Dragon Ash

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Dragon Ash
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Rap rock
Years active 1996–present
Labels Victor Entertainment/Mob Squad
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. Dragon Ash is a member of Mob Squad, which is an affiliation with the bands Source and Endive. Dragon Ash uses the French fleur-de-lis as their band logo/symbol.

History[edit]

Dragon Ash started out as a punk rock group. 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, they took on bass player Ikuzo Baba, ten years their senior. The group debuted in 1997 with two EPs at the beginning of the year, The Day Dragged On and Public Garden, influenced by Nirvana. By the end of the year and time of their release, Mustang!, the group had progressed to a blend of various pop and rock influences.

Through 1998 their popularity increased, and by the time of Buzz Songs, their sound had solidified to rap rock, 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.

Dragon Ashs fourth single, "Let Yourself Go, Let Myself Go", reached number 7 on the Oricon Weekly Singles chart, and eventually climbed to number 4, selling a total of 640,000 copies. The band simultaneously released their fifth and sixth singles, "Grateful Days" and "I Love Hip Hop", which debuted at number 3 and number 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 three 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 1999 and it hit number 1 on its debut week. The album has sold in excess of 2,000,000 copies.

During 1999, Dragon Ash had become a four-piece, with DJ Bots essential to the mix. 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. The full band released Lily of da Valley in 2001.

Dragon Ash collaborated with the hip hop group Rappagariya on "Deep Impact" in 2000. 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 number 1 upon their debut.[3]

Bandleader Kenji Furuya released his first solo album Everything Becomes The Music from Victor Entertainment in mid-2015. Following his solo debut song "Swallow Dive" in March 2015, anime director Kenji Kamiyama directed a music video for "Stairway", the leading track from the album.

Members[edit]

  • Kenji "KJ" Furuya (降谷建志) – lead vocals, MC, guitar, latin percussion, songwriter, composer, producer, bandleader (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, Adidas & Ray-ban (including appearing in a Japanese commercials for these brands). Kenji Furuya had been the spokesperson for the Sony Walkman series in the late 1990s and early 2000s (during the Walkman popularity in Japan), appearing in many commercials featuring Dragon Ash's latest music releases. In July 2008, Kenji married Japanese singer/actress Megumi Yamano, who he had been dating since 2005. Kenji has appeared in various Japanese movies with main and cameo roles, and has also made his J-Drama debut in 2013, appeared as an actor in the NHK drama Yae of Sakura. K.J.'s father Ikko Furuya is also a well known actor in Japan.
  • Makoto "MAKOTO" Sakurai (桜井誠) – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1996–present)
    • Makoto is also a lover of cooking; he has written two cookbooks in Japan.
  • 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 joined Dragon Ash in 1999. In 2015 DJ Bots completed a DJ mix album for Dragon Ash, titled 'dodecahedron mix "by DJ BOTS". Tetsuya an avid fan for the sport of soccer; he is also the captain of his own official soccer team.
  • Hiroki "HIROKI" Sugiyama (杉山弘樹) – electric guitar [support member] (2000–2003), [band member] (2003–present)
    • Hiroki was first a support member for Dragon ash from 2000, then became a full-time member in 2003 as the main guitarist.
  • Atsushi "ATSUSHI" Takahashi (高橋アツシ) – dance choreographer, dance, performing arts [support member] (2001–2003), [band member] (2003–present)
    • In 2009, founded the dance movement/project "Power of Life".
  • Masaki "DRI-V" Chiba (千葉雅紀) – dance, performing arts [support member] (2001–2003), [band member] (2003–present)
    • Dri-V first joined Dragon Ash being introduced by Japanese Hiphop group Rip Slyme. He was first a support member for Dragon ash from 2001, then a full member in 2003. From 2015 Masaki has started his own project and YouTube channel called Dri-V Dance School.

Former members

  • Ikuzo "IKÜZÖNE" Baba (馬場育三) – bass, mentor (1996–2012)
    • Ikuzone had a long-term friendship with Japanese rock musician hide (X-Japan). Ikuzone's musical influences came from Japanese metal. He died on April 21, 2012, from acute heart failure.

