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!
With this weekends's release of the Shippuu Rondo film for which it serves as a theme, there is no better time for the band to release 「Fukiarenasai」 (フキアレナサイ, Blow Violently) to the masses—and they've done just that! The song, envisioned as a winter version of "ultra soul" as requested by the film's producers, was announced in September and previewed in a trailer for the film, but with the band's impending solo activities, fans were unsure when it would see a proper release. After the comparatively late release of 「Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru」 when it came to digital form last month, it was unknown if B'z would be experimenting with further digital releases in the future. With today's release of 「Fukiarenasai」 on iTunes Japan and all digital music platforms in the country, we now have our answer.
Amidst Koshi's solo efforts and the recent tie-in B'z song announcement「Fukiarenasai」 comes a surprise: 「Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru」 as a digital-only single! This marks the first time a Japanese song by B'z was released exclusively in digital form. The Detective Conan movie theme song and current Detective Conan anime series opening song 「Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru」 is available now on digital music services such as iTunes Japan for 250 Yen.
This release comes at a very strange timing, only allowing us to speculate why B'z have not released this song earlier, if they considered releasing it in digital form. The best time to release the song in digital form was while the movie was fresh in theatres. Instead, they chose to release it to tie it in with the upcoming release of the Detective Conan movie on DVD & Blu-ray originally slated for a October 5th release, but got delayed to October 26th due to production issues. Furthermore, this suggests that 「Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru」 will not be collected on the next B'z album or physical single, and was released in digital form such as to save on marketing efforts and the like.
After several quiet months on the B'z front spent in and out of the studio, the first of their latest efforts has finally been unveiled in the form of a new song entitled 「Fukiarenasai」 (フキアレナサイ, Blow Violently). The decidedly hard-rock number will serve as the theme to the new action-comedy film Shippuu Rondo which is due for release nationwide in Japan beginning November 26th. The first sample of the song may be heard in the film's trailer embedded below.
The movie is based on the novel by famed Japanese mystery writer Keigo Higashino and stars acclaimed actor Hiroshi Abe. Production on the film began in February and ran through mid April of this year. Of the project and its tie-in theme, B'z shared the following message:
Having read the novel Shippuu Rondo, which this movie is based on, while it is an action movie that has its extravagant and sometimes funny moments, the thing that stood out the most is that every character believes in their own way. The resulting conflicts are portrayed in great detail. We have made 「Fukiarenasai」 as the product of this state of mind overlapped with the fiercely dancing snow. Please enjoy the story along with its intense visuals.
「Fukiarenasai」 itself does not yet have a release date but is could appear on the next B'z studio album alongside 「Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru」.
New entries in the JASRAC database (short for Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers) may be giving us our next glimpse at what B'z may have in store for their upcoming album. The two new songs—like all other B'z songs listed—are attributed to Tak Matsumoto as composer and Koshi Inaba as lyricist and bear the titles "QUEEN OF MY SOUL" and "Gyakkyou ni Kujikeru na" (Never Waver in the Face of Adversity, 逆境にくじけるな). The entries are still new and lack a publishing entity, so they may be registered for tie-up promotions later instead of Being Publishing, or are simply tentative registrations.
This is not the first time in recent months a new B'z song was registered with the same official entity for governing song royalties in Japan. As previously reported, "Cost" (コスト) was also registered earlier this year, though it has yet to materialize in released form.
Early morning newspapers as well as NTV news show "Oha!4" (see video above) have revealed that B'z will provide the theme song to the 20th Detective Conan movie 「The Darkest Nightmare」, which is scheduled to hit theatres on April 16th, 2016. The medium tempo rock ballad is titled 「Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru」(The world will become your color) and B'z is quoted as saying "This movie focuses a lot on the darker parts of Conan's story and thus we made the theme song with a different feeling.". Series creator Gosho Aoyama further commented: "The movie is pitch-black and it depends on you what color your feelings are after you've seen the movie".
Furthermore, Tak Matsumoto will play the guitar part of the Detective Conan main theme in the movie. This marks the first time an artist gets to play the guitar part of the main theme.
A CD release for「Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru」has yet to be announced. A full trailer featuring the movie's theme song has also been revealed today. You can check it out below.
There's less than a week left until the release of B'z latest live tour「B'z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-」 on DVD and Blu-ray. A digest video detailing all performances included in the release has today been made available on the band's official YouTube channel. We have mirrored it here for your viewing pleasure!
With about two weeks left until the release of the home video of their 2015 tour 「B’z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-」 on DVD and Blu-ray, the commercial made its TV debut during the broadcast of Detective Conan last Saturday. This version of the commercial features songs 「Uchouten」, 「RED」 and 「Las Vegas」. Check it out!