Aimyon’s New Song ‘Heart’ Scheduled to Drop Ahead of Album Release
13.October.2021 | MUSIC
Massively popular J-pop star Aimyon is scheduled to drop her new single Heart on November 24, 2021. As a gift for more impatient fans, the song will be available to stream ahead of the CD’s physical release, hitting a number of music platforms on October 20, 2021.
In September, it was announced that the track would serve as the theme song for Konnintodoke ni Han wo Oshitadakedesuga (Only Just Married). The drama series will begin on October 19, 2021, and will star Nana Seino and Kentaro Sakaguchi in the lead roles.
Along with this announcement, new artist photos have been released alongside the cover for the 12th single. A short video previewing the song is also available on YouTube, with art and video direction headed by Tondayashi Ran.
Aimyon – Heart [very short movie]
Starting October 9, those pre-saving or pre-adding Heart from the campaign page will be able to download an original image to use as a smartphone wallpaper!
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Release Date: November 24, 2021
Price: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Streaming Links: https://aim.lnk.to/heart
Aimyon Official Site: http://www.aimyong.net/
Five-Member Band Kroi Releases New Digital Single ‘Fuurai’ Featuring Members of Zainichi Funk
03.March.2023 | MUSIC
Kroi is a five-member band blending a wide mix of musical styles, from R&B and funk to soul, rock, and hip-hop. The group has just released their new digital single Fuurai on all major streaming services.
The song will also be included in Kroi’s second major EP MAGNET scheduled to be released on March 29, 2023.
The song is vastly different than Hard Pool released last month, featuring a relaxing melody and vocals and lyrics by Uchida. Fuurai shows off the true range of Kroi’s music.
Fuurai also features performances by members of Zainichi Funk, a band that participated in Kroi’s Live Tour 2021-2022 “Dig the Deep.” Motoi Murakami (Trumpet), Gentle Kubota (Trombone), and Takehide Hashimoto (Sax) appear on the track.
Fuurai (Music Video)
The music video for Fuurai has also been released.
Takuto Shimpo, who has directed many of Kroi’s past music videos and stage productions, returned for Fuurai.
The many locations seen in the video match the music perfectly, and fans will want to head to YouTube right away.
Kroi will release its second major EP MAGNET on March 29, 2023.
Fuurai – Kroi (New Digital Single)
Streaming Date: February 22, 2023
MAGNET – Kroi (2nd Major EP)
Release Date: March 29, 2023
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Kroi is a five-member band blending a wide mix of musical styles, from R&B and funk to soul, rock, and hip-hop.
Formed in February 2018, the band debuted with the single Suck a Lemmon. In June 2021, Kroi released its first album LENS.
In addition to music, each member is involved in a variety of cultural activities including modeling, design, and music production.
Official Site: https://kroi.net
Soundtrack for BLUE GIANT Jazz Manga Film Adaptation Coming Soon
30.January.2023 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC
In 2013, Shinichi Ishizuka’s BLUE GIANT manga series hit the scene. Serialized in Big Comic, the series has sold over 9 million copies to date. Readers have fallen in love with the author’s depiction of emotion and Ishizuka has even influenced the real-world jazz scene with his creation. BLUE GIANT will be adapted into an anime film coming to theaters on February 17, and the staff’s dream of bringing real jazz at max volume to the masses will finally come true.
The world-renowned pianist Hiromi Uehara oversaw the film’s music. The authentic jazz heard in the film’s trailer has already become a hot topic, and the original soundtrack will be released on February 17, the same day as the film’s release.
Hiromi Uehara has been a close friend of Shinichi Ishizuka for years, and even before the film adaptation was announced, she had privately composed an original song for JASS, the trio formed by the main character Dai Miyamoto. Uehara wrote, performed, and produced the entire soundtrack including the songs FIRST NOTE, N.E.W., and WE WILL.
Saxophonist Tomoaki Baba will play the saxophone for the character Dai, who aspires to be the best sax player on Earth. Auditions were held in cooperation with Universal Music, featuring leading players from Japan and abroad. Baba was an easy choice, wowing judges with his large sax and powerful performance. Shun Ishiwaka, the drummer of the band Millennium Parade, will play the drums for Dai’s classmate Shunji Tamada.
