SCANDAL Say ‘HELLO WORLD’ With International Album and World Tour

SCANDAL - HELLO WORLD - Artist photo

Japan’s all-girl guitar group SCANDAL mark their international debut with a special edition of their sixth album HELLO WORLD, out now on iTunes, and released from London’s JPU Records on CD across Europe from 19 January 2015. Preorder now direct from JPU Records.

Living up to its name, HELLO WORLD will also be supported with a headline world tour, including a show at France’s Le Bataclan in Paris on 25 April 2015 (tickets), London’s O2 Islington Academy on 26 April 2015 (tickets), Germany’s Weststadthalle in Essen on 30 April 2015 (tickets) – plus headline dates in the USA, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan and a stadium show in Hong Kong.

Since becoming the crowned winners of the New Artist category at the 51st Japan Record Awards, SCANDAL’s momentum has blasted the girls’ cute, pop-punk tunes to the very top of Japan’s music industry. All five of their prior albums have made it into the top five of Japan’s official album chart, and 17 of their singles in to the top 20 Singles Chart – six entering at position five or higher! Their music has featured in a host of popular TV shows and films, including hit anime series Bleach and the latest Pokémon film.

HELLO WORLD sees the girls return with one of their strongest, most determined records to date and sees them collaborate with legendary icon Tetsuya Komuro; “the most successful music producer in Japanese music history” (The Guardian). It also includes two exclusive bonus tracks for the CD version, only available in the physical format and not included on the original Japanese version of the album.

SCANDAL HELLO WORLD CD

SCANDAL – HELLO WORLD. Click for larger version.

HELLO WORLD’ TRACKLISTING
01. Image (view the full music video)
02. Your song
03. love in action
04. Departure (view the full music video)
05. Graduation
06. Yoake no Ryuseigun (view the full music video)
07. Onegai Navigation
08. Runners high (view the full music video)
09. Honn Wo Yomu
10. Kan Beer
11. Winters story
12. Oyasumi
13. Place of life (ft. Tetsuya Komuro)

CD Bonus Tracks:
14. Rainy
15. Nai Nai Night 2014

Download now: iTunes or Amazon MP3 in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain or the UK.
Pre-order the CD from: JPU Records ShopAmazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de, Amazon.esSeason of Mist (France), Fan (Poland), Music Corner (Poland), CD-soundtrack (Czech Republic), CDON (Denmark), imusic (Denmark), Plastic Head (UK),

SCANDAL is

HARUNA SCANDAL

HARUNA
Lead Vocals / Guitar
[Twitter]

MAMI SCANDAL

MAMI
Guitar / Vocals
[Twitter]

TOMOMI SCANDAL

TOMOMI
Bass / Vocals
[Twitter]

RINA SCANDAL

RINA
Drums / Vocals
[Twitter]

SCANDAL online:
http://www.scandal-4.com/
https://www.youtube.com/scandalSMEJ
https://twitter.com/scandal_band
https://www.facebook.com/scandalofficial

JPU Records online:
http://www.jpurecords.com
https://twitter.com/JPUrecords
https://www.facebook.com/JPUrecords

SPYAIR Release ‘BEST’ Album in the UK and Europe from 12 January

SPYAIR BESTJapanese pop-rock squad SPYAIR will release ‘BEST’ on CD and digital formats in the UK and Europe from 12 January 2015, collating all 14 of their massive hit singles so far, plus two brand new songs! It’s also the first time many of the songs have been available outside of Japan.

Since smashing on to the scene in 2010 with their debut single ‘LIAR’, which also became the theme song to Japanese TV school drama Hammer Session!, SPYAIR have experienced a mighty ten top-40 singles in Japan and had many of their tracks become theme tunes in anime and film; including The Amazing Spider-Man, Bleach and Gintama. All are included on ‘BEST’.

Due to popular demand, SPYAIR were picked up by London’s JPU Records for European distribution, leading to the group’s YouTube channel being available outside of Japan for the first time. There, the official music videos to the songs included on ‘BEST’ have already racked up viewing figures upwards of 28 million.

