fifi_next_pursuitFIFI RONG has been keeping a high profile of late with the 2013 release of her debut single ‘Over You’ and debut album ‘Wrong’, a guest appearance on Tricky’s album ‘False Idols’, a special secret gig and now the release of the new EP titled Next Pursuit.

We were impressed enough by the soulful tones of ‘Over You’ to include it in our Songs Of The Year feature in December last year. So the question is whether or not Miss Rong can match that standard on the tracks included on Next Pursuit. More Inside  »

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afj_logo-200AID FOR JAPAN will be staging a special fundraiser to coincide with the Third Year Anniversary of the Japanese earthquake/tsunami on Tuesday 11th March.

AID FOR JAPAN was set up to support the orphans of the Japanese earthquake/tsunami disaster in March 2011. The outfit raises funds and also arranges for some of the orphans to spend time in the UK.

The event will be taking place at the Lowiczanka Restaurant in London and will include a welcome and introduction by the founder of Aid For Japan, Miss Tanaka, together with a presentation of news clips and the video showing the orphans visit to the UK. A 2 minute silence will be observed to remember the victims of the tsunami and all those whose lives are still affected by the devastating events of 11th March 2011.

Drinks will be available during the evening, with an optional meal afterwards. Entrance to the event is £10 with all proceeds going in Aid For Japan.

J-Pop Go supports Aid For Japan and we’re asking J-Pop fans in the London area to attend this event if possible or help to spread the word about it and also Aid For Japan.

Tuesday 11th March 2014 17:00 – 19:00

Lowiczanka Restaurant
238–246 King Street
London W6 ORF
(first floor of the Polish Cultural Centre)
Nearest Tube: Ravens Court Station

Please email Miss Tanaka via

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BABYMETALAlthough the outfit formed in 2010, it’s only now that the raucous trio known as BABYMETAL have released their debut album, the eponymously titled BABYMETAL.

BABYMETAL as an album is essentially a collection of the various singles and B-Side tracks from earlier releases, yet is a surprisingly seamless collection of the energetic tunes that have brought the trio such deserved attention… More Inside  »

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yufu_1Former BiS member YUFU TERASHIMA has revealed the video for her debut solo release ‘Youflight’.

‘Youflight’, as previously reported, was penned by Yumemi Nemu (DEMPAGUMI INC) and composed by rionos (who is also working with former AKB48 star Erena Ono). The bright and airy ‘Youflight’ has an understated charm to it that’s a world apart from Yuffy’s BiS days. More Inside  »

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J-Pop Go Shop Updates

jpg1Back in 2005 J-Pop Go trialed its own dedicated J-Pop magazine. Each issue was a glossy print publication with a variety of articles and features. Now we’re making available some of the back issues here via the J-Pop Go Shop.

Issue 1 included the Rough Guide To J-Pop, listing various J-Pop artists and groups. A special feature on J-Pop duo PUFFY, an interview with designer and illustrator Rodney Alan Greenblat (Puffy, Parappa The Rapper), interviews with POLYSICS, SHONEN KNIFE and MIKA BOMB.

Issue 2 included the Rough Guide To J-Pop, listing various J-Pop artists and groups. A special feature on PINE AM, An article on Anime vs J-Pop, a review of the Japanese Music Showcase including MIKA BOMB, THE RODEO CARBURETTOR and an interviews with DMBQ and CORNELIUS. Plus a review of UTADA Hikaru’s Exodus album.

Each issue also featured news, reviews, polls and more and included contributions from Daniel Robson, Emily Bastian, Teresa Tang and Mike Rumbles. Each issue has 20 pages wrapped up in a Day-Glo colour cover.

Visit the J-Pop Go Shop for ordering details.

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