AFTERSCHOOL – Bang! (live)

AFTERSCHOOL / Bang! (live) (Video)

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The drumming section is pretty slick.
Props to the girls for pulling it off.

EXILE – Rising Sun (live)

EXILE / Rising Sun (live) (Video)

EXILE / Rising Sun (from EXILE LIVE TOUR 2011 TOWER OF WISH ~願いの塔~)

m-flo / “SQUARE ONE” Teaser (Video)

m-flo SQUARE ONE Teaser (Video)

m-flo looks like a hell of a lot of fun to hang out with…

Extra:
m-flo loves BoA (live)

DiVA / Lost the way -short ver.- (Video)

DiVA / Lost the way -short ver.- (Video)

DiVA-LENTINE’S DAY…?

DiVA – Lost the way -short ver.-

Bonnie Pink – Tsumetai Ame (PV)

Bonnie Pink – Tsumetai Ame (PV)

May’n – HEAT of the moment (PV)

May’n – HEAT of the moment (PV)

“1 chorus version” of May’n’s new single “HEAT of the moment”

May J will appear at Tune in Tokyo in Los Angeles

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May J, J-Pop singer and host of NHK’s J-Melo show, will make a special appearance at Tune in Tokyo on Wed., February 22, 2012 in Los Angeles.

Info at Tune in Tokyo’s Tumblr site.

D☆DATE – Joker (short version) (PV)

D☆DATE – Joker (short version) (PV)

D☆DATE’s new short version / teaser for “Joker”.

Will the full version be as long awesome as AKB48’s short film for “Flying Get?”

Official Website

Koda Kumi – Love Me Back (PV)

Koda Kumi – Love Me Back (PV)

I’m tempted to say Koda Kumi lets her little stripper side out… but it’s not like it was ever hidden.

Who else in J-Pop can pull off these dance moves (complete with booty-shake at 0:42)?

Koda Kumi – Love Me Back (clip):

Making of (clip):

Koda Kumi – JAPONESQUE (Review)

Koda Kumi
JAPONESQUE

Review by David Cirone

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JAPONESQUE is a powerhouse 19-track release from Koda Kumi that affirms her place in modern J-Pop royalty. Full of confidence and maturity, Koda Kumi still hasn’t lost her playful side and unabashed sexiness.

JAPONESQUE opens strong with an instrumental intro theme of oriental-themes beats and the dreamy repeat of “Wannabe…” Slick production on “V.I.P.” (feat. T-PAIN) and “Lay Down” are solid dance-floor tracks, and “So Nice” (feat. Mr. Blistah) is a rare J-Pop guest track that strikes a perfect balance between the two singers. The ballad “Brave” has relaxed tempo and warmth that shelves the diva antics for a fine vocal performance.

“Boom Boom Boys” and “Poppin love cocktail” are fun asides if you don’t take Koda Kumi’s faux rock/rap persona seriously. “You are not alone (acoustic version)” has an inspirational intent, but the overdone hand-claps might come off better in an actual live performance than on this recorded track.

The real killer song combo comes dead-center in this album, with “ESCALATE” and “Love Me Back” dropping serious beats and demanding instant clicks on the replay button. “Love Me Back’s” catchy chorus is Koda Kumi’s shout-out to The Wizard of Oz: “Diamonds and Sapphires and You… Oh my!”




Buy Koda Kumi – JAPONESQUE at CDJapan