Soprano Sarah Brightman to sing in Japanese for NHK drama


Public broadcaster NHK says that soprano queen Sarah Brightman, 49, will sing the theme song for its upcoming drama “Saka no ue no kumo” (Clouds over the hills.) The British artist will sing the song titled “Stand Alone,” composed by Joe Hisaishi, 58, and to be performed by the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

“Saka no ue no kumo” will run for five episodes starting Nov 29, with another four episodes to air in late 2010 and the final four in late 2011. Set in the Meiji Period, it centers around Yoshifuru Akiyama -- a future general of the Imperial Japanese Army, played by actor Hiroshi Abe, 45. The story is told through him and his fellow officers as they fight an uphill battle during the Russo-Japanese War.

Brightman sings in many languages and has established herself as the world's biggest selling soprano of all time, with worldwide sales of more than 30 million albums and over two million DVDs.

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Why is this news 25% of all TV commercials in Japan use Sarah Brightman basically.

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I know a piece by Hisaishi called "I Stand Alone," did he compose another one called "Stand Alone"? Interestingly, the lyrics to this piece are in English, so they redid it in Japanese?

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Why is this news 25% of all TV commercials in Japan use Sarah Brightman basically.

Think deeper, why would anyone want to see contemporary NHK drama for any other reason?

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