Dragon Ash

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Dragon Ash
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Rap rock, Alternative rock, Reggae rock, Electronic rock, Nu metal, Experimental rock, Hip-Hop/Rap, Drum and Bass, Pop rock, Ambient rock, Soca, Samba, Bossa nova, Fusion (music), Dance-rock, Punk rock, Pop punk, Samba rock, Instrumental, Hip-Hop/Rock Amalgamation, Mixture rock, Mixture-Kei
Years active 1996–present
Labels Victor Entertainment/Mob Squad
Associated acts Steady&Co., Motor Headphone, TMC Allstars, MOB SQUAD, SBK, LAS VELAS, Rip Slyme, RIZE, Dt., Source, Mach25, DATASPEAKER, endive, Special Others, Strobo, miho, UZI-ONE, AGGRESSIVE DOGS, Zeebra, ACO, Sugar Soul, Azumi, Wyolica, POSSIBILITY, Shinji Takeda, Ko-Ji Zero Three, GNz-WORD, Kaori Mochida, Tomoyasu Hotei, VERBAL, m-flo, Miss Monday, TAKUMA, 10-Feet, Skapontas, AIR, MONDO GROSSO, Ally & Diaz, Rappagariya, Satoshi, YAMAARASHI, Ketsumeishi, DJ Krush, YALLA FAMILY
Website dragonash.co.jp
Members KJ
Makoto Sakurai
Bots
Hiroki
Dri-V
Atsushi
Past members Iküzöne

Dragon Ash (ドラゴンアッシュ Doragon Asshu?) is a Japanese rap rock group founded in 1996 by Kenji "Kj" Furuya and Sakurai Makoto.[1] They were one of the first groups to popularize hip hop in Japan. They brought a western flavor to Japanese music and helped to turn rap music mainstream,[citation needed] with a mixture of reggae, hip hop, metal, punk, drum 'n' bass, rhythm 'n' blues and Spanish music influences. Some of their best known songs include "Shizuka na Hibi no Kaidan o", "Grateful Days", "Life Goes On", and "I Love Hip Hop".[citation needed] Kenji has stated in several interviews[citation needed] that the reason Dragon Ash started out as a pseudo-punk band was because, at the time, punk was popular in Japan, and his handlers felt that the hip hop image would not sell. He has also noted that hip hop has always been first in his book, but he did what was necessary to become successful in the industry. Dragon Ash is a member of Mob Squad, which is an affiliation with the bands Source and Endive. Dragon Ash also has the french fleur-de-lis as their band logo/symbol, and have several songs with lily imaginary.

History[edit]

Dragon Ash started out from humble punk beginnings to become one of the brightest groups in the growing New Japanese Rock movement in the late '90s, blending pop sensibilities with a hard-edged sound, producing albums and singles that play like a tour of Western rock of the '90s.

Lead singer and guitarist Kenji Furuya, son of actor Ikko Furuya, met drummer Makoto Sakurai when they were junior high students in a Tokyo suburb, and the two started playing together. Though temporarily sidetracked into following in his father's footsteps, Furuya gave up the few acting gigs that he was getting on TV dramas to concentrate on music in high school.

In 1996, knowing what they wanted but needing some sort of mentor, they took on bass player Ikuzo Baba, ten years their senior. Furuya and Sakurai had the talent and drive—Baba brought experience and a wealth of musical knowledge. Dragon Ash was born.

The group debuted in 1997 with two EPs at the beginning of the year, The Day Dragged On and Public Garden, which showed their raw, punk hardcore style, influenced by another rock trio, Nirvana. By the end of the year and time of their release, Mustang!, the group had progressed from their simple punk roots to a blend of pop, funk, hardcore, rap, and metal.

Through 1998 their popularity increased, and by the time of Buzz Songs, their sound had solidified to rock/rap, helped with the mixing skills of DJ Bots, who occasionally appeared on some songs. Two singles -- "Let Yourself Go, Let Myself Go" and "Grateful Days," the latter featuring hardcore rapper Zeebra and soulstress ACO—sold so well that they cracked the Japanese Oricon charts, usually reserved for pop music, and went to number one.

