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.
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!
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
Price: ¥5000/year (14-day free trial available)
Supported Platform: iOS
Official Site: https://amadeuscode.com/
Theme Song for Initial D The Arcade Arcade Finally Hits Streaming Services
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.
TSUBAME Releases New Track ‘shopaholic’ with MANON and Jubee
24.May.2022 | MUSIC
TSUBAME has worked as a producer for JUBEE, TOKYO HEALTH CLUB, and BUGS (WEEKEND CITY PLAY BOZ), and has written songs for numerous artists. On May 18, the artist released a single under his own name for the first time in a year! shopaholic feat. MANON, JUBEE is available to stream now.
The song was used for the Harajuku Grand Bazaar held at the end of January 2022. The theme of the track is ‘shopping addiction,’ and has a different sound than TSUBAME’s previous track HELLO NEW WORLD.
The artwork is by yasudatakahiro, an art director who has worked on various projects for NIKE, FamilyMart, and Red Bull’s ‘RASEN.’ The music video is by kanta mochida, who also works on TOKYO HEALTH CLUB and PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE videos. Both artists are close friends with TSUBAME.
MANON Releases Collaboration Track ‘TROLL ME’ with Producer six impala
09.May.2022 | MUSIC
Up-and-coming artist and model MANON began dabbling in the emerging genre of ‘Hyperpop’ with GALCHAN MODE produced by Lil’Yukich in 2021, continuing on to work on the song Girlfriend with producer DJ CHARI soon after. The artist has been steadily gaining popularity on TikTok and other social networking sites, and on May 6, MANON released another new track titled TROLL ME.
TROLL ME is a collaboration with six impala, a group of producers who gained attention for their remixed versions of popular songs by British rock band Bring Me The Horizon. The new track starts with an emo-rock guitar sound and clean vocals by MANON and is sure to catch the attention of hyperpop fans around the world.
Along with the song’s release, a lyric video created by six impala has been made available on YouTube. Check it out!
TROLL ME – six impala × MANON
Release Date: May 6, 2022
Streaming Links: https://ssm.lnk.to/TROLLME
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/