06.30.08
  • GIFT PV

  • Mr.Children's new PV for GIFT will be making its TV debut on June 30, 2008 on the program Saki Dori! on MUSIC ON! TV between 24:00-24:20. Additional airings include July 1, 2008 from 06:30-06:50 and from 17:00-17:20. The PV will also be making its SPACE SHOWER TV debut on July 1, 2008 from 17:00-19:00, with re-airings at 22:00-24:00 and July 2, 2008 at 17:00-17:20.


    Source:
    MUSIC ON! TV | SPACE SHOWER TV


    06.28.08
  • LuckyRaccoon Vol.28

  • A bigger cover of LuckyRaccoon has been revealed in addition for the issue now being available for order. Oversea fans may purchase the issue through Tower.jp or HMV.co.jp.


    Source:
    LuckyRaccoon


    06.28.08
  • Mr.Children Natsu Uta ranking

  • On the June 27, 2008 special edition of Natsu Uta on Music Station, Mr.Children had two songs rank in the top 111. At number 31 was Mirai and at number 11 Seesaw game.


    Source:
    Music Station


    06.26.08
  • The process behind an artist playing at ap bank fes

  • In the latest blog written by ap bank fes staff, they explained the process on what happens after they decide on an artist to attend the festival. When a participating artist is decided on, the staff listens to all of the artists albums and singles that have been released. Then if necessary they also attend a live show of said artist to hear a demonstration of the song(s) in questions. They based their decision of who goes when on male/women ratio (keeping it balanced throughout the 3 days) and compositions. Balancing slow songs with fast songs, etc.. When a song(s) is picked, it will be rehearsed carefully at the rehearsal studio, where they will confirm the direction of an arrangement. Sometimes the arrangement will be very distant from the original piece of music.


    Source:
    ap bank fes official blog


    06.25.08
  • New artist at ap bank fes '08

  • ap bank fes has updated their guest list for this years festival and has added Otsuka Ai to the line-up. In addition tickets for the general public to attend the fes goes on sale June 29, 2008.


    Source:
    ap bank fes official website


    06.24.08
  • Gekkan The Television

  • Mr.Children will be in the September 2008 edition of Gekkan The Television under the gravure part of the magazine. The issue will go on sale July 24th.


    Source:
    Television.co.jp


    06.22.08
  • NHK Natsu Uta

  • For Mr.Children's appearance on the July 26th epsiode of NHK's Natsu Uta, the group will be performing Shounen. No confirmation yet on any other songs to be performed.


    Source:
    Battery Official Website (credit to Mr_Children @ JPM)


    06.21.08
  • Bank Band charts first half of Oricon year

  • For the first half of the year Bank Band's 'Soushi Souai 2' albums ranked in at number 17, selling 296,618 copies, with ap bank fes '07 landing in the number 47 position on the DVD charts with 63,751 copies.


    Source:
    Oricon


    06.21.08
  • Japan Countdown

  • Mr.Children's new song 'GIFT' will be shown on Japan Countdown on June 22, 1008 under the 'new songs introduction' category. No information available if a PV will be shown or not.

  • eco-reso and youtube

  • ap bank's eco-reso launched it's own youtube subscription to teach consumers and fans alike more about the environment. The first video to be launched on the youtube page talks about carbon offsets and how it works.


    Source:
    Japan Countdown | eco-reso.jp | eco-reso youtube


    06.20.08
  • New SIMPLE & SMILE CM

  • Sompo Japan has released yet another CM featuring Mr.Children's 'Itsudemo hohoemi wo' with a new concept of 'the shadow'. The CM began airing on June 7, 2008.




    Source:
    Sompo Japan


    06.18.08
  • Sakurai in SWITCH

  • Sakurai will be on the cover of the August 2008 issue of SWITCH magazine. He will be discussing the new single 'GIFT' and the process behind making music.



    Source:
    SWITCH


    06.17.08
  • LuckyRaccoon Radio

  • On July 4, 2008 LuckyRaccoon Radio will be broadcasting LuckyRaccoon Night 2 over the radio. Sakurai, along with Japanese artist KAN, appeared at the live on May 26th 2008 and May 28th 2008.


    Source:
    Source:
    LuckyRaccoon


    06.16.08
  • Bokura no ongaku

  • On June 20, 2008 'Bokura no ongaku' will be airing an unreleased interview episode which will feature interviews that were cut from respective interviews. The episode will include an unreleased interview with Bank Band done in January 2008.


    Source:
    Bokura no ongaku's Official Website


    06.15.08
  • Sunday Sports

  • Mr.Children was on the June 15, 2008 edition of Sunday Sport where they spoke about their favorite olympic competitions to watch and the connection with the upcoming single 'GIFT'



  • TV performances

  • Mr.Children will be appearing on the following shows to promote new single GIFT: July 23 on 'SONGS', July 24 on 'MUSIC JAPAN', and July 26 on 'Natsu Uta'


    Source:
    Mr.Children's Official Website


    06.14.08
  • LuckyRaccoon 28

  • The latest issue of LuckyRaccoon will feature Sakurai's joint appearance with KAN at LuckyRaccoon Night 2 in May 2008. The issue goes on sale in July for 800 yen.