Dragon Ash’s first big break with their 4th single, "Let Yourself Go, Let Myself Go", which hit No. 7 on the Oricon Weekly Singles chart, and eventually climbed to No. 4, selling a total of 640,000 copies. In May they simultaneously released their fifth and sixth singles, "Grateful Days" and "I Love Hip Hop", which debuted at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. When these two singles debuted, "Let Yourself Go, Let Myself Go" had not yet dropped off the top 10 chart, giving Dragon Ash 3 top 10 singles at the same time.

The band finally reached the peak of their success when they released their third album, Viva la Revolution, in July and it hit No. 1 on its debut week. The album has sold in excess of 2,000,000 copies.

During 1999, now Dragon Ash had become a four-piece, with DJ Bots essential to the mix. Their third album, 1999's Viva la Revolution, not only signified the arrival of the band as a major group in Japan, but was one of the first volleys in the New Japanese Rock movement. In 2000, Dragon Ash undertook the Total Music Communication Tour, touring Japan with a lineup that included other rising rock acts, such as Missile Girl Scout, Penpals, and Skebou Kings. Meanwhile, Furuya and DJ Bots formed a duo of sorts, writing and producing songs for acts such as Sugar Soul under the name Steady & Co. Likewise, Baba and Sakurai sidelined as a remixing unit called Motor Headphone, popping up on various compilations. If anyone had any doubts that the group was softening around the edges, 2001's Lily of da Valley was as hard, funky, and uncompromising as their earliest work.

The band continued to be successful throughout the turn of the century, collaborating with the hip hop group Rappagariya on Deep Impact in 2000 and consistently pulling in No. 1 spots on both the singles and albums charts with their new releases. In 2003 the group expanded to include its full current roster of members, bringing in Hiroki, Atsushi, and Dri-V.[2] In 2007 they celebrated their 10th anniversary by simultaneously releasing two best-of albums, The Best of Dragon Ash with Changes Vol. 1 and The Best of Dragon Ash with Changes Vol. 2. Both albums hit No. 1 upon their debut.[3]

Influences[edit]

The group uses various samples, most notably from the famous American alternative rock group, The Smashing Pumpkins.[citation needed] These songs include "Cherub Rock", in which they sample the bass line from The Smashing Pumpkins song by the same name, and "Grateful Days" in which they sample the opening of "Today"; they also named the song "Siva" after the Pumpkins song. Kenji Furuya's influences include artists Tupac Shakur, Nirvana, Bob Marley, Los Lobos & Rage Against The Machine.

Side projects[edit]

Dragon Ash has gained some popularity outside Japan after the song "Shizuka na Hibi no Kaidan o" was used as the ending theme for the popular Japanese film, Battle Royale.[citation needed] Kenji Furuya has also worked on several side projects in recent years, including being the frontman of Steady & Co., a Japanese hip hop and music production group consisting of himself, Bots, Ilmari of Rip Slyme, and Shigeo of SBK (Skebo King).[citation needed] In addition to Steady & Co., Furuya has also collaborated with other Japanese hip hop artists on the Mob Squad album and subsequent label.[citation needed]

Members[edit]

