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Digging for gold on Record Store Day

Apr 14, 2016

Digging for gold on Record Store Day

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No longer the territory of purists and DJs alone, records have once again started to be recognized as a perfectly legitimate medium through which to collect and consume music. Of course, as soon as global fashion brands like Urban Outfitters and supermarket chains such ...

Resistance is futile to Babymetal's ascent

| Apr 13, 2016

Resistance is futile to Babymetal's ascent

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Babymetal — “Metal Resistance” (Toy’s Factory) Ever since Western metalheads got word of the existence of metal-idol trio Babymetal, questions regarding the group’s authenticity have come up. To anyone familiar with Japanese pop music, this isn’t an issue; like all idols, the trio is ...

Babymetal, Hiromi Uehara score impressive spots on Billboard

Apr 13, 2016

Babymetal, Hiromi Uehara score impressive spots on Billboard

Babymetal is now a top-40 act in the United States. American music chart company Billboard released its latest figures Tuesday, which put Babymetal’s “Metal Resistance” at No. 39 on the overall album chart and at No. 1 on its World Album chart. It is ...

Minami Takahashi leaves AKB48 after last live show

Apr 9, 2016

Minami Takahashi leaves AKB48 after last live show

Minami Takahashi formally ended her career as a member of the all-girl pop group AKB48 on Friday, after performing in her last live show in Tokyo’s Akihabara district. “I am just thankful to you … I was super happy,” the tearful Takahashi said in ...