By Animaven on January 15, 2013No comments
HOLLYWOOD, CA, January 13, 2013 - In celebration of the Golden Globes' upcoming 70th anniversary, the awards show's new musical theme, composed by Japanese superstar Yoshiki, will soon be available for download on iTunes. The classically trained multi-instrumentalist and leader of X-Japan, one of Japan's most successful rock groups, will also present one of the awards on stage at the globally televised awards ceremony.
Written for the 2012 awards show, the theme will for the first time be available for download as a full-length digital single in 111 countries starting January 15, 2013. All proceeds from sales of the single will be donated to charity.
"It's an honor to be a part of this esteemed event, which is enjoyed by hundreds of millions around the world," said Yoshiki. "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.
Yoshiki recorded the theme, which opens the show and is used at other key moments during the broadcast, in his native Japan. He played many of the instruments himself before adding a full string orchestra.
"We are thrilled to have the world-renowned Yoshiki compose the theme for the Golden Globes and we are equally delighted that this beautiful music is now being released worldwide," said Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) President Dr. Aida Takla-O'Reilly. "Our international organization recognizes the most accomplished entertainers in film, television and music, and Yoshiki certainly fits right in among our honorees,"
All profits from the iTunes sales of the single will be donated to charities chosen by the HFPA.
The HFPA and producer dick clark productions (dcp) will present "The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards" live on Sunday, January 13, 2013. The show will air live on NBC coast-to-coast from 5-8 p.m (PT) and 8-11 p.m. (ET) from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. One of the few awards ceremonies that honors both television and motion picture achievements, the Golden Globe Awards will be seen in more than 192 countries worldwide. Yoshiki will be among the hundreds of celebrity guests attending next year's Golden Globe Awards.
Yoshiki, one of Asia's most influential music artists and biggest rock icons, is a songwriter, drummer and classically-trained pianist. His rock group X Japan has sold 30 million singles and albums combined and filled the 55,000-seat Toyko Dome a record 18 times. Now the band's popularity is spreading throughout the world, having recently completed a sold-out World Tour, performing in North America, Europe, Latin America, and South East Asia. In 1999, Yoshiki composed a piano concerto that he performed with a 77-piece orchestra to celebrate the tenth year of the Emperor of Japan's reign. In 2005, Yoshiki composed the theme song and conducted the Super World Orchestra at the opening ceremony of the World Expo. Previously, Yoshiki also recorded a classical album co-produced and arranged by acclaimed Beatles producer
Sir George Martin and performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Beyond music, Yoshiki has his own Visa Card and MasterCard issued by one of the largest Japanese banks. Recently, the legendary Stan Lee created a Super Hero based on him, and he was the first person for whom a Hello Kitty product line was named ("Yoshikitty"). In 2010, he launched the non-profit organization Yoshiki Foundation America (http://www.yoshikifoundationamerica.org), which continues to donate to various charitable organizations, including supporting Japanese Earthquake victims.