tofubeats to Release New Digital Single “Keep on Lovin’ You”

On May 24, tofubeats will release his new digital single, “Keep on Lovin’ You.” The song is part of Suntory Tennen Mizu GREEN TEA’s “Tsuredzure naru Tribute” project, which aims to create a new version of Yoshida Kenko‘s 13th century essay collection “Tsurezuregusa.” The video for the song has now been released can be seen below!

Oricon Flashback: Week of 5/20

We’re back with this week’s edition of Oricon Flashback! This is where we look back on what topped the charts this week 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years ago. Think of it as a way to reminisce and learn about the past of Japanese music.

Yukie Nakama opens an official blog

Veteran actress and former idol Yukie Nakama has opened her very own blog! This is the very first official social media for the actress. Her blog will be hosted on the popular service Ameba.

Her first post was a simple introduction, greeting everyone to her blog. She shared that she wanted to create a blog so she should share personal details on upcoming projects, and little tidbits from her personal life. Her manager and various other staff will be helping out occasionally with the blog too.

ONE N’ ONLY, back number, Aimyon, and MAN WITH A MISSION Top the Billboard Japan Charts for the Week of 5/6 – 5/12

This week, ONE N’ ONLY topped the Hot 100 single chart with their new single “Dark Kinght.”

back number topped the Hot Albums chart for the fourth non-consecutive week with their album “MAGIC.”

Aimyon topped the Streaming Songs chart for the 19th consecutive week with “Marigold.”

MAN WITH A MISSION topped the Download Songs chart with their new digital single “Remember Me.”

back number also retook the top spot on the Download Albums chart, topping it for the third non-consecutive week, with “MAGIC.”

Multi-Talented Kan Sano to Release New Album “Ghost Notes”

On May 22, Kan Sano will release his new album, “Ghost Notes.” This is his first album since December 2016’s “k is s.” All the keyboard, drum, bass, guitar, trumpet, and vocal parts were done by Kan, as well as the songwriting and the mixing.

The album will come in a limited edition and a regular edition, with the limited edition containing a bonus CD featuring covers of songs by the likes of Marvin Gaye and D’Angelo.

Check out more information on this release below!

Passepied Celebrates Their 10th Anniversary with A New Album

Passepied is currently celebrating their 10th anniversary. As part of this celebration, the band will release a new album, “more humor”, on May 22. The album will come in three editions: a CD+DVD+Goods special box edition, a CD+DVD limited edition, and CD only regular edition. The DVD that comes with the first two versions contains footage from Passepied’s concert at Tokyo’s Hibiya Open Air Concert Hall last October. The good that comes with the special box edition is a t-shirt. Passepied released a trailer for the DVD recently, along with music videos for two of the album’s tracks. They can been seen below, along with more information on the band’s new album!

Mii and Thelma Aoyama Enjoy the Summer in “Bestie #Isshou Nakama”

On May 22, former Dancing Dolls member Mii will release her new mini album, “‘HIME’.” This is her second release, after her debut solo single, last July’s “What You Say.” The mini album opens with “Bestie #Isshou Nakama”, a remake of Thelma Aoyama‘s “Isshou Nakama”, from her 2017 album “10TH DIARY.” Thelma produced this cover version, along with two other songs on Mii’s mini album. “‘HIME'” also includes a cover of Stevie Wonder‘s 1974 hit “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing.”

Mii recently released the music video for “Bestie #Isshou Nakama.” The clip features Mii, Thelma, and friends enjoying the summer weather and doing a dance similar to the one in the video for Thelma’s original song, which went viral on social media. Check it out below, along with more information on Mii’s new release!

KEN THE 390 to Release New Album “Unbirthday”

On May 22, KEN THE 390 will release his new album, “Unbirthday.” Of the title, the rapper said he wants his music to not just be party music, but the music of people’s everyday lives.

“Unbirthday” features collaborations with ACE COOL, MOMENT JOON, and Ymagik as well as production by BACHLOGIC, DJ KOMORI, and Sam is Ohm. The album also features Kumai Goro on drums and Takeuchi Tomoyasu of Maboroshi and Dezille Brothers on guitar.

“Unbirthday” will come in a CD+DVD limited edition, a CD only regular edition, a cassette + player edition, and a cassette edition. The limited edition’s DVD contain the album’s three music videos along with a special studio live. Check out those videos below, along with more information on KEN THE 390’s new album!