More than 30 top-class classical and jazz musicians participated in the soundtrack’s production, including a string section conducted by Miho Hazama and led by members of Hiromi Uehara’s Piano Quintet.
Hiromi Uehara also wrote the original track BLUE GIANT, used as the film’s end-roll song. “When I was doing the recording for this film, this melody suddenly popped into my head. I became obsessed and immediately wrote it down,” Uehara said. “I was so inspired by the BLUE GIANT film that I created this song that same day. Of course, I had to title it the same thing!”
The soundtrack contains 29 songs and is perfect for listening to while you enjoy a quiet winter night at home. Don’t miss it!
BLUE GIANT Original Soundtrack
Release Date: February 17, 2023
Vickeblanka Releases Live Video of Black Clover Anime Theme Song ‘Black Catcher’
13.January.2023 | Uncategorized
Singer Vickeblanka has released a live performance video of Black Catcher, the opening theme song for the anime series Black Clover. On January 25, 2023, the singer will release Vickeblanka presents RAINBOW ROAD -Ki- on Blu-ray and DVD.
Black Catcher – Vickeblanka (from「RAINBOW ROAD -Ki-」LIVE DVD＆Blu-ray on sale January 25, 2023)
Black Catcher serves as the 10th opening theme for Black Clover. The song has been ranked in Spotify’s Top 10 Most Played Japanese Songs Overseas for three consecutive years and has been streamed over 160 million times. The accompanying music video has been viewed over 50 million times.
Vickeblanka appeared in the recent Shochiku Tokyu New Year’s drama series Kaden Samurai Special Stop! Chuushingura. At the start of the series, the main character Shijuro Kanenashi plays a yakuza in prison after being falsely accused of a crime. The series co-stars Kenichi Takito who was surprised by Vicke’s powerful performance.
Treasure, the theme song for the regular drama series, is also being used as the theme of this special.
Vickeblanka presents RAINBOW ROAD -Ki- will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on January 25, 2023. This was the singer’s first arena concert, featuring a rare 19-track setlist including encores.
The live show includes signature tracks like Masshiro, Ca Va?, and ULALA, as well as an encore performance of the song Changes. The concert release also includes a 2-CD set of live recordings from the performance. The asymmetrical stage featured a unique acoustic setup that is fully captured in this incredible set.
In addition to the standard edition, a Limited First Edition will include a 52-page photobook with rare images from the rehearsal.
Those who preorder through the French Link fan club will receive a special rubber band, and an A3-size calendar poster on a first-come, first-served basis. 55 people who preorder by midnight on January 6 will win an A3-size calendar poster autographed by Vickeblanka himself.
Vickeblanka presents RAINBOW ROAD -Ki-
Release Date: January 25, 2023
Limited First Edition
Sleeve with 52-page photobook
Product Number: AVBD-27616/B～C
Price: ¥8,000 (Excluding tax)
●Blu-ray Disc＋2 CDs
Limited First Edition
Sleeve with 52-page photobook
Product Number: AVXD-27617/B～C
Price: ¥8,000 (Excluding tax)
Product Number: AVBD-27618/B～C
Price: ¥6,000 (Excluding tax)
Official Site: https://vickeblanka.com/
LE SSERAFIM’s First Japanese Single ‘FEARLESS’ Available to Stream
20.December.2022 | MUSIC
LE SSERAFIM, a girl group produced by BTS’s label HYBE, released FEARLESS -Japanese version- on download and streaming sites on December 15. The full single will be released on January 25, 2023.
LE SSERAFILM is a five-member girl group consisting of Kim Chaewon, Sakura, Huh Yunjin, Kazuha, and Hong Eunchae. This is the first girl group produced by HYBE and SOURCE MUSIC, who have both worked with a number of global artists.
The original Korean track FEARLESS spent 19 consecutive weeks on the U.S. Billboard charts, setting a record for K-pop idols. The music video received over 100 million views within its first 100 days of release.
Numerous Campaigns Underway Now
In conjunction with the advance release of the Japanese version of FEARLESS, a playback campaign was launched on Rakuten Music starting December 15. Those playing the song can receive an original postcard. A social media sharing campaign is also underway–those sharing the song from select music streaming services on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #FEARLESS will be entered to win an original sticker.
