Train2Game News Pokémon 25 The Album Release Date

On October 15, Pokémon 25: The Album will be released by Capitol Records as part of a massive, yearlong music campaign from The Pokémon Company International in partnership with Universal Music Group.

See below for the full album tracklist, which was revealed today as the preorder launched.

Preorder Pokémon 25: The Album here.

The 25th anniversary celebration kicked off with Post Malone’sOnly Wanna Be with You (Pokémon 25 Version)” surprise cover of the Hootie and the Blowfish smash ’90s hit, performed during Pokémon’s P25 Music virtual concert in February 2021. Pop icon Katy Perry unveiled her anthemic, original, lead single for the album, “Electric,” in May. New songs by Vince Staples (“Got ’Em”), Cyn (“Wonderful”), and Mabel (“Take It Home”)—collected on The Red EP—followed in August, along with Louane’s Game Girl.” Individuals who preorder the digital album will instantly receive each of these six songs. The compilation will also feature new tracks by J Balvin, Lil Yachty, Jax Jones with Sinead Harnett, Yaffle (Japanese artist/producer based in Tokyo), and Tierra Whack, plus ZHU’s alternate versions of the songs of The Red EP, which were featured on The Blue EP, released last month.

Speaking about working with Pokémon and being one of the final artists to announce a track on this anticipated album, Lil Yachty says, “I’ve always been a huge Pokémon fan, and I jumped at the opportunity to be on the album. I love the record I did for it, called ‘Believing,’ and I hope it inspires my fans to chase their dreams.”

 “P25 Music has been an incredible journey in which we’ve been able to collaborate with so many amazing musicians to help us celebrate 25 years of Pokémon,” said Colin Palmer, Vice President of Marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “As we count down to the launch of Pokémon 25: The Album and the culmination of this yearlong adventure, we’re looking forward to Lil Yachty, Tierra Whack, and Jax Jones joining the party and adding their own unique sounds and fresh takes on Pokémon-inspired songs to this celebratory compilation.”

Fans can keep up with the latest news for P25 Music and more celebrations across the franchise on Pokémon’s 25th anniversary website at Pokemon.com/25.

Pokémon and music fans are invited to join the conversation online with @Pokemon and #Pokemon25.

Pokémon 25: The Album Tracklist

  1. Katy Perry—Electric
  2. Jax Jones—Phases (with Sinead Harnett)
  3. Mabel—Take It Home
  4. Lil Yachty—Believing
  5. J Balvin—Ten Cuidado
  6. Cyn—Wonderful
  7. Vince Staples—Got ’Em
  8. Louane—Game Girl
  9. Tierra Whack—Art Show
  10. Post Malone—Only Wanna Be With You (Pokémon 25 Version) 
  11. Yaffle – Reconnect (feat. Daichi Yamamoto & AAAMYYY)*
  12. Mabel—Take It Home (ZHU Remix)*
  13. Cyn—Wonderful (ZHU Remix)*
  14. Vince Staples—Got ’Em (ZHU Remix)*

Train2Game News Mabel Releases Song For Pokemon Compilation Album

Pokémon’s 25th anniversary celebration continues with today’s release of “Take It Home,” a new song from BRIT Award recipient Mabel, who recorded it exclusively for the upcoming P25 Music compilation album.

With an infectious beat and a bright, summery vibe, the song celebrates being the kind of friend that others can count on.

It was produced by Tommy Brown (Kanye West, Ariana Grande) and Mr. Franks (Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber).

Listen to “Take It Home” HERE. The compilation album, which will be released this autumn by Capitol Records, is part of a massive, yearlong music campaign from The Pokémon Company International in partnership with Universal Music Group.

The playful official video for “Take It Home” finds Mabel trying to unwind in her hotel room after a busy day. Flipping through the channels on the television, she’s delighted to find a Pokémon channel. Comforted by the beloved characters, she falls asleep. In her dream, she follows a Jigglypuff down a hallway, and together they explore the hotel, which has been transformed into a dark yet sparkling dreamworld. Mabel takes the stage, joined by a troupe of dancers, and a Pikachu makes a cameo. View the video, which was directed by Sophia Ray (Ella Eyre, Little Mix, Amber Mark) and shot at London’s iconic Savoy Hotel, HERE.

 “I’ve been a fan of Pokémon for years, so I jumped at the opportunity to join the P25 program,” Mabel said. “I had so much fun working with Pikachu and my all-time favourite Pokémon, Jigglypuff, for the ‘Take It Home’ video. I hope the fans love the song as much as I loved working on it to celebrate 25 years of Pokémon!”

Mabel’s incredible talent and pop sensibilities add a massive layer of fun to Pokémon’s P25 Music campaign celebrating 25 years of Pokémon,” said Colin Palmer, vice president of marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “Music fans are going to love ‘Take It Home,’ and Pokémon fans will be delighted to see a Jigglypuff, known for being a bubbly Pokémon who also loves to sing, featured in Mabel’s vibrant video. It’s a pitch-perfect collaborative match for our 25th anniversary celebration.”

