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!
Soundtrack for BLUE GIANT Jazz Manga Film Adaptation Coming Soon
In 2013, Shinichi Ishizuka’s BLUE GIANT manga series hit the scene. Serialized in Big Comic, the series has sold over 9 million copies to date. Readers have fallen in love with the author’s depiction of emotion and Ishizuka has even influenced the real-world jazz scene with his creation. BLUE GIANT will be adapted into an anime film coming to theaters on February 17, and the staff’s dream of bringing real jazz at max volume to the masses will finally come true.
The world-renowned pianist Hiromi Uehara oversaw the film’s music. The authentic jazz heard in the film’s trailer has already become a hot topic, and the original soundtrack will be released on February 17, the same day as the film’s release.
Hiromi Uehara has been a close friend of Shinichi Ishizuka for years, and even before the film adaptation was announced, she had privately composed an original song for JASS, the trio formed by the main character Dai Miyamoto. Uehara wrote, performed, and produced the entire soundtrack including the songs FIRST NOTE, N.E.W., and WE WILL.
Saxophonist Tomoaki Baba will play the saxophone for the character Dai, who aspires to be the best sax player on Earth. Auditions were held in cooperation with Universal Music, featuring leading players from Japan and abroad. Baba was an easy choice, wowing judges with his large sax and powerful performance. Shun Ishiwaka, the drummer of the band Millennium Parade, will play the drums for Dai’s classmate Shunji Tamada.
More than 30 top-class classical and jazz musicians participated in the soundtrack’s production, including a string section conducted by Miho Hazama and led by members of Hiromi Uehara’s Piano Quintet.
Hiromi Uehara also wrote the original track BLUE GIANT, used as the film’s end-roll song. “When I was doing the recording for this film, this melody suddenly popped into my head. I became obsessed and immediately wrote it down,” Uehara said. “I was so inspired by the BLUE GIANT film that I created this song that same day. Of course, I had to title it the same thing!”
The soundtrack contains 29 songs and is perfect for listening to while you enjoy a quiet winter night at home. Don’t miss it!
BLUE GIANT Original Soundtrack
Release Date: February 17, 2023
On January 25, the Japanese hip-hop R&B girls’ group XG released the music video for their long-awaited third single SHOOTING STAR. The single is also available now via download and streaming, and fans can also snag a CD Box while supplies last. XG is comprised of seven members–Jurin, Chisa, Hinata, Harvey, Juria, Maya, and Cocona.
SHOOTING STAR features stunning space-inspired visuals and fashion, blending heavy bass and the group’s signature ‘BellSound.’ The stunning harmonies, powerful rap, and delightful vocals stand out, with the lyrics expressing the member’s single-minded desire to strive and grow into world-class artists.
Also included with the new single is the addictive track LEFT RIGHT, featuring a catchy synth loop and trap beat with strong bass and a fine-tuned hi-hat sound. Fans will want to sing around to the rap portion, and the song is filled with positive energy–XG’s signature. The girls don’t let anyone but themselves dictate their actions, always believing in themselves as they move forward.
The two songs settle well into the genres of hip-hop and R&B. The girls want listeners to trust in themselves and become who they want to be.
Alongside the music video, fans can also enjoy the SHOOTING STAR LIVE STAGE, where the girls perform both new songs.
The videos pulled in an incredible amount of attention and commentary from fans around the world.
XG – SHOOTING STAR (Official Music Video)
In the SHOOTING STAR video, the members can be seen in cool over-the-top outfits sharing their music from a place beyond the universe. This high-end, innovative work is unfathomably unique, showing off the youthful power of XG.
Following the group’s first single Tippy Toes and second single MASCARA, the sky’s the limit for this budding girl group. With unbeatable choreography and a signature style, keep an eye on XG in 2023!
XG to Release 3rd Single SHOOTING STAR Featuring 2 Tracks, Visuals for NEO ROMANTIC Unveiled
Japanese hip-hop R&B girls group XG will release their 3rd single SHOOTING STAR on January 25, 2023. Fans from around the world have also been commenting on the group’s new visual, and expectations are high.
Comments include “They’re so original and so fresh, I can’t wait,” “Full points for the new visual,” “Every one of their songs surpasses my expectations,” “They aren’t K-Pop or J-pop, but something totally different,” “XG is something totally new in this age of girl group wars,” and “the new visual is so avant-garde, I can’t imagine what the song and music video will be like!”
The third single will include two songs for the first time in the group’s history titled SHOOTING STAR and LEFT RIGHT. A CD Box will also be released.
The members of XG have taken to social media for their conceptual content ‘XG Wish Delivery,’ in which the girls become shooting stars and make people’s wishes come true. In addition to this exciting news, the dreamy and unique NEO Romantic visual has been released.
SHOOTING STAR will be released at midnight on January 25, 2023. The accompanying music video will drop at 18:00 JST on the same day.
SHOOTING STAR – XG (3rd Single)
Release Date: January 25, 2023
Official Website: http://xgalx.com/xg/
Vickeblanka Releases Live Video of Black Clover Anime Theme Song ‘Black Catcher’
13.January.2023 | Uncategorized
Singer Vickeblanka has released a live performance video of Black Catcher, the opening theme song for the anime series Black Clover. On January 25, 2023, the singer will release Vickeblanka presents RAINBOW ROAD -Ki- on Blu-ray and DVD.
