Bump of Chicken is a Japanese alternative rock group from Sakura, Chiba, Japan. Their members are Motoo Fujiwara, Hiroaki Masukawa, Yoshifumi Naoi and Hideo Masu. Since their inception in 1994, they have released twenty-three singles and six albums, with a seventh album Ray to be released March 12, 2014. They are a popular group in Japan; every release since their third single, “Tentai Kansoku,” has charted in the top ten on the Oricon Weekly Charts. Their music has been used in various video games and as theme songs for movies, television shows and anime in Japan.
The members first met in kindergarten and were classmates throughout their primary and secondary education. Bump of Chicken’s first performance was in 1994, during their ninth grade cultural festival, playing a cover of The Beatles’ version of Twist and Shout. In 1996, their song, Danny, won an award on 96TFM.
RAY is the seventh album from BUMP OF CHICKEN and includes “Tomodachi no Uta,” the main theme song for the movie “Doraemon: Nobita and the New Steel Troops Winged Angels,” “Smile,” a collaborated song with manga artist Takehiko Inoue (“Vagabond”), “Zero,” a theme song for the game “Final Fantasy Type-0,” and more for 14 tracks total.
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