SixTONES’ debut single “Imitation Rain” shocks industry to accomplish record CD sales in digital age
Rock star and composer Yoshiki continues his latest string of chart-topping hits with his newest song “Imitation Rain,” which was written and produced for the SixTONES, a new Japanese vocal group gaining international buzz as the “next BTS.”
The single – written and produced by Yoshiki – sold over 1.3 million physical units in less than a week after its January 22nd release and scored the No. 1 position on the Oricon singles chart (Japan), marking the first time ever that a debut artist has achieved 1.3 million in sales.
The first-week sales numbers shocked audiences and the music industry, with massive CD sales considered nearly impossible in the digital music age. Fans stood in line for hours to purchase copies of the CDs, with major retailers selling out due to overwhelming demand.
The new music video for “Imitation Rain” has been viewed over 9.5 million times since its Christmas debut, including over one million views in the first 24 hours.
“Writing for another artist is always a challenge, but it’s a really gratifying experience to connect to people through music this way. I’m so proud of this group and I’m looking forward to what they’ll achieve in the future,” says Yoshiki, who posted a piano performance of the song to his Instagram account, congratulating SixTONES on their debut.
Yoshiki – rock drummer, classical pianist, leader of the group X Japan – has headlined concerts across the globe, including Madison Square Garden, Wembley Arena, and the Tokyo Dome.
K-Pop sensations BTS have praised Yoshiki on Twitter, naming his composition “Forever Love” as one of their favorite songs. Yoshiki’s work as a songwriter and composer has led to acclaim from international media for the “Yoshiki Sound,” characterized by his balance of intricate melodies and passionate themes.
Yoshiki’s reputation has led to high-profile requests such as composing the theme for the Golden Globe Awards and a concerto for the Emperor of Japan. His superstar collaborations include working with Beatles producer George Martin and Queen’s Roger Taylor. Last month, he was invited by KISS to perform piano and drums on their farewell tour dates in Japan.
Other recent chart news includes, Yoshiki’s composition “Miracle (Sarah’s Version)” ranked in the Top 10 on iTunes Classical Charts in 15 countries around the world.
Also in 2018, Yoshiki wrote and performed “Red Swan” – the opening theme for the worldwide hit anime series Attack on Titan – which debuted at No. 1 on iTunes Rock Charts in 14 countries.
Recently, Yoshiki’s sold out performances at Carnegie Hall began airing across the U.S. in the Yoshiki: Live at Carnegie Hall television special on PBS. Yoshiki is currently working on several upcoming Hollywood film projects, such as composing music for xXx 4, the next film in the blockbuster franchise starring Vin Diesel.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.