A focus on the big J-pop developments in this week’s SBS PopAsia J-Pop roundup…
Miranda Kerr poses to some J-pop
Australian model Miranda Kerr is very popular in Japan. It’s kind of inexplicable, but the fact she appears in at least four big ads a year (my math right there) seems to have made her a popular talent across the country. Her latest number finds her posing and making kissy faces in support of a brand of tea. Sure, why not! Watch it below, but just as importantly check out the song alone by Fumie Hosokawa, because it slaps.
Koki Tanaka, formerly of KAT-TUN
Koki Tanaka, one of the founding members of J-pop group KAT-TUN, was arrested Wednesday night in Tokyo on suspicion of possessing marijuana, the Metropolitan Police Department reportedly said Thursday. A small amount of the substance was found in his car, and Tanaka denied that it was his. Tanaka was a member of KAT-TUN until 2013. He went on to serve as the lead vocalist in the band INKT.
The members of pop outfit AAA have done all sorts of solo projects, and arguably the most visible of the bunch is SKY-HI; the unit’s go-to rapper. His latest single “Silly Game” showcases his skills. Over a brassy and funky arrangement, he sings and raps at a quick-hit pace, building up to the song’s swinging hook. Watch the clip below.
Shinichi Osawa is one of Japan’s most celebrated DJs and electronic music producers, playing in clubs all around Asia, and responsible for some of the finest dance tunes to emerge out of the island over the course of his career. He also has his project MONDO GROSSO, which allows him to show off other aspects of his sound. On “TIME,” he works with singer bird to craft a shifty pop number full of tempo changes and longing. Listen below.
The duo Kame To Yama P topped the singles chart, easily outpacing MONSTA X and punk-pop trio WANIMA at second and third respectively. A best-of album by the rock group THE YELLOW MONKEY won the album side of things.
Video Of The Week
The electronic-leaning trio Wednesday Campanella have become one of the buzzier outfits in J-Pop today in large part thanks to music that includes elements of rap, house and traditional Japanese styles, lead vocalist / whirling darvish KOM_I pinballing around it all. They also make really eye-grabbing videos, such as the one for new single “Melos.” Set in Mongolia, it finds the group’s singer on horseback and generally looking epic against the country’s landscape. Watch below.
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