Ken Hirai Works with Yasutaka Nakata, tofubeats, BONNIE PINK, and More on New Best Album

On July 12, Ken Hirai will release his second best album, “Ken Hirai Singles Best Collection Uta Baka 2.” This is the follow up to his first best album, 2005’s “Ken Hirai 10th Anniversary Complete Single Collection ’95-’05 ‘Utabaka'”, which sold over 2 million copies and was the best selling album of 2006.

“Ken Hirai Singles Best Collection Uta Baka 2” will be released in three editions: a 4CD Limited Edition A, a 3CD+Blu-ray Limited Edition B, and a 3CD Regular Edition. The Limited Edition A’s first three CDs cover Ken’s entire career, from his 1995 debut single “Precious Junk” up to this past June’s single, “Nonfiction.” The first two CDs that come with Limited Edition B pick up where Ken’s 2005 best album left off, with the 2006 single “Bye My Melody”, and ending with “Nonfiction.” The Blu-ray that comes with this edition follows the same trajectory as the first two CDs, starting off in 2006 and concluding with last month’s release. The Regular Edition’s first two CDs have the same tracklist as Limited Edition B’s.

All three editions of “Ken Hirai Singles Best Collection Uta Baka 2” conclude their CD portion with a CD of collaborations, titled “Utabaka Dake ni.” On this collaboration CD, Ken worked with 10 artists who he admires. Ken takes the “baka (foolish)” part of the album’s title seriously, entrusting the artists with the writing and composing of their collaborative song, while he just sings it. The artists that Ken worked with on “Utabaka Dake ni.” include Yasutaka Nakata, tofubeats, BONNIE PINK, and Makihara Noriyuki. The Noriyuki song, “Ichiban Hajimete no Koibito”, is the CM song for Choya’s Natsu Ume beverage, while the tofubeats song, “READY FOR YOUR LOVE”, can be heard in the TOYO TIRES commercial. Check out both commercials below, along with more information on Ken’s new best album!

Limited Edition A

平井堅「Ken Hirai Singles Best Collection 歌バカ2」初回限定盤Aジャケット

CD1 (Single Collection 1995-2002)
1. Precious Junk
2. 片方ずつのイヤフォン (Katahou Zutsu no Earphone)
3. 横顔 (Yokogao)
4. ドシャブリ (Doshaburi)
5. Stay With Me
6. HEAT UP
7. Love Love Love
8. 楽園 (Rakuen)
9. why
10. LOVE OR LUST
11. even if
12. Miracles
13. KISS OF LIFE
14. Missin’ you ~It will break my heart~
15. Strawberry Sex

CD2 (Single Collection 2002-2008)
1. 大きな古時計 (Ooki na Furudokei)
2. Ring
3. LIFE is… ~another story~
4. style
5. 瞳をとじて (Hitomi wo Tojite)
6. キミはともだち (Kimi wa Tomodachi)
7. 思いがかさなるその前に… (Omoi ga Kasanaru Sono Mae ni… )
8. POP STAR
9. バイマイメロディー (Bye My Melody)
10. 哀歌 (エレジー) (Elegy)
11. 君の好きなとこ (Kimi no Suki na Toko)
12. fake star
13. キャンバス (Canvas)
14. 君はス・テ・キ♡ (Kimi wa Su・te・ki♡)
15. いつか離れる日が来ても (Itsuka Hanareru Hi ga Kite mo)

CD3 (Single Collection 2009-2017)
1. CANDY
2. 僕は君に恋をする (Boku wa Kimi ni Koi wo Suru)
3. Sing Forever
4. アイシテル (Aishiteru)
5. いとしき日々よ (Itoshiki Hibi yo)
6. 告白 (Kokuhaku)
7. 桔梗が丘 (Kikyogaoka )
8. グロテスク feat. 安室奈美恵 (Grotesque feat. Namie Amuro)
9. ソレデモシタイ (Soredemo Shitai)
10. おんなじさみしさ (Onnaji Samishisa)
11. 君の鼓動は君にしか鳴らせない (Kimi no Kodou wa Kimi ni Shika Narasenai)
12. Plus One
13. TIME
14. 魔法って言っていいかな? (Mahoutte Itte Ii Kana?)
15. 僕の心をつくってよ (Boku no Kokoro wo Tsukutte yo)
16. ノンフィクション (Nonfiction)

