21 August 2015

NEWS - NEWS BEST (1st compilation album)

Limited edition
After a rather active year for NEWS in 2010 the following year was quiet until near the end of the year when it was announced the group would be losing members. At this time it was becoming apparent that trying to share Nishikido Ryo was not working out as Kanjani8's popularity was booming which was a big part of why NEWS was so inactive in 2011. So Ryo decided to leave NEWS and be exclusively a member of Kanjani8. Yamashita Tomohisa at this time decided to go solo and announcements for both decisions were released together.

The remaining four members when discussing the future of the group decided to continue as four, with the feeling that after making fans wait so long for the group's return it would not feel right to end it then.

The booklet for the release has all the jacket covers for the singles, including the ones with Uchi Hiroki and Kusano Hironori who left after scandals, but not for the very first single NEWS Nippon, which would have included the first member of the group to leave, Moriuchi Takahiro.

The highlight of this release was easily the inclusion of the solo songs for the remaining four members of the group. They had never been released before on a CD and none of the four ever had solo tracks on any of the group's previous releases. This was included in the limited edition of the album.

The regular edition also had a 2nd CD with the tracks on that one being songs that fans of the group voted for.

Regular edition
Release date: 13 June, 2012

Versions: Limited, Regular

Limited track listing:
1. NEWS Nippon
2. Kibou ~Yell~
3. Akaku Moyuru Taiyo
4. Cherish
5. TEPPEN
6. Sayaendo
7. Hadashi no Cinderella Boy
8. Hoshi o Mezashite
9. weeeek
10. Taiyo no Namida
11. SUMMER TIME
12. Happy Birthday
13. Koi no ABO
14. Sakura Girl
15. Fighting Man

2nd CD:

1. Love Addiction (Koyama Keiichiro)
2. Private Hearts (Koyama Keiichiro)
3. Uri Sarang (Koyama Keiichiro)
4. Akatsuki (Masuda Takahisa)
5. Pumpkin (Masuda Takahisa)
6. SUPERMAN (Masuda Takahisa)
7. HAPPY MUSIC (Kato Shigeaki)
8. Kakao (Kato Shigeaki)
9. Shalala Tambourine (Kato Shigeaki)
10. Gomibako (Tegoshi Yuya)
11. Stars (Tegoshi Yuya)
12. Ai Nante (Tegoshi Yuya)

Regular track listing:
1. NEWS Nippon
2. Kibou ~Yell~
3. Akaku Moyuru Taiyo
4. Cherish
5. TEPPEN
6. Sayaendo
7. Hadashi no Cinderella Boy
8. Hoshi o Mezashite
9. weeeek
10. Taiyo no Namida
11. SUMMER TIME
12. Happy Birthday
13. Koi no ABO
14. Sakura Girl
15. Fighting Man

2nd CD:

1. Endless Summer
2. Share
3. I ZA NA I ZU KI
4. SNOW EXPRESS
5. DREAMS
6. FLY AGAIN
7. Smile Maker
8. Forever
9. Bambina
10. Kirameki no Kanata e
11. Yume no Kazu Dake Ai ga Umareru
12. Futari/130000000 no Kiseki
13. Mafuyu no Nagareboshi
14. Cherish (Ryoji remix)
15. Towairo no Koi


Group members: Koyama Keiichiro, Kato Shigeaki, Masuda Takahisa, Tegoshi Yuya

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