Patrick St. Michel is a writer based in Tokyo covering Japanese music and pop culture. His work has appeared in The Japan Times, Pitchfork, The Sydney Morning Herald and more. He also operates the more indie-centric music blog Make Believe Melodies. You can find him on Twitter @mbmelodies. 

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Say it ain't so!
Electro-rap duo Charisma.com announced late last week that the project will go on indefinite hiatus following a Tokyo show on January 27, 2018. According to a statement released by the project, DJ Gonchi plans to retire from the entertain...
Did your fave J-pop artist land on the chart’s 2017 wrap?
It’s almost time to replace your calendar, and get the 2018 edition up. That means a steady stream of year-end lists and honours coming in fast. Billboard Japan announced their year end charts for 2017 this past weekend, and a few familiar...
In case you needed another reason for 2018 to get here already!
A focus on the big J-pop developments in this week’s SBS PopAsia J-Pop roundup... Utada Hikaru When Utada Hikaru has news, she makes sure it's big. Late last night, she announced that her entire discography, from 1999’s Automatic to last y...
They are anything but “alternative,” but they sure stand out!
A big J-pop debut just in time for the end of the year. Late Wednesday night, the first music video from idol-pop project EMPiRE appeared on YouTube. The group, a joint project between super-sized music company Avex and the management comp...
The duo Hilcrhyme were dropped from their label, and have had all their music removed from online stores.
Police arrested one half of a popular J-pop/hip-hop project Hilcrhyme, for allegedly possessing marijuana. According to news reports DJ KATSU was arrested on December 1. Following the arrest, Hilcrhyme suspended all group activity for the ...