Japan jumps into the music stream

Music | Sound Off Jul 18, 2019

Japan jumps into the music stream

by Patrick St. Michel

The biggest moment for streaming music in Japan this year came via a handwritten letter. In late June, Kenta Matsumoto of pop-punk trio Wanima shared a note on Twitter announcing that his band's entire catalog would be uploaded to streaming music platforms like Spotify ...

Hip-hop's anime crush is beautiful

Music | Sound Off Mar 28, 2019

Hip-hop's anime crush is beautiful

by Dylan Foley

Takashi Murakami's work on Billie Eilish's new video for "You Should See Me in a Crown" is the latest example of Western music's ongoing love affair with Japanese anime. And while it may seem obvious — American kids who like anime and grow up ...

Where will fans go after Arashi?

Music | Sound Off Feb 7, 2019

Where will fans go after Arashi?

by Patrick St. Michel

Fans of Arashi still haven't come to terms with the news that the J-pop group will go on a hiatus at the end of 2020, bringing a close, at least temporarily, to one of the 21st century's most popular Japanese acts. While supporters might not ...

Don't worry too much over BTS

Music | Sound Off Nov 15, 2018

Don't worry too much over BTS

by Patrick St. Michel

Throngs of fans packed Tokyo Dome on Tuesday and Wednesday to watch K-pop group BTS perform songs from across its five-year career. The crowd cheered, bought merchandise and the two days offered the seven-member group some respite from a week of scandal. Things kicked off ...