Sales Break 80 Million Barrier, English Songs To Be Released?

Posted on August 9, 2011
News

B’z sales have been steady and strong, and even after almost 23 years, they still maintain a strong position in the charts. With the release of their new album “C’mon”, which debuted at number 1 in the Oricon Weekly Chart with 272,397 copies sold, they’ve broken the 80 million barrier in terms of total sales. Their total sales now amount to about 80,600,000 albums and singles sold – a first in Japanese history. They are at the top in Japan, with Mr. Children (54.9 million) in second place and Ayumi Hamasaki (49.5 million) in third place.

Will B’z ever stop producing music? No. Read on for the full article.

Tak and Koshi have a passion for music and will continue to produce music as long as they’re able to do so. But do they have any special plans for the future? In an interview with Hard News Café, Tak Matsumoto reveals that they would indeed like to do more shows in the U.S. and are actively looking for opportunities to make B’z more known to the U.S. audience. He even goes one step further saying “we’ll release songs in English as well”. There are rumors out on the internet – there always are – that B’z might release a new single & album by the end of the year. However unlikely that may seem due to the fact that they’re touring Japan until late December, B’z might target a U.S. – or even an international – debut.

While their original plan was to get more Americans to know B’z through their LIVE-GYM tour on the West coast in July, most of the people in the audience were from Asia. Even during the world-wide live broadcast of their gig in Los Angeles, there have been only few people outside of Japan that have watched the show online. But it was the first time that B’z played English versions of “Samayoeru Aoi Dangan”, “Juice”, “SPLASH!” and “Brotherhood”. Will this be the new direction B’z will take?

The next “challenge” Tak and Koshi will face, is to see how an American audience will react to their music. They’ll join Linkin Park on stage on August 31st for an intimate show to raise money for Japan. In addition to that, their first two LIVE-GYM performances will be in the disaster struck area, in Sendai (Miyagi Prefecture), where all of the earnings will go to charity.

All in all, B’z is all over the place and we can only imagine what they’ve got in store for 2012! (Perhaps another U.S., or even a world tour?)

Sources:

【オリコン】B’z、前人未到のシングル・アルバム通算8000万枚突破 (Oricon)
Legendary Japanese guitarist reflects on new album, tsunami relief (Hard News Café)
B’z Talk “Secret Show For Japan” with Linkin Park (ARTISTdirect)

14 responses to “Sales Break 80 Million Barrier, English Songs To Be Released?”

  1. Lebon14 says:

    Do I smell a mini-album for the English versions? I sure would like one!

  2. Odon says:

    A mini album would be a good idea. But with just E.Styles like Bad Communication or recently juice and Brotherhood? Or a mini album with real new songs? Anyway, something has happened this year, between the win of the Grammy by Matsumoto (and his collaboration with Carlton), the catastrophe from 03.11 and the three concerts in North America. (and who knows, the concerts of X-Japan all over the world?) Matsumoto seems to be now conscious of the stature and role of B’z and of its potential worldwide.

    One thing has not changed: it’s always so fun to wait for the next B’z news!

    1. Lebon14 says:

      Just E.Styles… I can already see the tracklist…
      1. Juice (English Vers.) (~4min)
      2. Splash (English Vers.) (~3½min)
      3. Brotherhood (Englisg Vers.) (~5½min)
      4. Dangan (English Vers.) (~4min)
      5. Logic (~4min)
      5 tracks, ~21min… I would call it “Mars II” or “English From Japan” or [put silly names here]

      I included Logic because it was played in the US along with the others but was never released on a studio record even though it was produced in, what, 2002? I wouldn’t see that on a newer single or album… even as a bonus track or C-Side. It has to be on a Themed album. For the kicks, why not putting This Love too…

      Just throwing my ideas.

      1. Ak says:

        Friction and Home (again) maybe?

        1. Chi says:

          Hmm… I prefer Home rather than Friction, but I’m not the one to choose ;P This Love is in Japanese anyway. Logic would be great!! And I don’t mind if they’ll put Bad Communication or something from the old ones ^^ But I think they should record E. Style for Easy come easy go, but it’s just me dreaming xP

        2. Lebon14 says:

          Not those because Friction is already available on iTunes and Home E.Style was donated for Relief For Japan already…

          I thought of “This Love” because it was a Maroon 5 cover and that Maroon 5 is more known in the US than B’z is… although Maroon 5’s reputation is… well, let’s just say that it’s not that good lol.

          For other “E. Styles” that could come up, we could try those :
          – Easy Come Easy Go
          – Bad Communication (Ultra Pleasure Style)
          – Love Is Dead
          – Ai No Bakudan
          – Arakure
          – It’s Showtime
          – Ultra Soul
          – Itsuka No Merry Christmas
          – Mou Icho Kiss Shitakatta
          – Love Phantom <- This is a MUST have, gawd.
          – Alone
          – F.e.a.r
          – Deep Kiss
          – Go Fight Win
          – Taiyou No Komachi Angel (2011 E.Style please! – it's bean 20 years already!)
          – All-Out Attack
          – Dive
          – Freedom Train
          – etc etc etc

          And why all those demos never saw the day of light, for exemple, Raging River (Accoustic English) and many others.

          Man, there's ideas not only for the US now but for Japan too xD

          1. Chi says:

            I’d love to hear Ai no Bakudan in English. And English Taiyou no Komachi Angel is just masterpiece for me so it would be really nice to include it. Also I’d love to know how would be Freedom Train like ^^ There are many songs they can surprise us with, I like your list

  3. Tay says:

    As an American . . . wish they had done this years ago, but YAY! ^^

    I have tons of other thoughts about this, but I’m too excited to articulate them so just YAY for now.

  4. Anka says:

    sorry for the off topic, but I just googled OTL and the result shows “AKB48” as one of tags below X_x

    1. Tobias says:

      That’s because one of the posts has a AKB48 tag. The one about B’z #1 steak might be in danger.

      1. Anka says:

        I know, but it looks scary anyway 😛

        1. Chi says:

          Look at the benefits- we gotta frighten zombies away now 😛

  5. Limosky says:

    there’s a short clip of the secret live with Linkin Park on B’z official youtube channel! It’s a piece of Dangan in english version! Sounds cool!

  6. Hannah says:

    Of course I move to Japan and B’z decide NOW it’s time to hit up the US?? lol Can’t say I’m thrilled they want to increase to English content of their songs either, I think they loose a lot of their meaning and just don’t sound as good as the Japanese ones. (I hated Bad Communication ’cause I heard the E version first, but the one from LOOSE is one of my favorite songs. lol)
    VERY happy to hear they will keep producing music. They’re amazing and it’d be a shame if they stopped before they put their talents to FULL use. :3

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