Monthly Archive: December 2014

Dec 31 2014

Five J-Pop Picks for 2014: Idols, Mannequins and Kyary gets Sentimental


2014 Year-End picks by DJ Greg Hignight Here’s a look at what I enjoyed in 2014. It’s by no means a “best of” list. There was so much great music from Japan (and around the world). With that in mind, here’s a few of my choices for what made this year awesome in J-Pop! I’ll …

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Dec 31 2014

Dreams Come True launches special website for Wonderland 2015


Dreams Come True has launched their special website for Wonderland 2015, announcing that their every-4-years concerts will be held in Japan this upcoming winter. Song request voting is already live, and tickets will be available in the near future. Fans in Japan can also enter a sweepstakes to win special DCT prizes connected the band’s …

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Dec 30 2014

Rio Hiiragi, the “Idol You Can Meet Everyday” hosts 20th Birthday Concert


The “idol you can can meet everyday” Rio Hiiragi held a special concert celebrating her 20th birthday at Kawasaki’s Club Citta. The J-Pop singer, popular on Niconico and other social media (including over 51,000 twitter followers) performed a memorable set that featured ”Rio Rio Ri→no Uta”, “Senketsu the END” and “Magical Snow”. Rio, who appeared …

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Dec 28 2014

Mai Kotone (Mainya) releases theme song for Mysterious Joker anime


Japanese idol performer Mai Kotone (aka Mainya) has released her theme song for the TV anime series Mysterious Joker, titled “Parade Illusion”. With growing popularity among Japan’s junior-high school fans, Kotone’s 2013 major debut single “BANG BANG koteki samba” hit the top 10 on the Oricon daily charts. In addition, She appeared on AKIBA Festa …

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Dec 20 2014

DJ Meirlin covers Miku Expo for MTV81


Part 1 Part 2 From MTV81: It really is fascinating to see how far holographic pop star, Miku Hatsune, has come. Accompanied by DJ Meirlin, we crash Miku Expo in L.A. and see how the virtual singer has lightened the hearts of her global fans! We also talk to her “father,” Hiroyuki Itoh, …

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Dec 18 2014

Lantis Festival at Las Vegas adds Special Appearance by Hatsune Miku


Virtual Singer to Join Anime Song Artists for Live Performance The 2015 ANISONG World Tour – Lantis Festival has announced virtual singing superstar Hatsune Miku as a special guest to the Las Vegas artist line-up. The festival launches January 16th (Friday) and 17th (Saturday), 2015, at The Joint – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Lantis …

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Dec 18 2014

STARMARIE hits #2 on the Oricon indies chart with “Who Killed Circus”


Idol unit STARMARIE has ranked 2nd on the Oricon indies weekly ranking in Japan with their chilling and provocative new single “Who Killed Circus”. Described as the group’s “scariest single yet”, the song continues STARMARIE’s concept of “fantasy idol” music, weaving a tale of mystery and suspense set in a haunted hotel. The mysterious allure …

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Dec 13 2014

Babymetal, 2NE1 and EXO Dominate on Billboard World Chart for 2014


Japanese pop metal powerhouse Babymetal will wrap up their historic rise to stardom in 2014 ranking at 5th place on Billboard’s World Album Artist’s Chart. K-Pop groups EXO and 2NE1 also placed in the top ten, marking a memorable year for Asian pop on the global stage. Babymetal, who began as an offshoot of idol …

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Dec 10 2014

Minami Takahashi Graduation Announcement a Milestone for AKB48


AKB48’s General Manager Minami Takahashi announced her graduation from the group on December 8th, setting in motion a definitive moment for the pop music empire. Takahashi, also known by her nickname “Takamina”, will depart on December 8th, 2015 — the 10th anniversary of AKB48’s groundbreaking theater in Akihabara. Minami Takahashi is a first generation member …

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Dec 09 2014

Dream & E-girls – Move It! (MV)


E-girls stuns with their new music video for “Move It!”, spotlighting subgroup Dream. The lavish electropop anthem features Dream’s four members, Aya Takamoto, Shizuka Nishida, Ami Nakashima and Erie Abe on lead vocals, backed by the other members of the collective megagroup that also includes Happiness, Flower, Bunny and EGD. Dream debuted in 2000, and …

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