Official J-pop News

Electronic, FEMM, J-pop -

Japanese female rap duo FEMM announce new track 'Come&Go', available to preorder today ahead of its release on 29 January 2021. As a girls' anthem with a darkly humorous message, mannequin rap duo FEMM's acclaimed song 'Fxxk Boyz Get Money' found an audience with teens and influencers in the United States, quickly spreading around Europe, South America and Asia. FEMM's debut album Femm-Isation brought Japanese female rap to a whole new audience, reaching the Top 10 of Billboard’s World Albums chart in the US. Since then, the EX MACHINA unit have travelled the world, not only performing on stages in...

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Idol, J-pop, Niji no Conquistador -

It's not officially winter until Japanese idol group Niji no Conquistador unleash their annual Jpop winter single. Despite being made up of sun-dodging otaku (they'd rather be inside watching anime or drawing), Niji no Conquistador's music is usually packed with happy rays of sunshine and vibes of the summer. But once a year they swap their usual summery flavour in favour to bring the warmth and fuzzy moments of winter. This year's single might just be their warmest and fuzziest yet. Title track 'Koi Whiteout' sees the group once again team up with the creative talents of Takeshi Asano (PUFFY,...

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J-pop, J-rock, Live / Tour Dates, SCANDAL -

SCANDAL, one of the most famous Japanese girl bands who will celebrate their 15th anniversary in 2021, performed a special show in Tokyo on Christmas Eve, 2020. The unique performance, in collaboration with creative company NAKED, INC., saw all four seasons of the year regained and projection mapped across the stage. The magic from this intimate one-time event will now be available to stream across the globe from 29 December. Held at Toyosu PIT following full coronavirus guidelines, the collaborative live show delivered a heart-warming concept for a year lost. Through SCANDAL's electric live performance and NAKED, INC.'s eye-popping projection...

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Electronic, FEMM, J-pop -

Japanese mannequin rap duo FEMM have released an epic new video from their latest EP 404 Not Found. An extended version of 'Sit Down' comes to life with a mind-blowing "How did they do that?" video that throws digital and analogue elements crashing together – and shot entirely in one take. The video is available now on FEMM's official YouTube channel. The track was produced by super-spicy Japanese bass duo HABANERO POSSE. The unsettling combination of tough female rap vocals over a fiercely raging industrial track feels startlingly fresh. In the new accompanying video, the track's intense drop that rattles...

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J-pop, J-rock, JPU Records, Playlist -

Hello! If you're here just for the tunes, scroll down and get listening! For everyone else, read on. The JPU Records Playlist is a collection of tracks from Japan and beyond handpicked by members of bands on our roster or our staff and available on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube and Deezer. For the majority of 2020 members of SCANDAL and Lie and a Chameleon took turns selecting their favourite songs and offering a further glimpse into their musical inspirations. Now, for the first time this year, the playlist is crammed with great Japanese music we've released. They're all from this...

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