J-pop singer-songwriter Fujii Kaze — whose name is stylized in Japanese order, surname first — is set to globally stream the final show of his Help Ever Arena Tour on the online concert streaming platform MUSIC/SLASH, which boasts the highest level of sound quality in the industry.
The final stop of the 24-year-old breakout star’s tour will be held at Yoyogi National Stadium 1st Gymnasium in Tokyo on Sunday (Nov. 28) local time. The archive of the concert will be streamed in the U.S., Indonesia, South Korea and Taiwan, and tickets for markets outside of Japan will be available here until Tuesday (Nov. 24) at 6 p.m. Japan time.
The “Kirari” artist livestreamed a free virtual concert on Sept. 4 titled Fujii Kaze “Free” Live 2021 on YouTube from Nissan Stadium, one of the largest stadiums in Japan. This free show recorded nearly 180,000 simultaneous viewers and became the world’s No. 1 trending topic on Twitter. His latest release is called “MO-EH-YO,” featuring a music video shot entirely on Google Pixel smartphones.
TOKYO — The 43 acts set to perform in the 72nd “Kohaku Uta Gassen” (Red and white song battle), an annual music show broadcast on New Year’s Eve, were announced by public broadcaster NHK on Nov. 19, with a handful of newcomers among their ranks.
Four groups will make their first appearance on the show for the red team, and six will do so for the white team. They include actress Mone Kamishiraishi, 23, who is playing the heroine in the current NHK morning drama series “Come Come Everybody,” and the four-member boy band DISH//, whose vocalist and guitarist Takumi Kitamura, 24, is also active as an actor. Kamishiraishi and DISH// will join the red and white teams, respectively.
Punk band BiSH, consisting of six female members who don’t play instruments, and musician Tomoyasu Hotei, 59, who is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his debut, will also perform in the show for the first time.
Instead of being staged at NHK Hall, which is undergoing renovation work, the show will be held at the Tokyo International Forum in the capital’s Chiyoda Ward this year with an audience.
The show’s hosts were previously referred to with different names depending on whether they served the red team, the white team or took a general position, but this year the neutral term “shikai” (presenter) will be used to refer to each of them.