Support member

  • Kensuke "KENKEN" Kaneko (金子賢輔) – bass (2011–present)
    • 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 (1,000,000) [million]
  • [1999.07.23] Viva La Revolution (2,000,000) [2 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]
  • [2009.03.04] Freedom (100,000) [gold]
  • [2010.12.08] Mixture (100,000) [gold]
  • [2012.08.22] Loud & Peace (100,000) [gold]
  • [2014.01.15] The Faces (100,000) [gold]
Single
  • [1998.05.21] "Hi wa Mata Noborikuri Kaesu" (200,000) [gold]
  • [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.'))
  • [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]
  • [2004.07.14] "Shade" (100,000) [gold]
  • [2005.06.01] "Crush the Window" (100,000) [gold]
  • [2005.07.13] "Yuunagi Union" (100,000) [gold]

Best Selling Music Artists List in Japan (Top 50 of all time)

  • [1996–present] Dragon Ash Total Sales (15,000,000+)

Top 5 highest weekly Oricon chart ranking milestones[edit]

Album

  • [1999.07.23] Viva La Revolution (No.1)
  • [2001.03.14] Lily Of Da Valley (No.2)
  • [2001.11.28] Chambers (No.2) ((Kenji Furuya & DJ Bots with 'Steady&Co.'))
  • [2003.07.23] Harvest (No.1)
  • [2005.09.09] Río de Emoción (No.1)
  • [2007.02.21] Independiente (No.4)
  • [2007.09.05] The Best of Dragon Ash with Changes Vol. 1 (No.3)
  • [2007.09.05] The Best of Dragon Ash with Changes Vol. 2 (No.2)
  • [2012.08.22] Loud & Peace (No.3)
  • [2014.01.15] The Faces (No.3)

Single

  • [1999.03.03] "Let Yourself Go, Let Myself Go" (No.4)
  • [1999.05.01] "Grateful Days" (feat. Zeebra & ACO) (No.1)
  • [1999.05.01] "I Love Hip Hop" (No.4)
  • [1999.09.08] "Garden" (No.2) ((Sugar Soul feat. Kenji Furuya of 'Dragon Ash'))
  • [2000.03.15] "Deep Impact" (feat. Rappagariya) (No.2)
  • [2000.07.12] "Summer Tribe" (No.4)
  • [2000.11.29] "Lily's e.p." (No.2)
  • [2001.07.08] "Stay Gold" (No.2) ((Kenji Furuya & DJ Bots with 'Steady&Co.'))
  • [2001.10.24] "Shunkashuutou" (No.2) ((Kenji Furuya & DJ Bots with 'Steady&Co.'))
  • [2002.01.23] "Life goes on" (No.1)
  • [2002.03.06] "FANTASISTA" (No.1)
  • [2003.06.25] "Morrow" (No.2)
  • [2004.07.14] "Shade" (No.2)
  • [2005.06.01] "Crush the Window" (No.2)
  • [2005.07.13] "Yuunagi Union" (No.4)

DVD/Blu-ray

  • [2001.04.18] LILY DA VIDEO (No.2)
  • [2014.09.17] Live Tour THE SHOW MUST GO ON Final At BUDOKAN May 31, 2014 (No.3)

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)
  • 2016 Dragon Ash '~The Lives' National Tour~ (all 8 performances)

Accomplishments Timeline[edit]

1997

  • Oricon Album Sales – Mustang! (200,000)
1998
  • Oricon Album Sales – Buzz Songs (1 Million)
  • Oricon Single Sales – "Hi wa Mata Noborikuri Kaesu" (200,000)
  • 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 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 Weekly Album Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking – Lily of da Valley (No. 2)
  • 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 – "Lily's E.P." (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)
  • 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 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)
  • 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

