“CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR 2017” Zepp Tokyo Show on WOWOW

Posted on February 19, 2017 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News


The program guide for WOWOW's WOWOW Prime channel shows that the Zepp Tokyo show of INABA/SALAS' tour "CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR 2017" is going to be broadcast on WOWOW Prime on March 25th from 8PM to 10PM. It'll likely include the full show as the program runs for two hours.

The duo will wrap up their tour tomorrow, Feburary 20th, at the Diamond Hall in Nagoya.

Source: WOWOW Program Guide

Electric Island, Acoustic Sea Out Now & On iTunes Worldwide!

Posted on February 8, 2017 by Tobias in Tak Matsumoto News, Translations

Tak Matsumoto & Daniel Ho's joint album Electric Island, Acoustic Sea was released in Japan today, and is available worldwide on iTunes as well! The album retails for $11.99 for the entire 12-track album, or $1.29 per track. The release is available on all iTunes storefronts internationally with similar pricing.

For those that missed them, the duo also released additional short music videos for "Island of peace" and "Sunny Tuesday":

Additionally, we have translated Tak's release message commemorating the occasion:

The pair will go on tour for Tak Matsumoto & Daniel Ho Live! 2017 -Electric Island, Acoustic Sea- on February 25 in Tokyo and will play their final show a month later on March 19 in Hawaii.

INABA/SALAS’s CHUBBY GROOVE Now On iTunes Worldwide!

Posted on February 3, 2017 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News


For those that prefer their music digitally or simply missed the physical release in Japan, INABA/SALAS's CHUBBY GROOVE is now available worldwide on iTunes! The U.S. edition is $1.29 per track or $15.48 for the entire album though the album should be purchasable in any country. The duo are currently in the midst of their joint live outing CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR 2017 which concludes later this month on February 20.

INABA/SALAS Kick Off “CHUBBY GROOVE” Tour in Nagoya

Posted on January 27, 2017 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News


Koshi Inaba and Stevie Salas have kicked off their tour "CHUBBY GROOVE Tour 2017" in support of their recently released collaborative album CHUBBY GROOVE on January 25. The set list constists of seventeen tracks, with "SAYONARA RIVER" being the opener to the show. All tracks off the CHUBBY GROOVE record have been performed live, in addition to Koshi Inaba solo tracks "My Mirai", "Hazumu Sekai" and "Shoumen Shoutotsu".

Furthermore, the band has covered Davied Bowie's "Moonage Daydream" live on stage as well as performed a cover of The Clash's "Police on My Back", which is found on Stevie Salas' cover album JAM POWER released in 2010.

To date, the band has also done two shows in Osaka at the Zepp Namba with the same set list. Their next show is on January 30th at the Zepp Sapporo in Sapporo.

Check out the full set list and additional information on the tour on the B'z Wiki!

INABA/SALAS New Album CHUBBY GROOVE On Sale Now:
Koshi’s Release Message Translated

Posted on January 18, 2017 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News, Translations

As is customary for both his B'z and solo efforts, Koshi Inaba has provided a written message for today's release of his collaborative effort with Stevie Salas CHUBBY GROOVE. We have translated the message below:

You can order the album at the usual places: [YesAsia] [CDJapan] [Amazon Japan]. The duo's joint tour CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR 2017 kicks off January 25 and runs through a showing in Nagoya on February 20.

INABA/SALAS Full “OVERDRIVE” Music Video Now Available

Posted on January 16, 2017 by Jd- in Koshi Inaba News, Videos

With the release of their collaborative album CHUBBY GROOVE set for this Wednesday, another full-length music video from Koshi Inaba and Stevie Salas has been uploaded to their joint YouTube channel. This time, the two have released the oft-previewed "OVERDRIVE", whose music video was filmed in and around Austin, Texas. You can pre-order the album at the usual places: [YesAsia] [CDJapan] [Amazon Japan]. Their joint tour CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR 2017 kicks off January 25 and runs through a showing in Nagoya on February 20.

B’z New Song “Still Alive” Announced As TBS Drama Theme

Posted on January 15, 2017 by Jd- in B'z News, Videos

In a surprise announcement, it has been revealed in its first airing that a brand-new, previously-unheard B'z song entitled "Still Alive" will soon be serving as the theme to the new TBS medical drama A LIFE ~Itoshiki Hito~. The drama stars well-known actor and singer Takuya Kimura of SMAP fame. In commemoration of the announcement, B'z also released a message about its creation:

We started working after having received an offer for the theme song. We also took the chance to talk with the drama's production team. After some trial and error, we were able to produce a track we were content with. We'd be glad if this song contributed to the atmosphere of the drama.B'z

This is the second time B'z have contributed to a Kimura-starring drama. In 2000, one of the band's best-known singles in "Konya Tsuki no Mieru Oka ni" accompanied Beautiful Life which went on to sweep the Television Drama Academy Awards for the year and net B'z a win for Best Theme Song.

Whether the song will be released as a digital exclusive single in the near future or issued as a physical release has not yet been announced. In the meantime, check out "Still Alive" as it aired during the first episode today!

INABA/SALAS To Make Music Station Appearance This Week

Posted on January 15, 2017 by Jd- in Koshi Inaba News


TV Asahi has just announced that Koshi Inaba & Stevie Salas will be appearing on this week's edition of Music Station for an interview and performance of their new song "AISHI-AISARE". Other acts appearing for the episode include Bruno Mars, KinKi Kids, backnumber, and Busaiku.

Notably, this will mark the duo's first performance from upcoming joint album CHUBBY GROOVE. Moreover, this is their first performance together in nearly seven years—since Salas appeared as a guest for a Nippon Budokan show during Koshi Inaba LIVE 2010 ~enII~ to play "Hazumu Sekai", a song co-written by the two years earlier.

The 2-hour special edition of the perennial music program airs this Friday, January 20.

INABA/SALAS’s “OVERDRIVE” As Porsche Panamera Theme Song, “WABISABI” Clip Now Available

Posted on January 15, 2017 by Jd- in Koshi Inaba News, Videos

With the release of Koshi Inaba & Stevie Salas's collaborative album CHUBBY GROOVE due out this week, the last of the promotional push is now getting underway. Foremost, the pair's song "OVERDRIVE" is now serving as the theme to the new edition of Porsche's Panamera as shown in the clip below:

Additionally, the duo have also made available a brief behind the scenes video with their song "WABISABI" as well:

INABA/SALAS “AISHI-AISARE” Music Video & Bonus Clips Out Now

Posted on January 6, 2017 by Tobias in Koshi Inaba News, Videos

A full video for one of the new Koshi Inaba & Stevie Salas collaborations has now been made available on the pair's YouTube channel. The song "AISHI-AISARE" (Love, Be Loved) is set to be included on their album CHUBBY GROOVE, due for release on January 18, 2016. You can pre-order the album at the usual places: [YesAsia] [CDJapan] [Amazon Japan]. Their joint tour CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR 2017 kicks off January 25 and runs through a showing in Nagoya on February 20.

Additionally, another short music video for fellow album song 「Kunou no Hate no Sore mo Kotae no Hitotsu」 (What Lies At the End of Sorrow Is Also An Answer) has been uploaded and can be streamed below as well: