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〜コラボレーションに至った経緯〜
HOWIE Dのソロデビュー・アルバムが日本でリリースされることについて、
「スペシャルなコラボレーションをしたい」というアイデアをHOWIE本人、レーベルスタッフとともに話し合っていた中、生まれたアイデアが
「BACKSTREET
BOYSと同じく国際的なアイデンティティを持ち、世界にも通用する日本人アーティストとのコラボレーション」というものだった。
そこで、スタッフがそれに該当する日本人アーティストを探していたとき、候補に上がったのが『U』こと城田優だった。
城田優といえば、日本人の父とスペイン人の母を持つダブルで、日本語、スペイン語に加え英語も駆使するトリリンガルというパーソナリティを持ち、
俳優としての活躍はもちろん、2011年5月に城田優ではなく世界を目指すアーティスト『U』としてエイベックスからデビューし、新人とは思えない歌唱力と音楽性の高さを見せつけ話題となった。
もともとファンということもあり、カラオケなどではBACKSTREET BOYSの楽曲を歌っていたという。
実はHOWIE自身もアメリカ国籍ながら、スペイン語が話せるバイリンガル。
両者の音楽性の高さと「スペイン」という国際的な共通項を見い出して「コラボレーションの相手は彼以外には考えられない!」と思ったスタッフは早速、
HOWIEにUとのコラボレーションを提案。HOWIEはUの歌声と音楽性を「GOOD!」と評し、それを受けてU側にラヴコールを送り、晴れてコラボ
レーションが成立することになった。
そして同時にレコーディングを行い出来上がった楽曲が「If I Sayfeat. U」だ。

Translation:
Backstory of the Collaboration

As Howie D (was preparing) for the release of his Japanese CD, Howie personally said "I want to do a special collaboration".
Working with the staff from the label (Avex), in keeping with the idea that Backstreet Boys had an international identity, they decided that they should use a Japanese artist who had an international identity as well.
As the staff corresponded while searching for a Japanese artist, Shirota('s name) popped as a candidate.
Shirota who has a Japanese father and a Spanish mother, is trilingual, speaking Japanese, Spanish and can communicate in English.
While he acts of course, he made his debut on May 5th, 2011, releasing music under the stage name "U", an Avex artist who was still (relatively unknown) and possessing high musical skills.
Howie himself while American, is bilingual, speaking Spanish as well.
Since both possess such high skills and with discovering this common "Spanish" background. The staff thinking "Having anyone other partner for this collaboration is unimaginable". So they suggested U to Howie.
On commenting on U's singing, Howie said "Good" [1]
So sending out a "Love Call" to you, the collaboration was born in public. [2]
The resulting song, (written and recorded simultaneously) is  「If I Sayfeat. U」

Notes: I did this in like 5 mins or less. It's just the gist.
[1] He might have said other stuff but it was in English so this is all you need to know, it's totally not that we didn't understand it.
[2] Does Shirota still have his radio show?

Date: 2011-10-12 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hyken.livejournal.com
THIS IS AWESOME!!!! Howie D and U!! O MAI GOD!! Great News!!!!!

Date: 2011-10-12 03:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] none-neither.livejournal.com
This collab just made so much sense!

Date: 2011-10-12 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zephkun.livejournal.com
The song's pretty nice and Shiroro looks hot as a blonde. Goddammit.

Date: 2011-10-12 03:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] none-neither.livejournal.com
I like this more than his Shinjo hair!

Date: 2011-10-13 11:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zephkun.livejournal.com
I've always had a thing for hair. I mean, I even love Matsuda Shota's outrageous hairstyles....but this colour and cut looks really good on Shirota. Though he doesn't look like his true, dorky self with this. XD

Date: 2011-10-12 03:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saintmickmars.livejournal.com
WOW!
very nice collaboration *-*
it's stange when 2 of your favourite singers sing together

I can't wait to listen to this *O*!!

btw, long time not to write you dear, how are you?
i hope this post finds you well *__*

hugs from Chile :)

Date: 2011-10-12 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] none-neither.livejournal.com
it's strange but nice!

You can download the preview from the shirota community

I'm ok, I only recently started posting again!
I'm surprised to see so many people still use lj XD

*hugs from Guyana*

Date: 2011-10-12 03:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kasumicc.livejournal.com
As a Spanish native, Yuu's ability to speak in Spanish has been always indescribably attractive to me, and I think it's amazing that this served as a way of bonding in order to do a collaboration :D Even more, I would have never dream on seeing him working along a member of my favorite band *o* It's like a dream come true.

Thanks for translating this! ♥

Date: 2011-10-12 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] none-neither.livejournal.com
How good is his Spanish?

Date: 2011-10-13 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kasumicc.livejournal.com
PRETTY good, actually! It doesn't sound awkward; it's fluent and with not much Japanese accent...actually, when he speaks Spanish, he does it with the Castilian accent. It sounds really nice!

Date: 2011-10-12 04:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thesundaywriter.livejournal.com
cool =D

there's an article here as well with an attached making of preview clip =D
Edited Date: 2011-10-12 04:13 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-10-12 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] none-neither.livejournal.com
I will add this to the post at the shirota comm!
Thanks

Date: 2011-10-12 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wintersdancer.livejournal.com
Thanks a bunch for sharing your translation :D

Date: 2011-10-12 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] none-neither.livejournal.com
Is there any chance you could upload the video you told me about to the shirota comm?

