Japanese Girl Group XG Releases ‘MASCARA’ Choreography Video
08.July.2022 | MUSIC
Japanese hip-hop R&B girls group XG released their second single MASCARA on June 29, 2022. Since then, 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. On July 4, XG revealed a special choreography video for the track on YouTube.
MASCARA – XG (Choreography Video)
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.’ The choreography video shows off the member’s slick moves and fashion, and we doubt you’ll be able to watch it just once.
The original MASCARA music video surpassed 4 million views within four days of its release. Additional videos on the girl’s YouTube channel continue to rank in the YouTube Fastest Rising Ranking for music simultaneously. The group is seeing a massive influx of followers on social media and their momentum seems unstoppable!
XG also appeared on the Korean music program THE SHOW on SBS on July 5. Expectations are high going forward, so keep an eye on XG!
Idol Group FRUITS ZIPPER Releases 4th Single ‘RADIO GALAXY,’ Music Video Revealed
29.July.2022 | MUSIC
FRUITS ZIPPER, a new idol group from ASOBISYSTEM, has a simple concept: “From Harajuku to the World.” Ready to transmit what they call ‘NEW KAWAII’ from Harajuku, an area known for fashion and individuality, to their soon-to-be global fanbase, the group consists of seven members: Amane Tsukiashi, Suzuka Chinzei, Yui Sakurai, Luna Nakagawa, Mana Manaka, Karen Matsumoto, and Noel Hayase.
This spring, the group released the song Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, which exploded in popularity on TikTok racking up over 200 million plays. The song also ranked on the TikTok HOT SONGS list and ranked at #1 on Spotify’s viral chart. Fans requested a music video, and after its release, it pulled in over 1.1 million views in one month.
The group’s long-awaited new single RADIO GALAXY was released on July 29, 2022.
This is FRUITS ZIPPER’s 4th single, created in collaboration with trackmaker, singer, and producer YUC’e, who has provided songs for numerous artists and idols in the past.
YUC’e is known for her dance music inlaid with ‘KAWAII’ elements, and the artist has become incredibly popular both in Japan and abroad. It’s no surprise that she chose to work with the adorable members of FRUITS ZIPPER, who are aiming to bring Harajuku culture to fans around the world.
A music video for RADIO GALAXY was posted to YouTube ahead of the song’s streaming release.
FRUITS ZIPPER’s artist photos were created by YUKARI, a video director, art director, and 3DCG artist from the digital creative company OFBYFOR TOKYO.
RADIO GALAXY – FRUITS ZIPPER (Music Video)
A special campaign to celebrate the release of the new song is ongoing on a number of music streaming sites. In addition, FRUITS ZIPPER will hold their first solo concert at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM on September 12.
For a long time, RADIO GALAXY was only known to fans in the in-crowd who saw it performed at FRUITS ZIPPER live shows. Now, everyone can dance along!
RADIO GALAXY (4th Digital Single)
Streaming Links: https://ssm.lnk.to/RADIOGALAXY
Kimino Akaruimiraiwo Oikakete (1st Single)
Streaming Links: https://ssm.lnk.to/KAO_FZ
Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro (2nd Single)
Streaming Links: https://ssm.lnk.to/WnIK
Kanpeki Shugide☆ (3rd Digital Single)
Streaming Links: https://ssm.lnk.to/KS_FZ
FRUITS ZIPPER is a new idol group created through KAWAII LAB, ASOBISYSTEM’s project to introduce idol culture to the world. The group’s concept is ‘from Harajuku to the world.’ FRUITS ZIPPER will transmit what they call ‘NEW KAWAII’ from Harajuku, an area known for fashion and individuality, to their soon-to-be global fanbase.
FRUITS ZIPPER Solo Live ‘Natsuyasumi ZIPPER~!’
Venue: Yokohama 1000 CLUB
Time: Doors open at 18:00, Show starts at 19:00
FRUITS ZIPPER 1st Solo Concert (Title to be announced)
Date: September 12, 2022
Venue: Ebisu LIQUIDROOM
Time: To be announced
Tickets: Sales dates to be announced
i☆Ris Releases Music Video for ‘Kakegurui Twin’ Anime Series Ending Theme ‘Queens Bluff’
22.July.2022 | MUSIC
Hybrid voice actress-idol group i☆Ris is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022. The group released its new track, Queens Bluff, on July 20, and the music video for the song is now available on YouTube!
Queens Bluff is being used as the ending song for the anime series Kakegurui Twin, which will air on Netflix globally starting August 4, 2022.
Queens Bluff Music Video (Full Version)
The music video teaser trailer was released on June 5, and the song was first performed during the final performance of i☆Ris’s national tour on July 7. The member’s speedy dance moves and style quickly caught on on social media, and the song has been called the most ‘seductive’ track in the group’s discography.
