Music Topics

| Oct 23, 2016

Guests shine on Utada's return album

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Utada Hikaru “Fantome” (Universal Music Japan) Earlier this month, my colleague Ryotaro Aoki wrote that he hoped pop star Hikaru Utada’s highly anticipated return to the music scene via her album “Fantome” would “save” the Japanese music scene. But did it really need saving? ...

Nogizaka46 'Sorezore no Isu' (N46Div.)

| Jun 19, 2016

Nogizaka46 "Sorezore no Isu" (N46Div.)

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You could say Nogizaka46 was born to fight. Created by Yasushi Akimoto and billed as the “official rivals” to his breadwinning AKB48 outfit, the group overcame an adultery scandal in 2014 and made its debut on NHK’s yearend “Kohaku Uta Gassen” music extravaganza in ...

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 ...