More solo news! Koshi Inaba's new song 「oh my love」 will be featured in the new line of Olympus commercials. The commercial starring Japanese soccer player Keisuke Honda will advertise Olympus' new mirrorless camera OM-D E-M10. The commercial is set to be on air Japan-wide from March 7th. More details on "oh my love" as well as the forthcoming new album will be revealed at a later date.
Update: The commercial is now live on YouTube! Check it out below.
Now that B'z have wrapped up their massive 25th anniversary year and recently released its epic home video to tap things off, the team are taking a break for a few months to concentrate on solo efforts before they reconvene for B'z activities.
Today, Koshi has launched a brand new solo website and with it comes some exciting news. Unexpectedly, Koshi is not only launching his own website today but is also releasing a BRAND NEW DIGITAL SINGLE, available right now on a variety of Japanese music outlets! The song is entitled "Nensho" (We will post information on purchasing it for yourself shortly, should you wish to obtain it for your collection.)
Along with the new single comes news of Koshi's plans for 2014. While more releases are expected, it has also been officially announced that Koshi Inaba LIVE 2014 ~en-ball~ will take place over ten dates beginning June 5 and ending June 20. Interestingly, every show will take place at just one venue, the Shinagawa Stellar Ball in Tokyo. Further live dates may be forthcoming; we'll keep you posted as to any further announcements.
Additionally, those that wish to sample Koshi's past solo work are now in luck, as all of his music videos are now available in full on the official B'z YouTube channel. Check out the full playlist right here!
The official website promises monthly updates as Koshi prepares his solo material for the year. Listen to the new song below and check out the official website where you can also hear the song at: http://www.en-zine.jp/
Looks like this year it is time for some solo projects! Koshi Inaba will finally get his own official website, which will go live on February 26th at midnight. (Japan Time) The site will be gradually updated to feature new information on Koshi Inaba's works. The first update will give us a glimpse of Koshi's new album which is currently in production. One of his new songs from the upcoming new album will be made available online.
One of Tak Matsumoto's songs from the upcoming solo album is being used for transportation company Sagawa's latest line of TV commercials. Further details have yet to surface regarding the album's release date and title. You can check out the two commercials below.
Looks like this is going to be a Jazz album!
It's that time of year again, when B'z have released their latest home video package to the great anticipation of every fan. This time around, the band have offered up B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 ENDLESS SUMMER -XXV BEST-, a DVD and Blu-ray release that showcases their recent 25th anniversary tour B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER- in full, along with a full documentary chronicling every step of the way.
The dome portion of the tour also marked the live debut of a new song entitled "Endless Summer". The hard-rocking titular tune was written specifically for the occasion to exhibit the theme of the tour, and of course, we've translated it in full for all international fans to enjoy. Additionally, we have rounded up the lyrics and translations to each and every song performed on the tour below so that you won't miss a beat!
B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER- 25th Anniversary Finale at Nissan Stadium
1. Endless Summer
3. Pleasure 2013 ~Jinsei no Kairaku~
4. LADY NAVIGATION
5. Taiyou no Komachi Angel
7. Sayonara Nanka wa Iwasenai
10. Rain (Tak's Solo)
12. Aikawarazu na Bokura
13. Ai no Bakudan
14. Ichibu to Zenbu
15. LOVE PHANTOM
17. NATIVE DANCE
18. Samayoeru Aoi Dangan
19. girigiri chop
22. ultra soul
B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER- Hall Tour Finale at Aizu Fugado
3. LADY NAVIGATION
4. STAY GREEN ~Mijuku na Tabi wa Tomaranai~
5. Yumemi ga Oka
7. Koi-Gokoro (KOI-GOKORO)
11. Rain (Tak's Solo)
12. The Wild Wind
13. Dead End
14. Perfect Life
15. NATIVE DANCE
16. OH! GIRL
17. girigiri chop
18. Ichibu to Zenbu
20. BAD COMMUNICATION
Tomorrow, B'z will officially release their homevideo package of their 25th anniversary tour B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 ENDLESS SUMMER. Just like with every other release, the band has released a message for their fans commemorating the release.
That summer is still ongoing!!
Please get excited again while watching the video!
B'z 25th year is completely collected in this release.
A must-see! A real "Pleasure"!
Today, Oricon has announced the sales for the year 2013 per music label. AVEX Group Holdings is now holding first place for two years in a row. Followed by Sony Music Entertainment on 2nd place and Universal Music on 3rd place. What's interesting is that the BEING Group, to which Vermillion Records belongs, has more than doubled their sales due to releasing B'z live DVDs and Blu-rays as well as the XXV best-of releases, putting them in 10th place compared to last year's 17th place.
B'z began their careers with BMG Japan and operated under several of their labels. Later, B'z would leave BMG to form their own label, Vermillion Records, as part of Being GIZA. Publication rights to the band's original four releases (the self-titled debut album, OFF THE LOCK, BAD COMMUNICATION, and BREAK THROUGH) remained under BMG control with the label switch, leading to recordings from that era ineligible to be included on compilations until an agreement was finally reached in time for the band's 25th anniversary single collections, B'z The Best XXV 1988-1998 and B'z The Best XXV 1999-2012.
American rock drummer Carmine Appice was recently interviewed by the Examiner and when asked a question about Japan, he mentioned one very particular band...
Ray Shasho: There are so many legendary rock bands from the 70’s that are having more success overseas these days … especially in Japan.
Carmine Appice: “Japan has their own domestic artists that are huge. It used to be that Japan didn’t have any domestic artists until the mid 90’s. All of a sudden they started getting their own artists. So all the American and UK artists who used to go there and play the Budokan are now playing smaller venues. But their artists are playing stadiums. There’s a group over there called B’z and they can play three stadium nights in every major city in Japan. We’re talking 150,000 people. It’s a singer and a guitar player. I went to see them in Japan as a guest, they’re friends of mine, and I think it was the night before or night after I saw Kiss over there. Kiss was playing at the stadium too. The B’z production was bigger than the Kiss production. It was ridiculous…it was so big. Over there they don’t travel around in big semis, they travel around in these sixteen to twenty foot trucks … so they must have had about a hundred trucks going from city to city … it was crazy. But there just huge over there.”
The first TV commercial for the upcoming release of “B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 ENDLESS SUMMER -XXV BEST-” was aired during Detective Conan today. Check it out below!