Koshi Inaba New Single 「Hane」 Coming January 13th

Posted on November 23, 2015 by Tobias in News

Five and a half years following the release of his last solo single on CD, Koshi has announced the release of his long-awaited ninth single 「Hane」(Feather). The title track of the single will serve as the opening theme to the anime series Detective Conan from January 9th. The song made its world-premiere during the InterFM radio show Happy Hour! held at the HMV & BOOKS TOKYO opening event with Koshi Inaba as guest.

The single will be out on January 13th, 2016 with Koshi's solo tour 「Koshi Inaba Live 2016 ~en III~」 kicking off just three days later. Several packages are available for purchase: CD, CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray, CD+DVD+Bluray. The limited edition package comes in CD+DVD and CD+Blu-ray flavors and contains the songs that were rotated on a daily basis during the en-ball tour and were not included on the Blu-ray release of 「Koshi Inaba LIVE 2014 ~en-ball~」.

The "Ryu ga Gotoku" ("Yakuza") special edition includes a special music video featuring 「Receive You [Reborn]」 as well as a special talk with "Ryu ga Gotoku" creator Toshihiro Nagoshi. Furthermore, the "Ryu ga Gotoku" edition includes a special download code for "Ryu ga Gotoku Kiwami" which unlocks a special opening sequence in the game. The content contained on the DVD as well as the Blu-ray that comes with the "Ryu ga Gotoku" edition is the same—to suit both DVD and Blu-ray viewers.

Regular edition and limited edition cover

Regular edition and limited edition cover

Cover for the "Ryu ga Gotoku" special edition

"Ryu ga Gotoku" special edition cover

Koshi Inaba New Single 「Hane」

Release: 2016.01.13
Price (Regular Edition): 1,500 Yen (tax included)
Price (CD+DVD/CD+Blu-ray Edition): 2,400 Yen (tax included)
Price (Ryu ga Gotoku Special Edition): 3,200 Yen (tax included)

[Track listing]

1. Hane (Feather, 羽)
Opening theme to anime series 「Detective Conan」 from January 9th. The song conveys the message to aim for a new world—a better life situation. The intro starts with strings and a four beat Eurobeat-style tune until the song later transitions into a rock tune with strong guitar sound provided by LOUDNESS' guitarist Akira Takasaki.

2. Symphony #9
A medium tempo song that opens with a very emotional voice.

Main theme song to the PS3/PS4 video game 「Ryu ga Gotoku Kiwami」due for release on January 26th.

4. Suiro (Waterway, 水路)
A ballad song serving as the theme to the WOWOW drama 「Godan」.

[DVD / Blu-ray Limited Edition]

Previously unreleased live footage of 「Koshi Inaba LIVE 2014 ~en-ball~」 not collected on the recent home video release.

3. Sono Switch wo Ose
4. Nani mo Nai Machi
5. Zettai(teki)
6. Salvation

[Ryu ga Gotoku Special Edition]

The DVD+Blu-ray in this package have the same content, differing only in visual quality:

1. Receive You [Reborn] "Ryu ga Gotoku Kiwami" version MUSIC VIDEO
2. Koshi Inaba x Toshihiro Nagoshi Special Talk

Furthermore, this edition includes a download code that unlocks a special opening sequence in the game itself.


B’z New Single 「RED」 Coming June 10th!

Posted on April 23, 2015 by Tobias in News

As was previously reported, a new B'z song entitled 「RED」 recently debuted as the mound theme for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp's pitcher Hiroki Kuroda. Today, the official website revealed that the song would become the band's 52nd single with a release date of June 10th, 2015. The song has also been played during the band's most recent tour, EPIC NIGHT, as the Ending SE alongside another unreleased song as of April 17th.

Interestingly, the single will be only the second in their catalogue--the first since 1996's 「Real Thing Shakes」--to feature only one track. The single will be released in three varieties: a CD edition that retails for only 650 Yen, a CD and DVD edition containing a special music video for 1000 yen, and a CD and special edition wristband for 1600 yen. The music video incorporates live footage from B'z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT- at Yokohama Arena, while the wristband is red and white in accordance with the colors of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.


