Introduce to you some Japanese artists who are popular the world over

28.October.2017 | MUSIC

In this article, I will introduce to you some Japanese artists who are popular the world over. The popular songs of each artist and live information are noted.


Wednesday Campanella

Wednesday Campanella is a unique hip hop unit. The video of “Momotaro” was played more than ten million times and is a song which is popular throughout the world. The unit is going to perform in Los Angeles on the 28th and 29th of Ocotber and in Hongkong on the 18th of November.

Detailed information:



【Live information】


Date: 2017,10,28/29

Venue: Exposition Park, Los Angeles

Official website:


Clockenflap Festival 2017

Date: 2017,11,17/18/19 (Suiyobi no Campanella will perform on the 18th)

Venue: Central Harbourfront Hong Kong

Official website:

Ticket information:

Official website:




SKY-HI is a unique, one-and-only artist and his hip hop music is gaining high reputation. The all-Japan LIVE HOUSE tour “SKY-HI Round A Ground 2017” will be held in 24 cities (25 lives) including in cities like Shanghai, Taiwan, Hongkong, LA, NY, PARIS and LONDON. The digital album “Marble” released on the 6th of October on the Internet won the first place in the charts of iTunes.

Detailed information:



『SKY-HI Round A Ground 2017』

2017,10,18 (Wed.)

Venue: Shanghai E-Max Music Zone

2017,10,20 (Fri.)

Venue: Taiwan ATT SHOW BOX

2017,10,22 (Sun.)

Venue: Hongkong E-Max Music Zone


2017,11,12 (Sun.)

Venue: Los Angeles Troubadour

2017,11,15 (Wed.)

Venue: New York SOB’s

2017,11,18 (Sat.)

Venue: Paris Glazart

2017,11,19 (Sun.)

Venue: London Bush Hall


Live information (lives which will be held in Japan):




BAND-MAID is a rock band consisting of five female members. Their most popular song is “REAL EXISTENCE.” They call their lives “serving” and the fans “masters” or “mistresses” to choreograph the world of a “maid.” However, their music is hard rock which has a gap between their visual. They are now holding a world tour called “BAND—MAID WORLD TOUR 2017.”

Detailed information:




“Burn! Burn!BAND-MAID Moe Moe Cune”

10,22 (Sun.) Taiwan / Jack Studio

10,29 (Sun.) Hongkong / HMV kafe

11,03 (Fri.) England / London / O₂ Academy Islington

11,04 (Sat.) Frans Paris / La Boule Noire

11,05 (Sun.) Germany / Bochum / Zeche

11,08 (Wed.) Germany / Berlin / Bi Nuu

11,09 (Thurs.) Germany / Munich / Backstage

11,12 (Sun.) Spain / Barcelona / Salamandra


・BAND-MAID Okyuji TOUR Autumn-Winter 2017

“Moetano? Moetano? Docchidattano? ~燃 vs 萌~” ※additional tour


12,9 (Sat.) Zepp DiverCity TOKYO

BAND-MAID Official website:



Niji no Conquistador

The theme of Niji no Conquistador is “every day is a cultural festival!” The name of the group was decided with the aim of being a group which will conquest the hearts of the fans with various characters like a rainbow. More than 200 audience gathered to their one-man live held in Taiwan in August and the venue was filled with excitement. You should check out their music video featuring cute bathing suits “Kimiha Mujaki na Natsu no Joo.”



Official website




May’n is an artist who offers many opening/ending themes to animations, games and movies. She participated in J-POP SUMIT held in San Francisco and released her 5th album “PEACE of SMILE” on the 18th of October and it can be said that she is a very popular artist gaining popularity throughout the world. Her popular song “Yamaidare darlin’” gathered much attention as an opening theme of “AQUARION LOGOS.”

