Sakanaction unveil the track list for their upcoming Compilation Album “Sakanazukan”

Earlier this month we reported that electronic rock band Sakanaction would be releasing their first best album, “Sakanazukan“, on March 28th.  The group have now revealed all of the details about this release, including both its track list and the contents of its Limited Edition DVD/Blu-ray disc.

The compilation has been organized into a series of 3 different discs:  “Asase (‘Shallows’)”, “Chuusou (‘Medium Depth’)”, and “Shinkai (‘Deep Sea’)”.  The Shinkai disc, which will only be included with the Limited Production Premium Box, will include those tracks which the band members find to be most emblematic of their sonic identity, as well as a special binaural field recording of their song “Good-Bye” as a bonus track.

Read on below to find not only the complete track list for “Sakanazukan”, but also a preview of the group’s new song “Kagerou”, which will be used as the theme song for the upcoming film “Donten ni Warau”.

-’Sakanazukan’ Track List-

  • Disc 1 -Asase-
  1. Shin Takarajima
  2. Yoru no Odoriko
  3. Aoi
  4. Rookie
  5. Identity
  6. Light Dance
  7. Sen to Rei
  8. Boku to Hana
  9. “Bach no Senritsu wo Yoru ni Kiita Sei Desu.”
  10. Music
  11. Monochrome Tokyo
  12. Klee
  13. Omotesandou 26-ji
  14. Aruku Around
  15. Adventure
  16. Night Fishing Is Good
  17. Kagerou -movie version-
  • Disc 2 -Chuusou-
  1. Word
  2. Mikazuki Sunset
  3. Native Dancer
  4. Holy Dance
  5. Nantettatte Haru
  6. Sample
  7. Shiranami Top Water
  8. Yoru no Higashigawa
  9. Slow Motion
  10. Namida Delight
  11. Ashita Kara
  12. Kamen no Machi
  13. endless
  14. years
  15. Boyle
  16. Document
  17. Me ga Aku Aiiro
  • Disc 3 -Shinkai- (Limited Production Premium Box Only)
  1. Shio
  2. YES NO
  3. Teenage
  4. Ame(A)
  5. Fukurou
  6. enough
  7. mellow
  8. Eiga
  9. multiple exposure
  10. Neptunes
  11. Shiirakansu to Boku
  12. Kaika
  13. Arms Fish
  14. Asa no Uta
  15. Good-Bye -binaural field recording- (Bonus Track)
  • DVD/Blu-ray -SAKANAQUARIUM ARCHIVE- (Limited Editions Only)
  1. Adventure (from SAKANAQUARIUM 2009 “Shinshiro”)
  2. Native Dancer (from SAKANAQUARIUM 2009 “Shinshiro”)
  3. 21.1 (from SAKANAQUARIUM 2010 [C])
  4. Ashita Kara (from SAKANAQUARIUM 2010 -C-)
  5. Omotesandou 26-ji (from SAKANAQUARIUM 2010 -C-)
  6. Me ga Aku Aiiro (from SAKANAQUARIUM 2010 -C-)
  7. Light Dance (from SAKANAQUARIUM 2010 -B-)
  8. Sen to Rei (from SAKANAQUARIUM 2010 -B-)
  9. endless (from SAKANAQUARIUM 2011 “DocumentaLy”)
  10. “Bach no Senritsu wo Yoru ni Kiita Sei Desu.” (from SAKANAQUARIUM 2011 “DocumentaLy”)
  11. Holy Dance (from SAKANAQUARIUM 2011 “DocumentaLy”)
  12. INORI (from SAKANAQUARIUM 2013 “sakanaction”)
  13. Music (from SAKANAQUARIUM 2013 “sakanaction”)
  14. Inner World (from SAKANATRIBE 2014)
  15. Mikazuki Sunset (from SAKANATRIBE 2014)
  16. SAKANATRIBE (from SAKANATRIBE 2014)
  17. Monochrome Tokyo (from SAKANATRIBE 2014)
  18. years (from SAKANAQUARIUM 2015-2016 “NF Records launch tour”)
  19. Neptunes (from SAKANAQUARIUM 2015-2016 “NF Records launch tour”)
  20. Sayonara wa Emotion (from SAKANAQUARIUM 2015-2016 “NF Records launch tour”)

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Oricon Flashback: Week of 2/19

We’re back with this week’s edition of Oricon Flashback. This is where we look back on what topped Oricon this week 5, 10, 15, and 20 years ago. Think of it as a way to reminisce and learn about the past of Japanese music.

