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Rap Trio Bloom Vase Perform at Billboard Japan and TikTok’s 'Next Fire' February Livestream

BLOOM VASE
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BLOOM VASE

The February edition of Billboard Japan and TikTok’s Next Fire program featuring Bloom Vase kicked off on Friday (Feb. 5), with a livestream performance by the rising hip-hop trio.

Next Fire is a weekly show hosted by Hina from J-girl group Faky and TikToker Shuichiro on the TikTok Live platform that highlights an up-and-coming J-pop act each month, based on Billboard Japan’s newly-launched Japan Heatseekers Songs chart. The hybrid program streams performances and in-depth interviews by the featured act and explores new ways for fans to experience live music.

Bloom Vase opened its livestream show with “Pop Corn,” in which the three young MCs took turns rapping over a chill, synth-heavy beat. “How’s it going, Ove?” Ruru asked his band member after the opening track, and in lieu of the next song’s introduction, Ove (pronounced “Oh-veh”) replied, “I wanna go to lunch with Dragon Ball’s Bluma,” then launched into their catchy banger “Bluma to Lunch.”

Ruru smoothly delivered his verbal, heart-on-a-sleeve verses on the next track, “Sweetie Sweety,” accompanied by Ove and Jiroman’s beautiful harmonies. The threesome then paused to speak to viewers, asking if everyone was enjoying themselves and informing them that the set would slow down a bit with the chill “AM 5:00.” During their next number, “#Hashtag,” fans participated in the stream by sending multiple comments using the song’s lyrics that roughly translates to “# loves Ruru,” and the group went on the deliver the electric “Real Time,” featuring ambitious lyrics by the young rappers.

The trio checked the comments from fans being sent their way on the tablets onstage and engaged in friendly banter with each other and with viewers. They then went on to perform their uplifting, encouraging “Oh My Go!!!” before closing the livestream with the laid-back “Childays,” the group’s representative track that first took off on TikTok.

Bloom Vase’s first livestream on the short movie platform was flooded with comments begging for an encore performance, visualizing the rap group’s popularity among the app’s user base. 38,220 fans tuned in to see the rappers perform live.

A pre-recorded interview by the rising rap group will stream on Feb. 19. from 8:00 p.m. Japan time.