Chage and Aska

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Chage and Aska
Origin Fukuoka, Japan Japan
Genres Folk rock, pop rock, adult contemporary
Years active 1979 - 2009
2013 -
Labels Warner Pioneer (1979 - 1985)
Pony Canyon (1985 - 1997)
Toshiba-EMI (1997 - 2000)
Yamaha Music Communications (2000 - )
Universal Music (2001 - )
Website Chage and Aska Official Website
Members CHAGE – lead vocals, backing vocals, guitar
ASKA – lead vocals, backing vocals, guitar, harmonica

Chage and Aska (チャゲ&飛鳥) are a Japanese popular music duo composed of two male singer-songwriters from Fukuoka Prefecture, Chage (チャゲ) (born January 6, 1958) and Aska (飛鳥涼(RYO Aska)) (born February 24, 1958). To date they have sold over 31 million albums and singles in Japan.

History[edit]

They were formed in the late 1970s at the suggestion of the A&R division of the Yamaha Music Foundation. After the hit single "万里の河 (Banri no Kawa)" in 1980, they produced several hits irregularly throughout the 1980s. From 1989 to 1997, Chage had a parallel project called MULTIMAX, a band he formed with guitarist and multi-instrumental master Keisuke Murakami (former The Alpha member) and singer Hiromi Asai. They released seven singles, seven albums, two videos and did some tours. On the other hand, Aska has conducted a solo career since 1987.

However, thanks to ASKA's hit solo single "はじまりはいつも雨 (Hajimari ha Itsumo Ame)" in 1991, and several powerful tieups with TV programs, their popularity peaked during the first half of the 1990s. In those days, they released five million-selling hits: "SAY YES" and "if", "YAH YAH YAH/夢の番人 (YAH YAH YAH/Yume no Bannin)", "HEART/NATURAL/On Your Mark", "めぐり逢い (Meguriai)". Two of those — "SAY YES" and "YAH YAH YAH" — each sold over two million copies.[1] Their most well-known "SAY YES", released in 1991, is the sixth best-selling single in Japanese Oricon charts history.[2] They are best known in their native Japan for their hit song "SAY YES" which was the opening theme song for 101回目のプロポーズ (101st Proposal), a 1991 TV drama.

CHAGE and ASKA released a song for the soundtrack of Street Fighter in 1994. That same year the duo approached Studio Ghibli for the creation of an animated promotional music video for one of their songs, On Your Mark. The collaboration resulted in the creation of the short film Gibli Experimental Theater On Your Mark, which has been used by the duo and had a theatrical release, together with the film Whisper of the Heart, in 1995.

They have attempted to spread their market worldwide in 1990s, especially to the United Kingdom. EMI released a compilation tribute album (One Voice the Songs of Chage & Aska) by Western artists (Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy, Lisa Stansfield, Chaka Khan, Michael Hutchence, Alejandro Sanz, Cathy Dennis, Apache Indian, Boy George, Richard Marx, Londonbeat, Marianne Faithfull, and Wendy Matthews).[3] They occurred with their appearances in live MTV concerts in 1996.

They decided to separate and go solo in 1996. In 1997, Aska's first solo concert at Shanghai concluded with Chage appearing on stage. When the duo became active again in 1999, they sometimes performed together but also continued with their solo careers.

They released two singles "Man and Woman" and "Here & There" at the same time on January 10, 2007. "Man and Woman" and "Here & There" were ranked at number two and number three respectively on the Oricon weekly single charts.[4][5]

CHAGE and ASKA officially announced the band's "indefinite suspension" on January 30, 2009 to concentrate on their solo work.

In 2013, CHAGE and ASKA has decided to revive their activities, after a four year break.[6]