A LINE MUSIC playback campaign will also begin on December 21. Participants will be selected by lottery to take place in an online event with random members of LE SSERAFIM. All participants will also receive an original LINE Talk background image, so be sure to take part! More details will be released soon, so keep an eye out.
FEARLESS – LE SSERAFIM (1st Japanese Single)
Release Date: January 25, 2023
Official Site: https://www.le-sserafim.jp
Musical Program Sizuk to Perform Opening Theme for Upcoming Anime Series ‘The Iceblade Sorcerer Shall Rule the World’
05.December.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC
Sizuk, a music project started by composer Shunryu, has officially launched! The composer is known for his contributions to anime and idol music, and in this new project, Shunryu will collaborate with illustrators, lyricists, singers, and other talents to produce original content.
For the project’s debut single, Dystopia will serve as the opening theme for the anime series The Iceblade Sorcerer Shall Rule the World, scheduled to premiere in January 2023. The lyrics were written by Shoko Fujibayashi and arranged by John Kanda (PENGUIN RESEARCH), with a jacket illustration by SOLANI. It was sung by AYAME, the vocalist of the rock band AliA.
The song will be released as a digital single on January 6, 2023. Be sure not to miss the anime series either!
Dystopia – Sizuk
Release Date: January 6, 2023
Streaming and Download Links: https://Sizuk.lnk.to/Dystopia
Official Site: https://sizuk.info/
RecoChoku Announces Winners for Best Music of August 2022
13.September.2022 | MUSIC
Japanese music streaming site RecoChoku has announced the top song and album rankings for August 2022!
Unsurprisingly, Ado tops both the single and album charts with her new tracks from the movie ONE PIECE FILM RED. The singer provided the singing voice of Uta, a main character in the film which was released nationwide on August 6, 2022.
New Genesis, the theme from ONE PIECE FILM RED, was released ahead of the movie’s release on June 8, 2022. It ranked 4th in the monthly rankings for June and July, and following the film’s release in August, it shot to the top of the charts for four consecutive weeks, continuing to hold the #1 spot.
Ado also took first place in August’s album ranking with her collection of songs from ONE PIECE FILM RED. Released on August 19, 2022, the album features a number of tracks made for the film, with seven different artists helping to produce these now legendary songs.
For the daily ranking on August 11, the top seven singles were all from this one album. Starting at the top spot, the songs included were: New Genesis, Where the Wind Blows, Tot Musica, The World’s Continuation, Binks’ Sake, I’m Invincible, and Fleeting Lullaby.
In the album ranking, it was number one in the weekly ranking for three consecutive weeks since its release on August 17 and continued its momentum to take the top position in the monthly ranking for the month of August.
Ado had her first top single ranking in February 2021 with Usseewa, and her first #1 album in January and February 2022 with Kyogen.
If you haven’t listened to the singer’s collection of songs from the most recent ONE PIECE film, you’re missing out!
RecoChoku Monthly Music Award – August 2022 (Announced September 1, 2022)
1st Place: New Genesis (Uta from ONE PIECE FILM RED) – Ado (Released June 8, 2022)
2nd Place: Start Over – THE BEAT GARDEN
3rd Place: Ame Sansan – King Gnu
4th Place: Where the Wild Blows – Ado
5th Place: Mixed Nuts – Official HiGE DANdism
1st Place: Uta’s Songs from ONE PIECE FILM RED – Ado (Released August 10, 2022)
2nd Place: M – INI
3rd Place: BE:1 – BE:FIRST
4th Place: Falling into your eyes Record – Aimyon
5th Place: Suki Toiunowa Rock Daze! (Special Edition) – Nogizaka46
Official Site: https://recochoku.jp
Popular singer Aimyon has released the music video for her song 3636 from her fourth original album, Falling Into Your Eyes Record. The album was released on August 17, 2022.
The video was directed by Classic 6, marking the first collaboration between the two. The lyrics of the song contain the phrase ‘delivery box,’ and this became a big theme in the direction of the video. Along with the video release, Aimyon and Classic 6 both released comments about the new creation, so be sure to read them below.
3636 – Aimyon (Official Music Video)
Aimyon is currently on her largest-ever national tour, seeing the artist perform 28 shows in 14 cities throughout Japan. On November 5, Aimyon will perform her largest solo concert ever at Hanshin Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya.
