BABYMETAL’s Mikio Fujioka 1981 – 2018

RIP Little God Sad news as it’s been announced that Mikio Fujioka, the guitarist for BABYMETAL has passed away. Fujioka, who was only 36, was part of the Kami Band and had been part of BABYMETAL since 2013. Known to … Read More

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Dempagumi.inc expands with new members

Dempa goes large… Idol pop group Dempagumi.inc have announced that their line-up has expanded with the addition of 2 new members. As unexpected as that news is, the additional surprise is that the new members are Rin “Perorin” Kaname and … Read More

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2017 – Songs Of The Year

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 … Read More

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2017 – The Year In Review

2017 has been a particularly busy year in the world of J-Pop. It’s seen the return of old favourites as well as the emergence of new talent. Meanwhile, the UK has hosted some amazing events along with some great acts … Read More

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HIMEZAWA – Spades & Stars

Shooting for the stars… With her debut album Spades & Stars just released, Himezawa has had an opportunity to reflect on her fortunes since relocating to Japan several years back. The German-born musician, model, author and performer had started her … Read More

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MUTANT MONSTER Interview

Punk power trio deliver mutant moments… Originally formed in 2008 by sisters Be and Meana during their first year of high school, MUTANT MONSTER initially found inspiration from punk rock – particularly classic UK bands such as The Clash, The … Read More

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B.O.O. Interview

Idol pop duo offer a bridge between J-Pop and western styles… The world of idol pop is peppered with a broad range of solo artists and large group outfits all competing for attention in the Japanese domestic market. BOO is … Read More

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HYPER JAPAN CHRISTMAS MARKET 2017 Returns

The UK’s biggest Japanese cultural event is back… Hyper Japan is the UK’s biggest convention of J-culture and anime held in the UK. First staged in 2010, Hyper Japan is designed to promote all aspects of Japanese culture, encompassing food, … Read More

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PERFUME – If You Wanna

The tunesome threesome return with an electropop moment… Following on from the release of Perfume’s 5th studio album COSMIC EXPLORER in 2016, the technopop trio have kept themselves busy with touring, the release of the documentary WE ARE PERFUME and … Read More

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TORIENA Interview

The 8-Bit brilliance of one of Japan’s rising chiptune stars… The world of chiptune and 8-bit electronic music has been a compelling niche area for grassroots musicians for a number of years. One of the rising stars of this scene … Read More

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MOSO CALIBRATION Interview

It’s idol pop go with MoCali… Idol outfit Moso Calibration emerged from the Dear Stage stable (home of Dempagumi.inc) in 2013. Currently a 5-piece group, MoCali have built up a respectable fanbase on the back of tunes such as ‘Chichin … Read More

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REOL Interview

Hyper pop tunes from J-Pop trio… 3-piece outfit REOL have established themselves through a series of energetic compositions, including ‘ChiruChiru’, ‘YoiYoi Kokon’ and ’Give Me Break Stop Now’. Consisting of Reol, GigaP and Okiku. Signed to the Toy’s Factory label, … Read More

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THE IDOL FORMERLY KNOWN AS LADYBABY Pelo

The former LADYBABY duo prove that they’re an outfit that can’t be licked… The initial success of LADYBABY was something of a surprise to all parties concerned. ‘Nippon Manju’, the song that propelled the 3-piece idol outfit to global attention, … Read More

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KYARY PAMYU PAMYU Easta

KPP scrambles up some serviceable J-Pop… The whole ‘Wacky Japan’ trope has become a bit tiresome – and us enthusiasts of Japanese pop culture are always keen to explain that Japan counts for more than a collection of bizarre visuals … Read More

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Ikutaro Kakehashi 1930 – 2017

Japan’s music industry lost a legend recently with the passing of Ikutaro Kakehashi. Founder of the Roland company, Kakehashi was a pioneer of electronic music whose impact is still being felt in the music business today. Much of Roland’s early … Read More

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THE TOMBOYS Interview

The energetic 4-piece rock outfit return to London… THE TOMBOYS are bathed in green light as they perform their upbeat number ‘Please Remember Me’ on stage at the Underbelly in Hoxton. They’re bouncing all around the small stage, standing on … Read More

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THE TOMBOYS return to London

4-piece Japanese rock outfit THE TOMBOYS return to London on the 19th March along with special guests. In 2016, UK audiences got the opportunity to experience the energy of this former SCANDAL covers outfit firsthand. They played a special performance … Read More

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