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    Does anybody of you listen to J-Pop? I've got the chance to discover some new artists from the J music scene just like Miliyah Kato. A friend of mine organised her debut album Rose for me, which I start to like more and more.

    What about you? What artists do you like? Can you recommend something to us?

    I'll be listing my J-Pop album collection to begin with:

    Aiko Kayo - Pop
    Ayumi Hamasaki - LOVEppears
    Ayumi Hamasaki - Duty
    Ayumi Hamasaki - My Story *original case (Import)*
    Ayumi Hamasaki - (miss)Understood
    Miliyah - Rose
    I also own some random songs by Koda Kumi and Masami Okui.
    YOU KNOW ME, I JUST DON'T STOP. | My last.fm

  • #2
    The sort of Japanese artists I listen to are, er, not what you'd want to be discussing here. Buuuut, I'm going to anyway.

    Mono: epic post-rock, sound varies between virtual silence and apocalyptic wall of sound.

    Melt-Banana: barking bloody mad noise-rock.

    Nobuo Uematsu: makes the soundtracks to the Final Fantasy games.

    Boredoms: more lunatic nonsense.

    ...and that'll do for now.
    This post is highly unlikely to be serious. Please treat it accordingly. Unless it's music-related, in which case I'm damn well right.

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    • #3
      This thread has my name on it

      I could go on and on about J-pop. I'm obsessed with it right now if you can't tell, just check my last.fm page if you don't believe me but I'm going to make this a little shorter than it would be otherwise.

      My J-pop collection isn't too huge atm, to be honest I just got into it last year. Right now I have listened to all the songs (or at least over 95%) of the following artists:

      Ayumi Hamasaki
      BoA
      Utada Hikaru
      Koda Kumi

      Any questions about those ladies feel free to ask, and if you want any mp3s also let me know
      My Last.fm

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      • #4
        The only Japanese artist I've listened to is Gackt. His music varies from goth-metal to pop-rock. It's quite good, though.
        The alternative to the real world.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by AyumiH
          Any questions about those ladies feel free to ask, and if you want any mp3s also let me know
          Do you have PARODY by Hikaru Utada?

          I like all those artists you've mentioned Ayumi, except Koda Kumi. Some of her songs are pretty good, but I'm not interested in her whole discography. Freaky and Yume No Uta are my favourites of hers.

          I prefer J-Urban from Miliyah Kato. It's pretty relaxed and soulful in comparison to Koda Kumi's music. I have the feeling Koda tries too much to be a chart act.

          Miliyah Kato ~ YOZORA
          listen
          YOU KNOW ME, I JUST DON'T STOP. | My last.fm

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          • #6
            I loooove M-Flo! I listen to COSMICOLOR a lot!
            And I do listen to Koda Kumi and Namie Amuro too!

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            • #7
              Ooooh here I come

              I agree with Sophie on her choices, and would like to add the amazing Rurutia! You should try and hear Lost Butterfly. Gorgoeus.

              Also I love Hitomi Shimatani. She has some awesome songs, and especially Garnet Moon

              Angela Aki and Bonnie Pink are also cool.
              These foolish games are tearing me apart

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              • #8
                I'm curious to hear Ayumi's newest album Secret one day. I thought that she wouldn't be able to do great music after My Story which was a HUGE disappointment! But (miss)understood was already ways better and let me hope that she's still the elite female solo act of the J music scene. If I had to rank her albums it would look like this:

                #1 DUTY
                The shortest of all her album - and surprisingly her best. I LOVE the depth at the beginning and the way the album ends (kind of hopeful and uplifting). There's no weak track on it IMO. teddy bear obviously isn't that spectacular, but an album can't be perfect from beginning to end. Strongest tracks: Duty, End of the World, Scars, Surreal and girlish!

                #2 I AM...
                This is Ayumi's hit album. No matter what song you would have released, it would have been a hit for sure. Really strong and energetic record which slows down towards the end. I simply like every song of it. Though I think that NEVER EVER is probably a bit of a low point. Strongest tracks: I am..., evolution, still alone, M and Dearest!