Detailed information:




Release date: 2017,10,18

13 songs will be included

・First limited edition A (CD+maxi single) VTZL-134/¥3,700+tax

・First limited edition B (CD+maxi single) VTZL-135/¥3,700+tax

・First limited edition C (CD+maxi single) VTZL-136/¥3,700+tax

・Normal edition (CD) VTCL-60458/¥3,000+tax

Official website:




“TEMPURA KIDZ” is a dance & vocal performance unit from Harajuku. Although all the members are teenagers, they are full-fledge performers who have rich experience in performing on many stages. There must a lot of people who will be glued to their performance and colorful costumes. The music video of “CIDER CIDER” is gaining popularity among foreign fans. They have performed in many countries including Tai, Philippine and Myanmar.

Detailed information:



Official website:



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  • TEMPURA KIDZ Members Announce Departure From Group After Their Concert in March

    22.February.2021 | MUSIC

    Four-member dance and vocal unit TEMPURA KIDZ announced on their official website on Thursday (February 18) that YU-KA, AO, and P→★ will depart from the group following their concert at Shibuya Veats on March 28, 2021.


    TEMPURA KIDZ began their career as backup dancers for Japan’s queen of pop Kyary Pamyu Pamyu where they were known as the “Kyary Kids.” The original five-member line-up of YU-KA, AO, P→★, KARIN, and NaNaHo made their major debut in 2013. At the young ages of just 15, the group took their unmatched, high-energy dance performances across Japan and overseas. The big stage was ahead of them as they embarked on a world tour to perform in 17 cities throughout 13 countries, beginning with a performance at the Thai music festival TOFU MUSIC FES 2014 where they performed alongside the acclaimed K-pop artists 2NE1 and GOT7.



    TEMPURA KIDZ also performed at the world’s largest indoor arena, Philippine Arena, in Manila, Philippines for the 2015 New Year’s countdown event. In the performer line-up, TEMPURA KIDZ were just one act behind Chris Brown.


    TEMPURA KIDZ at Philippine Arena in 2015

    TEMPURA KIDZ have taken their exceptional dance skills around the world where they have hosted dance workshops to children at schools. One was hosted in Payatas in the Philippines as part of an Official Development Assistance (ODA) effort and was filmed to be shown on TV.


    Over the course of their career, TEMPURA KIDZ have also lent their creative choreography to countless artists as well as for commercials and TV shows. In 2019, they performed their iconic “Puputto Fumutto Kaiketsu Dance” on Kōhaku Uta Gassen, an annual New Year’s Eve television special in Japan. The dance was created by the group for the animation series Butt Detective.


    In 2018, group member NaNaHo graduated for the group, leaving TEMPURA KIDZ with just four members: YU-KA , AO, P→★, and KARIN. However, YU-KA , AO, and P→★ will now be graduating from the group at their solo concert together at Shibuya Veats on March 28, 2021 to focus on their own individual careers.


    YU-KA aims to become a performer on many different levels and so wants to focus on enhancing her current skill. AO wants to become an actress, and P→★ wants to challenge himself to many new things such as being a DJ, model, and performer to arm himself with a talented skill set. The remaining member KARIN will announce her plans in the near future.

    This March will be the final time that the four members stand on stage together as TEMPURA KIDZ. Tickets went on sale on Thursday (February 18), including special tickets that include signings from the members and an invitation to their rehearsal.


    Comment From TEMPURA KIDZ

    “We want to convey our utmost gratitude to you all for supporting us for so long. On March 28, at our solo concert, YU-KA, AO, and P→★ will graduate from TEMPURA KIDZ. Each member has decided to pursue their own paths. This of course means a big change for TEMPURA KIDZ, but all four of us will go all out to put on a hugely successful final show for you that captures out past 8 years together. Truly, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you. And remember, this isn’t the end—we’re working super hard to get off to a new start, so we ask you kindly for your continued support.”


    From all the members of TEMPURA KIDZ



    Each member of TEMPURA KIDZ also wrote their own handwritten letters to fans which you can read here

  • BAND-MAID Announces Fan Listening Party to Promote New Album ‘Unseen World’

    22.January.2021 | MUSIC

    BAND-MAID has announced a special listening party with fans to promote their new album Unseen World which was released on Wednesday (January 20).

