KATY PERRY UNVEILS NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO—‘ELECTRIC’—IN COLLABORATION WITH POKÉMON
Track Is from ‘Pokémon 25: The Album’ Compilation, Set for Fall 2021 Release
Limited Edition ‘Electric’ Merchandise Line Launches Today
Pokémon’s 25th anniversary celebration continues with today’s release of iconic recording artist Katy Perry’s new single and video, “Electric.” Katy, whose love for all things Pokémon dates back to childhood, when she played the original video games on her Game Boy, created the track especially for Pokémon 25: The Album, which will be released this fall by Universal Music Group’s Capitol Records. “There’s no reason that this life can’t be electric,” sings Katy in the anthemic track, which celebrates the joy inherent in pursuing a dream, buoyed by the love and support of friends. Katy’s collaborators on the song include The Monsters & Strangerz and Jon Bellion – who teamed up with her on “Daisies,” a song from her new album, SMILE – and Bruce Wiegner. Listen to “Electric” here: http://katy.to/electricPR.
The official video for “Electric” — helmed by Carlos Lopez Estrada, who directed the Disney feature film Raya and the Last Dragon – received a YouTube Premiere with a fan watch party earlier today. The clip follows Katy and Pikachu as they take time out to enjoy nature and reflect on how they have evolved over the years. After a day of exploring, the pair stop at a lighthouse to meditate. Falling into a reverie, they’re taken back in time to the earliest days of Katy’s career. Thanks to encouragement from her friend Pichu, Katy goes from busking at a farmer’s market to her first club performance.
“When I visited the Pokémon Café while touring Japan, I got so nostalgic. It took me back to my junior high years. So when I got the call to be a part of the 25th anniversary celebration alongside Post Malone and J Balvin, I was elated,” says Katy Perry. “The song’s themes – resilience, igniting your inner light – have guided my life and also parallel Pokémon’s story and characters. Pikachu is the evolved form of Pichu, so in the video, you see the younger version of me with Pichu and myself in the present day with Pikachu. We both evolve, yet retain a sense of playfulness.”
“Katy Perry has created a vibrant anthem to help us celebrate 25 years of Pokémon with ‘Electric,’ an amazing song about recognizing one’s own journeys and evolving,” said Colin Palmer, vice president of marketing, The Pokémon Company International. “We also hope fans around the world enjoy seeing Pikachu team up with Katy in the music video for ‘Electric,’ which is a wonderful visual accompaniment to the inspirational song.”
A playful “Electric”-themed merchandise collection was also unveiled today. Explore the offerings of the limited edition line here: http://katy.to/electricmerchPR. It’s all part of P25 Music, a massive, yearlong music campaign from The Pokémon Company International in partnership with Universal Music Group.
Electric T-Shirt -
$30.00 - LIMITED RELEASE
Unisex, relaxed fit black t-shirt featuring Katy Perry ‘Electric’ with Pikachu printed on the front, and P25 logo printed on the back. Puff print cloud details. 100% cotton
Electric Color Block Pullover Hoodie - $65.00 - LIMITED RELEASE
Unisex, relaxed fit oxford/royal color block pullover hoodie featuring ‘Electric’ graphic printed on the front, Katy Perry ‘Electric’ with Pikachu printed on the back, and P25 logo printed on right sleeve. Puff print cloud details. 50% cotton/50% polyester
Electric Tote Bag - $30.00 - LIMITED RELEASE
Black tote bag featuring Katy Perry ‘Electric’ with Pikachu, and P25 logo printed graphics. 100% cotton
The Pokémon Day Virtual Concert featuring Post Malone took place on February 27th, 2021 at 7pm EST. At the end of the concert, it was revealed that J Balvin will be part of P25 Music celebration along with Katy Perry and Post Malone.
Pokémon 25: The Album will be released in the fall of 2021. The album will be comprised of a total of 14 songs by 11 Universal Music Group artists, including Katy Perry, J Balvin and Post Malone.
Post Malone’s version of Hootie and the Blowfish’s “Only Wanna Be With You” is on the Pokémon 25 album track list. Katy Perry, J Balvin and another surprise artists will each release a song inspired by the Pokémon franchise, along with a music video and merchandise collection.