  • Kenji "Kj" Furuya (降谷建志) – leader, lead vocals, emcee, guitar, songwriter, composer, producer, latin percussion (1996–present)
    • As the front-man and founding member of Dragon Ash, Kenji is also a popular model in Japan and Asia for style and fashion magazines. As a model he has also promoted brands Levis, Stussy & Ray-ban (including appearing in a Japanese commercials for these brands). Kenji Furuya previously was the spokesperson for the Sony Walkman series in the late 90's and early 00's (during the Walkman popularity in Japan), appearing in many commercials featuring Dragon Ash's latest music releases. Kenji's musicial influences are artists such as Bob Marley, Nirvana, Spanish Guitar artists, drum and bass & original Hiphop music from the late 80's to the early 90's.
  • Makoto 'MAKOTO' Sakurai (桜井誠) – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1996–present)
    • As the other founding member of Dragon Ash, Makoto is also a devoted fan of cooking, as he has written two popular Cookbooks in Japan, popular with both fans of Dragon Ash & the Japanese cuisine fanbase. Makoto Sakurai's music inspiration generally is by Punk rock and Grunge bands from the 1990's.
  • Tetsuya "DJ BOTS" Sato (佐藤哲也) – DJ, turntables, synthesizer, sampler, producer, latin percussion, backing vocals [support member] (1998-1999), [band member] (1999–present)
    • DJ BOTS who first joined Dragon Ash as a full-time member in 1999 is a masterful turnbalism artist. As his creative turntable skills has been heard within Dragon Ash's discography during all their 'musical genre era's'. He is a fan of Hiphop music and turntablism DJ's from late 80's to the early 90's.
  • Hiroki "HIROKI" Sugiyama (杉山弘樹) – electric guitar [support member] (2000-2003), [band member] (2003–present)
    • Hiroki was first a support member from Dragon ash from 2000 until 2003. He became a full-time member in 2003 as the main guitarist, this is so Kenji Furuya has more creativity to focus as the lead vocalist/MC of the band, while both band members are able to share musical creativity involving acoustic, electric and spanish guitar. Hiroki's music influences revolves with bands from the 1990's such as Muse and Radiohead.
  • Atsushi "ATSUSHI" Takahashi (高橋アツシ) – dance choreographer, dance [support member] (2001-2003), [band member] (2003–present)
  • Masaki "DRI-V" Chiba (千葉雅紀) – dance [support member] (2001-2003), [band member] (2003–present)
Former member
  • Ikuzo "IKÜZÖNE" Baba (馬場育三) – bass, mentor (1996–2012)
    • Iküzöne died on April 21, 2012 due to acute heart failure. He was found by family members in his home studio and rushed to a central Tokyo hospital, but was pronounced dead at 22:55. A private funeral service for family was held.
Support member
  • Kensuke "KENKEN" Kaneko (金子賢輔) - bass (2011–present)
    • KenKen has been the support and live bassist for Dragon Ash since 2011. Since 2006 KenKen is also the full-time bass guitarist for J-Rock band RIZE.

Album/Single Oricon Sales Milestones[edit]

Album
  • [1997.11.21] Mustang! (200,000) [Gold]
  • [1998.09.02] Buzz Songs (500,000) [Double Platinum]
  • [1999.07.23] Viva La Revolution (2,000,000) [2x Million]
  • [2001.03.14] LILY OF DA VALLEY (1,000,000) [Million]
  • [2001.11.28] CHAMBERS (500,000) [Double Platinum] ((Kenji Furuya & DJ Bots with 'Steady&Co.'))
  • [2003.03.19] MOB SQUAD (200,000) [Gold] ((Dragon Ash with Mach25 & SOURCE))
  • [2003.07.23] HARVEST (500,000) [Double Platinum]
  • [2005.09.09] Río de Emoción (200,000) [Gold]
  • [2007.02.21] INDEPENDIENTE (200,000) [Gold]
  • [2007.09.05] The Best of Dragon Ash with Changes Vol. 1 (250,000) [Platinum]
  • [2007.09.05] The Best of Dragon Ash with Changes Vol. 2 (250,000) [Platinum]
Single
  • [1999.03.03] Let yourself go, Let myself go (500,000) [Double Platinum]
  • [1999.05.01] Grateful Days (feat. ZEEBRA & ACO) (1,000,000) [Million]
  • [1999.05.01] I ♥ HIP HOP (500,000) [Double Platinum]
  • [1999.09.08] Garden (1,000,000) [Million] ((Sugar Soul feat. KJ of Dragon Ash))
  • [2000.03.15] Deep Impact (feat. Rappagariya) (500,000) [Double Platinum]
  • [2000.07.12] Summer Tribe (250,000) [Platinum]
  • [2000.11.29] Lily's e.p. (500,000) [Double Platinum]
  • [2001.07.08] Stay Gold (250,000) [Platinum] ((Kenji Furuya & DJ Bots with 'Steady&Co.'))
  • [2001.10.24] Shunkashuutou (250,000) [Platinum] ((Kenji Furuya & DJ Bots with 'Steady&Co.'))
  • [2001.12.07] Only Holy Story (100,000) [Gold] ((Kenji Furuya & DJ Bots with 'Steady&Co.'))
  • [2002.01.23] Life goes on (1,000,000) [Million]
  • [2002.03.06] FANTASISTA (500,000) [Double Platinum]
  • [2003.06.25] morrow (200,000) [Gold]
  • [2005.06.01] crush the window (100,000) [Gold]
Best Selling Music Artists List in Japan (Top 50 of all time)
  • [1996–Present] Dragon Ash Total Sales (15,000,000+)

Awards[edit]

Tours[edit]

