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Magical Mirai 2019 Song Contest Winners Unveiled

The annual Magical Mirai song contest has at last ended for 2019 as one grand prize winner and five runner-ups were once again selected; Vocaloid fans will surely revel in the opportunity to experience more masterfully made music. An announcement video briefly playing portions of the winning piece and the runner-up songs: Those wishing to […]
Tags: Music, Japan, Events, Anime, Announcements, Hatsune Miku, Vocaloid, Magical Mirai

The Popdose Interview with Howard Jones

He’s been releasing albums on a fairly consistent basis since the beginning of his career, but for the first time in a long time, it feels like timing is on Howard Jones’ side. There’s a Republican in the White House – just like there was during Jones’ entire chart run from 1983 to 1992 – and the world is in desperate need of Jones’ trademark eternal optimism, which we’re pleased to say has not waned one bit.  Armed with a new album Transform, which features three collaborations with electronic...
Tags: Facebook, Spotify, Music, Japan, London, White House, Wikipedia, Bt, John Lennon, Stevie Wonder, Paul Mccartney, Miami, Herbie Hancock, States, Grammys, Dolby

The Week's YouTube Music Charts: BTS, Blackpink, Muse, Soundgarden, Lil Nas X and More

K-pop dominated the YouTube Music harts with BTS breaking records and Blackpink taking over the #1 spot on the Global Top Songs chart, Muse and Soundgarden also saw a spike in views following last week’s first black hole photo, and Lil Nas X continues his ride with the “Old Town Road” remix. YouTube Music Charts & Trends - April 16, 2019 BTS set a new all-time debut record K-pop heavyweights BTS have set a new all time record for biggest debut in YouTube history, with their BTS (방탄소...
Tags: South Korea, Music, Japan, Australia, Montana, Russia, US, United States, South Africa, United Kingdom, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Brazil, Jennifer Lopez, Streaming, Muse

Beautiful Airbnb Rentals That Double As Animal Sanctuaries

Your dream vacation may look like a tropical beach filled with swimsuits, sandals, and sand — and we feel that. But, if it looks more like a farm filled with fuzzy, furry, and feathery friends, then we've got major travel-tea to spill: taking a trip to an animal-filled oasis isn't only possible, it's rentable too. Llama-lovers, this one's for you.We did major recon on beautiful Airbnbs that also double as sanctuaries for llamas, horses, goats, potbelly pigs, and more, with rental proceeds going...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Japan, Texas, California, Atlanta, Turkey, South Africa, House, Portland, Warren, Miami, Airbnb, Catherine, Rhode Island, Belize

NGT48 to Disband & “Relaunch” After Assault Fiasco

Scandal-hit idol group NGT48 has announced that it is dissolving its teams within 10 days and will soon “relaunch” itself. AKB48 sister-group NGT48, which has recently received much bad publicity after a member was assaulted and then allegedly forced to apologize for speaking out, is to dissolve its teams ahead of a planned relaunch. Although […]
Tags: Music, Japan, Anime, Announcements, Idol, AKB48, NGT48

Music Industry’s Growth Continues Thanks To Streaming

According to the latest report from the IFPI, the music industry has now seen its fourth uninterrupted year of growth, reaching $19 billion in revenue, a an increase which has been fueled in large part by a major uptick in paid music subscriptions. ___________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 The latest IFPI report that provides an overview of recorded music revenue worldwide is out, and it shows that for the fourth consecutive year the industry has grown. Th...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, Europe, Music, Japan, UK, France, Germany, United States, Guest Post, North America, Latin America, India Japan, Bobby Owsinski, IFPI

Otoboke Beaver – “datsu, hikage no onna” Video

One of the craziest sets I saw at SXSW this year was by Otoboke Beaver. The Kyoto hardcore punks unleashed a blitzkrieg on the inside stage at Mohawk, performing with a passionate aggression most groups can't muster even when they aren't hustling across Austin from gig to gig. It was like they had pureed Japan's … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Japan, Austin, Kyoto, Sxsw, Mohawk, Otoboke Beaver, Haruka Mitani

A Week In New Zealand On A $108,000 Salary

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Calling all entrepreneurs: We want to hear from you! If you’re a freelancer or self-employed, we’d love to feature your Money Diary. Submit here.Travel Diaries: We're looking to get the inside scoop on when, where, and how our peers are using their vacation ...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Music, Japan, Sweden, Germany, Sydney, New Zealand, Tokyo, Silicon Valley, Shinjuku, Airbnb, Parliament, Mum, Unicef, Wellington

