J-pop

LEO IEIRI: 君がくれた夏 (KIMI ga Kureta Natsu)

By Paris365 on September 02, 2015

LEO IEIRI: 君がくれた夏 (KIMI ga Kureta Natsu)

Three wonderful new tracks from Leo Ieiri. What more could you ask for?

Leo Ieiri's new single," 君がくれた夏" (KIMI ga Kureta Natsu) (Google: "Summer You Gave Me"), is her second this year and a timely one at that, given the translation of the title. (It came out on 8/19; forgive me for not reviewing it sooner.) I'm sure people will be enjoying it year round, though. She has such a pretty and uplifting voice and this is such a sweet pop rock song. "To love, to love," she sings as the beautiful chorus ends. It's enough to make your heart flutter.

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MINMI: HOLOGRAM

By Paris365 on September 01, 2015

MINMI: HOLOGRAM

MINMI continues on her electro-pop journey with her latest single "Hologram."

MINMI continues on her electro-pop journey with her latest single "Hologram." It starts off on a bad note because her voice is auto-tuned to death and sounds like fingernails on a chalk board to those of us who are sick of that miserable thing. That said, as the song goes on, the beats are so infectious and the production so colorful that you wind up forgetting that her voice is auto-tuned and start to like it. Who knows if I'll like it more or less with repeat listenings, or if I'll even listen to it again after I finish this review, but I think it's catchy enough right now.

KODA KUMI: SUMMER of LOVE

By Paris365 on August 25, 2015

KODA KUMI: SUMMER of LOVE

SUMMER of LOVE is a compilation. BUT the selling point is that it features three brand new tunes.

Koda Kumi is back. Sort of. SUMMER of LOVE is more of a compilation than a new album. It features her best summer-themed songs spanning from 2006 until today, which you could easily compile as a playlist if you own all of her albums already. BUT the real selling point is that it features three brand new tunes, which I will now review. And it just so happens that they're the first three tracks on the album.

1. "EX TAPE"

f(x): SUMMER SPECIAL

By Paris365 on August 14, 2015

f(x): SUMMER SPECIAL

Korean girl group f(x) have finally released some music in Japanese. Considering how hugely popular they are in Korea, it's a wonder they didn't try to crossover into Japan years ago.

Korean girl group f(x) have finally released some music in Japanese. Considering how hugely popular they are in Korea, it's a wonder they didn't try to crossover into Japan years ago. Then again, their electro-licious music is so tasty it's probably been selling like Pocky in Japan already.

dolls: ROCK'N' DOLL

By Paris365 on August 11, 2015

dolls: ROCK'N' DOLL

dolls is a new Japanese hard rock group. They sound a bit like Passpo, the big difference being that dolls play their own instruments.

dolls is a new Japanese rock group consisting of three girls who appear to be teenagers. And they're a real rock band, playing their own instruments. (See the teaser video below.) I'm assuming that they write their own songs, too. I mean, if they play their own instruments, why wouldn't they? They obviously have the talent.

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AYUMI HAMASAKI: sixxxxxx

By Paris365 on August 05, 2015

AYUMI HAMASAKI: sixxxxxx

Want this summer to get a little hotter? Then you simply must check out this new mini-album by Ayumi Hamasaki; it's on fire, each of its six tracks nothing short of red hot.

Want this summer to get a little hotter? Then you simply must check out this new mini-album by Ayu; it's on fire, each of its six tracks nothing short of red hot.

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YUKI: 好きってなんだろう…涙 / となりのメトロ - Single [Sukitte Nandarou...Namida + Tonari no Metro]

By Paris365 on July 29, 2015

YUKI: 好きってなんだろう…涙 / となりのメトロ - Single [Sukitte Nandarou...Namida + Tonari no Metro]

It's been almost a year since Yuki released Daredemo Lonely, but I'm quite happy to say that she's back with this, her new double A-side single, Sukitte Nandarou...Namida + Tonari no Metro.

It's been almost a year since Yuki released Daredemo Lonely, but I'm quite happy to say that she's back with this, her new double A-side single, Sukitte Nandarou...Namida + Tonari no Metro.

