YOSHIKI’s performances of Endless Rain and Anniversary broadcast worldwide on NHK World’s Songs of Tokyo

YOSHIKI gave special performances of “Endless Rain” and “Anniversary” on NHK World’s premiere episode of “SONGS OF TOKYO”, which aired worldwide on April 22, 2019.

“Anniversary”, the concerto composed by YOSHIKI for the 10th anniversary of Emperor Akihito’s reign, was performed for the first time in full on national Japanese television. NHK World reaches 300 million viewers in over 160 countries, and YOSHIKI, backed by an orchestra for the special event, dedicated the song to the transition between the Heisei and Reiwa eras.

Watch YOSHIKI on NHK’s “Songs of Tokyo” (avail. through June 27, 2019)

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SCANDAL guitarist Haruna featured in Fender’s “Rock Freaks” photo series

SCANDAL guitarist Haruna Ono is the latest artist to be featured in Fender’s “The Rock Freaks” photo series, which highlights guitar players in intimate portraits with their instruments.

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BO-PEEP goes on the attack with “Let It Die” MV from new album COLORS

Japanese indie punk band BO-PEEP has released the mind-bending music video for “LET IT DIE -New day-“, from their newly-released fifth album COLORS.

Directed by Kensei Takahashi, whose film Kaibatsu premiered at the 2018 Tokyo International Film Festival, “LET IT DIE -New day-” was shot in just 2 days with a specially-adapted iPhone, heightening the frenzy of emotions manifesting in a “Girl-Godzilla” attack on Shinuku’s government building.

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BABYMETAL announces first US arena headliner show in Los Angeles

BABYMETAL has announced their first-ever US arena headline show, scheduled for October 11, 2019.

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BRATS announce first one-man tour of Japan

Girls rock band BRATS – formed by sisters Rei Kuromiya (vocals) and Aya Kuromiya (bass) – announced their first one-man tour of Japan at the final show of their 3-month series of solo Tokyo concerts held on April 20.

“BRATS 1st. Tour Beginning” will bring the band to three major live houses across Japan in October.
10/5/2019 – Ebisu club aim (Tokyo)
10/14/2019 – ell. SIZE (Nagoya)
10/20/2019 – LIVE HOUSE Pangea (Osaka)
Ticket info: http://brats-official.com/live/

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YOSHIKI x Hello Kitty collaboration character Yoshikitty nominated in 34th Sanrio Character Ranking

Yoshikitty, the collaboration between Hello Kitty and YOSHIKI – composer, rock drummer, and leader of X JAPAN – is nominated once again in the 34th Annual Sanrio Character Ranking contest this year.

Yoshikitty has climbed higher each year since debuting in the competition four years ago – ranking 12th place in 2015, moving up to 7th place in 2016 and 2017, and breaking into the Top 3 in 2018, beating popular rivals such as the original Hello Kitty and My Melody. Yoshikitty also received the highest number of overseas votes, ranking Number 1 in the regional rankings in China, Italy, Germany, and France.

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YOSHIKI donates 100 million won to South Korea fire victims


YOSHIKI – composer, pianist, rock drummer, and leader of rock group X JAPAN – has donated 100 million won (approximately $90,000) through his 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Yoshiki Foundation America, to ChildFund Korea to support victims of the devastating forest fire which struck South Korea last week on April 4, 2019.

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HYDE to drop first solo album in 13 years with “anti”


HYDE’s first solo album in 13 years, anti — a title that gels well with the aggressive tone HYDE has taken on since reviving his solo activities last year — will be released digitally on May 3, followed by three versions of a physical CD release on June 19.

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NABOWA end their day with DUSK (MV)


As a follow-up to their last single “Sayonara Inago”, instrumental foursome NABOWA have released a music video to the title song “DUSK” off their upcoming album, out April 24. The video, a moody performance piece with plenty of violin and slap bass playing, was shot by noted director Takaharu Shimizu.

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BABYMETAL teases new album in 2019 Fox God revelations


BABYMETAL posted 3 cryptic messages from the Fox God as part of the band’s annual April 1 “Fox Day” announcements, including the worldwide release of a new album and two special event concerts in Japan.

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