The theme made its debut at the 2012 Golden Globes
Yoshiki played many of the instruments himself before adding a string orchestra
Proceeds will be donated to charities chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association
On Jan. 15, one year since its debut on the awards show, the Golden Globes musical theme will be digitally released on iTunes in 111 countries.
In addition to toasting the song’s first birthday, the release commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Globes. This year’s ceremonies will air live on Jan. 13 (NBC, 8 p.m. ET/ 5 PT) from Beverly Hills.
The theme was composed in late 2011 by Asian superstar Yoshiki, a classical multi-instrumentalist and drummer for rock band X-Japan. He plays drums, guitar, bass and piano on the string-laden tune. All proceeds from the sale of the full-length single, a sweeping Hollywood-inspired rock/classical instrumental, will go to charity.
“It’s such an honor to be a part of this esteemed event, which is enjoyed by hundreds of millions around the world,” Yoshiki said in a statement. “Composing this music was a journey that involved creating numerous versions in order to arrive at just the right sound to capture the unique combination of glamour and edginess that makes the Golden Globe Awards so entertaining. I’m very proud of the result and am thrilled that Warner Music has chosen to make it available around the world.”
The three-hour awards show, with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will honor achievements in movies and TV and be broadcast to more than 192 countries.
What with the sound and fury of yesterday’s Oscars nominations, you may have missed the fact that another big awards show is set to actually take the stage this weekend. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards airs this Sunday on NBC, and even though there’ll probably be more self-congratulatory Foreign Press Association moments than usual thanks to the round number anniversary, this year promises to be a good one: Comedy dream team Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be hosting, and they’ve already drawn up a drinking game… involving meat!
But before all that, we will be treated to the Golden Globes Opening Theme Song, a string-drenched, sweeping affair that — be honest! — may raise a goose bump or two. It’s easy to think of awards show theme songs as somehow existing since the beginning of time, but someone actually writes them. In the exclusive video below, the composer of this year’s opener, the popular Japanese musician Yoshiki Hayashi, explains how he combined classical and rock elements to capture the show’s “hearty” vibe.
Aficionados know Yoshiki, as he’s called, as the leader of the heavy metal band X Japan, and pioneer of a flashy, Bowievian dress style embraced by Japanese rock stars, called visual kei. Yoshiki is also apparently something of a polymath: in this composition, which debuted at the 2012 Golden Globes, he reportedly plays the drums, guitar, bass and piano.
The Foreign Press Association is betting on that rock star cache to raise the profile of a typically sidelined genre. Yoshiki’s theme song will be released worldwide as a full-length single in 111 countries on January 15, with all proceeds going to charity.
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The Golden Globes air Sunday, January 13 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on NBC.
YOSHIKI will attend the unveiling ceremony of his wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong May 26 2012, 15:00.
Be there to witness this special event! For more information, please visit http://www.madametussauds.com/HongKong/en/Default.aspx
X Japan took home the award for Best International Band Wednesday night at the Golden Gods Awards, becoming the first Asian band to ever be nominated for a Golden Gods Award. Yoshiki accepted the awards on behalf of the band, saying:
“Thank you Revolver. Thank you so much for recognizing us. Some people might have heard of us, we’re from Japan. Well, our band name is X Japan. We toured North America in 2010, and did our first world tour last year. Now we are finishing our first worldwide debut album. And we are planning on doing another world tour soon. And to our beloved fans: Thank you so much for your support, we are going to keep on rocking. And we fucking love you.”
WE ARE X!!!!!!
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X Japan, one of Japan’s hottest rock commodities, took home the prize for ‘Best International Band’ last night (April 11) at the fourth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards.
Hand delivered by members of Anthrax, X Japan drummer/leader Yoshiki was on hand to accept the award.”Thank you Revolver, thank you so much for recognizing us,” said Yoshiki during his acceptance speech. He continued, “Some people might have heard of us, we’re from Japan. We toured North America in 2010, and did our first world tour last year.” He went on to tell the crowd that they’re working on finishing up their first English album with a world tour to follow.
As with any great acceptance speech, it ended with Yoshiki thanking the loyal X Japan following, “To our beloved fans, thank you so much for your support, we are going to keep on rocking.”
It’s hard to emphasize the success of X Japan in their home country. With monster sales in the 30 million albums range and selling out the Tokyo Dome a record setting 18 times, their popularity is overflowing.
Another testament to their fanbase is X Japan’s inclusion in the Loudwire Cage Match Hall of Fame after beating out a slew of serious contenders from Black Veil Brides to Jane’s Addiction.
X Japan se llevó el premio Golden Gods por “Mejor banda internacional”, una categoría donde fueron la primer banda de Asia nominada y, por ende, la primer banda de Asia en llevarse el título.
X Japan competía con otras bandas como Rammstein (Alemania), Lacuna Coil (Italia), Sepultura (Brasil), Behemoth (Polonia) y Meshuggah (Suiza).
Yoshiki, presente en la entrega, declaró:
“Gracias Revolver. Muchas gracias por reconocernos”.
Al salto de la entrada encontrarás más detalles y declaraciones del líder de la banda:
“Algunas personas nos han escuchado, somos de Japón. Bueno, nuestro nombre es X Japan. Realizamos una gira por Norte América en el 2010, e hicimos nuestra pimer gira mundial el año pasado. Ahora hemos terminado nuestra gira y lanzado nuestro álbum mundial debut. Y ahora planeamos otra gira mundial pronto.
A nuestros queridos fans: Muchas gracias por su apoyo, seguiremos rockeando. Y los amamos muchísimo (-en realidad dijo And we fucking love you-)”
La premiación se llevó a cabo en Los Angeles, y esta es la cuarta premiación que se lleva a cabo.
Otros ganadores fueron Korn, Evanescence, Slash y Avenged Sevenfold.
Un gran logro para X Japan.