Category Archives: Japan Music

X-Japan’s Yoshiki Records Golden Globe Awards Theme Song

The latest Golden Globe Awards theme song will hit iTunes for the first time this year. To mark the event’s 70th anniversary, Japanese star and classically-trained multi-instrumentalist Yoshiki composed and recorded a song that will open the show and appear throughout the Jan. 13 broadcast.

Yoshiki, who’s also in the hit rock group X-Japan, played many of the instruments himself before adding a full string orchestra to the piece. He said he tried to come up with something beautiful, but also edgy and festive for the occasion.

“It’s such an honor to be a part of this esteemed event which is enjoyed by hundreds of millions around the world,” said Yoshiki. “Composing this music was a journey that involved creating numerous versions in order to arrive at just the right sound to capture the unique combination of glamour and edginess that makes the Golden Globe Awards so entertaining.”

On Jan. 15, the theme song will be available on iTunes, with all profits going to charity.

Koda Kumi releasing 2nd Cover Album

Koda Kumi is releasing her 2nd cover album on February 2nd. The singer revealed which songs she will be covering on her album.

According to the singer, the new album is meant to be more about entertainment than anything else. "I chose a wide selection of music and challenged myself to various arrangements," she stated.

The new album will come in CD Only, CD+DVD and Limited Edition CD+DVD versions. The Limited Edition DVD will contain a bonus documentary not found on the regular edition DVD as well as a special photo book.

Koda covered a variety of songs in her previous cover album, “ETERNITY ~Love & Songs~“. One new cover on the upcoming album is pop band Kome Kome CLUB’s hit song “Shake Hip!” in an electro style.

“Surely Someday” New Song by Miho Fukuhara for Nintendo 3DS Game

Miho Fukuhara has a new song, “Surely Someday”, done for an upcoming Nintendo 3DS game. “Surely Someday” is written by Miho Fukuhara and composed by Tomohito Nishiura.

The new game is “Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies” and will be released February 28th. It is the 6th entry in the puzzle game series “Profesor Layton”. The game follows Professor Layton around the world as he investigates a “living mummy” and the mystery behind the Azran civilization.

Perfume new single releasing February 27th, “Mirai no Museum”

Perfume have revealed the jacket covers for their upcoming single, “Mirai no Museum”, which will be released on February 27th.

This song was written for the movie, ‘Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Himitsu Dougu Museum’, that’s scheduled to open in theaters on March 9th. The regular edition jacket is a pop design featuring the girls dressed as detectives.

Meanwhile, the limited edition jacket is an illustration done by the animators of ‘Doraemon’. It shows the members wearing the same outfit and striking the same pose as the regular edition jacket cover.

Check them out here!

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Moran announces coming album “jen:ga” and a national tour “Tower of Jenga”

Visual Kei band Moran announced the release of their very first full album back in September and only now have they revealed more information…the album is titled “jen:ga”. It will come out in two versions:

Limited Edition (3675 Yen)

[CD]

1. Barairo No Jigoku

2. Benisashi

3. L’Oiseau bleu

4. Bulbs

5. Melancholia

6. Wing or Tail

7. ReCover

8. Maybe Lucy in the ky

9. Eclipse

10. Aru sakushi to no yuugiroku

11. Fuyuubyou

[DVD]

Barairo no Jigoku PV

Regular Edition (3150 Yen)

1. Barairo No Jigoku

2. Benisashi

3. L’Oiseau bleu

4. Bulbs

5. Melancholia

6. Yukouchuu

7. Wing or Tail

8. ReCover

9. Maybe Lucy in the ky

10. Eclipse

11. Aru sakushi to no yuugiroku

12. Fuyuubyou

13. Last piece of the jen:ga

The new Barairo No Jigoku PV preview is awesome:

Helpless PV:

The band announced several instore events and a new national tour titled “Tower of Jenga”. They will perform in 5 different cities.

Ayumi Hamasaki’s 2nd Classical Album is a Hit

Ayumi Hamasaki’s latest compilation album “A Classical” has topped the Oricon weekly album chart, selling 25,049 copies in its first week of sales.

The new compilation album featured many of the singer’s biggest hits, remixing them with a classical, orchestra instrumental. “A Classical” marks the first time a classical album has topped the Oricon album charts.

Ayu’s latest album is the 2nd classical album released by the singer. Her first, “My Story Classical”, only placed 4th on the Oricon album chart, selling 82,000 copies so far.

Hamasaki’s latest chart-topping album is her 19th career #1 album. She now ties with Seiko Matsuda as having the 2nd most #1 albums for a female artist. Yumi Matsutoya currently holds the record for female artists with the most #1 albums, amassing 22 throughout her career.

“A Classical” is the 3rd release in a series of 5 in celebration of Hamasaki’s 15th anniversary in April. The singer’s next release will be a new studio album titled “LOVE again”.