A focus on the big J-pop developments in this week’s SBS PopAsia J-Pop roundup…
The video for AKB48’s latest single has a lot going on, which is perhaps quite natural seeing as it lasts for over nine minutes. There is a lot of interaction between Sashihara Rino and Mayu Watanabe, which should get fans of the group excited, along with shots of AKB48 doing touristy things in Okinawa. The song itself feels like a throwback to older, horn-heavy AKB songs, featuring a nice chorus that also marks the first time in recent memory that a J-pop act literally sings “hashtag” in a song (title of this track — “#Sukinanda”).
It hasn’t been that long since Koda Kumi last released a new album — this Spring actually — yet it feels much longer. But in some good news for fans, she’s back with a new Summer single called “Lit!”
Your mileage may vary on this one depending on how OK you are with hearing adults say stuff like “goals AF” out loud, as this is the long-running J-pop star’s effort to “get with it.” The title unsubtly hints at this, while the deployment of “swag” and a reference to Migos’ “Bad And Boujee” drives home what this is all about. Despite often feeling like a mom trying out Snapchat filters for the first time, “Lit” features some clever musical touches, highlighted by a nice post-chorus bit where her voice gets warped into something strange and interesting.
Electro-pop unit REOL announced they will be disbanding this October. The trio is fronted by the singer/songwriter Reol, with producer GigaP and filmmaker Okiku rounding out the group. It was Okiku who announced that she wanted to leave, and the other two thought that without her, the group couldn’t go on. Their last show is set for October 22 in Tokyo. Given how talented they all are, it won't be hard to imagine that the members will carry on with their solo careers, though.
Momoiro Clover Z
Another week, another new video from Momoiro Clover Z. “Kyoukai No Pendulum” finds the group posing dramatically and running, set over a unit-appropriate high-energy song. The single featuring this cut, “BLAST!,” hit stores this week. Fingers crossed for an album announcement soon!
Old timers Mr. Children topped the Oricon singles chart with their latest, “himawari,” which isn’t surprising given how many folks who grew up with them in the ‘90s will buy everything they put out. That’s support!
Speaking of, legions of diehards got a Hey! Say! JUMP compilation to the top of the album side.
Video Of The Week
Emerging electronic outfit yahyel are here to give you nightmares in the clip for new song “Rude.”
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