B’z – Wikipedia

B’z ( japanese : ビーズ, Hepburn : Bīzu ) are a japanese rock couple, consisting of guitarist, composer and manufacturer Takahiro “ Tak ” Matsumoto ( 松本 孝弘, Matsumoto Takahiro ) and singer and lyricist Koshi Inaba ( 稲葉 浩志, Inaba Kōshi ), [ 2 ] [ 3 ] known for their energetic hard rock tracks and pop rock ballads. [ 1 ] B’z is one of the best-selling music artists in the earth and the best-selling in their native Japan, having released 49 consecutive No. 1 singles, 25 No. 1 albums, 3 No. 1 EPs on the Oricon music charts and sold more than 100 million records global. [ 4 ] [ 5 ] [ 6 ] [ 7 ] [ 8 ] In 2003 HMV Japan ranked them at number 30 on their list of the 100 most significant japanese popular acts. [ 9 ] In 2007, B’z became the beginning music act from Asia to have their handprints and signatures put up in the Hollywood ‘s RockWalk. [ 10 ] In 2008 were awarded a Guinness World Record for “ Best selling album act in Japan ”, which besides notes them to be the best sell act in Japan overall. [ 11 ] By AllMusic are considered as the “ biggest rock act in Japan and the entirety of Asia ”. [ 1 ]

history [edit ]

early works ( 1988–1990 ) [edit ]

B’z isthmus logo In the belated 1980s, Tak Matsumoto had been highly busy as a guitarist with versatile recording sessions and hot performances, including for Tetsuya Komuro ‘s TM Network and Mari Hamada. [ 9 ] [ 1 ] On 21 May 1988, Matsumoto released his first alone album, Thousand Wave, with positive critical reception. [ 1 ] however, wanting to start a band he searched for band members, particularly a singer. [ 9 ] [ 12 ] Eventually, through his management he listened to the show tape of singer Koshi Inaba in 1988, who would late found B’z with him. [ 1 ] [ 12 ] At the first session they played The Beatles “ Let It Be “ and “ Oh ! Darling “. [ 9 ] At the clock time, Japan ‘s music scene was experiencing a band boom. With all the digital sounds in mainstream music, [ 9 ] the only sounds that Inaba and Matsumoto felt could not be expressed and replicated were the guitar and the homo part. As a leave, they decided to keep it a two-man unit of measurement. On 21 September 1988, B’z made their debut with their inaugural album, B’z, and single, “ Dakara Sono Te o Hanashite ( だからその手を離して ) ”. [ 9 ] Their music was very much a intersection of its times, with synthesizers and samplers sharing equal time with Matsumoto ‘s guitar, producing an experimental sound, very different from their late well-known intemperate rock sound. [ 9 ]

alternatively of immediately performing live after a debut album, as many japanese bands were doing, B’z had a clear imagination of how they wanted to perform and decided to wait until they had adequate fabric to play live. [ 1 ] The two concentrated on commemorate, improving the quality of their music. Their efforts resulted in a second album, Off the Lock, released on 21 May 1989. [ 9 ] With this second album came their first series of live performances, known better to their fans as “ Live-Gym ”. [ 1 ] “ Live-Gym No. 00 ” started in Nagoya, continued in Osaka, and finished in Tokyo. Tickets were sold out on the day they became available. On 21 October, their first mini-album ( EP ), Bad Communication was released. [ 9 ] The title track was a blend of rock and dance music, and is silent a classical bring during their “ Live-Gyms ”. It charted for 163 weeks on the Oricon Charts. [ 13 ] Their first countrywide go, B’z Live-Gym No. 001, covered 16 shows around Japan. On 21 February 1990, their third album Break Through was released. [ 9 ] It charted at No. 3 on the Oricon Albums Chart. To promote it, they started a go with 22 shows countrywide. Their individual “ Taiyō no Komachi Angel “, was released on 13 June and peaked at No. 1 on the Oricon Singles Chart. Every individual since that release has debuted at No. 1 on the Oricon charts. [ 1 ] The follow Wicked Beat, their second miniskirt album, was released on 21 June. It besides reached No. 3 on the charts. Like the set ‘s other releases, it became commercially successful ( reaching one million certifications ) retroactively between 1990 and 1991. [ 9 ] Their fourth album, Risky, was released on 7 November, and was their first album to top the charts. It was the begin of a brace shift in the duet ‘s style from pop rock ‘n’ roll to 80 ‘s hard rock ‘n’ roll. [ 1 ] Their “ Risky ” go, with 49 performances, besides started in November. Their first music video, Film Risky, was recorded in New York City and London in four weeks, and was released on 16 December. With a bombard of releases, 1990 came to be the busiest year for B’z .