‘BEST’ TRACKLISTING
SPYAIR - BEST01. GLORY (view music video)
02. Imagination (view music video)
03. JUST ONE LIFE (view music video)
04. Genjyou Destruction (view music video)
05. Niji (view music video)
06. Sakura Mitsutsuki (view music video)
07. WENDY ~It’s You~ (view music video)
08. Naked (view music video)
09. 0 GAME (view music video)
10. My World
11. BEAUTIFUL DAYS (view music video)
12. (Samurai Heart) Some Like It Hot!! (view music video)
13. Japanication (view music video)
14. Last Moment (view music video)
15. LIAR
16. Anokoro bokurawa onajimiraiwo

Download from: iTunes or Amazon MP3 in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain or the UK.
Pre-order the CD from: JPU Records Shop, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Season of Mist (France), imusic (Denmark), CD-soundtrack (Czech Republic), Plastic Head (UK), Fan (Poland).

Album teaser:

SPYAIR Sortiront Leur Album « BEST » En France Le 12 Janvier

SPYAIR BEST

Le groupe de pop-rock japonais SPYAIR sortira « BEST » en format CD et digital en France le 12 Janvier 2015. Il s’agira d’une compilation des 14 meilleurs tubes du groupe jusqu’à présent, avec l’ajout de deux nouvelles chansons inédites! En outre, ce sera la première fois que beaucoup de ces chansons seront disponibles en dehors du Japon.

Depuis les débuts du groupe en 2010 avec leur premier single «LIAR», devenu la chanson thème du drama japonais «Hammer Session», SPYAIR ont classé dix de leurs singles au Top 40 national et vu plusieurs de leurs titres devenir les chansons thème de films et d’animés tels que «The Amazing Spider-Man», «Bleach», ou encore «Gintama». Toutes ces pistes sont incluses dans «BEST».

En raison de la demande populaire, JPU Records (Londres) a choisi de distribuer la musique de SPYAIR en Europe, entraînant la visibilité de la chaîne YouTube du groupe en dehors du Japon pour la première fois.

Les clips officiels des chansons de « BEST » y ont déjà obtenu plus de 28 millions de vues.

LISTE DES TITRES

SPYAIR - BEST01. GLORY (music video)
02. Imagination (music video)
03. JUST ONE LIFE (music video)
04. Genjyou Destruction (music video)
05. Niji (music video)
06. Sakura Mitsutsuki (music video)
07. WENDY ~It’s You~ (music video)
08. Naked (music video)
09. 0 GAME (music video)
10. My World
11. BEAUTIFUL DAYS (music video)
12. (Samurai Heart) Some Like It Hot!! (music video)
13. Japanication (music video)
14. Last Moment (music video)
15. LIAR
16. Anokoro bokurawa onajimiraiwo

Download from: iTunes or Amazon MP3 in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain or the UK.
Pre-order the CD from: JPU Records Shop, Amazon.frAmazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Season of Mist (France), imusic (Denmark), CD-soundtrack (Czech Republic), Plastic Head (UK).

Le teaser de l’album:

Les membres de SPYAIR:
IKE (chanteur)
UZ (guitariste)
MOMIKEN (bassiste)
KENTA (batteur)

SPYAIR en ligne:
http://www.spyair.net/
https://www.facebook.com/spyairofficial
https://www.youtube.com/user/spyairSMEJ
https://twitter.com/SPYAIRSTAFF

JPU Records en ligne:
http://www.jpurecords.com
https://www.facebook.com/JPUrecords
https://twitter.com/JPUrecords

Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2014 to go Hyper for Japanese Music

Hyper Japan Christmas Marker 2014

With Hyper Japan Christmas Market only a matter of days away, we take a look at what the event has on offer for fans of Japanese music. Taking place between 14-16 November 2014 at Olympia in London, the Christmas Market sees the UK’s biggest J-culture event take a more relaxed approached than it’s massive summer event at Earls Court, focusing instead more on the market side of the event – yet, we’d say that the music line-up is equally, if not more, exciting than the summer’s event. Here’s why:

NeM: Japanese Fusion Band

NeMWhen: Saturday – 7:30pm
NeM is the combination of five traditional Japanese musicians living in the UK and Italy. Amongst their ranks is shamisen veteran Hibiki Ichikawa – the only qualified teacher of his instrument in Great Britain. The group’s name, NeM, holds the meaning of the sound of Japanese instruments dancing through peoples’ minds throughout the world – at least that’s what the Hyper Japan website says. Personally, we’re a sucker for the koto and can’t wait to hear what they have to offer. They’ll play a special collection of folk songs from all over the world, performed with a distinct Japanese flavour.

