The composer of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Theme song of TV anime “Gurenge” Kayoko Kusano appeared on Yomiuri TV Downtown DX variety show last Thursday, where she, a musician Takanori Nishikawa (also known as TMRevolution), and actor Tetsuya Morida from Saraba Seishin no Hikari think about how much Kusano made hit singles.
Morida made a forecast in Kusano of 250 million yen (US$2.27 million)together calculating CD sales, download royalties, subscription royalties and karaoke royalties. Kusano waved at the number and joked that the variety show was a “gossip program”.
Morida went on to say that ‘Gurenge’ was the most sung song in karaoke in 2020 and based on 3 yen earned of each gameif half the Japanese population had sung the song, Kusano already done 180 million yen ($1.64 million) from karaoke royalties alone.
Nishikawa said with a smile during the discussions that while composers get paid for karaoke songs, singers usually don’t. This is likely because while lyrics and composition are used, the vocalist’s vocals usually are not. However, “Gurenge” had a few different versions used for karaoke, including a live version which featured Lisa.
Without wanting to give the entire amount won, Kusano thought that “[Demon Slayer] it’s great, isn’t it? She then went on to say that “Actually, I think that figure is a bit exaggerated, but it was an amount that I had never seen before. As soon as I got paid, I bought a bag for my father and my mother and I sent it to them. Kusano then said that if COVID-19 had not happened, the amount they would have earned from karaoke games would have been five times higher.
Kayoko Kusano works closely with LiSA on her tracks, including “ADAMAS”, which was used as the opening theme song for Sword Art Online Alicization.