    Source:
    LuckyRaccoon


    06.13.08
  • HOME -in the field- DVD

  • The cover and tracklist for the HOME -in the field- DVD has been finalized. In addition to the finalization, Mr.Children will also be in the July 14, 2008 issue of CD DATA (August 2008 edition).





    Source:
    Mr.Children's Official Website


    06.12.08
  • New AP BANG! book

  • On July 10, 2008 AP BANG! will release their first book titled 'Tokyo kankyou kaigi kankyou to yokubou'. The book, based on the AP BANG! Tokyo environment meeting vol.1 in March in 2007, will contain interviews with artist and creators about environmental issues that are currently plaguing Japan.


    Source:
    ap bank official website


    06.10.08
  • Mr.Children interview

  • On June 15, 2008 'Sunday Sports' on NHK will be airing an interview done with Mr.Children. No word yet what the topic of discussion will be, but most likely it will involve their upcoming tie-in with the Olympics on NHK.


    Source:
    Sunday Sports


    06.09.08
  • Special performance

  • On June 9, 2008 Mr.Children held a special performance for NHK 'SONGS' at NHK Hall where the song GIFT, and its coupling tracks, were played for the first time for the media. The theme of the song GIFT is of not only the victorious but also of the person who was not victorious.


    - additional images -


    Source:
    Musicnet | NHK official website | Nikkan Sports | Mainichi | Yahoo! Japan


    06.09.08
  • Two singles and a DVD

  • Mr.Children have announced 3 months of releases starting in July. The first single GIFT, will be released on July 30, 2008, followed by the highly fan anticipated HOME -in the field- Tour DVD on August 6, 2008, and finally the second single HANABI on September 9, 2008.

    GIFT
    Tracklist:
    01. GIFT
    02. Oudanhodou wo wataru hitotachi
    03. Kaze to hoshi to moebius no wa (single version)


    HANABI
    Tracklist:
    01. HANABI
    02. Tada dakiatte
    03. Natsu ga owaru ~natsu no hi no homage~


    HOME TOUR -in the field- DVD
    Notes: 2 DVD set, about 164 minutes, 164 page photograph collection
    Tracklist:
    01. Innocent World
    02. Irodori
    03. Wake me up!
    04. Any
    05. Owarinaki tabi
    06. Kuchibue
    07. CROSSROAD
    08. Sign
    09. Seesaw game
    10. Shirushi
    11. CENTER OF UNIVERSE
    12. Tabidachi no uta
    13. DANCE DANCE DANCE
    14. Tomorrow Never Knows
    15. Namonaki uta
    16. HERO
    17. Hibiki
    18. FAKE
    19. Poketto kasutanetto
    20. Hoshi ninaretara
    21. My life
    22. Motto
    23. World's End
    *The official website has noted that the official tracklist for the DVD has not yet been finalized.






    Source:
    Mr.Children's Official Website


    06.03.08
  • New Mr.Children song

  • Mr.Children have announced a new song titled 'HANABI' to be used in the Japanese drama CODE BLUE on Fuji TV which begins airing in July. On their official website Sakurai left a message that spoke about the song and the drama. "There isn't a person who doesn't have trouble on his hands", and so in that respect there is a linkage between the song and the drama.


    Source:
    Mr.Children's Official Website


    06.02.08
  • NAOTO to become Mr.Children's backup singer

  • J-pop artist NAOTO has announced on his blog that he will be joining Mr.Children as a back up singer for all of the groups live shows this summer (Higher Ground, SETSTOCK, etc..) and also ap bank fes '08.


    Source:
    NAOTO's official blog


    06.02.08
  • Owari naki tabi #1 fan favorite motto

  • In yet another poll done by Oricon, the company polled people from high school all the way into their 40s, to ask what song has helped them when they run against a wall in life. The number one answer was Mr.Children's 'Owari naki tabi'. The reason given by those polled was that they could sympathize with the lyrics and that they are also encouraged by them. It is considered to be a "campaign song of life." Mr.Children's other song 'Namonaki uta' tied for 5th place in the poll.

    Source:
    Oricon


    06.02.08
  • Sakurai and Kobayashi win Rock The World Award

  • For the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards in Japan, U2's Bono presented the duo with the 'Rock The World' award for their work with ap bank. When introducing Sakurai and Kobayashi, Bono said "I am honored for my message to be passed on here. It is a prize suitable for the party who keeps reciting a wonderful message that all can resonate through rock named the 'Rock The World Award' that I introduce." The award was handed to Sakurai who said "I think this award could be won thanks to the endorsement of ap bank by all artists. Thank you very much really."




    Source:
    MTV Japan (credit to glacial @ JPM)


    06.01.08
  • LuckyRaccoon Night 2

  • LuckyRaccoon has come and gone, and with it Sakurai sang some songs. As a solo act he sung 'My Way' by Frank Sinatra and '50 nengo mo' by KAN. KAN himself performed Mr.Children's 'Dakishimetai' and 'Itsudemo hohoemi wo' with Sakurai doing the chorus. For their final song, Sakurai did cover of 'Eien' by KAN. Their set started with KAN doing a piano introduction and Sakurai playing a little of 'Shirushi'. According to those who attended the show, Sakurai was dressed in a matador's costume, with a hat, and even red socks. KAN made a joke about people expecting them to come dressed as a pilot and flight attendant.


    Source:
    LuckyRaccoon Night 2 attenders



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