The recent horrifying event that occurred at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester makes concertgoers and music fans uneasy. Despite this critical time, there is no stopping the eagerness of artists to perform and prove the world that concerts are supposed to be a place of love, peace, and harmony.
Aside from Japan’s homegrown talents, several big names from the international music scene are also set to conquer the Japanese stage in the second half of 2017. Here are six of them!
— Creativeman (@CMP_official) June 1, 2017
With cute pigtails and killer abs, Britney Spears dominated the world of pop in the late ‘90s with the release of her first single, “Baby One More Time,” which went straight to number one on the Billboard Top 200. She made history as her debut album became the biggest-selling album by a teenage artist at that time. She continued to release successful songs that topped music charts worldwide and earned her the title, “Princess of Pop.”
Nowadays, Britney performs a series of sold-out shows for her residency in Las Vegas. This 2017, she decides to take her residency production as a world tour in support of her ninth album, “Glory.”
It’s been 15 years since Britney last visited Japan and she updates her millions of Instagram followers that she is headed back to the Land of the Rising Sun for her performances on June 3 to 4, 2017, at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium (国立代々木競技場第一体育館) in Tokyo (東京), and on June 6, 2017, at Osaka-jo Hall (大阪城ホール) in Osaka (大阪). Ticket prices range from 11,000 yen to 24,000 yen.
— Creativeman (@CMP_official) April 28, 2017
One of the most talented vocalists of her generation, Ariana Grande showcased her pipes in her first album, “Yours Truly,” which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. “Dangerous Woman” is her third studio album released in 2016.
Following the terrorist attack in her Manchester concert, Ariana Grande decided to cancel the rest of her scheduled performances for the Dangerous Woman Tour. Her team focused on aiding the victims and their families, and Ariana reportedly even offered to pay for the funerals.
According to the recent development of the talks between the artist and her organizers and promoters, it seems that Ariana’s shows will push through. She will perform at Makuhari Messe (幕張メッセ) in Chiba (千葉) on August 12 to 13, 2017. Ticket sale will start on June 11, 2017, with prices ranging from 9,000 yen to 20,000 yen.
— Justin Bieber JAPAN (@bieber_japan) February 6, 2017
The talented singer and songwriter from Canada rose to fame after garnering the world’s attention with his cover songs on YouTube. Justin’s debut album, “My World,” reached triple platinum earnings and contained singles that topped the charts and made history at the Billboard Top 100.
Justin Bieber loves Japan. He has made several visits and performances in the country and even filmed an ad with another YouTube-famous celebrity, Pikotaro (ピコ太郎), who went viral with “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen (ペンパイナッポーアッポーペン).”
On September 23 to 24, 2017, Justin Bieber will hold a concert as part of his Purpose World Tour at the Ajinomoto Stadium (味の素スタジアム). The general sale for tickets that go from 13,000 yen to 30,000 yen (tax excluded) is on June 3, 2017.
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) January 13, 2017
Edward Christopher “Ed” Sheeran is the multi-talented and award-winning singer-songwriter from England who gained popularity with his debut album, “+ (plus).” His second album, “x (multiply),” includes the hit song, “Thinking Out Loud,” which earned him the Grammy Award for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance in 2016. His third album, “÷ (divide),” was released in March 2017.
For his ÷ Tour in Japan, he is scheduled to perform in Osaka on October 25, 2017, and in Tokyo on October 31 and November 1, 2017. Further details to be announced.
— H.I.P. (@HIPpresents) April 19, 2017
Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, Rob Bourdon, and Joe Hahn – collectively known as Linkin Park – is one of the most popular alternative rock bands in the early 2000s when “Hybrid Theory” became the best-selling album of 2001.
This 2017, the band will promote their seventh studio album, “One More Light,” at Makuhari Messe on November 2, 4, and 5, 2017. Japan’s very own ONE OK ROCK (ワンオクロック) will appear as a guest performer.
Site members were able to pre-order tickets from May 12 to 28, 2017, but the general ticket sale is on July 15, 2017. Prices range from 8,800 yen to 15,500 yen, and they’re also offering VIP SS tickets for 60,000 yen which includes a special meet and greet session.
— Creativeman (@CMP_official) May 2, 2017
Harry Styles is a member of the popular group, One Direction, along with Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and former member Zayn Malik. The London-based, English-Irish pop boy band, however, is currently on hiatus to allow its members to pursue their individual careers.
In April 2017, Harry Styles released his solo single, “Sign of the Times,” under his self-titled debut album. He will perform at EX THEATER ROPPONGI (六本木EXシアター) on December 7 to 8, 2017, as the final stop of Harry Styles: Live on Tour. Tickets start at 9,000 yen excluding tax and a mandatory fee for one drink. Since the venue is small, a photo ID is required upon entry as the name on the ticket will be checked thoroughly.
Now more than ever is the best time to show our passion for music and love for humanity. Just as Ariana Grande said in the letter that she posted on her official social media accounts, “Music is something that everyone on Earth can share. Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy.”
Whose concert are you most excited to watch?