Hilcrhyme

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Hilcrhyme
ヒルクライム
Origin Japan
Genres Reggae
hip hop
J-pop
Years active 2004 (2004)–present
Labels Universal Music Japan
Associated acts Boxer, Sunsqritt
Website www.hilcrhyme.com
Members Toc, DJ Katsu

Hilcrhyme (ヒルクライム Hirukuraimu?) is a Japanese two member hip-hop group. They are best known for their 2009 hit song "Shunkashūtō," which has been certified for 1,000,000 cellphone digital downloads and 1,000,000 ringtone downloads separately.[1][2] The group was named the New Artist of the Year at the 24th Japan Gold Disc Awards.[3]

The band's name is a pun on the Japanese pronunciation of hillclimb and the word rhyme.

Biography[edit]

Hilcrhyme first met when Toc performed at a regular music event called Nettaiya, organised by DJ Katsu. After the event finished in 2005, the pair focused working together as a duo, mostly centering their activities around Niigata.

The pair's first official release together came in March 2007, when they released Nettaiya, a demo album. In July 2008, the group released their debut single, "Mō Byebye," independently through Nao Plan management. Hilcrhyme debuted as a major label artist a later, under Universal.

The group's second major label single, "Shunkashūtō," became a massive digital hit in Japan and brought the group to fame. It has currently sold more than 1,000,000 cellphone digital downloads, 1,000,000 ringtone downloads and 100,000 PC downloads.[1][2] Since then, the band's next single (a re-release of "Mō Byebye") and their debut single, "Jun'ya to Manami," have been certified for being downloaded more than 100,000 times as a cellphone download.[1][4]

Their song "Loose Leaf" was selected as the theme of the 2010 drama adaption of manga Flunk Punk Rumble, becoming their first drama tie-in theme song.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Information Oricon
Albums
Charts
[6]
Reported
sales
[6]
2007 Nettaiya (熱帯夜 Tropical Night?)
  • Released: March, 2007
  • Independently released demo album
  • Formats: Free download
2010 Recital (リサイタル Risaitaru?) 2 202,000
2010 MESSAGE
2010 RISING

Singles[edit]

Release Title Notes Chart positions Oricon
sales
[6]
Album
Oricon Singles Charts
[6]
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[7]
RIAJ digital tracks
[8]
2008 "Mō Bye Bye" (もうバイバイ Bye Bye Once More?) Independent release. 80 1,800 Recital
2009 "Jun'ya to Manami" (純也と真菜実 Junya and Manami?) 24 53 38 8,000
"Shunkashūtō" (春夏秋冬 Four Seasons?) 6 2 1 138,000
"Mō Bye Bye" (もうバイバイ Bye Bye Once More?) Major label re-release. 18 21 3 14,000
2010 "Daijōbu" (大丈夫 Alright?) 6 6 1 35,000 MESSAGE
"Loose Leaf" (ルーズリーフ Rūzu Rīfu?) 7 9 1 35,000
2011 "Okubyo na Ookami" (臆病な狼 Cowardly Wolf?) RISING
"No One"
"Personal COLOR" (パーソナルCOLOR Paasonaru COLOR?)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c レコード協会調べ 12月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:12月度認定>. RIAJ (in Japanese). January 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  2. ^ a b レコード協会調べ 2月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:2月度認定>. RIAJ (in Japanese). March 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  3. ^ "THE JAPAN GOLD DISC AWARD 2010" (in Japanese). RIAJ. February 24, 2010. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ レコード協会調べ 3月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:3月度認定>. RIAJ (in Japanese). April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  5. ^ ヒルクライム、新曲が初のドラマ主題歌に決定. Oricon (in Japanese). 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  6. ^ a b c d "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved 2010-04-26.  (subscription only)
  7. ^ "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard. 
  8. ^ 有料音楽配信チャート (in Japanese). RIAJ. 

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