MAN WITH A MISSION Unveils Track List and Artwork for First Album in Over Three Years
04.November.2021 | MUSIC
Japanese rock band MAN WITH A MISSION will release their new original album Break and Cross the Walls I on November 24, 2021. The group’s first new album in three and a half years, the tracklist and artwork have just been revealed to the delight of anxious fans.
Break and Cross the Walls I Limited Edition
Break and Cross the Walls I Regular Edition
The album will be the band’s sixth original album. Originally conceived as a two-disc set, MAN WITH A MISSION decided to instead release two consecutive albums to give fans new music as soon as possible. With so much delayed or canceled due to the pandemic, it was the group’s way of giving back to those who have supported them through the continuing crisis. The sequel, Break and Cross the Walls II, is scheduled to be released in spring 2022.
Break and Cross the Walls I will include seven previously released tracks, including Merry-Go-Round, the opening theme song for the popular anime series My Hero Academia and INTO THE DEEP, the theme for the Japanese release of the film Godzilla vs.Kong. The newly-released jacket art shows five wolves standing symbolically atop a chessboard. The December 2021 issue of ROCKIN’ON JAPAN magazine will feature these five animals on the front cover, along with an exclusive interview with the band.
MAN WITH A MISSION Presents Merry-Go-Round Tour 2021, the band’s first arena tour in two years, will start on November 30 at Yokohama Arena. The first day of the two-day event is titled ‘Day 1: Songs of Innocence,’ and will feature songs released between 2010 and 2013. The second day, ‘Day 2: Songs of Experience,’ will cover songs post-2013.
Break and Cross the Walls I – MAN WITH A MISSION
Release Date: November 24, 2021
Break and Cross the Walls I Limited Edition [CD+DVD] (Early Preorder Bonus: Bookmark):
Break and Cross the Walls I Regular Edition [CD] (Early Preorder Bonus: Bookmark):
Official Site: http://www.mwamjapan.info/
Up-and-Coming Boy Band INI’s 2nd Single to be Released in April
16.February.2022 | MUSIC
Boy band INI, created during the second season of PRODUCE 101 JAPAN, will release their second single on April 20, 2022.
INI initially debuted on November 3, 2021, with the release of their debut single A. The group’s most popular track, according to a national poll, was Rocketeer, which is still used to promote the boy’s activities. The group’s debut single surpassed a half-million copies sold and reached the top spot on the Oricon Weekly Single Chart. INI also won the Favorite Asian Artist award at 2021 MAMA, one of the world’s largest K-pop award shows, and Best New Artist at the Japan Record Awards.
INI 2nd Single
Released: April 20, 2022
Official Site: https://ini-official.com/
NIGO Releases ‘Arya feat. A$AP Rocky’ from the Album ‘I KNOW NIGO’
03.February.2022 | MUSIC
Fashion icon and innovator NIGO, who serves as the artistic director of KENZO as of September 2021, will release his first solo album ‘I KNOW NIGO’ on March 25, 2022. The first single from the album Arya features popular American rapper A$AP Rocky and is now available to stream. The album is being produced in collaboration with Stephen Victor, and Pharrell Williams is serving as the executive producer. A teaser trailer for the music video has also been uploaded to NIGO’s official YouTube channel.
Arya ft. A$AP Rocky Official Music Video Trailer:
Steven Victor commented on the upcoming album in a new interview. “Originally, we were only going to do two songs featuring Pharrell and Pusha T, but once we started reaching out to other artists they all said yes! We decided to make a five-track EP, and it just evolved from there into a full album,” he said.
In a comment regarding ‘I KNOW NIGO,’ rapper Pusha T called it the ‘Album of the Year.’ Expect more information in the near future!
Arya feat. A$AP Rocky
Streaming Links: https://umj.lnk.to/AR_Arya
Ai Higuchi Announces Album Title and Track List for Upcoming March Release
Ai Higuchi has officially released the title and tracklist for her upcoming fourth original album, scheduled for release on March 2, 2022.
The album will be titled ‘Saiaku Saiai.’ (‘My Worst Beloved’). Since her indie days, Higuchi has been a fan of using four-character idioms as her album titles. Higuchi will also be performing in Tokyo and Osaka in March.
A total of 11 tracks will be featured on the album, including Akuma no Ko, the ending theme song for Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2. Other tracks include Massarana Daichi, Kanashii Uta ga Aru Riyuu, Kyouri, and Yamerunara Ima. The DVD included with the limited edition includes Ai Higuchi’s 5th Anniversary Solo Rakugo performed last year.
