The top entertainment stories of 2016

Dec 30, 2016

The top entertainment stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these culture stories as the most important of 2016. 1. Nothing lasts forever: After conflicting reports dominated tabloids, J-pop act SMAP finally announced a breakup planned for New Year’s Eve. Regardless of whether it was in-fighting or exhaustion that ...

Babymetal is having a really good year

Jul 17, 2016

Babymetal is having a really good year

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In the run-up to Fuji Rock Festival, the event’s digital team will post video messages on YouTube from performers that are slated to play at the three-day gathering in the mountains of Niigata Prefecture. They tend to get, on average, around 1,000 views. This ...

Babymetal, Hiromi Uehara score impressive spots on Billboard

Apr 13, 2016

Babymetal, Hiromi Uehara score impressive spots on Billboard

Babymetal is now a top-40 act in the United States. American music chart company Billboard released its latest figures Tuesday, which put Babymetal’s “Metal Resistance” at No. 39 on the overall album chart and at No. 1 on its World Album chart. It is ...

Old and new mingle sweetly at Summer Sonic

Aug 19, 2014

Old and new mingle sweetly at Summer Sonic

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After Queen finished “Another One Bites The Dust” — 10 minutes before 8 p.m. on the Sunday of this year’s Summer Sonic in Chiba — hundreds of fans darted for the exits of QVC Marine Field Stadium. Security guards and staff with megaphones tried ...

Babymetal 'Babymetal'

/ Mar 18, 2014

Babymetal "Babymetal"

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It’s not surprising that Babymetal has gone viral. The trio, bringing the seemingly disparate worlds of idol pop and heavy metal together, is a visually striking project perfect for the “weird Japan” fans on the Internet. What’s surprising, however, is seeing Babymetal’s eponymous debut ...