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Shigge 'SunLimeJuice'

| Jan 20, 2015

Shigge "SunLimeJuice"

by Patrick ST. Michel

Since emerging in the summer of 2013, Fukuoka label Yesterday Once More has made some of the country’s most intriguing electronic music in recent memory. The artists hovering around this Internet imprint embraced styles that have been in vogue with the Japanese do-it-yourself dance ...

E-Girls 'E.G. Time'

| Jan 20, 2015

E-Girls "E.G. Time"

by Patrick ST. Michel

Idol group E-Girls have a knack for covers. On last year’s “Colorful Pop,” they opened with a song borrowing the main synthesizer line from Yellow Magic Orchestra’s “Rydeen” before later transforming Japanese disco tunes and Bananarama singles into tightly crafted blasts of electro-pop. It ...

Royal Blood reigns over British rock

Jan 13, 2015

Royal Blood reigns over British rock

by Shaun Curran

The dressing room of Camden’s Electric Ballroom in London is hardly the most glamorous of settings at the best of times, and for Royal Blood it is the early evening after the night before. The previous night, the blues rock duo played its biggest ...

Lantis looks to woo a dedicated fan base with anisong tour

Jan 13, 2015

Lantis looks to woo a dedicated fan base with anisong tour

by Roland Kelts

Fans breach the language barrier at overseas expos of Japanese pop culture as soon as the music starts. Legions of non-Japanese, most of whose knowledge of the language is limited to basic greetings and exclamations, burst into karaoke-style singalongs, mimicking dance moves and waving ...

Jan 6, 2015

Vinyl sales are a rare bonus for U.S. music industry

Vinyl sales and music streaming both soared by more than 50 percent in 2014 in the United States, even as overall sales kept declining, a music industry monitor said. With few blockbuster releases and streaming becoming more mainstream, consumers in the world’s largest music ...

Dec 30, 2014

The young stars creating a buzz in the enka scene

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Even though enka star Saburo Kitajima announced his retirement from NHK’s annual “Kohaku Uta Gassen” music program last year, and U.S. singer Jero has seemingly moved into R&B, don’t count enka out of the zeitgeist just yet. You won’t see them at this year’s ...

Dec 23, 2014

Lower sales affected acts worldwide

by Patrick ST. Michel

The Japanese music market has faced hard times as of late. Starting with an announcement from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry in March that the country’s music sales dropped 16.7 percent in 2013, the past 12 months saw no particular upswing in ...