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MUSIC

Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Jun 9, 2015
Apple boasts new music streaming to bolster lead in tunes segment, preps News app, ups OS ante
Apple Inc. showed off a new streaming-music service that will give users access to a vast inventory of songs for $9.99 a month, seeking to regain ground against upstarts that have lured listeners by offering unlimited access to music.
CULTURE / Music / STRANGE BOUTIQUE
May 22, 2015
Band boom of the 1980s left a handy indie infrastructure
The wonderful and invaluable music website Tokyo Gig Guide lists just under 700 performance venues in Tokyo, but the scene wasn't always so flush with space.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
May 15, 2015
The 3-D world of NHK yx Koyxen's abstract techno
Kohei Matsunaga does not see things like you and I see things. Take the 3-D glasses that he is rarely photographed without, for instance. Throwaway red-and-blue anaglyph paper frames from cinema's distant past, they have become an apt visual trademark for the Osaka-based artist, who delights in operating...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
May 15, 2015
For 10 points: What's the meaning of 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds'?
Is the Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" a rebellious anthem to wild drug-taking or a touching tribute to a child's imagination? Discuss.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
May 9, 2015
Sound waves: the music of Okinawa
How is it possible that a people who have experienced poverty, famine and discrimination, outlasted efforts at cultural annihilation and suffered the indignities of occupation can manage to celebrate life in song and dance with a passion and joy that belies everyday reality?
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music / They're Playing Our Song
May 3, 2015
The tune that Japan wanted after the war
Michiko Namiki (1921-2001) was a fresh face in the Japanese entertainment industry when World War II came to an end. She had lost her father and brother during the fighting, her mother in the Tokyo bombings and her first love was killed on the front lines. Her story wasn't dissimilar to that of many...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Apr 30, 2015
Portrait of Bach heading back to Leipzig
A portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach that was one of only two known to have been painted in Leipzig during his lifetime will return after more than 265 years to the German city where he worked and is buried.
CULTURE / Music / STRANGE BOUTIQUE
Apr 24, 2015
The secret to indie success is in the bag
Here's a joke: When is a bag not a bag? Give up? When it's a symbol for the shifting place of music in the pop cultural landscape. . . . I'm here all week, folks. Try the veal.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Apr 12, 2015
Grammy-winning rapper Nelly arrested on felony drug charges in Tennessee
Grammy-award winning rapper Nelly was arrested on felony drug charges Saturday after a Tennessee state trooper stopped the vehicle he was traveling in and found illegal drugs, authorities said.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Apr 9, 2015
Charli XCX hits her J-pop groove
"I've tried to immerse myself in Japanese culture," says Charli XCX, international hit maker and Britain's next big pop-star-in-waiting. Of course, that's the sort of comment you might expect the 22-year-old to make on the eve of her first headline shows in the country this week, bringing her breakthrough...
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 6, 2015
Tsunku's announcement of vocal-cord removal stuns fans
A shocking announcement by a popular singer and music producer has caused a big commotion, in particular among young people.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 31, 2015
Sony teams up with Spotify to stream music for PlayStation users
Sony Network Entertainment International LLC has linked up with major European online music provider Spotify Ltd. to launch a music-streaming service through its PlayStation network in 41 countries, the company said Monday. The list does not yet include Japan.
JAPAN
Mar 9, 2015
Fuji TV removes blackface segment after outcry
Anti-racist campaigners are celebrating a decision by Fuji TV to remove from a weekly music show a segment that purportedly showed performers sporting blackface makeup.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 5, 2015
Grads at singer Nakajima's alma mater get bogus parting message
March is the end of an academic year and the season for farewell. Words of encouragement sent by successful alumna present the perfect send-off for students lined up at graduation ceremonies.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music / STRANGE BOUTIQUE
Feb 24, 2015
Sympathy for the snob: Real DJs play vinyl
Up a backstreet in Shibuya's Udagawacho neighborhood, tucked in behind the Milky Way, Chelsea Hotel and Star Lounge live-music venues — an area tight with record stores — I'm on my way to a party crammed with style-conscious young folk in sweaters and berets, DJing against the backdrop of Roman Polanski's...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Feb 19, 2015
Pussy Riot releases first English song
Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot released their first song in English on Wednesday, a musical tribute to Eric Garner, the unarmed black man whose death in a police chokehold last summer sparked wide protests against police violence.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Feb 9, 2015
Smith, Pharrell lead Grammys, Perry spotlights domestic abuse
British soul singer Sam Smith and R&B singer-producer Pharrell Williams led the early winners at Sunday's Grammy awards, while Katy Perry and President Barack Obama teamed up to take a stand against domestic violence at the music industry's top awards.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Jan 22, 2015
Israeli arrested over Madonna song leak
An Israeli man was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of hacking Madonna's computer and selling the pop icon's songs online, a private investigator involved in the case said.
JAPAN
Jan 15, 2015
Kuwata says sorry for New Year's shows, denies political intent
Southern All Stars vocalist Keisuke Kuwata issues an apology for New Year's shows that were widely taken as a swipe at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Jan 6, 2015
Jazz trumpeter Toshinori Kondo issues a challenge to modern-day musicians
On a chilly Friday afternoon in December, trumpet player Toshinori Kondo reclines in the clutter of his Kawasaki recording studio, pours out two cups of shōchū liquor, and starts to explain what prompted him to abandon a lucrative career in Japan and move to Amsterdam in 1993.

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