    All Masters and Princesses, which is what the band called their fans, from around the world are invited to join the party where they will be able to listen to the album at the same time as everyone else and post their thoughts on the new record together at the time of its release. The party will begin on January 20 at 21:00 (JST) and can be followed with the hashtags #bandmaid and #BMUWLP on Twitter.


    BAND-MAID will be posting new content over the next couple of weeks including a special YouTube premiere which will take place on the band’s official YouTube page at midnight (JST) on the same day as the new album’s release.

  • BAND-MAID Release ‘Manners’ Music Video From New Album ‘Unseen World’

    15.January.2021 | MUSIC

    Japanese maid hard rock band BAND-MAID are set to release physical editions of their 4th album Unseen World on January 20, 2021. But if you can’t wait one more week, then don’t worry, as the album is now available on music streaming and downloading sites, including Spotify, as of January 13.


    In line with the release, the five-member maid line-up dropped a new music video for the song Manners.

    BAND-MAID has announced that they will release new content every week for four weeks from January 13 starting with the music video. The video comes as the first from the new album.


    BAND-MAID / Manners (Official Music Video)

    To promote the release of Unseen World, a special panel exhibition will take place at participating Tower Records and HMV stores in Japan from January 20.


    BAND-MAID also announced on Wednesday (January 13) the unfortunate cancellation of their concert at the Nippon Budokan which was scheduled for February 11, 2021. It will instead be replaced by a no-audience live stream at a different venue on the same day.


    The members released a statement which you can read below.


    Important Notice from BAND-MAID Regarding the NIPPON BUDOKAN OKYU-JI

    Important Notice from BAND-MAID


    To all the masters and princesses who were looking forward to BAND-MAID Nippon Budokan Okyu-ji
    on February 11th, 2021. We regret to announce that we have decided to cancel the show.


    We are truly sorry that we will not be able to meet you all at the Nippon Budokan.
    However, we have decided that the best thing we can do now is to cancel the show.


    It is truly heartbreaking to see how the pandemic situation worsens day by day, threatening
    people’s health, lives, and normal daily lives. We have decided to cancel this event because
    we do not want our activities to put people in danger.


    We understand that this decision might bring up mixed reactions, but we sincerely hope for your understanding.


    When we announced Nippon Budokan exactly one year ago, we were concerned about taking on such a huge challenge.
    However, throughout the past year, we have had some restrictions on our activities due to the pandemic,
    but through your generous support, we worked hard and believed that we would make the Budokan okyu-ji happen.


    When we announced that we would hold our okyu-ji at the Nippon Budokan, the cheers and applause that
    rang out like a thunderclap were incredible, and we still strongly remember the joy that all the members felt.


    We want to perform at the Nippon Budokan again someday in the best possible condition.


    We have a goal to conquer the world. Although this was an important Nippon Budokan okyu-ji,
    the journey towards achieving our dream has only just begun.


    Even though we had to cancel many shows due to COVID-19, we found out through the online okyu-ji that
    more people worldwide are waiting for us and watching us than we could have ever imagined.


    Although the future is still unclear, we will continue to bring everyone joy through our music, in our own BAND-MAID way.

    We will continue to move forward toward our dreams unceasingly, and we hope that you will continue to follow us.


    From all of us at BAND-MAID



  • BAND-MAID Post Teaser For New Album ‘Unseen World’

    08.January.2021 | MUSIC

    BAND-MAID have posted a teaser video for their upcoming fourth studio album Unseen World which is set for release on January 20, 2021.

    The teaser, posted on BAND-MAID’s official YouTube channel, features live footage taken from their recent online live concert to the tune of select songs from the forthcoming 12-track record. The band have released one song, After Life, from the album so far. The album will also be released digitally worldwide on January 13, one week before the release of the CD version.


    BAND-MAID / Unseen World (Official Teaser Video)

    BAND-MAID will post something new related to the album on January 13, 2021. They are also sett o perform at the Nippon Budokan on February 11, 2021.

