The B'z Hype Topic! (New Album DINOSAUR Out Now!!!)

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The B'z Hype Topic! (New Album DINOSAUR Out Now!!!)

Postby CrimsonDragon » June 3rd, 2011, 6:57 am

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This is a topic dedicated to the Japanese rock band B'z. If you aren't familiar with them or just want to learn a little more about what's so special about their music, check out our specially-tailored Starter's Guide. There, you can not only become acquainted with their history but also sample a little of their work to see if it's for you. Whether you know the band from one of their nearly 50 consecutive #1 hits, any of their multi-million selling albums, or even one of the theme songs they've contributed to a number of successful media properties such as Detective Conan, B'z has something on offer for everyone! Don't miss out!

If you're looking for B'z lyrics, translations, and the most comprehensive English database on the band, head over to the B'z Wiki!
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Postby CrimsonDragon » June 3rd, 2011, 6:57 am

What is "B'z"?
— B'z (pronounced "bees") is a Japanese rock and roll duo that debuted in 1988. The team is comprised of guitarist Tak Matsumoto and vocalist Koshi Inaba. Tak writes and composes all of the music while Koshi pens all of the lyrics.

Why is B'z any different from every other rock band?
— B'z has enjoyed a period of success that is virtually unheard of nearly anywhere in the world. As of this writing...

  • B'z has released 47 #1 singles... in a row. They shattered the old record eons ago, and as of now, there is no artist even close to this number of consecutive #1 releases. To put this into perspective: The Beatles only had 20 #1's in the US (17 in the UK), and they weren't consecutive.
  • B'z has sold 35,000,000 singles—recently confirmed to be the most in Japanese history.
  • B'z holds the most #1 releases by an artist or band in Japanese history in every respect--the most #1 singles, the most #1 albums, and the most #1 home video releases.
  • Of the top five best selling albums in the history of Japanese music, two belong to B'z.
  • Every B'z studio album since 1991 has gone to #1 immediately.
  • In November 2007, B'z made history when they were the first Asian musicians to be inducted to the Hollywood Rock Walk.
  • At one point, B'z held 9 of the 10 spots in the top 10 singles chart.
  • Overall, B'z has sold over 85,000,000 records.
Now, those sales figures may not mean much to you. They're simply to give you a sense of the band's achievements. When it comes to music...

What makes B'z music special?
— B'z has worn many different hats over the years. They have had #1 hits with pop tunes, ballads, power ballads, hard rock, dance, and even the blues. Very few artists are able to remain at the top of their game while evolving as readily as B'z has. The B'z sound has been cultivated all over the world: many of their studio musicians hail from successful American acts and top Japanese talent. Tak & Koshi are well-acquainted with a number of music legends, including Aerosmith, Larry Carlton, Slash, and Steve Vai. B'z owns a studio in Los Angeles where much of their recording is done.

What about their live shows?
— B'z is one of the premiere live bands in the world. Don't believe me? See for yourself.

How many songs does B'z have? Do they have English songs too?
— As of this writing, B'z has released over 300 songs. The majority of their output is Japanese, although both members are fluent in English (and frequently enlist touring members of western origin, namely from the United States and Canada). As of 2013, the band have released nearly 30 English songs, all of which are detailed here.

Where am I supposed to start with something like that!?
— Fear not, we have you covered. Below is a starter selection chosen for those that are not familiar with B'z beyond some of what they've heard in Conan. These songs span the entire B'z discography and all of the many genres they've delved into over the years. Give this band a try—you will not regret it, I assure you!

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Where can I buy B'z music right now?

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— In 2012, B'z released a five-track English album worldwide on iTunes. This has since been delisted, though the lead single "Into Free -Dangan-" is still available on the service. If you are up for importing, you can always import from sites such as CDJapan and YesAsia. Beyond that, there is always a litany of B'z items available on eBay.

Where can I buy B'z T-shirts and merchandise?

— B'z tour merchandise such as T-shirts, wrist bands, keychains, tote bags and the like are all available exclusively from the officially operated B'z The Store. The store stocks shirts and related items categorized by tour dating all the way back to 1999. However, orders are only shipped to Japanese addresses. As a result, those outside Japan are required to enlist aid to complete their own orders. More information can be found at this link on how to enlist a proxy service to take care of such orders with no hassle.
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Re: The B'z Hype Topic!

Postby CrimsonDragon » June 3rd, 2011, 6:58 am

Documentaries, TV Appearances & Interviews
Collection of various English subtitled B'z documentaries and interviews from throughout their history. Also included are a handful of TV appearances from recent years that have also been subtitled and made available for posterity.

Full Documentaries

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''Magical Backstage Tour'' MAGIC Documentary
Documentary chronicling B'z and their efforts to record their 17th studio album, MAGIC. The release then focuses on the shooting of the three singles' music videos, as well as the only released live footage from B'z SHOWCASE 2009 -B'z In Your Town- along with three full performances from SUMMER SONIC 09.

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''Only Two'' U.S. Tour Documentary
Special 25th anniversary documentary produced by WOWOW that followed B'z during their largest international tour to date that covered both coasts of the United States and Canada as B'z LIVE-GYM 2012 -Into Free-.

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"OFF LIMITS" MONSTER'S GARAGE Documentary
Documentary following B'z as they rehearse and embark on B'z LIVE-GYM 2006 "MONSTER'S GARAGE".

