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Kurt Masur, who led New York Philharmonic, dies at 88

Dec 20, 2015

Kurt Masur, who led New York Philharmonic, dies at 88

Kurt Masur was a conductor who knew how to use his authority. He used it to tame orchestras — notably the unruly New York Philharmonic, which he led for 11 years — and to historic effect in his native land, when his call for ...

Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' is first to sell 30 million in U.S.

Dec 17, 2015

Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' is first to sell 30 million in U.S.

Michael Jackson’s album “Thriller” is still breaking barriers more than 30 years after its release and six years after the pop superstar’s death, becoming the first album in history to cross the 30 million mark in U.S. sales, record industry officials said on Wednesday. ...

Radwimps offer meaty cure for a sugary J-pop scene

Dec 9, 2015

Radwimps offer meaty cure for a sugary J-pop scene

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In a music scene flooded with helium-voiced teen bands chirping about candy, fluffy bunnies and all things kawaii (cute), indie rockers Radwimps offer a potent vaccine for sugar-poisoning. The platinum-selling Yokohama foursome have released seven albums to date since forming at school in 2001 ...

Gesu tapped into the 2015 'band boom'

Dec 6, 2015

Gesu tapped into the 2015 'band boom'

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“No one else but me is me,” sings Gesu no Kiwami Otome.’s vocalist Enon Kawatani on the group’s second single, “Watashi Igai Watashi Janai No.” Released in April, this funky pop song with its straightforward, existential catchphrase delivered in Kawatani’s trademark falsetto voice has ...