Tag - music



Japan Times
May 11, 2023
The music industry has an AI problem
“Heart on My Sleeve,” using AI generated voices of famous artists, was built by a bot and way too believable. Was it theft?
Japan Times
Apr 22, 2023
A new music festival shakes up Kyoto's staid atmosphere
Kyotophonie, a sister event to photography festival Kyotographie, succeeds in its uniqueness and use of storied spaces, but it’s not clear who the event is actually for.
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BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 17, 2023
Fender amps up Japan presence with high-end retail strategy
The guitar-maker is emphasizing its long-standing connections to Japan with a flagship store in Harajuku, its first ever, as it seeks to appeal to both trendy and monied consumers.
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CULTURE / Entertainment news
Apr 14, 2023
Super Mario music to be archived by U.S. Library of Congress
Its inclusion marks the first time for video game music to join the registry and is one of the few pieces in the registry created by a Japanese composer. 
Japan Times
Apr 13, 2023
Tokyo and Toronto collide on Masahiro Takahashi's latest album, 'Humid Sun'
The Canada-based musician riffs on solar themes and ambient sounds of two different cityscapes with a marriage of sultry Balearic synths, improvisational jazz and a touch of enka.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music / Sound Off
Feb 25, 2023
Festival organizers hope to woo tourists with Lizzo, Blur and Kendrick
With Japan's borders back open, major concerts have once again become a staple of the live ecosystem, and Fuji Rock and Summer Sonic are courting tourists to boost the festival industry.
Japan Times
Feb 23, 2023
K-Pop battle shines spotlight on new wave of shareholder activism in South Korea
The new protagonists of shareholder activism in Asia are millennials steeped in the local culture who are using that knowledge to take on the old guard.
Japan Times
Feb 3, 2023
Lizzo, Foo Fighters and The Strokes top Fuji Rock’s 2023 lineup
The premier summer festival will also feature names such as Weezer, Yo La Tengo and Denzel Curry, underlining the event’s return to showcasing non-Japanese acts.
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LIFE / Lifestyle
Jan 28, 2023
Why Kyoto's 8-bit music artists call this humble cafe 'home'
It may look like any other retro arcade bar, but Cafe La Siesta means so much more to the artists who got their starts there.
Japan Times
Jan 14, 2023
In Cairo's male-dominated electro scene, women DJs spin up more than deep beats
It's a party on the banks of the Nile, and more and more often, it's a woman on stage who's mixing the night's music.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music / Sound Off
Jan 8, 2023
A love letter to hot springs at music festivals
Getting covered in grime, mud and sweat is an expected part of attending a multiday outdoor festival, but in Japan, hot springs provide a surprisingly liberating dimension to the weekend.
Japan Times
Dec 18, 2022
A musical history told through centuries of Japanese literature
The modern ear, tuned to the aesthetics of a different timbre, may find that one era's beauty is another's cacophony.
Japan Times
Nov 27, 2022
‘Gangnam Style’ brought K-pop to the world, but haunted its creator
In 2012, the song took over the internet, and it helped pave the way for the global success of Korean pop. But Psy spent years trying and failing to replicate the phenomenon.
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JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 16, 2022
Born this way: Rats move to beat of Lady Gaga, study says
Researchers at the University of Tokyo played Mozart, Queen and Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' to rats wearing miniature sensors to detect even the tiniest movements.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Nov 1, 2022
Ex-Japan pop idol Hideaki Takizawa resigns from major talent agency
Takizawa, vice president of Johnny & Associates, offered his resignation back in mid-September.
Japan Times
Oct 29, 2022
Pioneering rocker Jerry Lee Lewis dead at 87
Famous for his flowing blond locks, rowdy piano beats and outrageous stage presence, the star best known for his classic 'Great Balls of Fire' died of natural causes, his publicist said.
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JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 25, 2022
Top court rules music students not subject to copyright fees
The copyright law protects the right to perform music to be heard by the public. The focus of the lawsuit was whether preforming music during a lesson falls under that protection.
Japan Times
Oct 11, 2022
Can flashy music festivals go green?
Deep Tropics organizers said that all the carbon consumed for the two-day event (including the fuel used by all the festivalgoers) will be offset by the planting of some 23,000 trees.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Oct 3, 2022
Video of the Beatles during 1966 Japan visit disclosed
The release came after a disclosure request filed with the MPD eight years ago by a nonprofit organization working to promote information disclosure.
Japan Times
Sep 19, 2022
Russian pop music icon comes out against the war in Ukraine
Alla Pugacheva is the most significant celebrity to come out against the war, as President Vladimir Putin faces growing challenges on and off the battlefield.


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