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.


Lyric Video:


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.


  • BE:FIRST Begins Streaming ‘Move On’ from First Album in Advance

    09.August.2022 | MUSIC

    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.


    Scream – BE:FIRST (Music Video)


    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.


    Scream – BE:FIRST (Music Video)



    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.

  • BE:FIRST Releases Music Video for Popular Song ‘Scream’ from New Album

    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.


    Scream – BE:FIRST (Music Video)


    Scream is a hard-hitting dance number produced by SUNNY BOY, who previously worked with artists such as BTS, BLACKPINK, BIGBANG, 2NE1, Namie Amuro, Daichi Miura, SKY-HI, and more. It was also produced by Maxx Song who leads the K-Pop music scene, working with artists like BoA, Red Velvet, and TWICE. SKY-HI’s lyrics speak of the dawn of a new era, and this track is fitting to serve as the main track from BE:FIRST’s first album. The song has already taken the top spot on the iTunes Song Ranking, LINE MUSIC Real-time Song Top 100, Rakuten Music Real-time Ranking, and on Amazon Music. 


    Scream – BE:FIRST (???????)


    Just after the music video was released, a new video titled ‘Scream – BE:FIRST (???????)’ was announced. The strange video will premiere on July 27 at 20:00.

  • BE:FIRST Holds Twitter Icon Campaign to Promote Upcoming Album

    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. 

    Those who have clicked on the strange site seem baffled, with comments starting to flood the site. What do the letters mean? Each icon seems different–how many are there? What’s the message? Fans are desperate to solve the puzzle.


    A hashtag appeared at the same time, translating to ‘we’ll show you what it means to be the best.’ Regardless of what mysteries this campaign holds, you’ll want to keep an eye out for BE:FIRST’s debut album next month!

  • Members of THE RAMPAGE, NCT127, and FANTASTICS to Appear in ‘HiGH&LOW THE WORST X’ Film

    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.


    The new trailer is filled with incredible action scenes set to the film’s theme song THE POWER, while the footage of the three-school alliance led by Amagai includes the rap song RIDE OR DIE by MA55IVE THE RAMPAGE. Expectations are high for this installation of the wildly popular film saga, with the final scene in the trailer showing a massive amount of rowdy high schoolers ready to brawl. The overwhelming scale of the movie is sure to impress both fans and newcomers alike.

    The new poster visual features 31 members of the cast, with the blue and red graphics coming together to form a cross. HiGH&LOW THE WORST X will present the climax of the ongoing story, with the tagline reading ‘To the top and beyond,’ showing the character’s lust for power.


    The new cast members from Suzuran Boys’ High School, known as the School of the Crows, have also been unveiled. Daichi Henry Mikami, a professional martial artist, will be making his acting debut, while Mizuki Itagaki, a popular young actor who has appeared in a number of high-profile films, will also appear. The cast will also include Yuki Tokito, FANTASTICS vocalist and actor Yusei Yagi, FANTASTICS performer Keito Kimura, and singer Yuri Takahashi.  


    Another FANTASTICS member making an appearance will be Natsuki Hori. These three members of the up-and-coming group will be participating in the HiGH&LOW series for the first time, so be sure to show them your support!


    This film will be a miraculous crossover, bringing together members from THE RAMPAGE, NCT127, BE:FIRST, and FANTASTICS to tell a powerful story, bringing audiences one of the most exciting action blockbusters in history. Will you be watching?


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  • HiGH&LOW THE WORST X Screenshot Featuring NCT127’s Yuta Nakamoto and BE:FIRST’s Ryoki Miyama Released

    15.July.2022 | MOVIE

    With over 5.56 million people coming to see the films in theaters and box-office revenue of over ¥7.8 billion, the High&LoW film series has inspired audiences around Japan for years. In 2019, the film High&Low The Worst was released as a collaboration with Hiroshi Takahashi’s manga Worst and Crows, which have collectively sold over 80 million copies. A sequel, High&Low The Worst X, will be released in theaters nationwide on September 9, 2022.


