With the release of Tak Matsumoto's new album 「New Horizon」just around the corner, the special campaign website just went live with detailed instructions on how to take part in the lottery for one out of 300 「New Horizon」 limited edition vinyl LPs. Each copy of 「New Horizon」ships with a card that contains a 16 digit code which you'll have to input on the special campaign's site along with your contact details. You will most likely need a Japanese address if you would like to participate in the lottery, which you can get through www.tenso.com.
The special campaign ends on June 15th, 2014 11:59PM Japan time. Here's the link to the special campaign website: https://houseofstrings.jp/sp/
The US version of Tak Matsumoto's upcoming album「New Horizon」is set to be released on July 8th, 2014. Amazon.com lists the album to be released on that date. Additionally, the description reads:
This album is Tak's second solo project released in the US. Tak is no stranger to the smooth jazz genre. Tak's 2012 release "Strings of my Soul" spent 3 months on the BDS/Billboard Smooth Jazz Radio Top 30. "New Horizon" composed of most instrumental tracks, features Grammy winning producer Paul Brown and Contemporary, R&B, & Jazz vocalist Wendy Moten on "Feel Like A Woman Tonight".
The track listing for the US version has not been revealed yet. You can pre-order your copy on Amazon.com right now.
It has just been announced that the tour finale of Koshi's upcoming tour Koshi Inaba LIVE 2014 ～en-ball～ will be broadcasted live in select cinemas across Japan. The tour finale will take place on June 20th. Tickets for the so-called "live viewing" can be pre-ordered through LAWSON, and will later also be available at Ticket Pia and E-Plus. A ticket costs 4,000 Yen. Pre-orders will start from April 25th 11AM and will be accepted through May 11 11:59PM. Tickets will be distributed through a lottery, which means you will have no guarantee of getting your ticket although you got your pre-order in.
General sale is slated to start May 20th at LAWSON and E-Plus. From June 18th, 2 days prior to the live broadcast, tickets will also be sold at the counter in cinemas that are screening the concert. There are no fanclub tickets to this event.
If anyone ever wondered what Koshi's ride is, well, we have the answer! It's a MV Agusta -75 customized by a California based workshop run by Shinya Kimura. He even mentions in the video that he was working on it for a "Japanese singer". Check it out!
The tour logo for Koshi Inaba's tour in support of his upcoming solo album 「Singing Bird」has been revealed. The tour titled Koshi Inaba LIVE 2014 ～en-ball～ starts on June 5th, 2014 at the Shinagawa Stellar Ball . The tour runs through June 20th, 2014 with 10 shows at the same venue.
Hit the road with Koshi in his new digital exclusive single 「Stay Free」！The song will also be part of Koshi's upcoming album 「Singing Bird」which is set to be released on May 21st, 2014. You can buy it on iTunes Japan and other Japanese digital music sites such as mora and Musing. As with the previous two digital single releases, the music video to the song is available on B'z official YouTube channel!
The band has today announced that 15,900,000 Yen have been collected by selling charity bracelets during last year's 25th anniversary tour B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER-. The proceeds will be donated to SAVE THE CHILDREN JAPAN, an organization which helps children affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The band will continue to support children in need who have been affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
After a 4 year hiatus, Koshi has today announced that his new solo album 「Singing Bird」will be released on May 21st, 2014. The album is not, as we feared, going to be a digital-only release, coming in a regular CD and a limited CD+DVD edition. It includes the previously released digital singles「Nensho」and「Nakinagara」as well as the tie-up song 「oh my love」, which is featured in Olympus' latest line of commercials. The overall album consists of 12 tracks which portrait a very distinct world that Koshi has created for his listeners.
The limited edition comes with a DVD which contains the music videos to 「Nensho」, 「Nakinagara」, 「oh my love」 and 「Stay Free」.
[UPDATE 4/21]: Cover & track order revealed!
NEW ALBUM「Singing Bird」
01. Jimmy no Asa
02. oh my love (featured in Olympus' commercials)
03. Cross Creek
04. Golden Road
06. Stay Free
07. Bicycle Girl
08. Kodoku no Susume
09. Tomo Yo
11. Route 53
Price(CD): 3,024 Yen (tax included)
Price(CD+DVD): 3,780 Yen (tax included)