G-NEXT, Hightlighting Up-and-Coming Artists Each Month, Announces October Picks
05.November.2021 | MUSIC
Subscription music streaming service AWA has teamed up with free video service GYAO! and Nihon Kogakuin College to develop G-NEXT, a project to highlight a particular up-and-coming artist each month. October’s POWER PUSH artist is singer-songwriter Riho Nishikata, who is captivating young people not only with her sound, but with her deeply personal lyrics and design prowess.
AWA has also released a playlist of songs selected by Nishikata herself. This playlist, titled “Tomorrow Will be a Little Better,’ is filled with both up-tempo tracks and ballads, all capable of making hopelessness disappear. Be sure to follow the official AWA Twitter page and retweet the designated post to be entered to win an AWA hat autographed by Riho Nishikata!
G-NEXT has also unveiled a special webpage filled with music videos from this month’s artists, so be sure to check them out!
POWER PUSH ARTIST Riho Nishikata: Tomorrow Will be a Little Better
- Just in Time to Dance / OYAT
- That’s All I Need (BASI REMIX) / BASI
- Ultramarine / Naotaro Moriyama
- Mabushii Hito (Dazzling Person) / Humbert Humbert
- Kaede / Spitz
- The Traveling Guitar / Lucky Old Sun
- About the Time Machine / Merengue
- Don’t Let Me Go / Have a Nice Day!
- LONELY NIGHTS / tofubeats
- nothing anymore / Age Factory
- I Need Something / Newton Faulkner
Official Site: https://awa.fm/
POWER PUSH ARTIST Riho Nishikata: Tomorrow Will be a Little Better
G-NEXT Feature: https://gyao.yahoo.co.jp/feature/music/g-next/
Trend News Interview: https://trendnews.yahoo.co.jp/archives/794561/
Follow the Official AWA Twitter page and retweet the designated post. Winners will be selected by lottery: https://twitter.com/AWA_official/status/1453194747120537606
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/
Okinawan Gen-Z Pop Singer Grace Aimi Releases Debut Album
02.December.2021 | MUSIC
Born in the year 2000 to an American father and American-Okinawan mother, Gen-Z pop singer Grace Ami released her 12-track debut album on November 26. The album is comprised of both new tracks and some previously available on streaming services and was produced by Chaki Zulu. Along with the release, a teaser for the Karaoke Queen music video was uploaded to YouTube, with the full video scheduled to be released on December 6.
MV Teaser (Directed by Takuto Shinpo)
Aimi began her career by starting a YouTube channel with her younger brother. As they began posting covers to popular songs, their popularity on social media grew, and in 2020 Grace Aimi released Eternal Sunshine. She is now signed to Capitol Records US and constantly experiments with new sounds and genres, jumping between gospel R&B to rock and rap and goth-pop. Her creativity and individuality are making her a unique addition to the Japanese music scene, and she’s definitely someone to keep an eye on!
Originally from Okinawa, Grace believes that her hometown has been essential to her sensibilities as an artist. “My home island was devastated during WWII, but the people there are beautiful and genuinely happy. I hope to share that Okinawan spirit with everyone,” she says.
Release Date: November 26, 2021
Streaming Link: https://umj.lnk.to/GraceAimi_If_Album
CD Price: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Grace Aimi Official Site: http://graceaimi.com/
D4DJ Unit Lyrical Lily Releases Third Single ‘Adventure King!’
30.November.2021 | MUSIC
Lyrical Lily, an all-female DJ group from the D4DJ franchise, has released their third single titled Adventure King!
The D4DJ (Dig Delight Direct Drive DJ) project is a multimedia franchise created by Bushiroad, consisting of live DJ performances, a smartphone rhythm game, and a 2020 anime series. Lyrical Lily is a DJ unit that “blossomed” from an elite private school, and the group’s genre could be described as a mix of House and Synthpop. The unit’s producer is Kou Nakamura, who also created the original story of D4DJ.
Adventure King! has the typical Lyrical Lily sound, mixing the member’s cute charms with a painfully catchy melody and voices as sweet as candy. The coupling song Sleeping Beauty highlight’s the group’s excitement about their journey to the top of the charts.
Keep an eye on these girls!
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Two New Tracks Produced by Yaffle Released for Pokemon 25th Anniversary
On Pokemon Day, February 27, 2021, the music program P25 Music was launched with ‘P25 Music Presents: Post Malone Virtual Concert Experience.’ Last month, ‘Pokemon 25: The Album’ was released featuring top musical artists from around the world celebrating the anniversary of the beloved series. Now, two songs produced by Yaffle, who represented Japan in the project, have been released as downloadable singles.
The single ‘Reconnect/Grown’ features four tracks and includes ‘Reconnect,’ sung in English by Daichi Yamamoto and AAAMYYY, and ‘Grown,’ sung in Japanese by sorane and Yama, as well as instrumental tracks. The two songs sample sounds from Pokemon games, including the opening music for Pokemon Red and Green. The songs Reconnect and Grown were also named with Red and Green in mind.
