Category: J-Pop News

NekoPOP’s Best J-Pop Album Covers 2018

Check out NekoPOP′s best J-Pop album/single jackets for 2018, chosen by NekoPOP contributors David Cirone, Nhu Nguyen, and Todd Nelson. Click here to view the full list, including PassCode, Seiko Oomori, Reol, Aimer, Nogizaka46, Daoko, and many more!

Perfume to perform at Coachella 2019

J-Pop trio Perfume will perform live at Coachella 2019 in Indio, California, on April 14 and 21 at the Empire Polo Club. Their festival appearance adds an extra chance for fans to catch the group during their upcoming USA tour in March/April this year.

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Japan House LA announces first Naoki Urasawa art exhibit in North America

JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles will present “This is MANGA – the Art of NAOKI URASAWA,” the first North American exhibition of internationally acclaimed Japanese manga artist, Naoki Urasawa. Considered a modern master, Urasawa combines dynamic storytelling and transcendent artistic skill in the development of rich and sophisticated characters. His stories touch upon the hopes, dreams, …

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Superstar collaborations shine at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime NYC 2018

Photo Credit: Mayumi Nashida Anisong World Matsuri made its New York City debut at Anime NYC on November 16 and 17, 2018, featuring eight of the most popular anisong and J-Pop artists assembled at the Hammerstein Ballroom for a two-day audience of 4000 fans. Day 1 of the music festival began with all four of …

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Wasuta posts video message for international fans / 100k Facebook Likes

Idol group Wasuta (The World Standard) has posted a video message in English on their Facebook page to thank fans for surpassing 100,000 likes on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/tws.wasuta/videos/542942002798755/ Wasuta’s overseas popularity has skyrocketed after multiple overseas concerts in France, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Spain, and their recent collaboration with Spanish artists Adexe & Nau “Yo …

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maidreamin wraps Canada tour with sugary smiles in Montreal and Toronto

Japan’s top maid cafe chain maidreamin wrapped up their first-ever tour of Canada in early September with live performances and fan events at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, just a few weeks after hitting Montreal’s Otakuthon in August. Mega-popular maid Peace — crowned Moe Kawaii Queen in Akihabara three years in a row — led …

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Wasuta performs first concerts in Spain at Japan Weekend Madrid

Japanese idol group Wasuta (The World Standard) performed their first-ever concerts in Spain at Japan Weekend Madrid with back to back shows September 29 and 30. The yearly Japanese animation and pop culture event had its biggest year ever with attendance of 97,000, and Wasuta drew a crowd of nearly 4,000 fans for their weekend …

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Four Ways J-Pop Could Expand More Internationally

GUEST EDITORIAL J-Pop has grown a lot since it first emerged as its own form on the Japanese music scene. While it’s expanded to influence other Asian nations and even gain some popularity in the West however, it doesn’t quite have the reach of some other nation-specific pop genres (such as K-Pop, for instance). This …

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STARMARIE to perform at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2018

Japanese dance and vocal quintet STARMARIE will perform on the main stage of Anime Weekend Atlanta in Georgia, USA, on September 22. STARMARIE’s song “Hime wa Rankiryuu☆Goikkou-sama” was used as the opening theme of the anime Onigiri in 2016 and their song “Natsu ni nare!” was chosen as the ending theme of the anime Cardfight!! …

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Gallery: 2& live at Night & Day – Manchester 2018

2& (“Double And”) Live at Night & Day Cafe, Manchester, 2018 – Photo Gallery Photos by Chris Woods; visit the Flickr album for many more photos from the night!

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