Joe Hisaishi‘s album “A Symphonic Celebration – Music from the Studio Ghibli films of Hayao Miyazaki” ranked No. 74 on the U.S. “Billboard 200” released on Saturday, October 14.
This is the first time in 46 years, since Isao Tomita in 1977, that a Japanese classical artist has ranked in the top 100 of the Billboard 200.
The CD was released in June of this year, followed by the record in September. The CD contains 10 symphonic arrangements of songs from Hayao Miyazaki’s films, including “Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke,” and “My Neighbor Totoro. It is also his first album since signing an exclusive contract with the prestigious classical label Deutsche Grammophon in March of this year, and features a performance in London by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Hisaishi.
The album also ranked in the Billboard 200 and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Albums and Classical Crossover Albums charts for the second time this year. In September, Hisaishi held “Symphonic Concert: Music from the Studio Ghibli Films of Hayao Miyazaki” at Wembley Arena in London, which was attended by 25,000 people.
Joe Hisaishi A Symphonic Celebration – Music from the Studio Ghibli films of Hayao Miyazaki
Release date: June 30, 2023 (Friday) 1CD (10 tracks) & 2CD (12 tracks)
September 29, 2023 (Fri) Analog record (10 tracks)
01. NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND from the movie “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
02. KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE from the movie “The Witch’s Delivery Service
03. PRINCESS MONONOKE from the movie Princess Mononoke
04. THE WIND RISES from the movie “The Wind Rises
05. PONYO ON THE CLIFF BY THE SEA from the movie “Ponyo on the Cliff
06. CASTLE IN THE SKY from the movie “Laputa: Castle in the Sky
07. PORCO ROSSO from the movie “Red Pig
08. HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE from the movie “Howl’s Moving Castle
09. SPIRITED AWAY from the movie “Spirited Away
10. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO from the movie “My Neighbor Totoro
Disc 2】 ※Only 2CDs include
01. Merry-Go-Round of Life from the movie “Howl’s Moving Castle
02. One Summer’s Day (The Name of Life) English Version from the movie “Spirited Away