Since debuting in 2012, i☆Ris has been active in the voice acting scene, with the members starring in the PriPara series. They have also starred in stage performances and films, while also carrying out solo activities.
On November 7, i☆Ris will hold their 10th anniversary concert at Tokyo International Forum Hall A. In addition, they will also release their first best-of album to celebrate this huge milestone. To express their gratitude to their fanbase, the best album will also include a new track written by the members. This song will be performed for the first time at the 10th anniversary concert.
Be sure to keep an eye out for more from i☆Ris on the group’s 10th anniversary!
Release Date: August 3, 2022
Streaming Links: https://avex.lnk.to/iRis_22nd_QB_preDIGI
i☆Ris – First Best-of Album
Release Date: November 7, 2022
i☆Ris Official Site: https://iris.dive2ent.com/
The Japanese hip-hop girls group XG is continuing to trend worldwide with the release of their second single MASCARA on June 29, 2022. The song reached #1 on the iTunes Song Chart (Alternative) in 17 countries.
For those obsessed with the choreography, the group has released two MASCARA dance practice videos on YouTube! Fans can enjoy a fixed camera version and a moving camera version, the latter of which highlights each member individually. The group’s sophisticated and extremely synchronized dance moves never cease to amaze. It almost seems like their hair is dancing along too!
MASCARA – XG (Dance Practice Fix ver.)
MASCARA – XG (Dance Practice Moving ver. )
We can’t wait to see what XG does in the future!
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!
FEMM Releases Music Video for ‘Falling For A Lullaby,’ Announces European Tour Dates
07.July.2022 | MUSIC
Japanese electronic dance duo FEMM continues to impress. While still relatively unknown in Japan, the main track from their latest album Tokyo Ex Machina, We Got Each Other, managed to chart for 12 consecutive weeks on the major U.S. radio chart MEDIABASE/Activator Chart, rising as high as #48 as of June 22, 2022.
The song Fxxk Boyz Get Money, ranked in the Top 10 on Billboard’s World Albums chart and was also selected as the Best Indies Album at HMV in the U.K. The girls have continued to become popular in the U.S. in Europe.
The pandemic forced the duo to cancel all festival appearances in the U.S. and Europe. Their recent album Tokyo Ex Machina took over five years to complete.
The music video for Falling For A Lullaby is finally here featuring Jenna Andrews, who previously worked with BTS on the video for Butter. Inspired by the current cyberpunk craze, this song is worth a few dozen listens at a minimum.
Falling For A Lullaby（Music Video）
In terms of visuals, FEMM has received high acclaim from Western media outlets such as Vice, Noisey, and DAZED. The new video was made along with BRDG, a close friend with many fans around the world, and YAMACHANG, one of the best laser artists in Japan. The work stands out for its incredible use of light and color.
Starting in July, the duo will embark on a European tour. The dates are listed below, so if you live in the UK, France, or Germany, don’t miss this stellar show!
Tokyo Ex Machina
Streaming Links: https://avex.lnk.to/TokyoExMachina
FEMM- Isation UK/EU Tour 2022
July 14 – Dusseldorf, Germany – Kultur Banausen
July 16 – Paris, France – Badaboum
July 19 – Manchester, UK – Night & Day Cafe
July 20 – Huddersfield, UK – The Parish
July 21 – London, UK – Boston Music Room
July 22 – London, UK – Hyper Japan
Official Website: femms.jp/
QUEENDOM Releases Music Video for Ya Boy Kongming! Opening Theme
QUEENDOM has unveiled the music video for Chikichiki Banban, the catchy opening theme for the anime series Ya Boy Kongming!
QUEENDOM is a special music unit composed of hibiki and moca from lol, Akina and Taki from FAKY, and Maria Kaneya from GENIC. Chikichiki Banban has been a smash hit, and the anime series Ya Boy Kongming becoming a hot topic over the past few months.
The anime’s opening movie featuring the song has already surpassed 10 million views on YouTube, and many fans have posted videos of themselves singing and dancing along.
Chikichiki Banban – QUEENDOM MV (Opening Theme for Ya Boy Kongming!)
Many comments on YouTube and social networking sites began popping up begging QUEENDOM for a full music video, and the long-awaited release is incredibly impactful, with a loud party-like worldview that will make you want to dance.
The Special Anime MV was released prior to the QUEENDOM music video and uses footage from the series, so fans should give it a watch!
Chikichiki Banban – QUEENDOM (Special Anime MV)
Have you been watching one of the grooviest anime series of the season?
MARiA from GARNiDELiA and luz Release Duet Track, Music Video
20.June.2022 | MUSIC
GARNiDELiA vocalist MARiA released the music video for Cafe Latte no Uta, her duet track with luz, on June 15, 2022.
