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Passion and lunch boxes: K-pop's 'auntie' fans stand proud

May 1, 2015

Passion and lunch boxes: K-pop's 'auntie' fans stand proud

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They don’t fit the normal fan profile, but South Korea’s 40-something K-pop “aunties” are every bit as obsessed with their idols as their teenage counterparts. Posters and photos of one of K-pop’s best-known boy bands, Big Bang, adorn every wall of Lee Un-young’s apartment ...

Paul McCartney returns to Tokyo, surprises fans with rare Beatles song

Apr 29, 2015

Paul McCartney returns to Tokyo, surprises fans with rare Beatles song

Almost 50 years after the Beatles delivered memorable performances at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan arena, former band member Paul McCartney returned to the venue on Tuesday with a special treat for his fans. McCartney, 72, surprised the audience by singing the Beatles’ “Another Girl,” the ...

Awesome City joins a major club

Apr 24, 2015

Awesome City joins a major club

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Bassist Takumi Matsuzaka had a clear plan in mind when he launched his band, Awesome City Club, in early 2013. “From the start I knew I wanted it to be two girls and three guys, and we’d play the songs at slower, danceable tempos,” ...

Young Juvenile Youth courts clubs and charts

Apr 24, 2015

Young Juvenile Youth courts clubs and charts

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Whether it’s younger stars like Sam Smith and Charli XCX whose pasts have seen collaborations with producers such as Disclosure, Alex Metric and Starkey, or established names like Bjork delving into the underground to work with Arca and The Haxan Cloak, the trajectories of ...

Miyavi explores his 'Others' side on new album

Apr 17, 2015

Miyavi explores his 'Others' side on new album

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Playing a sadistic real-life villain in the Angelina Jolie film “Unbroken” clearly took its toll on Takamasa Ishihara, who admits he wept and threw up as he prepared for his final scene. Now back in a more familiar role as the enigmatic musician Miyavi, ...

Spotify, Pandora help slow decline in record sales

Apr 17, 2015

Spotify, Pandora help slow decline in record sales

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The decline in worldwide recorded-music revenues slowed last year as more people subscribed to online services. The proportion of sales from digital destinations equaled those from physical formats for the first time. Global revenue for the industry, whose best-selling album was the movie soundtrack ...