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As we previously reported back in June, Tak Matsumoto has recently contributed all new music to the upcoming solo album Rin (凛, Cold) from Shizuka Kudo. The release is due out on August 30—the same day as B’z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX—and today further information has been announced.
The song written by Tak has been titled “Mitsu to Toge” (蜜と棘, Honey and Thorns). Arrangement was handled by Yukihide “YT” Takiyama, who was first credited on a B’z release as co-arranger with Tak and Koshi on “Seimei” earlier this year. The lyrics were penned by Shizuka Ijuin, a noted fiction writer and lyricist in Japan.
Below is a brief preview of the resulting song along with a comment by Kudo:
For more information on the times Tak and B’z have written songs for other artists, check out our featured article “The B’z Songs Written for Other Artists“.
Kudo—formerly a member of large-scale girl group and AKB48 predecessor Onyanko Club in the 1980s—debuted solo in August of 1987 with her single “Kindan no Telepathy”. Thirty years later, she will commemorate the occasion with an all-new original album to which other figures in the Japanese music industry will contribute. Amongst those collaborators joining Tak for the August 30, 2017 album will also be Koji Tamaki of Anzen Chitai fame with more to be announced in the coming months.
This is far from the first time Tak has penned new music to be used by other artists. Outside of his collaborations with Koshi, such as when the two wrote “HEAT” for Korean artist Kim Hyun Joong in the summer of 2012, Tak was responsible for the music to noted KAT-TUN single “Real Face” in 2006. The single was the group’s first and went on to sell over 1,000,000 copies, remaining their biggest-selling release to date.
The subject of B’z contributing songs to other artists will be covered at length in a new featured article on July 12.