The track will be included in the singer’s second solo album Memories, which will go on sale on June 22 and is now available on streaming services. Cafe Latte no Uta was composed by PENGUIN RESERACH’s kemu with lyrics written by both Horie and luz.
Cafe Latte no Uta feat. luz
A release event has also been announced, scheduled to take place on June 22 at Tower Records Shibuya. The singer will hold a solo concert at Toyosu PIT on July 3. In exciting news, MARiA will be performing in an upcoming stage play, Quantum, which will be performed in Tokyo and Osaka for 23 total shows.
Although still very active in her work with GARNiDELiA, MARiA has been breaking new ground in her solo work, collaborating with a number of artists and creators. Keep an eye on what she does in the future!
Comment from MARiA
“I had a meeting with luz and kemu, and when we started chatting, we decided that since our voices are more adult, it would be perfect if we made a more sexy song.
All three of us have lived our lives as part of internet culture, so this song really shows off our history with all of its strengths!
This is a song best listened to with headphones on–we really used our breath a lot, especially in the gaps between the music.
Be sure to enjoy the perfect harmony between me and luz!”
Release Date: June 22, 2022
Limited Edition (CD＋Blu-ray): ¥4,950 (Tax Included)
Standard Edition (CD Only): ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
GARNiDELiA Official Site: https://www.garnidelia.com/
Fashion and Art Inspired Anime Series ‘Artiswitch’ Inspires More Music Videos
Artiswitch, a collaborative anime series made by SUNRISE (Mobile Suit Gundam, Love Live!) and ASOBISYSTEM, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s agency, premiered on YouTube on May 28, 2021. The show, based in Harajuku, has featured a wide range of content pulling from fashion, art, and music trends. A number of now-popular artists and creators were also responsible for contributing to each episode, in February, a new music video series related to the series premiered on YouTube! Three new videos are scheduled to premiere in April.
Uncolor is a collaboration between ASA Wu, a trilingual singer from Taiwan with an adorable image, and NANCY SNAKE, an illustrator known for her psychedelic pop worldview that combines realism and romanticism.
Paint was created by KIHOW, an artist who is also the vocalist of the music group MYTH & ROID, and Anzu, an up-and-coming female illustrator who also won the Pixiv High School Illustration Contest 2020 CLIP STUDIO PAINT Award.
The song Sticky was composed by trackmaker KOTONOHOUSE and written and performed by Moeno Chiyuki, who is very active on social media. The two teamed up with illustrator Nah, who has a very unique view of women and who uses color in a way that no other artist does.
The next three music videos will pop up during the month of April, with Uncolor releasing on April 1 at 20:00.
Part 2: Participating Artists
#04 – Uncolor / Premiering April 1 at 20:00
Music: ASA Wu / Illustrator: NANCY SNAKE
#05 – Paint / Premiering April 15 at 20:00
Music: KIHOW / Illustrator: Anzu
#06 – Sticky / Premiering April 29 at 20:00
Music: KOTONOHOUSE & Moeno Chiyuki / Illustrator: Nah
KATE, Illustrator Mai Yoneyama, and Music Artist EVE Release Collaborative Music Video
On March 19, the makeup brand KATE launched the Yoku Collection in limited quantities, featuring a total of six vivid and glittery products. To commemorate the launch, a new song titled YOKU written and performed by singer-songwriter Eve has been released as the collection’s inspiration song! The original music video is now available to watch on Eve’s official YouTube channel.
KATE Yoku Collection – ‘The Power of Makeup’ (30-second version)
KATE Yoku Collection – ‘The Power of Makeup’ (15-second version)
The music video was animated by illustrator Mai Yoneyama, who also provided the package designs for the Yoku collection. “I focused on the colors and effects to show how these products can transform a person’s monochromatic daily life into something more exciting once their desires (yoku) are unleashed,” Yoneyama commented.
The newest collection from KATE is being advertised all over Japan, with the newest music video highjacking the massive TV screen in Shibuya. Original LINE stickers featuring the characters from the video are also available now!
Q. This music video’s storyline focuses on freely expressing your desires and becoming exactly who you want to be. With this in mind, is there anything in particular that you focused on during production?
A. The theme of this collection is ‘desire,’ and I wanted to express this common facet of life through different colors and effects. I was really particular about the composition–I focused on the colors and effects to show how these products can transform a person’s monochromatic daily life into something more exciting once their desires (yoku) are unleashed. I used a lot of slow-motion animation as well, so that people could really see the finer details.
Q. The theme of this collection is ‘desire.’ What’s something you desire lately?
A. I always have a desire to express how I feel in a way that completely satisfies me. Oh, also, I really want to travel.
