As the title would imply, it truly is a love letter written to music itself. Resonating with audiences, it reached the top of the weekly chart upon release on August 11.
The music video for Love Letter was released on August 31, and channels the love and appreciation for music found in Hatsune-san’s letter. Since release, it has continuously trended on social media, and has over 4 million views on YouTube. YOASOBI will release their next track, Taisho Rouman, on September 15.
Official Hige Dandism took the top spot in the Album category, with their long-awaited second album Editorial containing popular tracks like I LOVE…, Laughter, and Cry Baby. This 14-song release comes almost two years after their last album release. On RecoChoku, it was #1 for two consecutive weeks. Official Hige Dandism began a nationwide tour on September 4.
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.
Since 2019, musical duo YOASOBI has taken Japan and the rest of the world by storm. Producer and songwriter Ayase, along with singer-songwriter Ikura, base their tracks on short stories, bringing books to life. Their debut single, Yoru ni Kakeru, was released on December 19, 2019, and spent three weeks at the top of the Oricon charts. Their first EP, ‘THE BOOK,’ was released in January 2021, and now, ‘THE BOOK 2’ is less than two weeks away. The duo will also be performing in this year’s Kouhaku Uta Gassen New Years’ special. In February 2021, YOASOBI held their first solo concert at the KEEP OUT THEATER in Shinjuku.
‘THE BOOK 2’ will release on December 1, and the pair’s first face-to-face one-off concert, titled Nice to Meet You, will take place at Nippon Budokan from December 4 to 5.
‘THE BOOK 2’ will be a limited edition-only release, and the CD will come in a ring binder package. The album will also be available to stream. To commemorate this new release, the group’s first album will be getting a second run starting November 30.
New Song from Official Hige Dandism Chosen as Theme for Confidence Man JP Movie
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.
YOASOBI, a unit who turns short novels into music, made their debut in November 2019 with ‘Running into the Night,’ a song which exploded in popularity upon release and swept the number one spot in the music charts and went viral internationally. The monumentum was unstoppable, taking number one on the 202 Billboard JAPAN song and streaming charts, and even featuring in the 71st NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen.
On January 6 of this year, the group released their first EP ‘THE BOOK,’ which was made with the concept of “a short story turned into music.” The EP was well received, garnering attention for its release as a “reading CD.” It won first place in the Oricon Digital Album Ranking for five consecutive weeks, while the seven songs each ranked in the Apple Music TOP15 Chart and the Billboard Japan 2021 Ranking for the first half of 2021 in June. Their latest song ‘Sangenshoku’ was featured in the Billboard JAPAN TOP Artist ranking, jumping straight to 34th upon release. Their monumentum never seems to stop.
The teaser video for new song ‘Taishō Roman’ was uploaded to YouTube by YOASOBI on September 15 2021. The new song is based on the novel ‘Taishō Roman’ by NATSUMI. The short novel won the ‘YOASOBI Contest Vol.2,’ a competition held by monogatary.com and Futabasha in July 2020, with 2,086 entries overall.
The full novel was released in YOASOBI’s first EP ‘THE BOOK,’ allowing fans to enjoy the upcoming song. The CD jacket visual was also released just before the MV teaser. The teaser previews a retro atmosphere, reflecting the song title. You can also hear an excerpt of the novel as read by vocalist ikura. At the end of the video, a preview of the song is played, raising expectations for the full song even higher! Be sure to check it out.
Official HIGE DANdism Release Music Video for ‘Apoptosis’ from New Album
24.August.2021 | MUSIC
Japanese pop band Official HIGE DANdism released their newest album ‘Editorial’ on August 18. Now, the music video for Apoptosis is available on Apple Music and the Official HIGE DANdism YouTube channel!
The music video was directed by Takuto Shinbo, who has previously worked on a number of the band’s works. It tells the story of three generations, following the members through a barrage of happy memories.
Official HIGE DANdism Apoptosis Music Video
A special release concert will be held on August 28, and will be streamed on the Official HIGE DANdism YouTube channel starting at 20:30. During the event, use the hashtag #HigedanMatsuri (#ヒゲダン祭り) on Twitter and share your excitement with other fans!
