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Taylor Swift sells the most albums of 2017 — in four days

Nov 17, 2017

Taylor Swift sells the most albums of 2017 — in four days

In just four days, Taylor Swift's new album has sold more traditional albums than any other release this year. Billboard reports the album, "Reputation," sold 1.05 million copies in the first four days after its Nov. 10 release. Before Swift released her album, Ed Sheeran's "Divide" ...

Former SMAP stars find freedom online

| Nov 9, 2017

Former SMAP stars find freedom online

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When a wrecking ball fell on and destroyed a car, I was hooked on a 72-hour live stream starring three former members of pop group SMAP. Airing last weekend on the online streaming site AbemaTV, this program found Goro Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and Shingo Katori ...

Are Crossfaith rock's last true believers?

Oct 25, 2017

Are Crossfaith rock's last true believers?

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Crossfaith is experiencing an existential rock 'n' roll crisis. It's not stopping them from partying like rock stars, though. "I'm a bit hung over," vocalist Kenta Koie tells me as our interview starts. He was out drinking the night before with programmer and keyboardist Terufumi ...

AmPm's Spotify strategy bears fruit

| Oct 5, 2017

AmPm's Spotify strategy bears fruit

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Japan's biggest breakout musical act of 2017 wear polar bear masks. The duo AmPm debuted this past spring, cloaked in fuzzy headgear and withholding all biographical information. In just over six months, the pair have had their easy-breezy electronic music released via Dutch label ...