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Added by Aira on 26 Sep 2010 07:02
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J-Pop: I love you, I love you not *2014 ed.*

Actually I don't like pop music very much but j-pop is an exception, a "guilty pleasure" I listen to try learning lyrics and - bit after bit - a little more of this fascinating language.

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Guilty Pleasures

Classic pop-piano songs, but enjoyable to listen to and try learning new words.

Name: アンジェラ・アキ

Favorite album: Answer


Favorite songs:
- Tsugaru-Kaikyo Fuyugeshiki 津軽海峡・冬景色 [cover of a classic folk song]
- Tegami ~Haikei Juugo no Kimi e ~手紙~拝啓 十五の君へ~
- In my blood


The classic j-pop band, a culture phenomenon in Japan. I can't say I love all their songs, but I like many of them.

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Favorite album: All the best 1999-2009


Favorite songs:
- P.A.R.A.D.O.X.
- Hatenai Sora 果てない空
- Monster
- Face down


It's a flamboyant mix of pop, funk, ska, and Yokoyama Ken looks like an old yakuza with a particular voice tone. Flashy but I like it.

Favorite album: Mint Condition


Favorite songs:
- Tiger & Dragon タイガー&ドラゴン
- 1107
- Otoko no Kassouro 男の滑走路
- ta·su·ke·te た・す・け・て


He plays J-Rock so maybe I shouldn't put him here. But since it's j-music anyway, and since I do love him, here he is. I first heard him as a guest on an Italian radio. He made a little live show and thought it was like two guitars playing. Simply great!

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Favorite album: What's My Name World Tour live in London


Favorite songs:
- Ahead of the light
- We Love You ~Sekai wa Kimi wo Aishiteru~ 世界わ君を愛してる
- Secret


I think it's a quite good pop-rock. Fukuyama Masaharu has a good voice, better in lower notes, but I still don't understand why all that falsetto. I also enojoyed some soundtracks he wrote.

Name: 福山 雅治

Favorite album: 残響 (Zankyou)


Favorite songs:
- Saiai 最愛
- VS. ~Chikaku to Kairaku no Neji~ 知覚と快楽の螺旋
- KISS Shite [KISSして]
- Keshin 化身


Another non-pop artist. She plays folk music that brings me back straight to the old Japan, with some flashes of jazz.

Name: うめ吉

Favorite album: Kuradashi Meikyokushuu ~Reloaded~


Favorite songs:
- Ie e Oide yo 家においでよ -Come On A House-
- Samisen Boogie-Woogie 三味線ブギウギ
- Kirigirisu きりぎりす



Okay, I confess: I listen to the Tokio mostly because Nagase Tomoya (lead voice) is one of my favorite singer/actor/guy (shame on me! I'm such a shallow girl :P). But I think that among the Johnnys' they're the only real band and their music is quite good.

Favorite album: Harvest


Favorite songs:
- Sorafune 宙船
- Boku no Renai Jijou to Daidokoro Jijou 僕の恋愛事情と台所事情
- Honjitsu, Mijukumono 本日、未熟者
- Taiyou to Sabaku no Bara 太陽と砂漠のバラ


Another Johnny's band but they can play instruments and some songs are pretty good. I also enjoy collaboration between Subaru Band and other artists (especially with Tokio).
Subaru Band: Subaru Shibutani (vo), Ryuhei Maruyama (ba), Shota Yasuda (g), Tadayoshi Okura (dr)

Name: 関ジャニ∞

Favorite album: Fight


Favorite songs:
- Naniwa Iroha Bushi 浪花いろは節
- Tsubusa ni Koi ツブサニコイ
- My Home マイホーム


Good voice and fine music that sometimes gets a little "oriental flavor".

Name: 中島美嘉

Favorite album: Star


Favorite songs:
- Ichiban Kirei na Watashi wo 一番綺麗な私を
- Candy Girl
- Superwoman
- Ai Kotoba 愛詞


Because there's a child in all of us :)
Seriously, they make lovely songs easy to sing.

