Category Archive: JPop

Jan 06

[interview] Nenna Yvonne – More Than a Human Vocaloid

Place all your My Little Ponies, Lisa Frank stationary, and Barbie shoes in a blender, add a dash of MikuHatsune the vocaloid, and puree. What do you get? Something only half as cute and colorful as Nenna Yvonne, the Nigerian-American singer-songwriter who came to Tokyo in October for an uber-trendy performance. Donning a wig that …

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Aug 01

[photo] Chemistry @ Otakon 2011

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Jul 21

CHEMISTRY 101: Intro to Japanese R&B Science

R&B is a fickle genre. For the past few decades it’s been a chimera of all things popular music needs to be:  technical skill, voice, good looks, attitude, and just plain luck. Now the kings of Japanese R&B are about to show convention-goers at Otakon how they not only rule the charts, but bring their …

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Jun 24

[interview] Venus and Mars as kanonxkanon

Kanonxkanon is the creative collaboration unit of Kanon Wakeshima and Kanon (former An Café).  With smart electronic music  geared towards the anime crowd and Wakeshima’s adorable vocals, the group has two anime opening themes under their belt in under a year.  Their first single, “Calendula Requiem,” appeared as the second opening theme to the animated …

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Jun 22

[interview] SCANDAL in California, July 1-3

It’s been three years since Japanese pop-rock band Scandal played North America on the Japan Nite Tour.  They’re back again for AM2 in California, more polished, more pop, and with a slick new look thanks to some grooming from Sony Music Japan.  Purple SKY sent some questions via email to ask just how has Scandal …

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