Oricon Flashback: Week of 1/4

We’re back with this week’s edition of Oricon Flashback. This is where we look back on what topped the charts this week 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years ago. Think of it as a way to reminisce and learn about the past of Japanese music.

This is the first post of 2021, and this year we will be covering 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2016.

LiSA drops new mv for “dawn”

2020 was a fantastic year for singer LiSA, and she ended it off on a high note by winning the grand prix award at the prestigious 62nd Japan Record Awards. Leading off of that momentum, LiSA has released her latest MV for the song “dawn“.

“dawn” is LiSA’s 18th physical single overall, and in usual LiSA fashion has a tie-in with an anime series. “dawn” is theme song for the series “Back Arrow” and is her very first release of 2021. In the MV a purple haired LiSA is seen singing in front of a wooden arch engulfed in flames.

Check out the full MV below!

Sandaime J Soul Brothers, EXILE, and Jr.EXILE Perform on Music Fair for January 9

This week’s guests were Jr.EXILE, Sandaime J Soul Brothers, and EXILE.


Sandaime J Soul Brothers – RISING SOUL


10 Johnny’s Jr. Groups Are Featured on “MUSIC STATION x Johnny’s Jr. DVD Hatsubai Kinen SP”

Earlier today, a special episode of MUSIC STATION aired, “MUSIC STATION x Johnny’s Jr. DVD Hatsubai Kinen SP.” This special episode shows behind the scenes footage of the upcoming DVD “MUSIC STATION x Johnny’s Jr. Special LIVE”, out March 31. The DVD was filmed on October 16 at Tokyo’s EX ROPPONGI THEATER when Johnny’s Jr. performed on MUSIC STATION that day. Travis Japan, HiHi Jets, Bishonen, 7 MEN Samurai, Shonen Ninja, Jr.SP, IMPACTors, Naniwa Danshi, Lil Kansai, and Ae! group are featured on the program.

Vaundy, sumika, and Yayuyo Perform on Buzz Rhythm 02 for January 8

This week’s performers were Vaundy, sumika, and Yayuyo. There was also a talk segment between the show’s hosts, Koseki Yuta, Nukumi Meru, and First Summer Uika. They went over a list of the acts that a group of 149 music industry professionals chose as the ones to look out for in 2021. MUSICA Editor-in-Chief Ariizumi Tomoko also provide commentary. The list can be seen below!

Vaundy – Tokyo Flash / Fukakoryoku

sumika – Honne

Yayuyo – Kimi no Tonari

YouTube personality Ugoku-chan has passed away

It has been announced that popular YouTube personality Ugoku-chan has passed away. Her management company “THE COO Co., Ltd.”, confirmed the news that Ugoku-chan passed away back on December 31st, 2020.

Ugoku-chan belonged to a produced agency called “Studio Coup” that is owned by The COO co. Ltd, mainly specializing in managing the career of online influencers. In the statement they further went on to say that they have an incredible close relationship with their creators, and her passing has caused indiscernible sadness.

ZOMBIE-CHANG drops vintage inspired “GIANT PANDA” MV

Singer ZOMBIE-CHANG has returned with a brand new MV for her song “GIANT PANDA“. The song was previously released on her 2020 studio album titled “TAKE ME AWAY FROM TOKYO”.

Looking like it was shot in the 70s, the MV features a misfit human-panda who is bullied by his peers. He’s recued by ZOMBIE-CHANG and a friend who go on a wacky sci-fi adventure together. A HD “reaction cam” can be seen at the bottom right corner, mainly featuring ZOMBIE-CHANG singing. Check out the full MV below!

Open Post

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