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The first television commercial for the upcoming B’z studio album DINOSAUR is now on air. The ad features new footage of an apparent music video for album song “CHAMP” and recent single “Still Alive“. Its original premiere came during a recent episode of the anime series Detective Conan. B’z have provided the series numerous theme songs over the years, beginning with “girigiri chop” in 1999. Many of the songs used in the series since its infancy have been supplied by fellow Being artists and thus their works are often advertised during airings.
Interestingly, Japanese fans are speculating that the narrator of the commercial is Koshi Inaba himself. It certainly sounds like him and the English—specifically the pronunciation of the album’s title—is appropriately on point, if so.
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.
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.
UPDATE (6/19): The official Music Station website has been updated with the songs each artist will be performing. B’z will almost certainly be performing at the end of the show as is custom and will be performing “Seimei” and “ultra soul“.
It has just been announced that B’z will be appearing on Music Station Ultra FES 2017 as part of the massive lineup that includes AKB48, Maki Ohguro, Sekai no Owari, Tokio, Hey! Say! Jump, Morning Musume ’17, Momoiro Clover Z, and Yoshiki of X-Japan alongside most other prominent Japanese music acts of the modern era.
It is unknown what exactly B’z will perform as part of their appearance. Their last showings on television came in late 2014 and early 2015 as part of promotions for their then-latest single “Uchouten“. On occasions when the band have no recent release to promote, they often bring songs from the back catalogue such as with their appearance on Music Station SUPER LIVE 2012 where they performed “Ichibu to Zenbu” in its TV debut three years after release. It was paired with their most-performed television song “Ai no Bakudan” in its tenth showing.
The program will air on Monday, September 18, on TV Asahi.
The official B’z website has been updated with its fifth countdown, this one ending at noon in Japan on Monday, May 5th. It bears noting that the source code on the site indicates as many as ten countdowns, so there should be no shortage of B’z news in the months ahead!
Additionally, the full version of “Still Alive” from the upcoming “Seimei/Still Alive” single was broadcast as part of Takuya Kimura’s radio show. Kimura, a longtime friend of the band, also starred in A LIFE on TBS for which the song served as a theme. The full version reveals that the song opens with an intro akin to “DIVE” and includes a guitar solo unlike any in the B’z catalogue to date.
With only a few weeks until the launch of the 52nd B’z single, promotions for “Seimei/Still Alive” are now underway. Foremost, Music Station aired our first glimpse at the music video to “Still Alive” that will be included in the CD & DVD packages of the release. According to the segment, the band’s concept for the video was “Beginnings”. We’ve preserved the brief clip below:
Next, the commercial for the single hit television Saturday evening with even more footage: