Kohaku Uta Gassen
, broadcast on Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, is the annual music program in Japan which has continued to be the most popular TV program each year for the past 70 years. With an unprecedented viewership of over 40%, it has long been
viewed as the true barometer of status for domestic artists with an unrivalled influence on an artist's profile, status, and sales in Japan.
In light of the difficulties faced by people all over the world in 2020 and with a pressing desire for togetherness, NHK intends to conclude this year’s broadcast with a special performance featuring the show’s biggest artists playing X JAPAN
's hit song Endless Rain
, which was composed by YOSHIKI
NHK has invited Queen
’s Roger Taylor
and Brian May
to perform. Taylor
co-wrote Foreign Sand
in 1994, and they have been friends ever since. Also, YOSHIKI
opened the 2015 Classic Rock
in London with a performance of Queen
’s hit Bohemian Rhapsody
, which was praised by May
, who attended the event.
NHK has also invited soprano Sarah Brightman
’s composition Miracle
to be a single and featured it in her 2018 album. They also previously joined each other on stage for selected dates during her recent world tour, as well as on YOSHIKI
classical tour and at Kohaku Uta Gassen
has also been confirmed to appear on the upcoming TV show. Ever since the impact of COVID-19 in February, YOSHIKI
has remained in L.A., and will join remotely from there for this year’s performance.
Furthermore, this year’s Kohaku Uta Gassen
’s sixth consecutive performance and eleventh appearance in total, including eight performances with X JAPAN
and three consecutive performances as a solo artist.
commented: “I am very honored and grateful to be performing Endless Rain
this year. I wish I could go to Japan but with the global pandemic, I have remained in Los Angeles since February. Therefore, I will perform remotely this year. I feel honoured and grateful to be performing with Queen
and Sarah Brightman
and all those
Japanese superstars. I hope that through the music, we can give everyone courage. Please look forward to the performance.”
71st Kohaku Uta Gassen
will be broadcast on General TV, BS4K, BS8K and Radio 1 on December 31st from 7:30pm to 11:45pm (JST). Details on the show are available here