Transitioning into hard rock ( 1991–1992 ) [edit ]

The third miniskirt album, Mars was released on 29 May 1991. [ 9 ] little promotion was done for it and after releasing only two singles, B’z released their fifth album, In the Life, on 27 November. [ 9 ] The release of the album marked B’z shying away from their advanced digital sounds and more towards rock. [ 1 ] Their first hot television, “ just Another Life “ was out on 11 December. For promotion, B’z besides embarked on their “ In the Life ’91–’92 ” tour, with 66 performances in full. The enlistment started in December and managed to flow into the adjacent year. The full number of “ Live-Gyms ” they did during this class exceeded 100. In the summer of 1992, the “ pleasure ’92-Time ” tour took place with 12 performances in 3 major cities. The arena-class tour had amazing features such as a huge light stage set, called the “ starfish ”, and seats that rotated 360 degrees. 28 October marked the release of their sixth album, Run, [ 9 ] and proved to be even more difficult rock oriented than the previous. [ 1 ] On 9 December, they released a slightly different miniskirt album Friends. different from Run, its concept is slightly exchangeable to that of a movie soundtrack .

Switching to blues ( 1993–1994 ) [edit ]

In early 1993, the “ Run ” enlistment concluded after 49 performances in 21 locations. In March was released their twelfth and best-selling single “ Ai no ma nickel Wagamama nickel Boku washington Kimi dake o Kizutsukenai “, certified double-million by RIAJ in 2003. [ 13 ] then they held an alfresco concert for the first prison term, called “ Jap the Ripper ”. The show took home in Bentenjima of Hamamatsu-city, Shizuoka on 31 July and 1 August. The successful event gathered 50 thousand people per day, totaling 100,000 people in the end. Following this, B’z concentrated on recording once again, this time, producing a two-disc one-seventh album, The 7th Blues. The album entitle not alone came from it being their one-seventh album, but besides after the seventh chord, that is frequently used in Blues. Becoming much more “ bluesier ” and soulful, this album obviously shows their lean towards blues, the roots of rock music. [ 9 ] [ 1 ] It included hit singles “ Do n’t Leave Me “ and “ lady Navigation “. [ 9 ] On 9 February 1994, the “ B’z Live-Gym ’94—The 9th Blues ” tour started. The tour became their longest and biggest tour frankincense far, managing 87 performances in the year. During the tour, the album, The 7th Blues, was released on 2 March. The enlistment finished in Sapporo ‘s Tsukisamu Green Dome on 24 December. This album was a kind of “ fans trap ” because they made it to “ clean ” their fandom and just keep the rock and blues-loving people with them. [ 1 ]

Adopting pop and impermanent hiatus ( 1995–1998 ) [edit ]

In the first gear half of 1995, B’z spent their clock time recording and after creating numerous demos, they held the “ Pleasure ’95 Buzz Stadium ” tour with 12 shows in 7 cities. Their eighth album, Loose, was released on 22 November. Loose was concentrated on the original concept of a two-man dance band. While combining rock candy with pop, this album is well balanced with a variety show of sounds. The album sold over 3 million copies, marking it as the best seller for B’z at the time. [ 9 ] [ 1 ] The B’z Live-Gym ’96 “ Spirit Loose ” go, started on 15 March 1996 and held 44 performances in 21 locations. The prove opened featuring a unretentive B’z action movie, shoot in Los Angeles. A short while subsequently, B’z released their 6th mini-album titled Friends II on 25 November. The album displayed more of an adult-oriented rock. During a shortstop hiatus, in 1997 Inaba ‘s released debut solo album, Magma, writing all the music and lyrics. The album, which topped the Oricon charts, [ 9 ] showcased another side of him, different from that of his common picture in B’z. [ 1 ] In March, the dome tour “ Pleasure ’97 Fireball ” consisted of 9 performances in 5 locations. Tickets for each attic, which have a capacity of about 30 to 50 thousand people each, were all sold out. The tour included stops at Tokyo ( 3 nights ), Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Maebashi, all being successful. On 19 November, their ninth studio album Survive showcased yet another new guidance in sound and vogue. [ 9 ] B’z ‘s first promotional feat for the album included performances in concert halls in Akita, Hakodate, Kōchi, Shiga, and Nagasaki, before plunging into the main tour. “ B’z Live-Gym ’98 Survive ” started on 24 January 1998. On 20 May, B’z released their foremost official compilation album, B’z The Best “Pleasure”, which besides marked their 10th year since debut. every song included in this album was a huge hit and was highly acclaimed as it was the first japanese album to sell more than 5 million copies, which achieved by the end of the year. [ 9 ] [ 14 ] On 6 June, the “ outlive ” go had successfully ended. In the mid-1998, B’z entered a menstruation of both rest and recording. During the time period, on 20 September, their second best-of album, B’z The Best “Treasure” was released, selling about 4.5 million copies until the end of the year. [ 9 ]