  • 1998 MTV JAPAN Presents Dragon Ash 'High Times' Tour (all 4 performances)
  • 1998 MTV JAPAN Presents Dragon Ash 'FACE TO FACE' National Tour (all 10 performances)
  • 1999 'Let Yourself Go' Dragon Ash National Tour (all 13 performances)
  • 1999 'Freedom of Expression' Dragon Ash National Tour (all 19 performances)
  • 1999 Dragon Ash presents 'Total Music Communication' Tour (all 2 performances)
  • 2000 Dragon Ash presents 'Total Music Communication' Spring Tour (all 14 performances)
  • 2000 Dragon Ash presents 'Total Music Communication' Summer Tour (all 18 performances)
  • 2000 Dragon Ash (with 'SBK') 'DSM CIRCUIT' Tour (all 11 performances)
  • 2001 Dragon Ash '21st Century Riot National' Tour (all 27 performances)
  • 2001 Dragon Ash presents 'Total Music Communication' Tour (all 13 performances)
  • 2002 Dragon Ash presents 'Total Music Communication' Tour (all 14 performances)
  • 2002 Dragon Ash 'Life Goes On' Nationwide Tour (all 29 performances)
  • 2003 Dragon Ash 'House of Velocity' Nationwide Tour (all 29 performances)
  • 2004 Dragon Ash (with 'Source') 'MOB SQUAD' Tour (all 11 performances)
  • 2005 Dragon Ash '~Río de Emoción~' National Tour (all 22 performances)
  • 2007 Dragon Ash '~DEVELOP THE MUSIC~' National Tour (all 22 performances)
  • 2009 Dragon Ash '~FREEDOM~' National Tour (all 19 performances)
  • 2011 Dragon Ash '~RAMPAGE~' National Tour (all 21 performances)
  • 2012 Dragon Ash '~REST IN PEACE IKÜZÖNE~' National Tour (all 5 performances)
  • 2014 Dragon Ash '~THE SHOW MUST GO ON~' National Tour (all 19 performances)

Accomplishments Timeline[edit]

