A focus on the big J-pop developments in this week’s SBS PopAsia J-Pop roundup…
J-pop boy band Da-iCE shared a preview of their 12th major label single this week. “Kimiiru” finds the group doing their thing over a glistening musical backdrop, the song moving from tropical-tinged guitar passages to a more shuffling, electronic hook rounded out by all-together-now hollering. The video, below, fittingly finds the men in the outfit soaking up the summer for all its worth.
Momoiro Clover Z
Idol heavyweights Momoiro Clover Z have teamed up with local police officials to promote a new smartphone application called Digi Police. The app is designed to deter women on trains from being assaulted or molested, which remains a serious problem in contemporary Japanese cities. The app makes a loud noise when triggered by the user. The idol group used their popularity as a way to raise awareness of this important tool. Watch a video of them at the launch press conference below.
Former AKB48 member Yuko Oshima announced this week she will be taking a break from the entertainment biz in order to study English in a foreign country starting this August. The break comes as a way to help her achieve personal dreams before she turns 30, and isn’t expected to be a long-term departure from entertainment.
Despite being relatively overlooked during their prime, idol group BiS have ended up shaping the current state of high-energy Japanese pop groups more than most. GANG PARADE is an outfit coming from the same management company responsible for the original heavy-hitting unit, and features one former member of BiS within their ranks. The group’s latest song “Beyond The Mountain” highlights their frantic energy, featuring spoken word passages leading to rap-sing dashes and punky hooks. Watch below:
Big week for Johnny’s boy bands, as long running outfits Arashi and Kanjani 8 topped the Oricon singles and album charts respectively. That’s business as usual, but if you follow online news or TV programs here, you would have thought TWICE would have easily won the week. The K-pop outfit, featuring three Japanese members, dominated media coverage and - crucially - online spaces over the last seven days. So even though they finished second behind Kanjani 8 with their first Japanese album, they got the bulk of the attention.
Video of the Week
Enon Kawatani, the frontman of bands Gesu No Kiwami Otome. and indigo la End was involved in a series of scandals last year. So there is part of his latest video with indigo la End, where he’s behind bars, in a bird cage, that is kind of eye rolling. And yet, the video as a whole is quite charming, Kawatani cast as a bird owned by a woman living on her own.
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