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Will Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine beat Spotify?

Jan 14, 2014

Will Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine beat Spotify?

by Matthew C. Klein

Buying music is passe; nowadays it’s all about renting. Billboard reports that sales of “album plus track equivalent albums” fell by 7.6 percent in 2013. (Among subcategories of both digital and physical media, only vinyl sales increased last year.) The new hot trends are ...

'King of K-pop' gets ready to reign again

Jan 7, 2014

'King of K-pop' gets ready to reign again

South Korean singer Rain, known by some as the “King of K-pop,” last week released his first album in four years as part of a long-awaited comeback following mandatory military service. Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, released online his sixth album, “Rain ...

Tokyo prepares to get schooled in the art of beats

Dec 31, 2013

Tokyo prepares to get schooled in the art of beats

by Mike Sunda

Although the major spectacle looming on Tokyo’s horizon is undoubtedly the 2020 Olympics, there is one event this year that will be eagerly anticipated by anyone who spends longer on their gym playlist than their workout: The Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) is set ...

Dec 24, 2013

Japanese indie bands to watch out for in 2014

by Ian Martin

While the Oricon charts tend to look more or less the same (perhaps a little worse) year in year out, the indie scene remains a haven of small delights, with new discoveries constantly cropping up to brighten your day. Here are five discoveries from ...

From Kyary to Yosi: The best Japanese albums of 2013

Dec 17, 2013

From Kyary to Yosi: The best Japanese albums of 2013

Overseas it was a year of big rollouts. There was a lot of hype behind releases by Lady Gaga, Kanye West and Miley Cyrus. But will these acts be remembered for paparazzi fights and “twerking” more than their music? Instead of ranking the year’s ...

The best Japanese albums of 2013: Melt-Banana, 'Fetch'

Dec 17, 2013

The best Japanese albums of 2013: Melt-Banana, 'Fetch'

by Ian Martin

Back in June, I picked up on minimalist psychedelic postpunk trio Extruders’ “Colors” as the album of the year so far. Six months later, it’s still right up among the very best of the year. Its carefully unwinding songs, murmured vocals and understated yet ...