Mabel is the latest artist to join the P25 Music program, taking her place alongside Katy Perry, who contributed the new original song “Electric,” as well as Post Malone, who put his own stamp on the Hootie & the Blowfish hit “Only Wanna Be with You,” and J Balvin. Mabel recently released her first new single of 2021, “Let Them Know,” a spirited anthem about projecting confidence even in times of trouble.

Fans can keep up with the latest news for P25 Music and more celebrations across the franchise on Pokémon’s 25th anniversary website at Pokemon.com/25. Pokémon 25: The Album can be pre-saved at https://CapitolRecords.lnk.to/saveP25PR/.

Pokémon and music fans are invited to join the conversation online with @Pokemon and #Pokemon25.

Train2Game News Final Fantasy & Kung Fury Metal Album

Videogame band Super MadNES is pleased to present their third studio album, Fantasy Battles, a Final Fantasy-themed release paying tribute to battle themes from across the series and the iconic “True Survivor” from the movie Kung Fury, originally performed by David Hasselhoff.

To celebrate the occasion, Super MadNES has produced their first-ever promotional music video featuring “Force Your Way” from Final Fantasy VIII. Fantasy Battles is available now on Bandcamp in both digital and CD formats along with commemorative pins of the band’s logo:

Fantasy Battles Digital, CDs, and Pins on Bandcamp

Fantasy Battles features a six-song medley of music from Final Fantasy IV through Final Fantasy IX, “True Survivor” from Kung Fury, and a cover of chiptune artist Zantilla’s “Maggie’s Quest.” The full track list is as follows:

  1. Prologue (Final Fantasy IV)
  2. The Decisive Battle (Final Fantasy VI)
  3. Battle 1 (Final Fantasy IX)
  4. The Decisive Battle (Final Fantasy V)
  5. Force Your Way (Final Fantasy VIII)
  6. Those Who Fight Further (Final Fantasy VII)
  7. True Survivor (Kung Fury)
  8. Maggie’s Quest (Zantilla)

The Southern California band has toured the United States bringing their unique blend of synth-infused classic heavy metal with highly-produced visuals and has developed a large following through their performances and album releases.

Fantasy Battles follows 2016’s SNES-themed Blasters & Daggers covering Mega Man X and Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts and 2018’s NES-themed Gothic Warriors covering Castlevania III and Batman.

Learn more about the band at http://www.supermadnes.com

Train2game News Inon Zur Album

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Award-winning composer Inon Zur, renowned for his evocative scores and ethereal songwriting for epic fantasy video game franchises such as Baldur’s Gate, Dragon Age, EverQuest, Icewind Dale, The Lord of the Rings and Rift, releases the first music video from his forthcoming original fantasy album, “Songs From The Tavern”, on iTunes and YouTube.

“Meneleya” is the first song to be released from Inon Zur’s new album and was written in collaboration with Juno award winning composer-producer Ian Nickus and singer-songwriter Mimi Page – the same team behind “The Path of Destiny” from the Dungeons & Dragons role playing game, Sword Coast Legends. Page also provides the track’s ethereal vocals and is featured in the video.

“Songs From the Tavern is my appreciative response to the many fans and their requests for an original album in the style of my music from Dragon Age,” explains Zur. “It is a natural progression from my work on RPG and MMORPG titles in the fantasy genre.”

Zur’s sophomore album “Songs From the Tavern” will feature all new material and follows the release of “Age of Sirens” (2015), a collection of previously unreleased music and arrangements.

“Meneleya” is available for viewing at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7XPaPmXQyc and can be purchased from iTunes and Amazon.

Inon Zur is a three-time BAFTA nominated composer renowned for his emotionally dynamic original music scores for film, television and blockbuster video game franchises such as Dragon Age (Forbes’ Top Video Game Soundtracks of All Time), Fallout (British Academy of Film and Television Arts and Spike TV Best Original Music nominations, Factmag’s Greatest Video Game Soundtracks), and Prince of Persi a.

Recently Zur’s original score for Fallout 4 was selected as one of the best video game scores of 2015 by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, The Game Awards, PlayStation Awards (Editor’s Choice), FACT Magazine, Paste Magazine and Classic FM. His upcoming projects include the mystical adventure game Syberia 3 written and directed by visionary series creator Benoît Sokal.

Inon’s music has been performed in concerts worldwide (Cologne, Leipzig, London, Los Angeles, Malmo, Seoul, Sydney) by top orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in London. He has recorded with The London Symphony Orchestra and Academy of St. Martin In The Fields at Abbey Road Studios and also produced and collaborated with international recording artists including Florence + The Machine (Dragon Age II).  For more information on Inon Zur visit: www.inonzur.com .