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Japan's pop music scene saw a power struggle in 2016

Dec 18, 2016

Japan's pop music scene saw a power struggle in 2016

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Media, both domestic and overseas, spent a lot of time focused on the streaming services arriving in Japan in 2016. Months of “Can these platforms thrive in CD-loving Japan?” speculation reached a climax in September, when global market leader Spotify finally debuted here. There ...

'Chubby' group Pottya takes aim at obesity prejudice

Dec 18, 2016

'Chubby' group Pottya takes aim at obesity prejudice

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Competition is cutthroat among Japan’s thousands of idol wannabes, but one approach seems to be working for a group of “chubby” girls deploying their cheeky cuteness to combat prejudice against obesity. Despite one of the lowest rates of obesity in the developed world, Japan ...

Review: Yoshiki at Tokyo International Forum

Dec 9, 2016

Review: Yoshiki at Tokyo International Forum

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Despite being billed as a solo tour, X Japan’s Yoshiki Hayashi’s “Yoshiki Classical” tour is undoubtedly deeply rooted in the lore of one of the biggest rock acts of the country. The concert at Tokyo International Forum on Dec. 6 was packed with tear-jearkers, ...

Just say Yes to a new generation of prog rockers

Dec 4, 2016

Just say Yes to a new generation of prog rockers

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Few rock bands from the 1960s are still going strong today, and fewer still have been as musically adventurous as prog rockers Yes. Formed in London in 1968, the outfit has survived numerous lineup changes, but the death last year of bassist Chris Squire ...

Capeson mixes R&B with U.K. indie on 'Hiraeth'

/ | Nov 27, 2016

Capeson mixes R&B with U.K. indie on 'Hiraeth'

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Capeson “Hiraeth” (Tokyo Recordings) Fledging label Tokyo Recordings gained significant buzz after its founder, Nariaki Obukuro (N.O.R.K.), collaborated with Hikaru Utada on her comeback album, “Fantome.” Weeks later, the label released “Hiraeth”, the debut album by singer-songwriter Capeson, who was born in Tokyo but ...