Mariya Takeuchi’s “Plastic Love” gets music video after 35 years

Warner Music Japan has uploaded a short version of the music video for Mariya Takeuchi‘s viral hit “Plastic Love“, 35 years after the song’s original release.

The song is from Takeuchi’s 1984 album “VARIETY“, and was one of the most successful albums of her career, reaching #1 on the Oricon album charts. An extended club mix of “Plastic Love” was released as a single on March 25, 1985, reaching #86 on the Oricon single charts.

In recent years, the song unexpectedly helped welcome a revived interest in the city pop genre internationally. The fan-uploaded audio video of “Plastic Love”—paired with the still image from her “Sweetest Music / Morning Glory” single—crept into YouTube recommendations of people worldwide, stacking up 24 million views by the time it was taken down late last year due to a copyright dispute with the photographer. This past week, the video was reinstated.

This new music video was directed by Kyoutaro Hayashi, who visualizes the world of “Plastic Love” with his own interpretation, celebrating the era the song is a product of.

Favorite Johnnys 2019: the rise of the new generation?

The results of the annual “Favorite Johnny’s” ranking from Shukan Josei PRIME magazine is in! The number of survey participants has increased every year from 12,000 respondents in 2017, 20,000 in 2018 to 25,000 people for 2019.

The results this time has been particulary interesting, does this signal the rise of the “next generation” in Johnnys?

Check out the Top 30 list below along with some comments from the respondents!

DAOKO X MIYAVI collab “Senkyaku Banrai” teased in “Diner” trailer

A teaser for the collaboration song between rap singer DAOKO and guitarist MIYAVI has been revealed in a new short trailer for upcoming film “Diner“.

DAOKO X MIYAVI’s song “Senkyaku Banrai” will be used as the film’s theme.

Based on novel of the same name by Yumeaki Hirayama, “Diner” is directed by Mika Ninagawa and stars Tatsuya Fujiwara as the owner and chef of the titular members-only diner where all the customers are contract killers.

Yasutaka Nakata releases new track “Pico Pico Tokyo” featuring Momo Mashiro

Electronic music producer Nakata Yasutaka has released the music video for his latest digital single titled “Pico Pico Tokyo“.

This new release features vocals from Momo Mashiro, an artist who was discovered through the “Lawson Dream Artist Audition” back in 2016. We were introduced to the singer on Yasutaka’s song “Jump in Tonight” from his 2018 solo album Digital Native, and her official solo debut remains to be determined.

The animated music video combines club culture with video game sounds in a fictional futuristic version of Tokyo. The visuals were produced by Los Angeles-based artist Somehoodlum, an artist who has worked on music videos for artists like 21 Savage, Future, and Lil Uzi Vert.

King Gnu reveal dramatic Music Video for “The hole”

At the start of the year, mixture rock band King Gnu released their second full-length album “Sympa“. As the promotions for this release are finally wrapping up, the group have chosen to publish a PV for the album’s closing track “The hole” to their YouTube channel.

This music video, which was directed by filmmaker Takuya Uchiyama, stars actor Hiroya Shimizu as he demonstrates the lengths to which a person will go for love. According to Uchiyama, his own goal for the video was to perfectly capture ‘the moment’ at which someone realizes they’ve fallen for someone else.

You’ll find the full version of this gripping PV right after the cut.

B’z refuse to surrender in their Short PV for “Tsuwamono, Hashiru”

Back in April we reported that hard rock duo B’z would be releasing their latest studio album “NEW LOVE” on May 29th. Ahead of this date, the pair have now published the Short PV for the record’s second track “Tsuwamono, Hashiru” to their YouTube channel.

The music video splices together footage of B’z performing the defiantly upbeat song in a studio setting with various snippets of athletes playing rugby – a nod to the track’s tie-in with energy drink Lipovitan D. A commercial which showcases the performance of other album tracks in the same space has also started airing on Japanese TV.

You’ll find both this CM and the Short PV for “Tsuwamono, Hashiru” below.

Ulfuls unveil all of the details about their upcoming Album “U!!!”

Last month we reported that veteran rock band Ulfuls would be releasing a new studio album titled “U!!!” on June 26th. Now that this date has drawn closer, they have chosen to publish all of the details regarding the record online.

As expected, the album will include the group’s trio of recent digital singles – “Kawaru Kawarutoki Kawareba Kaware”, “Rhythm wo Tomeru na”, and “Sentimental Fever ~Anata ga Suki Dakara~” – plus a number of new songs, such as CM tracks “Hitotsu Futatsu” and “Power”, and a new version of “Ai ga Nakucha” – originally from their 2003 album “Eenen”. The record’s Limited Editions will come packaged with either a DVD or Blu-ray containing footage from the band’s outdoor live at Momijikawa Shibafu Plaza, which is located in Osaka’s Expo’70 Commemorative Park.

You’ll find the cover and complete track list for “U!!!” right after the jump.

Suiyoubi no Campanella Mastermind Kenmochi Hidefumi to Release New Solo Album

Kenmochi Hidefumi, the creative force behind Suiyoubi no Campanella, will release a new solo album, “Futto Waku ~FOOTWORK~”, on May 15. He describes the album as being a strange balance of seriousness and stupidity.

In addition to releasing the album via the usual physical and digital means, Hidefumi has also released the album in full on his YouTube channel. The ten track album’s contents are split between three music videos and seven audio videos. Check them out below, along with more information on his new album!