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
9.19.18
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
Premieres

Rediscover Your Love of Eiffel 65 with Meishi Smile's "Angel's Egg"

The Zoom Lens head serves up transcendent trance-pop ahead of a new label comp.
Phil Witmer
6.13.17
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
1.3.17
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
5.11.16
we saw this

The Virtual Pop Star Hatsune Miku Is So Good She Makes Me Want to Throw Up

The brilliance of Hatsune Miku is that it turns the music industry’s inherent phoniness into an enormous cosplay endeavor.
Drew Millard
5.7.16
Internet Videos Of Particular Importance

Watch Babymetal Take Their Metal Resistance to 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert'

The Japanese pop-metal sensation performed their mega-hit "Gimme Chocolate!!" on their first US TV appearance.
Noisey Staff
4.6.16
Longreads Or Whatever

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

The adored cult artist was a groundbreaking producer and J-pop singer.
Daniel Montesinos-Donaghy
10.5.14
we saw this

If You Don't Go See Virtual Pop Star Hatsune Miku in Concert, You're Insane

Japan's premiere virtual superstar is playing LA and NYC later this month and it's gonna be a nerdgasm of epic proportions.
Daniel Robson
10.1.14
Interviews

Japanese Pop Star Oomori Seiko's Music Sounds like "Disneyland in Hell"

She wears blood-soaked nurses outfits, thinks boys are stinky, and describes making a CD as "like a burial."
Daniel Robson
8.18.14
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
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