  • BAND-MAID Release New Song ‘After Life’ From Upcoming Album ‘Unseen World’

    14.December.2020 | MUSIC

    BAND-MAID will release their 4th album Unseen World on January 20, 2021. Fans unable to wait for the hotly-anticipated new record can enjoy the band’s new track After Life that was released today (December 14). Pre-orders from the album also opened in Japan today on iTunes and Apple Music.

    Unseen World will be released in three versions: the Limited Pressing Edition, First Press Limited Edition, and Regular Edition. Each edition of the new record will include 14 songs, but two will feature exclusive tracks. Their new song Youth will feature on Limited Pressing Edition copies only, while the instrumental track without holding back, which is one played at their live shows, will be on Regular Edition copies only. Additionally, the Limited Pressing Edition comes with two discs with different themes: one being ‘going back to the roots’ and the other ‘evolving here and now.’


    After Life is the first song to be released from the upcoming album, with another set to roll out before it’s released.


    BAND-MAID performed their third Okyu-ji online live concert on Sunday (December 13) where they performed After Life for the first time.

  • BAND-MAID Release Music Video For Log Horizon Opening Theme ‘Different’

    02.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    BAND-MAID released music video on Tuesday for their new single Different which dropped today on December 2, 2020.


    Different will serve as the opening theme for the upcoming third season of the anime series Log Horizon, entitled Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table. The video was directed by Ryoji Aoki who has worked with BAND-MAID on many occasions. It’s a simple music video filled with that infectious BAND-MAID energy.


    BAND-MAID / Different (Official Music Video)

    Different is available to listen to on major music streaming services in Japan. BAND-MAID will perform the song for the first time at their upcoming live stream on December 13, 2020.


    BAND-MAID will release their new album BAND-MAID Unseen World will release on January 20, 2021.

  • BAND-MAID to Release New Album ‘Unseen World’ On January 20

    25.November.2020 | MUSIC

    BAND-MAID have announced that their fourth studio album Unseen World will release on January 20, 2021. It will be released in three versions: the Limited Pressing Edition, First Press Limited Edition, and Regular Edition.


    Each edition of the new record will include 14 songs, but two will feature exclusive tracks. Their new song Youth will feature on Limited Pressing Edition copies only, while the instrumental track without holding back, which is one played at their live shows, will be on Regular Edition copies only. Additionally, the Limited Pressing Edition comes with two discs with different themes: one being ‘going back to the roots’ and the other ‘evolving here and now.’

    Unseen World cover art

    The band members also made a collage of their fingers for the album’s cover art to create a truly ‘unseen world.’

    Fans in Japan who buy the album can get their hands on a selection of seven different pieces merchandise depending on where they pick it up from, including items with an Unseen World logo created by band member SAIKI. These are all available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    BAND-MAID will perform their third online Serving (concert) to fans around the world on December 13, 2020. They are set to perform Different for the first time, a new single being released on December 2. They will also stream their concert at the Nippon Budokan live in 2021. Until then, you can enjoy the archive of their performance from back on July 23, 2020.

  • BAND-MAID Perform TV Anime Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table’s Opening Theme

    02.November.2020 | MUSIC

    It has been announced that BAND-MAID’s new single Different, which is set for release on December 2, 2020, will be used as the opening theme for the upcoming TV anime series Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table coming this January. The song will feature on BAND-MAID’s highly-anticipated fourth album Unseen World which will hit shelves on January 20, 2021.

    Different cover art

    Unseen World comes as BAND-MAID’s first release since moving labels to Pony Canyon. It will be released in three versions: the CD-only Regular Edition, the First Press Limited Edition which includes a DVD featuring instrumental music videos, and a Limited Pressing Edition which features two discs, a multi-track Blu-ray with instrumental music videos, a studio photobook, and special packaging.


    BAND-MAID will perform at the legendary Nippon Buddokan in Tokyo on February 11, 2020. The concert will be held in accordance with government guidelines surrounding the pandemic.