POKÉMON ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH J BALVIN AND UNVEILS PLANS FOR P25 MUSIC ALBUM
“Pokémon 25: The Album” Compilation Featuring Katy Perry, J Balvin, Post Malone, and More to Be Released by Capitol Records in Fall 2021
New P25 Music Program Details Revealed Following Virtual Music Concert with Post Malone, Including Additional Collaborations with Trendsetting New Artists, as Pokémon Celebrates 25 Years
Bellevue, Wash. — February 27, 2021 — Following a global virtual Pokémon music concert starring Post Malone, The Pokémon Company International unveiled more details for its yearlong music program celebrating 25 years of the franchise. At the end of the online event, J Balvin was revealed as one of the premier artists teaming up with Pokémon as part of the P25 Music program in partnership with Universal Music Group. The global reggaeton superstar joins previously announced program headliner and pop icon Katy Perry as well as Post Malone in a year of collaborations and surprise activations matching music artists with the Pokémon brand.
“Pokémon is pulling out all the stops for P25 Music, and I’m thrilled to join the program as one of its premier collaborators,” said J Balvin. “I’m looking forward to adding my own unique flavor to this huge Pokémon party and adding more good vibes to the celebration.”
Katy Perry, J Balvin, and one more surprise superstar artist will each release a song inspired by the pop-culture franchise that has delighted millions of fans of all ages around the world for 25 years. The release of each song will be joined by a music video and an exclusive merchandise collection celebrating each artist and Pokémon.
Just like Pokémon video game adventures, new surprises and discoveries happen along the journey. In addition to these musicians, Pokémon will enlist the help of some of the buzziest new artists from around the world for additional song collaborations. Music fans can stay tuned for more details, including very “Pokémon” ways in which these songs will be released.
These collaborations will culminate in a celebratory year-end digital album “Pokémon 25: The Album” to be released by Universal Music Group’s Capitol Records. The album will feature 14 songs by 11 different Universal Music Group artists including Katy Perry and J Balvin, and Post Malone’s “Only Wanna Be with You – Pokémon 25 Version” surprise original cover of the Hootie and the Blowfish smash ’90s hit ‘performed’ during Pokémon’s P25 Music virtual concert. Following its original broadcast, Pokémon has made the full concert available to watch on demand on the official Pokémon YouTube channel.
Pokémon Day Virtual Concert - Post Malone
We kicked off our yearlong P25 Music program with a Virtual Concert featuring Post Malone. It was a wild celebration of Pokémon's 25 years with lots of unexpected surprises.
If you missed the show or just want to watch it again, you can check it out right here!
It's going to be a wild celebration of Pokémon's 25 years, with lots of unexpected surprises in store.
Known as a big fan of Pokémon, and responsible for both the opening and ending theme of the TV anime "Pokémon Sun & Moon", Taiiku Okazaki produced the theme song for the film version of the anime for the first time in his career. Pokémon the Movie: Coco, will be released on December 25th and for the first time in the history of Pokémon movies, it will be released in the winter. The Pokémon movies are now it their 23rd year.
Taiiku Okazaki produced the main theme and all six theme songs for the film. It's the first time for a Pokémon movie to use multiple songs by a single artist in a film. Some of the songs written by Taiiku Okazaki for this film feature famous artists as vocalists who he believes are appropriate for the scenes in the film.
In addition to his own songs, Tortoise Matsumoto and other splendid artists will participate in the main theme Really Mysterious Creatures. Also, four of the theme songs from the TV anime "Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon" are included as bonus tracks. Notebook of the Heart and Your Adventure are available on CD for the first time!
All the artists participating in the film's music production and the artist singing the opening and ending themes have been revealed! The opening theme "Coco", which shows Zarude's joy at Coco's growth, is sung by Beverly, a singer-songwriter from the Philippines. After starting her career in Japan in 2017, Beverly, who has been involved in many drama theme songs and commercial songs since she started her career in 2017, colors the opening of the film with her amazing voice!
The ending theme "I'm Home, Welcome Back" is sung by Kaela Kimura (木村カエラ), who has the ability to sing in a wide range of genres from pop to rock, and she continues to capture the hearts of her fans with her high message. The ending, which is sung with a clear singing voice this time, protrays with the love between mother and child which is depicted in the film.