    Kazuma Kawamura (THE RAMPAGE) plays Fujio Hanaoka, a seemingly well-mannered student at Oya High School who has a passion for taking on his enemies in battle. The school is filled with delinquents wanting to take power, each with their own crazy fighting styles. Wanting to challenge the leader of Oya, Yoshiki Murayama, Hanaoka must also get ready to take on the Housen Academy, as the two schools have hostilities yet to be squashed. This sequel will see the biggest showdown in series history on a massive scale never seen before. A new rival, Senomon Technical High School, will appear as well.


    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. 


    “We’ve been listening to Jonas Blue forever, so getting to collaborate with him is unreal,” BE:FIRST said. “Big respect to Jonas Blue and Why Don’t We! I hope we can help create a new Don’t Wake Me Up for the fans!” 


    This remix is BE:FIRST’s first collaboration with a foreign artist. Jonas Blue will also be performing at Fuji Rock Festival ‘22 later this month.

    Recently, BE:FIRST announced that they would be releasing their first album, BE:1, on August 31, 2022. It will contain 15 tracks, and some of Japan’s top up-and-coming producers contributed to the album, including Chaki Zulu, KM, Sunny Boy, UTA, and Ryosuke “Dr. R” Sakai. 


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

  • BE:FIRST Song ‘Bye-Good-Bye’ Becomes Theme Song for Drama Series, Visuals Released

    11.February.2022 | MUSIC

    BE:FIRST just released a new song, Bye-Good-Bye. Not only is the song an instant hit–it has been chosen as the theme song for the morning drama series Sayonara no Sono Mae ni (Before I Say Goodbye). The series will air for 23 episodes from March 1 to March 23 during the ZIP morning program on Nippon TV. 


    A new pastel-toned visual featuring the members has also been released.


    The morning drama tells the story of a meteor headed towards Earth, and of five people’s last days. The show will switch perspectives in each episode Monday through Friday. Each morning, viewers will be greeted with eight minutes of joy and sadness that will surely make an impact. Bye-Good-Bye is packed with BE:FIRST charm and is the perfect way to start the series.


    BE:FIRST Member Comments


    Farewells and partings always happen for a reason, and even if they feel negative in the moment, these meaningful goodbyes are positive and meaningful. This song promises that things will be even more wonderful when we meet again.



    I feel like this song is the brightest of the BE:FIRST songs released so far. It’s catchy, and the lyrics can encourage and inspire anyone and everyone. This is also our first theme song, so I hope that people will enjoy the story and song together!



    I’ve been so excited for this song to be released. Our story and our origin from THE FIRST will never change. The ‘Goodbye’ in the title can feel like a sad word, but we wanted to take all of our emotions from our auditions and everyday life and inject them into this track. This is not goodbye–it’s a fresh start.



    Bye-Good-Bye is a song that tells us that while there are many ways to say goodbye, our goodbye is a positive thing. It means a new start. That’s what BE:FIRST is all about; trying new things. I hope everyone who listens to this song will understand the depth of the word ‘goodbye.’ 



    The song Bye-Good-Bye expresses the positive side of the word ‘goodbye.’ It tells you to say goodbye to your dreams, but only for a moment–as you grow and change, you’ll be able to reach those dreams more easily. Please listen to it!



    While the title may sound sad, this is a positive song. We may travel different paths in the future, but when we meet again after reaching our goals and achieving our dreams, we’ll be happier than ever before. I’m sure that there are parts of the drama that can be linked to our music, and I hope that this song will make the show more emotional for the viewers!



    I’m very happy that this song was chosen as the theme to this drama series. This song is about the goodbyes we all experience. While they are sad, they are also full of gratitude and memories. It’s a positive song that will help you start the day on a high note, so please listen as much as you can!