                #3 RAINBOW
                What a pity that I don't possess this album myself! *argh* I just LOVE it! And from a subjective point of view, it would be my favourite Ayumi Hamasaki record I suppose.

                #4 LOVEppears
                The Ayumi classic and everybody's favourite. I like it very much, but I took a while to get into that spheric sound. Almost every track on it is amazing. I still don't like appears that much, but the rest works for me pretty well. Strongest tracks: Fly high, And Then..., End roll, too late, monochrome and Who...!

                #5 (miss)understood
                I'm surprised how much I like this record! It's full of energetic quality tunes! And it contains some experimental tracks as well (In The Corner). I don't like specific songs just like Beautiful Day and STEP you, but the majority is fantastic. Strongest tracks: Bold & Delicious, Ladies Night, Is this LOVE?, alterna, Pride, Will and rainy day!

                #6 A Song For XX
                This record is still amazing, though I have ranked it that low. I think all the other albums just have more edge and a special feeling to them. You can clearly recognise that this album is her debut and very first attempt. It's still great though, but not throughout. Strongest tracks: Hana, POWDER SNOW, Trust and SIGNAL!

                #7 My Story
                MY STORY is by far my least favourite record Ayumi has done. I was literally frustrated when I first heard it (and I even BOUGHT it myself which was hella expensive!!). All of the tracks are simply okay. The only standing out track is Moments which I already knew at that time. Other tracks which are quite enjoyable, but not as amazing as most of Ayumi's songs: About You, my name's WOMEN, walking proud, INSPIRE and Replace. It still hasn't grown on me...
                YOU KNOW ME, I JUST DON'T STOP. | My last.fm

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Loose
                  Originally posted by AyumiH
                  Any questions about those ladies feel free to ask, and if you want any mp3s also let me know
                  Do you have PARODY by Hikaru Utada?

                  I like all those artists you've mentioned Ayumi, except Koda Kumi. Some of her songs are pretty good, but I'm not interested in her whole discography. Freaky and Yume No Uta are my favourites of hers.

                  I prefer J-Urban from Miliyah Kato. It's pretty relaxed and soulful in comparison to Koda Kumi's music. I have the feeling Koda tries too much to be a chart act.

                  Miliyah Kato ~ YOZORA
                  listen
                  Why yes I do, *prepares* If you'd like Secret also, I can send you that too...but I would say that it is kind of a weak album like My Story :(

                  Hmm, I'm not sure if I agree with you saying Koda tries to be a chart act. I think of her as the Japanese version of Beyonce. She tries very hard to give back as much as she can to the fans. Nearly every song of hers has a PV. And Avex artists are typically that way. Namie, BoA, Ayu, they all release all the singles and album in less than a year. BoA already has 10 full studio albums and she came out in late 2000! Koda kept releasing album after album even after the first couple weren't successful at all, and she said herself she didn't care about that, she was happy without the success and now she's happy with it.

                  I also loved the Kato song never heard of her until now but I will definitely be on the look out for her!



                  Also wanted to add that Namie, M-Flo/verbal, and Gackt are all amazing and I have songs of each. I won't say my favorites yet because I might be presenting one of them for FSC

                  Maaian, I checked out Lost Butterfly and loved it. I can't seem to find her albums :-? any other song recommendations?
                  My Last.fm

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                  • #10
                    I'd love to have "Secret" too! That would be so nice! Can you upload it in zip-files? I can't access regular .rar files. :(

                    The album track Secret is also on the Glitter/Fated single, right? If so, I like it very much! It's better than Glitter & Fated together.

                    I want Ayumi to go back to RAINBOW/I am../Duty era. I would like to have another edgy (miss)understood era, but since I've found out that half of the album is covered, I'm not sure if it's possible to rebuild another record like that.
                    YOU KNOW ME, I JUST DON'T STOP. | My last.fm

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by AyumiH
                      Originally posted by Loose
                      Originally posted by AyumiH
                      Any questions about those ladies feel free to ask, and if you want any mp3s also let me know
                      Do you have PARODY by Hikaru Utada?

                      I like all those artists you've mentioned Ayumi, except Koda Kumi. Some of her songs are pretty good, but I'm not interested in her whole discography. Freaky and Yume No Uta are my favourites of hers.

