Babymetal Making it Big in the USA
Babymetal's newest album, Metal Resistance, made it onto the U.S. Billboard Top 40—the first Japanese album to do so in 53 years!
Namie Amuro's Rio Olympics Theme
J-pop princess Namie Amuro's 'Hero' will stand as the theme song for NHK's Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic broadcasts.
Yousei Teikoku Releases 'Disorder'
Japanese gothic metal band Yousei Teikoku has released its new music video, 'Disorder,' the opening theme for the anime series 'Big Order.'
Babymetal — Metal Resistance Review
Babymetal’s 'Metal Resistance,' the follow-up to the trio's 2014 cross-cultural smash 'Babymetal,' raises the epic level by a factor of 100.
'Brand New MAID' Delivers a Knockout Punch
Band-Maid's latest album crushes any protests that the girls' cute persona disqualifies them from the 'real rock' club.
ZAQ to Make US Debut at AnimeNEXT
Songrwriter/performer ZAQ will make her American performance debut at New Jersey’s AnimeNEXT in June 2016.
10 Ways to Experience 'Danso' Culture
'Danso'—women dressing and performing as men—has been an element of Tokyo girls’ underground culture for years. We've outlined 10 ways to get a taste of 'danso' culture, both in Japan and from abroad!
A J-Pop Tribute to Summer Festivals
Hakata Reboot (a.k.a. HR) celebrates summer with 'mikoshi,' beaches and festivals—and a whole lot of love for Hakata!
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to Open J-Pop Summit 2016
J-Pop Summit 2016, one of the world’s biggest Japanese pop culture events, will present a live concert performance by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu in San Francisco.
Superfly Rocks Osaka Castle
Watch an amazing vocal performance of 'Beautiful' by Japanese rock act Superfly—with full 360-degree views at Osaka Castle's Nishinomaru Garden!
Survival Japanese for Concerts & Events
So you've decided to attend an event from your favorite idols or artists, but how ready are you really? Here are some often-used terms you should check out to navigate your way!
4 Sakura Vocaloid Songs for Spring
Many Japanese artists have at least one song dedicated to cherry blossoms, and the Vocaloid genre is no exception.
Review: Her Name in Blood—Evolution from Apes
Such unapologetic, brutal and volatile masculinity courses through this entire EP that the question arises: Have we really 'evolved' so far when it’s so easy (and so fun) to return to our primal natures?
5 Rainy Day J-Pop Hits
If you ever thought rain's sole purpose was to ruin your day, then you might be missing the essence of life. Rain is the creative genius behind these hit J-pop tracks!
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's 5th Anniversary Album
J-Pop phenom Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is celebrating her fifth anniversary as a major recording artist with the 'KPP Best' album, collecting over 24 songs and loaded with bonus features.
SpecialThanks Goes Rotoscope for 'Sweet'
Pop-punk rockers SpecialThanks go light for 'Sweet,' adding a touch of rotoscope to their palette.
Alisa Mizuki 25th Anniversary Video Clips
Avex has released a large set of Alisa Mizuki’s music video clips to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the actress and pop singer’s recording debut.
FEMM Plays Head Games in 'White Noise'
Japanese mannequin-pop duo FEMM are back in their signature latex.
10 Ways to Improve Your Japanese with Karaoke
How do you level-up your Japanese with karaoke? First read the advice, then check out our list of 10 karaoke songs that will wow your singing partners and build your language skills at the same time!
A 77-Second Primer on Hatsune Miku
You've seen the turquoise pigtails and heard the synthesized voice. So what is Hatsune Miku—and how can you write songs for her to sing?