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YOASOBI x UNIQLO UT T-Shirt Collab Collection Releasing This July
UNIQLO’s UT collection is a line of tees created in collaboration with other brands, anime, shows, and more. On July 2, UNIQLO is teaming up with the Japanese music duo YOASOBI to release an exclusive new collection.
YOASOBI, which is comprised of Ayase and ikura, made their debut in 2020 with their hit song Yoru ni Kakeru. Since then, their music has continued to top charts in JApan.
The collection is a fusion of fashion and music in women’s and kids designs featuring stills taken from seven of the duo’s iconic music videos including Yoru ni Kakeru, Halzion, Tabun, Gunjo, Haruka, Encore, and their new track Sangenshoku.
Women’s Tees | 7 Designs | ¥1,500
Kids Tees | 5 Designs | ¥990
To promote the collaboration, YOASOBI will also hold a free YouTube livestream on July 4 2021 at 6pm (JST). The online event is called “SING YOUR WORLD” and will see them perform live.
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UT x YOASOBI
Release Date: July 2, 2021 (Japan) / August 2021 (Overseas)
UT x YOASOBI “SING YOUR WORLD” Live Stream
Date: July 4, 2021
Time: 18:00 (JST)
Watch Here: https://www.youtube.com/c/Ayase0404
YOASOBI’s ‘Mou Sukoshi Dake’ Ranks Number One On RecoChoku’s May 2021 Award
15.June.2021 | MUSIC
Japanese music streaming site RecoChoku has revealed the top song and album rankings of artists for April 2021 who earn the site’s RecoChoku Award for the month. Taking the number one spot for the monthly single charts is YOASOBI with Mou Sukoshi Dake (‘Just a Little More’) which released on May 10 as the theme song for Fuji TV’s Mezamashi TV.
RecoChoku Award Monthly Music – May 2021
1st Place: “Mou Sukoshi Dake” – YOASOBI (Released May 20, 2021)
2nd Place: “Kaitou” – back number
3rd Place: “Kirari” – Fujii Kaze
4th Place: “Butter” – BTS
5th Place: “Cry Baby” – Official HIGE DANdism
1st Place: “ZZ’s II” – Momoiro Clover Z (Releasing May 17, 2021)
2nd Place: “THE BOOK” – YOASOBI
3rd Place: “Kimi Shika Katan (Special Edition)” – Hinatazaka46
4th Place: “Butter” – BTS
5th Place: “LADYBUG” – LiSA
YOASOBI’s Mou Sukoshi Dake is inspired by the novel Meguru. by Chiharu and first hit the air on March 29 as the main theme for the weekly Japanese news show Mezamashi TV. Excited words of praise flooded social media in Japan when it played on the show. The single’s cover art was created by hmng and captures a scene of a schoolgirl bathed in light. This girl also appears in the novel, giving a peek into its story as well as the feeling of the song itself. Mou Sukoshi Dake has ranked number one two weeks in a row for RecoChoku’s weekly rankings on May 12 and 19 and has now taken the monthly spot.
YOASOBI’s success doesn’t stop there however as it was recently announced that band member ikura is receiving her voice acting role in Studio Chizu’s upcoming anime film Belle which is set for release this July.
Momoiro Clover Z’s compilation album ZZ’s II is set to release on May 17 in celebration of the group’s 13th anniversary. The tracks were re-recorded by the current four members. There are 10 songs in title including Nippon Egao Hyakkei -ZZ ver.-, Saraba Itoshiki Kanashimi-tachi yo which features arrangement and guitar work by Tomoyasu Hotei, and more.
Momoiro Clover Z have been posting videos of songs from the album on their official YouTube channel. The album came in at number one on the daily charts and that has continued in the weekly and monthly charts.
Japanese music streaming site RecoChoku has revealed the top song and album rankings of artists for April 2021 who earn the site’s RecoChoku Award for the month.
