I'm pleased to see that Hayley has another single out in Japan, but I think it's high time Decca released a single here in the UK. The only way to find out if Hayley can sell singles here is to try it and see!
I know there were copyright problems with the proposed single of "Wuthering Heights", but that was nearly a year ago.
There's a 45 second sample of Hayley's slow version of it, available on her official Japanese site here!. I think it's absolutely gorgeous and with three different versions, one of them has to be right for everybody!
It may be a while before I can find out if it enters the charts in Japan (Decca don't always bother to tell us, lol). Last year's Wuthering Heights didn't enter, but this one may be different. There's a big budget movie "Lorelei" that includes Hayley's song (see the other thread 'Mozart's Lullaby') so when that's released in March, it will hopefully gove a nice boost to the single.
Hayley will be performing "Wiegenlied" in her workshop and recital at Classicalive in London (March 20th). As she also sung it in her November tour over here, it seems set to become part of her 2005 repertoire. I bet it's on her new CD, too.
I've been confused - what is the correct name of this song? Well "Wiegenlied" translates to "Cradle song" in English - which means lullaby, of course. And the last part of the name on the Japan single cover in Japanese characters, translates to "Lullaby" in English. So I guess both are correct.
Personally I think "Lullaby" sounds nicer, but unless there is a recognised set of lyrics in English (as in Brahms' Lullaby), perhaps it should stay as "Wiegenlied"? Then again, most English speakers won't know how to pronounce it...
Oh... I came across this high quality two minute sample of Wiegenlied (128 kbps)... all Hayley fans will love it, I promise... and it's by a MALE singer. Trust me... listen to it before you go to his website to find out more
I tried to listen to the audio clip in the Internet Cafe, but all I could get was an Error Message. Perhaps ignorance is bliss, because I would much rather listen to Hayley than any male singer on the planet!
If Hayley does record "Wiegenlied" on her new album, I hope she sings it in German, with an English translation in the booklet.
I believe you're going to Olympia, and I'm looking forward to meeting you there.
Oh well... what a pity about that broken link Richard...their fault! it was a nice version of Wiegenlied.
EDIT: I fixed *my* broken link below, to The Lorelei official site here . Oops!
It seems that Decca somewhat understates the situation regarding the movie, which is called: "Lorelei - The Witch of the Pacific Ocean". Let me add to what they posted on the official website.
- This is a big-budget blockbuster movie costing 1,200,000,000 yen, according to Hayley's Japanese official site - which I convert to over £6 million or $11 million. It's expected to be one of the biggest movies in Japan this year.
- Hayley sings the Title Theme, not just any old song in the movie!
- Universal Japan have already issued a promotional video here featuring not only clips from the movie but Hayley as well! There are broadband and narrowband video links at the top, and links to the soundtrack CD further down the page.
- The movie soundtrack CD has already been released and obviously, Hayley is on that, so it will add to her sales (and restrict the single sales, perhaps?). Listening to the online samples, even the non-Hayley orchestral bits sound quite good!
The Lorelei official site here is playing Hayley continuously on their homepage. You might want to feed the url into google translate to see if you can make sense of the website... or have a laugh at the translations i.postimg.cc/9fYxy370/smilie-big-grin.gif
- Hayley visited Japan late last week according to her Japanese site and seems to have been on TV or radio - presumeably promotional for the movie.
- As far as I can tell, the plot is about a German submarine in port in Japan, which is "acquired" by the Japanese after Germany's surrender to the Allies at the end of World War 2... just after the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. It has onboard a secret weapon which turns out to be Japan's only hope of averting a future atomic bomb attack on Tokyo. Conditions on the sub are pretty bad... and the only female crew member is saved from psychological trauma by her memories of Mozart's Lullaby (Wiegenlied) being sung to her as a child... which is where Hayley comes in.
There are two nice (different) trailers of the movie - partly in English but not including Hayley - here (top left) and do you know what? I REALLY want to see this movie. Let's hope there's eventually an English language version, either dubbed or with subtitles!
Good news from Japan, I've just heard that "Wiegenlied" (Mozart's Lullaby) entered the Official Japanese singles chart at no. 102 last week... and this makes it no. 1 on the International singles chart (it was VERY close!) i.postimg.cc/9fYxy370/smilie-big-grin.gif As you can see, very few foreign singers ever get into the main Japanese single charts. Pure has also re-entered the official top 300 Album Chart at no. 223, after a long absence.
Now, only 6 hours to go for Olympia... oh, must get going quick, or I'll be late!
I recently managed to obtain Wiegenlied. It is truly beautiful. The slow and fast versions (both sung in German) are interesting to compare. The third version is again slow, but sung in Japanese. Hayley sounds better than ever.
I ordered it from a local store. Okay, it took over a week to get it imported and was expensive (£14.99 + £2 postage) but well worth it.
I also have just purchased the Japan single' Wiegenlied'.
I love the Japanese version most. I will scan the booklet tomorrow. Lyrics are included in the booklet. 1 and 2 are German with a Japanese translation. 3 is Japanese.
The price is reasonable. It is HK$70.(About British Pound 5.10 , Euro $7.46 ,US $9.02 , NZD $12.97 ) I purchased form a seller from Yahoo HK Auctions. But it is not a second-hand CD because I found that the seller is a CD store. A card is included in the parcel and that card shows me where is the CD store. I think I will go there and have a look later.
I am happy that I can purchase a Hayley single which is only released in Japan.