Madonna to provide theme for Fuji TV's 'Changes'

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TOKYO -- Madonna has agreed to provide the theme music for Fuji Television's new spring drama "Change," a move likely to secure hit status for the show starring idol Takuya Kimura.

"The program has been completely produced in-house and we are very glad to have Madonna involved in the project," Nobuhiro Nagai, of Fuji's Corporate Strategy Division, said Friday.

Nagai would not comment on the possibility of the singer coming to Japan to help promote the series, which will air beginning in April.

The licensed theme song "Miles Away" is the first Madonna track permitted to be attached to a TV drama in Japan.

Madonna met Kimura, a TV and big screen heartthrob known in Japan simply as Kimutaku, when she appeared as a guest on the "SMAPxSMAP" variety show in 2005. The weekly show features Kimura and the four other members of the boy-band SMAP.

Kimura, who starred in last year's cinematic hit "Hero," is likely only to enhance his popularity with "Changes," the tale of a small town elementary school teacher who is suddenly - if improbably - propelled into the position of prime minister of Japan.

The ballad is taken from Madonna's new "Hard Candy" album, which goes on sale here on April 30.

Nagai said the singer had been impressed with the storyline for the program, which also stars Eri Fukatsu, Akira Terao and Rosa Kato.
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