Returning to the music scene ( 1999–2000 ) [edit ]

B’z started off the year of 1999 by busily promoting their holocene singles and their one-tenth studio apartment album Brotherhood, which was released on 14 July. It is considered their heaviest rock album at that point. [ 9 ] The album ‘s track “ Giri Giri Chop ( Version 51 ) ” was recorded by the support of Mr. Big drummer Pat Torpey and its bassist Billy Sheehan. In July, another dome-class tour began starting in Sapporo. The title of the go, B’z Live-Gym ’99 “Brotherhood” included 14 performances in 7 locations. They did away with extra phase acts and concentrated on their musical performance, playing songs from the newly album and many hits from the past. On 28 August and 29, they played in the Yokohama International Stadium. B’z concert was the first to be held in this stadium and gathered a stunning 140,000 people in merely two days. Although the second day at Yokohama experienced heavy rain, the tour ended successfully. curtly subsequently, B’z started recording again and continued to do so throughout the remainder of the year without rest. On 23 February 2000, they released the album B’z The “Mixture”, which included re-mastered tracks of past songs, songs from past singles that were not the featured track, remixes, and a raw song. [ 9 ] In the in-between of May, they started a rehearsal for the summer tour B’z Live-Gym Pleasure 2000 -Juice-, starting a dormitory classify venue show in Toyama, 30 May. The enlistment totaled 18 shows in 10 cities, including a operation on the celebrated Nippon Budokan on 20 June as a start. The read of their individual “ Juice “ was supported by drummer Brian Tichy. [ 9 ] When they released “ Juice ”, on 12 July, the duet set a japanese record of marking No.1 in the inaugural week, making it their twenty-fifth No. 1 single in sequence. During the tour, Once Upon a Time in Yokohama ~B’z Live Gym’99 “Brotherhood”~ was released. The year of 2000 was finished with the unblock of the eleventh album Eleven on 6 December. [ 9 ] B’z finished their work in 2000 with the appearance on the television receiver appearance Music Station Special and would start the rehearsal for the enlistment “ B’z Live-Gym 2001 -Eleven- ” which kicked off on 26 February, in the pursue year .

induction into Hollywood ‘s RockWalk ( 2001–2007 ) [edit ]

