When NHK News announced the annual lineup for this year's "Kohaku Utagassen", the folks there were kind enough to show some of the new acts performing. One guy who caught my eye was actor-musician-songwriter Gen Hoshino（星野源）. I had never heard of him before but NHK featured a very brief clip of singing a pretty catchy tune by my estimation, and with his dapper attire, I immediately got reminded of KAN and Noriyuki Makihara（槇原敬之）from about a quarter-century ago.
I believe that clip by Saitama-born Hoshino was for his song "Sun" which is his 8th and latest single from May 2015. Surely enough, hearing the whole song (or much of it...there was some promotional stuff in the middle) got me in a rather chirpy mood. As its title suggests, the song is darn sunny (helped by the video including the cute choreography) and Hoshino's lyrics are nothing but pure liquid optimism. He could probably be run over by a car and he'd still have a grin on his face.
"Sun" is his most rankings-successful song so far, hitting the No. 2 spot on Oricon. It is also a track on his latest album, "Yellow Dancer" which was released just within the last week and has already hit No. 1. I'm hopeful that this will be the song that he performs on the Kohaku in a few weeks. By the way, Hoshino is also a member of the band Sakerock.