In 2014, ASKA along with his girlfriend were caught having drugs and were arrested, news of his arrest became controversial around Japan.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Released Title B-side
1st August 25, 1979 ひとり咲き
(Hitorizaki)
あとまわし
(Atomawashi)
2nd February 25, 1980 流恋情歌
(Rurenjyoka)
冬に置き去り
(Fuyu ni Okizari)
3rd September 25, 1980 万里の河
(Banri no Kawa)
幻夜
(Genya)
4th May 25, 1981 放浪人 (TABIBITO)
(Tabibito)
真夏の国境
(Manatsu no Kokkyo)
5th October 25, 1981 男と女
(Otoko to Onna)
長い雨のあとに
(Nagai Ame no Ato ni)
6th April 25, 1982 熱い想い
(Atsui Omoi)
恋はア・ヤ・フ・ヤ
(Koi ha A・YA・FU・YA)
7th October 25, 1982 北風物語
(Kiyakaze Monogatari)
MESSAGE
8th April 23, 1983 マリオネット
(Marionette)
2遊戯
(Nazo Nazo Yuugi)
9th September 28, 1983 華やかに傷ついて
(Hanayaka ni Kizutsuite)
少年
(Shonen)
10th February 22, 1984 MOON LIGHT BLUES Darlin'
11th October 25, 1984 標的(ターゲット)
(Target)
マリア (Back To The City)
(Maria (Back To The City))
12th February 25, 1985 誘惑のベルが鳴る
(Yuuwaku no Bell ga Naru)
真夜中の二人
(Mayonaka no Futari)
13th オンリー・ロンリー
(Only Lonely)
SHAKIN' NIGHT
14th February 5, 1986 モーニングムーン
(Morning Moon)
Gently
15th May 21, 1986 黄昏を待たずに
(Tasogare wo Matazuni)
DIAMOND SAND
16th August 21, 1986 Count Down 恋人との別れ方(女の場合、男の場合)
(Koibito tono Wakarekata (Onna no Baai, Otoko no Baai))
17th November 21, 1986 指環が泣いた
(Yubiwa ga Naita)
やさしさの向こう側
(Yasashisa no Mukougawa)
18th April 21, 1987 SAILOR MAN わき役でほほえんで
(Wakiyaku de Hohoende)
19th October 5, 1987 ロマンシングヤード
(Romancing Yard)
Mr.ASIA
20th February 5, 1988 恋人はワイン色
(Koibito wa Wine Iro)
あきらめのBlue Day
(Akirame no Blue Day)
21st May 21, 1988 ラプソディ
(Rhapsody)
ripple ring
22nd October 25, 1988 Trip ソプラノ
(Soprano)
23rd March 8, 1989 WALK 抱いたメモリー -as time goes by-
(Daita Memory -as time goes by-)
24th June 21, 1989 LOVE SONG Break an egg
25th June 27, 1990 DO YA DO YELLOW MEN
26th January 30, 1991 太陽と埃の中で
(Taiyo to Hokori no Naka de)
男と女 (Live Version)
(Otoko to Onna)
SOMEDAY (Live Version)
27th July 24, 1991 SAY YES 告白
(Kokuhaku)
28th November 21, 1991 僕はこの瞳で嘘をつく
(Boku wa Kono Me de Uso wo Tsuku)
TREE Digest
- March 25, 1992 LOVE SONG ロマンシングヤード
(Romancing Yard)
- WALK 抱いたメモリー -as time goes by-
(Daita Memory -as time goes by-)
29th July 1, 1992 if CRIMSON
30th October 10, 1992 no no darlin 今日は・・・こんなに元気です
(Kyou wa・・・ Konnani Genki desu)
31st March 3, 1993 YAH YAH YAH/夢の番人
(YAH YAH YAH/Yume no Bannin)
君はなにも知らないまま
(Kimi wa Nanimo Shiranai mama)
32nd August 20, 1993 Sons and Daughters 〜それより僕が伝えたいのは
(Sons and Daughters 〜Soreyori Boku ga Tsutaetai noha
Mr.Jの悲劇は岩より重い
(Mr.J no Higeki wa Iwa yori Omoi)
33rd November 19, 1993 You are free WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR (Cover)
世界にMerry Xmas
(Sekai ni Merry Xmas)
34th なぜに君は帰らない
(Nazeni Kimiha Kaeranai)
Knock
WHITE CHRISTMAS (Cover)
35th August 3, 1994 HEART/NATURAL/On Your Mark
36th November 16, 1994 めぐり逢い
(Meguriai)
濡れた夢
(Nureta Yume)
37th May 10, 1995 Something There 紫陽花と向日葵
(Ajisai to Himawari)
38th February 19, 1996 river NとLの野球帽
(N to L no Baseball Cap)
39th March 10, 1999 この愛のために/VISION
(Kono Ai no Tameni/Vision)
40th June 9, 1999 群れ
(Mure)
swear
41st April 26, 2001 ロケットの樹の下で
(Rocket no Ki no Shita de)
ふたりなら
(Futari Nara)
42nd August 8, 2001 パラシュートの部屋で
(Parachute no Heya de)
アジアンレストランにて
(Asian Restaurant nite)
43rd September 19, 2001 C-46 Born the trap
C-46 remix
44th November 28, 2001 夢の飛礫
(Yume no Tsubute)
HOTEL
砂時計のくびれた場所
(Sunadokei no Kubireta Basho)
- September 10, 2003 デェラ・シエラ・ム
(Dera Shiera Mu)

