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BACK-ON featured on Fuji TV’s とくダネ! (Tokudane!)!

YES!!! was released just 3 days ago (12th November 2008) and I am happy to say the album has been doing well in the Daily Oricon Rankings as it has been sitting within the TOP #30 spot for all 3 days, climbing to a high of #24 yesterday!

12/11/08: #26
13/11/08: #29
14/11/08: #24

These are the figures I’ve been able to capture so far, and I’m actually really looking forward to the release of the weekly results to see how well BACK-ON have done, especially now that they have been featured as part of Fuji TV‘s staple weekday morning news program とくダネ! (Tokudane!)

According to the Wikipedia entry for the program, it is currently broadcast from 08:00 – 09:55, Mondays to Fridays” and with reference to the English version of FujiTV Outline, this ‘infotainment’ program has held the top position for audience ratings during the morning slot for 74 months running! This is good news, because even if the viewing audience are primarily made up of OAPs (assuming Japan and the UK are similar in that respect :p) this still means that BACK-ON was promoted for two minutes to the majority of TV viewers!

And it was a great introduction imho, which you can watch for yourself courtesy of MONSTERSNITE (gangangan03‘s new account!) by clicking the link below or scrolling to the end of this post!

Click here to watch BACK-ON being introduced on Tokudane!

For those without access to Youtube, here’s a quick breakdown of what happened in the clip:

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Is BACK-ON’s first full album called “Yes!!!”?

Rumours that BACK-ON might be releasing their first full album this year have been floating around since earlier this year, when the various online record companies posted an ‘Untitled’ album by BACK-ON due out on the penultimate day of July. However, 30th July came and went, and news from the band during the summer were really just day-to-day thoughts from their official blog.

Then came September, and the revelation that the other half of the mysterious new group BAReeeeeeeeeeN were in fact BACK-ON, and since then, the band has experienced a huge surge of popularity. So much so, that at their first public performance after the release of 足跡 (Ashiato) at Shibuya Boxx on October 9th, the venue was packed out! We found out about this from the official ‘report’ on Back-on.com, which was accompanied by the launch of their official photo gallery, featuring more than a dozen photos from the gig!

There are more photos available at the link above, but perhaps more importantly… we had the very first hint in the last line of the report that the full album really is forthcoming, this time on the new rumoured date of November 12th 2008!

So what do we know about this potential new album? If the Japan-base online CD retail companies like Amazon.jp, CDJapan and HMV.jp are anything to go by, this is the jacket cover of the brand new album:

We also find out that the new album will probably be called Yes!!!, and that it should be priced at ¥ 2,600, which is around $27 USD or £17 GBP. Apparently there will be a total of 10 tracks, including 足跡 (Ashiato) aka. Footprints and color from the BAReeeeeeeeeeN debut single, which really shouldn’t be a surprise, given that the cover design really does scream (to me) GReeeeN!!! What do you think? Let us know on the Forums, if not in the comments below!

The supposed 8 other tracks on the album are currently unknown, but it seems BACK-ON will definitely be including all the title tracks from their singles so far, which presumably means songs such as (in reverse chronological order) –

  • Sands of time
  • flower
  • Butterfly
  • BLAZE LINE
  • NEW WORLD
  • Chain

and many more of their crowd favourites. One site even mentioned ヒカリサスホウ (Hikari Sasuhou), which was a huge hit with the fans at their October 9th Sonic Concorde gig, enough to make BACK-ON perform it twice!

Seeing as it’s one of my most favourite songs, I think I can understand why ;) And as if the photo extravaganza above wasn’t enough, look at the promotional photo we found on Amazon.jp!

Kenji03 is wearing glasses!!! That’s enough to make any fan-girl go KYAAAAAA! (I’ve borrowed this from someone, sorry!) It’s a pity the photo isn’t larger, but if you do want a good close up, I can certainly recommend watching a new video uploaded by gangangan03, where BACK-ON (in their new outfits!) introduce 足跡 (Ashiato), but unfortunately the broadcasting giants appear to have waved their copyright flag, and not only have they removed the video, but gangangan03‘s Youtube account has mysteriously been suspended! It’s a HUGE HUGE blow for BACK-ON fans imho, and I really hope the account will be re-instated soon as it is a gold mine of media of the band. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

I would like to drop in a tantalizing hint “タネウマ★DJ ICHIKAWA from Volta Master remix” at this point, but let’s leave it for the next post and move back to the main topic:

Will BACK-ON‘s first full album be called Yes!!!

Will it really be released on November 12th 2008?

That really remains to be seen, but please keep checking back here for more news!




Watch BAReeeeeeeeeeN – Ashiato PV online!

Following our previous post introducing the new band BAReeeeeeeeeeN (a collaboration between BACK-ON + GReeeeN and JIN) although we did provide a link to an online version of the PV, since then we’ve found out some tidbits which we thought we should share with all the BACK-ON fans.

The first revelation (courtesy of our hero gangangan03) is that JIN, the older brother of HIDE (GReeeeN‘s leader) is featured in the PV!

BAReeeeeeeeeeN - Ashiato - JIN!

You can see his picture above, and as far as we can tell, he makes his appearance at 2:17 and 3:22 (I love his sunglasses!) and apparently, the peeps behind the video asked him to be make a guest appearance since he’s the bridge and an ‘important guy’ between/to the two bands.

He also makes his appearance in the CM for mu-mo, which is the digital download site of the Avex label (credit gangangan03); take a look here and see if you can spot him. :D

Unfortunately I didn’t see any members of BACK-ON in the video, and GReeeeN like to keep what they look like a secret, since apparently they’re all dentists-in-training?

But the second revelation is that the bridge of the PV version is a little different from the mp3 that’s flying around the internet at the moment; where Teeda starts his English rap:

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BAReeeeeeeeeeN – BACK-ON’s collaboration with GReeeeN!

There hasn’t been much activity from the official BACK-ON camp for a little while, so it was very very exciting to read the forum post by Tsubasa about their musical collaboration with the fairly well-known 4-man group GReeeeN!

BACK-ON GReeeeN

GReeeeN shot to the top of the Oricon charts during the summer with their single Kiseki, and the two bands have joined together to form a new band under the Avex trax label cutting edge called BAReeeeeeeeeeN, pronounced ???? (Bariin). The producer of this new group is JIN, Hide (leade member of GReeeeN)’s older brother, who is also known for his role as both the guitarist of P.T.P (PaymoneyTomyPain) and the producer of BACK-ON. Apparently he is the mastermind behind the entire collaboration.

BAReeeeeeeeeeN‘s debut single, which is out on October 1st 2008, doesn’t seem to have a title per-se but may actually be called ?? (Ashiato) which is also the name of the title track. The B-side, or second song, is called color. You can already listen to an mp3 version of the first track (see Tsubasa‘s forum post, a big thank you!) and now that I’ve heard it, I can definitely say it’s a really really catchy song!

It’s a fantastic blend of the musical styles of both groups – mixing pop, rap and rock – where (since this *is* a fansite about BACK-ON): Teeda features as the lead during the second part of the first verse of the song and the bridge; you can hear Kenji03 in the chorus; and there is of course the underlying guitar, bass and drums from Shu, Gori and Icchan, and although I LOVE the bridge, the intro of the song is already catchy enough to get people moving!

JIN is quoted as saying that its meant to be a fusion of GReeeeN‘s singing-in-harmony and BACK-ON‘s rapping.

I’ve been listening to it on repeat for most of the evening whilst writing up this post, and Ashiato is definitely a hit in the making, and even before its release, it is already being featured in the headlines:

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