Comment from Aimyon
“When the delivery box wouldn’t open anymore, I felt as though my heart had been closed. I was so incredibly sad. I wondered if it had simply grown tired of me, and I went on a journey of endless delusion. I remembered what happened in that small room as the seasons passed.”
Comment from Classic 6
“When I heard the song, I pictured Aimyon riding on a train in a private compartment, something that isn’t common in Japan. It’s also a metaphor for the time, space, and heart that the delivery box and Aimyon shared. That’s what I imagined when I planned the video. I wanted it to be obvious. There was a way for both of them to keep going, to not stop along the way. Even now, the box alone is being carried somewhere far away.”
Falling Into Your Eyes Record
Released: August 17, 2022
Standard Edition (CD Only): ¥3,080 (Tax Included)
Limited First Edition (CD+Blu-ray): ¥7,700 (Tax Included)
Limited First Edition (CD+DVD): ¥6,600 (Tax Included)
Aimyon Official Site: http://www.aimyong.net/
XG’s 2nd Single ‘MASCARA’ Debuts at #1 on iTunes Charts in 17 Countries
13.July.2022 | MUSIC
Japanese hip-hop R&B girls group XG released their second single MASCARA on June 29, 2022. In only a few short weeks, the track has made big waves around the world.
MASCARA managed to reach #1 on the iTunes Song Chart (Alternative) in 17 countries. It also reached #25 on the WorldWide iTunes Song Chart, which combines results from 175 countries around the world. On the Billboard JAPAN HOT 100 chart for July 6, MASCARA ranked 48th. The CD Box was sold out within one week of its release.
Since the song’s release, 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. XG’s performance on MCOUNTDOWN on June 30 has already been watched over 1.39 million times, while their performance video from SBS’s THE SHOW on July 5 ranked first in Japan on YouTube’s fastest-rising ranking. The girls have an incredibly strong stage presence and are scheduled to appear on five music programs in a row going forward. This is unprecedented for a Japanese girl’s group.
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.’
On July 11, a making-of video from the set of the MASCARA visual was released on YouTube, showing off the girl’s individual personalities.
XG – MASCARA (Photoshoot | Behind The Scenes)
XG – MASCARA (Official Music Video)
With tons of new content incoming and tons of popularity already growing worldwide, expectations are high going forward, so keep an eye on XG!
Release Date: June 29, 2022
Streaming Links: https://xg.lnk.to/MASCARA_DIGITAL
XG Official Website: http://xgalx.com/xg/
Debut Song from18-Year-Old AI Singer ERROR Featured on TV Show Junk Sports
12.July.2022 | MUSIC
Amadeus Topline is a music creation app, and a certain song created using the software has been selected as the ending theme for Fuji TV’s Junk Sports. The song Kotoba is the debut song of 18-year-old ERROR, who made her debut in the singing audition Power of Song in July 2022. By using Amadeus Topline, creators can shorten the very time-consuming process of finding a good melody during the composition process.
ERROR Track #1 – Kotoba
Amadeus Topline is a powerful and simple melody creation app that allows music creators both novice and professional to compose songs in minutes. The melodies created by the AI can then be exported to outside music software to be polished.
Kotoba – ERROR (1st Single)
Release Date: July 10, 2022
App Store: https://apps.apple.com/jp/app/amadeus-code/id1323778025
Price: ¥5000/year (14-day free trial available)
Supported Platform: iOS
Official Site: https://amadeuscode.com/
On June 8, popular singer Aimyon released her 13th single My First Love is Crying. Now, the music video is here–and it was filmed in a yakiniku restaurant!
The music video was directed by Tomokazu Yamada, who previously directed the videos for Aimyon’s Marigold, Let the Night, Harunohi, The Smell of a Midsummer Night, On This Day We Say Goodbye, and Naked Heart. The video itself was filmed in one shot at a yakiniku restaurant in Tokyo, showing Aimyon eating alone and crying. A stirring and emotional song paired with this moving video will be enough to stir any fan’s heart.
My First Love is Crying – Aimyon
The coupling song, Satsuki, is available to stream now. The track is a continuation of the song Mini-Skirt and Hi-Lite from Aimyon’s 11th single. The track features Moto Kawabe, the first time a male has participated in one of Aimyon’s tracks.