Collaborate with Stardust Revue
スタジオノイズ 〜レコーディング風景
(Studio Noise 〜Recording Scene)
- April 7, 2004 SEAMLESS SINGLES
45th August 25, 2004 36度線 -1995 夏-
(36th Parallel North -1995 Natsu-
光の羅針盤
(Hikari no Compass)
46th December 8, 2004 僕はMusic
(Boku wa Music)
crossroad 〜いまを生きる僕を〜
(crossroad 〜Ima wo ikiru boku wo〜)
熱風
(Neppu)
47th January 10, 2007 Man and Woman Here & There - improvisation mix
48th Here & There Man and Woman - orchestra ver.

Album[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Released Title Peak chart position (Oricon)
1st April,25 1980 風舞
(Kazemai)
11
2nd February 25, 1981 熱風
(Neppu)
1
3rd February 14, 1982 黄昏の騎士
(Tasogare no Kishi)
5
4th June 29, 1983 CHAGE&ASUKA IV -21世紀-
(CHAGE&ASUKA IV -21st Century-)
8
5th March 25, 1984 INSIDE 14
6th January 25, 1985 Z=One 9
7th April 21, 1986 TURNING POINT 4
8th September 21, 1986 MIX BLOOD 3
9th May 21, 1987 Mr.ASIA 4
10th March 5, 1988 RHAPSODY 4
11th September 21, 1988 ENERGY 6
12th August 25, 1989 PRIDE 1
13th August 29, 1990 SEE YA 4
14th October 10, 1991 TREE 1
15th November 7, 1992 GUYS 1
16th October 10, 1993 RED HILL 1
17th June 28, 1995 Code Name.1 Brother Sun 1
18th April 22, 1996 CODE NAME.2 SISTER MOON 2
19th August 25, 1999 NO DOUBT 1
20th December 27, 2001 NOT AT ALL 10
21st January 24, 2007 DOUBLE 4

Best albums[edit]

Released Title Countries
December 5, 1985 Standing Ovation Japan
March 5, 1987 SUPER BEST Japan
March 25, 1992 SUPER BEST II Japan
May 17, 1993 倆心知〜原創紀念歌集 Taiwan Hong Kong Singapore
December 20, 1995 China
July 22, 1994 Singles - The European Collection European Union
January 13, 1998 GREATEST HITS Taiwan Hong Kong Singapore Malaysia
February 10, 1999 倆角形 Duet Angle 20th anniversary Taiwan
December 16, 1999 CHAGE&ASKA VERY BEST ROLL OVER 20TH Japan
January 13, 2004 THE BEST South Korea
April 23, 2008 Asian Communications Best Taiwan Hong Kong Singapore Malaysia Thailand
February 4, 2009 CHAGE and ASKA VERY BEST NOTHING BUT C&A Japan

Other Albums[edit]

Released Title
September 10, 1981 ライブ・イン田園コロシアム 〜The 夏祭り'81
(Live in Denen Colosseum 〜The Natsumatsuri '81)
Live Album
May 25, 1982 熱い想い
(Atsui Omoi)
Soundtrack of "真紅の動輪 (Shinku no Dourin)"
November 16, 1983 1983.9.30 CHAGE&ASUKA
LIVE IN YOYOGI STADIUM
Live Album
December 5, 1986 Snow Mail Christmas Mini Album
February 7, 1990 THE STORY of BALLAD Ballad Songs Collection
December 17, 1993 CHAGE&ASKA THE LONGEST TOUR MEMORIAL Single Box
August 25, 1994 Yin&Yang
December 16, 1994 SUPER BEST BOX SINGLE HISTORY 1979-1994
AND Snow Mail
CD-BOX
July 8, 1996
United Kingdom
one voice THE SONGS OF CHAGE&ASKA Tribute Album
July 31, 1996
Japan
3 Bonus Songs (Japan Only)
August, 2000
South Korea
October 7, 1996 CHAGE&ASKA MTV UNPLUGGED LIVE Live Album
November 20, 2002 STAMP Self Cover Album
June 23, 2004 CHAGE and ASKA 25th Anniversary BOX-1 CD-BOX
July 28, 2004 CHAGE and ASKA 25th Anniversary BOX-2 CD-BOX
August 25, 2004 CHAGE and ASKA 25th Anniversary BOX-3 CD-BOX
November 3, 2004 THE STORY of BALLAD II Ballad Songs Collection