On 26 February 2001, “ B’z Live-Gym 2001 -Eleven- ” kicked off at Ehime Kenmin Bunka Kaikan. Most of the shows were exclusive to fan club members. In March was released popular thirty-first single “ Ultra Soul “. [ 9 ] After the Okinawa shows on 27 and 28 June, B’z traveled abroad. They formally released their CDs in Taiwan and Hong Kong and after having Live-Gym that year, they made a promotion trip for the first time there. [ 1 ] “ B’z Live-Gym 2001 -Eleven- ” had 46 shows in 19 locations and 600,000 attendees. After the Eleven tour, B’z prepared for their first gear asian go, which included “ B’z Live-Gym in Taipei 2001 ” and “ B’z Live-Gym in Hong Kong 2001 ”. While B’z started recording deoxyadenosine monophosphate soon as the year 2002 started, Tak finished his solo albums. which were released simultaneously : Dragon From The West which consists of hard rock tunes, and Hana, which includes more melodic and Asian-influenced tunes. B’z finished their read in the middle of May, and started rehearsal in Tokyo for the Live-Gym tour that class, ampere well as performing with Aerosmith on the stage of FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan Official Concert International Day, at Tokyo Stadium on 27 June. [ 9 ] [ 1 ] On 3 July, Green was released, [ 9 ] and there was a corroborate go. The enlistment began in Saitama Super Arena on 8 July and ended at Osaka Dome on 9 September, encompassing 700,000 attendees, 14 shows, and 11 cities. The live band was rounded out by bassist Billy Sheehan and canadian drummer Shane Gaalaas. [ 1 ] In September, after the survive express at Osaka, B’z had their first US enlistment starting in San Diego at Canes on 22 September and The Palace in Los Angeles on 24 September. On 27 November, a live video recording A Beautiful Reel was released in addition to “ B’z Live-Gym 2002 green ~Go★Fight★Win~ ”, which packaged everything that happened on the green tour. It besides contained a second disk with material from “ Live-Gym 2002 Rock n ‘ California Roll ”. On 11 December, their first ballad compilation album The Ballads ~Love & B’z~ was released, with a exchangeable flow as Friends. [ 9 ] The class 2003 marked their fifteenth anniversary, [ 9 ] and the two started recording from the beginning of the year, traveling to the United States in February for extra recording. Along with continuous releases, the tour “ B’z Live-Gym The Final pleasure “ It ‘s beginning ! ! ” ” started in July. The go “ pleasure ” series started since ’91 would end this year. The enlistment kicked off 3 July at Hakodate Shimin Kaikan and finished at Nagisa-en on 21 September, which was ironically the day of their introduction, having a full of 23 shows wholly. As it has been 10 years since B’z had performed at Nagisa-en since their 1993 performance of “ B’z Live-Gym Pleasure ’93 “ Jap the Ripper ” ”, it gathered 100,000 audiences for two days. even though the shows were hit by typhoon and it rained very hard, it managed to silent attract thousands of audience. After the Nagisa-en operation, B’z flew to the U.S. The go “ B’z Live-Gym 2003 Banzai in North America ” concluded with 7 shows including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver. Their thirteenth album, Big Machine, was released on 17 September. As they flew back to Japan, B’z started their third gear enlistment in 2003, “ B’z Live-Gym 2003 large machine ”. It was a dome enlistment in 6 locations, from Saitama Super Arena to Tokyo Dome in December. The compilation cover album The Hit Parade with respective singer was released on 26 November. Kicking off 2004, B’z went back to the studio apartment to begin recording again. On 25 February, a DVD, Typhoon No.15 ~B’z Live-Gym The Final Pleasure “It’s Showtime!!” in Nagisaen~, was released. For the rest of the year, they worked chiefly on their solo projects. soon after finishing each solo enlistment, they began recording together again. On 6 April 2005, B’z released their fourteenth album The Circle. For the album ‘s recording, the couple was particularly worry about its live sound. For promotional activities, B’z started the tour “ B’z Live-Gym 2005 “ Circle of Rock ” ” that ran from April to September, totaling 27 shows in 41 locations. On 1 August, their box set The Complete B’z was digitally released lone for the japanese iTunes Store. House of Strings label, which Tak established a year before, released the artist ‘s second album, Theatre of Strings, on 19 October. On 30 November, B’z The Best “Pleasure II”, the third gear compilation album, was released, reaching one million by the end of 2005. On 28 June 2006, their fifteenth original fully album Monster was released. Most of the recording took place in Los Angeles. B’z kicked off the go “ B’z Live-Gym 2006 “ Monster ‘s garage ” ” from Amami Bunka Center on 2 July, having 17 shows in all, including 5 boastfully domes in 11 locations and 450,000 consultation members wholly. By the end of 2007, more precisely on 5 December, B ’ z released their sixteenth album, Action. The drum parts of their two singles from Action, “ Eien no Tsubasa “ and “ Super Love Song “, were recorded by drummers Josh Freese and Jeremy Colson respectively. On 19 November 2007, B’z was inducted into Hollywood ‘s RockWalk as the first asian draftee in Sunset Boulevard, California, United States. They were recommended by Steve Vai with whom they collaborated in 1999 ( on The Ultra Zone ), equally well supported him during the 2007 tour in Japan. [ 1 ] [ 12 ]

twentieth anniversary ( 2008–2009 ) [edit ]