B'z New Single

1. RED

Bonus DVD
RED」 Music Video
(Featuring footage from B'z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT- at Yokohama Arena)

Price: 650 Yen (CD Only), 1000 Yen (CD+DVD), 1600 Yen (Red CD Case+Special Edition Wristband)

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B’z New Single「Uchouten」1/14 Out!!

Posted on December 2, 2014 by Tobias in News

The hype has arrived! First bits from the morning newspaper just got in! B'z is going to release their 51st single「Uchouten」on January 14th, 2015! The song is going to be featured in Nihon TV's upcoming drama "Gakkou no Kaidan", which is set to air in January. Additionally, the new single comes with Endless Summer as the B-side!!


NEW SINGLE「Uchouten」

1. Uchouten
2. Endless Summer

Release: 2015.01.14

Price(tax not included!): 1,900 Yen (CD+DVD), 1000 Yen(CD)

The new single comes in two versions: CD and CD+DVD. Now guess what: The bonus DVD contains 9 songs from last year's「B'z SPECIAL LIVE」at the EX THEATER ROPPONGI! Here's the tracklist in detail:

1. Kuroi Seishun
2. Yasei no ENERGY
3. Konya Tsuki no Mieru Oka ni
5. Yami no Ame
7. Ichibu to Zenbu
8. Nagai Ai

Pre-order bonus
Pre-order the CD in store (not online) in Japan and get a B2 size original poster as a present!
Pre-order the CD online and get an original alternate cover design as a present!


Koshi Inaba Digital Exclusive Single「Saturday」Out Now!!

Posted on July 29, 2014 by Tobias in News

Koshi Inaba has just released his latest digital exclusive solo single「Saturday」. The song is not new per se, but has been played during Koshi's solo tour「Koshi Inaba LIVE 2014 ~en-ball~」as fans were exiting the venue. It's the Ending SE to the show. A music video has also been released which features select scenes from Koshi's live performance at the Shinagawa Stellar Ball. The single can be bought at iTunes Japan for 250 Yen.


B’z New Single “Don’t Wanna Lie” 6/1 On Sale!!

Posted on April 6, 2011 by Tobias in News

The new single, Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo, isn't even out and B'z is announcing the release of another single! Won't be long until they announce the release of their new album... probably going to be released in July or August. As previously reported, "Don't Wanna Lie" is going to be featured as the theme song of the new Detective Conan theatrical feature movie "A Quarter of Silence" and the second track "Homebound" is featured as the ending theme to "News 23X". Looks like this and future singles are going to have the same limited edition: the music video on DVD.

B'z - Don't Wanna Lie

1. Don't Wanna Lie
2. Homebound

Price(limited edition w/ DVD): 1470 Yen
Price(regular edition): 1050 Yen

Release date: 2011.06.01

Normal Edition: [YesAsia (Global)] [YesAsia (US)] [CDJapan.co.jp]

Limited Edition: [YesAsia (Global)] [YesAsia (US)] [CDJapan.co.jp]

Lastly, a question: Am I the only one who's irritated by that cover? First, B'z presents us an awesome cover for Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo and now this? I think it's a little too plain what the artists did there. What do you think?


Pepsi CM & Interview with B’z

Posted on February 22, 2011 by Tobias in News

Here you can see the finished commercials - both the 15 second and 30 second versions. Afterwards, Tak and Koshi are interviewed about their thoughts on the commercial filming as well as their new song. Translation of the interview is below the video!

Also, you can preorder your copy now!

Normal Edition: [YesAsia (Global)] [YesAsia (US)] [CDJapan.co.jp] [HMV.co.jp] [Amazon.co.jp]

Limited Edition: [YesAsia (Global)] [YesAsia (US)] [CDJapan.co.jp] [HMV.co.jp] [Amazon.co.jp]

Thanks to JIJI Press for uploading the video to Youtube! http://www.jiji.com/
Original video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOxF_IsFfJc

Interview translation:

Q. What are your thoughts on your first TV commercial appearance?

Tak: Since it's our first time, I didn't know what to expect, so I was a little bit surprised by the speediness of the crew as well as their planning. I enjoyed it.

Koshi: The location of the filming was a place where there's nothing at all. We have been to such places before, but there have been a lot of staff members and because of that it turned out to be a very pleasant experience and I'm thankful for that. Thank you very much.

