Pikotaro gives Father’s Day advice in PPAPA (Perfect Papa)

PIKOTARO, whose hit song “PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Pen)” has been viewed worldwide 500 million times on YouTube and played 350 million times on TikTok, posted his new song “PPAPA (Perfect PAPA)” on his YouTube channel, portraying the performer as an unborn baby giving gentle advice to his father.

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Taku Takahashi (m-flo) has the Tokyo nightclub injection that L.A.’s been waiting for – Interview (2019)

Taku Takahashi (m-flo)
Interview by Dave Cirone
June 11, 2019

m-flo’s Taku Takahashi is gearing up to inject a mind-blowing dose of Tokyo club culture into L.A. on July 3. Following up last year’s marathon music event OTAQUEST LIVE, m-flo is hosting a back-to-back set of Japan’s hottest EDM and dance music artists at the Novo in Downtown L.A. The chart-topping music producer, performer, and self-certified otaku (yes, you did see him at that Street Fighter tournament) breaks down his plans for this summer’s hot ticket J-Pop event.

OTAQUEST LIVE is coming back to L.A. this year with a powerful lineup, including m-flo, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and CAPSULE, and now you’re adding the OTAQUEST KICKOFF after arty. Why did you decide to add the DJ event to this year’s celebration?

Takahashi: There are two main components of Japanese pop culture that I’m hoping to introduce from Shibuya. One is vocal performance, and the other is DJ culture. The live vocal performance might fall in line with your imagination, but the Japanese club and DJ scene is very unique. We’re connected through all sorts of avenues, especially rhythm games like Beatmania, DDR, and all sorts of titles. Of course, anime music has a place in all this too. Our style is a bit varied from regular EDM parties, and I hope our friends in the U.S. can experience this too.

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Wasuta Wins Hearts in Canada – Idol Group Continues Overseas Expansion at Anime North 2019

Japanese idol group Wasuta (“The World Standard”) made their North American performance debut at Anime North 2019 in Toronto, Canada, with a live concert for over 1000 fans on Saturday, May 25.

The five members of Wasuta – Hazuki, Nanase, Miri, Ririka, and Ruka – kept fans updated via their social media accounts, showing their personal interactions with Anime North’s attendees, who came from several countries including the United States, Mexico, South America, and Asia to support the group.

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LOVE LIVE! SUNSHINE’s Aqours returns to L.A. summer 2019

Aqours, the idol group from LOVE LIVE! SUNSHINE!!, has posted a video digest of live footage of their songs “Kimino Kokorowa Kagayaiterukai?” and “Thank you, FRIENDS!!” on their official YouTube channel to preview their upcoming summer performances in Los Angeles.

Aqours will perform at The Novo in downtown L.A. for two performances, July 5th and 6th, with their show titled “LOVE LIVE! SUNSHINE!! Aqours World LoveLive! in LA -BRAND NEW WAVE-“.

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BALLISTIK BOYZ – Interview (2019)

Interview by David Cirone
May 19, 2019

BALLISTIK BOYZ from EXILE TRIBE is a 7-member dance, vocal, and MC unit, the first ever group within LDH where each member contributes vocals to the performance. With their debut CD BALLISTIK BOYZ out this week and their music video for “TENHANE 1000%” topping 1 million views on YouTube, the group talks about their multi-cultural approach, the pressures of living up to the standards set by EXILE TRIBE, and traveling overseas to shoot their first music video on the streets of Los Angeles.

Your music video for “TENHANE 1000%” was shot in L.A., and it showcases a modern, international vibe in your choice of fashion and locations. Why was it important to show BALLISTIK BOYZ as a “global artist” in your first MV?

Ryuta Hidaka: Since we took on the challenge to innovate, being the first group at LDH with all 7 members singing and dancing, and including members who speak English and Portuguese, I think that type of style was a perfect choice for us. It sums up BALLISTIK BOYZ as artists who engage in the global scene representing Japan.

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OtaCrush to bring anikura heat to Little Tokyo

Anime song enthusiasts OtaCrush have announced their very first anikura event, “OtaCrush! Vol. 1” in Los Angeles.

“Anikura” is an anime song club event, which has become a new trend for anisong fans all over the world who want to listen to their favorite anisongs, dance wotagei, and share their mutual love and passion for anisong. “OtaCrush! Vol. 1” will be held at Entertainment Hobby Shop Jungle in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles on Saturday, June 8th, featuring popular DJs Revolution Boi and Burbeari, DJ TED, BOB a.k.a DJ D, and RISA LIGHT. The event is presented by OtaCrush and Entertainment Hobby Shop Jungle and supported by LUMICA USA.

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OTAQUEST LIVE returns to L.A. with m-flo, CAPSULE, and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

OTAQUEST LIVE, a unique, live summer concert presenting a dynamic slate of J-Pop, dance and hip hop superstars who define the vibrant sound, styles, moves and images that drive Japanese pop culture, has unveiled a variety of ticket packages, including VIP passes, for the event headlining The Novo in L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, July 3rd.

Produced by OTAQUEST and LDH USA, OTAQUEST LIVE will feature live concert performances by J-Pop superstars Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and m-flo, as well as the first North American live performances from CAPSULE, CrazyBoy, and Hiroomi Tosaka.

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Shibuya-Kei legend Hideki Kaji announces new album GOTH ROMANCE

Shibuya-Kei legend Hideki Kaji has announced his 18th album, GOTH ROMANCE, is set for released on June 5th.

This month, the artist’s extensive catalog from the 90s and 00s became available on Apple Music and Spotify, including Mini Skirt, Tea, 15 Angry Men, You Will Love Me, A Long Weekend, lov songs, New Pretty, “Separate Ways” (his self cover song written for Chinese singer Faye Wong), and “FOOTBALLING WEEKENDERS” (ending song for Japanese television program FOOT!).

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Sawa Angstrom – Interview (2019)

Sawa Angstrom
Interview by Marc Bowie
April 29, 2019

The minimalist style of your EP, DdTPt, is very different than the jazzy Lainy J Groove band and the more poppy style of YeYe, the other groups of which you are a member. What is your goal with Sawa Angstrom?

Jun Hamada: There are various elements that excite me about each of my projects, and I’m always looking for the chance to discover something new. If I can combine concepts and create musical synergy in myself, I’m happy. It’s really fun. The goal of Sawa Angstrom is to perform all over the world.

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m-flo’s Taku Takahashi, Yasutaka Nakata, and TeddyLoid at OTAQUEST KICKOFF 2019

The Tokyo club scene comes to Los Angeles for OTAQUEST KICKOFF, a special event featuring legendary Japanese DJs Taku Takahashi, Yasutaka Nakata, and TeddyLoid all on one stage, July 3 at The Novo in L.A. Live.

OTAQUEST KICK OFF is a celebration of Japan’s electronic music culture, accented with exciting visuals, stage lighting, and the high production quality found in Tokyo’s most famous dance clubs.

OTAQUEST KICK OFF complements OTAQUEST LIVE, the special one-night-only live concert featuring performances by J-Pop superstars Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and m-flo, as well as the first North American live performances from CAPSULE, CrazyBoy, and Hiroomi Tosaka.

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