Black Catcher – Vickeblanka (from「RAINBOW ROAD -Ki-」LIVE DVD＆Blu-ray on sale January 25, 2023)
Black Catcher serves as the 10th opening theme for Black Clover. The song has been ranked in Spotify’s Top 10 Most Played Japanese Songs Overseas for three consecutive years and has been streamed over 160 million times. The accompanying music video has been viewed over 50 million times.
Vickeblanka appeared in the recent Shochiku Tokyu New Year’s drama series Kaden Samurai Special Stop! Chuushingura. At the start of the series, the main character Shijuro Kanenashi plays a yakuza in prison after being falsely accused of a crime. The series co-stars Kenichi Takito who was surprised by Vicke’s powerful performance.
Treasure, the theme song for the regular drama series, is also being used as the theme of this special.
Vickeblanka presents RAINBOW ROAD -Ki- will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on January 25, 2023. This was the singer’s first arena concert, featuring a rare 19-track setlist including encores.
The live show includes signature tracks like Masshiro, Ca Va?, and ULALA, as well as an encore performance of the song Changes. The concert release also includes a 2-CD set of live recordings from the performance. The asymmetrical stage featured a unique acoustic setup that is fully captured in this incredible set.
In addition to the standard edition, a Limited First Edition will include a 52-page photobook with rare images from the rehearsal.
Those who preorder through the French Link fan club will receive a special rubber band, and an A3-size calendar poster on a first-come, first-served basis. 55 people who preorder by midnight on January 6 will win an A3-size calendar poster autographed by Vickeblanka himself.
Vickeblanka presents RAINBOW ROAD -Ki-
Release Date: January 25, 2023
Limited First Edition
Sleeve with 52-page photobook
Product Number: AVBD-27616/B～C
Price: ¥8,000 (Excluding tax)
●Blu-ray Disc＋2 CDs
Limited First Edition
Sleeve with 52-page photobook
Product Number: AVXD-27617/B～C
Price: ¥8,000 (Excluding tax)
Product Number: AVBD-27618/B～C
Price: ¥6,000 (Excluding tax)
Official Site: https://vickeblanka.com/
LE SSERAFIM’s First Japanese Single ‘FEARLESS’ Available to Stream
20.December.2022 | MUSIC
LE SSERAFIM, a girl group produced by BTS’s label HYBE, released FEARLESS -Japanese version- on download and streaming sites on December 15. The full single will be released on January 25, 2023.
LE SSERAFILM is a five-member girl group consisting of Kim Chaewon, Sakura, Huh Yunjin, Kazuha, and Hong Eunchae. This is the first girl group produced by HYBE and SOURCE MUSIC, who have both worked with a number of global artists.
The original Korean track FEARLESS spent 19 consecutive weeks on the U.S. Billboard charts, setting a record for K-pop idols. The music video received over 100 million views within its first 100 days of release.
Numerous Campaigns Underway Now
In conjunction with the advance release of the Japanese version of FEARLESS, a playback campaign was launched on Rakuten Music starting December 15. Those playing the song can receive an original postcard. A social media sharing campaign is also underway–those sharing the song from select music streaming services on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #FEARLESS will be entered to win an original sticker.
A LINE MUSIC playback campaign will also begin on December 21. Participants will be selected by lottery to take place in an online event with random members of LE SSERAFIM. All participants will also receive an original LINE Talk background image, so be sure to take part! More details will be released soon, so keep an eye out.
Musical Program Sizuk to Perform Opening Theme for Upcoming Anime Series ‘The Iceblade Sorcerer Shall Rule the World’
Sizuk, a music project started by composer Shunryu, has officially launched! The composer is known for his contributions to anime and idol music, and in this new project, Shunryu will collaborate with illustrators, lyricists, singers, and other talents to produce original content.
For the project’s debut single, Dystopia will serve as the opening theme for the anime series The Iceblade Sorcerer Shall Rule the World, scheduled to premiere in January 2023. The lyrics were written by Shoko Fujibayashi and arranged by John Kanda (PENGUIN RESEARCH), with a jacket illustration by SOLANI. It was sung by AYAME, the vocalist of the rock band AliA.
The song will be released as a digital single on January 6, 2023. Be sure not to miss the anime series either!
XG has been taking the world by storm since its debut. The music video for the group’s second single MASCARA has been viewed over 20 million times, and now, the girls have unveiled some new behind-the-scenes content on YouTube. The XG fan club, ALPHAZ, has also been opened.
The newly-released XTRA XG #1 video shows footage of the girls prepping for their live show, behind-the-scenes footage of the newly released MASCARA performance video, and a surprise birthday celebration for Hinata. Check it out below!
XTRA XG #1 (Behind the Scenes of Live Stage & Performance Video/ Hinata’s Birthday Surprise)
Compared with many other behind-the-scenes videos, this footage shows more real moments, including conversations and honest expressions that make the audience feel as though they were really there. As the title suggests, this special video will allow you to learn more about XG.
The group’s fan club app, ALPHAZ, opened on August 5, 2022. This contains tons of exclusive content, from daily member blogs to special videos. The members will occasionally pop up in the community room too, so be sure to download the app and check it out if you like the group!
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!
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/
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!
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.
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/