KAGEYAMA RISA: JELLYFISH

By Paris365 on June 29, 2015

KAGEYAMA RISA: JELLYFISH

I've only been following Kageyama's career for a couple of months, but I can safely say that she's one of the most interesting artists I've come across in a long while.

Kageyama Risa hails from Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan and has been releasing music since 2007. Interestingly, she's released 24 singles, Jellyfish being the latest, but only two albums so far. That said, she's released quite a few singles during recent months, so one assumes that her third album can't be very far off.

STYLIPS: GIVE ME A SECRET

By Paris365 on June 23, 2015

STYLIPS: GIVE ME A SECRET

Japanese girl group StylipS' "Give Me A Secret" [Japanese: ギブミー・シークレット] is a high energy, exhilarating burst of J-Pop best listened to in the morning when you're in the mood for some audible caffeine.

Japanese girl group StylipS' "Give Me A Secret" [Japanese: ギブミー・シークレット] is a high energy, exhilarating burst of J-Pop best listened to in the morning when you're in the mood for some audible caffeine. With beats that speed by as fast as your typical AKB48 tune, it'll literally kick your ass out of bed. Seriously, just you try to lie there and listen to this one. There's no way you're falling back to sleep. They should install this in alarm clocks instead of that annoying chiming. The world would be a better place.

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CNBLUE: WHITE EP

By Paris365 on June 18, 2015

CNBLUE: WHITE EP

Following band leader Yong Hwa's solo debut, CNBLUE returns to Japan with their new WHITE EP. And it's fantastic, further evidence that CNBLUE is one of the most exciting bands on the planet right now.

Following band leader Yong Hwa's solo debut, CNBLUE returns to Japan with their new WHITE EP. And it's fantastic, further evidence that CNBLUE is one of the most exciting bands on the planet right now.

NAMIE AMURO: _genic

By Paris365 on June 16, 2015

NAMIE AMURO: _genic

This time around, Namie decided that she wanted to wait and put out an album where every song was brand new, not a single track being released prior to the album. And, you know what? It was a very wise move.

It's been almost two years since we last heard from Namie Amuro, during which time fans have wondered why she hasn't even released a single here and there. Well, the answer has arrived in the form of her 11th album, the just released _genic. You see, Namie was tired of releasing several singles and then putting out an album that compiled them with a handful of new tracks. This time around, she decided that she wanted to wait and put out an album where every song was brand new, not a single track being released prior to the album. And, you know what? It was a very wise move.

J-POP SINGLE SPOTLIGHT: miko, Mayu Watanabe, SKB☆69, MINMI

By Paris365 on June 08, 2015

J-POP SINGLE SPOTLIGHT: miko, Mayu Watanabe, SKB☆69, MINMI

Lately it seems like most Japanese labels just want to release one track downloads. I usually don't pay much attention to them, but I thought I'd do a write up about this odd bunch.

miko: ライオンのうた

℃-ute: The Middle Management~女性中間管理職~/我武者LIFE/次の角を曲がれ

By Paris365 on June 01, 2015

℃-ute: The Middle Management~女性中間管理職~/我武者LIFE/次の角を曲がれ

I usually like the group, but it's hard to pull off three songs that all sound like A-side singles. And I just wasn't sure they could pull it off. But they did.

℃-ute are a Japanese girl group. They are part of the Hello! Project, produced by Tsunku, who also writes most of the group's songs. Following some indie singles, they made their major label debut in 2007 and won the Japan Record Award for Best New Artist that year. And they've been kicking ass ever since. Well, at least to the extent that pop stars can kick ass.

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AURAL VAMPIRE: MIMIC YOUR HAIRSTYLE

By Paris365 on April 22, 2015

AURAL VAMPIRE: MIMIC YOUR HAIRSTYLE

A fantastic EP of perfectly weird covers. A must for fans of Tommy heavenly6/Tommy february6.

Aural Vampire is a Japanese group lead by Exo-Chika (vocals/lyrics) and Raveman (music). They've been around since 2004 but this EP is the first of their releases that I've heard. And I must say I'm quite impressed with it.

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AYUMI HAMASAKI: A ONE

By Paris365 on April 17, 2015

AYUMI HAMASAKI: A ONE

Ayumi's new album is the best thing she's done in roughly 15 years. No kidding.