Naruto Singer Joe Inoue and Diana Garnet

Joe Inoue and Diana GarnetWhen: Sunday – 4pm.
Joe Inoue is probably best known in the UK for two of his songs being used in anime: “Closer” was used as the fourth Naruto Shippuden opening song, and “Kaze no Gotoku” was used for a season of Gin Tama. He’s also a regular part of J-MELO, a television programme by NHK World which airs in over 150 countries. You will be able to buy Joe Inoue CDs and merchandise from JPU Records’ booth throughout the event.
He’ll be joined on stage on Sunday with Diana Garnet who recently had her a major debut – the turning point for her was winning the Nihon TV 2013 “Nodojiman THE WORLD” contest.

SIRO-A

SIRO-AWhen: Friday – 2:30pm. Saturday: 12:00 noon. Sunday: 12-noon.
Tipped as Japan’s answer to the Blue Man Group, this team of techno wizards combine humour, music and live performance into a stage show that is a must to experience. They’re also the longest running commercial stage-show from Japan to ever hit London’s west end. Check out their YouTube channel for a taste of what to expect.

Anna Yano:

Anna YanoWhen: Every day.
Yano Anna is an Aomoji-kei model affiliated with ASOBISYSTEM, the same management company as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. She’s also a singer, having combined her work with her love of anime by performing “All Over” and “Shape My Story”, the opening theme songs for Magica Wars and Stella Women’s Academy, Class C3 respectively. Don’t worry, we didn’t know what Aomoji-kei was either, so here’s what MTV81 had to say about it; “Aomoji is basically dressing the way you want as opposed to what society thinks looks good; in other words, it’s about dressing for yourself, and not for what the runway and chain shops dictate… and certainly not to please boys”.

Miyu Koike

Koike MiyuWhen: Sunday – 2pm
Having had her major debut with Victor Entertainment this summer, Idol Koike Miyu will now also be making her UK debut at Hyper Japan Christmas Market. As well as a singer with seven indie singles under her belt, Miyu is also a regular talent on Japanese TV and radio shows. She’s known for her quirky sense of humour and being a something of a “Dojikko” (extremely clumsy) personality. Let’s hope she doesn’t fall off the stage!

Tamashii Taiko Drumming

Tamashii TaikoWhen: Saturday – 8:15pm
Tamashii perform traditional and contemporary pieces using a variety of traditional Japanese rhythms while the players are allowed to explode into their own unique and colourful solos throughout the songs. The combination of uniformity and the individual freedom of expression is what give Tamashii its strength as a team and character as a performance group. The Group show that Taiko is not merely drumming, but an emotion that the whole body and mind can experience, apparently.

Nihon Buyo and Folk Music

Nihon BuWhen: Saturday – 2pm. Sunday – 10:30am
Nihon Buyo is a refined form of traditional Japanese dance and has been improved over four centuries. It has its strongest influence from Kabuki Buyo, but it was also influenced by the circular movements and props of Noh and the spinning and jumping expressions of Japanese Folk Dance. While performed independently by specialists, it is particularly known for being the style of dancing performed by geisha.
Make sure you check out the performance on Sunday, as shamisen star Hibiki Ichikawa and enka singer Akari Mochizuki will join the performance.

Of course! JPU Records will be another highlight – visit their booth throughout the event to buy and talk about music! They will also have a very special one-off clearance sale of third-party CDs. A great time to grab a bargain or just try something new.

Last Few Units of the GazettE × WALKMAN® Collaboration Left in Europe

【the GazettE × WALKMAN®】

The last few units of the very special and very limited the GazettE × WALKMAN® are left in Europe!the GazettE Collaboration Walkman features:

  • Original engraved design on the back of Walkman
  • Original music video of ‘Last Heaven‘, exclusive to Walkman
  • the GazettE’s signature songs ‘INSIDE BEAST’ and ‘FADELESS’ in high resolution audio
  • Special photos exclusive for WalkmanCheck all the details of the model from the below specially launched websites!

UK: https://shop.sony.co.uk/shop/mimes/openAccess/store/gazette/EN/index.jsp

France: https://shop.sony.fr/shop/mimes/openAccess/store/gazette/FR/index.jsp

Germany: https://shop.sony.de/shop/mimes/openAccess/store/gazette/DE/index.jsp

Customer Call Centre:
UK: 020-7365-2413
France: 01-55-69-51-27
Germany: 069-95-08-63-19

More details: http://japanunderground.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/the_gazette_x_walkman/

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