The Japanese version of the Pokemon 25th-anniversary album comes with a poster-type booklet and original Pikachu sticker in first-edition releases. Those buying the album can also get postcards at participating CD shops and clear folders from the online Universal Music Store.
Those buying the CD from a Pokemon Center in Japan can get an original pin (4 varieties, random) while supplies last.
Comment from Yaffle
I’m from the Red and Green generation. I remember borrowing my aunt’s Game Boy and the first game I ever played was Pokemon. When the game came out it was super popular at school, and I made so many friends bonding over it. We used link cables to battle each other, and people would line up to ask the skilled players what strategies they used.
I was so happy and deeply moved when this offer came in. There were times when I would trip myself up worrying about how best to express my feelings, but I think the end result is amazing. I wanted to sample sounds from the original Pokemon game soundtrack, so I just listened to it over and over and let myself follow wherever it led. This was the first time for me to create two tracks with the same theme in two different languages. It was tough, but I think these are two of my best works.
I’m not a singer, so I had to think about how best to convey my emotions through sounds using other artists. Reconnect and Grown both have the same starting point and the same goal, but different stories. I hope you can listen to both while thinking about that.
Boy Band OCTPATH, Comprised of Trainees from PRODUCE 101 JAPAN Season 2, Debuts
24.November.2021 | MUSIC
A new group has been created from a number of talented trainees from the second season of PRODUCE 101 JAPAN. OCTPATH is composed of Shunsei Oota, Kaiho, Kouhei Kurita, Naoki Kose, Shuu Kobori, Wataru Takahashi, Touma, and Shinsuke Yotsuya.
The group’s name exemplifies the boy’s goal to walk along with fans on a path unique to the eight of them and to engage in all kinds of activities–not just music. OCT also signifies their willingness to pursue a path to a higher realm of sound (OCTAVE).
OCTPATH features members capable of speaking English, Korean, Indonesian, and French, and each has incredible singing, dancing, and rapping skills. The boys aim to appeal to a global audience and want to become the most unique group in the world.
The group’s concept colors are white and purple, as white can be dyed any color, and purple, a mixture of red and blue, represents OCTPATH’s ‘transformation’ through their music and videos.
On November 28 at 20:00, the members will appear on the free video streaming service GYAO! to discuss the formation of the group and their personal feelings about what the future will bring. The live broadcast will also feature a big announcement, so don’t miss it!
OCTPATH Commemorative Live Broadcast ‘OCT・BIRTH’
Date: November 28, 2021 20:00-21:00
Streaming Link: https://yahoo.jp/RHi5HJ
Official Site: https://pre.octpath-official.com
Vocaloid Producer Tsumiki and Maria Miki Release 2nd Single as NOMELON NOLEMON
The two-person musical unit NOMELON NOLEMON was created in August 2021. Its music is composed by popular Vocaloid producer Tsumiki, who has caught people’s attention with his down-to-Earth lyrics, guitar-driven tracks, and catchy melodies. His first album, SAKKAC CRAFT, was released in February 2021 and ranked #12 on the iTunes album ranking chart. The Vocaloid song Phony, released in June 2021, is about to reach 10 million views on YouTube.
Yellow – NOMELON NOLEMON Official Music Video
Maria Miki provides the vocals for NOMELON NOLEMON. Previously, she joined the acoustic unit PLUSONICA in 2019, also known for producing Rira Ikuta and Nishina. With her charming personality and airy vocals, her voice is instantly recognizable, and she has amassed a sizeable fanbase after releasing her first mini-album ‘PARFAIT’ in August. Her first solo concert will be held on December 20, her 20th birthday, at SHIBUYA TAKE OFF 7.
NOMELON NOLEMON released their second single Yellow on November 12. In a Tweet, Tsumiki wrote “Dear my Jpop: I want to write something everyone can understand.” The track is mellow, a complete turnaround from the pair’s previous track INAZMA. The music video, now available on the group’s YouTube channel, was created by illustrator and animator aika inagaki, who also worked on the song’s jacket illustration.
Yellow – NOMELON NOLEMON
Streaming Links: https://orcd.co/nmnl_yellow
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)
Bajune Tobeta and Yoshikuni Dochin Release Christmas Version of Futatsu no Tsuki
18.November.2021 | MUSIC
The record label ‘Sugar Candy’ has a powerful concept: “A grain of healing.” On August 18, 2021, musician and composer Bajune Tobeta released his fifth album ‘Subarashii Shinsekai ~RELAX WORLD~’ on the label. Don’t miss the new Christmas version of this track, perfect for getting into the holiday mood!
In November, a special edition of the album hit Apple Music and iTunes, featuring plenty of awesome guest artists such as Chara, Mummy-D, Yoshikuni Dochin, Kiyotaka Sugiyama, Yui Asaka, Paula Morelenbaum, Jaques Morelenbaum, ACO, and Miho Hamasaki. The chill track Futatsu no Tsuki features Yoshikuni Dochin of the pop duo CHEMISTRY, celebrating 20 years in 2021.
