2017 has been a mixed combo of winners in many genres, including some classic artists. Here’s the songs that J-Pop Go think stood out this year – along with the personal lists from the J-Pop Go contributors…


Perfume – TOKYO GIRL


YOU’LL MELT MORE! – モイモイ


NIJI NO CONQUISTADOR – キミは無邪気な夏の女王~This Summer Girl Is an Innocent Mistress~


Utada Hikaru – Forevermore


°C-ute – Final Squall


The Tomboys – Tell Me Why


BRATS – Nounai Shoukyo Game


FEMM – Do It Again


Gang Parade – Foul


Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku – Sing along sing a song


BiSH – プロミスザスター (Promise The Star)


LOVEBITES – Shadowmaker


MORNING MUSUME 17 – BRAND NEW MORNING


KYARY PAMYU PAMYU – HARAJUKU IYAHOI


BAND JA NAIMON! – YAKIMOCHI


CONTRIBUTOR’S LISTS

MARY GROUTAGE

Songs Of The Year
1 Hikaru Utada – Forevermore
2 °C-ute – Final Squall
3 Morning Musume 17 – BRAND NEW MORNING
4 Kis-My-Ft2 – Tonight
5 Tsuri Bit- My Victory

Albums Of The Year
1 Arashi – Untitled
2 Seiko Oomori – kitixxxgaia
3 Appare! Harajuku – APPARE! WORLD
4 Akko Gorilla – GREEN QUEEN
5 Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku – Ebicracy

Promising New Act
Deadlift Lolita


ROXY SIMONS

Songs Of The Year
1 [Alexandros] – Snow sound
2 Jonghyun – Let me out
3 one ok rock – We are
4 LOVEBITES – Shadowmaker
5 Taemin – Move

Albums Of The Year
1 LOVEBITES – Awakening from Abyss
2 Jonghyun – Story Op. 2
3 Wagakki Band – Shikisai
4 Miyavi – All time best ‘day 2’
5 BTS – Love Yourself: Her

Event Of The Year
Drug Restaurant at 229 the venue

Promising New Act
LOVEBITES


PAUL BROWNE

Songs Of The Year
1 Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku – Aoiro no Monday
2 You’ll Melt More! – モイモイ
3 FEMM – Dear Friends
4 Perfume – TOKYO GIRL
5 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Harajuku Iyahoi

Albums Of The Year
1 FEMM – 80s/90s J-Pop Revival
2 You’ll Melt More! – Youtopia
3 Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku – Ebicracy
4 BiSH – The Guerrilla BiSH
5 Himezawa – Spades & Stars

Promising New Act
NECRONOMIDOL

Event Of The Year
NECRONOMIDOL at Water Rats, London


KAREN KEMP

Songs Of The Year
1 You’ll Melt More! – Yaru
2 Bandjanaimon! – Yakimochi
3 Gang Parade – Foul
4 Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku – Sing Along, Sing A Song
5 Niji no Conquistador – Kimi wa Mujakina Natsu no Jouou

Albums Of The Year
1 You’ll Melt More! – Youtopia
2 Bandjanaimon! – Kanpeki Shugi na Sekai ni Fukanzen na Ongaku wo
3 Zenbu Kimi no Sei da – Egoistic Eat Issues
4 Up Up Girls (Kari) – 4th Album Force
5 Niji no Conquistador – Rainbow Phenomenon

Promising New Act
Zenbu Kimi no Sei da. Despite a rocky 2 years of member dramas and an unstable lineup, they have hit the underground idol scene as a strong presence and continue to gain support and momentum into the new year, as they ride on a mix of ever-catchy dempa music and heavier emotional tunes. Egoistic Eat Issues, their latest album, packed a punch and shows promise for greater things to come.

Event Of The Year
As much as Hyper Japan and Japan Expo continue to establish themselves as providers of the greatest selection of J-pop content and guests in Europe, my favourite event of the year has been the Juice=Juice world tour, which earmarked the first live performance of a Hello! Project group within the UK.

Following hot on the success of °C-ute’s farewell gigs in Paris and Mexico, I feel it’s successful running and positive response has set a precedent for various other acts to follow as support for the industry expands.