Sep 21, 2016

SMAP to tempt fans with greatest hits album days before split

Boy band phenomenon SMAP will release a greatest hits album on Dec. 21, just 10 days before the now-aging outfit disbands, the group’s record company said Wednesday. The three-CD boxed album, called “SMAP 25 YEARS,” will comprise around 50 songs selected by fans through ...

'Mr. Children 2005-2010 <macro>'

Jan 23, 2013

“Mr. Children 2005-2010 <macro>”

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My Japan Times colleague Ian Martin nailed the state of Japanese pop music when he wrote that it was “clinging on to the hoary old remains of the past.” The Oricon Chart’s top albums of 2012 list was dominated by “Best Of” compilations, with ...