  • Japan Gold Disc Awards - Rock Album of the Year - Harvest (Winner)
  • 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 Single Sales - Shade (100,000)
  • 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 Single Sales - Yuunagi UNION (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)
  • Oricon Weekly Album Chart Top 10 Ranking 2 Albums At The Same Time (September 2007) - The Best of Dragon Ash with Changes Vol. 2 (No. 2) , The Best of Dragon Ash with Changes Vol. 1 (No. 3)
  • 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 Album Sales - Freedom (100,000)
  • Oricon Weekly Album Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Freedom (No. 6)
  • Dragon Ash '~FREEDOM~ National Tour' (all 19 performances)
  • Summer Sonic Music Festival - Multiple Appearances (2000, 2002, 2009)
  • Rising Sun Rock Festival - Multiple Appearances (1999, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009)
2010
  • Oricon Album Sales - Mixture (100,000)
  • 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)
  • MUSIC ON TV Music Festival - Multiple Appearances (2007, 2009-2010)
2011
  • Goo Ranking Top 15 Most Talented Second-Generation Japanese Artists of All Time - (Kenji Furuya 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 Album Sales - Loud & Peace (100,000)
  • Oricon Weekly Album Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Loud & Peace (No. 3)
  • Dragon Ash '~REST IN PEACE IKÜZÖNE~ National Tour' (all five performances)
  • SETSTOCK Rock Festival - Multiple Appearances (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011-2012)
2013
  • Oricon Weekly DVD/Blu-ray Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Live & Piece (No. 8)
  • Shonan Oto Matsuri Festival - Consecutive Appearances (2006-2013)
2014
  • Oricon Album Sales - The Faces (100,000)
  • 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)
  • Dragon Ash '~THE SHOW MUST GO ON~ National Tour' (all 19 performances)
  • Space Shower TV - Sweet Love Shower Music Festival - Multiple Appearances (2007, 2009, 2012, 2014)
  • Monster Bash Rock Festival - Multiple Appearances (2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013-2014)
2015
  • Oricon Weekly Album Chart Top 10 Highest Ranking - Everything Becomes The Music (Kenji Furuya of Dragon Ash) (No. 8)
  • Kyoto Strategy Rock Festival - Consecutive Appearances (2007-2015)
  • RUSH BALL Rock Festival - Multiple Appearances (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005-2008, 2010, 2012-2013, 2015)
2016
  • Victor Entertainment Rock Matsuri Festival - Consecutive Appearances (2014-2016)
  • ROCK in JAPAN Festival - Consecutive Appearances (2000-2016)

Discography[edit]

EPs
Albums
Compilation albums
Side Project/Remix Albums
Vinyl records
  • [1998.12.19] Free Your Mind #33
  • [2000.03.15] Deep Impact (feat. Rappagariya)
  • [2000.07.12] Summer Tribe
  • [2000.07.26] TMC Graffiti ((Kenji Furuya & DJ BOTS with 'TMC ALLSTARS'))
  • [2000.08.23] Episode 2 (feat. Shun & Shigeo from SBK)
  • [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)
  • [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.'))
  • [2001.12.01] One Holy Story ((Kenji Furuya & DJ BOTS with 'Steady&Co.'))
  • [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
  • [2016.11.09] Hikari no Machi (光りの街; The City of Light)
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.'))
  • [2006.04.05] Injurious (Tribute song for Kurt Kobain) ((KJ (Dragon Ash) & SHIGEO (SBK) as 'LAS VELAS'))
  • [2015.05.20] Stairway ((Kenji Furuya of Dragon Ash))
  • [2015.12.16] Prom Night ((Kenji Furuya of Dragon Ash))

