Chage & Aska is one of the BEST singer duo in Japan and Asia (and
even the world, if you ask me). They begun their music career after they
won in the Yamaha Popular Song Contest in 1979. Both Chage and Aska are
all-round musicians; they can not only sing but also compose songs and do many
other musical works. They have composed and performed hundreds of songs, and many of them were mega hits and brought them
numerous music awards. Some of them were even rearranged and sung by
other popular Asian and western singers, such as Maxi Priest, Boy George and
Richard Marx. Chage and Aska are obviously not contented with being the most
popular artists in Asia, and have their minds set on entering the American
and European markets. "Something There", the English ending song of the
Hollywood movie "Street Fighter" was composed and performed by them. Aska also wrote
another ending song called "Time" for Sylvester Stallone's movie "Judge
Chage & Aska has just past their 20th anniversary. I wish them every success
in their future music careers.
ASKA's single "HAJIMARIWA ITUMO AME" (In the beginning it always rains) (music samples) was released, and broke the sales record.
ASKA's album "SCENE II" (music samples) was released, and took the 1st place in ORICON
Single "SAY YES" (music samples), the theme song of drama "101th Marriage Proposal" was
released. It took the 1st place in ORICON chart upon release and kept the
position for 13 weeks consecutively, and was the 5th one in the history for
similar records. The total number of sales was the 3rd highest in the
"Chage & Aska Concert Tour '91-'92 [SAY YES]" began.
Single "BOKUWA KONOMEDE USOWOTUKU" (My lying eyes) (music samples) was released, and took
the 1st place in ORICON chart.
Album "TREE" (music samples) was released, and took the 1st place in ORICON chart. The
total number of sales reached 1,000,000 in 2 weeks.
ASKA's single "SEITENWO HOMERUNARA YUGUREWO MATTE" (If you appreciate
the sunny day, then wait for the coming of the dusk)
(music samples) was released, and
took the 1st place in ORICON chart.
ASKA's album "NEVER END"
(music samples) was released, and took the 1st place in ORICON
Album "Code Name.1 Brother Sun"
(music samples) was released, and took
the 1st place in ORICON chart.
Hollywood movie "Judge Dredd" starring Sylvester Stallone was released
in the US, with the ending song "TIME" by ASKA.
"Chage & Aska Concert Tour Super Best 3 [Mission Impossible]" began.
Miyazaki, a well-known Anime movie producer in Japan with masterpieces
like "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Princess Mononoke"
directed the animated music video for the song
"On Your Mark"(music samples) and was shown in
"ASIAN TOUR II Mission Impossible" took place in Taiwan, with around
40,000 of audience in 2 days. This broke the attendance record held by
They took part in a famous TV music show in Europe, "MTV Unplugged", which was
broadcasted in over 50 countries. It was the first time Asian artists were
Converted album "ONCE VOICE"
(music samples) with famous singers like Chaka Khan, Maxi
Priest and Richard Marx singing some popular songs of Chage & Aska was released
in England and Japan. In Japan it took the 1st place in ORICON foreign
Chage and Aska announced that they would depart temporarily to develop
their own music careers.
Aska's solo single "Good Time" was released on 12 July.
Chage and Aska were appointed as the cultural ambassadors to Korea for
the World Cup event in 2002.
Chage & Aska - MIDI Musics
(This player currently works with Microsoft Internet Explorer
4.0 and up ONLY. It may work with Netscape 6 in the future, but probably
never for Netscape 4 :p)
To introduce Chage & Aska, there's nothing better than showing their
songs! The above Hyper MIDI Player will show you some of their best musics
in MIDI format! Not only can you hear them, but also you can see the
LYRICS being shown in pace with the songs! Don't understand Japanese? No
problem! All lyrics have been TRANSLATED into English and Chinese! Although
the MIDIs certainly cannot sound as good as the original songs, they still
show the beautiful rhythms and the POEM-LIKE lyrics of their songs!
To use Hyper MIDI Player, you need
Microsoft Internet Explorer,
version 4.0 and up. A sound card with descent MIDI wave-table (eg. Sound Blaster Live!)
is strongly recommended for high-quality
MIDI sound. The player can be used after the page is COMPLETELY LOADED.
I have most of the CDs of Chage & Aska (and Aska solo) released after 1990, and I must say,
every one of them is GREAT! I would recommend ALL of them to you if you have the money to buy
them all, but if you are new to Chage & Aska and want to have a taste of their excellent songs,
I recommend the following CDs.
Very Best Roll Over 20th
- This contains some of the best selection of Chage & Aska's songs, from the very old to the very
new. A MUST BUY!
One Voice - Songs of Chage & Aska
- This contains some converted songs of Chage & Aska, performed by other famous foreign singers
like Chaka Khan, Maxi Priest, Richard Marx, as well as Chage & Aska themselves. Most of the songs
are in English.
- This is one of their latest album. If you have been listening to their songs, you will notice
a change of style in this album. Many people from all over the world like this one! Click on the
above link and check out the reviews from other people!
- This album contains the songs that they performed in "MTV Unplugged", a famous TV music
show in Europe and the US, and was broadcasted in over 50 countries. Wanna listen to their live
and unplugged songs? Here you go!
Don't you want to listen to the actual songs from their CDs before deciding whether you
should buy them or not? Here is what you are looking for! Simply place your mouse pointer over
any of the above album names and you will be brought to the section with info and music samples of
that album! All music samples were encoded in Windows Media Audio format. To play these WMA
files, you need the latest version of Windows Media Player.
If you really like their musics, please buy their CDs online via our links! Support
Chage & Aska! Support Anime Theme!
DISCLAIMER: Each sample music clip provided here is just a small portion of the original song. They are
for DEMONSTRATION, PROMOTION of the original CDs, and PERSONAL USE ONLY.
This album was released in 1991, and hit the top of Oricon sales chart upon release.
The total number of sales reached 1,000,000 in 2 weeks. This album brought them 2 awards in the
6th "Gold Disc Awards" (an important music event in Japan) out of the 7 awards that Chage &
Aska (and Aska himself) won in that year.
This single hit the top of Oricon sales chart upon release and kept the position for 13
weeks consecutively, and was the 5th one in the history for similar records. The total number
of sales was the 3rd highest in the history.
This single brought them 2 awards in the 6th "Gold Disc Awards" (an important music event
in Japan) out of the 7 awards that Chage & Aska (and Aska himself) won in that year.
This song is the theme song of the famous Japanese drama "101th Marriage Proposal".
This song was converted and sung in various languages by some other popular singers in Asia.
The animated music video of this song was produced and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, a very
famous Anime movie producer in Japan with various record-breaking and award-winning movies
like "My Neighbor Totoro", "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away". This was the first time
(and so far the only time) Miyazaki produced MTV for a song.
This song is the theme song of "American Festival '94".
This album is a collection of converted songs of Chage & Aska, performed by other famous foreign
singers like Chaka Khan, Maxi Priest, Richard Marx, as well as Chage & Aska themselves. Most of
the songs are in English.