22 Oct SCANDAL – KOISURU UNIVERSE: Out Now!
Fresh from their 11th anniversary celebrations, Japan’s pop-rock record-breakers SCANDAL release their first digital exclusive maxi-single KOISURU UNIVERSE. The four-track release is available to buy now from iTunes and Amazon Music.
KOISURU UNIVERSE features two brand new songs and two live recordings taken from SCANDAL’s 11th anniversary show held at Billboard Live Osaka on 21 August 2017. The unusual release date commemorates exactly nine years since SCANDAL signed a major record contract with Epic Records Japan and dropped their debut single DOLL, which is also available on the band’s recently released self-titled double best album, also out in Europe on CD and digital formats courtesy of JPU Records.
Lead track KOISURU UNIVERSE is also currently being tied in with Japanese confectionary brand Bourbon, who have commissioned a special animated short music video using the song which sees SCANDAL’s members transformed into rocking anime characters. The video has been created by director and illustrator Kousuke Sugimoto.
01. KOISURU UNIVERSE
03. Kimi To Yoru To Namida (Billboard Live OSAKA 21/08/2017)
04. Koe (Billboard Live OSAKA 21/08/2017)
Also available from SCANDAL on CD:
SCANDAL: Achievements by year
★ Formed in August after meeting at a dance / vocal school while still at high school. Soon after SCANDAL began doing training camps and performing at Shiroten, an open-air performing place at Osaka Castle Park, as well as local clubs in Kansai.
★ Released three indie singles exclusive to Tower Records in as many months. First single Space Ranger peaked at #2 in the chain’s indie chart. Second single Koimoyou and third single Kagerou both ranked in at number one.
★ Debut major single DOLL released on 22 October. Gained power play at over 40 FM, AM and CS stations.
★ debut album BEST★SCANDAL reached number five in the Oricon chart, the first time for a girl band to reach such a ranking with a debut album for 7.5 years.
★ Won Best New Artist category at the 51st annual Japan Record Awards.
★ Second album TEMPTATION BOX ranked in at number 3 in the Oricon chart; their highest album ranking to date.
★ Third album BABY ACTION reached number four in the Oricon chart.
★ Became the first girl band in 20 years to have their first three consecutive albums reach the top five or higher.
★ Five years and seven months after forming, they managed to perform their own show at the famous venue Nippon Budokan – tickets sold-out within minutes.
★ Smash hit single Taiyo Scandalous reached number two in the Oricon chart.
★ Because the first Japanese artist to be used by Microsoft for their Windows 8 TV commercial, appointed by the Microsoft HQ in USA, joining such talents as Lenny Kravitz and The Rolling Stones.
★ Fourth album Queens are trumps reached number four in the Oricon chart.
★ First girl band to have four consecutive albums rank top five or higher in Japan’s charts.
★ Compilation album ENCORE SHOW reached number one in the Oricon daily chart.
★ March 3: Fulfilled their dream of doing a single-bill show at Osaka Castle Hall. 10,000 tickets sold out within five minutes.
★ Fifth album Standard debuted at number three in the Oricon chart.
★ Become second girl band in Japan’s history to perform an East/West arena tour (performing at Yokohama Arena and Osaka Castle Hall), performing to 35,000 people.
★ Sixth album HELLO WORLD debuted at number three in the Oricon chart and was the first to be released overseas by JPU Records.
★ January: 80,000 attended SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2015 “HELLO WORLD”, which included headline performances in nine countries (Japan, France, UK, Germany, USA, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong).
★ December: Announced Tokyo / Nagoya / Osaka arena tour SCANDAL ARENA TOUR 2015 “PERFECT WORLD”, attracting over 40,000 fans.
★ Seventh album YELLOW reached number two in the Oricon chart and number one on the iTunes daily album chart.
★ 21 August: Celebrated 10th anniversary with an outdoor show in Osaka, followed by first single-billed European tour in September.
★ Tenth anniversary greatest hits album SCANDAL reached number two in the Oricon chart.
★ In support of the album SCANDAL went on a 53-date tour, travelling to all 47 of Japan’s prefectures.
★ August 21: Performed 11th anniversary show at Billboard Live OSAKA, two songs from which are included on upcoming single KOISURU UNIVERSE.