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!
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.
Koshi Inaba will provide the theme song to the WOWOW drama "Godan" which is set to start airing every Sunday 10PM from November 22nd. The song is called "Suiro" (waterway).
Koshi commented as follows: "I painted the main character of the song as a person who believes in tomorrow and tries to do something with his life, although he regrets his past and is in fear of loss amidst the two views on passing time: flowing time and accumulating time. I'm looking forward to hearing it in the drama."
A 60 second promotion video has been posted on the show's official website, in which the song is audible for about 15 seconds.
Tak Matsumoto has announced that he will provide the opening and ending themes to the TBS show "The World Heritage", which receives an overhaul commemorating its 20th anniversary. The first broadcast is scheduled for October 4th, 2015 at 6 PM Japanese Time.
While Tak Matsumoto has written themes for TV shows such as "Music Station" or "Sport!" in the past, this is the first time that Tak has written a song for a documentary show. The song titles as well as a release date for these two songs has not been revealed yet.
A short movie featuring Tak's new song has been posted on B'z official YouTube channel!
You can check out a very short portion of the opening theme song in the TV commercial below.
The wait is finally over! Well, to an extent, at least. The band has just announced that their new song「Exit To The Sun」will be featured as the theme song to the upcoming NHK Drama「Dark Suit」starring Takumi Saito. The drama is set to air on November 22nd at 9PM, which is next week on Saturday!
A release date for「Exit To The Sun」has not been announced yet. Stay tuned for more information!
Tak Matsumoto is providing the guitar solo part for the theme song to the upcoming Taiwanese movie "Second Chance", set to come into theatres on November 7th in Taiwan. The theme song is called "9 Ball" and is composed and written by Taiwanese band MayDay's guitarist. Lyrics have also been changed to fit the theme of the movie. MayDay's guitarist MONSTER, who is a big fan of Tak Matsumoto, went to Japan and invited Tak to play the solo for the theme song. The music video to the theme song can be seen below!
There have been rumors about a possible tie-in for one of the new songs on the B'z The Best XXV releases, but now it is official: Kakushin has been selected to be the theme song for the upcoming Nippon Television drama "Kumo no Kaidan". The series is set to air on April 17th, which will also be the first chance to hear a portion of Kakushin. Tak and Koshi have shared their thoughts on the song as well.
I had a look at the script before starting work on the song and had a lot of fun working on it from the melody to the arrangement. I really can't wait for it to be aired. I will be glad if you enjoy this song along with the drama.
I have read Jun'ichi Watanabe's original novels and have also taken into account the drama's theme and script when I wrote the lyrics and melody for the song. We really like the song we have produced. Please enjoy it along with the drama.
It was announced on the official site earlier today that B'z will be supplying the theme to a new theatrical release in Japan, with their song "PRAY." The movie entitled "TAJOMARU" stars Oguri Shun in the lead role and is due out in mid-September.
As you may know, PRAY isn't scheduled for release on the upcoming single Ichibu to Zenbu/DIVE (due out in August) as even a B-side and wasn't announced as a single, which has lead Japanese fans to speculate it's from a forthcoming album. How soon that album will arrive is anyone's guess, but we can always be hopeful it'll arrive in time for the holidays. Nonetheless, there's a small sample of the song and movie after the break.