April is a month full of new beginnings in Japan and brings with it big expectations but even then, the amount of great music released was quite overwhelming. Beginning with the release of BABYMETAL’s second album “METAL RESISTANCE” (release date: April 1) which topped charts worldwide and closing out with Dempagumi.inc’s 3rd major label album “GOGO DEMPA” (release date: April 27), it felt like every week was packed full of music to drain the wallet yet fill the soul.
Because of this, several artists which would have normally made our monthly list had to be left off. Here is a list of the honorable mentions for April 2016.
Rio Hiiragi – BANZAI! BANZAI! (release date: April 6)
Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da – “Mudai Gasshou” “Ueyu Ueyu Uoo ~ Hinekure no Tari ~” (release date: April 6)
Faint⋆Star – “Never Ever” “Never Ever” (☆Taku Takahashi Remix) “DESTRUCTION” ( Yoshikatsu Ikeuchi Remix) (release date: April 9)
HKT48 – “74 Okubun no 1 no Kimi he” “Taboo no Iro” “HKT-jo, Ima, Ugoku” “Einstein yori Dianna Agron” (release date: April 13)
Takoyaki Rainbow – “Nanairo Dance” (release date: April 13)
℃-ute – “Naze Hito wa Arasoundaro?” “Summer Wind” “Jinsei wa STEP!” (release date: April 20)
Maneki Kecha – “Kimiwazurai” (release date: April 27)
Yumemiru Adolescence – “Oshiete Schrödinger” “Fantastic Parade” (release date: April 27)
Here are 12 of our favorite MVs for songs released in April of 2016 listed in chronological order according to their release date.
BABYMETAL – “KARATE” (release date: April 1)
With one of the most anticipated albums of 2016 released on April 1st, SSE Arena, Wembley on April 2nd, and their US television debut on April 5th, BABYMETAL could have released another live MV and it would have still been on this list. However, they went above and beyond expectations with “KARATE”, their aggressive nod to the Okinawan martial art. Many believe that this was the song that should have been performed when they appeared on Late Show with Stephen Colbert instead of “Gimme Chocolate!!”
Not even “THE ONE” which featured BABYMETAL on a triangular platform high above the sold-out crowd at Yokohama Arena and SU-METAL’s English vocals could pass “KARATE” and judging by the almost 10 million+ views it received since it appeared on YouTube in mid-March. The live MV for “Road of Resistance” is a close second with almost 8 million views since its debut in May of 2015.
BABYMETAL Official site: http://www.babymetal.jp/
UPUPGIRLS (KARI) – “Party People Alien” (release date: April 5)
UPUPGIRLS (KARI) went interstellar for their 20th single, the infectious “Party People Alien” to get their first Oricon weekly top 5 ranking. Featuring a cast of professional wrestlers, Parc Manther III, Sailor Fuku Ojisan, Honmono Mikitty (NichoHalo), Nanako Higa (Idol Renaissance), and members of UNIDOL, just to name a few, it might be their most impressive song of their current EDM phase! Add to that the other A-side “Seven☆Peace”, and the coupling songs “Shout!!!!!!!” (Limited Type-A), “Seishun no Namida” (Limited Type-B), and “Appaare” (Regular) and it might just be their strongest single yet! If you weren’t at Tokyo Dome City La Qua for their April 5, 2016 release event, you definitely missed out!
UPUPGIRLS (KARI) Official site: http://www.upupgirlskakkokari.com/
Keyakizaka46 – “Silent Majority” (release date: April 6)
Keyakizaka46 made a lot of noise with their debut single “Silent Majority” resulting in a #1 ranking on the Oricon charts and racking up more than 10 million views since it appeared on YouTube in mid-March. Set in a construction site near Shibuya station, with Yurina Hirate in the middle of the complex choreography formation, they might only be getting started but it looks their foundation is already rock solid. On top of that, “Silent Majority” also included the suspenseful “Te wo Tsunaide Kaerouka”, mysterious “Yamanote-sen”, or tragic “Shibuya-gawa”, in addition to all the individual member videos on their YouTube channel.
Keyakizaka46 Official site: http://www.keyakizaka46.com/
Nozomi Hirano from BILLIE IDLE® featuring First Summer Uika, Saki Kamiya, Tentenko, Rio Michibayashi – “Douse Kieteshimau Inochi nara…” (release date: April 6)
Nozomi Hirano puts on an impressive domino show with the help of First Summer Uika (BILLIE IDLE®), Tentenko, Saki Kamiya (POP), and Rio Michibayashi in the MV for “Douse Kieteshimau Inochi nara…”. Adding to the feeling of a BiS reunion, Kenta Matsukuma wrote the music for the song. Best of all, the quintet of former anti idols got together at Hibiya Yaon during the finale of Brand-new Idle Society presents ANARCHY TOUR FINAL “IDLE is DEAD!?” on April 29, 2016 and performed it live right before “nerve”!
BILLIE IDLE® Official site: http://www.billieidle.com/
Perfume – FLASH (release date: April 6)
Perfume made a huge impact with their martial arts-inspired choreography for “FLASH” from their long-awaited new album “COSMIC EXPLORER”. They have been known for the beauty, difficulty, and precision of their dance routines for years but, is this the first time that they decided to “sting like a bee” as well as “float like a butterfly”? With “FLASH” being the theme song for the film adaptation of the manga “Chiyahafuru”, Perfume brought their fierceness to the traditional Japanese card game of karuta too! As if that wasn’t enough, they also dance with lightsabers!
Perfume official site: http://www.perfume-web.jp/
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