2/16/98

Album:

Namie Amuro – 181920 (second week sales: 326,270 / second consecutive week at #1)

Single:

THE YELLOW MONKEY – Kyuukon (first week sales: 155,460)

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2/17/03

Album:

BoA – VALENTI (second week sales: 222,851 / second consecutive week at #1)

Single:

Utada Hikaru – COLORS (second week sales: 139,829 / second consecutive week at #1)

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2/18/08

Album:

Koda Kumi – Kingdom (second week sales: 84,522 / second consecutive week at #1)

Single / Billboard Hot 100:

KAT-TUN – LIPS (first week sales: 351,294)

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2/18/13

Album:

Ayumi Hamasaki – LOVE again (first week sales: 53,065)

Single / Billboard Hot 100:

KAT-TUN – EXPOSE (first week sales: 154,710)

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Sukima Switch to provide the new CM Song for ACUVUE Contact Lenses

As we’ve already reported, fusion duo Sukima Switch will be releasing their seventh studio album “Shinkuukan Algorithm” next month on March 14th.  Ahead of its release, the pair have now announced that the record’s lead track “Miraika” has already been selected as the newest CM track for Johnson & Johnson’s ACUVUE contact lens brand.

This commercial, a sequel to one of the company’s previous advertisements, stars actresses Erika Toda and Sayu Kubota as a pair of sisters.  The “Haru wa Yuugure” version of the CM focuses on a small change in Kubota’s character which results from the use of the contact lenses.

You’ll find this special Short Movie, which features a section of “Miraika”, right after the cut.

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Ryokuoushoku Shakai flit between light and shadow in their Music Video for “Otona Gokko”

Up-and-coming rock band Ryokuoushoku Shakai will be releasing their first full-length album next month on March 14th.  This self-titled release will include several of the group’s already released tracks, like “Mata ne” and “Hajimari no Uta”, as well as a number of new songs.

The PV for one of these new tracks, titled “Otona Gokko”, was recently uploaded to the band’s Youtube channel.  Directed by DRAWING AND MANUAL’s Kyoutaro Hayashi, this video focuses on the contrast between light and shadow, with the group performing the song within a darkened room.

Read on below to find not only this music video, but also the cover and track list for Ryokuoushoku Shakai’s debut album.

-’Ryokuoushoku Shakai’ Track List-

  1. Re
  2. Hajimari no Uta
  3. Otona Gokko
  4. Kirakira
  5. Alice
  6. Kimi ga Nozomu Sekai
  7. Koitte
  8. regret
  9. Mayonaka Drive
  10. Mata ne

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YUI’s band FLOWER FLOWER to release 2nd album “Spotlight”

FLOWER FLOWER has announced the release of their 2nd studio album titled Spotlight, it will be released on March 14th, 2018.

FLOWER FLOWER released their first digital single on July 7th, 2013 just 7 months after YUI announced she would be taking a break from the music scene. Since then it has become YUI’s main musical project, with her not releasing any new material under her own name since originally announcing her break.

Spotlight will be released in a CD only and limited edition CD+DVD version. 12 songs will appear on the album, DVD content will include music videos for the songs Chizu and Mannequin, additionally the limited edition comes with a 24 page booklet.

Starting on March 25th the band will embark on a short 1 month long tour titled have a nice day, it will conclude on April 30th.

Check out the covers and tracklist for Spotlight below.

CD ONLY

CD+DVD

  1. Inochi
  2. Powerful
  3. Coffee
  4. Anata to Taiyou
  5. Chizu
  6. Chiri
  7. Ice
  8. Odori
  9. Ubugoe
  10. Tokei
  11. Chiisana Mado
  12. Nichijou

New unisex “Sakamichi Series” group announced, Yoshimotozaka46

A new group has been announced by Sakamichi Series called Yoshimotozaka46.

