Official Japanese Music News

Aldious, J-rock, Metal -

"As if regenerating the golden age of DragonForce and Blind Guardian… the 'girls metal band boom' of the 2010s, which brought us the likes of BABYMETAL, owes its initial success in part to the pioneering talents of Aldious." – Alternative press "These girls will rock your brains out. As metal as one can get in heels and pink bows" – Kotaku Japan's "groundbreaking" (Nylon) metal band Aldious continue their ten-year conquest with an international edition of Evoke II 2010-2020. JPU Records will unleash it from 29 January. The special CD-edition includes two pages of English liner notes, English lyric translations...

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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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BUCK-TICK, J-rock, Visual Kei -

Legendary Japanese band BUCK-TICK will stream their upcoming performance ABRACADABRA THE DAY IN QUESTION 2020 at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan worldwide on 29 December. The band has made it a tradition to see the year off with a show at the 14k+ capacity Nippon Budokan since 2001. Last year saw BUCK-TICK switch venue to the equally impressive Yoyogi National Gymnasium 1st Gymnasium while the Budokan underwent renovation work. Now, they return to sacred grounds. Coronavirus prevented the band from touring in support of latest album ABRACADABRA, the international special edition of which is out on CD and cassette with bonus tracks...

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Anime Music, LOVEBITES, Metal -

Japanese heavy metal band LOVEBITES have today revealed the first clip of their new song entitled 'Winds Of Transylvania', their first to feature in anime. The Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards winning band will be in charge of the opening theme song for VLADLOVE, a new series from highly acclaimed, visionary directors Mamoru Oshii and Junji Nishimura. VLADLOVE is an upcoming, original work from masterminds Mamori Oshii, the world-famous animation director behind Ghost in the Shell and Patlabor, and Junji Nishimura of Ranma 1/2 and You’re Under Arrest fame. The pair created a huge impression on Japanese pop culture when...

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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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