The Japan Local Idol Activity Association have announced 10 groups likely to break through in the near future – though it seems many of them are already becoming well-known. Check out their choices.
Teen Idol made to sign strict, and not legal, contracts
A major underground idol agency has admitted making an idol sign a series of contracts containing penalties, and knowing that a final contract was not legal. Nono Kosaki (16) has been talking about her experiences with FreeK-Laboratory, including being forced to work while injured, suffering physical and psychological pressure, and eventually seeking legal advice after […]
“Suki!” is spreading love throughout the world.
An insanely catchy pop track from Cho Tokimeki♡Sendenbu has gone viral (in a good way) and spread to the top of charts in Korea, Indonesia and beyond – three years after it first appeared! “Suki!” first appeared as a track on the Stardust group’s first album “Tokiotome” in April 2018, but was not a big […]
How Girls Planet 999 voting was manipulated, and other problems
As Mnet drew up plans to follow the “Produce 48” series, they must have known it was going to be difficult. The vote-rigging saga, with the final results being fabricated by producers of “Produce X 101”, had led to fines and prison sentences, and affected both IZ*ONE and X1. But, with K-pop promoters having an […]
FEMM “Keep It Cool”
Japanese mannequin rap duo FEMM release a new single and video on April 9 – ‘Keep It Cool’, a rap track with elements of UK garage, 2-step and a fresh, jazzy take on future bass. As with FEMM’s recent releases ‘Come & Go’, ‘Peach’ and ‘Dead Of Night’, it has a music video set in […]
To all of you. Sayuki Takagi
(an approximate translation of https://ameblo.jp/juicejuice-official/entry-12656270355.html) Thank you for your continued warm support. This time, I, Sayuki Takagi, have decided to end my activities with Juice=Juice and Hello! Project. I am truly sorry for the sudden announcement in this way, and for any inconvenience and concern. As a member of the group, it was a careless act that was lacking in awareness. I […]
BAND-MAID, YOASOBI And More Highlight February’s Japanese Music Livestream Shows
Available Worldwide Thanks To Digital Events Leader ZAIKO Japanese artists have embraced livestreaming shows in the age of COVID-19, and every month Japanese e-ticketing platform and events leader ZAIKO helps put on dozens of shows that can be enjoyed from all around the world. Starting this month, ZAIKO highlights some of the biggest shows of […]
Yui Imaizumi’s new husband in child porn image scandal
Mahoto Watanabe, who yesterday announced marriage to Yui Imaizumi (formerly with Keyakizaka46), is involved in a scandal with him asking a 15-year-old girl for pornographic images.
KEIKO releases her debut album
KEIKO, a member of the disbanded three-girl vocal group Kalafina, released her debut solo album on December 2, titled ‘Lantana’. ‘Lantana’ Trailer: Kalafina made their debut in January 2008 with ‘Oblivious’, the ending theme to the feature-length anime ‘The Garden of Sinners’, followed by songs for TV anime such as ‘Puella Magi Madoka Magica’ and […]
AKINA from FAKY makes her solo debut
AKINA, a member of the J-pop group FAKY, makes her solo debut today (November 27) with the release of digital single ‘Touch’. ▼AKINA new song「Touch」Music Streaming Link https://avex.lnk.to/TouchPR Born to Japanese and American parents, AKINA experienced diverse cultures during her childhood as her family moved between countries around the world. In 2015, she relocated to […]