Earlier this month, Higuchi released the ending theme for Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2, which has become a massive global hit. The non-credit ending theme video is now available on YouTube and was viewed more than 5 million times in only five days. Be sure to give it a watch!
Beloved 19-year-old singer Ado finally released her first album on January 26. ‘Kyougen’ is now available to stream on major platforms. The album includes the massively popular track Usseewa, which has nearly 75 million plays on Spotify alone.
The album includes 14 tracks, including Giragira and Odo, which have been streamed over 100 million times, as well as Aitakute, Lady Maid, and Yoru no Pierrot. Seven new songs are also included. The album comes in four formats: the Complete Limited Edition includes a figure and book; the Limited Edition includes a book and DVD; the First Run Limited Edition comes with an acrylic charm; and the Standard Edition includes only the CD. The cover was created by ORIHARA.
Those purchasing the album will be entered to win tickets to Ado’s first solo concert to be held at Zepp DiverCity Tokyo on April 4, 2022!
Ado 1st Album ‘Kyougen’
Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 Opening Theme Surpasses 10 Million Steams in One Week
SiM’s song The Rumbling, the opening theme song for Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2, has surpassed 10 million plays on streaming sites worldwide in only one week since it’s release. The final season of the popular anime series began airing on January 10, 2022.
The non-credit opening video has been uploaded to YouTube and has garnered over 18 million views.
The song made it to the top ten of the Apple Music Rock charts in 20 countries around the world, reaching #1 in Cameroon and Grenada, and the top 30 in the United States, Mexico, and France.
Only two episodes of the series have aired so far, and fans are hooked on the explosive finale of this long-running anime. One thing is certain–SiM is already having an incredible year.
Tokyo (VIVID Remix), a remixed version of AmPm’s dance track Tokyo, was released on Friday, January 7, 2022.
AmPm / Tokyo (VIVID Remix)
The original song was released in March 2021 and was the first full-fledged dance track based on AmPm’s roots in dance music. Inspired by the neon city of Tokyo, it was released on Sushi Muzik, an up-and-coming label based in Amsterdam and founded in 2020. The company has released tracks from dance music legends like Norman Doray, Roland Clark, Kryder, and Eddie Amador.
The remix was done by DJ VIVID, who is from the United States but based in Tokyo. Leading the Asian club scene, he has released his original music on A-list labels like Armada and Enhanced Music and has reached #19 on the US Billboard Dance Chart and #8 on the US Radio Chart.
Message from VIVID
“AmPm’s unique sound found in ‘Tokyo’ inspired me to bring a house-y vibe geared for the underground nightclubs in Japan.“
Message from AmPm
“We’re happy to have started 2022 with such a fast-paced song. The original song itself was pretty fast, but this more dense sound is something that only DJ VIVID can provide. I think listeners will enjoy the difference between this and the original track.
I hope that this year, people from all over the world will be able to gather in Tokyo.”
Tokyo (VIVID Remix)
Release Date: January 7, 2022
Download / Streaming: https://ampm.lnk.to/20220107_digi
Boy Band INI to Star in Regular Television Show on MUSIC ON! TV
Japanese boy band INI, formed through the reality show Produce 101 Japan 2, will start their first regular TV program ‘INI Road: The Road to Global Expansion’ on January 30, 2022. Since their formation last year, the group has become increasingly popular in Japan, and the boys are now ready to start the challenge of taking their music global.
The theme of the first episode is ‘Language.’ This is an important subject for global expansion, and the members will learn to greet people in English, along with studying other phrases useful during award ceremonies overseas.
Be sure to tune in to see how the members start their journey to become the world’s most famous boy band!
INI Road ~The Road to Global Expansion~
#1 Broadcast Date, Time
January 15, 2022 / 22:00-22:30
Rerun at January 30, 2022 at 17:30
#2 Broadcast Date, Time
Airing in February 2022
Campaign Details: https://www.m-on.jp/program/detail/rg-ini-road/
Bullet Train Boy Band Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Coming-of-Age Ceremony Broadcast
11.January.2022 | MUSIC
The five-members dance and vocal group Bullet Train will hold a special 10th-anniversary broadcast exclusively on Hikari TV on January 14, 2022. The ‘Bullet Train Coming-of-Age Ceremony’ will also be archived after the scheduled broadcast at 18:00, but only for a limited time.