Digital download-limited singles

  • [2009.08.01] CALLIN'
  • [2010.10.20] ROCK BAND' (feat. Ko-Ji Zero Three [from 'GNz-WORD'] & Satoshi [from 'YAMAARASHI'])
  • [2012.07.04] Walk with Dreams
  • [2014.01.22] Curtain Call
  • [2015.03.16] Swallow Dive ((Kenji Furuya of Dragon Ash))
B-Side exclusive songs from singles
  • [1998.07.23] Face to Face
  • [1999.03.03] M
  • [2000.03.15] Kyuujitsu
  • [2000.03.15] Lily Da Kid
  • [2001.07.08] Mellow Jam (Kenji Furuya & DJ BOTS of 'Dragon Ash' with 'Steady&Co.')
  • [2001.10.24] Fall Time Flow (Kenji Furuya & DJ BOTS of 'Dragon Ash' with 'Steady&Co.')
  • [2002.01.23] Snowscape
  • [2002.03.06] Patience
  • [2003.03.19] Thousand Times
  • [2004.07.14] The Lilly
  • [2005.07.13] Spriggan
  • [2006.07.19] Grief for a While
  • [2006.07.19] F.C. Fellows
  • [2006.09.27] Sleep Tight
  • [2008.12.03] Thought & Action
  • [2010.11.03] Ghost Remains (feat. UZI-ONE)
  • [2010.11.03] Partial Blind
  • [2013.05.29] Dance with Apps
  • [2013.11.27] Somewhere
  • [2015.05.20] Skin & Bones (Kenji Furuya of 'Dragon Ash')
  • [2015.12.16] Unchain My Heart (Kenji Furuya of 'Dragon Ash')
  • [2015.12.16] Late Hours (Kenji Furuya of 'Dragon Ash')
  • [2016.11.09] Headbang
Collaborations [With Dragon Ash]
  • [1998.12.19] Fever [Free Your Mind Remix] (feat. MIHO)
  • [1999.05.01] Grateful Days (feat. Zeebra & ACO)
  • [1999.07.23] Nouvelle Vague #2 (feat. Mayumi Chiwaki)
  • [1999.07.23] Viva la Revolution (feat. MIHO)
  • [2000.03.15] Deep Impact (feat. Rappagariya)
  • [2000.07.26] TMC Graffiti (Kenji Furuya & DJ BOTS [from Dragon Ash] with 'TMC ALLSTARS')
  • [2000.08.23] Episode 2 (feat. Shun & Shigeo from SBK)
  • [2001.11.28] Chambers [Full Album] ((Kenji Furuya & DJ BOTS [from Dragon Ash], Shigeo [from SBK] & Illmari [from Rip Slyme] as 'Steady&Co.'))
  • [2002.03.06] Mob Squad (feat. ONO-G, Kuro-nee [from 'Source'] & PASSER, HUNTER [from 'MACH25'])
  • [2003.03.19] Mob Squad II (feat. ONO-G, Kuro-nee [from 'Source'] & PASSER, HUNTER [from 'MACH25'])
  • [2003.07.23] United Rhythm (feat. 43K, EIG from POSSIBILITY)
  • [2003.07.23] Episode 4 (feat. Shun & Shigeo from SBK)
  • [2005.06.01] Resound (feat. HIDE [from DT.] & 136)
  • [2005.09.07] Palmas Rock (feat. UZI-ONE from AGGRESSIVE DOGS)
  • [2005.09.07] Loca Burnin' (feat. Ainee [from Smorgas] & Shinji Takeda)
  • [2007.02.21] El Alma (feat. Shinji Takeda)
  • [2007.02.21] Luz Del Sol (feat. Daizo from Ketsumeishi)
  • [2007.09.05] Wipe Your Eyes (feat. Kaori Mochida from Every Little Thing)
  • [2009.03.04] Episode 6 (feat. Shun & Shigeo from SBK)
  • [2010.06.16] Sky is the Limit (feat. Takumi from 10FEET)
  • [2010.06.16] Beat Surf (feat. PES [from Rip Slyme] & VERBAL [from M-Flo])
  • [2010.11.03] Ghost Remains (feat. UZI-ONE from AGGRESSIVE DOGS)
  • [2010.11.03] Rock Band (feat. Satoshi [from Yamaarashi] & KO-JI ZERO THREE [from GNZ-WORD)
  • [2014.01.15] Still Goin' On (feat. 50caliber, HAKU the ANUBIZ & WEZ from YALLA FAMILY)
  • [2014.01.15] The Live (feat. KenKen from RIZE)
Remixes [Produced by Dragon Ash]
  • [1998.09.02] Invitation [Buzz Mix]
  • [1998.12.19] Fever [Free Your Mind Remix] (feat. MIHO)
  • [1999.05.01] Grateful Days [Remix] (feat. Zeebra & ACO)
  • [2000.07.12] Summer Tribe [Komorebi Mix]
  • [2000.11.29] Shizuka na Hibi no Kaidan wo [e.p. version]
  • [2003.07.23] Mob Squad [RITMO ACELERADO Remix]
  • [2004.03.24] Landscape [Techno-X Mix]
  • [2015.03.09] Viva La Revolution [Paint The Lily Remix]
Hidden tracks from albums
  • [1998.09.02] Iceman
  • [1999.07.23] Hot Cake
  • [2001.03.14] Hanakotoba (花言葉; The Language of Flowers)
  • [2005.09.19] Something In View
List of songs inspired by 'Floriography' (The Language of Flowers)
  • [1997.04.23] Public Garden
  • [2000.03.15] Lily Da Kid
  • [2001.03.14] Yuri no Saku Basho De (百合の咲く場所で; At the Place where the Lily Blooms)
  • [2001.03.14] Lily of da Valley
