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!

 

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    The song Move On from BE:FIRST’s debut album BE:1 was released on August 8, well before the album is scheduled to drop on August 31, 2022.

     

    Much like Be Free, which was released on August 1, Move On was a set piece used during THE FIRST audition, from which BE:FIRST was formed. The song was included as a bonus track on the group’s second single Bye-Good-Bye, but the song has been newly recorded by the seven members since.

     

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    SUNNY BOY acted as the producer for Move On after also producing the lead track Scream, released on July 25. Having worked with artists such as BTS, BLACKPINK, BIGBANG, 2NE1, Namie Amuro, and Daichi Miura, SUNNY BOY worked with SKY-HI to create this incredible track. It has been performed live a number of times to massive fanfare.

     

    Scream, the lead song from BE:FIRST’s upcoming album BE:1, reached the top spot on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 Chart last month. The music video has been viewed over 5.5 million times, and there’s no doubt that the group’s first album will be a massive hit. 

     

  • BE:FIRST’s New Single ‘Scream’ Reaches #1 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 Chart

    05.August.2022 | MUSIC

    Scream, the lead song from BE:FIRST’s upcoming first album BE:1, reached the top spot on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 Chart on August 3. The full album will be released on August 31, 2022. This was the group’s third #1 ranking following their debut song Gifted. and their second single Bye-Good-Bye.

     


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    The song also took the top spot in the Oricon Weekly Streaming Ranking and the Oricon Weekly Digital Single (Single Song) Ranking, both dated August 8. This is the fifth BE:FIRST song to grab two digital ranking titles, following Shining One, Bye-Good-Bye, Betrayal Game, and Gifted.

     

    This is the first time in history that two digital awards were given to a single artist for the same work. 

    The music video for Scream has nearly 5 million views only 10 days after its release. The song Be Free from the group’s first album BE:1, which began streaming on August 1, also hit the top spot on the iTunes Overall Song Ranking. Yesterday, BE:FIRST performed at THE STAR NEXTAGE at Pia Arena MM. The group will perform at ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2022 on August 12, at SUMMER SONIC 2022 on August 20 and 21, and at Ongaku to Higetachi – My Home Town on August 27.

  • Italian Pop Trio Il Volo to Perform for Charity at Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto, Film to be Released

    02.August.2022 | MUSIC / SPOT

    Il Volo, an Italian operatic pop trio known for its incredible tenors, will be the first foreign artist to be filmed at Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto. The concert will be held without an audience and will be filmed, with proceeds going to charity.

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    The music video for the group’s song Grande Amore, released in 2015, has racked up over 200 million views on YouTube. Loved by fans around the world, Il Volo’s music transcends language barriers, and the group is sure to impress on their Japan tour.

  • Live Photos of Jonas Blue and BE:FIRST at Fuji Rock Festival ’22 Released

    02.August.2022 | MUSIC

    On July 29, English DJ and producer Jonas Blue took the stage at Day 1 of Fuji Rock Festival ‘22. The popular boy band BE:FIRST, created during THE FIRST boy band audition by rapper SKY-HI, joined the performance! In July, Blue released the track Don’t Wake Me Up feat BE:FIRST, and this was the first time that the song was performed live.

     

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    Don’t Wake Me Up feat. BE:FIRST was the fourth song on the performer’s setlist. Blue told the audience that a special guest would be coming to the stage, and fans in the audience were thrilled to see all seven members showing off their dance moves live. Blue also performed many of his hit songs such as Mama, Polaroid, and Rise. The artist proved to be so popular with Japanese audiences that he was trending in the #1 spot on Twitter in Japan.

     

    Jonas Blue also made a shocking surprise announcement. Immediately following Fuji Rock Festival ‘22, the artist will be embarking on a Japan tour! The artist will perform five shows across Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka. 

     

    BE:FIRST recently released the song Scream, the lead track for the group’s upcoming album BE:1 scheduled to release on August 31.

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    27.July.2022 | MUSIC

    The music video for Scream, the lead song from BE:FIRST’s upcoming first album, is finally here! The video was posted to YouTube ahead of the album’s release on August 31, 2022.

     

    The chaotic music video was inspired by the desire to return to normal after the world was taken over by heavy restrictions and restraints. To scream is to feel liberated, and the video inspires audiences to unleash their desires to the fullest.

     

    The dance scenes were choreographed by Kazuki, who works with s**t kingz as a choreographer. Those who watch the video will see allusions to the story of the member’s past, and how they overcame a number of obstacles and fears to move forward and reach their dreams.

     

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    25.July.2022 | MUSIC

    Popular seven-member dance and vocal group BE:FIRST will release their long-awaited first album BE:1 on August 31, 2022. To promote the release, a new Twitter campaign began on July 21 titled ‘BE:1 is coming up.’ By heading to the special website and signing up, your Twitter icon will be mysteriously changed for a limited time. 

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    22.July.2022 | MOVIE

    During the BATTLE OF TOKYO ~TIME 4 Jr.EXILE’ performance at Saitama Super Arena on July 21, a new trailer for the upcoming film HiGH&LOW THE WORST X was shown to a massive audience. A new collaboration with Hiroshi Takahashi’s manga Worst and Crows, fans are amped up for this new entry to the film series. A new visual for the movie was also revealed.