1997
  • Oricon Album Sales - Mustang! (200,000)
1998
  • Oricon Album Sales - Buzz Songs (500,000)
  • Oricon Weekly Album Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Buzz Songs (No. 8)
  • MTV JAPAN Presents Dragon Ash 'High Times Tour' (all four performances)
  • MTV JAPAN Presents Dragon Ash 'FACE TO FACE National Tour' (all 10 performances)
1999
  • Space Shower Music Video Awards - Best Artist Video - "Let Yourself Go, Let Myself Go" (Winner)
  • Oricon Album Sales - Viva La Revolution (2 Million)
  • Oricon Single Sales - Grateful Days (featuring Zeebra & Aco) (1 Million)
  • Oricon Single Sales - Let Yourself Go, Let Myself Go (500,000)
  • Oricon Single Sales - I ♥ Hip Hop (500,000)
  • Oricon Single Sales - Sugar Soul - "Garden" (featuring KJ of Dragon Ash) (1 Million)
  • Oricon Weekly Album Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Viva La Revolution (No. 1)
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Grateful Days (featuring Zeebra & Aco) (No. 1)
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Let Yourself Go, Let Myself Go (No. 4)
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - I ♥ Hip Hop (No. 4)
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Sugar Soul - "Garden" (featuring KJ of Dragon Ash) (No. 2)
  • Oricon Top 100 Best Selling Albums of the Year - Viva La Revolution (No. 13)
  • Oricon Top 100 Best Selling Singles of the Year - "Grateful Days" (No. 13)
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Ranking 3 Singles At The Same Time (May 1999) - Grateful Days (featuring Zeebra & Aco) (No. 3) , I ♥ Hip Hop (No. 4) , Let Yourself Go, Let Myself Go (No. 7)
  • 'Let Yourself Go' Dragon Ash National Tour (all 13 performances)
  • 'Freedom of Expression' Dragon Ash National Tour (all 19 performances)
  • Dragon Ash presents 'Total Music Communication 1999 Tour' (all two performances)
2000
  • Japan Gold Disc Awards - Rock Album of the Year - Viva la Revolution (Winner)
  • Oricon Single Sales - Deep Impact (featuring Rappagariya) (500,000)
  • Oricon Single Sales - Summer Tribe (250,000)
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Deep Impact (featuring Rappagariya) (No. 2)
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Summer Tribe (No. 4)
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - TMC ALLSTARS - TMC Graffiti (with KJ & DJ Bots of Dragon Ash) (No. 9)
  • Dragon Ash presents 'Total Music Communication 2000 Spring Tour' (all 14 performances)
  • Dragon Ash presents 'Total Music Communication 2000 Summer Tour' (all 18 performances)
  • Dragon Ash (with SBK) 'DSM CIRCUIT Tour' (all 11 performances)
2001
  • Oricon Album Sales - Lily of da Valley (1 Million)
  • Oricon Single Sales - Lily's E.P. (500,000)
  • Oricon Weekly Album Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Lily of da Valley (No. 2)
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Lily's E.P. (No. 2)
  • Oricon Weekly Video/DVD Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Lily da Video (No. 2)
  • Oricon Weekly Video/DVD Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Buzz Clips (No. 10)
  • Dragon Ash '21st Century Riot National Tour' (all 27 performances)
  • Dragon Ash presents 'Total Music Communication 2001 Tour' (all 13 performances)
2002
  • MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Rock Artist (Winner)
  • MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Group (Nomination)
  • MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Live Performance (Nomination)
  • MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Website (Nomination)
  • Oricon Single Sales - Life Goes On (1 Million)
  • Oricon Single Sales - Fantasista (500,000)
  • Oricon Album Sales - Steady&Co. (with KJ & DJ Bots of Dragon Ash) - Chambers (500,000)
  • Oricon Single Sales - Steady&Co. (with KJ & DJ Bots of Dragon Ash) Stay Gold (250,000)
  • Oricon Single Sales - Steady&Co. (with KJ & DJ Bots of Dragon Ash) Shunkashuutou (250,000)
  • Oricon Single Sales - Steady&Co. (with KJ & DJ Bots of Dragon Ash) Only Holy Glory (100,000)
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Life Goes On (No. 1)
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Fantasista (No. 1)
  • Oricon Top 100 Best Selling Singles of the Year - Life Goes On (No. 4)
  • Oricon Weekly Album Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Steady&Co. (with KJ & DJ Bots of Dragon Ash) - Chambers (No. 2)
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Steady&Co. (with KJ & DJ Bots of Dragon Ash) - Stay Gold (No. 2)
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Steady&Co. (with KJ & DJ Bots of Dragon Ash) - Shunkashuutou (No. 2)
  • Dragon Ash presents 'Total Music Communication 2002 Tour' (all 14 performances)
  • Dragon Ash '2002 Nationwide Tour' (all 29 performances)
2003
  • Space Shower Music Video Awards - Best Rock Video - Life Goes On (Winner)
  • Japan Countdown Awards - Best Group (Winner)
  • MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Rock Video - Fantasista (Nomination)
  • HMV Japan Top 100 Japanese Pop Artists of All Time - (No. 63)
  • Oricon Album Sales- MOB SQUAD (200,000) (Dragon Ash with Mach25 & SOURCE)
  • Oricon Album Sales - Harvest (500,000)
  • Oricon Single Sales - morrow (200,000)
  • Oricon Weekly Album Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Harvest (No. 1)
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - morrow (No. 2)
  • Oricon Weekly Album Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - MOB SQUAD (No. 9) (Dragon Ash with Mach25 & SOURCE)
  • Dragon Ash 'House of Velocity Nationwide Tour' (all 29 performances)
2004
  • MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Rock Video - Morrow (Nomination)
  • MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Group Video - Morrow (Nomination)
  • MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Dance Video - Shinichi Osawa - "Shinin'" (featuring KJ of Dragon Ash) (Nomination)
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Shade (No. 2)
  • Dragon Ash (with Source) 'MOB SQUAD 2004 Tour' (all 11 performances)
2005
  • Oricon Album Sales - Río de Emoción (200,000)
  • Oricon Single Sales - crush the window (100,000)
  • Oricon Weekly Album Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Río de Emoción (No. 1)
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - crush the window (No. 2)
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Yuunagi Union (No. 4)
  • Dragon Ash '~Río de Emoción~ National Tour' (all 22 performances)
2006
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Ivory (No. 10)
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - few lights till night (No. 9)
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Yume de Aetara (No. 10)
2007
  • MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best BuzzAsia Japan - Ivory (Nomination)
  • Oricon Album Sales - The Best of Dragon Ash with Changes Vol. 1 (250,000)
  • Oricon Album Sales - The Best of Dragon Ash with Changes Vol. 2 (250,000)
  • Oricon Album Sales - INDEPENDIENTE (200,000)
  • Oricon Weekly Album Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - INDEPENDIENTE (No. 4)
  • Oricon Weekly Album Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - The Best of Dragon Ash with Changes Vol. 1 (No. 3)
  • Oricon Weekly Album Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - The Best of Dragon Ash with Changes Vol. 2 (No. 2)
  • Oricon Weekly DVD/Blu-Ray Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - The Best of Dragon Ash with Changes (No. 8)
  • Dragon Ash '~DEVELOP THE MUSIC~ National Tour' (all 22 performances)
2008
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Velvet Touch (No. 7)
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Tsunagari Sunset (No. 10)
2009
  • Oricon Weekly Album Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Freedom (No. 6)
  • Dragon Ash '~FREEDOM~ National Tour' (all 19 performances)
2010
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Ambitious (No. 8)
  • Oricon Weekly Single Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Spirit of Progress E.P. (No. 9)
  • Oricon Weekly Album Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Mixture (No. 7)
2011
  • Goo Ranking Top 15 Most Talented Second-Generation Japanese Artists of All Time - (KJ of Dragon Ash) (No. 3)
  • Oricon Weekly DVD/Blu-Ray Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - MIXTURE -VIDEO MIX & DOCUMENT- (No. 9)
  • Dragon Ash '~RAMPAGE~ National Tour' (all 21 performances)
2012
  • MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Collaboration - Special Others - Sailin' (featuring KJ of Dragon Ash) (Nomination)
  • Oricon Weekly Album Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Loud & Peace (No. 3)
  • Dragon Ash '~REST IN PEACE IKÜZÖNE~ National Tour' (all five performances)
2013
  • Oricon Weekly DVD/Blu-Ray Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Live & Piece (No. 8)
  • Shonan Oto Matsuri Festival - Consecutive Appearances (2006-2013)
  • Kyoto Strategy Rock Festival - Consecutive Appearances (2007-2013)
2014
  • Oricon Weekly Album Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - The Faces (No. 3)
  • Oricon Weekly DVD/Blu-Ray Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Live Tour THE SHOW MUST GO ON Final At BUDOKAN May 31, 2014 (No. 3)
  • ROCK in JAPAN Festival - Consecutive Appearances (2000-2014)
  • Dragon Ash '~THE SHOW MUST GO ON~ National Tour' (all 19 performances)

