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 […]

Oha Suta to air “ALL STARS” episode, Becky celebrates rebuilt career & 20th anniversary since becoming an “Oha Girl”

The legendary children’s TV show Oha Suta has announced that they will be airing a special “Oha Suta ALL STARS” episode. Many past MCs and “Oha Girls” are expected to appear, but two certain confirmed guests are causing the most buzz among enthusiasts of the show. Voice actor Koichi Yamadera and actress Becky have both […]

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Oricon Flashback: Week of 4/26

Oricon Flashback: Week of 4/26

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. 4/22/91 Album: Himuro Kyosuke – Higher Self (second […]

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Masahiko Kondo Leaves Johnny’s Over Affair

Masahiko Kondo Leaves Johnny’s Over Affair

Last November Masahiko Kondo (56), whose primary achievements include being one of the largest stars in the 1980s only to disappear and cheating on Akina Nakamori with Seiko Matsuda, was caught having a five year affair with a 31 year old woman. While he has kept private since, Shukan Bunshun has learned that he will […]

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Korea and J-Pop: Correcting the Record

Korea and J-Pop: Correcting the Record

Over the past couple of months with the debut of groups like NiziU and JO1 there has been a rise of what I would call “popularity alarmism”. This is a feeling that is very real on both sides of the strait with K-pop fans becoming alarmed by the number of non-Koreans in K-pop, and J-pop […]

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SANTA, RIKIMARU, & Mika Debut in INTO1

SANTA, RIKIMARU, & Mika Debut in INTO1

On April 24, the final episode of “CHUANG 2021” aired. The top eleven members debuted as “INTO1.” The group’s name stems from “eleven international members, selected by viewers via the internet, coming together as one.” Three out of the five contestants that Avex sent to be on the show debuted in INTO1. WARPs UP‘s SANTA […]

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Daichi Miura to Release New Single “Backwards”

Daichi Miura to Release New Single “Backwards”

On April 21, Daichi Miura will release his new single, “Backwards.” The song serves as the campaign song for “adidas 2021 S/S Collection.” Daichi appears in commercial for the collection, along with Hirose Alice. “Backwards” will be released in three editions: CD+Blu-ray, CD+DVD, and CD only. Three B-sides are included on this single. The second […]

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EXILE, Crystal Kay, Macaroni Enpitsu, and More Perform on “CDTV Live! Live!” for April 19

EXILE, Crystal Kay, Macaroni Enpitsu, and More Perform on “CDTV Live! Live!” for April 19

This week’s episode was a three hour special. This week’s guests were EXILE, A.B.C-Z, Sakurazaka46, DA PUMP, Shimajirou to Nakamatachi, Keropons, AKB48, Sanrio no Character-tachi, Foorin, Macaroni Enpitsu, Nishikawa Takanori, Oda Sakura, Diamond✡Yukai, Crystal Kay, Kawasaki Takaya, Daichi Miura, SEVENTEEN, and Moriyama Naotaro. Watch here EXILE – Choo Choo TRAIN (CDTV Special Ver.) A.B.C-Z – […]

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