Q. What’s your favorite product from the new collection? Who would you recommend these new products to?
A. The multi-diamond glitter was really unexpected. I’d never used it before, but it’s exactly what I always hear about cosmetics–once I put it on, I just felt so uplifted! I’d really love to give it to my family and friends who have supported me on this project and loved my work.
Q. This is your second time collaborating with Eve. What’s your impression of his work?
A. I was happy to bounce ideas and thoughts off of him. He wrote the music after seeing the illustrations I made, and I listened to his music while I drew the storyboards. I think the two of us were able to create something incredibly true to the theme and we expressed exactly what we wanted to express. I’ve always loved Eve’s sensibility and I’ve listened to his music for a long time, but this collab let me see a different side to him. He becomes more incredible every single day.
Q. You wrote YOKU to represent the new collection from KATE. What did you focus on while creating the track?
A. I have a tendency to make really powerful songs that turn up the passion to 120%, so I wanted to tone that intensity back this time. I want the listener to feel like they’re floating when they hear it.
Q. How did you come up with the lyrics? What was your inspiration?
A. The title of the song means ‘desire,’ and it made me think about what that really means. In this world with no right answers, I want everyone to develop their own unique style. I want these lyrics to inspire people to follow their own desires without being influenced by the opinions of others. It’s a chance to face yourself and love yourself in your own way.
Q. The theme of this collection is ‘desire.’ What’s something you desire lately?
A. I always want to eat sweets. Lately, all I desire are strawberries.
Q. This is your second time collaborating with Mai Yoneyama. What’s your impression of her work?
A. Yoneyama’s illustrations are incredibly appealing. I love her character’s expressions, the delicate texture of their hair, the strength they exhibit–everything. This video has so many scenes of makeup being applied and close-up shots, all of which pulled me into the music video’s world. I hope everyone enjoys the video and the song together!
KATE Yoku Collection
Ai Higuchi Releases Music Video for Attack on Titan Ending Theme ‘Akuma no Ko’
Singer-songwriter Ai Higuchi has released the music video for the song Akuma no Ko, which serves as the ending theme for Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2.
The track has already gained massive popularity worldwide and has been streamed over 35 million times in just over one month. Akuma no Ko reached the top spot on the Apple Music J-Pop Ranking in 109 countries including Germany, France, Italy, and Korea. It was in the top 10 in 126 other countries. It ranked #1 on the Spotify Viral Top 50 in Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam. The anime version of the music video has already received over 10 million views.
The video was filmed on a windy island and has an exotic atmosphere that doesn’t quite feel Japanese.
Akuma no Ko – Ai Higuchi (Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 ED Theme)
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Limited Edition [CD+DVD] / ¥4,950 (Tax Included)
Standard Edition [CD Only] / ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Official Site: https://www.higuchiai.com/
SiM Releases Music Video for Attack on Titan OP Theme ‘The Rumbling’
The music video for The Rumbling, the opening theme song for Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2, premiered on YouTube on March 2, 2022.
Performed in front of a green screen with incredibly detailed CG imagery overlaid with the band, the series’ story plays out alongside this hard rock track. The video also includes a ton of shots from impossible camera angles caught by using volumetrics.
Along with INNI VISION, who has produced many of SiM’s music videos in the past, the production team for this release also included Taiyo Yamamoto and Naohiro Yako. Ryoji Sekimoto from Crypton Future Media and Kota Morie from MORIE INC also participated. During the video’s premiere on YouTube, the four members of SiM appeared in the chat guerrilla-style, shocking fans.
The Rumbling – SiM (Music Video)
An official interview has been posted to a special website made especially for the song. The interview has been translated into English, Portuguese, Indonesian, French, Spanish, and German.
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Music Video for ‘Reconnect,’ Sampling Sounds from Pokemon Red and Green, Released
On Pokemon Day, February 27, 2021, the music program P25 Music was launched with ‘P25 Music Presents: Post Malone Virtual Concert Experience.’ In October 2021, ‘Pokemon 25: The Album’ was released featuring top musical artists from around the world celebrating the anniversary of the beloved series, and the following month saw two tracks, Reconnect and Grown, released by Yaffle. Reconnect, sung in English by Daichi Yamamoto and AAAMYYY, samples sounds from Pokemon games, including the opening music for Pokemon Red and Green.
As Pokemon continues to celebrate 25 successful years, the music video for Reconnect was been released on the Pokemon YouTube channel.
Pokémon 25 / Reconnect – Yaffle feat. Daichi Yamamoto & AAAMYYY
The music video takes place in a nostalgic candy shop filled with neon lights, with plenty of catchy dance sequences and everyone’s favorite Pokemon grooving along with the music in CG. TAKAHIRO was in charge of the choreography, having previously choreographed for Keyakizaka46 and Sekai no Owari.
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