NEWS: YOSHIKI DISCUSSES CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) WITH NOBEL LAUREATE SHINYA YAMANAKA
NEWS: YOSHIKI MAKES DONATION TO MEALS ON WHEELS ACROSS LOS ANGELES, URGES SUPPORT FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY SUDDEN FOOD SHORTAGES
YOSHIKI has made donations in support of multiple Meals on Wheels branches across Los Angeles through his 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Yoshiki Foundation America.
"I think now is the time to support each other. It's time to give, not take, especially when there are people who are vulnerable during the current crisis," said YOSHIKI, who has made Los Angeles his home for the past 20 years.
"I wanted to make a donation to the elderly people who have difficulty going out and cannot get enough to eat. If I can help just a little, then maybe others can also be inspired to give. This situation is not just limited to L.A., and I myself am having more difficulty than usual getting food. I hope it will end soon.
"YOSHIKI's relationship with Meals on Wheels extends back 10 years, and his support this week includes gifts of $3000 each to Meals on Wheel locations in:Long Beach, Culver City, West Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Downtown L.A., Orange County, Pasadena, Santa Monica.
Donations to Meals on Wheels can be made through the organization's website.
will.i.am has released the uplifting track "#SING4LIFE" on his YouTube channel, created with fellow musicians Bono, Jennifer Hudson, and YOSHIKI.
#SING4LIFE" is based on a song written by Bono, who was impressed by the citizens of Italy singing together from their rooftops and balconies while isolated due to COVID-19. As soon as Bono wrote this song, he uploaded a solo version to U2's Instagram, and collaborated with will.i.am, who turned to his longtime friends YOSHIKI and Jennifer Hudson to complete the track.
YOSHIKI accepted the offer and wrote the score immediately, completing the piano recording two hours later. "#SING4LIFE" was created by the four artists from their separate locations across the globe through their communication via internet.
NEWS: BONO, WILL.I.AM, JENNIFER HUDSON, AND YOSHIKI COLLABORATE ON "#SING4LIFE" TO INSPIRE HOPE AND LOVE DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
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”I know you are trying hard to restrain yourself to fight against this virus. I believe that your effort... everyone's effort, will affect the entire human race. We will overcome, we can do this together. I'm praying for your health and safety.” 皆さんも大変な思いをして、このウィルスの終息に向け、自粛をされていると思います。”一人一人の努力が人類全体を救う”と思います。一緒に頑張ろう。みんなの健康と安全を祈っています。 REPOST: @iamwill @U2 @iamjhud @yoshikiofficial #bono #u2 #iamwill #blackeyedpeas #jenniferhudson #yoshiki #xjapan #StayHome #SpreadLOVE #新型コロナウイルス #coronavirus #COVID19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lz-DoaHi3zo
NEWS: Rakuten presents a new credit card designed by YOSHIKI.
NEWS: YOSHIKI SPECIAL INTERVIEW IN VOGUE JAPAN
YOSHIKI's exclusive interview will be published in Vogue Japan's May 2020 issue (published March 28), featuring YOSHIKI's viewpoints on music and kimono.
NEWS: YOSHIKI DONATES $100,000 TO COVID-19 RELIEF FUND FOR MUSIC INDUSTRY DEVASTATED BY CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
YOSHIKI has donated $100,000 to the COVID-19 Relief Fund established by the Recording Academy and its charitable foundation MusiCares to help music creators and professionals affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
YOSHIKI said, "As a musician, I decided to donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help my colleagues who might be struggling. With this virus threatening not just one country but the entire world, I sincerely hope that, through self-restraint and patience, we can contain the spread of new infections and eliminate this threat as soon as possible, and all industries can be revived again, including the entertainment industry."
Recording Academy and MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund
NEWS: YOSHIKITTY NOMINATED FOR 5TH YEAR IN A ROW IN 35TH ANNUAL SANRIO CHARACTER RANKING
Yoshikitty, the collaboration between Hello Kitty and YOSHIKI, has been nominated among the Top 100 characters in the 35th Annual Sanrio Character Ranking contest. Fans worldwide can vote daily on all their devices – computers, smartphones, and tablets – from April 10 through May 25.
NEWS: YOSHIKI INTERVIEWED BY BBC NEWS "OUTSIDE SOURCE"
YOSHIKI was interviewed on the BBC News program "Outside Source" to discuss the current COVID-19 situation with over 100 million viewers worldwide. YOSHIKI was asked about his charity efforts, his #SING4LIFE collaboration with Bono, will.i.am , and Jennifer Hudson, and his concern for the safety of his fans.