In February 2008, B’z released a DVD titled B’z Live in Nanba. The show was recorded in 2006 and was besides broadcast on-line. The concert featured songs from The Circle and Monster eras, along with a total of older hits a well as respective english versions. On April 16, 2008, the ring released their forty-fifth single, “ Burn -Fumetsu no Face- “, which became their forty-first straight No. 1 single. The year besides marked the twentieth anniversary of the band. To commemorate the affair, the “ B’z 20 ” campaign was launched that saw two far compilation albums ; B’z The Best “Ultra Pleasure” was released on 18 June 2008 and featured the greatest of the band ‘s hits on a two-disc collection, and in chronological holy order, with two all-new modern recordings of older tracks, while B’z The Best “Ultra Treasure” was released on 17 September 2008, which two-disc track list was decided by fans who were invited to vote for three of many songs at the B’z 20th-anniversary web site, which featured an exclusive song on a three-disc give bundle, american samoa well as a re-recording and a remix. On January 25, 2008, B’z performed only the latest of its “ Showcase ” serial, which are generally small-venue performances of older album songs and the more obscure B-side that are largely unsuitable for the larger arena concerts. Following this, B’z immediately embarked on their eight-month “ Action “ go that saw them perform all over Japan. Afterward, they segued into their 2008 Pleasure tour, titled “ Glory Days ”. Throughout the month of September, B’z performed for hundreds of thousands of fans in nine performances across three cities. The special enlistment ended on September 21 at Nissan Stadium, with a concert on the twentieth anniversary of their first base turn. This performance was late released on DVD February 25, 2009, as B’z Live-Gym Pleasure 2008 -Glory Days-. Following their massive enlistment in 2008, B’z returned to the studio to record new material. Their first free of the year was a double A-side single, “ Ichibu to Zenbu/Dive “, released on August 5, 2009 that features drummer Chad Smith. [ 15 ] The not full-track ringtone downloads ( Chaku Uta ) of “ Ichibu to Zenbu ” began on July 13, 2009, and the full-track ringtone downloads ( Chaku Uta Full ) of the sung besides began on August 26, 2009. [ 16 ] For its potent download sales in August and September on Recochoku, the song served the “ monthly Recochoku Award, Best Song Award Grand Prix ” for Chaku Uta and Chaku Uta Full each for two consecutive months. [ 17 ] On October 13, 2009, KDDI besides announced that “ Ichibu to Zenbu ” was awarded the “ Utatomo Award ” of September 2009 for the sales on “ Utatomo ” via gold ‘s LISMO. [ 18 ] The irregular unblock was the unmarried “ My lonely Town “, with the physical compact disk of the single was released on October 14, 2009. [ 19 ] Both singles are featured in the band ‘s following studio album, entitled Magic, released on November 18, 2009. [ 20 ] On December 10, 2009, it was announced that their single “ Ichibu to Zenbu/Dive ” won the “ Hot 100 of the year ” award at the Billboard Japan Music Awards. [ 21 ]

thirtieth anniversary ( 2010–present ) [edit ]