The director of the film, Tetsuo Yajima, wrote the lyrics for the film himself and SiNRiN will sing the theme song "Song of the Law" and the "Hum of the Forest", will be performed by the Hino City Tokyo Nanamidori Public Elementary School Choir (東京都日野市立七生緑小学校合唱団), which has won the gold medal for seven consecutive years in the "NHK National School Music Competition for Elementary School Students". They have also provided beautiful harmonies for TV series, and other performances.
A complete collaboration CD album featuring the songs from the movie, will be released on December 23rd, 2020!
1. Song of the Law featuring vocalist by SiNRiN
2. Coco (OP theme) featuring vocalist by Beverly
3. Show Window featuring vocalist Taiiku Okazaki
4. Hum of the Forest featuring the Hino City Tokyo Nanamidori Public Elementary School Choir
5. Really Mysterious Creatures (Main Theme) featuring vocalist Tortoise Matsumoto
6. I'm Home, Welcome Back (ED theme) featuring vocalist Kaela Kimura
Okazaki Physical Education (岡崎体育) - "I was a boy who loved Pokémon and I was excitedly watching "Mewtwo Strikes Back" at the movie theater with my school friends. More than 20 years have passed and that boy who loves Pokémon, realized that he was now involved and working on the movie. There was a lot of pressure and anguish, but the joy of working with director Yajima and the other wonderful staff and artists always pushed me forward. I hope that in the future, some of the children who see this film will have the same amazing experience that I had."
Kaela Kimura (木村カエラ) - "The song "I'm Home, Welcome Back" was written by Okazaki and it is a really warm and gentle song. When I was recording it, my heart was racing and I cried. 'Okazaki-kun is a guy, but he's amazing.' I thought. Also, this is the ending song for my favorite Pokémon movie. I'm happy, very happy. Thank you very much. I'm looking forward to seeing it at the movie theater with my kids."
Tortoise Matsumoto (トータス松本) - "I've always thought of Taiiku Okazaki as interesting. So when he asked me to sing for him, I immediately accepted. Then I found out that it was a song for Pokémon, and it made me happy. I went to the studio and tried my best to live up to Mr. Okazaki's expectations, thinking, "Oh, I see, that's why you called me here." I think all the fathers in the world will be brought to tears by Mr. Okazaki."
Beverly - "When I was a kid, my family would watch Pokémon together over breakfast to start the day. Everyone in my family loved Pokémon, and it was the anime that inspired me to learn about Japanese entertainment. So when I got this offer, my heart was filled with emotion. I'm happy to give back by singing a song for the Pokémon anime which help teach me about Japanese culture. With that in mind, I'm doing my best to sing the opening theme song "Coco" written and composed by Physical Education Okazaki, so please look forward to it!"
The official Pokémon movie website has updated. Translations follow:
The Music Video for "Kaze to Issho ni" is Out! Lots of Nostalgic Pokémon Merchandise Appears in it, Plus a Surprising Reveal at the End...?
The music video for the new movie's theme song, "Kaze to issho ni", is out!
The music video is shown from the perspective of a protagonist who has walked through life alongside Pokémon for 21 years, ever since the first movie premiered.
The video is filled with nostalgic Pokémon merchandise and items, and there's no doubt those who were fans of Pokémon back then can't help but be taken back to their childhood as they watch it.
And if you watch the full size version of the video all the way to the end, there's a surprising reveal waiting for you...?! Make sure you see it with you own eyes!
In addition, the early digital release of "Kaze to issho ni" is Wednesday June 26th.
This lets you listen to both the single's B-track, Shoko Nakagawa's new song "Type: Wild", which will be used as an ending theme for the anime series "Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon", as well as the bonus track, Sachi & Juri's "Pocket ni fantasy", the famous Pokémon song sung by Sachiko Kobayashi, ahead of the CD's release date!
The official Pokémon movie website has updated. Translations follow:
The Reproduction Design CD Jacket for "Kaze to Issho ni" has been Revealed! In Addition, Shoko Nakagawa Will be Doing an Anime ED Produced by Hyadain!!
The CD jacket for the Single Run Limited Edition and Time Limited Edition of "Kaze to issho ni"
The CD jacket for "Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution"'s theme song "Kaze to issho ni" has been revealed!