Discography[edit]

EPs
Albums
Compilation albums
Side Project/Remix Albums
  • [2001.11.28] CHAMBERS ((Kenji Furuya & DJ Bots with 'Steady&Co.'))
  • [2003.03.19] MOB SQUAD ((Dragon Ash with Mach25 & SOURCE))
  • [2004.03.24] HARVEST REMIXES
Vinyl records
  • [1998.12.19] Free Your Mind #33
  • [2000.03.15] Deep Impact (feat. Rappagariya)
  • [2000.07.12] Summer Tribe
  • [2000.08.23] EPISODE 2
  • [2000.11.29] Amploud
  • [2000.11.29] Shizuka na Hibi no Kaidan wo (静かな日々の階段を; The Stair Steps of a Quiet Day)
  • [2004.03.24] HARVEST REMIXES
Singles
  • [1997.10.22] Rainy Day And Day
  • [1998.05.21] Hi wa Mata Noborikuri Kaesu (陽はまたのぼりくりかえす; The Sun Will Rise Again and Again)
  • [1998.07.23] Under Age's Song
  • [1999.03.03] Let yourself go, Let myself go
  • [1999.05.01] Grateful Days (feat. ZEEBRA & ACO)
  • [1999.05.01] I ♥ HIP HOP
  • [2000.03.15] Deep Impact (feat. Rappagariya)
  • [2000.07.12] Summer Tribe
  • [2000.11.29] Lily's e.p.
  • [2002.01.23] Life goes on
  • [2002.03.06] FANTASISTA
  • [2003.06.25] morrow
  • [2004.07.14] Shade
  • [2005.06.01] crush the window
  • [2005.07.13] Yuunagi UNION (夕凪UNION; Twilight Union)
  • [2006.07.19] Ivory
  • [2006.09.27] few lights till night
  • [2006.12.06] Yume de Aetara (夢で逢えたら; If We Met in My Dream)
  • [2008.06.18] Velvet Touch
  • [2008.12.03] Tsunagari SUNSET (繋がりSUNSET; Linking Sunset)
  • [2009.02.04] Unmei Kyoudoutai (運命共同体; Fate Cooperative System)
  • [2010.06.16] AMBITIOUS
  • [2010.11.03] SPIRIT OF PROGRESS E.P.
  • [2012.09.19] Run to the Sun / Walk with Dreams
  • [2013.05.29] Here I Am
  • [2013.11.27] Lily
Side Project Singles
  • [2000.07.26] TMC Graffiti ((Kenji Furuya & DJ Bots with 'TMC ALLSTARS'))
  • [2001.07.08] Stay Gold ((Kenji Furuya & DJ Bots with 'Steady&Co.'))
  • [2001.10.24] Shunkashuutou (春夏秋冬; Spring Summer Autumn Winter) ((Kenji Furuya & DJ Bots with 'Steady&Co.'))
  • [2001.12.07] Only Holy Story (feat. Azumi [from 'Wyolica']) ((Kenji Furuya & DJ Bots with 'Steady&Co.'))