Vocaloid Producer Wowaka Passes Away

Reputed Vocaloid producer and guitarist Wowaka has died at the age of 31. The announcement comes from the official news site for the band Hitorie, for which Wowaka was the guitarist. The musician passed away in his sleep from acute heart failure on the 5th of April. Wowaka was well known in the Vocaloid community for popular songs […]
Tags: Music, Japan, Obituaries, Anime, Hatsune Miku, Vocaloid, Video Gallery, Wowaka

TikTok Launches 'Spotlight' to Support Indie Musicians

Hugely popular short video app TikTok is launching "TikTok Spotlight," a program to discover and support independent and unsigned artists. TikTok Spotlight will offer an opportunity to build a community of followers and showcase music to a global audience. As part of the program, TikTok will open a special channel for musicians to submit their music, making it available for TikTok users around the world to discover and use in their videos. Kicking off the first season from Japan and Ko...
Tags: Music, Japan, Justin Bieber, Korea, Tokyo, Seoul, Exo, Bruce Houghton, Kei, TuneCore, TikTok Spotlight, TikTok Spotlight Partners Japan Partners, Avex Entertainment Inc, Sony Music Labels Inc, Kana Adachi, Ryosuke Imai

Midem Names Artist Accelerator Finalists 2019 From Record Number of Entries

Midem has announced the finalists for its 2019 Artist Accelerator competition after a record number of submissions, including from 24 new countries. The event, which is this year presented by label and distribution company Amuse, will see artists receiving access to professional mentoring and networking, including free legal consulting by the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers and data analytics from David Weiszfeld, founder & CEO of French company Soundcharts. Finalists w...
Tags: Music, Japan, UK, Colombia, South Africa, Kenya, Denmark, Anya, Sony Music Entertainment, Riviera, Cannes, Bruce Houghton, Mullally, United Talent Agency, Cannes France, Midem

Bobby Berk On His Latest Venture, His Love Of Jones Bar-B-Q Sauce & Splurging On Bedding

Design Tips With Bobby Berk Of "Queer Eye" We all wish we had a Bobby Berk in our lives...and now we’re probably about as close as we can get. Netflix’s Queer Eye design guru just launched a lifestyle site that will help us add a little bit of Bobby to our everyday lives. He’ll share insight into wellness, food, fashion, and even some behind-the-scenes looks at his redesigns from the show. We recently caught up with Berk about his latest venture, his love of Jones BBQ sauce, and everythin...
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Fashion, Music, Japan, New York, La, New York City, Netflix, Missouri, States, Kansas City, Jones, Bobby, Berk, Bobby Berk

Ddu-du you know? English is losing its grip as the language of pop | Caroline Sullivan

Monster hits by K-pop bands and Spanish-speaking rappers show it’s not necessary to sing in English to conquer the worldA band has attained a certain stature when its “world tour” consists of an imperial sweep through four continents, with just half a dozen concerts in each. The South Korea-based girl group Blackpink are currently midway through just such a jaunt – next month, they arrive in Europe to play six dates (London and Manchester included).Remarkably, this high-visibility procession is ...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, Music, Japan, Science, London, Rap, Asia Pacific, Pop and rock, Language, Manchester, Korea, K-pop, Caroline Sullivan

Streaming accounted for nearly half of music revenues worldwide in 2018

The scales are about to tip in favor of streaming music becoming the number one driver of global recorded music revenues – a shift that appears to be on track for sometime this year. According to a new industry report, global recorded music revenues jumped 9.7 percent in 2018 to reach $19.1 billion – up from $17.4 billion in 2017. Streaming music revenues, in particular, now account for nearly half (47%) of global revenue, thanks to a sizable 32.9 percent jump in paid streaming last year. This b...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Music, Japan, Media, Australia, Tech, Music Industry, Vinyl, Streaming, Streaming Music, North America, Subscriptions, Latin America, Streaming Services, Streaming Media

Hannibal Lokumbe: Always Go With the Feeling

Video Presentations and Photography by Molly Sheridan Transcription by Julia Lu For the past three years, composer/trumpeter/raconteur/poet/community activist/force of nature Hannibal Lokumbe has served as a composer-in-residence with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the auspices of Music Alive, a program which New Music USA administers in partnership with the League of American Orchestras. The culmination of this residency is Hannibal’s massive oratorio Healing Tones, which at the end of March ...
Tags: Japan, Texas, London, Berlin, New York City, Africa, Religion, Atlanta, Rome, Jimi Hendrix, Soul, Brooklyn, United States, South Dakota, Tennessee, Community

More Japanese Big Bands

Last week, I posted on top Japanese big bands that accompanied touring American singers in the early 1960s as well as a couple of top ones today. Your response was huge, so I decided to feature another post with readers' picks: The first three featuring the Free Hills Jazz Orchestra (FHJO) of Japan are from Dave Walker. Talk about girl power!: Here's the FHJO in 2018 playing Gordon Goodwin's The Check's in the Mail... Here's the FHJO last year at the Nagoya Young Jazz Festival that includes ...
Tags: Japan, Australia, Jazz, Tokyo, Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Jeff, Bobby Timmons, Alan Matheson, Marc Myers, Lee Morgan, Jack Teagarden, Dave Walker, Blakey, Jymie Merritt, Les Johnston

