Material girl gain: Song is theme of Japan show


"Miles Away," a new track from Madonna's upcoming album, will provide the theme music for Fuji Television's new spring drama, "Change." It represents the first time a Madonna track has been licensed for a TV drama in Japan.

"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 declined comment on the possibility of the singer coming to Japan to help promote the series, which stars Takuya Kimura and is scheduled to begin airing in April.

Madonna met Kimura, a TV and big-screen heartthrob known in Japan 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 expected to enhance his popularity even more 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 is set for release here April 30.