Videography[edit]

  Released Title Format
Live July 1, 1983 THE 夏祭り
チャゲ&飛鳥 大阪城LIVE
VHS
Live April 1, 1984 GOOD TIMES
1983.9.30 国立代々木競技場LIVE
VHS
Live October 21, 1986 ONE SIDE GAME
CHAGE&ASUKA IN YOKOHAMA STADIUM
VHS
Live March 21, 1989 WALK VHS
Document+Music Video September 6, 1989 CHAGE&ASUKA HISTORY I
〜10 years after〜
VHS
Live March 7, 1990 CHAGE&ASUKA HISTORY II
〜PRIDE〜
VHS
Music Video September 21, 1990 SEE YA VHS
Live March 21, 1991 太陽と埃の中で I VHS
太陽と埃の中で II VHS
Music Video November 21, 1991 TREE VHS
Music Video December 16, 1992 Go to Eleven 〜GUYS〜 VHS
Live+Document March 24, 1993 CONCERT MOVIE GUYS VHS
April 25, 2012 Blu-ray
Music Video February 18, 1994 RED HILL VHS
Interview+Live September 21, 1994 15th ANNIVERSARY On Your Mark VHS
Live March 21, 1996 ASIAN TOUR IN TAIPEI VHS
January 1, 2001 DVD
Live October 18, 1996 CHAGE&ASKA MTV UNPLUGGED LIVE VHS
January 1, 2001 DVD
Short Film+Music Video July 25, 1997 ジブリ実験劇場 On Your Mark VHS
Live December 31, 1999 LIVE BEST 1995-1999 DVD
Live July 12, 2000 千年夜一夜ライブ
〜福岡ドーム 僕らがホーム〜
DVD
Live April 24, 2002 CHAGE and ASKA CONCERT TOUR 01>>02
NOT AT ALL
VHS
DVD
Music Video March 12, 2003 MUSIC ON FILMS VHS
DVD
Live August 6, 2003 CHAGE and ASKA CONCERT TOUR 02-03
THE LIVE
VHS
DVD
April 25, 2012 Blu-ray
Live March 31, 2004 CHAGE and ASKA COUNT DOWN LIVE 03>>04
in SAPPORO DOME
VHS
DVD
April 25, 2012 Blu-ray
DVD Single September 22, 2004 36度線 -1995夏- DVD
Live March 23, 2005 CHAGE and ASKA 25th Anniversary Special
チャゲ&飛鳥 熱風コンサート
DVD
April 25, 2012 Blu-ray
Live February 1, 2006 CHAGE and ASKA CONCERT TOUR 2004
two-five
DVD
April 25, 2012 Blu-ray
Music Video January 24, 2007 DOUBLE DVD DVD
Live August 29, 2007 CHAGE and ASKA Concert tour 2007 DOUBLE DVD
May 23, 2012 Blu-ray
Live May 7, 2008 CHAGE and ASKA Concert 2007 alive in live DVD
May 23, 2012 Blu-ray
Live August 26, 2009 CHAGE and ASKA LIVE DVD BOX 1 DVD
Live September 23, 2009 CHAGE and ASKA LIVE DVD BOX 2 DVD
CHAGE and ASKA LIVE DVD BOX 3 DVD
Live April 25, 2012 CHAGE&ASKA 夢の番人
SPECIAL EVENT 1993 GUYS
Blu-ray

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ トレンディドラマとともに訪れた90年代のミリオンセールス時代 (in Japanese). Oricon. 2006-06-14. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  2. ^ "SMAP「世界に一つだけの花」、シングル売上歴代9位に!!" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2004-08-03. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  3. ^ Billboard - Google Books June 22, 1996
  4. ^ "Man and Woman" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  5. ^ "Here & There" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  6. ^ Announcement January 25, 2013 CHAGE and ASKA Official web site

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