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Featuring acoustic, soul baring, gorgeous music!
Unmissable September releases from Japan! Featuring acoustic, soul baring, gorgeous music! Lots of good music came out of Japan in September, but keeping track of it all can be a challenge, especially for those living outside of the island. Don’t...
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The rising J-pop singer/songwriter shows she can drive emotion home over any backdrop.
Oomori Seiko lets it all out on her latest song! The rising J-pop singer/songwriter shows she can drive emotion home over any backdrop. A focus on the big J-pop developments in this week’s SBS PopAsia J-Pop roundup…Oomori SeikoIf there’s one thing...
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Fans of dessert, rejoice!
FAKY have a treat for the sweet-toothed Fans of dessert, rejoice! Tokyo’s “alternative girl group” (hey, just writing what I see beneath the video) FAKY have kept busy in 2017. They put out their long-simmering debut album, and it was pretty darn...
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They also embrace exclamation points!
Morning Musume ‘17 get musically hip They also embrace exclamation points! There’s really no reason Morning Musume ‘17 needs to explore contemporary musical trends. The group has Morning Musume right in the name, and they could easily coast on...
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Fans are outraged and concerned for Pour Lui.
BiS leader suspended by manager for failing to meet weight target Fans are outraged and concerned for Pour Lui. Pour Lui, the leader and founder of idol group BiS, has been suspended from the group for the near future, including for an...
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What does it all mean??
Former SMAP members announce new project with clues What does it all mean?? Last year, long-running Japanese boy band SMAP - more national institution than simple song-and-dance outfit by that point - split up. The breakup...
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Still trying to figure out just what the title means in any language...
Morning Musume ‘17 zig and zag all over the place on latest single Still trying to figure out just what the title means in any language... A focus on the big J-pop developments in this week’s SBS PopAsia J-Pop roundup…Morning Musume ‘17Strap in for...
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“Together, let’s make this coming year the best one possible!”
Namie Amuro announces plans to retire next year “Together, let’s make this coming year the best one possible!” Namie Amuro, one of the most celebrated and best-selling Japanese pop performers in the country’s history, announced Wednesday night...
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Kenshi Yonezu will have new takes on his biggest hits from 2017!
Japanese singer-songwriter does covers of his own songs! Kenshi Yonezu will have new takes on his biggest hits from 2017! Few Japanese artists in recent memory have had as much momentum in such a short amount of time as singer/songwriter Kenshi...
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The snippet of their new single is pure pop-rock ramble!
Silent Siren cook up something catchy in their latest song The snippet of their new single is pure pop-rock ramble! Rock quartet Silent Siren struck gold earlier this year with “Fujiyama Disco,” a lightly dusted funk number that...
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A new episode drops every month, so strap in Amuro fans!
A documentary about Namie Amuro is coming A new episode drops every month, so strap in Amuro fans! Japanese pop star Namie Amuro has had an eventful career. As she celebrates 25 years in the business, Amuro is offering fans a look back at all that...
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As cars zoom by...their latest MV can't be safe!
Japanese band WORLD ORDER take on Thai traffic As cars zoom by...their latest MV can't be safe! A focus on the big J-pop developments in this week’s SBS PopAsia J-Pop roundup…WORLD ORDERIntricate dance outfit WORLD ORDER were one of Japan...
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A darker take on Japanese rock

Meet Paellas. They're getting noticed and you don't want to be out of the loop!
A darker take on Japanese rock Meet Paellas. They're getting noticed and you don't want to be out of the loop! Japanese rock in 2017 sounds smooth and sunny. The breakthrough group of the year has been Suchmos, a Kanagawa outfit summoning the...
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The five-piece deliver a twinkling electronic number.
Japanese rock band Sakanaction returns with “SORATO” The five-piece deliver a twinkling electronic number. “Where has Sakanaction been?”That’s a thought I’ve wondered quite a bit recently as it felt like the five-piece, who mix rock music with...
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Just one of many Japanese takes on the song. We've rounded up a few!
Japan’s Goose House covers TWICE’s “TT” Just one of many Japanese takes on the song. We've rounded up a few! You probably don’t need anyone to remind you just how popular TWICE has become in Japan over the last year. At a time when most K-pop...
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They're sticking to a tried-and-true formula on “himawari."
Mr.Children have conquered charts and are climbing up YouTube They're sticking to a tried-and-true formula on “himawari." Long-term success doesn’t demand radical musical shifts. Case in point, Japanese rockers Mr.Children. They're the second-...
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The former E-girls member is establishing her style one number at a time!
Dream Ami continues to find herself in new song 'XOXO' The former E-girls member is establishing her style one number at a time! A focus on the big J-pop developments in this week’s SBS PopAsia J-Pop roundup…Dream AmiFormer E-girls member Dream Ami...
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They were always ahead of the curve, and this proves it (again)!
Review: Perfume’s “If you wanna” reminds of everything that makes the electro-pop trio special They were always ahead of the curve, and this proves it (again)! A popular meme floating around Japanese social media sites focuses on a news report...
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Where did your favorites land on this message-app-conducted survey?
Perfume and Arashi top idol ranking on Japan’s LINE Where did your favorites land on this message-app-conducted survey? Smartphone messaging program LINE is one of the most popular apps in Japan. So, when the company asked its vast user base to...
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Really love SHINee and Girls' Generation's Japanese stuff! Tell us your fave non-Korean songs from K-pop acts!
Which K-pop acts have great non-Korean songs? Really love SHINee and Girls' Generation's Japanese stuff! Tell us your fave non-Korean songs from K-pop acts! The last few years have seen K-pop acts make debuts in Japan and various other countries,...