Name: いきものがかり

Favorite album: Ikimonobakari~Member`s Best Selection~ いきものばかり~メンバーズBESTセレクション~


Favorite songs:
- Kimi ga Iru キミがいる
- Kaze ga Fuite Iru 風が吹いている
- Aruite Ikou 歩いていこう


The only band that has been famous in Italy and the first Japanese musicians I ever heard. They played a cross-over genre called "Shibuya-kei", a mix of pop, punk, disco, bossa nova and funk. I soon loved them (maybe because I always loved Japan). Unfortunately, they broke up in 2001. The lead singer Maki Nomiya started a solo career.

Name: ピチカート・ファイヴ

Favorite album: Pizzicato Five JPN: Big Hits And Jet Lags


Favorite song:
- It's a beautiful day



The most famous Johnnys' group. Their music it's classic nice j-pop.

Favorite album: Super Modern Artistic Performance


Favorite songs:
- Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana 世界に一つだけの花
- Orange オレンジ
- Hoshizora no Shita de 星空の下で





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I read in Japan she's a star. As for Koda Kumi, there are some catchy songs but problem is they both play something too "western" for my taste. I mean, I can listen to this kind of pop here in Italy whenever I turn on the radio, if I wanted to.

Name: 浜崎あゆみ

Humming humming...
Love song

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Shirota makes his solo singing debut as "U" in May 2011. Its music is very j-pop, but since he's half Spanish, he sings both in Japanese and Spanish, and that's make him a little interesting.

Name: 城田優

Humming humming...
Heart of glass

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J-pop/urban artist. Some songs are catchy but not enough for me to be a (guilty) pleasure.

Name: 倖田來未

Humming humming...
Suki de, suki de, suki de. 好きで、好きで、好きで。

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If I loved urban music I'd surely love her. But I don't.
Anyway, I must tell that I heard her new album and thought she's better than some western "pop princesses".

Name: 安室奈美恵

Humming humming...
Unusual feat. Tomohisa Yamashita

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Exile play a "j-pophiphopsoul" music. Not really good, not really bad, enough to make me put them in this category.

Humming humming...
Futatsu no Kuchibiru ふたつの唇

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Also known as Koh+. Kittenish voice, but some songs (well, just the two songs written by Fukuyama, "Saiai" and "Kiss Shite") are nice.

Name: 柴咲コウ

Humming humming...
KISS Shite [KISSして]

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She's very famous but never find something special. I think I'll plan to give a more careful listen someday.

Name: 宇多田ヒカル

Humming humming...
Flavor of life

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I'm not very into visual-kei and I haven't listened enough of their music to make a judgement. So that's why they're here. I don't know about the future.

Humming humming...
Memeshikute 女々しくて

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Pop. Pop. Pop. But I find some melting lightness in their music that I could start liking them.

Name: (ゆず

Humming humming...
Niji 虹

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I just listened to a few songs. Not bad not good. "Ryuusei" reminds me some old song, but since I can't remember I listen to it sometimes :)

Name: コブクロ

Humming humming...
Ryuusei 流星

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Relaxing pop. Nothing more. But "Monochrome" was part of a j-drama soundtrack ("Tokyo Dogs") and - maybe because I heard it 10 times in a few days - It stays on my mind.

Humming humming...
Monochrome モノクローム



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Ok, they're too j-pop even for me :P
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Nothing new, nothing interesting.
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She's beautiful but, seriously, she can't sing.
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Zzz...
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Corny.
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It's a sub-unit from NewS composed of Tegoshi Yuya and Masuda Takahisa, so it's the same old story.
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Simply I don't like their music.
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V6
They never reached the success of Smap and Arashi in all those years. There must be a reason :)
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Too childish.
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I know they're superfamous in Japan but it's a kind of electonic music I really can't stand.



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