The design is a reproduction of the one used for "Kaze to issho ni" back in 1998, when it was released alongside "Pocket Monsters the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back",
and was finished off with a wondrous picture of the mythical Pokémon Mew.
The tracks included on the CD have been revealed as well.
The CD will include the new song "Type: Wild", which is sung by Shoko Nakagawa, and will also have a remastered version of Sachi & Juri's "Pocket ni Fantasy", the famous song by Sachiko Kobayashi, as a bonus track.
"Type: Wild" was used as an ending theme for the "Pocket Monsters" TV series in 1998, and is a famous song that's still dearly beloved by Pokémon fans today.
This new version of "Type: Wild" uses the tune of "Kaze to issho ni" as its intro, and Shoko Nakagawa's singing and Hyadain's management has turned it into an entirely new "Type: Wild" that can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike.
In addition to the CD jacket, the Single Run Limited Edition also comes with a special "Pikachu" holo card for the Pokémon Card Game, as well as an mmts Pokémon clear pouch (selected at random from 5 different designs) co-produced by Shoko Nakagawa and BEAMS!
Additional stops on the "Pokénd Tour", the release party tour for "Kaze to issho ni", have been announced as well.
The concert in Lazona Kawasaki, Kanagawa, will not only feature Shoko Nakagawa, but a complete lineup of her, Sachiko Kobayashi, the Pokémon Kids 2019, Pikachu and Mewtwo!
Release date: Wednesday July 10th 2019
*Single Run Limited Edition (CD+DVD+special gifts/digipak/Pokémon CD jacket)
SRCL-11181 through 11183, price 2408 yen (not including tax)
*Standard Edition (CD only) SRCL-11184, price 1204 yen (not including tax)
*Time Limited Edition (CD only/digipak/Pokémon CD jacket)
(CD jacket has the same design as the one included with the single run limited edition) SRCL-11185, price 1389 yen (not including tax)
CD content (comes with the Single Run Limited Edition, Time Limited Edition and Standard Edition):
M1. Sachiko Kobayashi & Shoko Nakagawa: "Kaze to issho ni"
M2. Shoko Nakagawa: "Type: Wild"
M3. (bonus track) Sachi & Juri "Pocket ni fantasy"
M4. "Kaze to issho ni" instrumental
M5. "Type: Wild" instrumental
DVD content (comes with the Single Run Limited Edition only):
01. "Kaze to issho ni" Music Video
02. "Kaze to issho ni" Making-of documentary
03. "Type: Wild" Special Music Video
Gifts (come with the Single Run Limited Edition only):
1) Special Pokémon Card Game "Pikachu" holo card
2) mmts Pokémon clear pouch, co-produced by Shoko Nakagawa and BEAMS (selected at random from 5 different designs)
Special bonuses for those who purchase the "Kaze to issho ni" CD:
1) Stores participating in the promo campaign will give out a postcard with each purchase. Click here for a list of participating stores
2) All Pokémon Centers, all Pokémon Stores and the Pokémon Center Online will give out an A4 size clear file folder with each purchase.
*Please note that these giveaways will be done on a first-come first-serve basis. The giveaway will end once stock runs out.
*Please contact the store in question directly with inquiries regarding their remaining stock.
Upcoming scedule for Shoko Nakagawa's "Pokénd Tour", the "Kaze to issho ni" release party tour: Sunday June 23rd, 12 noon
Osaka: Ario Otori, first floor, Ario Court Sunday June 23rd, 5pm
Shiga: Pieri Moriyama, first floor, Pieri Court Saturday June 29th, 6:30pm
Tokyo: Moritown, Garden Stage in front of Akishima MOVIX (Pikachu will be here as well!) Saturday July 6th, 5pm
Tokyo: Shibuya Tsutuya, specially set up venue on second floor Sunday July 7th, 11:30am
Nagano: Ario Ueda, first floor, Sun Court Sunday July 7th, 3:30pm
Saitama: Ario Fukaya, first floor, Center Court Tuesday July 9th, 5:30pm
Tokyo: Ikebukuro Sunshine City, Fountain Plaza - Presented by the Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo (Pikachu and Eievui will be here as well!) Wednesday July 10th, 6pm
Tokyo: Tower Records Shibuya, B1F Saturday July 13th, 5pm
Tokyo: Shibuya Tsutuya, specially set up venue on second floor Sunday July 14th, 11:30am
Kanagawa: Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport Yokohama, Central Garden KiLaLa Sunday July 14th, 4:30am
Kanagawa: Mitsui Shopping Park Lazona Kawasaki, second floor, Lufa Plaza Grand Stage (Sachiko Kobayashi, the Pokémon Kids 2019, Pikachu and Mewtwo will be here as well!)
