Leave charts to fans of music, not gimmicks

| Mar 24, 2015

Leave charts to fans of music, not gimmicks

by Ian Martin

Anyone who pays any kind of attention to the music charts in Japan knows that for many years now they’ve been a joke. Year-end charts are increasingly clogged up with mass idol collectives, sales buoyed by multiple purchases from “otaku” (obsessive fans), encouraged by ...

| Jul 22, 2014

Just what is so wrong about Yoko Ono?

by Ian Martin

As Yoko Ono prepares to take the stage at Fuji Rock Festival on July 26, a BBC video of her performing the 1969 Plastic Ono Band track “Don’t Worry Kyoko” at this year’s Glastonbury festival has racked up nearly 2 million views, largely from ...