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#241 Stardust42

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 04:39 PM

Hey guys, I'm pretty new to J-Music, and I honestly have no idea what's out there, and it's actually kinda difficult to navigate your way through the possibilities. I know a few big names that are older like Arashi, Koda Kumi, Namie Amuro, Utada Hikaru, and Ayumi Hamasaki, but beyond them I don't know anything about J-Music. Just out of curiosity, who is big in Japan right now? What are the most popular tracks and artists from 2016? I would like to get to know what people are listening to these days.

 

Regardless of their popularity, I would also like some recommendations based on my music taste. I like things that are a sexy and raunchy like Koda Kumi, and the cute, upbeat, high-pitched anime sound that I hear a lot in Japanese idol groups makes my stomach fucking turn. Musically speaking, I like r&b-influenced pop sounds, and I like dreamy vocals. I also like intricate choreography and music you can dance to. Idk I can't really explain myself well, but if you can name a couple of artists based on that wet fart of a description I just wrote, be my guest. I'm mostly interested in discovering Japan's popular acts.

Hey, I made a playlist with the best girlgroups, covering other music styles (like metal, electropop, EDM, denpa songs), maybe you can check out and see what you like. From what I can see, maybe you should check these (they're all on the playlist):

 

Big acts: 

 

- Perfume (it's well produced electropop with amazing choreo, maybe you don't like it cause the producer change the girls' voices, but Perfume it's a must watch/hear thing in j-music)

- E-girls (great pop music and amazing choreo, they're from LDH, the company of Exile Tribe)

- Flower (greaaaat vocals, beautiful songs and amazing choreo. It's a sub-unit from E-girls)

- Happiness (good pop, they're amazing dancers, another sub-unit from E-girls)

- BABYMETAL (metal + kawaii, maybe you already know them)

- AAA (great jpop, it's a mixed group, they're not on the playlist, search for NEW and the live of Next Stage at Gold Symphony Tour)

 

smaller acts

 

- Keyakizaka46 (just begin with Futari Saison and keep going if you like them)

- Kalafina (really beautiful vocals)

- FEMM (EDM duo)

- FAKY (good girlgroup)

 

here's the playlist: https://www.youtube....Yd8vw4DRjM2v0ED

 

For soloists:

 

- Kana Nishino, popular between youngters japanese

- Mika Nakashima (pop, jazz, pop rock, big name)

- Nissy (he's from AAA, great singer and dancer)

 

 

And keep searching for Namie, Koda, Ayumi and Utada, they're the beast. Try to watch Namie/Koda/Ayumi shows, they're amazing :D


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#242 keegan_519

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 05:18 PM

Hey, I made a playlist with the best girlgroups, covering other music styles (like metal, electropop, EDM, denpa songs), maybe you can check out and see what you like. From what I can see, maybe you should check these (they're all on the playlist):

 

Big acts: 

 

- Perfume (it's well produced electropop with amazing choreo, maybe you don't like it cause the producer change the girls' voices, but Perfume it's a must watch/hear thing in j-music)

- E-girls (great pop music and amazing choreo, they're from LDH, the company of Exile Tribe)

- Flower (greaaaat vocals, beautiful songs and amazing choreo. It's a sub-unit from E-girls)

- Happiness (good pop, they're amazing dancers, another sub-unit from E-girls)

- BABYMETAL (metal + kawaii, maybe you already know them)

- AAA (great jpop, it's a mixed group, they're not on the playlist, search for NEW and the live of Next Stage at Gold Symphony Tour)

 

smaller acts

 

- Keyakizaka46 (just begin with Futari Saison and keep going if you like them)

- Kalafina (really beautiful vocals)

- FEMM (EDM duo)

- FAKY (good girlgroup)

 

here's the playlist: https://www.youtube....Yd8vw4DRjM2v0ED

 

For soloists:

 

- Kana Nishino, popular between youngters japanese

- Mika Nakashima (pop, jazz, pop rock, big name)

- Nissy (he's from AAA, great singer and dancer)

 

 

And keep searching for Namie, Koda, Ayumi and Utada, they're the beast. Try to watch Namie/Koda/Ayumi shows, they're amazing :D

Thank you so much! I'll check it out :)


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#243 taishi

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 05:27 AM

Thank you so much! I'll check it out :)

May I also suggest The Hotpantz :) 

 


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#244 DaeByun

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 04:01 PM

 

Can anyone recommend any recent JPOP songs that sound similar to this style?


