Ayase Haruka Tops Nikkei Entertainment’s “Talent Power Ranking 2022”

This year’s edition of Nikkei Entertainment’s annual “Talent Power Ranking” is now available. The main list is now available. Ayase Haruka tops the ranking for the second consecutive year. Shohei Ohtani comes in second, up from #99 last year. Sandwich Man is #3, dropping one spot. Find out the rest of the top 50 after […]

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 […]

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BE:FIRST to Release Their 2nd Single

BE:FIRST to Release Their 2nd Single

On May 18, BE:FIRST will release their second single, “Bye-Good-Bye.” The song serves as the theme song for the NTV drama series “Sayonara no Sono Mae ni”, which airs during the morning show “ZIP!” The song was written by sty and SKY-HI, and composed by Chaki Zulu. BE:FIRST’s new single will also include the song […]

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ZOMBIE-CHANG Kidnaps a Man in “Switch” MV

ZOMBIE-CHANG Kidnaps a Man in “Switch” MV

On May 11, ZOMBIE-CHANG will release her fifth album, “STRESS de STRESS.” This is her first album since August 2020’s “TAKE ME AWAY FROM TOKYO.” ZOMBIE-CHANG’s new album sees her further exploring the electronic club sound from her previous one. “STRESS de STRESS” will come in a CD+Goods limited edition and a CD only regular […]

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Cocomi to Release Debut Album

Cocomi to Release Debut Album

Cocomi has won numerous awards for her flute playing since first learning the instrument at the age of 11. She is now ready to make her reording debut. On April 29, Cocomi will release her debut album, “de l’amour” on New York-based label DECCA GOLD. The album’s title, French for “love”, was chosen by Cocomi […]

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Yuuri to Release Debut Album

Yuuri to Release Debut Album

On January 12, Yuuri will release his debut album, “Ichi.” The album will include have 16 songs total, including the ten digital singles he has released since debuting, such as “Kakurenbo”, “Peter Pan”, “Dry Flower”, and “Betelgeuse.” “Ichi” will come in three editions, three limited and one regular, all with one CD. Limited edition A […]

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Kalen Anzai Teams Up with Charli XCX for “Genjitsu Camera”

Kalen Anzai Teams Up with Charli XCX for “Genjitsu Camera”

On December 15, Kalen Anzai will release her new digital single, “Genjitsu Camera.” The song serves as the CM song for Laguna Illuminations’ “Hikari no Lagoon.” The lyrics for “Genjitsu Camera” were written by Kalen, with the composition by Charli XCX, Danny L Harle, Radical Hardcore Clique, and Kanata Okajima. Danny and Radical Hardcore Clique […]

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Hikaru Utada Releases Information on Their New Album

Hikaru Utada Releases Information on Their New Album

Today, December 9, is Hikaru Utada’s 23rd anniversary. They celebrated this day by releasing more information on their upcoming eighth album. The album is titled “BAD Mode”, and will see a digital release on January 19, followed by a CD released on February 23. “BAD Mode” will be released in a CD+DVD and CD+Blu-ray limited […]

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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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