CD4 (Special Disc “Utabaka Dake ni.”)
1. READY FOR YOUR LOVE (written, composed, and arranged by tofubeats)
2. ブランケット (Blanket) (written and composed by Kusano Masamune (Spitz) / arranged by Seiji Kameda)
3. Dance with you (written and composed by TOKO (Furuuchi Toko) / arranged by Tomi Yo)
4. やってらんないぜ (Yatterannaize) (written and composed by Ken Yokoyama (CRAZY KEN BAND) / arranged by Yashiki Gota)
5. 一番初めての恋人 (Ichiban Hajimete no Koibito) (written, composed, and arranged by Makihara Noriyuki)
6. Don’t感・Don’t恋 (Don’t Kan・Don’t Koi) (written, composed, and arranged by Ishino Takkyu (Denki Groove))
7. Emmm… (written and composed by BONNIE PINK / arranged by Murata Koichi)
8. Gift (written, composed, and arranged by LOVE PSYCHEDELICO)
9. ネガティブボーイ (Negative Boy) (written, composed, and arranged by Yasutaka Nakata)
10. 歌 (Uta) (written, composed, and arranged by KAN)

 

Limited Edition B

平井堅「Ken Hirai Singles Best Collection 歌バカ2」初回限定盤Bジャケット

CD1 (Single Collection 2006-2010)
1. バイマイメロディー (Bye My Melody)
2. 哀歌 (エレジー) (Elegy)
3. 君の好きなとこ (Kimi no Suki na Toko)
4. fake star
5. キャンバス (Canvas)
6. 君はス・テ・キ♡ (Kimi wa Su・te・ki♡)
7. いつか離れる日が来ても (Itsuka Hanareru Hi ga Kite mo)
8. CANDY
9. 僕は君に恋をする (Boku wa Kimi ni Koi wo Suru)
10. Sing Forever
11. アイシテル (Aishiteru)

CD2 (Single Collection 2011-2017)
1. いとしき日々よ (Itoshiki Hibi yo)
2. 告白 (Kokuhaku)
3. 桔梗が丘 (Kikyogaoka )
4. グロテスク feat. 安室奈美恵 (Grotesque feat. Namie Amuro)
5. ソレデモシタイ (Soredemo Shitai)
6. おんなじさみしさ (Onnaji Samishisa)
7. 君の鼓動は君にしか鳴らせない (Kimi no Kodou wa Kimi ni Shika Narasenai)
8. Plus One
9. TIME
10. 魔法って言っていいかな? (Mahoutte Itte Ii Kana?)
11. 僕の心をつくってよ (Boku no Kokoro wo Tsukutte yo)
12. ノンフィクション (Nonfiction)

CD3 (Special Disc “Utabaka Dake ni.”)
1. READY FOR YOUR LOVE (written, composed, and arranged by tofubeats)
2. ブランケット (Blanket) (written and composed by Kusano Masamune (Spitz) / arranged by Seiji Kameda)
3. Dance with you (written and composed by TOKO (Furuuchi Toko) / arranged by Tomi Yo)
4. やってらんないぜ (Yatterannaize) (written and composed by Ken Yokoyama (CRAZY KEN BAND) / arranged by Yashiki Gota)
5. 一番初めての恋人 (Ichiban Hajimete no Koibito) (written, composed, and arranged by Makihara Noriyuki)
6. Don’t感・Don’t恋 (Don’t Kan・Don’t Koi) (written, composed, and arranged by Ishino Takkyu (Denki Groove))
7. Emmm… (written and composed by BONNIE PINK / arranged by Murata Koichi)
8. Gift (written, composed, and arranged by LOVE PSYCHEDELICO)
9. ネガティブボーイ (Negative Boy) (written, composed, and arranged by Yasutaka Nakata)
10. 歌 (Uta) (written, composed, and arranged by KAN)

Limited Edition B Blu-ray (Music Video Collection of Singles 2006-2017)
1. バイマイメロディー (Bye My Melody)
2. 哀歌 (エレジー) (Elegy)
3. 君の好きなとこ (Kimi no Suki na Toko)
4. fake star
5. キャンバス (Canvas)
6. 君はス・テ・キ♡ (Kimi wa Su・te・ki♡)
7. いつか離れる日が来ても (Itsuka Hanareru Hi ga Kite mo)
8. CANDY
9. 僕は君に恋をする (Boku wa Kimi ni Koi wo Suru)
10. Sing Forever
11. アイシテル (Aishiteru)
12. いとしき日々よ (Itoshiki Hibi yo)
13.  告白 (Kokuhaku)
14. 桔梗が丘 (Kikyogaoka )
15. グロテスク feat. 安室奈美恵 (Grotesque feat. Namie Amuro)
16. ソレデモシタイ (Soredemo Shitai)
17. 君の鼓動は君にしか鳴らせない (Kimi no Kodou wa Kimi ni Shika Narasenai)
18. Plus One
19. 魔法って言っていいかな? (Mahoutte Itte Ii Kana?)
20. 僕の心をつくってよ (Boku no Kokoro wo Tsukutte yo)
21. ノンフィクション (Nonfiction)

