Official Japanese Music News

Electronic, J-pop, J-rock, JPU Records, Live / Tour Dates, Playlist -

Earlier in the year, JPU Records CEO Tom Smith and music producer / DJ artist Teddy Loid teamed up to judge the "Iken no?! UK?!" (行けんの⁉︎UK⁉︎) auditions. The music competition offered bands, artists and track-makers that release their music directly via TuneCore Japan the chance to perform in the UK, and have their accommodation and travel expenses, supported by the generous people at payNOAH. The competition was split into two categories; the band category judged by Tom Smith, and the DJ / track maker category judged by Teddy Loid. Out of the thousands of entries, the judges had to select...

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Anime Music, J-pop, J-rock, JPU Records, Playlist, SCANDAL -

MAMI, guitarist of Japanese girl band SCANDAL and writer of the band's ace new single SPICE, has taken over the JPU Records Playlist on Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and YouTube with a selection of her favourite songs from Japan and beyond! MAMI's playlist takeover includes plenty of energetic guitar-pop and indie rock classics from the East and West, mixing The Wombats, Last Dinosaurs and Two Door Cinema Club beautifully with Japan's Ellegarden, Creep Hyp and Yoru no Honki Dance. There's also classic J-pop with Pocket Biscuits' 1996 breakout song "YELLOW YELLOW HAPPY", Sword Art Online song "Thrill, Risk, Heartless" from...

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Anime Music, J-pop, J-rock, SCANDAL -

Japanese girl band SCANDAL has released their new single SPICE today. The track is part of short animation XPICE from production studio XFLAG, a collaborative, cross-creative project by internal and external creators and artists, which has also been released today and is viewable below."We knew that when you mix a diverse set of people and talents, the extraordinary happens," states the project's homepage. "So with a mission to create new culture, we brought artists and creators together to combine a unique story, masterful animation, and an all-new song from SCANDAL into something the world's never seen before. The result? Our...

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LOVEBITES, Metal -

Japanese metal band LOVEBITES will hold a special, free "LIVE AT HOME" viewing party of upcoming Blu-ray/DVD FIVE OF A KIND - LIVE IN TOKYO 2020 on YouTube on Saturday 11 July from 1pm BST. Its members will also make a remote appearance from their homes at either end of the show. Although the viewing party is free, fans can join the Super Chat, with a portion of the fee being donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society to support medical workers battling COVID-19. Details about Super Chat can be found by clicking here. The viewing party will include all...

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BAND-MAID, J-rock -

BAND-MAID, an impossibly hard rocking maid band, have cancelled their upcoming BAND-MAID ZEPP TOUR in Japan but will hold a "new style of performance" at the mighty Nippon Budokan on 11 February 2021 (National Foundation Day). The band has also announced plans to release live videos on YouTube following the tour cancellation news. A statement on BAND-MAID's homepage regarding the live videos reads, "Time goes on where we cannot see everyone, but we will be happy if you keep your hopes up a little more". The first BAND-MAID live video to be released is of "onset", an instrumental track recorded...

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