King & Prince, Mr.Children, DA PUMP, LiSA, and Yumi Matsutoya Top the Billboard Japan Charts for the Week of 10/8 – 10/14

This week, King & Prince topped the Hot 100 single chart with their new single “Memorial.”

Mr.Children topped the Hot Albums chart for the second consecutive week with their album “Jyuryoku to Kokyu.”

DA PUMP topped the Streaming Songs chart for the 17th non-consecutive week with their single “U.S.A.”

LiSA topped the Download Songs chart with her new single “ADAMAS.”

Yumi Matsutoya topped the Download Albums chart for the third consecutive week with her newly available digitally best album “40 Shunen Kinen Best Album ‘Nihon no Koi to, Yuming to.’”

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Ken Hirai, NMB48, and Ryokuoushoku Shakai Perform on CDTV for October 20

This week’s guests were Ken Hirai, NMB48, and Ryokuoushoku Shakai.

Ken Hirai – even if / half of me

NMB48 – Boku Datte Naichau yo

Ryokuoushoku Shakai – Ano Koro Mita Hikari

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NEWS, Makihara Noriyuki, and Yamazaki Ikusaburo Perform on Music Fair for October 20

This week’s guests were Makihara Noriyuki, NEWS, and Yamazaki Ikusaburo.

Makihara Noriyuki x NEWS x Yamazaki Ikusaburo – Forget-me-not

Yamazaki Ikusaburo – I LAND

NEWS – Kibou ~Yell~ / Chankapana / Touch / LPS

Makihara Noriyuki – Kioku

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Kenshi Yonezu spins listeners a yarn in his Music Video for “Flamingo”

Last month we reported that singer/songwriter Kenshi Yonezu would be releasing a new Double A-side single titled “Flamingo / TEENAGE RIOT” on October 31st.  Following a public reveal in Shibuya’s Station Square, he has now chosen to publish the music video for “Flamingo” to his YouTube channel.

This PV centers around Yonezu’s stumbling through an underground parking garage, matching the song’s feverish atmosphere with his movements.  The track itself mixes its more overtly electronic influences with an enka-based bridge, resulting in a song that feels simultaneously old yet new.

You’ll find the music video for “Flamingo,” as well as brief preview of “TEENAGE RIOT,” right after the cut.

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Tomoyo Harada to release her first Studio Album in nearly 5 Years

Veteran pop singer Tomoyo Harada recently announced that she will be releasing a brand new studio album on November 28th (Harada’s birthday).  Titled “L’Heure Bleue,” this record comes four-and-a-half years after the release of her previous album “noon moon” and is currently set to be issued in two versions, with the Limited Edition to include both the Music Video and a special piano version of lead track “Ginga Enikki.”

“L’Heure Bleue” will include ten new songs, the majority of which will be composed and arranged by frequent collaborator Goro Ito, but featuring lyrics from a variety of artists such as Kumiko Takahashi (ex. chatmonchy), Asako Toki, Ryuta Tsunoda (Mononkuru), Takaki Horigome (KIRINJI), Manami Kakudo, and even Harada herself.  Of particular note is the album’s final track, “Watashi no Yume,” which will be both written and composed by Kicell’s Takefumi Tsujimura – his first collaboration with Harada since her 2007 song “Kuchinashi no Oka.”

You’ll find the cover and complete track list for “L’Heure Bleue” right after the jump.

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Ken Hirai, E-girls, and More Perform on Buzz Rhythm 02 for October 19

This week’s guests were Ken Hirai, Nothing’s Carved In Stone, E-girls, and Miyakawa-kun.

Ken Hirai – half of me / KISS OF LIFE

Nothing’s Carved In Stone – Mirror Ocean

E-girls – Perfect World

Miyakawa-kun – Idaten Dreamer

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The Recording Industry Association of Japan Releases Its Digital Certifications for September

One song from 2018 was certified Platinum this month for selling 250,000 copies: Hoshino Gen’s “Idea.”

Two songs from 2018 were certified Gold this month for selling 100,000 copies: Leo Ieiri’s “Moshi Kimi wo Yurusetara” and Uesaka Sumire’s “POP TEAM EPIC.”

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Arashi, BUMP OF CHICKEN, HYDE, and More Perform on Music Station for October 19

This week’s episode was a two hour special. This week’s performers were King & Prince, E-girls, Jaejoong, MONKEY MAJIK, Sandwich Man, HYDE, Superfly, BUMP OF CHICKEN, and Arashi. This episode also marked the debut of the show’s new co-host, Namiki Marina. She is replacing Hironaka Ayaka, who served as co-host for the past five years.

King & Prince – Memorial

E-girls – Perfect World

Jaejoong – Defiance

MONKEY MAJIK x Sandwich Man – Umarvelous

HYDE – FAKE DIVINE

Superfly – Gifts

BUMP OF CHICKEN – Hanashi ga Shitai yo

Arashi – Kimi no Uta

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