SMAP makes final appearance on signature variety show before breakup

Dec 27, 2016

SMAP makes final appearance on signature variety show before breakup

SMAP made its final appearance as a group Monday ahead of its planned breakup Saturday, on the final episode of the pop act’s signature variety show. The final episode of “SMAP×SMAP,” a show that featured SMAP’s members singing, cooking and performing comedy, was made ...

Is Japanese pop music losing its relevance?

| Nov 19, 2016

Is Japanese pop music losing its relevance?

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Shukan Bunshun recently ran some articles describing how last year the talent management company LDH allegedly paid entertainment behemoth Burning Productions to ensure that one of LDH’s acts would win the top prize at the 2015 Japan Record Awards (JRA). Accompanying one of the ...