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2:30 pm - 01/30/2012

30 Japanese Artists Cover “All You Need Is Love,” Release Single For Earthquake Charity

the single will be released March 7.Available anywhere you buy your Jpop Cds from.

A article on it.

Since the Great East Japan Earthquake last March, musical artists from Japan and all over the world have showed their support for victims of the disaster and Japan as a whole through holding benefit concerts or media such as song and video.

The latest and perhaps most ambitious charity effort by the music community is Japan United with Music, a collaboration project led by composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto and producer Takeshi Kobayashi that gathered 30 of Japan’s leading artists in the studio for an all-star cover of Japan’s favorite feel-good song, “All You Need Is Love.”

All profits from the single will be donated for earthquake relief, focusing mainly on organizations that aid children.

The idea for a charity collaboration of a Beatles cover was presented to Sony Music Publishing immediately after the disaster and soon caught the attention of Ryuichi Sakamoto, who then asked Takeshi Kobayashi to produce it.

On the Japan United with Music website, Kobayashi explains that he was at first hesitant to do a foreign song instead of a Japanese one.

However, after several days of thought, he came to a conclusion:

“Certainly with the way things are in Japan now, people may feel a little disconnected from Western music like The Beatles. But within a mainstream scene that has come to focus on domestic music over Western music, we want to present a creative and contemporary cover of this rock and pop masterpiece. I thought that if we could pull that off, then maybe the song could represent the future possibility and hope for a chaotic Japanese society that has lost sight of leadership. I thought that for that purpose, we could look to the help of Western music.”

An abridged version of the official music video is on YouTube, where many Japanese users have commented that the video has moved and motivated them.
30 artists of different genres getting together to sing for charity and love. If this song can remind us of the importance of loving ourselves and each other, surely Japan will be able to recover and become stronger than ever before.

The cover was released digitally as a charity single on January 25. A CD and DVD package set will be released on March 7.

The digital single is available for purchase on iTunes as well as a number of other Japanese music distribution sites. The CD+DVD set can be preordered from (English).

Participating artists are: AI, Miki Imai, ATSUSHI (EXILE), TAKAHIRO (EXILE), Crystal Kay, Kj (Dragon Ash), Kyoko Koizumi, Kobayashi Takeshi, Kazuhisa Sakurai (Mr.Children), Salyu, JUJU, SUGIZO, Superfly, Matsumoto Tortoise, GAMO (Tokyo Ska), Masahiko Kitahara (Tokyo Ska), NARGO (Tokyo Ska), Atsushi Yanaka (Tokyo Ska), Naoto Inti Raimi, Akihiro Namba, VERBAL (m-flo), Yo Hitoto , Ryota Fujimaki (Remioromen), Tomoyasu Hotei, BONNIE PINK, miwa, Gota Yashiki, and Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yukihiro Takahashi, Haruomi Hosono (all of Yellow Magic Orchestra). 

What a great cause with so many amazing artist,this song is a hot mess though....
polluxme 30th-Jan-2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
This is amazing but I get what you mean... it's like they try to put a bit of everyone in the song so It becomes a mess LOL

I love it anyway. I'll buy if it's available on iTune.
aenne036 30th-Jan-2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
What bothers me the most is the need to make the song complex compared to the original. This had too much going on and the singing starts to get pushed to the background.

Edited at 2012-01-30 07:49 pm (UTC)
exdream1999 30th-Jan-2012 09:39 pm (UTC)


A saw a lot of coverage for the song on TV and everytime, they'd play the new version and then the old version, and all I could think is "They tried too hard to "update" it."

chocovivo 31st-Jan-2012 10:22 am (UTC)
This. =_=
heroismine 30th-Jan-2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
What a great cause with so many amazing artist,this song is a hot mess though....

brucelynn 30th-Jan-2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
This reminds me of We Are The World 25 tbh

but it is for a good cause
shavashava 30th-Jan-2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
good idea and all but this song sounds like shit lmao
pandabeffi 30th-Jan-2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
It's nice but it just sounds... busy.
rivalovery 30th-Jan-2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, great idea and really the best artists there, but you're right. HOT. MESS. Lol. I wish they incorporated everyone a bit more.. sensibly.
keshigomiu 30th-Jan-2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
Gosh this really was a hot mess.. Such a waste of talent..
Hotei's solo was love though.. <3
kuri_chi 1st-Feb-2012 02:22 am (UTC)
All their voices got lost in the sound lol
xrai_chanx 30th-Jan-2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. I'm glad I'm not the only one. I feel bad, but that is terrible. o.o;;;;;
kame_94 30th-Jan-2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
This really is a horrible hot mess. It's so busy and the timing is strange.
Good cause, effort, and artists but... ><;;

Edited at 2012-01-30 09:09 pm (UTC)
crimsonbreeze 30th-Jan-2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
HERE FOR THE HOT OYAJIS (Tomoyasu Hotei and Sakamoto Ryuichi <3)
frequency 30th-Jan-2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
i like a lot of the people that are singing in this, but damn, this is terrible.
smilepi 30th-Jan-2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
pretty much like all the artists in this, but yeah like everyone's been saying...what a mess. :X
I'm glad it's for a good cause though. ^^
sakana93 30th-Jan-2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
Im quite sure that Sakurai san 's name is Sakurai Kazutoshi
Great to see him and Naoto inti raymi in one PV, both are my fav
thewarpedmelody 31st-Jan-2012 01:13 am (UTC)
Too many things going on at a time...

Well I thought the reason Sugizo is inside is to play his electric violin O.O
natsudive 31st-Jan-2012 01:21 am (UTC)
cool concept, but whoever arranged it totally killed the song. >.>
jeugd1 31st-Jan-2012 02:51 am (UTC)
My Queen AI sounds amazing here
melizah 31st-Jan-2012 05:26 am (UTC)
The musical part of my brain doesn't dig this mess. Otherwise it would've been cool with all the artists. Sometimes simple is the best.
modsteady 31st-Jan-2012 12:33 pm (UTC)
here for Kobayashi + Salyu + Sakurai + Skapara

i have to agree though, this sounds meh.
newsvsyamapi 31st-Jan-2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
Really great idea!! but the song...does not sound good OO'
frothies 3rd-Feb-2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
hot mess is just the perfect description. there's just too much going on.
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