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Japanese hiphop, R&B, and pop

April 28th, 2007 . by Matt

Here are a few Japanese music videos from youtube that I like.
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Let’s lighten the mood a little.

March 10th, 2007 . by Gerry-Bevers

I do not speak Japanese, but some songs do not need translation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd_u67gknE8

I have not seem many Japanese music videos, but these girls are really cute:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3yobIkfsCs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7DIw7_2RS0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuDiRIWVvSg


U;Nee suicides

January 21st, 2007 . by Matt

yuni

Just a couple of weeks after I posted this U;Nee music video, she has suicided.

Pop singer Yuni was found dead on Sunday after an apparent suicide at her home in Inchon City, west of Seoul, according to police.

Investigators presumed that Yuni, a 26-year-old actress-turned-singer, killed herself around noon, quoting her 71-year-old grandmother as stating that she found the body hanging from the bar of a closet with a white waistband around her neck.

The grandmother, identified as Lee, reported the case to police right after she found the body upon returning home from church.

Yuni’s mother told reporters at the mortuary that her daughter had been suffering from depression. “She was an introverted child, and it seems she has been hurt many times as she debuted at an early age,” she said.

The news struck her fans by surprise especially because Yuni was scheduled to release her third album today and to make a music video.

Shocking.


DJ Ozma

January 6th, 2007 . by Matt

Controversial/wacky DJ Ozma has done a cover version of U;Nee’s GO, called chou! (超!means ‘super!’).

Here is U;Nee’s version (I went with the live version because it is much better than the promotion video) –

And here is the cover by DJ Ozma –

I often hear new Korean songs that I heard in Japan years before. With Korean melodies flowing into Japan, it looks like Korean music could be coming of age.


Ryuichi Sakamoto

May 3rd, 2006 . by Matt

ryuichi sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto is a well known musician in Japan, and is extremely well liked. In the west he is probably best known for his musical score in The Last Emperor. In Japan his musical career is much more varied, and is considered to be a genius. People in Japan call him by an affectionate nickname, ‘professor’ (教授). I dont think I have ever heard a Japanese person say a bad thing about him.

Here is a song by Ryuichi Sakamoto, in collaboration with Korean rapper MC Sniper and Wei Wei Wu, the famous player of the Niko (the Chinese violin). The song is sung in Korean by MC Sniper, and the lyrics constitute a criticism about the war on terror. It is a kind of unearthly sound, an blend between traditional and modern.

Here is a video clip of the song from an appearance on a Japanese TV show, and the name of the song is ‘Undercooled’. Download it here (60 mb).

Enjoy.


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