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B’z to Perform on 2017 FNS Music Festival

Posted on November 17, 2017

On December 6, B’z will perform on the first night of Fuji TV’s 2017 FNS Music Festival. It is unknown which song they will perform as of the initial announcement. Other popular Japanese acts such as Mai Kuraki, TOKIO and Arashi are also scheduled to make an appearance on the same night.

B’z to Provide Theme Song to Upcoming Game Dynasty Warriors 9

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Further information regarding B’z upcoming 20th studio album DINOSAUR has been unveiled. The track “King Of The Street” off the new album will serve as the theme song to the Japanese release of upcoming hack and slash game Dynasty Warriors 9 as it is titled in the west (the game is to be published as Shin Sangokumusou 8 [真・三國無双8] in Japan). The games use the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history as a basis that continue to be romanticized in countless television dramas, movies, and video games.

The game will release on February 8, 2018 in Japan and worldwide on February 13, 2018. The game will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. A special trailer featuring the song has been uploaded by the game’s publisher. You can check it out below!

The last time B’z provided a theme song to a video game was 2012’s “Into Free -Dangan-” which served as the theme to Capcom’s Dragon’s Dogma. The song, featured in the trailer below leading up to the game’s release, is currently the only B’z song available for purchase on international storefronts and can be purchased for the local equivalent of $0.69 on iTunes worldwide.

B’z to Perform on Best Artist 2017, “Dinosaur” as Geostorm Film Theme

Posted on November 13, 2017

On November 28, one day prior to the release of twentieth studio album DINOSAUR, B’z will perform on NTV’s Best Artist 2017. It is unknown which song they will perform as of the initial announcement. Other popular Japanese acts such as Arashi and AKB48 will be taking the stage the same night.

Additionally, the title song from the album, “Dinosaur”, will also be used as the theme to the local Japanese release of disaster film Geostorm when it opens in the country on January 19, 2018.

B’z Loud-Gym First Event Theme: “GREETING NIGHT”

Posted on August 22, 2017

As previously announced at the end of July, the first ever B’z Loud-Gym—a monthly fan-centric meetup at numerous clubs and bars around Japan—will take place next month on September 21. Its theme will be “GREETING NIGHT”. The first details of what will be shown have just been revealed for the first time and will be sure to please longtime fans.

Sample footage from the “B’z LIVE-GYM COLLECTION” contained in B’z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX will be screened at the venues, along with at least partial performances from B’z SHOWCASE 2009 -B’z In Your Town-! The footage for the latter will be sourced from the band’s showing at the Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre on July 30, 2009. Notably, very little footage from the 2009 SHOWCASE tour is publicly available, with only some moments sampled in the Magical Backstage Tour documentary contained on limited edition copies of seventeenth studio album MAGIC.

It is unknown exactly how much footage will be played from the show, though it has long been requested for home video by fans due to the presence of several rarities, including “Crazy Rendezvous“, “VAMPIRE WOMAN“, “MY SAD LOVE“, “THE GAMBLER“, and “Kirei na Ai Jyanakutemo“.

B’z SHOWCASE 2009 -B’z In Your Town- Setlist
[July 30, 2009]

2. Shoudou
3. Ichibu to Zenbu
4. BURN -Fumetsu no Face-
6. Crazy Rendezvous
10. Kirei na Ai Jyanakutemo
11. Blue Sunshine
12. Konya Tsuki no Mieru Oka ni
13. Calling
14. juice
15. Samayoeru Aoi Dangan
19. ultra soul

A list of all venues participating in the September 21, 2017 event can be found on the official website.

B’z Loud-Gym Announced: First 30th Anniversary Event

Posted on July 27, 2017

The seventh countdown on the official site has ended and with it comes the announcement of the first ever B’z Loud-Gym. The event is a long-term one that is the first official announcement from the band’s upcoming 30th anniversary celebrations. Beginning September 21, 2017, a long list of music clubs in Japan will be holding B’z-themed nights featuring music and videos from the band playing throughout. Entrance is free at the over forty participating venues and a new event will be held once monthly through September 21, 2018.

A list of all venues participating in the September 21, 2017 event can be found on the official website.

B’z x Apple: When Steve Jobs Used B’z to Launch iTunes Japan

Posted on July 16, 2017

With the impending release of B’z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX and its massive 53-disc set on the horizon, it seemed only fitting that we take a look back at the very first time that B’z attempted such a collection, all the way back in 2005.

Apple’s iTunes service has long been known as the for-bearer and industry leader in the digital marketplace for music, television, and movies. The innovation of the iPod brought with it a revolution in how we listen to music and was undoubtedly the catalyst for many abandoning physical media in favor of the convenience and capacity allowed by digital. At the time, iTunes had already captured 80% of the U.S. and UK digital markets with 1.8 million songs being purchased per day. As one of the world’s most dependably successful music markets, rumors swirled as to when Japan would enter the fray—especially given the country had long solidified its reputation for being on the cutting edge of most types of technology. It seemed only natural they, too, would get a similar push as did the rest of the world. And on August 4, 2005, they did.

One of the hot topics leading into the event in Tokyo that August was song pricing. Convincing the Japanese record labels to adopt the standard pricing of roughly $1 USD per song had not been easy given the profit margins they enjoyed on physical sales. Indeed, Japan was and remains one of the few markets in which physical singles still move hundreds of thousands of copies every week. Jeopardizing that meant cutting into their marketing machines, so their trepidation was understandable. Despite its technologically-advanced reputation, most Japanese artists had not placed their back catalogues online in digital form just yet and there was no guarantee that many were exactly lining up to do so. After all, their physical albums and singles were still selling at a rate disproportionate with the rest of the world and changing that seemed unnecessarily risky. Thus, when Apple co-founder Steve Jobs took the stage that day, there was a great deal of curiosity in Japan about the long-term ramifications of such a prospect.