Lady Gaga has just announced she will appear on Japanese national broadcaster NHK's four-hour plus year-end music extravaganza special called Kohaku Uta Gassen or the Red and White Singing Contest. Gaga will appear live from New York City on the Japanese program before she performs on "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve" later that day.
The Michael Jackson Tribute Live concert at Tokyo's Yoyogi National Stadium featuring original Jackson 5 members Marlon, Tito and Jackie, Macy Gray and Judith Hill and Japanese pop stars AI, Crystal Kay, Jay'ed and others is set for Dec. 13-14. .Biz caught up with AI, who had a pivotol role in next week's shows, to get the scoop on the concert and a new Michael Jackson tribute song she co-wrote with The Jacksons.
CL, Minzy, Bom and Dara, four young Korean women who comprise 2NE1, a hip-hop and R&B influenced quartet just stormed Japan on a six-date tour that drew over 70,000 people. Though some may lump them in with K-Pop, their boombastic bass, Nicki Minaj and Drake covers and producers like Will.i.am making tracks with them, we're calling it "K-Hop"...
The Record Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) released figures for physical audio and video shipments in Japan for the first quarter of 2011 and the data yielded rather surprising results -- combined they rose 4%. Thanks is due, in part, to J-and-K Pop.
The Tokyo-based music marketing indie Hostess Entertainment and Warner Music South East Asia announced a licensing and distribution agreement that will see Hostess expand its footprint beyond Japan to South East Asian markets. Artists who have released through Hostess, include Adele, Animal Collective, Beck, Phoenix, Nine Inch Nails, Sonic Youth, The xx and Vampire Weekend.
MTV Japan announced that Lady Gaga was confirmed to perform at its charity show on June 25 in Makuhari Messe, just outside of Tokyo. This year MTV will hold a Video Music Aid Japan event instead of its annual Video Music Awards Japan.