Japanese pop sensation Arashi has a big surprise for fans as they near their planned hiatus at year’s end: a collaboration with Bruno Mars on their first all-English single. The band told The Associated Press the multi-Grammy Award-winning musician delved into their back catalogue to understand their unique sound while working on the single that was released last week.
“He took into consideration that we are going on hiatus,” said Jun Matsumoto, adding he feels their song, “Whenever You Call,” will appeal to both their hardcore fans and “those who do not know about us.”
“We have been releasing music only in Japanese,” Sho Sakurai explained. “In that sense, foreign audiences who can understand Japanese could recognize us. But this time we sang the song in English. Bruno provided us the opportunity to reach out to a foreign audience.” The group, which also includes Satoshi Ohno, Masaki Aiba and Kazunari Ninomiya, embodied their name — Arashi means storm — by becoming one of Japan’s boyband legends and maintaining their crown for more than two decades.