Aimyon is currently holding her largest-ever national tour, performing 28 concerts in 14 cities around Japan.
“When I got dumped by the person I was dating, I can remember crying uncontrollably.
I was asking myself “why me?” People would respond with “there’s nothing you can do,” or “this was for the best,” or “there are other fish in the sea!”
I ate, I drank, I reminisced, I cried, I got angry, and as time went on, I realized that I had forgotten why I loved him so much in the first place.
But I still love him a little bit–and that pisses me off! That’s the emotion I wanted to bring to this shoot.”
Tomokazu Yamada (Director)
“In this age when people can easily impersonate (or quote) someone else, people like Aimyon, who is unapologetically herself, seem to shine more brightly. Even in the midst of her sadness, she wants to show that side of her to someone else in the hopes that it can help. She has the power to light up anyone’s day with her honesty and sense of self.”
My First Love is Crying – Aimyon (13th Single)
Release Date: June 8, 2022
Streaming Links: https://aim.lnk.to/hatsukoi
Official Site: http://www.aimyong.net/
Theme Song for Initial D The Arcade Arcade Finally Hits Streaming Services
30.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC
Initial D The Arcade is the tenth game in the Initial D series. Released in February 2021, one particular song from the title has struck a chord with fans. After a long wait, SCRAMBLE EYES by MOTSU vs A-One, has finally been released on streaming services starting May 25!
SCRAMBLE EYES is a fast-paced track blended with sharp vocals and engaging rap. The speedy song is perfect for Initial D, bringing to mind being behind the wheel and driving at top speed. Fans have called the song addictive, and even those who aren’t a fan of the game have been applauding the track across social media.
MOTSU and A-One have both provided comments following the song’s release.
The name SCRAMBLE EYES was inspired by the bright headlights plowing through the darkness during a particular stage in Initial D The Arcade.
I’d be so happy if the listeners could get the same tingling sensation I felt when I met A-One for the first time.
I’m so thankful to be able to create music for Initial D, a series that brought me so much joy as a child.
And collaborating with MOTSU? I absolutely adore him, so I put all of my energy into this track.
If you work hard and don’t back down, your dreams will come true.
But one of my dreams hasn’t come true yet–playing this song live!
MOTSU, let’s do it someday!
Please enjoy this track and really feel the speed and excitement as you race towards your goals!
In 2023, an anime adaptation of MF Ghost, the sequel to Initial D, is scheduled to premiere. The series takes place in the 2020s, when self-driving cars are normal Japan, and focuses on Kanata Livington, a Japanese driver who goes back to Japan after graduating at the top of his class at a racing school in England.
SCRAMBLE EYES – MOTSU vs A-One
Streaming Date: May 25, 2022
Streaming LInks: https://avex.lnk.to/MvsA
Initial D The Arcade Official Site: https://initiald.sega.jp/inidac/
MOTSU Official Site: https://avex.jp/motsu/
A-One Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/AoneJPN
Popular singer Aimyon has released the music video for her new song Futaba, which premiered on streaming services on March 24, 2022.
The video was directed by Kodai Kobayashi, who previously directed videos for Only Under the Full Moon, Dream Chaser Bengal, Chika, and Till I Know What Love Is. Futaba was shot in locations all over Okinawa, and is a treat to watch. Check out comments from Aimyon and Kodai Kobayashi below!
Futaba – Aimyon (Official Music Video)
The track was used as the theme song during the March 23 broadcast of ‘Aimyon 18 Festival’ on NHK, which will be rebroadcast on April 3, 2022. Aimyon will perform the song live along with a special talk, so don’t miss it!
This was such a fun trip, and the director really captured so many different sides of me.
When I saw the finished video, I thought to myself “Wow, I’ve really grown up!” Yet some of the expressions I made were the same ones I made as a child.
There are things you can only do as an adult and things you can only do as a child,
but all I care about is valuing the things I’m doing right now.
With that in mind, I jumped into the ocean for the first time in my life.
I was terrified, but it was something I always wanted to do.
(I won’t do it again!)
Kodai Kobayashi (Director) Comment
The team ran all over the place getting these shots. Please check out the final product made possible by these dedicated adults.
Released: March 24, 2022
Streaming Links: https://aim.lnk.to/futaba
Official Site: http://www.aimyong.net/