Fujii Kaze Covers Utada Hikaru, Shiina Ringo, Akina Nakamori, and More on YouTube Live Stream

On May 3, Fujii Kaze released a new digital single, “Kirari.” The song serves as the Honda “VEZEL” CM song.

To celebrate the song’s release and Golden Week, Kaze held a YouTube live stream today. The live stream’s set up was simple, just Kaze and his keyboard on the floor.

During the course of nearly hour long live stream, in addition to singing some of his own songs, Kaze covered the likes of Utada Hikaru, Shiina Ringo, Akina Nakamori, Yumi Matsutoya, SMAP, Matsubara Miki, Dua Lipa, ABBA, and Michael Jackson. Check it out below!

CRYSTAL Releases Modern, Retro-Futurist Album “Reflection Overdrive”

On May 7, CRYSTAL will release their second album, “Reflection Overdrive.” This album comes on the heels of last year’s “Ecco Funk EP”, which was inspired by the 1992 Sega video game “Ecco the Dolphin.”

On their new album, CRYSTAL returns to their roots by taking a retro-futurist approach to synths, but with a bold, modern twist. Inspirations that can be heard on the album include Yellow Magic Orchestra, Kome Kome CLUB, WINK, and Ippu-do.

Check out more information on CRYSTAL’s new album below!

Johnny’s WEST, WANIMA, and Band Ja Naimon! MAXX NAKAYOSHI Perform on “Buzz Rhythm 02” for May 7

This week’s guests were Johnny’s WEST, WANIMA, and Band Ja Naimon! MAXX NAKAYOSHI.

Johnny’s WEST – Something New

WANIMA – Tabidachi no Mae ni

Band Ja Naimon! MAXX NAKAYOSHI – Legend I Love You

MAN WITH A MISSION Performs on “MUSIC BLOOD” for May 7

This week’s guest was MAN WITH A MISSION. They were joined by special guest TAKUMA(10-FEET).

MAN WITH A MISSION – Perfect Clarity / database feat. TAKUMA(10-FEET)

EXILE, Nogizaka46, [Alexandros], and More Perform on “MUSIC STATION” for May 7

This week’s guests were [Alexandros], Nogizaka46, Johnny’s WEST, WANIMA, SEVENTEEN, and EXILE.

[Alexandros] – Senkou

Nogizaka46 – I see…

Johnny’s WEST – Bokura no Riyuu

WANIMA – Tabidachi no Mae ni

SEVENTEEN – Hitori Janai

EXILE – PARADOX

Open Post

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Jurina Matsui’s childhood photo makes headlines

Former SKE48 and AKB48 member Jurina Matsui made headlines all across Japan when she uploaded a nostalgic photo of herself. In Japan Children’s Day is celebrated on May 5th, and in honor of that she shared a photo of herself in grade 6, the final year of elementary school in Japan.

With a giant smile and a peace sign, she accompanied the photo with a bunch of funny hashtags like “#baby” and “adult?”. Fans were ecstatic at the throwback picture, calling her cute and saying how she grew into such a beautiful woman. “Grade 6??? and still beautiful” , “the beginning of a legend?“.

Her throwback photo ranked #1 for news on multiple prominent news sites such as Oricon. Check it out below!

SEVENTEEN, BTS, YOASOBI, Ayase, Yuuri, and ONE OK ROCK Top the Billboard Japan Charts for the Week of 4/19 – 4/25

This week, SEVENTEEN topped the Hot 100 single chart with their single “Hitori Janai”, with 29,057 points.

BTS topped the Hot Albums chart with their album “BE”, topping the chart for the second non-consecutive week.

YOASOBI topped the Artist 100 chart for the second consecutive week.

Ayase retook the top spot on the Hot 100 Lyricists chart.

Ayase also topped the Hot 100 Composers chart for the second consecutive week.

Yuuri topped the Streaming Songs chart for the 12th non-consecutive week with his digital single “Dry Flower.”

ONE OK ROCK topped the Download Songs chart for the second consecutive week with their digital single “Renegades.”

YOASOBI also retook the top spot on the Download Albums chart with their mini album “THE BOOK”, topping the chart for the eighth non-consecutive week.