A focus on the big J-pop developments in this week’s SBS PopAsia J-Pop roundup…
Rising J-pop performer Daichi Miura shared the dance video for one of his newest song “Complex.” It’s a smooth and sleek dance-pop number, one that sees Miura moving away from the more contemporary electronic styles he’s built singles around in favour of a throwback sound. The accompanying clip brings to mind Bruno Mars’ “Treasure,” but the sound is actually a more polished take on live-for-now disco courtesy of LDN Noise. They’ve worked with a few J-pop acts before, including a couple of songs on Miura’s last album, but they're probably best known for their K-pop work, including f(x)’s “Four Walls” and EXO’s “Lotto.” Interesting seeing them become more present in Japanese music. Anyway, watch “Complex” below.
Big weeks for biggie-sized idol group Keyakizaka46, who released their first album this week. Expect a review of that one on SBS PopAsia in the near future, but for now you can get a preview of it via the mid-tempo number “Getsuyoubi No Asa, Skirt Wo Kirareta,” a number tackling the stress young people face in the modern world. Watch the video below.
It has been 18 years since pioneering Japanese pop-punks Hi-STANDARD released an album, but the trio’s popularity has remained high despite the lack of new music to tide fans over. Well in one of the biggest surprises of the year, they’ve announced a new album, titled THE GIFT, due out on October 4. That will be followed up by a nationwide tour, which will find Hi-STANDARD playing alongside a variety of younger outfits that have no doubt been heavily inspired by them.
History was made this week, as pop duo KinKi Kids broke a long-standing record on the Oricon charts by having a single go to number one every year since 1997. The pair’s The Red Light clinched this title for them, moving over 200,000 copies according to this week’s data. Of course, that’s just counting the physical sales, if you look at streaming charts and other online places, BUMP OF CHICKEN’s latest single shined while GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE’s newest album continued to perform well. But still, KinKi Kids’ latest chart-topper reminds of what an illustrious career they have had.
Video of the Week
Wherever you are in the world, you can get into the summer vibe with city-pop revivalist Hitomitoi’s latest, the upbeat “Flash Of Light.” To match the tropical vibe found in the music, the video features a lot of shots of water and other warmer-month staples. Dive in below.
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