The Limited Edition CD's also come with a Pikachu Pokémon TCG card featuring cgi artwork of Pikachu and Satoshi from the new movie as well as a mmts Pokémon Clear Pouch produced by Shoko Nakagawa and BEAMS. There are 5 different pouches and one is selected at random.
Those that buy a CD from a participating retailer can recieve a Postcard featuring the artwork of the cd cover. All Pokémon Centers, Pokémon Stores and the Pokémon Center Online will also be distributing an A4 sized Clear File on a first-come, first-served basis which also features the cover artwork.
"Kaze to Issho ni" Release Party Tour - Shoko Nakagawa's "Pokénd Tour" Schedule Updated
Shoko Nakagawa is traveling around Japan as part of her "Pokénd Tour" for promote the release of "Kaze to Issho ni". New tour dates have been announced.
Mori Town Akishima MOVIX, Front Garden Stage (Pikachu will also appear!)
Saturday, July 6th, 2019 at 5:00pm
SHIBUYA TSUTAYA 2F, Special venue
Sunday, July 7th, 2019 at 11:30am
Ario Ueda, first floor, Sun Court
Sunday, July 7th, 2019 at 3:30pm
Ario Fukaya, first floor, Center Court
Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 at 5:30pm
Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo, Ikebukuro Sunshine City Fountain Square (Pikachu and Eievui will also appear!)
Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 at 5:30pm
Tower Records Shibuya B1F CUTUP STUDIO
Saturday, July 13th, 2019 at 5:00pm
SHIBUYA TSUTAYA 2F, Special venue
Sunday, July 14th, 2019 at 11:30am
Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport Yokohama Central Garden KiLaLa
Sunday, July 14th, 2019 at 4:30am
Mitsui Shopping Park Lazona Kawasaki 2F Roof Plaza Grand Stage (Sachiko Kobayashi, Pokémon Kids 2019, Pikachu, Mewtwo will also appear!)
On August 18th, 2019, Shoko Nakagawa's first children's event "Shoko Nakagawa Family Concert 2019 〜Ehon Tana no Sekai〜" will be held at the Koshigaya Sun City Hall Small Hall. The event was realized as "providing an opportunity for children to dream". She will read her original books and sing songs popular with children.
The official Pokémon movie website has updated. Translations follow:
The theme song for "Pocket Monsters the Movie: Everyone's Story" has been decided!
This year, the theme song will be "Breath", which has been written specifically for the movie by Porno Graffitti.
This is a song that carries a warm melody while strings on real instruments are impressively throbbing away alongside a simple track where the number of sounds have been tightened down as much as possible.
It's a song that synchronizes with the movie's story, and that has lyrics that encourage not letting yourself get swept away by the opinions that surround you, not losing sight of your true self, but to continue onwards towards the future you believe in.
A promo video that utilizes the song has also been released: This is a special video that allows you to listen to the sound source earlier than anywhere else.
Porno Graffitti's New Single: "Breath"
Release date: Wednesday July 25th 2018
Start date for digital distro: Friday July 6th 2018
CD+DVD SECL-2307~2308 2000 yen
(DVD contains footage from the "ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2017" concert from August 2017)
CD only SECL-2309 1300 yen
CD+DVD SECL-2310~2311 1600 yen
(DVD contains the "Breath (movie ver.) music video, which uses footage from "Pocket Monsters the Movie: Everyone's Story")
Comments from Porno Graffitti:
Comment from Akihito Okano
I am extremely honored that I get to handle the theme song.
I am positive that once they've watched this movie, everyone will brighten up and become filled with the strength to head towards tomorrow.
