Namie Amuro x Koda Kumi collaboration on the way? PC Music fuel rumors

Are hashtags on an Instagram post news worthy? Maybe not. Is this reaching? Perhaps, but it definitely opens the floor for a little gossip and conversation.

In a recent Instagram post captioned “J-Pop team assemble,” PC Music producer Danny L. Harle updated his following with a photo carousel from a studio in Tokyo with hashtags for J-Pop legends Namie Amuro and Koda Kumi (or at least Kumi and “namiamuro” [sic]).

Along for the ride includes appearances from PC Music producer and founder A. G. Cook as well as frequent collaborator and singer-songwriter Charli XCX, who are presumed to contribute to the alleged track(s). Also pictured is Kanata Okajima, a singer-songwriter who has worked with many Japanese artists such as Namie Amuro, EXILE, E-girls, and Hey! Say! JUMP. Her Instagram post includes mention of a “collaboration” with avex.

Perhaps they are just drawing inspiration from the two chanteuses while assembling a new song for someone else, but many fans in the comments suspect that a collaboration between the two is brewing, or at the very least, potential PC Music songs for both of the artists. But I don’t know, a collaboration is looking likely. Get your wig glue.

J-Pop team assemble #namiamuro #kumikoda #安室奈美恵 #倖田來未

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Since its inception 2013, music label and art collective PC Music have not been subtle about drawing their inspiration from Japanese pop culture with their bubbly, hyper-produced synths and surreal visuals.

Charli XCX herself has been vocal about loving Japan, has released Japanese versions of her songs, and has filmed a music video in Japan:

I just loved how otherworldly Japan seemed. […] From all the movies and photographs that I’d seen, it looked so exotic. When I was younger I was really into Perfume, who I still love, and I watched a lot of Japanese films like “Akira” and “Ichi the Killer,” crazy movies like that. It was always my ambition to go there as soon as I could.

Not to mention there are already connections set in place. PC Music associate SOPHIE, a London-based electronic music producer, has previously produced “B Who I Want 2 B” for Namie Amuro, which is the ninth track from her album “genic” and featured virtual popstar Miku Hatsune.

And last year, it was rumored that Kyary was working with SOPHIE on new music. Though nothing materialized out of that (yet), Kyary released a split single with Nakata featuring Charli XCX.

Namie is no stranger to collaborations, having released the album “Checkmate!” in 2011 which featured a collection of her collaborations with other musicians released between 2003 and 2011.

Would you be down for a PC Music-produced collaboration between two J-pop legends?

  • Comments

    • Sakura Harano

      I’m pretty excited for this :D They’re two of my favorite soloists.

      • Sakura Harano

        Though it could also mean that they are creating one track for Namie and one for Kumi, not a collab.

        • The Japanese girl in the photo Kanata Okajima sort of confirms some collaboration, but it’s unclear if she means her collaboration with Avex Creative team in general or for the two artists together.

          • Sakura Harano

            Well I’m looking forward to what they come up with.

    • Thomas


    • wow

      amuro’s music has been zzzzzzzzzz lately and she looks like a reanimated corpse in her videos lately so if it’s true this will be good for her.

      • yacchaitai

        idk why collabing with a has-been would be good for her

        • Huh

          Oh, I didn’t realize that Crystal Kay is not a has been?

          • yacchaitai

            where did i mention crystal kay

      • Diego

        It’s true that her latest singles are far from being amazing but she’s still relevant in the industry and she’s always getting #1 on digital charts. On the contrary, Koda Kumi’s career has gone downhill in the past few years so imo she’s the one who would benefit from this collaboration

      • honey girl

        Nah I’d rather jam to Namie’s old rehashes than whatever the hell Kuu has been throwing at the wall. W was horrible, just horrible. Honestly Kuu would be the one who meds the change in music.

      • Huh

        Agreed. I mean say what you want about Kuu but at 34 years old she still has a lot more energy and excitement in her dancing than Amuro did when she was 34 (Uncontrolled era). Hell, the last time I was impressed by Amuro was PLAY~BEST FICTION era. It’s not about the sales, it’s about inspiring and challenging each other.

        That is…if this collab is even a thing.

    • Bubi.

      OK We’re here for this. Make it happen bitch @DaddyLHarle


      Hannah Diamond is the musical auteur of our generation and Charlotte’s ‘Vroom Vroom’ EP + ‘Number 1 Angel’ mixtape are two of the few releases in recent memory to drive pop music in a forward-thinking motion. This is a welcome change for Kumiko’s garbage ass dated music as of late.

      • Praise these iconic pop girlies

      • starlightshimmers

        Yeah but they draw inspiration from J-pop, meaning J-pop is clearly superior.

        Yeah I want to start shit, someone reply.

        • Heidi Pratt

          For the #1 Japanese label to reach out to these “Fake” “J-pop” “Producers”, they must think they’re better for the job than any domestic producers. It must mean white people do J-pop better!

          • Can we not do this

          • But everyone knows that Kuu just takes reject Western demos, a la Namie.

    • honey girl

      We asked for Utada x Namie, not local pachinko promoters x Namie.

      But I will listen to it regardless shall it be true.

      • Utada works with artists, not old idols.

        • Roasted!


        • Michele

          You were dying to type this, weren’t you?

    • mi|kshake

      Don’t want to get my hopes up but this sounds exciting!

    • Heidi Pratt

      But will it top the Greatest Collaboration of All Time?

      • Bubi.
      • Kyle

        i thought this was the worst thing ever when it came out now i unironcially like it. taste gettin’ better w/ Age

    • deebosco

      Can’t wait to see Namie’s boobs and Kuu’s boobs in the same video.

    • surfboardt

      The visual of the two performing together is hilarious. Namie’s disinterested dancing with Kuu humping a crying girl in the audience would create a hilarious dichotomy.

    • Danny L Harle followed us on Twitter and is probably laughing

    • Ntouch

      Jolin feat Namie caught my attention but the result of that left me very very disappointed. Rather than just 1 track, why not a full LP and also have other featuring guest. That would peek a lot of interest.

    • Kyle

      no we want a sequel to this

    • Michele

      ‘Be Who I Want 2 Be’ was cute but I don’t want another PC song from her.

    • hhhh

      the guy on the right has such an unfortunate face…

      Anyway, I’m really tired of seeing these guys landing high-paid jobs in Japan while the actual Japanese producers whose sound they rip off are lucky to sell 3,000 records.

    • Kinda surprised this hasn’t happened already, it’d be a nice collab to see!