This year is the 17th anniversary of Ayumi's debut and she's celebrating it with the release of her 16th original full-length album, A ONE. And, let me tell you, that A ought to stand for AWESOME because this album is an awesome one. In fact, it's my favorite album of Ayumi's since the classic Rainbow.

PERFUME: PICK ME UP

By Paris365 on April 01, 2015

PERFUME: PICK ME UP

Perfume's eagerly awaiting new song/video has arrived!

"Pick Me Up" is Perfume's new video, which hit Youtube yesterday and already has over 100,000 views, which I'd say is a lot because chances are that most of their fans aren't even aware that it's out yet.

For those who aren't away, Perfume is a J-Pop trio consisting of Ayano Omoto, Yuka Kashino, and Ayaka Nishiwaki. They are produced exclusively by Capsule's Yasutaka Nakata. And they are fabulous. Nakata is a genius and anyone who says otherwise is insane. (In addition to Capsule and Perfume, he's the producer of the magnificent Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.)

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STYLIPS: THE SUPERNOVA STRIKES

By Paris365 on March 30, 2015

STYLIPS: THE SUPERNOVA STRIKES

Some of these tracks were anime theme songs, but let's face it: anime themes can be cheesy but they're usually super catchy. And that's how I'd sum up The Supernova Strikes, all sixteen songs of it.

StylipS is a four member J-Pop girl group who specialize in doing songs for anime. Or at least that was the case when they were started. Now they're more like a normal J-Pop unit. The current members are : Arisa Noto, Matsunaga Maho, Ito Miku and Toyota Moe. The group's name stands for "Brand a new Style for LipS." And, no, that doesn't make much sense to me either.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH MEGA-HIT SONGWRITER ALBI ALBERTSSON

By Paris365 on March 23, 2015

AN INTERVIEW WITH MEGA-HIT SONGWRITER ALBI ALBERTSSON

K-Poppers and J-Poppers, you're in for a real treat... Today we bring you an exclusive interview with Albi Albertsson, one of Asian pop music's top songwriters!

Whether you're a fan of K-Pop, J-Pop or C-Pop, chances are you've heard songs written by Albi Albertsson. As you'll see below, he's written for plenty of A-listers, including massive artists like Girls' Generation, Shinee, Arashi, Show Luo and Koda Kumi. K-Pop doesn't get any bigger than Girls' Generation, does it? Likewise, Koda Kumi is one of Japan's biggest megastars. Clearly, Albi knows what he's doing and he does it very well. Recently, I discovered that he was on Facebook and sent him a friend request. I was very happy when he approved it.

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TOMOMI ITANO: COME PARTY!

By Paris365 on March 02, 2015

TOMOMI ITANO: COME PARTY!

Tomomi Itano's latest single would likely please AKB48 haters, if they could overlook the fact that that's where she got her start. Seriously, this one is far superior to AKB48's music.

Sometimes I have a hard time believing that Tomomi Itano got her start in AKB48. In the interest of full disclosure, I consider myself a fan of AKB48. But I freely admit that every two out of three singles they release sound the same. You'd think their cheesy synthesizer and drum machine would have died by now, given how often they clearly use them. And so it's difficult to believe that Tomomi Itano hasn't released the same single twice, her songs all being unique pop gems, like different colored diamonds.

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SUMIRE UESAKA: 閻魔大王に訊いてごらん (Enma Daio ni Kiite Goran)

By Paris365 on February 27, 2015

SUMIRE UESAKA: 閻魔大王に訊いてごらん (Enma Daio ni Kiite Goran)

Sumire unleashes anime theme song and it's awesome.

Sumire Uesaka's recent single is the theme song for an anime but neither Yes Asia or CD Japan stated the name of the anime in English. So, I translated the product info with Google and it spit out "Cold of Cherry" and "Cherry of Cold," so my guess is that it's called Cold Cherry, or the Japanese equivalent of that. In any case, the single is called "閻魔大王に訊いてごらん " and Google translates that as "See to hear the King Yemma." I'm not sure what to make of that, but I'm thinking King Yemma must be a character in the anime.

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