Digital download-limited singles

Tribute/Cover Songs
Unreleased Songs/Live Performed Only
VHS/Video
  • [1999.10.21] Buzz Clips
  • [2000.03.15] THE REAL BASS PLAY OF Dragon Ash
  • [2001.04.18] LILY DA VIDEO
  • [2003.12.24] POSSE IN VIDEO
DVD
  • [2000.03.15] THE REAL BASS PLAY OF Dragon Ash
  • [2001.04.18] Buzz Clips
  • [2001.04.18] LILY DA VIDEO
  • [2003.12.24] POSSE IN VIDEO
  • [2005.12.21] Video de Emoción
  • [2007.09.26] The Best of Dragon Ash with Changes
  • [2011.09.21] MIXTURE DVD -VIDEO MIX & DOCUMENT-
  • [2013.07.03] LIVE & PIECE
  • [2014.09.03] VIDEO THE FACES
  • [2014.09.17] Live Tour THE SHOW MUST GO ON Final At BUDOKAN May 31, 2014
Blu-ray
  • [2013.07.03] LIVE & PIECE
  • [2014.09.03] The Best of Dragon Ash with Changes
  • [2014.09.03] VIDEO THE FACES
  • [2014.09.17] Live Tour THE SHOW MUST GO ON Final At BUDOKAN May 31, 2014
iTunes Store Concert Film Download
  • [2013.07.03] Dragon Ash: LIVE -1999.10.17 YOKOHAMA ARENA-
  • [2013.07.03] Dragon Ash: LIVE -2001.05.05 Tokyo Bay NK Hall-
  • [2013.07.03] Dragon Ash: LIVE -2003.11.23 Tokyo Bay NK Hall-
  • [2013.07.03] Dragon Ash: LIVE -2009.05.08 Zepp Tokyo-
  • [2013.07.03] Dragon Ash: LIVE -2011.04.22 Zepp Tokyo-
  • [2014.09.17] Dragon Ash: LIVE -2014.05.31 BUDOKAN-
Photobooks
  • [1999.12.01] Grateful Days
  • [2003.08.13] Live Goes On~Dragon Ash Tour02
  • [2013.07.03] LIVE & PIECE
  • [2014.09.17] Dragon Ash Tour THE SHOW MUST GO ON

Music videos[edit]