NEWS: YOSHIKI FEATURED IN 2 OF 2019'S TOP 10 TV COMMERCIALS IN JAPAN
Recent commercials featuring YOSHIKI for McDonald's Japan and real estate giant RECRUIT spiked in popularity to place the top 10 of the “Most Popular TV Commercials", ranking higher than over 2500 TV spots in the same period according to top media research firm Soken Consulting. McDonald's Japan, for which YOSHIKI appeared in the "'Crazy Request to McDonald's" campaign, doubled in popularity from last year and finished in 6th place, their best-ever result.
NEWS: KINSUMA SPECIAL ft. YOSHIKI WILL BROADCAST ON TBS IN JAPAN
Kinsuma Special - TBS
Friday 4/24 at 8PM (Japan Time)
NEWS: YOSHIKI DONATES 10 MILLION YEN TO JAPAN'S NATIONAL CENTER FOR GLOBAL HEALTH AND MEDICINE
YOSHIKI has donated 10 million yen (appx. $100,000) to the National Center for Global Health and Medicine through his 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Yoshiki Foundation America.
The National Center for Global Health and Medicine researches infectious diseases and autoimmune diseases, including the coronavirus. The organization’s Center Hospital is the National Center's only general hospital, and it has the largest number of accommodations for specified infectious diseases.
YOSHIKI said, "I believe that the people we should be supporting are the healthcare workers who are treating coronavirus patients as we speak. I wanted to support as much as I could. I want people, including myself, to remember that the actions of everyone who's enduring staying home are contributing thousands of times more to the healthcare workers than what I have donated. I will also do my best as a musician to support people."
NEWS: YOSHIKI STARTS OFFICIAL AMEBA BLOG
NEWS: YOSHIKI INTERVIEW IN NUMERO MAGAZINE (FRANCE)
“J’irais jusqu’à la mort pour mon art” : Rencontre avec Yoshiki, batteur mythique de X Japan
NEWS: YOSHIKITTY DEFEATS HELLO KITTY TO WIN NO.1 IN FRANCE, GERMANY, AND BRAZIL, NO.2 IN CHINA
BELOVED CHARACTER REACHES THE TOP 10 FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT YEAR IN SANRIO CHARACTER RANKING
The final results of the 2020 Sanrio Character Ranking were announced on June 8, and Yoshikitty defeated Hello Kitty to win no.1 in France, Germany, and Brazil, and no.2 in China.
The Sanrio Character Ranking competition grows more intense every year, and the 2020 event allowed fans from all over the world to vote on a selection of Sanrio's 80 most popular characters. Yoshikitty's massive international support brought the character to no.6 worldwide, placing in the Top 10 for the fifth straight year.
YOSHIKI commented, "Thanks to everyone who voted for Yoshikitty. I'm so happy to see the support from fans not just in Japan but also from around the world." YOSHIKI, who composed the official theme song for Hello Kitty, teased fans with the idea that "Maybe I'll compose a theme song for Yoshikitty to say 'thank you' for all the support. Not only that, I would like to continue delivering wonderful music so that I can give back to everyone as much as possible."
NEWS: YOSHIKI INTERVIEW IN ODDA MAGAZINE
"YOSHIKI’s talent extends beyond music. Following his family’s footsteps in fashion with his 10-year-old YOSHIKIMONO brand, the artist focuses on showcasing a variety in tradition by reinterpreting one of Japan’s most key cultural symbols, the kimono. Shedding new light on what the piece represents, the traditions surrounding it as well as Japan’s extensive history and impact in fashion to the younger generations."
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Speaking from his home in Los Angeles, California, Japanese rock star artist YOSHIKI @yoshikiofficial gives us the behind the scenes backstory for the “Sing For Life” song and project he did with #Bono, @iamwill and @iamjhud, which was written as a tribute to the Italians in quarantine during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. YOSHIKI also discusses what led him on the path towards becoming a musician, his fundamental love of music, his most cherished concert memories, what makes a great theme song, how the concept of the YOSHIKIMONO brand first came about and the creative ventures he would like to do next. Words by @lucrrd - Special Thanks @totem_fashion Watch the full interview in our YouTube Channel. LINK IN BIO #ODDAdigital
NEWS: YOSHIKIMONO SELECTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS KIMONO EXHIBITION AT TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM
YOSHIKI's kimono brand Yoshikimono has been selected to represent creations of the modern era at the new "KIMONO" special exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum Heiseikan (Ueno Park) from June 30 to August 23, 2020. It is an exhibition of an unprecedented scale that provides a comprehensive overview from the Kamakura period to the modern era.