After the “ B’z Live-Gym 2010 “ Ai n’t No Magic ” tour ”, they began their solo activities each and did not release any individual as a duet in 2010. Matsumoto released the album Take Your Pick with Larry Carlton on June 2, 2010. Inaba ‘s solo studio album Hadou was besides released on August 18, 2010, debuting at number one on the Oricon album charts. Take Your Pick won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards on February 13, 2011. [ 22 ] In 2011, they came back as B’z with the forty-eighth individual “ Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo “, which is written and used as a commercial song for Pepsi NEX. They have released their eighteenth studio album C’mon on July 27, 2011, which featured forty-ninth single “ Do n’t Wan na Lie “. “ Do n’t Wan na Lie ” is the theme song used for Detective Conan: Quarter of Silence. In summer 2011, B’z continued their live-gym tour with extra stops in North America : vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles. [ 23 ] Their one-fourth north american enlistment has been confirmed for San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, Silver Spring, New York City, and Los Angeles in 2012, [ 12 ] about selling out the Universal Amphitheatre. [ 24 ] The B’z shared their first english language songs with american audiences on their north american enlistment. Matsumoto explained, “ This will be our fourth U.S. tour. We love playing for american audiences, and are excited to parcel our first English-language release with our fans ”. [ 25 ] In anticipation of their approaching american enlistment, the band released a five-song mini-album, titled B’z, [ 26 ] featuring five re-recorded english versions of versatile hits such as “ Juice ”, “ extremist Soul ” and “ Splash “, and “ Into Free-Dangan- “ released as a digital single. [ 27 ] [ 28 ] The songs were co-selected by their drummer Shane Gaalaas. [ 12 ] The album is available internationally through the iTunes Store and was released on July 25, 2012. [ 27 ] In the same class was released their fifth single “ Go for It, Baby ( Kioku no Sanmyaku ) “. [ 28 ] In 2013, the group was the third artist by total sales gross in Japan with ¥5.379 billion. [ 29 ] In 2015, was released the nineteenth studio album Epic Day, [ 30 ] arsenic well singles “ Uchōten “ and “ red “. [ 31 ] In August 2017, the band released B’z Complete Single Box Set, and although being a costly limited edition it managed to chart in the top 10. [ 32 ] B’z released their 53rd one “ Seimei/Still Alive “ in June, and it is their 49th single to top the Oricon charts. [ 33 ] Their twentieth studio album, Dinosaur, was released in November 2017, followed by a tour to celebrate their approaching thirtieth anniversary in 2018. According to Oricon, it is their 28 album to top the music charts. [ 34 ] To commemorate the thirtieth anniversary, in 2018 was held a big exhibition between April and June at Yūrakuchō Infos build in Tokyo ‘s Chiyoda ward, [ 8 ] [ 35 ] its music documentary B’z 30th Year Exhibition “Scenes” 1988-2018 screened in theatres countrywide, [ 36 ] 20 studio apartment albums mastered for handout as LPs, [ 37 ] and was released commemorative script B’z The Chronicle. [ 38 ] In July, was released home video B’z Live-Gym 2017-2018 “Live Dinosaur” which topped both DVD and Blue-ray charts, selling over 90 thousand copies in the first base week. [ 39 ] Their new track “ Tsuwamono, Hashiru ” was used for television commercial of 2019 Rugby World Cup which will be held in Japan. [ 40 ] On April 10, 2019, the isthmus announced their long-awaited follow-up to Dinosaur, New Love. The album was released on May 29, 2019 and features fresh backing band members who made their debut on that year ‘s Whole Lotta New Love go, equally well as a guest appearance by Aerosmith ‘s Joe Perry. B’z covered “ sexual Violet No. 1 ” by Masahiro Kuwana for 2021 ‘s Take Me to Kazemachi!, a tribute album to the song ‘s lyricist Takashi Matsumoto. [ 41 ] In May of 2021, the majority of the B’z catalogue was made available on on-line music services such as Spotify and Apple Music global, including for the first clock, in the United States. previously, alone the ring ‘s english EP was available on Apple Music in the US, but it presently is part of the catalogue that is not available. [ 42 ]

music style [edit ]

The set ‘s music is composed by guitarist Tak Matsumoto, while the lyrics are written by singer Koshi Inaba. [ 9 ] [ 43 ] The band experimented with its style, “ going from dance-rock to hard rock ‘n’ roll to blues to J-pop and back ” according to AllMusic. [ 1 ] It has besides been described as an “ ultra-commercial blend of intemperate rock, blues, and synthesizer pop ”. [ 44 ] Despite frequent changes in musical style during the first 13 years, they did n’t lose any defend. [ 9 ] In the inspection of their best-selling album B’z The Best “Ultra Pleasure”, Adam Greenberg of AllMusic notes that they “ had some criticism as being more of a pop band with a rock undertone than a full-fledged rock band ”, but throughout their career they show strong rock elements including “ ’80s-styled widen electric guitar solo ” and “ blues-based rock ‘n’ roll ” with versatile western rock ‘n’ roll influences combined with their classifiable style. [ 45 ] Compared to early two adult japanese rock ‘n’ roll bands, Mr. Children and Glay, while the legal of the first can be described as “ voiced ”, the other two are “ fast and rocking ”. [ 46 ] On Magic ( 2009 ), for model, they have combined “ carefree moods and hard rock aesthetics ”, but alternatively to sound like western glam metal it ‘s more exchangeable to japanese ocular kei sound, indicating their influence on that apparent motion and bands like L’Arc-en-Ciel as well. [ 47 ] Greenberg in the review of “ Ichibu to Zenbu/Dive “, argued that most of their knead has a “ reasonably disjointed structure ”, “ creative vocal descents and cascades ”, and “ riff-heavy guitars ”. [ 48 ] Marty Friedman compared them to Aerosmith, but stated to prefer more B’z because of Inaba ‘s character of voice and high vocal music proficiency, and Matsumoto ‘s personality while playing the guitar solo. [ 49 ] Matsumoto ‘s guitar skills have been praised to suits the “ peak guitar master in Asia ”, with “ fretboard histrionics ” and “ great feel of riff ”. [ 47 ]

influence and bequest [edit ]

