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 […]

AKB48’s discography is available for streaming globally!

Asia’s best selling girl group AKB48 has a treat for their international fans, their discography is finally available for streaming worldwide! This includes their latest single “Shitsuren, Arigatou” and studio album “Bokutachi wa, Ano Hi no Yoake wo Shitteiru”. For completionists multiple versions of AKB48’s singles have been uploaded, so fans have access to all […]

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LiSA Cheated on By Husband Suzuki Tatsuhisa

LiSA Cheated on By Husband Suzuki Tatsuhisa

LiSA and Suzuki Tatsuhisa announced their marriage in January 2020. Shukan Bunshun has now revealed though that Tatsuhisa is cheating on LiSA. The other woman in their relationship is A-san, a woman in her 20s who works at a studio where Tatsuhisa records. According to a music industry official, Tatsuhisa has always had a drinking […]

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Did Nintendo back out of the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony?

Did Nintendo back out of the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony?

Popular tabloid Bunshun has released more details on the ill-fated Tokyo Olympics. They released a lengthy “confidential” report that detailed specific plans for the Opening Ceremony, in total the report spanned 1199 pages but Bunshun shared the highlights. One section that has been gaining traction online was a proposed segment involving comedian Naomi Watanabe and […]

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Oricon Flashback: Week of 7/12

Oricon Flashback: Week of 7/12

We’re back with this week’s edition of Oricon Flashback. This is where we look back on what topped the charts this week 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years ago. Think of it as a way to reminisce and learn about the past of Japanese music. 7/8/91 Album: Nagai Mariko – WASHING (first week […]

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Tomohisa Yamashita covers Harpers Bazaar Japan

Tomohisa Yamashita covers Harpers Bazaar Japan

Actor Tomohisa Yamashita will be covering Harpers Bazaar Japan for the very first time in their upcoming special edition issue. In the issue Yamapi will discuss how the landscape of the entertainment industry has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread. He will also talk about his increased international activities starring in both films […]

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GENERATIONS to Release New Album “Up & Down”

GENERATIONS to Release New Album “Up & Down”

On July 14, GENERATIONS will release their sixth album “Up & Down.” This is the group’s first album since November 2019’s “SHONEN CHRONICLE.” “Up & Down” will include the previously released singles “Hira Hira”, “You & I”, “Ame Nochi Hare”, and “HELLO! HALO!” The GENERATIONS version of the Jr.EXILE song “WAY TO THE GLORY” is […]

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King & Prince Enjoy the Summer in “Bokura no Great Journey” MV

King & Prince Enjoy the Summer in “Bokura no Great Journey” MV

On July 21, King & Prince will release their third album, “Re:Sense.” This album comes almost a year after their previous one, last September’s “L&.” “Re:Sense” will include the previously released singles “I promise”, “Magic Touch”, and “Beating Hearts.” It will also include the new English language song “Namae Oshiete”, which King & Prince recorded […]

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