Perfume, Nishino Kana, Nogizaka46, and More Perform on CDTV Haru Special Sotsugyou Song Ongakusai 2017

Earlier today, CDTV aired a spring special, CDTV Haru Special Sotsugyou Song Ongakusai 2017. The show revolved around graduation songs and was just under three hours long. It was hosted by Azumi Shinichiro and featured a “graduation song panel” composed of Umezawa Tomio, Chiaki, Morisanchu, and Ryucheru. The performers included Perfume, Nishino Kana, Nogizaka46, NEWS, and Hata Motohiro. Check out the full show below!

Part 1

Kashiwabara Yoshie – Haru na no ni

Moriyama Naotaro –

Piko-Taro – PPAP ~Sotsugyou Shiki no Mazete Mite ver.~

Part 2

Nishino Kana – Darling

Hata Motohiro – Himawari no Yakusoku

Kawashima Ai – Tabidachi no Hi ni…

Part 3

Nogizaka46 – Sayonara no Imi

Sukima Switch – Kanade

Busaiku – Michishirube

Perfume – TOKYO GIRL

NEWS – Sakura Girl


  • Comments

    • Kana Nishino

      I totally understand AKB48’s “Koisuru Fortune Cookie” being so popular it quickly became one of their most well-known songs by the general public to the point they made many music videos with Japanese people, but PIKO-TARO’s “PPAP” having a different version every week does not make sense.
      Great to listen to Kana Nishino perform “Darling” again. That and “Torisetsu” surge deserved their success.

      Can someone tell me more about the band back number? I liked the song they were performing around 25:20 on part 2.

      Anyway, watching the commercials, I wish my hair was as straight and silky. Instead it’s all wavy and oily…

      • Ryusenkai

        While I’m not familiar with their entire musical history, I can speak to back number passably well. They’re a pop-rock band that’s been around since the mid-00s, but only really started releasing proper material at around the turn of this decade. They slowly gained popularity from 2012-2014 and finally broke through in 2015 with the help of two songs that had major media tie-ins: their JR SKISKI CM song “Heroine”, and (especially) their Getsu9 theme track “Christmas Song”, which has been certified as a digital Million-seller by RIAJ. The album that included both of these songs, “Chandelier”, was released at the end of 2015 and became the group’s first #1, which has sold over 350k copies to date.

        On Japanese message boards I’ve seen them referred to as the “post-Mr.Children” (the Mr.Children for this era, in a sense) and, in the public eye, they’re definitely most known for their winter ballads. Something to understand about back number, at least in their current position, is that they tend to release their more commercially friendly/softer songs as their A-sides and consign their rockier material to B-sides and Album tracks. The latter very much is there though – I’d argue there’s actually more rock on “Chandelier” than anything else.

        If you’re looking for a way to get a good idea of what their catalog sounds like, you’re in luck, since they just released their first best album, “Encore”, at the end of last year (and it’s racked up over 500k in physical sales thus far). That’s probably a good place to get started, though I would personally recommend “Chandelier” as a pretty great collection of songs, if you wanted an actual album. Hope this helps!

        • Kana Nishino

          I have to really thank all of you who help me (and probably many others who happen to read this) get to know all this Japanese acts.
          Actually, it kind of was Mr.Children (and BUMP OF CHICKEN, I don’t know much about both them but I really like their music) who showed me how great Japanese music can be and that one should be more available to listen to different acts, music genres, ideas/concepts, … I used to only listen to AKB48, Perfume and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (basically the ones who are kind of the most popular internationally), and I still listen to them, specially Perfume, but because of Japanese music fans like you that take time to help “new J-fans” getting to know other artists better one feels more connected to their music and wants to listen to more new artists. It’s an amazing feeling, specially when you really feel connected to an act whose songs’ (at least, most of them) both lyrics and instrumental are true art and you can see their love for music.
          I don’t know Japanese, so it’s even more complicated to access information… and such basically only are great for me because of the images, or else I wouldn’t get what they were talking about.

          Anyway, I’ll keep your recommendation in mind! If most of the songs sound at least as good as “Hanataba”, I’m pretty happy!
          Thank you so much!

          • Ryusenkai

            It’s no problem! I know that it’s difficult starting out – it was for me – so taking a few minutes to make it easier for someone to delve into the wealth of music that’s out there is really no trouble at all. In fact, I can probably help you a bit more here, considering that Mr.Children and BUMP OF CHICKEN are my two favorite Japanese acts bar none. I can talk about their discographies backwards and forwards, so if you’re actually interested in diving a bit deeper insofar as they go, read on below.

            I’ll start with BUMP OF CHICKEN. Primarily known for their nostalgic and poetic lyrics and the unique vocal tone of singer Fujiwara Motoo, BUMP were arguably one of the most successful new bands to come onto the scene in the early 2000s. Their history dates all the way back to the mid-90s and some high school music competitions though, where they started out as a Beatles cover band. If you get technical, all of the members have actually known each other since Kindergarten.

            While their music started out as fairly straightforward rock, their musical style has actually undergone a series of subtle metamorphoses over the years, transforming from an increasingly ambient and mellow rock, to the wider sounds and influences of pop-rock, to (in more recent times) electronic-influenced rock. That said, some folksiness always remains, no matter how much they change. Their lyrics have actually evolved as well, changing over time from a more personal focus to a more universal focus as Motoo grew older and gained different perspectives on the world.