  • BAND-MAID Announce New Single and Album Releases

    29.September.2020 | MUSIC

    BAND-MAID have announced that they will release a new single on December 2, 2020 as well as a brand new studio album in January 2021 at the same time as the band moves labels to Pony Canyon.


    BAND-MAID recently held online concerts for fans in July and August which saw Masters and Princesses from over 60 countries tune in.


    The rock band’s new single is their first in nearly eight months and comes as the first release following their live DVD and Blu-ray WORLD DOMINATION TOUR Shinka at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA which hit shelves back in April. Full details of the single have yet to be revealed, but it’s been confirmed that it will include their song Different which is set to be used as the opening theme for an upcoming anime series in January. It will be the band’s final release from Nippon Crown before their move to Pony Canyon.


    BAND-MAID will perform at the legendary Nippon Buddokan in Tokyo on February 11, 2020. The concert will be held in accordance with government guidelines surrounding the pandemic. Pre-sale tickets are now on sale.

  • Concert Review: BAND-MAID’s First Online Concert Rocks Fans Around the World

    27.July.2020 | MUSIC

    BAND-MAID held their first ever online Serving (concert) on July 23, 2020, which was watched by Masters and Princesses (fans) across the globe who expressed their great excitement at the performance.

    Intro sound effects rang while LED lights fell on the stage as the band members stepped out to an audience-less venue. They began their set with DOMINATION, followed by their up-tempo classics Dilemma and Play. Guitarist KANAMI and bassist MISA showed off their incredible skill on their instruments as the band put on a performance that had fans feeling like they were actually there at the show.

    Before we knew it, the first part of the show had concluded. For the middle section, BAND-MAID played some ballads like glory and Rinne. Guitarist and vocalist Miku Kobato then took to the mic for some MC time. She read comments which were flooding in from fans around the world, something which is only possible with a streamed show like this. Comments were in multiple languages, including English. The official hashtag for the concert (#bandmaidokyuji) made it to 2nd place on Twitter’s trending page in Japan. It was proof of BAND-MAID’s popularity around the globe.

    Kobato carried out her signature Omajinai Time―a section of the concert performed at every show―which consists of call-and-response with the crowd of the phrases “Moe Moe” and “Kyun Kyun.” The Serving resumed with DICE as BAND-MAID dashed into the final part of the 1-hour show. The band performed FREEDOM, and lastly Blooming during which bright vivid lights lit up the stage.


    The members took a photo on stage while visuals appeared on the back screen. Whether BAND-MAID have an audience watching in the venue, or at home, what is certain is that they always make sure to crack up their performance to max, and then some.

    Pre-sale tickets for BAND-MAID’s upcoming concert at the Nippon Budokan in February 2021 are now on sale.


    Photos: SAKU

  • BAND-MAID Announce First ‘Online Serving’ Live Stream Concert

    08.July.2020 | MUSIC

    BAND-MAID have announced details for their first ever no-audience, online Serving (concert) which will be live streamed on July 23, 2020.


    According to the band’s official website, the show will start at 4:00pm (JST). Tickets are scheduled to go on sale on July 9 from 12:00pm (JST).


    In the run up to the concert, BAND-MAID have posted a live performance of their song Wonderland taken from February 14, 2020.


    BAND-MAID / Wonderland (Feb. 14th ,2020)

    It has also been announced that official pre-sales for the band’s forthcoming performance at Nippon Budokan next year in February will go on sale on July 11, 2020.

  • BAND-MAID Drop Surprise Instrumental Track ‘Want more!’ For Free

    12.May.2020 | MUSIC

    Japanese maid outfit-clad hard rock band BAND-MAID held a live stream on May 10, 2020, aka “The Day of Maid,” where they opened free downloads to a surprise instrumental track entitled Want more!.


    The stream was held in response to the COVID-19 pandemic so the band could interact with fans. Comments flooded in from fans around the world.

    Want more! is available to download for free via the link below. The link will expire after May 17, 2020.


    BAND-MAID also just released their live DVD and Blu-ray WORLD DOMINATION TOUR 【Shinka】 at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA on April 29, 2020.4