     

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    Yuta Nakamoto (NCT127) will play Ryo Suzaki, the right-hand man and childhood friend of Senomon Technical High School’s gang leader. A loner, he gradually became unbeatable in fights as his physical abilities grew. Before transferring to Senomono, he was known as the ‘loner genius’ who never spent time with anyone. After reuniting with his childhood friend Amagai, he aims to become stronger with his friend by his side.

     

    Amagai Kouhei, the head of Senomon, is played by Ryoki Miyama (BE:FIRST). A ruthless man, he thinks of others only as pawns in his game. He wants to unite the schools in the area, creating a ‘three-school alliance’ with Kamasaka High School and Ebara Commercial High School to take down Oya High. 

     

    These new photos show off the power and swag that these characters are sure to bring to the big screen. How will Oya High School stand up to the three-school alliance? The most powerful high schools in the history of the series will clash in the film when it releases this September. The characters, action, music, and emotion have all been bumped up when compared to the previous film. Are you ready?

     

    Keep an eye out for more information about the film coming soon. 

     

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  • Jonas Blue Releases New Single Featuring Japanese Boy Band BE:FIRST

    14.July.2022 | MUSIC

    English DJ and producer Jonas Blue has released a new track featuring the popular boy band BE:FIRST! Don’t Wake Me Up feat. BE:FIRST was released on July 13, 2022. 

     

    If you’re unfamiliar, 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 has steadily been amassing fans around the world.

      

    Blue released Don’t Wake Me Up at the beginning of 2022 as a part of his new collaborative project titled ‘Together.’ The project centers around the themes of unity and positivity, and the artist hopes to collaborate with a number of global artists throughout 2022. The original version of Don’t Wake Me Up was a joint project with the American boy band Why Don’t We. 

     

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    Check out the new track, blending Jonas Blue’s clean production and BE:FIRST’s catchy Japanese lyrics!

  • Studio Chizu to Hold Cinematic Orchestra to Commemorate the First Anniversary of ‘Belle’

    21.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

    To celebrate the first anniversary of the animated Studio Chizu film Belle, a special Cinematic Orchestra will be held on August 14 at the Tokyo International Forum. The event will feature a number of other beloved Studio Chizu works.

     

    The event will feature a symphony orchestra performing songs from many Studio Chizu films while famous scenes play on an oversized screen. The works to be featured include The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast, Mirai, and Belle.


    Masakatsu Takagi will be playing piano while Hanako Oku and Ann Sally will be attending as guest vocalists.

     

    Original merchandise will also be on sale at the venue, with some pieces featuring an incredible illustration of Belle from the feature film.

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  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Collaborates with Shelter Nanyo Hall in Yamagata for LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project

    13.May.2022 | FASHION / MUSIC / SPOT

    Last month, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu performed on the Gobi Stage at Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the United States. The singer has now returned to Japan for the second half of her ‘Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 CANDY WAVE,’ seeing the singer performing 30 shows across Japan. The tour will conclude with a solo performance at Budokan in October. 

     

    In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities and has been attracting major attention. Kyary’s newest collaboration in Yamagata has been announced ahead of her concert there on May 13!

    The singer will be collaborating with Shelter Nanyo Hall in Nanyo, Yamagata, a small town of only around 30,000 people. The hall is the world’s largest wooden concert hall, made entirely from laminated local cedar. It uses the most advanced fire-resistant technology for wood in Japan and was certified as the world’s largest by Guinness World Records in December 2015. The multi-functional hall can seat over 1,400 people, and the property also features a Japanese-style tea room, meeting rooms, an open tree-growing space, and more.

     

    “I want the local population to be incredibly proud of this magnificent wooden structure,” said Norihito Shimanuki, the hall’s director. “Through this concert hall, we’d like to promote Nanyo and Yamagata Prefecture both domestically and internationally.” 

    The collaboration logo for the newest partnership was inspired by the ‘KPP NANDA COLLECTION LIVE in HAWAII’ visual. The one-night-only concert was held in July 2014. Since the main focus of this team-up is ‘wood,’ the visual’s palm tree has been transformed into a cedar tree!

     

    A collaborative T-shirt is also on sale featuring the new logo and the singer’s 10th-anniversary logo. The shirt is available on the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project website for two weeks only starting May 12. Support Japanese businesses and pick one up while you can!

  • Kirby 30th Anniversary Music Festival to be Held at Tokyo Garden Theater

    28.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FES

    The Kirby game series turns 30 on April 27, 2022, and to celebrate this impressive event, the Kirby 30th Anniversary Music Festival will be held on August 11!

     

    While the event will be held in person at the Tokyo Garden Theater, fans from all over the world will also be able to watch for free on YouTube.

     

    The concert will feature songs from the series performed by a “big-band style ensemble” made up of 35 musicians, with Kirby himself participating in real-time on an LED monitor, dancing around as fans celebrate his birthday.


    Those attending the concert venue in person will be able to snag a special penlight that will sync to the music for some extra magic. 

     

    What’s your favorite Kirby soundtrack?

     

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