We made this song hoping that it could encourage those people and give them a push forward, even if it only acts as a slight breeze.
I think of it as a pop song that I believe adds flowers to the movie in our own special way.
Comment from Haruichi Shindo
I got the opportunity to consult the director before starting to work on this song.
He told me that this year's movie is a story where the characters that appear all deal with their own respective little problems and manage to overcome them.
It would be great if humans could also change their form and appearance drastically the way Pokémon do when they "evolve", but since they can't, we have no choice but to encourage the people we currently are. This is what I was wondering if I'd be able to express through song.
Porno Graffitti's profile:
Okano and Shindo are from Innoshima Island, Hiroshima. They formed a band while in high school. Then, in 1999, they accomplished a powerful major debut with their first single, "Apollo".
They were immediately widely recognized as a new type of artists, and when they released their 3rd single, "Music Hour", the next year, they became the talk of the town that summer. Their 4th single, "Saudade", was a huge hit, as were singles like "Saboten", "Agehacho", "Melissa", "Ai ga yobu hou e", etc. In 2004, 5 years after their debut, they released their two first best-of albums, "PORNO GRAFFITTI BEST RED'S" and "PORNO GRAFFITTI BEST BLUE'S", at the same time, which not only got them their first no 1 position on the Oricon album charts, they were such record-breaking hits they monopolized both the first AND second position on the chart for two weeks in a row.
In 2013, 15 years after their major debut, they released the best-of album "PORNOGRAFFITTI 15th Anniversary “ALL TIME SINGLES”", which included all their singles, grabbing the no 1 spot on the Oricon Weekly Chart.
In 2015, they released "RHINOCEROS", their 10th original album and their first one in 3 and a half years, and it too grabbed the no 1 spot on both the daily and weekly Oricon charts.
Last year, in March 2017, they held their first solo concert in Taiwan. They were so popular the initially announced first-day concert tickets sold out immediately, so they held a second concert the next day. They were riding on that momentum last summer, so in addition to making energetic appearances at huge music festivals like "ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2017", "MONSTER baSH 2017", "SPACE SHOWER SWEET LOVE SHOWER 2017" and the like they also went on a long tour all across Japan, holding 39 concerts in 32 locations, and everything sold out the first day tickets went on sale.
The momentum hasn't stopped yet either, as their latest single "Chameleon Lens", which was released Wednesday March 21st 2018, has become the talk of the town alongside "Holiday Love" on the TV Asahi Network, which it serves as the theme song for.
Porno Graffitti still have fans from multiple generations, and now that they're approaching the 20th anniversary of their debut, they've decided hold outdoors concerts on September 8th and 9th 2018 in their birthplace Hiroshima to kick off the year of their 20th anniversary.
The official Pokémon movie website has updated. Translations follow:
The "Pokémon the movie XY&Z: Volcanion and the Ingenious Magearna Music Collection" is Currently on Sale
Here is the original soundtrack to "Pokémon the movie XY&Z: Volcanion and the Ingenious Magearna"! The heatbursts of the battles and the emotional moments that brought tears to your eyes get reborn as high quality sound!! This is the first time an original Pokémon soundtrack is available in Blu-specCD2 format!
The soundtrack also comes with "an original Pikachu drink coaster & character stickers" as a limited first print extra!
*These limited editions of the soundtrack will be available as long as supplies last, and will then be replaced with the standard edition.
The soundtrack is currently on sale with a retail price of 2700 yen (tax included)!
"Blu-spec CD2 employs the Phase Transition Mastering, the technology developed for mastering of Blu-ray discs, to further perfect the acclaimed characteristics of Blu-spec CD. Fully compatible with standard CD players, Blu-spec CD2 completely alters the experience of music."
In addition to this song, the new "Character Song Room" subsite on the website, which contains purchase links for the two already-released songs, also teases the existence of three additional songs.
What is the Pokémon Character Song Project?
In order to liven up Satoshi and his friends' adventure, a music laboratory constantly researches music.
The songs that have been researched at the laboratory then get sent to everyone that love Pokémon by
"The Character Song Project" and the designated executive producer of this character project is, incredibly enough: Good old Tomohisa Sako of "Getta Banban" fame!! The "character song project" will involve a wide variety of characters singing!! Look forward to it!!