                      I prefer J-Urban from Miliyah Kato. It's pretty relaxed and soulful in comparison to Koda Kumi's music. I have the feeling Koda tries too much to be a chart act.

                      Miliyah Kato ~ YOZORA
                      listen
                      Why yes I do, *prepares* If you'd like Secret also, I can send you that too...but I would say that it is kind of a weak album like My Story :(

                      Hmm, I'm not sure if I agree with you saying Koda tries to be a chart act. I think of her as the Japanese version of Beyonce. She tries very hard to give back as much as she can to the fans. Nearly every song of hers has a PV. And Avex artists are typically that way. Namie, BoA, Ayu, they all release all the singles and album in less than a year. BoA already has 10 full studio albums and she came out in late 2000! Koda kept releasing album after album even after the first couple weren't successful at all, and she said herself she didn't care about that, she was happy without the success and now she's happy with it.

                      I also loved the Kato song never heard of her until now but I will definitely be on the look out for her!



                      Also wanted to add that Namie, M-Flo/verbal, and Gackt are all amazing and I have songs of each. I won't say my favorites yet because I might be presenting one of them for FSC

                      Maaian, I checked out Lost Butterfly and loved it. I can't seem to find her albums :-? any other song recommendations?
                      Errr Rurutia... let's see. I don't remember any of the others by name *looks on Youtube/Wikipedia*. Try Itoshigo Yo, Suzaku No Sora or Träumerei
                      These foolish games are tearing me apart

                      My CHART

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                      • #12
                        There's an artist called BONNIE PINK I've recently discovered:
                        http://www.bonniepink.jp/
                        YOU KNOW ME, I JUST DON'T STOP. | My last.fm

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                        • #13
                          Oh yes she's rather cool!!
                          These foolish games are tearing me apart

                          My CHART

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                          • #14
                            I love her song with M-Flo.. "Love Song' was the title

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by xtofer
                              I love her song with M-Flo.. "Love Song' was the title
                              I've downloaded Miliyah's second album Diamond Princess which also features "LuvSong". I think M-Flo collaborated with her on the debut album as well, right? I think they were featured on the track "ONE DAY (Yozora Remix)". I like them both, but "LuvSong" slightly more. ;)

                              @AyumiH
                              Will give a short review of Secret very soon.
                              YOU KNOW ME, I JUST DON'T STOP. | My last.fm

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                              • #16
                                i've only listened to a couple of songs by Koda Kumi from the Final Fantasy X2 soundtrack, and BoA's "Every Heart" is amazing, and i have Utada Hikaru's "Exodus" album which is really good. Hopefully i'll find more from the artists that i like.
                                Fly High, Dream Big
                                ~Dawn Richard

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                                • #17


                                  Finally I've got the chance to listen to Hamasaki's latest album called Secret which follows the road of previous rocky sounding albums just like My Story and (miss)understood. To begin with a short opinion: This album isn't as strong as most of Hamasaki's works, BUT it's so much better than My Story which is the only really weak full-length album of Hamasaki. So far, so good...

                                  The album opens with Not yet, which finally contains some trance beats (reminds a bit of the LOVEppears era). The next track is called Until that Day... and sounds very hard rock at first listen. Heavy drums and electric guitars accompanied by the electrically blurred voice of Hamasaki. Sounds alright, but we miss some innovation though, because the background production is always the same. Startin' was the first single off the record and surprises with a rather catchy chorus. 1 LOVE starts AMAZING, but the refrain is such a disappointment: she holds the same note throughout the chorus! The next track is called It was and is one of the album's highlights. This track has such a nice and laid back guitar melody and a really nice and uplifting chorus. Not overproduced and definitely diversified.

                                  JEWEL and momentum are two of the oustanding ballads on this records. I quite like them, but she had better ones. Those are really great and outshine most of the album tracks, but compared to the ballads on her previous 7 records, those two won't make the best rankings.

