Category Archives: Music

Some 48G and Sakamichi Series idols who had graduated (and I will miss)

Idols come and go but the love remains I will never forget 2018… ‘twas the year a number of idols from both the 48G and Sakamichi Series groups graduated: Sashihara Rino, Yamamoto Sayaka, Ikoma Rina, and Nishino Nanase, among others. The major idol set to graduate this year is Nagahama Neru of Keyakizaka46. (Because she’s …

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20 years of Westlife: My top 20 tracks from the Irish pop vocal group

Author’s note: Original title of this post was “My Top 15 Westlife Tracks,” first posted on MySpace on October 12, 2009. It received only 22 views, as of July 25, 2012. I repurposed the blog post, with a new title, revised paragraphs, and additional tracks, to mark the 20th anniversary of the Guinness World Record-breaking …

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AKB48 and Google+ in 2019

What had AKB48, the world’s largest pop group, to do with Google, the world’s most popular search engine? In December 2011, AKB48 inked a deal to promote Google+, the search giant social network. Under the deal, every member of AKB48 was given her own Google+ page where fans can interact with their oshimen – literally …

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53 Best Songs I Have Heard This 2018

2018 has been a good year for me in terms of music. I have been discovering a lot of them, thanks to Spotify. Jpop remains to be the staple of my year-end music list. Some choice Chinese pop (Cpop), Original Pilipino Music (OPM), and rock tracks made it to my list. 53. Celeina Ann, “Love …

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5 lessons business-owners can learn from AKB48

(So-called) International artists like Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Eminem, and BTS may top music charts and sell millions of records worldwide. However, they did not rule one side of planet Earth. That turf belongs to AKB48, the largest pop group in the worldwide music industry. AKB48 is short for Akihabara48, named after the …

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AKB48’s “Sentimental Train” makes me think about Jurina Matsui

Don’t forget to read Did Jurina Matsui make history at the recently-concluded Senbatsu Election? too. Jurina Matsui’s place in 48 music history By the time she graduates from SKE48, Jurina Matsui will have become the most famous member of the 48 music collective. Having joined the Nagoya-based sister group when she was still eleven years …

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Did Jurina Matsui make history at the recently-concluded Senbatsu Election?

Jurina Matsui is 2018 Senbatsu queen By now, you should already know that SKE48’s Jurina Matsui emerged as queen of the AKB48 53rd Sekai Senbatsu Sousenkyo, officially called the 10th annual AKB48 Sekai Senbatsu Sousenkyo. All hail the Queen! Miss Jurina was crowned in front of more than 30,000 subjects of the 48 music fandom …

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SKE48 delivers 1-2 punches at the 2018 Senbatsu Sousenkyo

All hail the new queen, Jurina Matsui! The AKB48 53rd Single Sekai Senbatsu Sousenkyo (53rd Single World General Election) and 10th annual AKB48 Sekai Senbatsu Sousenkyo have just concluded. Guess what? Matsui Jurina of SKE48 is hailed queen by the fans of the 48 music fandom. Her coronation took place just last night before a …

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SKE48: The Comeback is Real at the AKB48 49th Senbatsu Sousenkyo

SKE48 refuses to die even after Rena Matsui (one half of WMatsui) graduated in 2015. It thrives despite decreasing sales and being overtaken in popularity by Nogizaka46 and Keyakizaka46. Results at the recently concluded AKB48 49th Senbatsu Sousenkyo attest to the resilience of the girls from Sakae, Nagoya. While there was no upset (Rino Sashihara …

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12 Best Jpop Songs I’ve Heard in 2016

New year, new songs. In my case, there are songs that are the year’s issues while some songs are old gems waiting to be discovered. If I hear them for the first time in any year, I consider them ‘new’ – new to my ears, that is. Any song that is new to my ears …

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