 

Regular Edition

平井堅「Ken Hirai Singles Best Collection 歌バカ2」通常盤ジャケット

CD1 (Single Collection 2006-2010)
1. バイマイメロディー (Bye My Melody)
2. 哀歌 (エレジー) (Elegy)
3. 君の好きなとこ (Kimi no Suki na Toko)
4. fake star
5. キャンバス (Canvas)
6. 君はス・テ・キ♡ (Kimi wa Su・te・ki♡)
7. いつか離れる日が来ても (Itsuka Hanareru Hi ga Kite mo)
8. CANDY
9. 僕は君に恋をする (Boku wa Kimi ni Koi wo Suru)
10. Sing Forever
11. アイシテル (Aishiteru)

CD2 (Single Collection 2011-2017)
1. いとしき日々よ (Itoshiki Hibi yo)
2. 告白 (Kokuhaku)
3. 桔梗が丘 (Kikyogaoka )
4. グロテスク feat. 安室奈美恵 (Grotesque feat. Namie Amuro)
5. ソレデモシタイ (Soredemo Shitai)
6. おんなじさみしさ (Onnaji Samishisa)
7. 君の鼓動は君にしか鳴らせない (Kimi no Kodou wa Kimi ni Shika Narasenai)
8. Plus One
9. TIME
10. 魔法って言っていいかな? (Mahoutte Itte Ii Kana?)
11. 僕の心をつくってよ (Boku no Kokoro wo Tsukutte yo)
12. ノンフィクション (Nonfiction)

CD3 (Special Disc “Utabaka Dake ni.”)
1. READY FOR YOUR LOVE (written, composed, and arranged by tofubeats)
2. ブランケット (Blanket) (written and composed by Kusano Masamune (Spitz) / arranged by Seiji Kameda)
3. Dance with you (written and composed by TOKO (Furuuchi Toko) / arranged by Tomi Yo)
4. やってらんないぜ (Yatterannaize) (written and composed by Ken Yokoyama (CRAZY KEN BAND) / arranged by Yashiki Gota)
5. 一番初めての恋人 (Ichiban Hajimete no Koibito) (written, composed, and arranged by Makihara Noriyuki)
6. Don’t感・Don’t恋 (Don’t Kan・Don’t Koi) (written, composed, and arranged by Ishino Takkyu (Denki Groove))
7. Emmm… (written and composed by BONNIE PINK / arranged by Murata Koichi)
8. Gift (written, composed, and arranged by LOVE PSYCHEDELICO)
9. ネガティブボーイ (Negative Boy) (written, composed, and arranged by Yasutaka Nakata)
10. 歌 (Uta) (written, composed, and arranged by KAN)

 

Ichiban Hajimete no Koibito

 

READY FOR YOUR LOVE

 

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  • Kusen Goto

    i need to hear negative boy immediately

  • Mr.Taxi™

    DADDY

  • Thomas

    Love the new songs! Negative Boy is such a jam

  • Owari Konoyono

    At the album “95 – ’05’ Utabaka” was released, “POP STAR” was released in the previous month. “POP STAR” is a theme song of the drama “Kikenna Aneki” so I remember it well. It’s amazing that popularity do not decline even after more than ten years have passed since then.

    • Thomas

      But his popularity DID decline. Utabaka 2 sold only around 25’000 copies so far…

      • Kiroki

        but he still charts well digitally. nonfiction was #1. I think he’s fine. He may not be at the top anymore like when he released “Hitomi o tojite” but he’s still selling

        • Thomas

          Sure, he has no need to worry about losing his job or anything. I was just saying he definitely lost a LOT of fans since his first best album.

  • cheng xiao’s forehead

    hes giving the gays what they want

  • Rkk

    Covers look like he’s getting anally assasinated. Werk.

    • hizurisama

      oh my lort LOL

  • hsdjkghiuoswedhrftwjkehrtfuisw

    My queen is working with his sound-alike Makihara Noriyuki???!!! Omiword.

  • MJBeatle

    Hitomi Wo Tojite and Life is…. Great Songs

    Ken looks constipated on the covers….

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  • yamakita

    Nice hair.