Spend the Winter in a Unique Shinshu Snow Hut with Limited-Time Package
17.November.2021 | SPOT
A part of Hoshino Resorts, KAI Alps is an incredible hot spring inn located in Omachi, Nagano prefecture, at the foot of the Northern Japanese Alps. In February 2022, the hotel will allow guests to book the Shinshu Snow Hut Experience, where visitors can enjoy the winter in a traditional snow-packed hut surrounded by bamboo lights. This area is one of the snowiest places in the region, and the locals have plenty of knowledge when it comes to getting through the cold.
Nagano prefecture is often called the ‘Space prefecture’ for its beautiful starry skies. Inside the snow hut, guests will be surrounded by lights, and bamboo lanterns will light the way. These gentle lights are perfect for the white of winter, despite the cold.
Exclusively for this package, a kotatsu (heated table) will be placed inside the huts, and guests can wear traditional local clothing perfect for the weather. Sweet sake made at the Hokuan Sake Distillery in Omachi City and local rice cakes with Nozawa pickled greens, a Shinshu specialty, will also be served up.
How would you like to partake in this traditional experience?
Shinshu Snow Hut Experience
Running: February 1, 2022 – February 28, 2022
Price: ¥2,000 per person (Tax & Service Charge included)
Reservations: Make on the website at least one week in advance
Capacity: 1 group per session (2-4 people per group)
Location: KAI Alps – Hoshino Resorts
Hours: 19:00-19:45 / 20:00-20:45
Limited to Hotel Guests Only
Anime Idol Group HAKOMEN Becomes Tourism Ambassadors for Hakodate
Hakodate is one of the main cities in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. In September 2021, the city launched a new tourism initiative called HAKOMEN, an anime idol group based on historical figures associated with Hakodate. Starting November 1, the members are now official tourism ambassadors! In July 2021, the Jomon historical sites in Hokkaido and the northern Tohoku region were registered as World Heritage Sites, so what better time to promote these incredible areas?
Debut Song ‘Kimi to HAKO☆DATE’
HAKOMEN lore tells the story of incredible historical figures summoned to the present day by the Hollow Dogu, the only National Treasure in Hokkaido and on display at the Hakodate Jomon Culture Center. Forming an idol group to promote the town, the five members see the Hollow Dogu as their producer. On October 14, HAKOMEN made their debut with the song Kimi to HAKO☆DATE, which is already racking up impressive YouTube views.
Comments from the Members
Hijikata Toshizo / A Cutting-Edge Commander and Moodmaker
“I was surprised that I, a man who had mastered the way of the blade, would somehow become Hakodate’s tourism ambassador.
I will put all of my energy into promoting this place!”
Takeaki Enomoto / A Highly Ambitious Peacemaker
“I’m not even from this era, but you want me to do PR for Hakodate?!
Now that I’m here, I’ll be sure to convey some of the charms that only someone from the past would know!”
Takuboku Ishikawa / A Calm and Peaceful Lover of Sweets
“I love Hakodate so much that I moved there during my time, so I’m thrilled to promote it as an ambassador!
I’ll do my best to make all kinds of people fall in love with Hakodate!”
Matthew C. Perry / A Happy and Gourmet Scatterbrain
“Back when I showed up on my black ships, the people of Hakodate were so lovely♪
It’s such an honor to be able to work with Hakodate~ I’ll do my very best!”
Ayasaburo Takeda / An Open-Minded Big Brother Character
“As an ambassador for tourism to Hakodate, I’d love to promote Goryokaku fortress which I designed as an architect in 1855.
Of course, it’s not the only attraction Hakodate has to offer!”
Official Site: https://www.hakobura.jp/hakomen_official/
Limited Version of Bajune Tobeta’s Solo Album Now Streaming
04.November.2021 | MUSIC
A special version of Bajune Tobeta’s solo album Wonderful New World -RELAX WORLD- is now exclusively available on Apple Music and iTunes! This edition of the album features a number of popular guest artists, including Chara, bonjour suzuki, Mummy-D, Yoshikuni Douchin, Kiyotaka Sugiyama, Yui Asaka, Paula Morelenbaum, Jaques Morelenbaum, and Miho Hamasaki.
Wonderful New World -Limited Edition-
This album, the 5th from Tobeta, was released worldwide on August 18, 2021, by Sugar Candy, an eclectic music label aiming to deliver healing music to audiences around the globe.
This limited-edition version of the album hit iTunes and Apple Music on October 26 and includes edited versions of songs from the album as well as new tracks, such as Offret, Epilogue, Wonderful New World (jazz edit), and Sea in Peace feat. Paula Morelenbaum. The song Asian Flower features Jaques Morelenbaum, a Brazilian cellist, music producer, conductor, and composer.
Wonderful New World -Limited Edition-
Streaming: October 26, 2021
Participating Streaming Services: https://lnk.to/10QQsETQ21
Official Site: https://bit.ly/3Cg0ZmG
Wonderful New World ~RELAX WORLD~
Streaming Services: https://lnk.to/u779lZsC21
Official Site: https://www.sugarcandy.jp/subarashi-shinsekai-tobeta-bajune