It was announced during CAPSULE’s annual performance at ROCK IN JAPAN FES that the duo will release their 15th original album sometime later this year. Further details including the title, cover art, and tracklisting will be released in the near future.
To celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty, KPP’s art director Masuda Sebastian will be producing his first-ever movie, an animated version of “The Nutcracker”.
Arimura Kasumi, who made her debut as a voice actor with the new Studio Ghibli film “When Marnie Was There”, will provide the voice of the main character ‘Kurara’ in the upcoming ‘musical fantasy’.
The end of the movie will also feature a new remix of Kyary’s only ballad “Oyasumi” from her first album “Pamyu Pamyu Revolution” by Nakata Yasutaka himself.
The movie opens in theaters on November 29th in both 2D and 3D.
Johnny’s Entertainment soloist Yamashita Tomohisa (more commonly known as Yamapi) will be releasing his first mini-album entitled Asobi on August 20th. Nakata is to contribute a song titled Back to the dance floor, which is said to be cutting-edge dance music. This is his second production for Yamashita after the song BABY BABY from the 2012 album Ero. The mini will also feature a track by renowned global DJ and electronic musician Shinichi Osawa.
You can preorder Asobi on CDJapan here.
It has been announced that Nakata will make a special commemorative song in honor of the 400th issue of music magazine Sound & Recording, coming out July 15th. Much like Nakata’s creatively-titled Gundam anniversary theme song, the track for S&R is titled “SR400” and will be available to download until August 14th. You can preorder S&R on HMV here.
★ The song can only be obtained via music distribution website OTOTOY if you purchase the August issue (7/15) of S&R by print or the iPad version and use the passcode included.
SMAP’s single “Top Of The World / Amazing Discovery” covers and PV preview for Nakata-produced track out!
SMAP has finally revealed the covers to their double A-side single Top Of The World / Amazing Discovery, as well as the official logo (see above) and 35sec PV preview of Nakata Yasutaka-produced track Amazing Discovery. You can watch the preview and view the covers here! The lyrics seem to feature some “interesting” wordplay.
Much like in the past, CAPSULE will contribute a sound pack of four songs to the Konami Pop’n Rhythmin iOS app available only in Japan in the form of “CAPSULE Pack 1”. The contents are as follows:
■ 『CAPSULE Pack 1』 Recorded Music
「Super Scooter Happy」
It has been announced that Nakata Yasutaka will appear at this year’s music festival SONICMANIA 2014 alongside other well-known electronic musicians such as Kraftwerk, Zedd, and more. It appears that he’ll just be doing a solo DJ set.
Edit: The time table for the event is now out. Nakata will appear at the same time as Kraftwerk but on the Sonic Stage.
As they have done for the past five-ish years, CAPSULE will be performing at the annual ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL. Their appearance is scheduled for Saturday, August 9th. Other performers lined up for that day include Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and POLYSICS, among many others!
Update (6/25): The timetable for RIJ FES has been released. CAPSULE will appear last on the Sound of Forest stage. I hope everyone who is planning to attend will enjoy the FES!
Perfume released their 20th major single Cling Cling on July 16, 2014. It comes in three editions: Regular, Limited, and Special Limited (sold out!). Tracklists, packaging differences, and CDJapan order links can be found below the read more.
Nakata to create theme song for sci-fi CG-animated movie “Appleseed Alpha”, soundtrack to include CAPSULE
Nakata Yasutaka will provide the theme song to upcoming summer film Appleseed Alpha. The movie is a prequel to the Appleseed franchise which began as a manga created by Masamune Shirow, the same man who later created Ghost in the Shell. The CG-animated film will be directed by Aramaki Shinji and is to release digitally on July 15th, with a Blu-Ray and DVD release planned for July 22nd. You can watch the film’s trailer here.
EDITED 7/31: Additionally, the movie’s soundtrack was released digitally in iTunes on July 2nd (without notice from anyone’s official website…) and is set for a physical release this upcoming winter on the unBORDE label. The tracklisting is as follows:
BS Fuji will be airing the show Music Voyager featuring an interview with Nakata Yasutaka on Saturday, April 19, during the time slot of 27:00-27:55 (Japan Time). Other guests they interviewed include MIYAVI, Sakamoto Ryuichi, and more for this episode showcasing the music of Tokyo. You can watch a preview of the episode here!
Music Voyager is a “music and travel broadcast series (television/cable, broadband, in-flight and mobile) that invites viewers to discover the exciting sounds of the planet”. It airs on select PBS stations throughout the United States, and is starting to be available on Amazon Instant.
It has been announced that Nakata Yasutaka will do the opening theme jingle for Nippon TV’s news/variety show PON!. The jingle debuted March 31st and can be heard on weekdays between 10:25 and 11:30AM.
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Nakata Yasutaka has created the theme song for the 35th Anniversary Project of Mobile Suit Gundam. Intended to represent a new perspective on the world and the future of Mobile Suit Gundam, the song is entitled “G35” and is just one small part of several multimedia projects intended to commemorate the anniversary. Please look forward to it!
Nakata Yasutaka will be providing a remix on electronic rap group m-flo’s upcoming mix CD album EDM-FLO, to be released on March 26th alongside the duo’s latest original studio album FUTURE IS WOW. The song Nakata will be remixing is “the Love Bug”, originally part of m-flo’s “m-flo loves” collaboration series, featuring famed Korean pop singer BoA. The remix will come out over a week after the tenth anniversary of the original song’s release.
This is Nakata’s second time remixing m-flo — the first was their song Lotta Love featuring singer MINMI.