Bullet Train celebrated its 10th anniversary on December 25, 2021, and will spend 2022 celebrating with plenty of special events and releases. In Japan, the Coming-of-Age ceremony is held when an individual turns 20 years old and celebrates a person becoming an adult. The members of the group will speak about the last decade of their lives as idols, and will hold a live concert as well! The show will be available exclusively for those with access to Hikari TV nationwide, and an edited version of the event–including behind-the-scenes footage–will be streamed at a later date. Stay tuned for details!
Bullet Train 10th Anniversary Special (Talk & Concert) ‘Bullet Train Coming-of-Age Ceremony’Streaming Date: January 14, 2022 at 18:00~
Where to Watch: Hikari TV https://www.hikaritv.net
Price: Customers who subscribe to the Oneuchi plan, Special TV plan, Video Zanmai Plan, Basic Broadcast Plan, or Value Plan can view the special for no extra cost.
EBiDAN Special Program: https://www.hikaritv.net/sp/ebidan?cid=ent_video_ebdn_nr_29
Official Site: https://bullettrain.jp
eill to Release First Major Album, ‘PALETTE’
24.December.2021 | MUSIC
Singer-songwriter eill will release her first major album on February 2, 2022.
The singer made her debut in 2018 under SPACE SHOWER MUSIC and is currently under Pony Canyon. Her track Koko de Iki wo Shite was the ending theme song for the popular Tokyo Revengers anime series, and a number of her songs have been used in various drama series.
As the title of the album ‘PALETTE’ suggests, this release is a mixture of eill’s unique tracks. More information is coming soon.
The jacket cover for the new album has also been released and features a photo of eill herself showing a sad but determined look.
‘PALETTE’ will be released in two formats: CD only, or a CD and Blu-ray combo. The Blu-ray will include footage from eill’s 2021 Live Tour performance at Zepp Diver City held on August 13, 2021. Preorder specials at specific stores have also been announced, so check the official website for details.
eill will also be touring in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka in 2022 for her BLUE ROSE TOUR.
BLUE ROSE TOUR 2022 Teaser Trailer
Rapper Yung sticky wom Releases Digital Single ‘HEART EMOJI (feat. Only U & MANON) [Remix]’
23.December.2021 | MUSIC
On December 15, Yung sticky wom released his newest digital single HEART EMOJI (feat. Only U & MANON) [Remix]. The track is available on streaming services with a music video uploaded to YouTube.
This new track is a remix of Yung sticky wom’s HEART EMOJI, originally released on October 27. Up-and-coming rapper Only U makes an appearance along with iconic performer MANON on this incredibly catchy track.
Eve will release his new song Aisai on December 3 at midnight on all major streaming services.
The singer-songwriter performed the explosive Kaisen Kitan, the first opening theme for the Jujutsu Kaisen anime series. The track has been streamed over 200 million times and the music video has been watched over 180 million times. With over 3.5 million subscribers on YouTube, the singer has become a viral sensation with other tracks like Parallel Lines and Faint at Night. Eve’s new track Aisai is incredibly emotional and is the perfect song to bring 2021 to a close.
The cover for the new song was made by niL, who worked on the music video for Yuseiboushi. Be sure to stream the song on December 3!
Award-Winning Track by Producer Kirai Hiiragi to be Performed by Kyoko Saito at MTV VMAJ 2021
03.December.2021 | MUSIC
The MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2021 will air on December 18, 2021. The show has already awarded a new special prize, the Daisy Bell Award, to popular Vocaloid producer Kirai Hiiragi for the song Love ka? For the event, Kyoko Saito from Hinatazaka46 will perform the song live.
The Daisy Bell Award is a special prize for songs created using voice synthesis software and was made after Vocaloid tracks began to shape the musical landscape more and more. With the support of ‘The VOCALOID Collection Powered by dwango,’ an event to further develop Vocaloid culture, nominees were selected from the top-ranked songs in the Vocaloid Collection in Winter 2020 and Spring 2021. Love ka? was the clear winner. Kirai Hiiragi quickly responded by simply saying “Thank you for the award, I’m so happy. Is this real?”
Kyoko Saito, who also sang as a guest vocalist for Ryokushaka at the MTV LIVE MATCH in October, will perform the track. As the diva of the idol group Hinatazaka46, she is known for her incredible singing ability, and expectations are high. Don’t miss it!
MTV VMAJ 2021 -THE LIVE-
Air Date: December 18, 2021 19:00-22:00 *Available on Hulu at the same time.
Rerun: December 24, 2021 23:00-26:00
Official Site: https://www.vmaj.jp/