  • BE:FIRST Releases ‘Brave Generation’ from 2nd Single, Track Ranks #1 on Music Charts

    03.February.2022 | MUSIC

    Boy band BE:FIRST has announced the track Brave Generation to massive fanfare, with the song already taking the top spot on the iTunes General Song Ranking, the LINE MUSIC Real-Time Song Top 100, and the Amazon Digital New Music Ranking. 

    The alternative track produced by KM features distorted guitar riffs and plenty of synths. BE:FIRST intends this to be an emotional fight song that aims to inspire younger generations to overcome the many struggles born during this pandemic era.

    Brave Generation
    will serve as the theme song for ‘JFL presents FOR THE NEXT 2022,’ a joint project by JFL-affiliated radio stations from five cities across Japan (FM NORTH WAVE/J-WAVE/ZIP-FM/FM802/CROSS FM).



    Brave Generation – BE:FIRST Lyric Video

  • BE:FIRST Photo Exhibition “We Just Gifted.” Ver. 2 Opens at Shibuya PARCO

    19.January.2022 | MUSIC / SPOT

    In October 2021, boy band BE:FIRST held their first photo exhibition at Shibuya PARCO. Now, a second version of the exhibition is triumphantly returning to the Tokyo venue!


    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 immediately amassed an army of fans from around the world. The photo exhibition held in Tokyo, Nagoya, and online for three months starting in October attracted over 10,000 visitors. 


    In response to the large demand, the BE:FIRST Photo Exhibition “We Just Gifted.” recently visited Osaka, before returning to Tokyo. The first showing focused heavily on the member’s journey towards a major debut, but now, more than 80% of the photos have been replaced. Since BE:FIRST’s major debut on November 3, the boys have held their first solo concert and fan meetups. Over 200 photos of the members post-debut will be on display.


    The online photo exhibition, which was scheduled to end on January 31, will be extended to coincide with the new exhibition at Shibuya PARCO. Be sure to check it out!


  • BE:FIRST to Appear Regularly on J-Wave Radio Show ‘Spark’ Starting January 2022

    01.January.2022 | MUSIC

    Boy band BE:FIRST will serve as regular Monday hosts on the J-WAVE radio program ‘SPARK’ starting in January 2022. The seven-member dance and vocal group have been incredibly popular since their debut, with their debut song Gifted hitting #7 on Billboard’s Hot Trending Songs weekly chart. This will mark the first time that all members of the group will have regular radio roles.


    SPARK is a late-night radio show based on the concept of ‘finding dreams and giving them shape.’ Listeners are invited to submit their artistic works, with hosts and guests giving feedback and helpful interviews to help those trying to achieve their dreams.


    The show also tackles a different project on each day of the week. As BE:FIRST is a singing and dance group, Monday’s show will introduce the member’s musical roots. Guests will also be invited to send in dance videos.

    Comments from BE:FIRST

    I’m extremely happy and nervous at the same time because this is the first time we’ll be starring in a regular radio show.
     I’ll do my best to make this the best show it can be!

    The members of BE:FIRST will be hosting SPARK each Monday starting in January! Thank you so much for the opportunity!
    I can’t wait to share more about our lives, our favorite songs, and our personal lives!

    I’m going to have so much fun hosting SPARK, and I hope that my feelings are contagious. Please tune in!

  • BE:FIRST to Hold Photo Exhibition at Umeda LOFT in Osaka

    13.December.2021 | MUSIC / SPOT

    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 immediately amassed an army of fans who immediately fell in love with the suave members. The group’s first photo exhibition was held for three months in Tokyo, Nagoya, and online, with more than 10,000 people showing up. 


    Because of the incredible response to the event, a second version is coming to Osaka for a limited time from January 7 until January 23, 2022. The exhibition will feature about 200 photos highlighting their debut, their first solo concert, and other curious moments in their career. Those interested will be able to see the photos online as well!