                                  After the ballady session, the weakest part of the album comes across: Born To Be... is kind of a sing-along track and reminds me so much of a theme for a championship. *lol* Beautiful Fighters is just wack and I'm sure I won't listen to it that much. Lame melody and moreover it's the longest album track! Not good... BLUE BIRD again has its weak moments, but it's ways better than the previous two songs. It's a mid-tempo track with quite forgettable melody.

                                  The album's ending is great though! kiss o' kill sounds a little dark at the beginning and starts off with a dramatic verse. The chorus is rocky and dynamic. Sparkling synthesiser, amazing! Contains also some violin samples. Last track on "Secret" is the most amazing ballad of this era - Secret itself! I love it! It can definitely compete with previous ballads and is the best slow song since Will.
                                  YOU KNOW ME, I JUST DON'T STOP. | My last.fm

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                                  • #18
                                    Great review Loose! I concur with it completely. I'll have mine up soon, for all four of the aritsts I told you I own the collections of.
                                    My Last.fm

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                                    • #19
                                      Can't wait to read it!

                                      I've been obsessed with I am... lately. It such a strong album! No surpise as it has the most singles released so far. Great choices except NEVER EVER. She should have released Naturally instead.
                                      YOU KNOW ME, I JUST DON'T STOP. | My last.fm

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                                      • #20


                                        If you EVER EVER come across this album, PM me! OMG, I've just heard Moments... it's fantabulous!! I can imagine that MY STORY CLASSICAL completely outshines the actual album. It's just magic!! (judged by the one track I've heard )
                                        YOU KNOW ME, I JUST DON'T STOP. | My last.fm

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                                        • #21
                                          I've recently downloaded another J-Pop album which I didn't know before. It's called Scratch by an unknown artist called Kaela Kimura.



                                          01. L.drunk
                                          02. Magic Music
                                          03. Snowdome
                                          04. wani to kotori
                                          05. dolphin
                                          06. sweetie
                                          07. kirin tan
                                          08. Scratch
                                          09. SWINGING LONDON
                                          10. never land
                                          11. TREE CLIMBERS
                                          12. JOEY BOY
                                          13. Ground Control
                                          Haven't heard all the tracks so far, but I can say it's a very special record. Quite alternative with a naive & childish character. My first favourites are L.drunk and SWINGING LONDON... so far.

                                          Could you translate kirin tan and wani to kotori for me, AyumiH? ;)
                                          YOU KNOW ME, I JUST DON'T STOP. | My last.fm

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                                          • #22
                                            I lived in Tokyo for 4 years before and came to know Japanese a little. I know that 'kirin tan' mean giraffe tounge...kirin meaning giraffe and tan meaning tounge. Dont know if Im right cuz its sorta weird name for a title.

                                            As for the other one/ 'wani' means small crocodile while 'kotori' is a small Japanese bird.

                                            The only J-pop artist I listen to is Hikaru Utada. And she actually graduadted from my school in Japan (Tokyo American School)...imagine that!
                                            They call it the Church of Hot Addiction

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                                            • #23
                                              Thank you so much for that!

                                              Hikaru Utada lived a few years in New York I guess... therefore she probably visited an American high school in Tokyo. I imagine it must have been cool there. My high school is very boring and full of crappy people (most of them are stoned 24/7).
                                              YOU KNOW ME, I JUST DON'T STOP. | My last.fm

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                                              • #24
                                                Urgh I would like to try new high schools once in awhile. High school and Middle school arent that different IMO (other than how you can choose some of your classes.) People are always divided into groups, and had to in the baseball or football team or be glamarous to fit into one of the popular groups that sat by the fountain. And of course you sorta had to be mentally strong because rumors and gossip are flying back and forth everyday. My friends and I would often joke that it was a jungle or sharktank out there. It was very much like like those high school movies you see Hilary Duff or Lindsay Lohan in lol.

                                                Ok there I go talking again. To stay on topic, my favorite album Utada is Exodus. It was an ace album and I really thought they should have promoted it more in America...pop in the Western world has yet to find a huge Asian success
                                                They call it the Church of Hot Addiction

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                                                • #25
                                                  I like J-pop
                                                  My favourite J-pop artists are : Namie Amuro, Koda Kumi, Ayumi Hamasaki and BoA.
                                                  i wanna see you on your knees, wanna see you begging

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