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2:48 am - 06/02/2010

"We Are SMAP" Album Release Date & Details

Last month, SMAP officially announced the five-dome "We are SMAP! Tour 2010," set to begin on July 31. Today, they provided information about their new album, "We are SMAP!", including a July 21st release date. The theme "We are SMAP" is taken from a phrase that is shouted by the group's members and fans at the end of every concert.

A list of participants was revealed, with more to be announced later. The album will offer music from a wide range of artists, both national and international.

- Daniel Powter
- Makihara Noriyuki (writer of "Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana")
- Hisaishi Joe (music) & Ota Hikari of Bakusho Mondai (lyrics)
- Kubota Toshinobu (wrote "Sotto Kyutto" for the drama Ninkyo Helper)
- Yamaguchi Ichiro of Sakanaction
- Theory of Relativity

In addition, New York jazz/fusion musician Omar Hakim will partricipate in the production of the album's tracks. Hakim had previously participated in SMAP's 1994-1995 albums "SMAP006 ~SEXY SIX~", "Cool", and "SMAP007 ~ Gold Singer." Furthermore, the members of a New York band, who were named "Smappies" by Omar Hakim, will gather together for the first time since their last recording 15 years ago in order to participate in the new album.

Other details:

- "We are SMAP!" will be released in 2 discs.
- For LOVE PSYCHEDELICO, this is the first time they ever make a song for other artist.
- This time, there will be no "Theme of ~" song for the first/opening track. In place of that, several "We are SMAP!" themed-musical tunes will be made to represent the sense of unity of the whole album.

Artist's comments:

Hisaishi Joe - "As I imagine SMAP members, the melody naturally flowed in my mind. To present the large world view, I made it in an orchestra sound. I'm happy that I get to participate in 'We are SMAP!'"

Makihara Noriyuki - "I definitely want SMAP, who has influence and popularity in such a wide range of age, to sing the song I have made. I'm really looking forward to hear something that I always thought important in daily life, being conveyed by their singing voices."

Kubota Toshinobu - "It's so strange that I can put all my mind in making a song for SMAP just as much as when I'm making a song that I sing myself. I'm definitely a part of 'We', ne."

Daniel Powter - "I'm very pleased that we can keep the promise we said in SMAPxSMAP 'Let's create a song together someday!'. From LA with love."

Ota Hikari (Bakusho Mondai) - "As a new part of SMAP, I'm currently working hard with singing and dancing rehearsal, and also writing the lyrics."

LOVE PSYCHEDELICO - "We made the song with much love for SMAP members and the fans. We're very happy if you can feel the new SMAP sound."

Katori Shingo (SMAP) - "I'm very happy that extremely talented artists are participating as 'We'. To all the fans, please participate in this album as 'We' too! And let's make a 'We are SMAP!' together!"

Details and artist comments translated by the awesome yanie02

Source: BARKS
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mel_lynna 2nd-Jun-2010 08:26 am (UTC)
at last,cant wait, two of my fav SMAP song is sotto kyutto and sekai no Hana, its glad to know both of the writer also participate in this album ^_^
miyukixrinn 2nd-Jun-2010 08:30 am (UTC)
yatta~ im so excited for it!!!
oh wow i didnt know daniel powter went on smapxsmap and made such a promise with them^^
thechampion116 2nd-Jun-2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
BEP has promised a song as well through SMAPxSMAP. Hopefully they can contribute a hiphop/dance tune to this song and maybe even a collaboration song.
lane_myer 2nd-Jun-2010 08:32 am (UTC)
Ooh I really like this picture!

So excited!! Especially for the Makki song, as Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Haha is one of my most favorite songs ever. Oh and the Kubota, RIP SLYME, song with the lyrics written by a comedian XD
charingyu 2nd-Jun-2010 09:41 am (UTC)
fseventh 2nd-Jun-2010 10:27 am (UTC)
This album will contain some awesome new songs? YES!
noonew 2nd-Jun-2010 11:16 am (UTC)
Already preordered my "We Are SMAP". I really like the feel of COOL and Gold Singer so I'm excited to read that it seems they're bringing back that awesome sound. Can't wait to hear what kind of music and message that Mackey will convey this time. And totally would love to hear Ota & Hisaishi's collaboration.

And that picture is LOVE!!!
nezuko2109 2nd-Jun-2010 11:26 am (UTC)
The pix is so cute ♥ And the album will be awesome. SMAP is not the best band out there vocal wise but they sure know how to keep their fans entertained ♥
xinkoe 2nd-Jun-2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
And this is why I like albums!
tantha 2nd-Jun-2010 01:30 pm (UTC)

I so want this album right now.
meissa 2nd-Jun-2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
That's great. It's been a while!

Also: Joe Hisaishi! *FLAILING*
stbluemoon 2nd-Jun-2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
Hisashi Joe x Ota Hikari?! That's one crazy combination! I wonder how that's gonna work. XD
jetsinthesky 2nd-Jun-2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
LOL that photo!!!

they are grown ass men.

<3 'em though.
strawberryparty 2nd-Jun-2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
i find it hilarious that while all the other guys did the consummate peace-sign, kusanagi is doing the sign for money. i guess he just wants to be richer.
lane_myer 2nd-Jun-2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
Haha, really? Where/which countries is that a sign for money? I know in Japan and America it means "okay." And something not so pleasant in other countries XD
bayoublackjack 2nd-Jun-2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
It's cool that Daniel Powter made good on his promise to do a song with SMAP. Now if only Ne-Yo would keep his promise from Cartoon KAT-TUN.
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