For those unfamiliar with Sakamichi Series, it’s a general term used to address the idol groups Nogizaka46 and Keyakizaka46, the sisters/rivals of the “48” groups.

This new group serves as a collaboration between Yoshimoto Kogyo and the mastermind behind the 46/48 groups Yasushi Akimoto. Yoshimoto Kogyo is one of the most prominent entertainment conglomerates in Japan with many Japanese entertainers belonging to them.

The entire concept of the group revolves around talents who belong to Yoshimoto Kogyo, they are the only ones who can audition and eventually become a member. There are no restrictions on age or sex, anyone can audition just as long as they belong to Yoshimoto Kogyo and have some sort of background in the Entertainment industry or are a performer. This ranges from idols, comedians, talents, dancers, athletes, and more.

Yoshimoto Kogyo currently represents over 6000 people who can qualify for the auditions.

In a press conference it was shared that the groups ultimate goal would be to hold a concert at Tokyo Dome, and participate in the annual Kohaku Uta Gassen.

Yoshimoto Kogyo’s talent pool mainly consists of comedians, with the most prominent being the cast members of Gaki no Tsukai which includes Downtown (Masatoshi Hamada & Hitoshi Matsumoto), Hosei Tsukitei, Naoki Tanaka, and Shozo Endo.

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PPAP singer gets slapped on the butt by an idol in video for his newest song, “Vegetable”【Video】

Pikotaro teams up with idol unit Momoiro Clover Z as he releases the companion song to “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen.”

It’s hard to imagine Pikotaro, the singer of “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen,” as being a man of subtlety or restraint in his absurdist musical stylings. In his newest song, though, the just-released “Vegetable,” it takes about 45 seconds for the full weirdness, and catchyiness, to kick in.

For his latest endeavor, Pikotaro (also known as Daimaou Kosaka) has teamed up with four-member idol unit Momoiro Clover Z (themselves well-known for their lavishly offbeat aesthetics and performances), who’re credited under the name Momoclo-chan Z. Pikotaro is billing “Vegetable” as the companion song to “PPAP,” saying “After apple and pineapples, the only place to go is vegetables,” and that half-formed rationale is really about as logical as things ever get.

The video opens with Piktotaro flanked by the color-coded members of Momoclo: Ayaka Sasaki and Kanako Momota standing to the left (from the camera’s perspective) and Shiori Tamai and Reni Takagi to the right. The music opens with the sounds of a funk-inspired base guitar, which then fades away so that we can hear the five vocalists serenade us with lyrics of “Tomato, tomato, petite tomato,” and “Potato, potato.” This is accompanied by labelled on-screen arrows, none of which actually point to the vegetables in question.

▼ This seems like a good time to point out that the song’s composition, arrangement, and lyrics were all handled by Pikotaro, who, while being a comedian/musician, is not a comedian/musician/horticulturist.

But just when it seems like “Vegetable” is going to be content to take things slow and easy, the singers crank the weirdness up at the 45-second mark as everyone but Tamai turns their backsides to the camera so that she can walk down the line giving them each a slap on the butt as they all chant “Pumpkin!” Pikotaro even gets a double-handed special, but we’re sure it’s strictly for professional showmanship, since he’s already married to a beautiful woman.

▼ Pumpkin? More like rumpkin.

After a musical review of tomatoes, potatoes, and pumpkins, the group mixes things up by throwing in “parsley.” Some may say that parsley doesn’t really count as a vegetable, but the Piko/Momo team makes a convincing argument by dropping their voices and octave or two and doing their intimidating parsley dance.

And just when you’re thinking that the song is going to go for nothing but laughs all the way through, at 1:33 in the video Pikotaro launches into an auto-tuned-style series of soulful cries of “Vegetable-o-o-o-o-o” that sounds just like the sort of thing you’d hear at a club that charges nine bucks for a bottle of domestic beer.

As the song comes to a close, Momota excitedly yells “Pineapple!” before Pikotaro corrects her, telling her that this song is supposed to be about vegetables. Sasaki then asks about peaches (the “momo” in “Momoiro” being the Japanese word for “peach”), and the video ends with about 15 seconds of solid gibberish, which is really the only fitting conclusion imaginable.

Source: Comic Natalie via Otakomu
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