Category Archives: Music

So Long, Minegishi Minami, a.k.a. Miichan

I know AKB48 1st generation member Minegishi Minami had announced her graduation late last year. As of this writing, I’m not sure whether she has already left or is awaiting her graduation concert. I don’t want to know… because it will only make me sad. Miichan, who joined AKB48 in 2005, is probably the last …

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Arigatou Gozaimasu! Sayonara! Shiraishi Mai of Nogizaka46!

Goodbye, Offshore Girl! I knew this day would come. I knew it would come to this. Shiraishi Mai announced her graduation last January. In other words, she will be leaving Nogizaka46 come March 25. Truth be told, I have been waiting for her “announcement” since Ikoma Rina’s in 2018. But she’s not the only one …

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16 Best Jpop Songs I’ve Heard in 2019

(Striving Writer’s note: While completing the blog post 49 best songs I’ve heard in 2019 [please don’t forget to read it], I counted enough Jpop songs – quite enough for me to create an article specific to Jpop. I retain each song’s ranking in the general list.) Still good even without AKB48, SKE48, & Nogizaka46 …

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49 best songs I’ve heard in 2019

Once again, only the best songs It is this time of the year when I make lists: list of my best experiences in the year, list of the best movies I have seen, people who have impacted me, news events, sports events, new purchases… and the best songs too, plus music videos.Plenty of good music, …

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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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