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Today, Oricon has announced the sales for the year 2013 per music label. AVEX Group Holdings is now holding first place for two years in a row. Followed by Sony Music Entertainment on 2nd place and Universal Music on 3rd place. What’s interesting is that the BEING Group, to which Vermillion Records belongs, has more than doubled their sales due to releasing B’z live DVDs and Blu-rays as well as the XXV best-of releases, putting them in 10th place compared to last year’s 17th place.
B’z began their careers with BMG Japan and operated under several of their labels. Later, B’z would leave BMG to form their own label, Vermillion Records, as part of Being GIZA. Publication rights to the band’s original four releases (the self-titled debut album, OFF THE LOCK, BAD COMMUNICATION, and BREAK THROUGH) remained under BMG control with the label switch, leading to recordings from that era ineligible to be included on compilations until an agreement was finally reached in time for the band’s 25th anniversary single collections, B’z The Best XXV 1988-1998 and B’z The Best XXV 1999-2012.
Today’s broadcast of Music Station was a very special occasion. To commemorate the B’z 25th anniversary, the program decided to conduct a B’z special where the band would perform 4 songs—three of which were drawn from fan requests. After the other two show guests—Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Kanjani 8—were introduced, B’z kicked off the show with their first ever televised performance of 「Q&A」. Following the performance, a segment called “BIRTH YEAR SONGS” was shown. This time, they introduced hit songs that were released in 1993. And of course, B’z also made an appearance in this segment with “Hadashi no Megami” coming in first place of the ranking.
Read on to check out our full write-up of the one hour special featuring several interview segments with the band, as well as to see which songs they decided to perform from the fan requests!
UPDATE! The special program has been scheduled for this Sunday, June 16th, at 9:00 PM JST (8:00 AM EST, 1:00 PM BST, 2:00 PM CEST, and 8:00 PM CST). You can watch on the band’s YouTube channel and expect full coverage from us here at OFF THE LOCK once the program is over!
The band has just announced that they will conduct a special program which will be broadcast live on YouTube sometime in June. The program will be moderated by Masanori Ito who is well-known in Japan for his outstanding work as a music critic. On the show, Masanori Ito will talk with B’z about their 25 years as a band and this will present a unique opportunity to hear things that have never been talked about before. Additionally, a part of the program is dedicated to answering questions sent in by fans via Google+, Facebook and Twitter. The deadline for sending in your questions is this Friday, May 24th. [UPDATE: Questions are no longer being accepted.]
How to send in your questions:
Post your question in this community: https://plus.google.com/communities/104189337228227134374
Comment on this post to submit your question: https://www.facebook.com/bz.official/posts/450880008337301
Post a tweet with your question using the hashtag #Bzに質問
The band has just announced that they will perform on an episode of Music Station, which is set to air on June 14th, 2013. Just one day prior to the band’s 25th anniversary tour B’z LIVE-GYM PLEASURE 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER- kicking off, B’z will be on Music Station for an all night B’z special. Additionally, the top B’z songs viewers want B’z to sing will be announced. The program is conducting a survey for that purpose. The band will perform four songs on the show! Three of them will be fan requests!
You can take part in the survey here: http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/music/sec/opinion/130614.html
Click on 応募する and then fill out the form. The first input field is 曲名 (song name), the second field is 性別 (gender), so choose 男性(male) or 女性(female). The third and last input field is asking for your age. And then click the 確認する (confirm) button to submit your song! The deadline for submissions is June 14th, 2013 8PM JST.
B’z announced two 25th anniversary compilations this morning, which, for the first time, contain all the music videos to the singles released to date. Said releases are now available for pre-order! Be sure to reserve your copy early!
|「B’z The Best XXV 1988-1998」
|「B’z The Best XXV 1999-2012」
Message from B’z
Celebrating our 25th anniversary, I am grateful for all the wonderful experiences I have had and all the great views I came to see. I also feel that this is a great opportunity to look back on all the songs and videos we have produced over the course of our career. The best-of compilations also feature new songs, so it is possible to feel the change B’z music has undergone over the years since our debut. Additionally, I can still recall all the hardships during the filming for our music videos. Our idea for the 25th anniversary was to produce a product that lets you enjoy the works we have released over the years. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the fans, who have been listening to our music and supporting us for all these years. I’ll be glad if you enjoy the new best-of compilations as well as this year’s Pleasure tour. Enjoy “ENDLESS SUMMER” with B’z！
Once again, I feel that being in a band for a quarter of a century is an incredible thing. This best-of compilation will feature all singles and their corresponding music videos. Additionally, you will be able to get a taste of the latest B’z songs we have been producing since last year. During these 25 years, I am sure that there are people who have been listening to our music for 25 years, or have started listening to our music from our 10th or 20th anniversary. Each era has had its own impact that made people aware of B’z and started listening to our music. From here on out, I would like to continue fulfilling fans’ expectations of new songs and live tours. Also, the title for this year’s tour “ENDLESS SUMMER” means “The summer with B’z will never end”. I will be glad to convey that feeling with you in every venue. Celebrations for the 25th anniversary have started one more time. I look forward to seeing you.
At the same time, when B’z announced the schedule for their 25th anniversary tour, the band has also announced the release of two best-of compilations slated for a June 12th, 2013 release. It is a collection of all A sides of singles released by B’z to date, split into two releases: 「B’z The Best XXV 1988-1998」 and 「B’z The Best XXV 1999-2012」. What’s more, the limited 2CD+DVD edition comes with a DVD that will contain the music videos for every single released to date. Additionally, each release includes two new songs, for a total of four new songs! These tracks are: HEAT, Kakushin, Q&A and Utopia!
Also, don’t miss out on the newly designed Official B’z YouTube channel, which now features the music video for every single ever released!
The 2CD+DVD version will be priced at 3,500 Yen and the 2CD version will be priced at 2,800 Yen.
「B’z The Best XXV 1988-1998」
「B’z The Best XXV 1999-2012」