Backstreet Boy Howie D and Yuu Shirota collaborate for "If I Say"
"If I Say" is a bonus track off Howie D's solo debut album, Back to Me.
by Kanara Ty
Date Published: 10/13/2011
Yuu Shirota and Howie D. Photo courtesy of Tokyohive.com.
For the Japanese edition of his solo debut album, BACK TO ME, Backstreet Boys member Howie D (aka Howard Dorough) sought out Japanese idol Yuu Shirota (also known as "U") for one of the bonus tracks, "If I Say." Described as a love song, the single will be released digitally on October 12, prior to the November 9 album drop date. The song will also serve as the ending title song for the Japanese-dubbed version of Jackie Chan's 100th film, 1911, the opening film of the 24th Annual Tokyo International Film Festival. In addition to his album release, Howie D will also be holding an event at Odaiba Venus Fort in Tokyo on November 12.
Since 1993, Howie D has been a part of American pop group Backstreet Boys, who have gone on to become the top selling boy-band of all time, selling 130 million records worldwide. The first single off Howie's solo album, "100 Reasons" was released this past summer. Howie D has worked with other artists from Asia as well, including Japanese a cappella group The Gospellers (for the single, "It Still Matters" ~愛は眠らない(Ai wa Nemuranai)" in October 2007, Filipina singer Sarah Geronimo ("I'll Be There"), and South Korean artist BoA ("Show Me What You Got").
Yuu Shirota recently made his solo debut in May 2011 under label Avex Trax with the triple a-side single, "U/Heart of glass/Sisyphus," under his new solo artist name, "U". Shirota was recently part of D-BOYS, a young male actors group based under Watanabe Entertainment, and starred the live action musicals of Prince of Tennis and Sailor Moon, as Kunimitsu Tezuka and Tuxedo Mask respectively.
For more information, go to the official websites of Howie D and Yuu Shirota.