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BABYMETAL announces first US arena headliner show in Los Angeles

BABYMETAL has announced their first-ever US arena headline show, scheduled for October 11, 2019.

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BRATS announce first one-man tour of Japan

Girls rock band BRATS – formed by sisters Rei Kuromiya (vocals) and Aya Kuromiya (bass) – announced their first one-man tour of Japan at the final show of their 3-month series of solo Tokyo concerts held on April 20. “BRATS 1st. Tour Beginning” will bring the band to three major live houses across Japan in …

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YOSHIKI x Hello Kitty collaboration character Yoshikitty nominated in 34th Sanrio Character Ranking

Yoshikitty, the collaboration between Hello Kitty and YOSHIKI – composer, rock drummer, and leader of X JAPAN – is nominated once again in the 34th Annual Sanrio Character Ranking contest this year. Yoshikitty has climbed higher each year since debuting in the competition four years ago – ranking 12th place in 2015, moving up to …

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YOSHIKI donates 100 million won to South Korea fire victims

YOSHIKI – composer, pianist, rock drummer, and leader of rock group X JAPAN – has donated 100 million won (approximately $90,000) through his 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Yoshiki Foundation America, to ChildFund Korea to support victims of the devastating forest fire which struck South Korea last week on April 4, 2019.

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BABYMETAL teases new album in 2019 Fox God revelations

BABYMETAL posted 3 cryptic messages from the Fox God as part of the band’s annual April 1 “Fox Day” announcements, including the worldwide release of a new album and two special event concerts in Japan.

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YOSHIKI stars in THE iDOLM@STER: SHINY COLORS 1st anniversary campaign

YOSHIKI creates the “S” pose (based on his famous “X” pose) for Bandai Namco’s first anniversary campaign for the top-selling smartphone game THE iDOLM@STER: SHINY COLORS. “I’m also active in various ways as a producer, but I had an image of the world of idols as being at the opposite end of the spectrum,” YOSHIKI …

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Budo Grape streams rare early albums on digital platforms worldwide

(Photo by Kenji Suzuki) Nagoya-based new wave band Budo Grape have released a trio of rare albums on Spotify, Apple Music, and other digital services. Previously unavailable outside of Japan, the set of early recordings — Koibito wa Kousite Tsukuru (2005), Sokokara Detekinasai (2006), and Otonatachi Kodomotachi (2007) — launched the band’s popularity in the …

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Limited Express (has gone?) – Gya Gya Sawage (MV)

Japanese noise-punk band/force-of-nature Limited Express (has gone?) is back where they belong — face to face with a live audience in the music video for “Gya Gya Sawage”. Ripped from their 2016 album All Ages, the MV captures all the frenetic, beautiful madness of being there in person.

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YOSHIKI’s final performance of Anniversary in the Heisei Era

YOSHIKI gave a special performance of his composition “Anniversary” at the “Principal Gala 2019” presented by the Asami Maki Ballet on March 16 and 17 in Tokyo. “Anniversary” was composed in 1999 by YOSHIKI at the Emperor of Japan’s request to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of his reign. The 2019 performance marked the final time …

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BRATS release UNFAIR MV, announce Wake Up Festival in Taiwan

Girls rock band BRATS has released their new music video for “UNFAIR”, shot during the band’s first overseas concerts in Korea on January 19 and 20 this year. BRATS – formed by sisters Rei Kuromiya (vocals) and Aya Kuromiya (bass) – have sold out their current series of monthly one-man live shows in running through …

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