YOSHIKI commented, "More than 10 years have passed since I established this brand as a designer. Currently, I have come to receive many offers from overseas, but I am truly honored to have my creations exhibited in Japan, the origin of kimono culture, at the prestigious Tokyo National Museum. I feel gratitude to all of my fans who are constantly supporting me. It would make me happy if you could see the exhibition."
One of the world's biggest music festivals, Summer Sonic, will broadcast legendary live performances July 22 and 23 on YouTube.
Day 2 of the streaming event will present sets from Green Day (2012), Nine Inch Nails (2009), Rihanna (2012), The Prodigy (2008), and X Japan (2011).
The performances will be available for viewing for 24 hours only beginning July 23 at 8:00pm Japan time (4:00am in Los Angeles, 7:00am in New York).
NEWS: SUMMER SONIC 2020 ARCHIVE FESTIVAL TO STREAM
LEGENDARY LIVE PERFORMANCES FROM GREEN DAY,
RIHANNA, NINE INCH NAILS, THE PRODIGY, AND X JAPAN
NEWS: YOSHIKI PERFORMANCE ON NHK "LIVE YELL" MUSIC SPECIAL WILL BE BROADCAST WORLDWIDE
NHK has confirmed YOSHIKI will perform on piano from L.A. for the "Live Yell" Music Special to be broadcast worldwide on NHK August 8 (Sat) 7:30 pm JST.
YOSHIKI was invited to play "Forever Love" in his first television performance since the top-rated "Kouhaku Uta Gassen (Red & White Year-End Song Festival)" on New Year's Eve 2019. "Live Yell" is connected to the NHK Coronavirus Project "Minna de Yell (Everybody Cheer)".
YOSHIKI said, "From the beginning of February, it has been 6 months since I have remained in L.A. I questioned if I should go back to Japan, but under these circumstances, I judged it would be best for me to stay in L.A. Although it will be pre-recorded, I performed with the wish to stay close to everyone’s hearts and to provide everyone with hope."
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NEWS: YOSHIKI DONATES TELEVISION PERFORMANCE AND 3 MILLION YEN FOR CHARITY, BREAKS RECORD FOR NTV'S 24-HOUR FINALE
NEWS: ST. VINCENT FT. YOSHIKI "NEW YORK" NOW AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE
NEWS: YOSHIKI STARS IN ATTACK ON TITAN-THEMED COMMERCIAL AS SUPER-POWERED DRUM TITAN
YOSHIKI transforms into a super-powered titan in the new "ATTACK ON YOSHIKI" commercial campaign for Asahi's Wonda Coffee which begins September 3.
Based on the worldwide hit anime series Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin), the 3D CG animated character was modeled after YOSHIKI, and the thundering drum sounds were recorded live by the X JAPAN drummer himself.
"ATTACK ON YOSHIKI" TV COMMERCIAL
Multiple Grammy-winning artist ST. VINCENT has partnered with international rock star/composer YOSHIKI to craft a fresh version of her song “New York”, released August 28 through Loma Vista and Concord in association with Universal Music.
YOSHIKI appeared on NTV's "24-Hour TV: Love Will Save The World" broadcast on August 23, 2020, to deliver a passionate performance of "Forever Love" with the beautiful Los Angeles ocean in the background. He donated his performance without pay and gave 3 million yen to charity, helping to raise the program to its highest-ever audience rating. YOSHIKI dedicated his performance to the world's first responders and medical personnel.
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#進撃のYOSHIKI 現る! Attack On YOSHIKI emerges! ”YOSHIKI STARS IN ATTACK ON TITAN-THEMED COMMERCIAL AS SUPER-POWERED DRUM TITAN” #AttackOnYOSHIKI #AttackOnTitan #ワンダの新しいCM 本日スタート！Begins TODAY! #進撃の巨人 #shingekinokyojin #ワンダ #asahi ＃アサヒ飲料 #drums #xjapan "ATTACK ON #YOSHIKI" #TV #COMMERCIAL https://youtu.be/FXHDgKfAyFY