  • [2001.03.14] Hanakotoba (花言葉; The Language of Flowers)
  • [2003.07.23] Landscape
  • [2003.07.23] Harvest
  • [2004.07.14] The Lilly
  • [2005.09.09] Cloverleaf
  • [2013.11.27] Lily
Cover Songs
Tribute/Inspired Songs
  • [1999.05.01] Freedom of Expression ((Hard rock song with intense singing vocals with lyrics inspired by the love for original hiphop culture))
  • [1999.05.01] I Love HIP HOP ((Hiphop song with rap vocals and soft rock sound samples with lyrics inspired by the love for original hiphop culture))
  • [1999.07.23] Viva la Revolution ((Song inspired by Revolutionary 'Che Guevara'))
  • [2001.03.14] Lily of da Valley ((Song inspired by the flower 'Lily of the Valley'))
  • [2001.03.14] Hanakotoba (花言葉; The Language of Flowers) ((Song inspired by 'Floriography'))
  • [2001.03.14] Yuri no Saku Basho De (百合の咲く場所で; At the Place where the Lilly Blooms) ((Song inspired and known as the Dragon Ash Mosh Pit Song'))
  • [2002.03.06] Fantasista (Dragon Ash Official Anthem Song) ((Song inspired by the soccer methodical position 'Playmaker', also known as 'Fantasista' within soccer analytics))
  • [2003.07.23] Byakuya ((Tribute song for fictional animation character 'Byakuya' from the anime/manga 'Iyunusha'))
  • [2003.07.23] Art of Delta ((Song inspired consisting of the fusion by the expression of creativity 'Art' and one of the linguistics from the greek alphabet 'Delta'))
  • [2004.07.14] The Lilly ((Poem originally by Writer 'William Blake'))
  • [2005.07.13] Spriggan ((Tribute song for Anime/Manga 'Spriggan'))
  • [2005.09.09] Los Lobos ((Song inspired by Mexican band 'Los Lobos'))
  • [2005.09.09] Palmas Rock ((Song inspired by the handclapping style from Flamenco music known as 'Palmas'))
  • [2006.04.05] Injurious (KJ (Dragon Ash) & SHIGEO (SBK) as 'LAS VELAS') ((Tribute song for Kurt Kobain))
  • [2006.07.19] F.C. Fellows ((Song inspired by the international sport 'Soccer'))
  • [2007.02.21] Samba'n'bass ((Song inspired by the fusion of musical genres; the dance style music of Brazil 'Samba', the electronic music of the UK 'Drum & Bass'))
  • [2007.09.05] For divers area ((Song inspired by the Brazilian genres 'Samba' & 'Bossa Nova', and the rock music tradition during concerts known as 'stage diving'))
  • [2009.03.04] Dear Mosh Pit ((Song inspired by the genre 'Folk Music', and the rock music tradition during concerts known as 'moshing'))
  • [2013.05.29] Dance with Apps ((Song inspired by the utilization of producing music via a mobile device application))
Songs included in Anime/Film Soundtracks & Official Commercials
Unreleased Songs/Live Performed Only
Cover Songs Performed Live 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
  • [2016.11.09] The Lives at Ishimaki Blue Resistance June 24, 2016
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
Cookbooks
  • [2011.05.01] Sakurai Dining Room Family Rice ((Makoto Sakurai of Dragon Ash))
  • [2012.08.29] Sakurai Cafeteria Pasta ((Makoto Sakurai of Dragon Ash))
  • [2017.xx.xx] Sakurai BBQ ((Makoto Sakurai of Dragon Ash))
Mobile Phone Apps
  • [2013.07.22] Dragon Ash Official App for Android
  • [2013.12.06] Dragon Ash Official App for iPhone

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'])
2015
  • "Dodecahedron Mix"
  • "Everything Becomes The Music" (Kenji Furuya [from 'Dragon Ash'])
  • "Swallow Dive" (Kenji Furuya [from 'Dragon Ash'])
  • "Stairway" (Kenji Furuya [from 'Dragon Ash'])
  • "One Voice" (Kenji Furuya [from 'Dragon Ash'])
  • "Prom Night" (Kenji Furuya [from 'Dragon Ash'])
2016
  • "Hikari no Machi (光りの街; The City of Light)

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)
2015
  • AA= - "M SPECIES" (featuring KJ of Dragon Ash)
2016
  • YEN TOWN BAND - "my town" (featuring KJ of Dragon Ash)
  • JiLL - "Make the Road" (featuring KJ of Dragon Ash & YALLA FAMILY)

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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