Rina Sawayama Releases Second Album, Announces First Japan Tour

22.September.2022 | MUSIC

Born in Niigata and living in London, international singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama released her second album Hold The Girl on September 16. The album is Sawayama’s first in two and a half years and was written and recorded over the past year and a half. With an overarching pop sound, the album blends other genres expertly, from country, electro, and R&B to folk, metal, and rock. Hold The Girl manages to track Sawayama’s personal growth, sharing her goals for the future while fully accepting her past. The album has already received rave reviews from media outlets worldwide, including Rolling Stone, The Times, DIY, The Mail on Sunday, and more. “Among contemporary pop stars, Rina Sawayama certainly stands out,” The Times reads.

 

Sawayama has also announced that she will hold her first solo Japan tour in January 2023, stopping in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. Her performance at Summer Sonic 2022 was a smash hit, so don’t miss your chance to see her live if you couldn’t make it!

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    Born in Niigata and living in London, international singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama released her second album Hold The Girl on September 16. Incredibly, the album debuted at #3 on the UK Albums Chart, marking a record achievement for the artist. 

     

    This is the first time in history that a Japanese artist has reached #3 on the UK Album Chart. Sawayama expressed her joy on social media, thanking anyone who bought or streamed her music in the past. 

     

    Hold The Girl also hit #1 in weekly analog record sales in the UK, and reached #1 in the alternative genre on both iTunes and Apple Music in Japan. 

     

    Sawayama has also announced that she will hold her first solo Japan tour in January 2023, stopping in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka.

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  • Rina Sawayama Releases Music Video for ‘Hurricanes,’ Studio Performance of ‘This Hell’

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    Born in Niigata and living in London, international singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama released her second album Hold The Girl on September 16. The album has already received rave reviews from media outlets worldwide, with NME calling it “the best British pop album of the year.” 

     

    Sawayama has now released the music video for her single Hurricanes, which can also be found on her newest album. The impressive video features an incredibly powerful performance with the band in the middle of a violent storm. Be sure to check it out below!

     

    Hurricanes – Rina Sawayama (Official Music Video)

    https://youtu.be/LbB1Qtq3FHY 

     

    A studio performance version of the song This Hell, the first single from the album and a fan favorite, has also been released. The video features incredible dancers and a live band.

     

    This Hell (Live) – Rina Sawayama | Vevo Studio Performance

    https://youtu.be/7cilizyYBdQ 

     

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    Rina Sawayama is a Japanese singer/songwriter born in Niigata Prefecture. Now based in London and active internationally, the artist has just released the title song from her upcoming album Hold the Girl, which will hit shelves on September 16, 2022. An audio video was also released. 

     

    Hold the Girl – Rina Sawayama (Official Audio)


    Sawayama gave a comment about the new track.

     

    “Hold The Girl was the first song I wrote for the album at the end of 2020. I went to therapy and had this revelation that inspired me to write it…that was how it came to be. I was crying before I went into the studio.” 

     

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    Rina Sawayama, a Japanese singer-songwriter based in London and active worldwide, will release a Japan-exclusive Commemorative Edition of her first album SAWAYAMA on August 3, 2022.

     

    The artist’s first album was released on Sawayama’s Dirty Hit label, which has also released music by The 1975, Pale Waves, and Wolf Alice. It quickly became a worldwide sensation, receiving high praise from a number of media outlets, with Rolling Stone hailing it as a “thrilling adventure in music” and the New York Times calling Sawayama a “model musician for the streaming age.” The BBC named SAWAYAMA album of the year, saying that the musician “is a uniquely compelling artist who deserves all the attention she gets.”

     

    The album was also named Album of the Year by Consequence of Sound, NPR, Paste Magazine, Rough Trade, and Uproxx.

     

    Comment from Rina Sawayama

    “Ultimately, this album is about family and identity. The theme is about self-understanding in the context of belonging to two different cultures–for me, both British and Japanese. It’s important to find a place where you can be at ease inside–where you can break free of stereotypes and simply be yourself without hiding your flaws.”

      

    Sawayama was named Vogue Japan’s Woman of the Year 2019 and was the winner of Spotify Japan’s Early Noise 2020 award. The song Chosen Family, featuring Elton John, was used during the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. She is scheduled to perform at Summer Sonic 2022.

     

    Chosen Family (with Elton John) – Performance and Lyric Video

    SAWAYAMA (Deluxe Edition) -Japan Exclusive Commemorative Edition- includes a 2-CD set containing 27 tracks, including remixes by SEKAI NO OWARI’s global project End of the World, acoustic tracks, and the aforementioned Elton John collaboration track. It also comes with a Blu-ray featuring music videos. On September 2, Sawayama will release her second album Hold The Girl.

     

    Expectations are high for Rina Sawayama going forward, so keep an eye on this incredible artist!

  • Rina Sawayama’s Releases Live Footage of New Song ‘This Hell’ Performed at Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2022

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    Niigata-born singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama recently announced that she would be releasing her long-awaited new album Hold The Girl in September 2022. The artist, based in London, recently performed at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2022, a popular U.K. music festival. Her new track, This Hell, was met with massive fanfare, and those who missed her performance in person can now watch it on YouTube!

     

    This Hell – Rina Sawayama (Big Weekend 2022): https://youtu.be/42iGscAMjTo 

     

    Along with the live performance footage, Sawayama has also revealed a lyric video for This Hell. The video is what fans would expect, harnessing the artist’s incredible creativity.

     

    This Hell – Rina Sawayama (Official Lyric Video): https://youtu.be/yZKThkBA42M

     

    Rina is scheduled to perform at SUMMER SONIC 2022, which will be held in Tokyo on August 20 and Osaka on August 21.

     

    The song This Hell is the first to be released under a new partnership between Rina Sawayama’s Dirty Hit label and Universal Music Japan.

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    14.May.2022 | MUSIC / SPOT

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    Check out each of these unique ambient tracks created by four up-and-coming musicians! Each song is available on viviON’s ASMR platform ZOWA and on Spotify.

     

    Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture / Ikkyuu x Hige Driver, I Love Ikkyuu

    Beard Driver created this ambient track with sounds recorded inside of Ikkyuu, a ramen shop.

    ZOWA: https://zowa.app/play/20019
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/1RP4RcpJwMrFzoYQbnfDYm?si=f1f1e816adb14db0

     

    Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture / Miyuki no Hama x Powerless, Seiren

    Powerless created this track, inspired by the sounds of waves crashing at Miyuki no Hama, a seaside recreation area 20 minutes from Odawara Station.

    ZOWA: https://zowa.app/play/20016
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/5DkQ9FeM7jQBacUf7Nbuxc?si=c7d771e73ddd44b6

     

     

    Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture / Wasabi Field x baker, On the silent hill

    Utogi in Shizuoka city is surrounded by incredible nature. Known as the birthplace of wasabi cultivation, baker used sounds recorded in the area to create this ambient track.

    ZOWA: https://zowa.app/play/20017
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/0oIU4x7MjVKmpouRwEPaXZ?si=04dcb805cea540b7

     

    Ibusuki, Kagoshima Prefecture / Cape Tara x SeA0, Akushu

    Cape Tara is a popular spot featuring an 800-meter-long sandbar at low tide. The sounds captured here were used by artist SeA0, and this track is sure to make you miss the water.

    ZOWA: https://zowa.app/play/20018
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/1Utz5j0oB4GmSDOMVdUcXU?si=eafa1949b3ea44d0

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