速報。X JapanとEMI音楽が北米協定について発表。 ロサンゼルス--X Japan、日本ロック史上有数の成功を修めたバンドは、EMI音楽と北米ラベルの音楽製作販売の3年独占契約を結んだ。まず3月15日に"Jade"が発売され、2011年夏に、タイトル未定のアメリカデビューＣＤが発売される予定。 LOS ANGELES--X Japan, one of the most successful rock band in Japanese history, and EMI Music have signed an exclusive three-year manufacturing and distribution agreement that will have EMI Label Services handle the band's releases in North America. The first release will be the track "Jade" on March 15, followed by the band's as yet untitled American debut set for a Summer, 2011 release.
X Japanのリーダー、プロデューサー、作詞・作曲、ドラム、ピアノ担当のYoshiki、ボーカルのToshi、ギターのPata、ギターとバイオリンのSugizo、ベースのHeathは、1996年以来初、全体で5作目となるスタジオ収録アルバムの最終仕上げをしている。 半分は同バンドのゴールドやプラチナ・シングルから編集され、残り半分は新曲。95%の歌詞は英語で歌われるらしい。
X Japan's Yoshiki/band leader/producer/songwriter/drums, piano, Toshi/vocals, Pata/guitar, Sugizo/guitar, violin, and Heath/bass - is in the studio putting the finishing touches on the album, the band's first new studio album since 1996, and fifth overall. Half of the songs will be culled from some of the band's Gold and Platinum Japanese singles; the other half are brand-new songs, and an estimated 95% of the lyrics are being sung in English.
Some of the songs on this new album were originally written with Japanese lyrics, Yoshiki explained, "so translating them into English has been challenging. For some reason, English needs more words, so I ended up re-writing many of the lyrics but kept the same message."
Most of the album has been recorded in Los Angeles at Yoshiki's own studio. It's the same studio where Metallica recorded its classic "Black" album, and artists from Van Halen to Michael Jackson to KISS also recorded there before Yoshiki bought it and turned it into a private facility. Yoshiki, who lives in Los Angeles, traveled to Japan a handful of times to record with the rest of the band there. In addition, some of the album has been recorded live over the Internet, with Yoshiki in L.A. and the band's other members at their studio in Japan.
Added Yoshiki, "X Japan's music is everything from fast, super-heavy rock to ballads with classical piano - all of those elements are what makes X Japan's music. We don't play just one kind of music - we want to take people on a journey.
X Japan と EMIの音楽契約は、去年8月の「ロラパローザ」X Japan北米初出演、10月10日ニューヨーク満員御礼で完結したX Japan 北米ツアーコンサートの後になる。 新アルバムの楽曲の多くは、「"Rusty Nail," "Kurenai," "I.V.," "Born to Be Free," 」など北米コンサートツアーで演奏された。アルバムの最初のシングル "Jade"など。
The X Japan/EMI agreement comes on the heels of X Japan's U.S. concert debut last August at Lollapalooza, and the band¹s first-ever North American tour that wrapped up on October 10 with a sold out show at New York¹s Roseland Ballroom. Many of the new album¹s tracks were introduced to western fans when they were performed on the tour, including "Rusty Nail," "Kurenai," "I.V.," "Born to Be Free," and the album's first single, "Jade."
Bonus Video Clips/おまけ動画 X JAPAN - JADE PV (official)
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