Possible New B’z Song “Cost”

Posted on May 12, 2016


A new entry registered on JASRAC—the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers—may provide our first glimpse at the next release from B’z. First registered in March, the entry is for an individual song entitled “Kosuto” (コスト, or “Cost”). The entry lists Being Publishing as the registrant, which aligns with other recent publications by the parent company behind the band (including an entry for “Overture” from B’z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER-). Koshi Inaba is listed as lyricist and Tak Matsumoto as composer as with all other applicable B’z registrations.

Whether “Kosuto” is a new single, a B-side, or an album song is yet to be confirmed. It is possible this is the as-yet untitled ending theme to B’z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-, though it bears noting that the lyrics do not offer any significant hint that this is the case.

This initial registration suggests that “Kosuto” won’t be used as a tie-in to a TV series or film due to the registration belonging to Being and not a preceding media entity. The recently-revealed “Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru” was first registered by Yomiuri TV Enterprises given that it was a theme to Detective Conan; all other television and drama themes such as “Ichibu to Zenbu” and “Uchouten” follow this precedent. Barring a revision pre-release, this song will more likely be a different type of tie-in and would instead be released in tandem with a commercial or event should it be a single. If not a single, no tie-in is entirely plausible.

Meanwhile, “Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru” will begin airing as the theme to the Detective Conan anime series this weekend. It has long been believed the song would not be a single, but could serve as a B-side to the next release, which may very well be “Kosuto”. We will bring your more information when it becomes available.

Source: Entry in the JASRAC database

2 responses to “Possible New B’z Song “Cost””

  1. Eugene says:

    Hm… Purely subjectively speaking, “Cost” doesn’t sound like a title of a single, does it? “B’z! New Shingle! Kosto!”

    If the EPIC NIGHT ending theme really turns out to be called something like “Compensation of Freedom” or “Price of Freedom”, I would say that “Cost” is going to be an album track or a B-side since the title of “Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru” won’t be changed suddenly.

    By the way, what do you think of “Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru”? I was skeptical at first, but the full version convinced me (even though the quality of the audio recording that’s floating around isn’t exactly the best). Looking forward to hearing it as an opening theme for Detective Conan!

    1. Tobias says:

      You’re absolutely right! We also think it’s quite an unusual name for an upcoming single. So it probably is not the title of an upcoming single.

      As for “Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru” … I saw the movie in Japan and got to listen to the song in “full quality”. In my view, it is not a song you’d put on an A-side of a single. It is a great song, though. Just not “single material”. That’s why I am surprised to see the song getting the new Conan opening. I thought B’z would announce a new song for the Conan opening song.

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