Category Archives: Album Release Celebration

11 Years On & The Light’s Still There

Here we are again Sweeties. Another year (& a few days…we’re sorry!) But it’s time to celebrate After The Lights

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Originally released in Japan on the 17th November 2004 & sometimes referred to as Sweetbox Presents a Very Sweet Christmas because of the inclusion of 4 Christmas tracks (We think this may have been a title used in online stores before finalising to After The Lights) this album in fact had darker tones to it. It is one of the first (if not the only) album NOT to feature any classical sampling on any of the tracks.

In Korea, the album was released on October 4th 2005 but without the 4 Christmas themed tracks. In place of these were I Don’t Want To Kill You & Crown Of Thorns originally released on the Japanese Greatest Hits album earlier that year and with the additional European version of Killing Me DJ. Exactly a year since the Japanese release, the Korean version was re-released as a Christmas Special package which added an additional CD with the 4 Christmas themed tracks.

There was, in theory no videos for this release (More Than Love did receive a video but this wouldn’t be seen until the Taiwanese release of 13 Chapters)

If you’re not familiar with how the album looks, be sure to check out our Pinterest boards. And of course there’s the obligotory sing-along with the lyric videos over on YouTube

What’s you’re favourite track(s) from the album? Any memories of the album? Tweet us them & we’ll share with everyone else

A Decade Of Raw Treasures

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Here we are again. It’s to celebrate the album that we can never remember the exact date that it was released, What we do remember is that it was released back near the start of November back in 2005. And in case you haven’t already released, we are of course talking about Raw Treasures.

Originally starting out as a ‘European’ exclusive, this album gave demo versions of songs that appeared or were scheduled to appear on albums from the start of then frontwoman Jade’s career (2000). These were subsequently introduced by Jade giving some insight into the process of bringing an album together. It also gave insight into Jade’s work before Sweetbox.

The album would subsequently be released 3 years later in Japan & Taiwan under the name of Rare Tracks. The main differences between this and ‘European’ counterpart was the omission of the spoken introductory tracks, but the inclusion of the versions of Addicted and Hate Without Frontiers (titled Worlds Without Frontiers) that were used on the Subaru adverts in Japan as well as the piano version of For The Lonely from Live album.

So what’s you’re favourite memory of Raw Treasures? Why not share them with us over on our Twitter feed and we’ll share with everyone else!

13 years & still shining bright

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Wow how time flies, eh? Sometimes 13 is unlucky for some but today we’re celebrating

26th September 2002 – the album Jade is released in Japan. This would mark the 3rd studio album for the group, 2nd for Jade a front woman and the 1st to be released on the Avex label.

The album would go on to be released in other Korea, Taiwan & Hong Kong. We suspect too that it may have been planned for a 2003 release in Europe after coming across a 5 track sampler featuring tracks known to have appeared on this album. In fact, this would be the only album from Jade’s era not to be released in Europe.

There were no singles released for this album in Japan apart from a promotional single for Read My Mind. The album was promoted through three promotional videos: Read My MindUnforgiven and Lighter Shade Of Blue. In Europe, Here On My Own (Lighter Shade of Blue) was released as a single. You can check the videos out below:

Read My Mind

Unforgiven

Lighter Shade of Blue

There were of course variations of two of the videos: a wintery themed Read My Mind known as Crystal Edition and an alternative version of Here on My Own (Lighter Shade of Blue) (see video below)

Here on my Own (Lighter Shade of Blue) – Alternative

Got a fav track or memory from the album? Why not share with us on Twitter?

Celebrating #Z21’s 2nd anniversary!

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Can you believe that 2 years ago today the 9th studio album, #Z21 or #Zeitgeist21 (take your pick on what version you want, we’re not fussy!) was released two years ago today? That is unless you happen to have bought it from iTunes Japan in which case you’d have been enjoying it for the past week! The rest of the world would have to wait a few more weeks before getting our hands on the release everywhere else.

This release was a little different. It didnt have just one member. It had two.

Of course, the first we heard from Miho Fukuhara & LogiQ Pryce came in from of a cover of Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors with David Choi.

Naturally, the first video to be released from the album was the title track, #Z21, which still carried the signature theme of sampling classical music, in this case, Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra (it’s most famous appearance is probably in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey)

And was then followed by another two purchasable singles, Nothing Can Keep Me From You & LogiQ’s version of Everything’s Gonna Be Alright, pre-shortened for us as, yep, EGBA

The final video that was released from the album was All 4 Love (Skyfall) but it never released as a single

So there we have it. We think we’ve covered everything for the album anniversary. If you think we’ve missed anything, let us know on Twitter! And while you’re there, share with us your favourite tracks from the album too!

6 Years Ago Today The Next Generation Began

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Can you believe that 6 years ago today, June 10th 2009 and after almost a 3 year silence, the 7th studio album, The Next Generation, would be upon us?. Whilst being the 7th studio album overall, The Next Generation would be the debut release for the newest vocalist Jamie Pineda.

In Japan, two promotional singles (and videos) would be released for We Can Work It Out Crash Landed. Meanwhile in Korea, digital singles were released for Everything is Nothing Crash Landed

The Next Generation would also be the first release to be released internationally digitally, making the album as accessible as possible.

So what’s your favourite track from the album? Share it with us and the rest of the Sweetbox Haven community over on Twitter!

4 Years Old & Still Sparkling

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It’s been 2 years since the release of 7th studio album, The Next Generation but now, in 2011, the next album is ready to be released. Step forward Diamond Veil.

Yes on the 25th May, Diamond Veil was released. This would be the 2nd and sadly the last album from vocalist Jamie Pineda.

The lead single from it was the ballad Remember This Dance. This was followed by the news that album track I Know You’re Not Alone was to feature in the live action adaptation of the manga Paradise Kiss.

In Korea, the tracks Echo & I Don’t Give A Damn appeared in another manga adaptation, City Hunter, whilst the only single to be released there was Minute By Minute

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Of course, whilst we celebrate the official date as the Japanese release, the album did come out the week before in Europe as a digital download

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and of course. in 2013, it was re-released as Diamond Veil (Feat. Jamie Pineda) with all tracks all renamed with (Feat.  Jamie Pineda) and new artwork.

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Got any favourites from the album? Why not share them with us here or over on twitter?

Celebrating 17 years of the debut release!

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Today we’re celebrating a very special release: that of the debut album. That is not to say that what came before doesn’t mean anything, but this release would be the start of what Sweetbox has become known for: sampling classical music to produce something different

This would be the only album to feature the vocals of third vocalist, Tina Harris. Originally featuring the singles Don’t Go Away, I’ll Die For You and Everything’s Gonna Be Alright, a re-release in Europe & Japan would see the singles SHOUT (Let It All Out) Sometimes (which to the best of our knowledge, was only released in Japan)

Check the videos out below and if you’ve got any favs, why not share them over on twitter.

Don’t Go Away

I’ll Die For You

Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

SHOUT (Let it all out)