Official Japanese Music News

Anime Music, Ena Fujita, J-pop, J-rock -

Previously Ena Fujita's music has seen her bash zombified members of clergy, gun down bikini-clad riot police. She's even taken a baseball bat to an inanimate sex-doll. Now our favourite singer-songwriting-gravure-idol takes things a step further and grapples with one of anime's most iconic punch 'em-up franchises; BAKI. The latest series of the Netflix exclusive brawler, features the title track of Ena Fujita's knock new song DEAD STROKE as its frantic, riff-fuelled ending theme. DEAD STROKE is out now as a four-track digital single from JPU Records for download and streaming. It includes funky B-side BATHROOM JET CANDY, as well...

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J-pop, J-rock, SCANDAL -

Japan's all-girl rock band SCANDAL release their first home-recorded song 'Living in the city' from midnight on 3 June 2020, in the UK, Europe and North America via JPU Records. Click here to download / stream after midnight. Its video, recorded remotely from each member's home, appears on YouTube today ahead of the release. "I never once thought when I wrote this song that I would be releasing it in times like these," states bassist TOMOMI. "But now we have all been staying home, I feel like people can listen to it through a completely new lens." The song was...

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J-pop, Niji no Conquistador -

Japanese pop idol collective Niji no Conquistador unleash their first album in two-and-a-half years with RAINBOW GRAVITY. Despite its 12-members identifying as sun-dodging otaku – who prefer to stay at home and watch anime, play video games or draw than frolic outside – the album manages to cram 17-tracks of unadulterated summer-infused pop joy, out now to download and stream by clicking here. Joining Niji no Conquistador on the album are a number of Japan’s most exciting writing forces, including Motonari Murakawa (BABYMETAL), Takashi Asano (Dempagumi.inc, LADYBABY) and MOSAIC.WAV. Also included are three lead tracks from singles released at the...

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J-Pop, J-Rock, Live / Tour Dates, SCANDAL -

SCANDAL gave today announced via their Facebook page that the Japanese part of SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2020 ''Kiss from the darkness'' has been cancelled. The band will, however, perform a special live stream on 21 August 2020 to commemorate their 14th anniversary, consisting of the same setlist, outfits, lighting and visuals that were originally planned for the tour. A special link for overseas fans has been made for the livestream: https://livefrom.events/scandal/ The livestream will begin at 11am BST on Friday 21 August 2020, and will be available for a 48-hour period to rebroadcast as much as you like from 11am...

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LOVEBITES, Vinyl -

The first glimpse of the limited edition vinyl of LOVEBITES GOLDEN DESTINATION has been revealed! Featuring a beautiful 12" gatefold sleeve, the release will begin shipping next week and was originally delayed from the CD release due to corona virus affecting production times. The maxi-single has four tracks, including the titular 'GOLDEN DESTINATION', the band's lightning fast love letter to the new wave of British heavy metal. Its music video features live footage from the band's UK tour with Dragonforce at the end of 2019. In addition, there are also two completely new, unreleased songs included; 'SPELLBOUND', possibly LOVEBITES' most...

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