1997
  • "Tenshi no Rokku" ('天使ノロック; Angel Rock')
  • "Ability→Normal"
  • "Rainy Day and Day"
1998
  • "Hi wa Mata Noborikuri Kaesu" ('陽はまたのぼりくりかえす; The Sun Will Rise Again and Again')
  • "Under Age's Song"
1999
  • "Let Yourself Go, Let Myself Go"
  • "Grateful Days" (feat. ZEEBRA & ACO)
  • " I ♥ HIP HOP"
  • "Rock the beat"
2000
  • "Deep Impact" (feat. Rappagariya)
  • "Summer Tribe"
  • "Amploud"
  • "Shizuka na Hibi no Kaidan wo" ('静かな日々の階段を; The Stair Steps of a Quiet Day')
  • "Bring It"
  • "TMC Graffiti" (Kenji Furuya & DJ Bots [from 'Dragon Ash'] with 'TMC ALLSTARS')
2001
  • "Revolater"
  • "Sunset Beach"
  • "Stay Gold" (Kenji Furuya & DJ Bots [from 'Dragon Ash'] with 'Steady&Co.')
  • "Shunkashuutou (春夏秋冬; Spring Summer Autumn Winter) (Kenji Furuya & DJ Bots [from 'Dragon Ash'] with 'Steady&Co.')
  • "Only Holy Story (feat. Azumi [from 'Wyolica']) (Kenji Furuya & DJ Bots [from 'Dragon Ash'] with 'Steady&Co.')
2002
  • "Life goes on"
  • "FANTASISTA"
2003
  • "morrow"
  • "Revive"
  • "Episode 4" (feat. SHUN & SHIGEO [from 'SBK'])
  • "MOB SQUAD Part II" (feat. ONO-G, Kuro-nee [from 'Source'] & PASSER, HUNTER [from 'MACH25'] (Kenji Furuya [from 'Dragon Ash'] with 'MOB SQUAD')
2004
  • "Shade"
2005
  • "crush the window"
  • "Yuunagi UNION" ('夕凪UNION; Twilight UNION')
  • "Los Lobos"
  • "Palmas Rock" (feat. UZI-ONE [from 'AGGRESSIVE DOGS'])
  • "Scarlet Needle"
2006
  • "Ivory"
  • "few lights till night"
  • "Yume de Aetara" ('夢で逢えたら; If We Met in My Dream')
2007
  • "Fly"
  • "Wipe Your Eyes" (feat. Kaori Mochida [from 'Every Little Thing'])
2008
  • "Velvet Touch"
  • "Tsunagari SUNSET" ('繋がりSUNSET; Linking Sunset')
2009
  • "La Bamba"
  • "Unmei Kyoudoutai" ('運命共同体; Fate Cooperative System')
  • "Callin'"
2010
  • "AMBITIOUS"
  • "ROCK BAND" (feat. Ko-Ji Zero Three [from 'GNz-WORD'] & Satoshi [from 'YAMAARASHI'])
  • "Time of Your Life"
2011
  • "Economy Class"
  • "Fire Song"
  • "Sky is the Limit (feat. Takuma [from '10-FEET'])"
2012
  • "Walk with Dreams"
  • "Run to the Sun"
2013
  • "Here I Am"
  • "Trigger"
  • "Lily"
2014
  • "The Show Must Go On"
  • "Blow Your Mind"
  • "Curtain Call"
  • "The Live" (feat. KenKen [from 'RIZE'])

Collaboration music videos[edit]

1999
  • Sugar Soul - "Garden" (featuring KJ of Dragon Ash)
  • Wyolica - "Kaze o Atsumete" (featuring KJ of Dragon Ash)
2000
  • Miho - "Esperanza" (featuring KJ of Dragon Ash)
  • SBK (Skateboard King) - "Episode 1" (featuring KJ of Dragon Ash)
2001
  • Air - "Right Riot" (featuring KJ of Dragon Ash)
2003
  • Mondo Grosso - "Shinin'" (featuring KJ of Dragon Ash)
2004
  • m-flo - "Way You Move" (featuring Dragon Ash)
2006
  • Skapontas - "Amber Music" (featuring KJ of Dragon Ash)
2008
  • Ko-Ji Zero Three - "Esperanza" (featuring KJ of Dragon Ash)
  • SBK (Skateboard King) - "Episode 5" (featuring KJ of Dragon Ash)
2009
  • Miss Monday - "The Light" (featuring KJ of Dragon Ash)
2010
  • Dabo - "AZS" (featuring KJ of Dragon Ash)
2011
  • Special Others - "Sailin'" (featuring KJ of Dragon Ash)
2012
  • Japan United with Music - "All You Need Is Love" (with KJ of Dragon Ash)
2013
  • Ally & Diaz - "After the Rain" (with KJ of Dragon Ash x Leyona)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dragon Ash Official Website : BIOGRAPHY 1996". Dragon Ash Official Website (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  2. ^ "Dragon Ashのプロフィール・ヒストリーならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  3. ^ "Dragon Ashのベスト2作が初日1、2位独占!". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-12-22. 

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