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U2 Covers Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Boxer’ in Japan to Honor Slain Humanitarian

Tokyo — Early during U2‘s second night at Saitama Super Arena outside Tokyo Thursday (Dec. 5), the band broke with its established set list to cover Simon & Garfunkel‘s 1969 classic song “The Boxer” in honor of slain Japanese humanitarian Dr. Tetsu Nakamura. Nakamura was gunned down in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan the day prior after...

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Kenshi Yonezu’s ‘Lemon’ Logs Historic Second Year at No. 1 on Billboard Japan’s 2019 Year-End Charts

Billboard Japan unveiled its 2019 year-end charts this week, and J-pop hitmaker Kenshi Yonezu makes chart history as the first act on both the U.S. and Japan Billboard tallies to score song of the year with the same track for the second consecutive year. Yonezu’s inescapable hit song “Lemon” is Billboard Japan’s song of the...

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Japanese Virtual Star Hatsune Miku’s ‘MIKU EXPO’ Sets Spring 2020 Tour Dates for U.S. & Canada

Japanese virtual idol sensation Hatsune Miku will bring her world concert tour, MIKU EXPO, to North America next spring. The songstress will kick off the tour with her first Canadian concert in four years at the Thunderbird Arena in Vancouver on April 4 and hit California, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington, New Jersey, Boston and Chicago before...

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Japan’s BAND-MAID Cast in New Netflix Thriller ‘Kate,’ Signs with Live Nation & UTA

Japanese rock band BAND-MAID has been tapped to appear in a new Netflix action thriller called Kate, currently in production. Produced by the creators of Deadpool 2, Kate is helmed by Oscar-nominated film director and visual effects artist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (Snow White and the Huntsman, Maleficent) and written by Umair Aleem (Extraction). Mary Elizabeth Winstead...

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Watch Dean Fujioka’s New Video for ‘Sherlock’ Opener, ‘Searching For The Ghost’

Japanese actor and singer-songwriter Dean Fujioka shared the new music video accompanying his latest release, “Searching For The Ghost.” The multi-hyphenate artist is currently starring in Sherlock: Untold Stories, a primetime drama series inspired by the world-famous classic by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle set in modern-day Japan. “Searching For The Ghost” is the song featured...

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Kenshi Yonezu’s ‘Lemon’ is Japan’s Most-Popular Karaoke Song: See Top 10 List

Japanese karaoke giant Daiichikosho unveiled its top 10 most-sung songs of 2019, and Kenshi Yonezu‘s “Lemon” was the most popular song on the company’s DAM karaoke machines this year so far. According to the survey, the J-pop hitmaker topped the list of most-sung acts for the second consecutive year. “Lemon” also ruled the weekly ranking...

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J-Pop Star Ryota Fujimaki Joins Lineup for Now Playing Japan Live Vol. 4

Japanese singer-songwriter and former Remioromen frontman Ryota Fujimaki has joined the roster of NOW PLAYING JAPAN LIVE Vol. 4, an event sponsored by Billboard Japan and Space Shower TV and supported by 12 major streaming services in Japan. The principal songwriter and guitarist of the currently-in-hiatus J-pop rock band Remioromen from 2000, Fujimaki has been...

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TXT Impishly Debate Being an ‘Angel or Devil’ in New Music Video: Watch

TXT returned on Thursday (Nov. 28) with a new music video for their song “Angel or Devil.” Originally released on their The Dream Chapter: Magic album last month, the music video for the playful, percussive tune puts the focus on the dance skills of the members of the quintet as they perform high-energy choreography while...

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