(June 14, 2011) — Jade, the long-awaited new single from X Japan, one of the most influential rock bands in Japanese history, will be released in North America, Europe and Latin America on Tuesday, June 28 in all digital formats. Jade is the first track from the band’s English debut album, currently in the final stages of recording.
A ³Jade² full-length ringtone will be made available exclusively in Japan on
June 28, and the single will be released there and in Southeast Asia two
weeks later on July 13.
³This is a years-long dream of X Japan¹s, to release a record in the
Americas and in Europe,² said Yoshiki, X Japan¹s
leader/producer/songwriter/drummer/pianist. ³Music is very powerful, and we
believe it can help us bridge the gap between east and west. We hope that
ŒJade¹ will be the first step.²
Written and produced by Yoshiki and mixed by Andy Wallace, ³Jade² was
recorded in both Japan and at Yoshiki¹s Los Angeles studio, the same studio
where Metallica recorded its classic Black album before Yoshiki bought it
and turned it into a private facility.
The song features the thunderous drums and bass of Yoshiki and Heath,
respectively, the searing twin guitar work of Pata and Sugizo, and Toshi¹s
dynamic vocals. With most lyrics sung in English, ³Jade² is a hauntingly
romantic tale of embracing the beautiful sadness of death, and showcases X
Japan¹s eclectic mix of rock, goth, and classical music.
The release of ³Jade² coincides with the X Japan¹s June 28 sold-out show at
London¹s Shepherd¹s Bush Empire and the kick-off of their world tour that
includes stops in Europe and South America. Click here
<www.xjapanmusic.com/> for the full itinerary.
X Japan is one of the most successful rock bands in Japanese history, having
sold more than 30-million albums, singles and videos, and filled the
55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record 18 times with its classic ³Queen meets Guns
ŒN Roses meets ŒThe Matrix¹² sound. The popularity of the band in Japan has
made them a cultural phenomenon in music, fashion and business. X Japan
made its North American debut at the 2010 Lollapalooza festival, and sold
out their New York City debut at the famed Roseland Ballroom as part of its
first American tour last fall.
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