Hello Kitty's 1st music album

5 Oct

Speaking of Hello Kitty, did you know Hello Kitty’s first music album, “Hello World” that is about to be released on 7 Oct. in the U.S? That sounds a little weird to me because I couldn’t just connect Kitty and songs. (Kitty doesn’t even have a mouth…no, I’m kidding! The idea sounds something interesting!!) Of course Kitty doesn’t sing a song, she is just a basic image that inspires musicians.

To sample album, for music player:

for audio stream:
Audio Stream: “Do You Really Wanna” by Cory Yarckin
audio (media player)
audio (QTime)

The album is available on iTunes now:

For further info, here’s press release 9/15 from Sanrio.
===quotation from here===
SANRIO, Inc. is thrilled to announce the release of “Hello World”,
the first-ever Hello Kitty album available on Lakeshore Records. The
album will offer 11 tracks of original pop tunes, performed by a
number of up & coming young artists. The result is an upbeat and
perky compilation that reflects the life-embracing mood of the Hello
Kitty brand.

The album launches October 7th exclusively at Wal-Mart and the first
single “Come On, Come On”, with early airplay reported from Radio
Disney, will be available on iTunes starting September 30th. The
online community is already abuzz over the album’s MySpace and
Facebook pages that allow listeners to sample the tracks. Additional
distribution, including SANRIO stores and http://www.sanrio.com, will begin
in January 2009. A merchandise program featuring t-shirts and
accessories emblazoned with the album’s colorful Japan-Pop artwork
will coincide with this expanded release.

“Hello World” was created in partnership with New York’s Cherry
Lane Music Publishing Co. Inc., home to the catalogues of Elvis
Presley, the Black Eyed Peas, Wolfmother, John Legend and Quincy
Jones. ‘Hello World’ is the first endeavor resulting from the
multi-year joint venture between SANRIO, Inc. and Cherry Lane to
produce original music for Hello Kitty and other character brands
under the SANRIO umbrella.

Belting out the Hello Kitty headline track, “Come On, Come On”,
actress, musician & Hello Kitty fan Keke Palmer mirrors the fun and
friendship that’s synonymous with Hello Kitty and the entire SANRIO
family of characters. A SAG-nominated & Image Award winning actress,
Keke is part of DAS Communications’ impressive roster and has
starred in the critically-acclaimed Akeelah & the Bee and Jump In, as
well as the recent film The Longshots, with Ice Cube. Keke also has a
debut solo album, ‘SO UNCOOL’, which was released in September
2007. Keke models girl empowerment, an integral trait of the Hello
Kitty brand.

Cori Yarckin performs the album’s follow up single “Do You Really
Wanna”. Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as “One of the Girls of
MySpace” (in a feature on young female performers), Cori’s upbeat
power pop sound will have listeners rocking out to this track. The
video, currently in production, will launch online and made available
on sanrio.com, YouTube, and multiple social networking sites.

For ‘Hello World’, writers and performers were hand-picked by
SANRIO and Cherry Lane and primarily came from Cherry Lane’s
impressive roster. “Come On, Come On” was co-penned by Nini Camps
and Gary Phillips (producer of the popular Kidz Bop albums). Other
‘Hello World’ songwriters and producers include Toby Gad, the
writer behind Fergie’s #1 song, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”and Gen
Rubin, who brings his Grammy-nominated talents to three ‘Hello
World’ songs in total.

So look out world! SANRIO and Hello Kitty are keeping music lovers
engaged with perky personality, fun-loving attitude and a commitment
to harmony at every turn!
===quotation up to here===

Hello Kitty is used even for train pass or bank card these days in Japan.
I asked one at my bank before but for some reason I was not qualified for it 😥
Hope the album goes well… (o_0* I write too much about Hello Kitty these days, as it turns out…)


6 Responses to “Hello Kitty's 1st music album”

  1. Ivy October 7, 2008 at 2:44 pm #

    That’s very cool!! I love hello kitty! If I have a chance to go to Puroland, I think I will be broke. Hahaha.

    Nanyate!?!?! There’s a hello kitty credit card?! o.O (sorry I just had use my domain name in context for once) I can’t imagine whipping out a hello kitty credit card to buy groceries. I think the cashier will laugh at me. Hahaha.

  2. kirin October 8, 2008 at 1:22 am #

    Hi, Ivy.
    Your icon looks nice! 😀
    It’s interesting to read your comment that how the cashier would react.
    In Japan as you can easily imagine, having bank card or credit card with famous character such as Hello Kitty, Miffy, or Micky mouse is just pretty normal.
    That’s because characters are anywhere. For example, Bank A uses Miffy, while Bank B uses Hello Kitty, and Bank C uses Pooh…So we may select the bank that has our favorite character on the card, if we don’t care about difference of service or interests (interests almost none in Japan 😦 ) Character license business is so profitable in Japan…

  3. Ivy October 8, 2008 at 1:40 am #

    Hi Kirin!

    I think in Japan, there’s a ‘kawaii’ culture. A lot of corporations need to have a ‘kawaii’ appeal to the consumers. Whereas in more Westernized societies, ‘kawaii’ is seen as childish, not as cute. A grown man or woman would be ridiculed for liking Sailormoon or Hello Kitty or even anime!

    So, things like Hello Kitty credit card will probably never appear in those societies. Hahaha.

    This reminds me of when I was at the bag checkpoint in the Toronto airport. I brought my stuffed toy in my hand carry – this shiro neko with a momoiro ribbon. When the immigration officer checked my bag, he started laughing so hard, and said ‘your cat?’. T______T

  4. kirin October 8, 2008 at 12:17 pm #

    Hi Ivy, thanks for your additional comment 🙂

    Oh, is there so much difference when it comes to Western culture? But I thought there are certain people from west who are deeply in love with our kawaii culture (or anime culture).

    Do you think they are kind of people who finally found something that fits his or her sensitivity that has never been appreciated good in their culture?
    Your comment was very interesting and convincing as you have lived in several different countries in your life so far.

  5. Ivy October 9, 2008 at 11:02 am #

    A minority people in the West really do love kawaii culture. But if a teenager wears pink from head to toe, while carrying a hello kitty bag, she would be quite outcasted from the mainstream. Western culture generally favor the ‘cool’ types, who try not to show too much emotion and dresses more like Calvin Klein models. That’s also the reason why companies would never have a cute mascot to attract people. It wouldn’t sell. Guys, even if they really like it, will pretend that they’re too cool for it. Some girls may accept it, but most will still feel like it is inappropriate. So kawaii doesn’t appeal to all of Western society, just a select few.

    I think most Westerners find kawaii embarassing.

    Asians (Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore) generally love kawaii, because anything Japanese is seen as fashion forward. However in the most westernized Asian countries such as Singapore, if a girl dresses in pink from head to toe with Sanrio characters all over, people will still not take her seriously. So, it really depends on the country. 🙂

  6. kirin October 13, 2008 at 4:55 am #

    Hi Ivy.
    Thanks for your interesting opinion.
    I’ve never realized such difference! 💡
    No wonder we (Japanese) are surrounded by kawaii or anime all day long, everywhere. The other day when I was reading someone’s blog I found such a comment, saying, “Japan is the best place to live in when it comes to reading manga, watching anime, playing video game, and everything except for working environment!” Our way of work sucks!
    We are supposed to work too much under too much pressure! 😡

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