Date: 2011-10-12 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wintersdancer.livejournal.com
Sure! I don't remember where I found it, so give me a couple of days and I'll upload it on MF. I have to split it into 2 parts to upload it and I never did it before, so I'll have to check that it'll come out decent before posting it :D But I guess in max a couple of days it'll be there :D

Date: 2011-10-12 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] none-neither.livejournal.com
Thank you!
Thank you!
Thank you!

Date: 2011-10-12 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wintersdancer.livejournal.com
No prob :D I should also have his appearance at Meringue no kimochi (don't remember the exact date, end of September I think), so I'll upload that one as well in the next few days :D

Date: 2011-10-12 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] none-neither.livejournal.com
Wee! Looking forward to it.

Date: 2011-10-12 06:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wintersdancer.livejournal.com
I've splitted the files and it's 7 parts xD I'm uploading it now but it'll take time. Maybe later tonight I'll manage to post it :D (it's 8.40pm here now). Just wanted to let you know

:D

Date: 2011-10-12 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] none-neither.livejournal.com
No rush! Really!

Where are you from?

Date: 2011-10-12 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wintersdancer.livejournal.com
Italy. What about you? :)

sorry if I'm spamming this entry with too many comments D:

Date: 2011-10-12 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] none-neither.livejournal.com
Guyana :D

lol no it's ok.
In fact I just made another post in my lj that I'm waiting for my friend in Italy to find then spam until she goes to sleep.

Date: 2011-10-12 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wintersdancer.livejournal.com
Lol, I love your icon xD

Also, since I suppose it's still afternoon for you, maybe I'll manage to upload it before it becomes "tomorrow" for you :D

I wish my net was faster though .-. It's taking ages D: I'll let it upload while I'm out xD

Thanks for the translations!!

Date: 2011-10-12 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vforvera.livejournal.com
This is just too surreal. BSB (or at least a member of my beloved BSB) + Shirota = fangirl squee.

Seriously too mindblowing awesome for Shirota and Howie D. I'm excited. Especially since the BSB following is HUGE in Japan.If only the collaboration would go states-wide, but baby steps. Really happy for both guys. Hopefully this will propel Shirota's career in the Japanese music industry.

Re: Thanks for the translations!!

Date: 2011-10-12 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] none-neither.livejournal.com
nice icon!

I hope it makes it to the states.
I don't know if you remember Jin (Shirota's friend from JE) but he's making his statesie debut soon feat. Jason DeRulo

Re: Thanks for the translations!!

Date: 2011-10-13 05:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vforvera.livejournal.com
Thanks! I've been a BSB fan since I was twelve, they will forever be, the ultimate boy band for me ^^ I went to see their NKOTBSB concert this summer. So much love.

Which is why, I'm super stoked for Shirota to be collaborating with Howie D. Though it will most likely be released only in Japan :( Still, I'm excited and hoping the collaboration will propel Shirota's singing career in Japan.

That's pretty amazing for Jin, getting to work with Jason DeRulo. I'll be interested to see how that works out. But I hope it won't be auto-tuned like crazy ... DeRulo's songs have mostly been heavily auto-tuned and he only has one decent song, which was "Whatcha Say" which isnt' saying much since it heavily sampled Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek" so .... good luck to Jin, I guess xD

Re: Thanks for the translations!!

Date: 2011-10-13 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] none-neither.livejournal.com
lol when I was 12 I was a HUGE NKOTB fan. HUGE.

I can only imagine how auto-tuned it was will be
and you can too:
Since you've been out of the fandom you can check up some of the stuff shirota's other friends have done:
1. YamaP is going solo
Here's his single: 1 in a mirrion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU81pJyOnrI
You won't want to click on that if you're allergic to auto-tune.

2. Shirota is friends with Jaejong from JYJ and they collaborated with .. *drumroll* Kanye West
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkOlW4OVn7c

Date: 2011-10-12 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hibimaosuki.livejournal.com
DUDE. WHERE IS THIS SONG. I MUST HEAR IT. :O!

Date: 2011-10-12 10:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] none-neither.livejournal.com
It was linked in the prev post:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pptxo3QM9Z0

It's been so long, hasn't it!

Date: 2011-10-13 05:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eumiharun.livejournal.com
thanks for translating! :))
I can't for this collab! :D

Date: 2011-10-13 05:53 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-10-14 03:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fila-desu.livejournal.com
I watched the avex clip on YT. DAMNIT SHIROTA YOUR HEIGHT IS SO DISTRACTING AND I LOVE IT ♥

Also, "an Avex artist who was still (relatively unknown) and possessing high musical skills.", this like made me smile.

"On commenting on U's singing, Howie said "Good" ", this made me lol.

Thank you for your translations. m(_ _)m

Date: 2011-10-14 12:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] none-neither.livejournal.com
lol replying to your e-mail now.

I wish he had said "great"

Yesterday I said the Yanagi guy was a writer, I don't know why I assume that. >_<
I as going to make a post about his music last night when I realized he was a singer, but then I saw tokyograph or somewhere did a post about him.

And I was thinking about how JE lets international fans read their blogs now and wished that WE would do it and this morning I woke up to find that someone posted that you can now read it on your phone!

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