SixTONES Returns to “THE FIRST TAKE”

SixTONES kicked off 2022 by becoming the first Johnny & Associates act to appear on the popular YouTube channel “THE FIRST TAKE.” The video created quite a buzz across various media.

They are now back for the channel’s 182nd performance video, this time singing “Everlasting”, one of the songs from their new album “CITY.” Check out the video below!

King Gnu, NCT, YOASOBI, and Ayase Top the Billboard Japan Charts for the Week of 12/27 – 1/2

This week, King Gnu topped the Hot 100 single chart with their single “Ichizu”, with 13,599 points.

NCT topped the Hot Albums chart for the second consecutive week with their album “Universe.”

YOASOBI topped Artist 100 chart for the second consecutive week.

Ayase topped the Hot 100 Lyricists chart for the 20th consecutive week.

Ayase also topped the Hot 100 Composers chart for 20th consecutive week.

King Gnu also topped the Streaming Songs chart with “Ichizu.”

King Gnu also topped the Download Songs chart for the second consecutive week with “Sakayume.”

YOASOBI also retook the top spot on the Download Albums chart with their mini album “THE BOOK 2”, topping for the fourth non-consecutive week.

MONDO GROSSO Joined by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Hikari Mitsushima, and UA for “IN THIS WORLD”

On February 9, MONDO GROSSO will release his new album, “BIG WORLD.” This album is self-titled in a way, with “MONDO GROSSO” meaning “BIG WORLD” in Italian. The album’s concept is a musical journey that searches for heart in a world that has changed and is continuing to change.

The album will feature an array of collaborators, including Mika Nakashima, Seiko Oomori, CHAI, Awesome City Club‘s PORIN, and Nogizaka46‘s Asuka Saito.

Ahead of the release of “BIG WORLD”, the music video for the song “IN THIS WORLD” has been released. The song features Hikari Mitsushima on vocals and Ryuichi Sakamoto on piano. UA wrote the song’s lyrics. Hikari previously worked with MONDO GROSSO on the viral hit “Labyrinth” from his 2017 album “Nandodemo Atarashiku Umareru.” The music video for “Labyrinth” has been viewed over 30 million times on YouTube.

Check out the music video for “IN THIS WORLD”, which features Hikari performing choreography created by s**t kingz‘s NOPPO, below!

King Gnu, Nogizaka46, and YOASOBI Top the Oricon Charts for the Week of 12/27 – 1/2

This week, King Gnu topped the Combined Single chart with their single “Ichizu / Sakayume”, with 116,901 points in its first week of physical release.

Nogizaka46 retook the top spot on the Combined Album chart with their album “Time flies”, with 12,957 points in its third week, topping the chart for the second non-consecutive week.

King Gnu also topped the Single chart with “Ichizu / Sakayume”, selling 47,009 copies in its first week.

Nogizaka46 retook the top spot on the Album chart with “Time flies”, selling 11,550 copies in its third week, topping the chart for the second non-consecutive week.

King Gnu also topped the Digital Single chart for the second consecutive week with “Sakayume”, selling 25,754 copies its second week.

YOASOBI topped the Digital Album chart for the fifth consecutive week with their mini album “THE BOOK 2”, selling 3,888 copies in its fifth week.

King Gnu also topped the Streaming chart for with “Ichizu”, with 8,946,161 streams in its fourth week.

Utada Hikaru Releases Full Details on Their New Album

Utada Hikaru is preparing to release their new album “BAD Mode”, out digitally January 19 and physically February 23. All of the details in regards to the album have now been released.

“BAD Mode” will contain three new songs: “BAD Mode”, “Kibun Janai no”, and “Somewhere Near Marseilles ーMarseilles Atariー.” The album will have ten songs in total, along with four bonus tracks, which include the Japanese version of “Find Love” and the A.G. Cook remix of “Face My Fears.”

Utada will release the full music video for the album’s title track during their January 19 online concert “Hikaru Utada Live Sessions from Air Studios”, but a short version of it can be found below, along with more information on their new album!

In related news, the vinyl edition of “BAD Mode” will be released on April 27, along with the vinyl editions of “ULTRA BLUE”, “HEART STATION”, and “Fantôme.” The vinyl edition of “Hatsukoi” will be re-released on March 10, along with the vinyl editions of “First Love”, “Distance”, and “DEEP RIVER.”

Satomi Ishihara Announces Pregnancy

On January 10, Satomi Ishihara announced through her agency HoriPro that she is pregnant with her first child!

“I am very sorry for the inconvenience, but I would like to report that I am pregnant with my first child. I have safely reached the stable period of my pregnancy, and taking things easy. I am due in the spring,” Satomi said in her statement.

LACCO TOWER Performs on “Love music” for January 9

This week’s guest was LACCO TOWER.

LACCO TOWER – Seishun

SixTONES, Ryokuoushoku Shakai, and Tokunaga Hideaki Perform on “Music Fair” for January 8

This week’s guests were Tokunaga Hideaki, Ryokuoushoku Shakai, and SixTONES.

Tokunaga Hideaki x Nagaya Haruko (Ryokuoushoku Shakai) – Genki wo Dashite

Ryokuoushoku Shakai – Landscape

SixTONES – Rosy

Tokunaga Hideaki – Eien no Hate ni