TV Appearances

Full Sit-down Interview + Performances of Uchouten & Ichibu to Zenbu [LIVE MONSTER 2015]

Uchouten [Shinnen Dakara Kantetsu de Ongaku Night 2015]

Uchouten [CDTV Special New Year Premium Live 2014-2015]

Uchouten [Music Station Super Live 2014]

ACTION Closeup Interview [2007]

Eien no Tsubasa Interview [News ZERO 2007]

Specialty Videos

New Year's Message 2010

New Year's Message 2011

New Year's Message 2015

GLORY DAYS Commercial
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Postby CrimsonDragon » June 3rd, 2011, 11:51 am

English Subtitled Live Videos
Collection of downloads for various live performances by B'z, subtitled in English for the first time.



B'z XX9 (2017)
A special commemorative release distributed privately upon request. Now only available by asking fellow fans, as it will never be posted publicly.

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B'z Treasure Selection (2017)
A special compilation bringing together the band's definitive hidden gems and fan-favorites in one compilation. Now only available by asking fellow fans, as it will never be posted publicly.

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B'z XX8 (2016)
A special commemorative release distributed privately upon request. Now only available by asking fellow fans, as it will never be posted publicly.

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Koshi Inaba Solo Live Selection (2015)
Special selection of Koshi Inaba's live output as a solo artist.
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Weekly B'z Community Selection Series (2015)
Collection of downloads for a new series of English subtitled B'z live videos, with every video featuring songs chosen by members of the English fan community.

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Following months of coordination and painstaking work, we are pleased to finally reveal the existence of our biggest project yet: The Weekly B'z Community Selection series! A few months ago, we reached out to fellow fans here in this very community and asked them to choose songs they would like to see represent them in dedicated Weekly B'z installments. Ever since, we have been working diligently to bring it all together. The highlights:

9 Videos with 8 Songs Each
Every song in every video was chosen by members of the community

Over 9 Hours of Footage
Every video is subtitled fully in English, and contains performances never included in Weekly B'z before

Over 30 New Songs
Rarities, new songs, hit singles, hidden gems all on full display, spanning the full breadth of the B'z catalogue

Over 70 Songs Total
Classic, never-before-subtitled versions of the band's greatest songs, chosen by the community


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Weekly B'z: The Original Complete Collection (2012-2013)
Collection of downloads for various English subtitled B'z live videos from the original run of Weekly B'z.

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What is "Weekly B'z"?
Weekly B'z was a fan-based initiative to subtitle a new B'z concert video every Wednesday beginning in February 2012. Videos were made available in SD and HD formats for direct download and were also simultaneously uploaded onto a dedicated YouTube channel. All videos were subtitled entirely in English, with many songs and crowd interaction sections being translated for the very first time. Great efforts were made to produce consistent quality across all of the releases, and we are very proud of the results and hope they will bring entertainment to fans both new and old alike.

To view these videos, we recommend installing VLC Player as it requires no further installation beyond the player itself and can then be used to watch any of the videos with no issues.


A redux of the complete collection is currently underway! This will re-purpose the original, shorter releases into feature-length compilations. As a result, the bulk of the original collection is currently offline for the time being. We have left a few select ones available below for those just joining us that should tide you over in the meantime!

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Noteworthy Sites
http://bz-vermillion.com
— The official B'z website.

http://bz-vermillion.com/english
— The official B'z website in English.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Bz
— The official B'z YouTube channel.

http://www.facebook.com/bz.official
— Official Facebook page of B'z.

http://twitter.com/Bz_Official_En
— Official English Twitter account of B'z.

http://twitter.com/Bz_Official
— Official Japanese Twitter account of B'z.

http://www.offthelock.com
— The best English site dedicated to the latest B'z news and more. The site is maintained by Tobias (also a former Conan fansubber) with support from me.

http://bzwiki.offthelock.com
— A B'z wiki that's currently in-progress and aims to feature the most in-depth B'z information on the net.

http://bzwiki.offthelock.com/B'z_Lyrics_&_Translations
— A listing of all B'z songs and their translations. Also available in a fully Japanese listing, as well as an alphabetical one.




Members of the B'z Army

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Kleene Onigiri
Kogorou
Koshi Shinichi
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Miakakiri
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Moriarty
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Raiden
Ringo
Sakina
Stopwatch
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Yukimi
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Misaki-chan
angelranchan
bluekaitou1412
fubako
jmaeshawn
kaitoukidsama
kate_49
kurunouma
kward
kyuuketsuki
lyndsi
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redangelran
skyechan
xpon
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Postby kate_49 » June 3rd, 2011, 11:58 am

:o :o I-I-Is this for real? This is awesome!!! TOTALLY!!! ;D ;D
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Postby Kleene Onigiri » June 3rd, 2011, 12:04 pm

I join ;P XD
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*Joining*
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Postby lyndsi » June 3rd, 2011, 2:36 pm

Jd- you win at life sir

*Joins AFTER you put me on the list*
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Postby xpon » June 3rd, 2011, 10:38 pm

i say made a new mediafire account and put all the B'z in it! :D
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Postby Girl19 » June 3rd, 2011, 11:09 pm

*Needs to free space in her computer to download all this goodness*

Thank you Jd-!!
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Postby 1Kaito » June 3rd, 2011, 11:55 pm

Thank you very much, sir!
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Postby bluekaitou1412 » June 4th, 2011, 1:21 am

It's HYPE! :o
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Postby bluekaitou1412 » June 4th, 2011, 3:47 am

Jd- wrote:What about their live shows?
— B'z is one of the premiere live bands in the world. Don't believe me? See for yourself.
Now that's what you call ocean of people o_o
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Postby Sakina » June 4th, 2011, 4:57 pm

*downloads the starter pack and listens*


o___O  *sigh*

Okay, put me on your list.
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Postby Kurunouma » June 4th, 2011, 11:38 pm

whoa! great selections! I need more space for my disk just to download this, Image Thanks Jd, just don't forget me on your list  ;D
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