Q. What do you think about the fly-by shot?

Tak: I was really surprised by that one. I didn't think they would come so close. I bet I look so surprised there that perhaps you can't use that scene.

Q. About the song in the commercial "Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo"

Tak: First we talked about [the commercial] and had a look at the storyboard. When I composed the song, I felt it had to be speedy and fresh and the like. That's what I realized.

Koshi: Before we actually went into the studio, we bought Pepsi and while drinking it - this is real, by the way - we composed the song in the studio. Also this is our first try at doing something like this and a part of last year was dedicated to our solo projects, so I think the link between our solo and our band works is well done because we were able to go back to producing songs as a band right after that.

Q. A message to the fans

Tak: It's the first time we've done something like this and I think this song turned out great. Please look forward to checking it out! Thank you.

Koshi: A lot of people have put their work into this song, so I think it's a wonderful piece of work. Please look forward to checking it out!


B’z New Single “Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo” 3/30 On Sale!!

Posted on February 21, 2011 by Tobias in News

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"They're back..." is what you see when you visit B'z Official Website. And they really are! Here's the new release from B'z called "Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo" which means "Goodbye painful days" or if you translate it literally "Goodbye days full of wounds". As previously reported, the song is going to be a tie-up for the new Pepsi Nex commercial which will start airing on March 1st, 2011.

The second track will be called "Dawn Runner". Just like last time with MY LONELY TOWN, the limited edition will come with a DVD that contains the music video for "Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo". The price will be 1470 Yen for the limited edition and 1050 Yen for the regular edition.

B'z - Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo(Goodbye painful days)

1. Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo
2. Dawn Runner

Price(limited edition w/ DVD): 1470 Yen
Price(regular edition): 1050 Yen

Release date: 3/30/11


New Single This Spring…!

Posted on December 31, 2010 by Tobias in News

Happy new year to everyone who's in the far east!
To celebrate the new year, B'z Official Website has been updated with a teaser video showing Koshi and Tak in the studio, recording new songs.
The video finishes with a message: "This Spring... Brand new B'z Single Don't miss it!!"

For those of you who have yet to DIVE into the new year, have a good time!!

See you in 2011.


Source(s): B'z Official Website


“Ichibu to Zenbu/DIVE” Announced!

Posted on June 17, 2009 by Tobias in News

The other single to be featured on the double A-side, along with the previously announced "DIVE," is a new song titled "Ichibu to Zenbu" (イチブトゼンブ).  The song will serve as the theme to Yamashita Tomohisa's new drama, Buzzer Beat, set to begin airing on the 13th of July.


「Ichibu to Zenbu (イチブトゼンブ)/DIVE」

01.  Ichibu to Zenbu (イチブトゼンブ)
02.  DIVE
03.  National Holiday

ON SALE:  2009.8.5

Catalog Number:  BMCV-4009 (1,260 yen)

As was announced earlier,"DIVE" is currently being used as the theme for the Suzuki SWIFT adverts in Japan.  As something of a treat for fans, the third beat--"National Holiday"--is the song previously heard at the closing of the ACTION tour shows as the band left the stage.

Lastly, as can be seen in the preview video for "Ichibu to Zenbu" on the official website, world-acclaimed drummer Chad Smith (known for his many years with the Red Hot Chili Peppers) will be featured in some capacity on at least one of the tracks. UPDATE: Juan Alderete, most recognized as bassist from The Mars Volta, provides the bass on the song. This isn't the first time Alderete has worked with the band, however--he had contributed on the 2007 album, ACTION, as well.

All around, the single definitely seems to be full of rock tunes and should be well worth the money when it comes out in just under two months.

Pre-Order at YesAsia (Global) [$14.49 U.S. with Free International Shipping]

Pre-Order at YesAsia (United States) [$14.49 U.S. with Free International Shipping]

Pre-Order at CDJapan [$12.28 U.S.]

NOTE: YesAsia--as of this writing--currently lists the double single for a release on August 15th, but we expect this to be corrected soon.

[$14.49 U.S. with Free International Shipping]

“DIVE” 1 Minute Sample

Posted on June 5, 2009 by Tobias in News

Found this on YouTube. Seems to have been posted on the official Being channel on YouTube.

Update: Looks like Being changed the policy so that nobody outside of Japan can view it. Uploaded it to OTL server.