RecoChoku Award Monthly Music – April 2021
1st Place: “Take a Picture” – NiziU (Released digitally March 29, 2021)
2nd Place: “Renegades” – ONE OK ROCK
3rd Place: “Film out” – BTS
4th Place: “Yoru ni Kakeru” – YOASOBI
5th Place: “Usseewa” – Ado
1st Place: “THE BOOK” – YOASOBI (Released January 6, 2021)
2nd Place: “Take a picture/Poppin’ Shakin'” – NiziU
3rd Place: “BAN (Special Edition)” – Sakurazaka46
4th Place: “Walpurgis” – Aimer
5th Place: “Ketsu no Paradise” – Ketsumeishi
In 2020, NiziU took home the Newcomer Ranking award for RecoChoku Yearly Ranking 2020. The girl group takes first place once again in April 2021’s song charts with Take a picture which is taken from Take a picture/Poppin’ Shakin’, their first double A-side single which released on CD on April 7, 2021. The leas track was released digitally on March 29 for a Coca-Cola commercial. It placed at No. 3 in its first week of release. It climbed to No. 2 the following week, and by its third week it hit No. 1 thanks to its CD release and the group performing it live on Nippon TV’s Sukkuri, NHK’s SONGS, TV Asahi’s Music Station 3 Hour Special, and more. The double A-side’s other track, Poppin’ Shakin’, placed at No. 2 on its release but also climbed to No. 1.
The four-track Take a picture/Poppin’ Shakin’ even made it to No. 2 on RecoChoku’s monthly album charts. And on April 30, NiziU released their new “NiziU Scout” content on their official YouTube channel which broke one million views on the same day. 2021 is looking to be a big year for the group.
YOASOBI take the No. 1 spot on the Album Ranking for their EP THE BOOK for the fourth month in a row. They are a Japanese music duo formed of composer and Vocaloid producer Ayase and singer-songwriter ikura whose music turns novels in songs. Their popularity grew online with the release of their first song Yoru ni Kakeru in November 2019. The track peaked at No. 5 in the RecoChoku Yearly Ranking for 2020. YOASOBI performed on NHK’s annual New Year’s Eve television special Kōhaku Uta Gassen in the same year. When the new year opened, the duo released their first EP, THE BOOK, on January 6, 2021 which included Yoru ni Kakeru as well as Ano Yume o Nazotte which adapted Sota Ishiki’s novel Yume no Shizuku to Hoshii no Hana, Tabun which adapted Shinano’s novel of the same name, Harujion which was used in with food product and film promos, Gunjo which was used in Bourbon’s Alfort Mini Chocolate commercial, Encore which was used for a Google Pixel commercial, and more. The track Harujion in particular has helped with downloads of the albums after it was used in a Nintendo Switch television commercial.
YOASOBI’s new song Mou Sukoshi Dake was released digitally on May 10. The song serves as the latest theme song for the Fuji TV show Mezamashi TV. The track hit No. 1 on RecoChoku’s Single & High Res Single Ranking.
Japanese Illustrator Cotoh Tsumi Opens Exhibition in Tokyo
Japanese illustrator Cotoh Tsumi is now holding a solo exhibition of her iconic artwork at the atmos propeller street branch of Japanese sneaker select shop atmos in Tokyo. The exhibition, which is themed on girls wearing sneakers, is running until May 9.
Cotoh Tsumi became well-known for creating the visuals for the Japanese music unit YOASOBI. They also created the main visual for the atmos con Vol.8 event held last month and even released a capsule collection. Now, their “q” exhibition is being held at atmos propeller street’s Anicoremix Gallery. The subheading for the exhibition reads, “You understand surface-level cuteness, but if you say you know anything about me, you’re a liar.” The exhibition brings together illustrations from the artist’s archive.
