SCANDAL Becomes First Band to be on the Cover of British Magazine NEO
SCANDAL, one of Japan’s most powerful all-girl rock bands, will feature on the cover of issue 138 of NEO Magazine in the UK from 12 June 2015, following the successful conclusion of their first world tour, their latest music video Image passing one million views, and the release of two international albums in the last six months through London’s JPU Records.
It’s the first time a band has featured on the cover of the British anime, manga and Asian pop-culture publication since beginning ten years ago under publisher Uncooked Media. Fittingly, SCANDAL has also has their music used in hugely popular anime as Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist
and the latest Pokémon film.
The issue of NEO boasts an extensive six-page interview with the band, including exclusive photos from their sold out show at the O2 Academy Islington, as well as the group’s first time sight-seeing in London, including their homage to musical heroes The Beatles whilst visiting Abbey Road Studios, and rock legends Oasis in recreating the cover of (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
. Two full-A4 posters are additionally included.
Editor Gemma Cox comments; ”NEO 138 is truly an issue dear to our hearts, as it’s the first time in our decade-long history that we’ve featured a Japanese band on the front cover. Asian music is one of our passions at NEO, and we could not think of a better band to celebrate this with than SCANDAL, the all-girl group currently taking the world by storm! Powering through the charts with their latest album releases, HELLO WORLD
and UK-and-Europe-exclusive GREATEST HITS
, there was never a better time for us to speak to the girls than during their brief stop in London as part of their tour. We hope SCANDAL-fans and music lovers enjoy our extensive coverage in NEO 138.”
SCANDAL’s latest studio album HELLO WORLD
is their eighth to be released, and reached number three in Japan’s Oricon Album Chart when it was originally released in Japan from Epic Records, owned by Sony Music Entertainment Japan. It was SCANDAL’s first album to be released in the UK through independent label JPU Records Ltd. at the start of 2015, and was followed up by an exclusive compilation from the British label entitled GREATEST HITS
, which sold out of initial print before release date in May 2015.
Issue 138 of NEO Magazine is available from magazine stockists from 12 June 2015, as well as its homepage www.neomag.co.uk/magazine.
NEO 138 is also available digitally from Google Play, Amazon, Pocket Mags, the iOS App Store and from www.neomag.co.uk/digitalmag/issue/138.
Are they drunk or what?
#1 "SCANDAL's very first concert took place some 6,500 miles away at Texas' South by Southwest Festival" (March 16-23, 2008)
-Their first concert was in Osaka (as the opening act of Heavy Rhythm, August 29, 2006) (what staff of the magazine ment: Scandal had their very first tour in the US [before they even toured in Japan] as part of "Japan Nite US Tour 2008" organized by SXSW.)
#2 "which so far amounted to three singles knocked out on a local Osaka indie label"
-Kitty is based in Tokyo
#3 "They have even netted their first award, becoming Rookie of the Year. They were nominated in the Best New Artist catergory too"
-There's no "Rookie of the Year" award on Japan Record Awards. They were nominated in Best New Artist catergory, alongside with 4 other artist, they loose to South Korean boy band Big Bang, thus they won the New Artist award alongside with the other 3 looser
#4 "At the time of writing, they have released an impressive 20 singles under Sony, all but three have managed to get in the rop 10 of the charts"
-On Oricon 6 of their singles failed to chart in the top 10 ("DOLL" #26, "SAKURA Goodbye" #30, "Yumemiru Tsubasa" #12, "Namida no Regret" #14, "LOVE SURVIVE" #11, "Image" #14) On Billboard Japan Hot 100 11 of their singles failed to do so ( "SAKURA Goodbye" #22, "Yumemiru Tsubasa" #17, "Shunkan Sentimental" #22, "Namida no Regret" #27, "Pride" #16, "Haruka" #14, "LOVE SURVIVE" #21, "Pin Heel Surfer" #15, "Image" #14)(↑lol, look who's talking, I totally forgot to upload page 12, lol↑)