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 01:54 PM (Edited by whoinside, 12 January 2017 - 01:58 PM.)

 

Can anyone recommend any recent JPOP songs that sound similar to this style?

 

Fairies

 

Doll Elements (but they're disbanding tomorrow T_T)

 

Sorry if this isn't exactly what you were looking for.

 

Tokyo Jyoshiryu covered "Love Like Candy Floss" a couple years ago but their version is completely different and not really good but their other songs are nice.

 


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#246 keegan_519

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 06:50 AM

Any J-music artists similar to Crush?

 


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#247 returnroad

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Posted 28 January 2017 - 11:05 AM

trying to get into hitomi's discography, which album should I start with?


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#248 Spring By Chance

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 04:19 PM (Edited by Spring By Chance, 31 January 2017 - 04:40 PM.)

Can anyone recommend me artists (preferably female soloists) similar to k-indie artists like Standing Egg or 10cm who sing mellow, coffee shop type of music, or who sings songs with a sound similar to these?

 

 


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#249 Arama! Omona!

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 12:46 PM

Hi! ^^


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Posted 30 April 2017 - 12:58 PM (Edited by Arama! Omona!, 01 May 2017 - 01:23 PM.)

Any J-music artists similar to Crush?

 

Maybe Yamapi?

 

 

 

Matsushita Yuya?

 

Some of his other songs are much more similar to Crush, with dance too. But I can't find them on YouTube anymore :'(

 

I remember there's 1 more that I knew and he's even much more similar to Crush but unfortunately I forgot his name.


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#251 Haifa

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Posted 02 May 2017 - 07:39 AM

I've been listen to One Ok rock even download 2 concerts of them  ( it's been a while since I download Concerts

Also I I've been listen Kanajni8  my favorite song of them

 

 

+ Eden , & Oh! Enka 

 

 ^ those are my list of Japanese Music .. could you recommend me other songs QRLGYBO.png


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#252 cheeschashi

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 02:01 PM

 

Can anyone recommend any recent JPOP songs that sound similar to this style?

 

um so an epic kind of feeling? here are some suggestions


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Posted 04 May 2017 - 02:35 PM (Edited by cheeschashi, 04 May 2017 - 02:38 PM.)

Can anyone recommend me artists (preferably female soloists) similar to k-indie artists like Standing Egg or 10cm who sing mellow, coffee shop type of music, or who sings songs with a sound similar to these?

 

https]://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkHibG4Ox4s

 

https]://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmY6wo3rEso 

 

Japan has a lot of these female soloists :D


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#254 cheeschashi

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 02:39 PM

Can anyone recommend me artists (preferably female soloists) similar to k-indie artists like Standing Egg or 10cm who sing mellow, coffee shop type of music, or who sings songs with a sound similar to these?

 

https]://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkHibG4Ox4s

 

https]://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmY6wo3rEso 

 

more since I put a lot xD

 

 

this isn't mellow but this a timeless bop Gimme Gimme <3 (BENI has a lot of relaxing bops tbh)


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#255 Jeon Jungkook

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 07:23 AM

from soloists to groups

 

male or female doesnt matter

 

I really love babymetal, ive heard all their songs

 

and I generally like anime soundtracks

 

I want to get into japanese artists, so just recommend me some MVs


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#256 choiyujins

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 07:26 AM

Spy Air and Sekai no Owari are my faves!
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 07:30 AM (Edited by Frolaytia, 15 May 2017 - 07:30 AM.)

 

 


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#258 Kikyo91

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 07:31 AM

talking about jpop...

 

groups: EXILE (male), E-Girls (female), FAKY (female), hey!say!JUMP (male), NEWS (male), AAA (coed), LOL (coed)

 

soloist: Koda kumi (female), Nissy (male), Namie Amuro (female), May J (female), Atsushi (male)

 

but there are also sooooo many great artists!!


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#259 THOTICUS

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 07:34 AM

Personally I really like Rewind by Happiness.

 


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#260 iamscott

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 07:35 AM

Hi, looking for some recommendations on some recent (2016-2017) stuff as I haven't kept up with Japanese music these past couple of years. Some of my favourite Japanese acts (at least my recently most played) are Sakanaction, ayaka, haruka to miyuki, Base Ball Bear. Used to listen to a lot of AKB48, AAA, EXILE, etc but not as much recently. 

 

Interested in indie/rock/folk/pop music. Thanks!


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