A2IM Names Indie Libera Award Nominees 2019: Mitski, Bad Bunny, Courtney Barnett, More

The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced the nominees for its 2019 indie music Libera Awards. The Libera Awards will be held on June 20th in New York City as part of Indie Week. A2IM Libera Award Nominees 2019 Album of the Year (sponsored by The Orchard) •  Mitski - Be The Cowboy (Dead Oceans) •  IDLES - Joy as an Act of Resistance. (Partisan Records) •  serpentwithfeet - soil (Secretly Canadian) •  Yves Tumor - Safe In The Hands Of Love (Warp R...
Tags: Music, Japan, New York City, US, Npr, Richard Thompson, Courtney Barnett, Liz Phair, Bruce Houghton, Lucy Dacus, Rosa, Gillian Welch, John Prine, Alejandro Escovedo, Angelique Kidjo, American Association Of Independent Music A2IM

5 Japanese Big Bands

When many American big-band singers toured Japan and Australia in the early 1960s, musical directors brought along the arrangements rather than 18 to 21 musicians. In some cases it was cheaper. In other situations, countries and unions had regulations that insisted that artists hire their own musicians for the job. Like Australia, Japan had top-notch big-band players then and today, the nation still does. Here are five videos featuring terrific Japanese bands: Here's Anita O'Day in 1963... H...
Tags: Japan, Australia, Jazz, Australia Japan, Big Bands, Marc Myers, Bill Watrous, Four Freshmen, Anita O'Day, Ali Ryerson, Masaru Uchibori

A Guide To Lady Gaga's Massive Tattoo Collection

Long before Lady Gaga (née Stefani Germanotta) landed a Las Vegas residency, she was performing in dive bars in New York wearing nothing but handmade bedazzled bras and fishnet stockings. Since then, she's become known for embracing her body in all its forms — along with the tattoos that cover it.Gaga's ink might be particularly buzzy right now (especially because one of her latest may or may not be a subtle tribute to A Star Is Born co-star Bradley Cooper), but the star has actually had most o...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Japan, New York, California, John Lennon, Maine, Bradley Cooper, David Bowie, Tokyo, Rio De Janeiro, Lady Gaga, Las Vegas, Jackson, Ellen Degeneres, Gaga

NGT48 Idol “Forced” to Apologise for Being Attacked

NGT48 idol Maho Yamaguchi has said that she was forced by her management to publicly apologize after she was attacked by crazed otaku. Maho Yamaguchi, who made headlines earlier this year after she revealed that she had been attacked by “fans” and later publicly apologised for the controversy created, has said that she was forced […]
Tags: Music, Japan, Assault, Anime, Idol, Otaku, NGT48, Maho Yamaguchi

Ronnie, Meredith and Dorothy

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). We talked about life in the suburbs of Connecticut, the wild animal that caused her to move from a house to a condo and the reason she started to cry during our touching interview. [Photo above courtesy of Ronnie Spector] Here's Ronnie and sister Estelle, left, and cousin Nedra, in November 1965 in the jukebox film The Big T.N.T. Show, singing their ...
Tags: Japan, New York, Boston, America, Britain, Mtv, Connecticut, Brian Wilson, James Bond, Jazz, Roy, Mansion, Meredith, Dorothy, Wall Street Journal, Jackie

A Major Label Signed An Algorithm To A 20 Deal

This is NOT an early April Fools joke. Endel, an app that uses algorithms the company calls predictive mechanics to produce personalized sounds to help you focus and relax, has signed a multi-album deal with Warner Music Group. As part of the deal with WMG's Art Music division,  the five first albums part of its Sleep series titled Clear Night, Rainy Night, Cloudy Afternoon, Cloudy Night, and Foggy Morning have been released on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, and Deezer. They will b...
Tags: Major Labels, Music Business, Music Tech, Streaming, app. AI, DIY, DIY musicians, Endel, Indie, Music, Music Industry, Musician, Musicians, Spotify, WMG, Bruce Houghton

I'm 29 & This Is How Much I Spent On My 6-Day Trip To Iceland With My S.O.