            Album-wise I’d most recommend their 4th record, “Yggdrasil”, their 5th record, “orbital period, and their 7th record, “RAY”. To be honest, I’m not really a huge fan of their most recent album, “Butterflies”; while I felt like it was a lyrical triumph (there was no album that made me ruminate as much last year), musically it felt like a step back from where “RAY” was going in some ways. There were some songs that seemed to fully embrace where their style was naturally taking them, and some that were the same as ever, which created something of an odd dichotomy. Based on the two tracks they’ve released since then though, I have hopes for their next record.

            Mr.Children is honestly a lot more complicated to talk about, both because they have a lot more albums to their name and since they’ve stylistically changed a lot more than I think most realize over the course of their career. They’re also very much known for their insightful and touching lyrics, which outside from one particular album ([(an imitation) blood orange] was bad) I think have remained pretty high quality over the years.

            I’ll gloss over some of the history about the “Misuchiru Phenomenon” (a long story made short, they started out fairly unpopular and then blew up during the mid-90s, becoming one of the most popular bands in Japan; to this date, they remain the second highest selling Japanese act with 59 million units moved) and instead talk about their music. They started out as more of a pop-band and hit it big with their single “innocent world” and the proceeding album “Atomic Heart”, then moved more into rock proper with the release of darker albums like “Shinkai”, “Bolero”, and “DISCOVERY” in the late 90s. “Q” was jazz and funk influenced (and generally strikes me as a more ‘raw’ record), “It’s a Wonderful World” was adult contemporary, “Shifuku no Oto” was pure pop-rock, etc.

            Insofar as recommendations go, aside what I’ve already mentioned, their most recent album, “REFLECTION”, is one of my favorite records released this decade. As the title suggests, it’s a double-length (23 tracks) look back at everything they’ve done musically over the years and also a few peeks at what they could do in the future. Huge variety of sounds and tones, from beach-ready pop to a song where Sakurai is practically screaming in the chorus. “SENSE” was also a very refreshing and adult record that’s a bit more piano-driven.

            Really, I could ramble about Mr.Children in particular for hours, but I think that’s enough for now. Definitely enough to get you started anyway. :P

            • Kana Nishino

              I LOVED READING THIS SO MUCH! Seriously, I just want to keep talking about it! I’ve never known so much about them, and this was just a summary. Plus I realized that I really should polish my English, although it isn’t my first language.
              It was seriously really nice of you and I can’t thank you enough. This may sound a bit cliché, but music is a really, really big part of my life to the point I basically only spend my free time trying to get to know new (actual) artists, reading lyrics over and over again, searching for the best interviews, … It’s just that it is pretty difficult to get to know Japanese artists. I almost never find a good blog, the ones I happen to find only translated a small interview or talk about just one album, even the translations I find of lyrics sometimes don’t make much sense… It’s much easier to find this kind of stuff from Korean artists for instance, and I’m really talking about artists, like IU, who debuted almost a decade ago but has already proven to be one of the best (if not, the best) artists of the new generation of Korean music, or older acts who I happened to discover through her collaborations that are just fascinating. The problem is that Korean music is so restricted, it just isn’t as diverse and the ones most focus on are idol groups. I like idol songs, some are great to listen to just for fun, but it just isn’t enough.

              Anyway, sorry for that.
              Apart from some of the songs/MVs from them on YouTube, I’ve only “really” listened to BUMP’s “RAY” and “Butterflies” and two Mr.Children’s albums, one of them being “[an imitation] blood orange”. I can’t say much about them because I didn’t find anything useful… I love “RAY”, it was a great way to first get to them (and I totally agree with you on “Butterflies”, instrumental-wise it was disappointing), and I started liking Mr.Children because of that other album (hmm, it is intitled “Home”?… The cover has a pool and, as much as I remember, a family tree?). I’m sorry… Since I only found the lyrics for the singles at the time I didn’t pay much more attention to them. I obviously love them and listened for some time, but not being able to know much about them was irritating… But, despite the little information available, each song shows they really care about their music and… that’s so, so important. It’s like a whole new world appears before you, everything makes much more sense in one’s own universe. Sorry if this sounds a bit cheesy, but it’s true. Again, thank you so, so much!

            • Kana Nishino

              Thank you so, so much. I really learned a lot more in just this summarized, small but insightful comment than, I don’t know, since the moment I started listening to Japanese music and was overwhelmed by its diversity (even though I started by getting to know the ones I mentioned on the previous comment first.

              I had written a much longer, perhaps more “emotional” response, but now as I was checking if you commented again I noticed it wasn’t posted. Anyway, I really thank you for dedicating some time in helping me getting to know them better. It may sound cliché, but music really is important to me and, even though I listen to some “commercial / less artistic” songs (I think you get what I mean) from time to time just for fun, it’s these artists who care about their music and translate their thoughts about life in a both artistic/poetic and humane way that are essential for my little universe.

    • Perfume

      Pretty sure Perfume’s “Dream Fighter” would make more sense, but it’s okay I guess.

    • CDTV

      Just who is that guy in green…