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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…


A Pop Icon Made History With Her Million-Selling Album This Week - And No, This Isn't About Taylor Swift

Sorry to Taylor Swift - there are plenty of shaking-and-crying reputation reviews out there anyway, and she's Instagrammed each one of them - but there's a legend in our midst with an album out who deserves the headline real estate just as much, if not more: her name is Namie Amuro. Namie is one of…


Namie Amuro Drops The Video for "Hands On Me" —  With a Cameo by TLC

The Queen of Hip-Pop, Namie Amuro, has returned. Not that she's ever left, obviously: For those unfamiliar with the prolific songstress (and/or the J-Pop landscape as a whole), the 35-year-old superstar has been churning out smash hit singles every year for two decades straight. In J-Pop years,…


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…


MuuMuse Approved: Neon Hitch - "Get Over U"

Well, here's a song that's good. Neon Hitch is the self-described gypsy type who's been all the rage over the interwebz as of late as one of pop's most intriguing up-and-coming chanteuses. (No, but really, she's got quite the colorful background--she used to be in the circus as both a trapeze…


Mya Prepares to Conquer Japan and America with Two New Dance Singles: "Fabulous Life" and "Love Is The Answer"

Mya's back! Much like every other act this side of the '10's, Mya's gone and shed her R&B roots in favor of a good ol' synth machine to assist in her dance-inspired return to the music scene--perhaps inspired by her recent stint on the ninth season of Dancing With The Stars. Well...that, or she's…


Namie Amuro Unveils New Track "Break It" for Coca-Cola Zero Commercial

Once again, Namie Amuro has returned to the electro-tinged hip-hop side of life. Judging from this small sample, "Break It" is already better than most of Past < Future. Fierce choreography, infectious pulsations...can't we start from scratch and build a new album with all three 60s70s80s tracks…


My Opinion of Namie Amuro's Past < Future...

...is that it's ironically titled. Past < Future is certainly not Namie Amuro's best work. After trying three times, I have absolutely no desire to revisit the album, aside from "WILD," and perhaps "Dr." and "Love Game." Otherwise, nothing sticks. It's all a bit noisy, boring, and generic...all…


Namie Amuro: Love Game (Video Premiere)

New Namie Amuro! But before you get too excited, no--this is not a Lady Gaga cover. In fact, before you get excited at all, the song's actually not very good either. I love me some Namie like no one's business, but is anyone else a bit concerned about the Past < Future campaign as of late? None…


Namie Amuro Unveils Past < Future Album Covers, Continues to be Awesome.

Behold: Namie Amuro, the reigning queen of J-Pop, has just unveiled the CD and DVD covers of her ninth upcoming studio album, PAST < FUTURE. In case you can't tell and/or aren't a fan, she's ripping up the cover of BEST FICTION, her million-selling greatest hits collection from 2008, thus…


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Let's Get Wild: Namie Amuro to Release Eighth Studio Album.

Photo courtesy of Namie News Network. The Queen of J-Pop is releasing a new album! Namie Amuro will be releasing her as-of-now untitled eighth studio album on December 16 according to her official website. The tracklisting is as follows: 【CD】 ・WILD ・Dr. ・MY LOVE ・COPY THAT! ・FAST……


Get Wild, Get Wild, Get, Get...

The video for Namie Amuro's latest single, "WILD." It's sort of like if you ripped the suck out of Janet Jackson's video for "Feedback"! Though it's no "WHAT A FEELING," the video is another shining example of Namie's effortless dancing maneuvers (though perhaps a little too unaffected in parts).…