Exclusive merchandise will also be sold such as t-shirts and posters
Cotoh Tsumi solo Exibition “q”
Running: April 28, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Where: Anicoremix Gallery (atmos propeller street)
*Prior booking is required to enter Anicoremix Gallery
Exhibition Details: https://www.anicoremixgallery.com/exhibition/cotoh-tsumi-q-2021/
atmos Official Website: http://www.atmos-tokyo.com
Tokyo Revengers Anime Opening Theme ‘Cry Baby’ by Official HIGE DANdism Release Date Announced
Official HIGE DANdism’s song Cry Baby will be released on music streaming and download services on May 7, 2021. The track is used as the opening theme for the ongoing anime adaptation of Ken Wakui’s manga series Tokyo Revengers. The manga has been published in Weekly Shonen Magazine since 2017 and has sold over 8 million copies.
Check out the creditless opening video below.
If you’ve yet to check out Tokyo Revengers, here’s the latest promotional video for the anime.
Official HIGE DANdism are set to perform at Pia Arena MM in Yokohama on June 23 and 24 to a live audience. The show is titled Official HIGE DANdism Road to “one – man tour 2021-2022 (tentative title)” and serves as a lead up to their upcoming 46 show tour one – man tour 2021-2022 (tentative title) which begins this September and will take place at 16 cities up and down Japan. The tour is also set to be streamed live in some capacity, but details for that will be released at a later date. Info for tickets for the in-person tour can be found here.
Official HIGE DANdism New Digital Single – “Cry Baby”
Release Date: May 7, 2021
Tokyo Revengers Official Website: https://tokyo-revengers-anime.com
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.
Life Time Audio~My First Music “14-Year-Old’s Playlist.”
Broadcast Date: April 22, 2021
Time: 19:00-21:00 (JST)
Where: TOKYO FM / 38 JFN Networks
Official Website: https://tfm.co.jp/fourteen
The Japanese streaming service “d Hits® powered by RecoChoku,” which is managed by NTT DOCOMO, has published its ranking for the most streamed artists of February 2021. The list sees YOASOBI coming in at number one.
YOASOBI is a Japanese music duo formed of composer and Vocaloid producer Ayase and singer-songwriter ikura. The band have enjoyed much success since their formation in 2019, making it to No. 1 on Billboard Japan’s song charts as well as streaming charts in Japan. They released their first song Yoru ni Kakeru in November 2019 which blew up on Japanese social media and saw the track hit No. 5 in RecoChoku’s yearly charts for 2020 and subsequently No. 1 in d Hits’ artist charts in January this year. They released their first EP, THE BOOK, on January 6, 2021, which introduced a unique concept of turning novels in songs, effectively creating a ‘CD that you can read.’ The record reached No. 2 on Oricon’s Weekly Album Rankings and Digital Album Rankings. The duo performed their first live stream concert “KEEP OUT THEATER” in February which was viewed by 40,000 people.
YOASOBI’s success continues as the “YOASOBI Artist Playlist” on d Hits clocks in at No. 1 on the streaming site’s most listen-to playlists for the second month in a row – both January and February. The playlist includes their hits Yoru ni Kakeru, Gunjo, and Encore, as well as all tracks from their THE BOOK EP, and their new tracks Kaibutsu and Yasashii Suisei which are used as the opening and ending themes for the anime series BEASTARS. It also includes their set list from their “KEEP OUT THEATER” live stream show.
Additionally, Japanese high school singer Ado’s song Usseewa made it to No. 1 on d Hits’ most streamed songs of February 2021. The track was down at No. 11 in January, making it a huge jump up the list. The song talks about Ado’s feelings towards society and was written when the singer was still in middle school. She appeared on Music Station on January 22 where she was interviewed on the phone and also performed live for the first time. This saw the media has picking up on her in February, which help spread the word about her, leading to her making it to No. 1.
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“It still doesn’t feel real, but I am over the moon that ‘Usseewa’ has been heard by so many people. I will continue to put my all in as a singer for syudou who made this song for me, for all the Vocaloid producers that have supported me, and to everyone that has listened to the song. I especially want to express thanks from the bottom of my heart to all the singers and everyone in the Vocaloid community who were the reason that I began my career. I’m still a novice, but I will continue working hard.”
Official Website: https://selection.music.dmkt-sp.jp