It is considered that Matsumoto ‘s guitar style has been influenced by the hard rock sound of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, while Inaba who was interested in rock music since elementary school besides listened to Queen, Loudness, Aerosmith and others. [ 9 ] In 2003, HMV Japan ranked the band at number 30 on their list of the 100 most important japanese pop acts. [ 9 ] In 2007, B’z became the first music act from Asia to have their handprints and signatures put up in the Hollywood ‘s RockWalk. [ 10 ] By AllMusic are considered as the “ biggest rock act in Japan and the entirety of Asia ”, [ 1 ] while the popular music historian Norman Abjorensen described them as one of the most luminary J-pop music acts who achieved asian and global fame. [ 43 ] Matsumoto through his B’z fame is besides credited for “ resurrection and reinvention of the japanese guitar hero ”, aboard and in comparison to X Japan ‘s guitarist Hide for a model of guitarist more interest in technique, technology and equipment, popularising the electric guitar as a multitude media product in Japan. [ 44 ] He besides has Gibson signature models. [ 44 ] In the Oricon ‘s annually poll of 20,000 people for “ Favorite Artist Ranking ” which has started since 2004 they were regularly placed among the most popular music artists, in holocene years ranked as 4th ( 2015, 2016, 2017 ). [ 50 ] [ 51 ] [ 52 ] In 2015 view by Oricon about the favored song to relief stress their song “ Ultra Soul “ was ranked as second. [ 53 ]

Awards and achievements [edit ]

In 2015 were reported license sales of 35,809,000 individual copies, for which held the beginning place until December 2015. [ 54 ] In 2017 were reported license sales of 46,576,000 album copies, for which inactive hold the first space, and with joint sales of more than 82 million certified records are ranked as the best sell music dissemble in Japan. [ 7 ] In 2008, for their twentieth anniversary were awarded a Guinness World Record for “ Best selling album act in Japan ”, which besides notes them to be the best sell act in Japan overall. [ 11 ] Their albums have 25 Platinum and 31 Million physical certifications, singles have 9 Gold, 33 Platinum, and 20 Million physical certifications, while home videos have 11 Gold physical certifications by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. The compilation album B’z The Best “Pleasure” ( 1998 ) was the first japanese album to sell more than 5 million copies, which has achieved by the end of 1998, however it was surpassed by Utada Hikaru ‘s First Love in 1999. [ 9 ] early sales records held by B’z in May 2018 include “ the most number one singles ( 49 ), most straight numeral one singles ( 49 ), longest streak of number one singles ( 49 ), total weeks singles were at number one ( 66 ), longest back-to-back period with a single at number one ( 20 Years ), most singles in the top 10 concurrently ( 9 ), the most million-selling albums ( 19 ), most number-one albums ( 26 ), and the only artist in history to lead all six major categories tracked by Oricon ” among others, including sum CD dispatch of over 100 million copies and other about home videos. [ 55 ] During the week of 12 April 2003, they held eleven positions in the top twelve on the Oricon Singles Chart, except the moment position. [ 56 ] In 1999, at World Music Awards won the award for “ World ‘s Best Selling japanese Artist of the year ”. At the WMA they received several nominations, including “ World ‘s Best Live Act ” and “ World ‘s Best Group ” in 2013. [ 57 ]

discography [edit ]

bibliography [edit ]

  • Brotherhood
  • Eleven
  • Survive
  • B’z The Best “Pleasure”
  • B’z The Best “Treasure”
  • B’z The “Mixture”
  • Green
  • 西辺来龍 – Dragon From The West
  • Live -on- 1988~2003
  • Big Machine
  • The Circle
  • B’z The Best “Pleasure II”
  • Monster

Tours [edit ]

See besides [edit ]

References [edit ]

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