miwa, Oshio Kotaro, and Furukawa Masayoshi Perform with Kanjani8 on KanJam Kanzennen SHOW for September 23

This week’s guests were Oshio Kotaro, miwa, Furukawa Masayoshi,
Nakajo Ayami, and Takahashi Shigeo.

Oshio Kotaro x Furukawa Masayoshi x miwa x Kanjani8 – Utautai no Ballad (Saito Kazuyoshi cover)

Read More

Ayumi Hamasaki to Pull a Namie Amuro and Retire?

With her career in dire straits as she nears 40, it seems as if Ayumi Hamasaki is taking a page out the playbook of another star who recently hit that age milestone. According to industry sources, Ayu will announce her retirement on October 2, her 40th birthday. This mirrors what Namie Amuro did on her 40th birthday last September.

This rumored retirement announcement on her 40th birthday was clearly inspired by Namie, according to a music writer. Namie’s announcement created a media sensation, something that Ayu does think about.

Namie’s retirement announcement also created a lot of revenue. It is estimated that 6 billion yen was generated in revenue in the the final year of Namie’s career.

Read More

AKB48, Takahashi Yu, and Sukima Switch Perform on CDTV for September 22

This week’s guests were Sukima Switch, AKB48, and Takahashi Yu.

Sukima Switch – Kanade

AKB48 – Sentimental Train

Takahashi Yu – Arigatou

Read More

Nana Mizuki, Fujiwara Sakura, and More Perform on Buzz Rhythm 02 for September 21

This week’s guests were Nana Mizuki, Fujuwara Sakura, Sukima Switch, and Chu-Z.

Nana Mizuki – WHAT YOU WANT

Fujiwara Sakura – Mata Ashita

Sukima Switch – Miraika for Anniversary

Chu-Z – Parirotsu!

Read More

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Wearing Native American Inspired Outfit Sparks Cultural Appropriation Conversation

Fans of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu are voicing their concern towards the pop singer using another culture’s traditional identity as a stage costume.

In two new Instagram posts (1, 2) promoting her new single “Kizunami,” Kyary’s hair is in two braids, wearing a braided headband with feathers sticking out of it, a feather-lined top adorned with a flower brooch, and two lines of paint underneath her eyes—all of which are associated with the imagery and representation of Native Americans in popular culture.
Read More

Utada Hikaru Teams Up with Skrillex and Poo Bear For Kingdom Hearts III Opening Theme “Face My Fears”

A new song from Utada Hikaru and American record producers Skrillex and Poo Bear entitled “Face My Fears” has been registered to the ASCAP database.

Revealed through the song’s alternate title, “Face My Fears” will act as the opening theme to the long-awaited upcoming Square Enix video game Kingdom Hearts III.

Read More

Open Post

It’s Friday, so it’s Open Post time! Feel free to chat with your fellow readers about whatever you like!

Rekishi steals hearts and duets with Daichi Miura in his Music Video for “GOEMON”

Funk singer/songwriter Rekishi will be releasing his sixth full-length album “Mukishi” next week on September 26th.  His first new record in nearly two-and-a-half years, it will include the performer’s previously released tracks “Katoku” and “SEGODON,” a new version of song “GET THE NOTE,” and seven additional tracks for a total of ten.

Ahead of the album’s release, he has published a pair of PVs to his label’s YouTube channel.  One, for album lead track “GOEMON” (which features guest vocals from singer Daichi Miura), stars Rekishi as he attempts to steal a woman’s heart before she can say “I do,” while the music video for “SEGODON” centers around the production of the release’s Limited Edition, which required Rekishi to spend over 80 hours writing the record’s title 16,666 times.

Read on below to find both of these PVs, as well as the cover and track list for “Mukishi.”

Read More