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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 ...

Seiko Oomori: J-pop's reigning rule-breaker

Music Sep 26, 2018

Seiko Oomori: J-pop's reigning rule-breaker

by Patrick ST. Michel

Pop music often opts for positivity rather than confronting the uncomfortable, but Seiko Oomori has never really adhered to J-pop norms. "The bad things that happen to you can also be attractive, almost kawaii," she says from one of the upper floors at the headquarters ...

Namie Amuro: Celebrating J-pop's first queen

Music Sep 12, 2018

Namie Amuro: Celebrating J-pop's first queen

by Patrick ST. Michel

For millions of Japanese music fans in the 1990s, Namie Amuro wasn't just the Heisei Era's defining pop star, she was someone they grew up with. This relationship is clear in the year-long documentary series, "Finally," which has been streaming on Hulu since the 40-year-old ...