Tofubeats

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Tofubeats
Birth nameYūsuke Kawai (河合 佑亮)
Also known asDJ Newtown
Born (1990-11-26) 26 November 1990 (age 30)
Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
GenresHip hop, house
Occupation(s)Singer, record producer, DJ
Years active2008–present
LabelsWarner Music Japan
Unborde
HIHATT
Maltine Records
Associated actslyrical school
Chisato Moritaka
Websitetofubeats.persona.co

Yūsuke Kawai (河合 佑亮, Kawai Yūsuke, born 26 November 1990),[1][2] known professionally as Tofubeats, is a Japanese singer, record producer, and DJ.

Kawai began producing music at the age of 14. Under the name "DJ Newtown," he initially distributed his music online through websites such as 2channel and YouTube. He later released music with Maltine Records, a Japanese netlabel, before signing with the Warner Music Japan sublabel Unborde in 2013.[1][3] Kawai also manages HIHATT, a label he launched in 2018.[4]

The video for his song "No. 1 feat. G.Rina" was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award Japan for Best Dance Video (in 2014),[5][6][7][8][9] and his album titled First Album for the Grand Prix at the 2015 CD Shop Awards.[10][11][12][13]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

No. Album details Charts
JPN
[14]
1 Lost Decade
  • First album
  • Released: 24 April 2013 (2013-04-24)
40
EP1 Don't Stop The Music
  • First EP on a major label
  • Released: 13 November 2013 (2013-11-13)
26
EP2 Disco no Kami-sama (ディスコの神様)
  • Second EP on a major label
  • Released: 30 April 2014 (2014-04-30)
35
1 First Album
  • First album on a major label
  • Released: 2 October 2014 (2014-10-02)
11
2 Positive
  • Second album on a major label
  • Released: 16 September 2015 (2015-09-16)
13
3 Fantasy Club
  • Third album on a major label
  • Released: 24 May 2017 (2017-05-24)
19
4 Run
  • Fourth album on a major label
  • Released: 3 October 2018 (2018-10-03)
22
EP3 TBEP
  • Released: 27 March 2020 (2020-03-27)
70
Mini-albums
  1. Future (14 June 2011)
Remix albums
  1. Lost Decade Remixes (19 September 2013)
  2. First Album Remixes (28 January 2015)
  3. Positive Remixes (20 January 2016)
  4. Fantasy Club Remixes & Instrumentals (27 July 2018)
  5. RUN Remixes (4 September 2020)

Singles[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Title Director(s)
"Her Favorite" feat. Okadada & "Koromogae"
"Oshiete Kensaku" feat. Noko
"Shopping Mall"
"Callin"
tofubeats
"Suisei" feat. Onomatope Daijin Arasounara Ōkan Moyase
"Come On Honey!" feat. Arai Hitomi from Tokyo Girls' Style Shunsuke Sugiyama, Kuroudo Furuya, and Shōta Mori
"poolside" feat. PES (RIP SLYME) Shunsuke Sugiyama, Kuroudo Furuya, and Hiroyuki Ohashi
"No.1" feat. G.Rina Takuya Hosogane and Shunsuke Sugiyama
"Don't Stop The Music" feat. Chisato Moritaka
"Disco no Kamisama" feat. Takashi Fujii
"BABY"
Yuki Mori
"Stakeholder" Shunsuke Sugiyama, Yūya Yamaguchi, and Takuma Miyamoto
"Lonely Nights" Ryoji Kamiyama

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kobe's tofubeats moves from blogs to the big time". Japan Times. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "作品データベース検索". JASRAC. 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "tofubeats calls on pals for his 'First Album'". Japan Times. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Don't Stop The Music: Introduction To tofubeats, Bridging Netlabels with J-pop". OTAQUEST. 13 May 2020. Retrieved 4 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "VMAJ 2014: Our Moment in Music History". MTV 81 (in Japanese). Viacom International Inc. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "VMAJ 2014: We Ask MTV Japan's Interns to Share Their Picks!". MTV 81 (in Japanese). Viacom International Inc. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "ミュージックビデオの国際的授賞式「MTV VMAJ 2014」最優秀ダンスポップビデオ部門に「No.1 feat. G.RINA」がノミネート!|tofubeats|ワーナーミュージック・ジャパン" (in Japanese). Warner Music Japan. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Best Dance Video | MTV VMAJ 2014". MTV Japan (in Japanese). Viacom International Inc. n.d. Retrieved 26 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "MTV Japan Unveils 'MTV VMAJ 2014' Nominations" (in Japanese). MTV Asia. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "第7回CDショップ大賞2015に「First Album」がノミネート|tofubeats|ワーナーミュージック・ジャパン" (in Japanese). Warner Music Japan. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Barks (6 February 2015). "tofubeats、4/1に新作『STAKEHOLDER』リリース" (in Japanese). Yahoo! Japan. Retrieved 26 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "tofubeats、メジャー3枚目となるEPが4月1日発売 – TOWER RECORDS ONLINE" (in Japanese). Tower Records Japan. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "「CDショップ大賞」二次ノミネートに大森靖子、林檎、しゃちほこら" (in Japanese). Natalie. 6 January 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "tofubeatsのアルバム売上ランキング" (in Japanese). Oricon. n.d. Retrieved 26 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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