The Top 20 J-Pop Songs of 2018
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The Top 20 J-Pop Songs of 2018

Each year, I try to delve deeper into the vast world of J-pop. 2018, in particular, rewarded that persistence. J-pop may be difficult to find for international listeners, but it provided a wonderful antidote to some of K-pop’s overused trends. This countdown is usually littered with Japanese title tracks by Korean groups, but this year … Continue reading

Song Review: KAT-TUN – Unstoppable
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Song Review: KAT-TUN – Unstoppable

After their reemergence with April’s excellent Ask Yourself, KAT-TUN have released their first full-length album in four years. Its diverse set of songs does a good job encapsulating the group’s twelve-year career — but though they’ve tackled many different genres throughout the years, KAT-TUN have always returned to their distinct blend of anthemic pop rock. … Continue reading

Song Review: KAT-TUN – Atsuku Nare (Be Motivated)
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Song Review: KAT-TUN – Atsuku Nare (Be Motivated)

As a companion to their just-released Tragedy (review here), KAT-TUN also gave us Atsuku Nare, which translates to Be Motivated, and its accompanying music video. I wasn’t that impressed with Tragedy, but luckily Atsuku adheres to the elements of the group’s music that I prefer. The song was written with athletics in mind, though it doesn’t sound like your … Continue reading