J-pop singer Aimer, pronounced “eh-meh” like the French verb “to like/love,” announced the release of two new studio albums set for Apr. 10 called Sun Dance and Penny Rain. 

The “Black Bird” artist hasn’t released an album since daydream in September 2016. The songs in the highly anticipated new albums are divided by the themes expressed in the titles: Sun Dance draws inspiration from the sun, and Penny Rain from rain. 

Sun Dance will include the dance track “ONE” from 2017 that peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100, her latest single “Hanabiratachi No March,” and the heartwarming “Koiwazurai,” the opener of a popular AbemaTV romantic reality program. 

Penny Rain will feature “I beg you,” the edgy theme of the animated movie “Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] II. lost butterfly.” that also peaked at No. 2 on the Japan Hot 100 recently, “Hana No Uta,” and ballads including “Ref:rain,” the theme song of the animated TV series After the Rain. 

Aimer announced the upcoming releases over the weekend (Jan. 26), the same day she wrapped up her domestic tour that began in October 2018. The tour was crowned with the subtitle “soleil et pluie” - - sun and rain in French - - in keeping with the weather-focused themes, and the set was also divided into the upbeat “sun” and the ballad-oriented “rain” segments that expressed the two opposing sides of the enigmatic singer. 

Text: Billboard JAPAN / Photo: Courtesy Photo