RADWIMPS members feel betrayed over Akira Kuwahara’s cheating scandal

Fallout continues for RADWIPS support vocalist and guitar player Akira Kuwahara over his cheating scandal that was uncovered this month. After the story was spread by the notorious tabloid Bunshun, RADWIPS quickly confirmed that the rumour was in-fact true when the bands official website released a statement stating that Akira’s entertainment activities has been suspended […]

The Recording Industry Association of Japan Reports 9% Decline in 2020

A few weeks ago, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry reported that the Japanese music industry saw a decline of 2.1% in 2020, its second consecutive year of decline. The Recording Industry Association of Japan recently released its year end report for 2020, going into more detail about the state of the industry over the course […]

Yonezu Kenshi and Fujii Kaze Win The 13th CD Shop Awards 2021

Yonezu Kenshi and Fujii Kaze have been announced as the Grand Prize winners of The 13th CD Shop Awards 2021. Kenshi won the Red Grand Prize award for his album “STRAY SHEEP”, while Kaze won the Blue Grand Prize for his album “HELP EVER HURT NEVER.” Check out the full list of winners below! Grand […]

The Lost Decade of JPop: 2006 – 2015

The March 3 episode of “KanJam Kanzen Nen SHOW” centered on a ranking of the best 30 (in reality 50) JPop songs from 2000 – 2020. The group that came up with the ranking was composed of 48 music industry professionals, with a third of them being artists and the remaining portion being producers and […]

Keiko Kitagawa joins Masaki Okada, Jun Shison, & Yurina Hirate in live-action BL film “Sankaku Mado no Sotogawa wa Yoru”

The highly anticipated film “Sankaku Mado no Sotogawa wa Yoru” is currently set for release on January 22nd, 2021. Just days before it will hit theater screens nationwide across Japan, a new promo image from the film was released showing one of the characters yet to be revealed. It turned out to be none other […]

The 13th CD Shop Awards 2021 Announces Its Nominees for 2020

The 13th CD Shop Awards 2021 has released its nominee list for 2020! Twenty albums were picked for this year’s awards. The albums were chosen by 395 CD shop staff from across Japan to highlight releases that caught their discerning ears. In March, the awards will be given out. There will be two main awards. […]

E-girls officially disbands

The time has come to say good bye to the LDH girl group E-girls. Their disbandment was announced at a release event for their 24th single “Bessekai“. Unfortunately, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic squashed many of their plans for 2020, but they still proceeded with December 31st as their disbandment date. Their official Twitter and Instagram […]

GQ JAPAN Reveals Its “GQ MEN OF THE YEAR 2020”

GQ JAPAN has revealed its “GQ MEN OF THE YEAR 2020”! The award is given to people who have shown great success this year regardless of their field. Winners this year include SixTONES, Snow Man, Hoshino Gen, Eito, and Naomi Osaka. The award show will streamed live today on GQ JAPAN’s YouTube, Twitter, and TikTok […]

Mai Shiraishi has graduated from Nogizaka46

Nogizaka46 and it’s ace Mai Shiraishi has finally said goodbye, as of October 28th she is no longer of a member of the idol group after successfully completing the concert “NOGIZAKA46 Mai Shiraishi Graduation Concert ~Always beside you~”. As a member of Nogizaka46, Shiraishi enjoyed a successful 9 years of being an idol. She debuted […]

Former Hello!Project leader Ayaka Wada: “I’ve liked girls before; I never knew my own sexuality”

Former Hello!Project leader Ayaka Wada recently held a lengthy interview with QJWeb, along with Mikity from the idol group Nichoume no Sakigate Coming Out, an indie idol group consisting of gay men. The two mainly chatted about idol culture and the topic of diversity. In the past few years members of Negicco supported still being […]

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JO1 Gets Wintry with “Bokura no Kisetsu”

JO1 Gets Wintry with “Bokura no Kisetsu”

On December 15, JO1 will release their fifth single, “WANDERING.” The single has the theme of growing by overcoming unexpected situations and hardships. This is similar to what the group itself has experienced over the course of their career. “WANDERING” marks the first time that JO1 has released a single with two lead songs, “Bokura […]

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“Best Artist 2021” Live Stream & Chat

“Best Artist 2021” Live Stream & Chat

At 7 PM JST on November 17, “Best Artist 2021” will air. The show will feature performances by the likes of Snow Man, MISIA, NiziU, LiSA, YOASOBI, BE:FIRST, and Naniwa Danshi. There is a live stream of the show and Arama! Japan will be hosting a chat on Discord so that readers can chat with each other during the show! Links to the […]

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Ayumi Hamasaki reveals that she had a C-section

Ayumi Hamasaki reveals that she had a C-section

Japan’s national songstress Ayumi Hamasaki has shared some very personal news on her official Instagram account. She shared that she had given birth via C-section. Otherwise known as a caesarean section/delivery, this is a surgical procedure that involves delivering the baby through an incision in the mother’s abdomen. This method is usually chosen when a […]

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Hey! Say! JUMP to Release New Single “Sing-along”

Hey! Say! JUMP to Release New Single “Sing-along”

The 2021 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships will be held in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture October 18 – 24, followed by the 2021 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships October 27 – 31. The events will air on TV Asahi, and Hey! Say! JUMP‘s new single, “Sing-along”, will serve as the coverage theme song. The group’s Yuri Chinen will […]

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ØMI Releases Collaboration with SUGA of BTS

ØMI Releases Collaboration with SUGA of BTS

On October 15, ØMI will release a new digital single, “ANSWER… SHINE.” This release is the companion piece to his previous single, “ANSWER… SHADOW.” Where “ANSWER… SHADOW” has a dark theme, the theme of “ANSWER… SHINE” is light. “ANSWER… SHINE” will contain two songs, “You” and “Starlight.” The former is produced by BTS member SUGA. […]

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Nariaki Obukuro to Release New Album “Strides”

Nariaki Obukuro to Release New Album “Strides”

On October 13, Nariaki Obukuro will release his third album, “Strides”, digitally. This is the follow up to his December 2019 album “Piercing.” Nariaki’s new work consists of seven songs full of sweet melodies, supple grooves, multi-layered vocalizations, and numerous punch lines. It includes the song “Parallax”, a song for the film “Moonlight Shadow”, and […]

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Orisaka Yuta to Release First New Album in 3 Years

Orisaka Yuta to Release First New Album in 3 Years

On October 6, Orisaka Yuta will release his new album, “Shinri.” This album comes almost exactly three years since his previous one, October 2018’s “Heisei.” Yuta began working on his new album in the winter of 2019, but stopped the following April due to the COVID-19 state of emergency. During this break, he reviewed the […]

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“PRODUCE 101 JAPAN SEASON2” Winners INI Make Their Debut

“PRODUCE 101 JAPAN SEASON2” Winners INI Make Their Debut

This past June, “PRODUCE 101 JAPAN SEASON2” ended and eleven contestants were selected to debut in the winning group, INI. They will make their debut on October 3 with the single “A.” The title stands for both “best in quality” and “the beginning.” “A” will feature two lead songs, “Rocketeer” and “Brighter.” The former is […]

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