Gen Hoshino Announces World Tour, Surprise Streams Entire Catalog

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J-pop singer-songwriter Gen Hoshino made headlines Friday (Aug. 30) in his home country for making his entire catalog available for streaming out of the blue. Then, he dropped another piece of welcome news for fans everywhere: The "Koi" artist will embark on a world tour later this year.

"It's possible to get to various countries and places so quickly now, and music travels even faster," he said. "I want to deliver my music to many different places."

Hoshino's POP VIRUS World Tour will kick off Nov. 23 in Shanghai, then hit New York, Yokohama and Taipei. The two Yokohama Arena shows will feature Mark Ronson as co-headliner, reprising the two hitmakers' highly acclaimed collaborative concert last December. The "Find U Again" artist will also join Hoshino on Nov. 25  in New York as a special guest.

In tandem with the release of his songs on Apple Music, Hoshino also launched his own Beats 1 radio show. The 38-year-old pop star has hosted his own popular late-night radio program for years in Japan, and has now become the first J-pop artist to host Beats 1 -- which he recorded in L.A. -- in Japanese.

Friday (Aug. 30) marked a huge day for the multi-talented artist, as a movie he starred in -- called Hikkoshi Daimyo! (Samurai Shifters), directed by Isshin Inudo -- was released in theaters nationwide, and he also launched his official Instagram and Weibo accounts.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

星野源です。 今日から色んなことを始めます。 僕の好きな人達や、まだ会ったことのない誰かと、 出会い、そして繋がり、楽しむために。 今までやっていなかったことを、 今まで知らなかったことを、 ずっとやりたかったことを、 好きなことを、やっていきたいと思います。  出会いは未来だと思います。 夕方ふらっと散歩に行くように、 気軽に、色んな場所で、 音楽や、芝居や、言葉や、写真や、何かで、 未来を作り、繋がりたい。 どんな遠い世界も近所だと思います。 始まります。    - -   Gen Hoshino here. I'm going to start a lot of things starting from today. In order to meet, connect with, and have fun with the people I love and people I haven't met yet. I want to do things I've never done before, things I've never known about before, things I've always wanted to do, and things that I already love to do.  Meeting all kinds of people, new and old, IS the future. Just like aimlessly going out for a stroll in the evening, I want to go to many different places with not a care in the world and through my music, acting, words, pictures, and so forth, help shape the future and connect people. So that even distant worlds feel just like home. Everything starts today.  #星野源 #genhoshino

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"I'm going to start a lot of things," he writes on his first Instagram post. "In order to meet, connect with, and have fun with the people I love and people I haven't met yet."

Gen Hoshino POP VIRUS World Tour Schedule
Nov. 23: Shanghai, National Exhibition & Convention Center Hong Arena
Nov. 25: New York, Sony Hall (Special Guest: Mark Ronson)
Dec. 9: Yokohama, Yokohama Arena "LIVE in JAPAN 2019 Gen Hoshino × MARK RONSON"
Dec. 10: Yokohama, Yokohama Arena "LIVE in JAPAN 2019 Gen Hoshino × MARK RONSON"
Dec. 14: Taipei, Legacy MAX


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