music

X Japan’s Yoshiki donates 10 million yen to disaster relief after western Japan’s torrential rain

One more step in the musician and band’s mission to help children in pain.

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Idol group AKB48’s new song is the third-best-selling Japanese single CD of all time【Video】

Akihabara-based mega-group reasserts its dominance over the idol singer industry.

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Japanese idol singers selling personal phone calls to fans who want to skip the singing

New service offers calls directly from idols to fans’ smartphones or PCs, with chats coming as soon as five minutes from the request.

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Lovely singer belts out classic X Japan song in commercial, complaints flood in

New ad is perfect example of too much of a good thing.

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Sailor Moon’s Moonlight Densetsu as played on traditional Japanese instruments

The classic theme song comes to life in a brand-new way that evokes a different style of “miracle romance.” 

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Anime at the World Cup — Fans bond after Japan-Senegal match by singing One Piece theme【Video】

”You wanna be my friend?” the songs asks, and the answer seems to be “Yes!”

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U.S. Rapper Lil Baby makes waves in Japan, but for something other than his music

A controversial eating choice that has brought Lil Baby into the minds of Japanese people.

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Radwimps singer offers apology/explanation after new song is accused of inappropriate nationalism

Song about pride in Japan and its flag has been called a military propaganda song by critics.

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Utada Hikaru’s new song part of trailer for gorgeous Penguin Highway anime movie【Video】

J-pop star performs theme song for new anime from creator of The Tatami Galaxy.

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Idol group AKB48 sells 2.5 million copies of new CD, bags full of them end up in trash days later

In the Japanese idol singer world, sometimes the difference between love and hate can be hard to see.

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Japanese idol singer announces hatred of otaku faces, further solidifies masochistic fanbase

Being sweet and coy didn’t work when discussing a photo ban, so Eren tried the brutally direct approach instead.

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And now, a special message to Japan from that angry German kid who smashed his keyboard in 2006

The one and only “Keyboard Crusher” is back, and hopes Japan will buy his new gangsta rap album.

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Eurovision winner criticized for Japanese cultural appropriation by everyone except the Japanese

Once again, Japan comes out as the least offended when someone seemingly appropriates their culture.

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Group of Japanese teens busted for marijuana, say “We wanted to be like foreign musicians”

High schoolers from rural Kochi Prefecture wanted to live the high life.

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AKB48, Love Live! idol supergroups to perform live in Los Angeles this summer

Three-concert series welcomes some of the biggest names in the anime/idol music world to the city of angels.

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New Makoto Shinkai short anime is a gorgeous music video partially set in Singapore【Video】

The director of anime Your Name gives us a glimmering glimpse of the beauty of the Asian nation, and also civil engineering.

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85-year-old Japanese granny wows internet with amazing piano performance【Video】

She has trouble standing and taking a bow after her performance, but her hands glide like the wind across the keys.

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B’z guitar lost for 20 years found in 10 days using social media

They really should have thought of this sooner.

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J-pop megastar Utada Hikaru announces first concert tour in 12 years

After a dozen years waiting, fans have a chance to see the Kingdom Hearts/Evangelion singer live, plus a way to boost their odds of getting tickets.

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Mega Man rock concert coming this July in honor of 30th anniversary

Time to look back at the fine history of Mega Man… except the Captain N stuff. Let’s all agree to forget about that.

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