Welcome to Away Game, a Refinery29 series where we tag along as real millennial women embark on trips around the world and track their travel expenses down to the last cent. Here, we offer a detailed, intimate account of when, where, and how our peers spend their vacation days and disposable income: all the meals, adventures, indulgences, setbacks, and surprises.This week's travel diary: A 29-year-old engineering analyst eats ice cream in Iceland.Open to tracking your travel expenses during an ...
Tags: Google, Europe, Fashion, Music, Japan, Texas, Star Trek, Netflix, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Montreal, Alberta, Reykjavik, Woodstock, Akureyri

Facebook Could Be the Future of Social Music, But Isn’t Yet [Mark Mulligan]

In an ere where almost everything is billed as "social," streaming music is a surprisingly outlier. Given music's power to bring people together, streaming would seem ripe as a social hub. Facebook could fill that void - without ever launching its own streaming service.  But, as MIDiA's Mark Mulligan points out, so far Facebook + music are more about promise than delivery. By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA from his Music Industry blog Facebook recently secured licensing deals with music r...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Music, Japan, India, Bruce Houghton, Mark Mulligan, Facebook Facebook, Kugou Kuwo, Bytedance TikTok

Streaming Music Forecast 2018 - 2026 [MIDiA]

Respected music and entertainment industry analysts MIDiA have just published its latest global music forecasts, with revenue and user numbers projected through 2026. __________________________ From MIDiA's Mark Mulligan from the Music Industry blog 2017 was the last year of strong streaming revenue growth. From 2018 onwards streaming growth will lessen each year, falling from 29% in 2018 to 7% in 2026. The slowdown in revenue growth reflects maturation of developed streaming market...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Japan, UK, Australia, France, China, Germany, India, US, Bruce Houghton, Mark Mulligan, Brazil India, Brazil Mexico, US UK Sweden Netherlands, Asia Argentina Brazil Colombia Mexico

Streaming Music Forecast 2018 - 2106 [MIDiA]

Respected music and entertainment industry analysts MIDiA have just published its latest global music forecasts, with revenue and user numbers projected through 2026. __________________________ From MIDiA's Mark Mulligan from the Music Industry blog 2017 was the last year of strong streaming revenue growth. From 2018 onwards streaming growth will lessen each year, falling from 29% in 2018 to 7% in 2026. The slowdown in revenue growth reflects maturation of developed streaming markets ...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Japan, UK, Australia, France, China, Germany, India, US, Bruce Houghton, Mark Mulligan, Brazil India, Brazil Mexico, US UK Sweden Netherlands, Asia Argentina Brazil Colombia Mexico

JUNO Award Winners 2019: The Full Winner List

The Juno Awards, Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC took over Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario last weekend to celebrate Canada's annual biggest night if music. Hosted by Sarah McLachlan, the event featured 11 spectacular performances including Dance Recording of the Year winners Loud Luxury alongside the Western University Marching Band; emerging pop-singer and Breakthrough Artist of the Year bülow; Rock Album of the Year and Group of the Year winne...
Tags: Europe, Music, Japan, China, Vienna, Canada, Katy Perry, Kendrick Lamar, Beethoven, Jackie Chan, Bahamas, Vaughan, Cbc, Wilson, David Foster, Calvin Harris

Carol Sloane: Spring Is Here

Carol Sloane is one of my favorite singers. She has a terrific sense of jazz articulation, she's a hip swinger and she goes deeper into a song than most other singers. She also takes risks mid-song to make standards sound more interesting. and when she leaps, she always lands sunny side up. Carol grew up as Carol Morvan in Providence, R.I., and started singing locally at age 14. On her first single at 16 in 1953, she was known as Carol Vann. In the '50s, she went off to Europe to appear in a to...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Ebay, Jazz, Tokyo, Kate, Ross, Carol, Providence, Annie Ross, Hanna, Marc Myers, JazzWax, Lambert Hendricks, Roland Hanna, Carol Sloane

Four great SoundCloud songs you've probably never heard

I use Apple Music for the majority of my music listening. It works well and lets me add most of my favorite songs, but there’s a lot missing from it. From what I’ve heard, it takes a little bit of work to get your songs up on iTunes/Apple Music. Unless an artist is well known and doing well in their music career, oftentimes, it’s simply not worth it to publish to Apple Music. SoundCloud, on the other hand, provides extreme simplicity when it comes to publishing music, and makes it easy for liste...
Tags: Post, Music, Japan, News, Larry Goldings, Apple Music SoundCloud, Jonas Warren

Uesaka Sumire MV Both Sexy & Utterly Bizarre

The talented singer and seiyuu Uesaka Sumire has unleashed a new music video for her 10th single, quickly accumulating praise from the masses due to its significant sex appeal but also its occasional strangeness. Uesaka Sumire may be best known for her roles as Fubuki, Souryuu and Hiryuu in Kantai Collection, Anastasia from IdolMaster: Cinderella […]
Tags: Music, Japan, Bizarre, Anime, Image Gallery, Seiyuu, MV, Uesaka Sumire, Fubuki Souryuu, Hiryuu, Kantai

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