Kenshi Yonezu's New Video With Masaki Suda Hits Million Views in a Day: Watch

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Kenshi Yonezu and Masaki Suda

<a href="/music/kenshi-yonezu">Kenshi Yonezu</a>'s music video for his latest digital single, "Haiiro to Ao" (Gray and Blue), featuring the popular young actor and singer Masaki Suda reached 1 million views within 24 hours of its release.

The 26-year-old singer-songwriter currently has six songs charting on the Billboard Japan Hot 100, including the long-lasting No. 1 hit "Uchiage Hanabi" with <a href="/music/daoko">DAOKO</a> holding steady at No. 3.

"Haiiro to Ao" is a poignant song about two childhood friends who have drifted apart in adulthood. In the video, they reminisce about old times separately and wonder what the other is doing ("The chipped moon before the sun rises / I wonder if you're looking at it somewhere too," Yonezu sings, with Suda on backup vocals) but viewers can see that they are in fact visiting the same places at different times, brought together by their shared memories.

Suda is a 24-year-old actor with a long list of films and TV series under his belt, who recently began his foray into music. Yonezu said he was a perfect fit for this song about old friends, and the two young artists hit it off right away.

The director of the equally compelling music video is 24-year-old Kento Yamada, an up-and-coming visual artist known for his videos for <a href="/music/suchmos">SUCHMOS</a> ("Stay Tune") and Hikaru Utada ("Bokyaku feat. KOHH").

Yonezu's new album, Bootleg, will go on sale Nov. 1.

Watch the "Haiiro to Ao" music video here:

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