Hitomi Arai

Avex Is Trying to Find the Pop to Push Through the Pandemic

Avex is hurting. The Max Matsuura-helmed Japanese entertainment company, as with many companies across the globe, is reportedly struggling to adapt to the New Normal™ and stay afloat amid the pandemic. According to the latest news, the company recently asked 100 employees over the age of 40 to…


Koda Kumi Covers JoJo, Hits The Club on Scorching New 3-Track Single, 'Summer Trip'

Oh, I love me some Koda Kumi. As one of J-Pop's naughtiest pop divas, Kumi-chan's always managed to bring the heat — not just with her overt sexuality and, um inspired choreography, but for her controversial thoughts too — like the time she had to issue a public apology for claiming that a woman's…


Koda Kumi's Bringing Sexy Back on New Single "Love Me Back"

God, I love me some Koda Kumi! The oft-controversial princess is not only responsible for countless J-Pop gems, but some of the most gasp-inducing moments I've ever witnessed in a Japanese music video--like this from "D.D.D", or this from "Shake It." She filthy. After unleashing her noisy…


Korean Girl Group Girls' Generation Prepares for Global Domination with 'The Boys'

It's been a long time coming (and something that'll make my K-pop Krazy friend Prophet Blog wet himself with delight), but it's time I finally acknowledged the wonder and splendor of the force known as Girls' Generation. Now, I myself am more of a J-Pop connoisseur than K-Pop girl group guru (I go…


MuuTunes: The MuuMuse Approved Tracks for the Week of January 23, 2011

MuuMuse Approved Tracks for the Week of January 23, 2011 5. Koda Kumi - POP DIVA J-Pop temptress Koda Kumi's gone bolder than ever on her 49th single! "POP DIVA" is a brag-filled outburst of pounding beats and wild screeches that rides atop a stinging bass-line similar to the Far East…


Koda Kumi: POP DIVA (Single Review)

Last night, I asked (on Twitter) what people would like to see featured on MuuMuse. One of the things I heard more often (aside from "more cock shots"--very helpful) was "MOAH J-POP MUUSIX, PLEHZ!", so now, I shall deliver such things from one of my favorite J-Pop vixens! On February 2, Koda Kumi…


Ayu, Is That YOU?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsiAo3ubipM Who says you can't teach an old J-Pop superstar new tricks? "SPARKLE" is the second A-side from Ayumi Hamasaki's forty fifth single, "RULE/SPARKLE." And, though I never thought I'd find myself blogging these words: Koda Kumi--watch yourself. While…


Koda Kumi: Better Than Best

At the age of 25, Koda Kumi is set to release her fourth (count them, four) greatest hits album according to her fan club. BEST~third trial~, will be released on Dec. 17th, only eight years after Kumi's debut. Don't be fooled by the title, non-Kumi enthusiasts...It's the fourth compilation.…


Kumi Likes It Bent

Kumi Koda has had a tough year. Ever since a few choice words uttered during a radio show program that unnecessarily pissed off the greater half of Japan (which were fairly innocuous in my opinion), she hasn't been able to gather the momentum once maintained during the height of her fame for the…


Amniotic Fluid, Meet Luscious Lumps

Sure looks like someone's toned down their game. Hot off the not-so-recent scandal when Koda Kumi accused older women's fluid of being dirty and being scorned across Japan, she's finally released the video for one of her four summer singles within Moon. It's the big one--the collabo with Fergie…


Koda Wants Lady Lumps

It looks like Ms. Amniotic Sac is coming back into the spotlight this summer. After facing national scrutiny for a little radio interview comment, Kumi Koda is returning with a new single release for June. The single, entitled "MOON", will be much like "4 HOT WAVE", with four different songs…


Amniotic Fluid Causes Mass Panic, Furor

It's funny what can turn the public against you nowadays. For one of my J-Idols, Koda Kumi, the answer is...amniotic fluid. During a radio show interview on "All Night Nippon," Kumi was casually talking about her manager who had gotten married, she began talking about her manager's child-filled…