J-Pop

Premieres

Tentenko Is Japanese Pop Music's Greatest Weirdo

The ex-idol's first solo release outside of Japan, which you can listen to right now, is catchy, blissful, and brilliantly inventive.
Alex Robert Ross
9.20.18
That Rainbow's End

These Photos of a Japanese Pop Artist Dissolve a Language Barrier

British photographer Francesca Allen met Aya Gloomy in Tokyo in 2016, building the same sort of connection Aya's music may make with you.
Tshepo Mokoena
9.19.18
PROFILES

The Subversive Pop Power of Rina Sawayama

The London artist's debut album 'RINA' is a masterclass in pop music history reworked for a generation brought up on the Instagram timeline.
Daisy Jones
11.20.17
New music

Charli XCX and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Spin a Candy Floss Cloud on ‘Crazy Crazy’

Their sugary collaboration with Japanese producer Yasutaka Nakata has arrived.
Lauren O'Neill
1.19.17
Noisey News

Charli XCX is Collaborating With Kyary Pamyu Pamyu So Get Ready To Vomit Glitter


Preview their glitchy duet "Crazy Crazy" right now.
Lauren O'Neill
1.2.17
Interviews

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Babymetal

A sit down interview with the three teenage girls behind the Japanese pop-metal phenomenon known as Babymetal.
Kim Kelly
5.12.16
Holy Shit

Everyone Else, Imma Let You Finish, But Lyrical School Just Released the Best Music Video of All Time

OF ALL TIME.
Emma Garland
4.6.16
Longreads Or Whatever

Ten Years Ago, Def Jam Released Utada Hikaru's 'Exodus,' the Genius JPop Crossover Album That Never Crossed Over

The adored cult artist was a groundbreaking producer and J-pop singer.
Daniel Montesinos-Donaghy
10.6.14
Features

Nothing Personal: Babymetal Don't Like Answering Questions

I met up with the J-Pop infused metal group to try to understand the Babymetal phenomenon and had nearly all my questions cast aside.
7.15.14
Features

Why One J-Pop Girl Group is Covering Themselves in Fake Semen To Protest Idol Culture

Meet BiS, the most hated girl group in Japan
6.23.14
Features

Trying To Understand Why A Saw-Wielding Maniac attacked Teenage Girls in Japan’s Biggest Pop Group

We asked Japan-based journalist and J-Pop know-all Patrick St. Michel to explain what led to this happening
5.27.14
Features

Trying to Make Sense of British J-Pop Fans

Going to see Kyary Pamyu Pamyu was like a Boobar gangbang at Creamfields.
Ryan Bassil
5.4.14
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