J Love ‘n Ballad – Part One
8tracks is a music mix site I discovered a couple of months ago–and as a continual searcher of ways to implement Japanese into my life, I figured this site couldn’t hurt 😉 Plus, it makes a great companion to Pandora, Spotify, and Grooveshark; which are all other GREAT music applications.
Shin Hye Sung x Kiyokiba Shunsuke
With a single titled “I Believe”, I knew had to check this collaboration out…even if I thought I didn’t know anything about either of these artists. And guess what? I may have thought I knew nothing about either of these fine looking men, but it turns out I was wrong, wrong, WRONG.
So, EXILE. They weren’t really on my radar screen until today, when I discovered that they have a hit new single title (Rising Sun/いつかきっと…Rising Sun / Surely Someday)! I wikipedia’d them up and this is what I learned…
Exile (Stylized as EXILE) is a 14-member all-male Japanese dance group. The leader of the group is Hiro, who debuted as a member of Zoo under For Life Music, but Exile has released their singles and albums under Avex Group’s label Rhythm Zone. Hiro and Avex’s president Max Matsuura came from the same high school.
In total, they have sold over 17 million records in Japan alone.
But on to their new single I checked out…
Hahaha, sometimes you just have laugh at the little ironies in life.
KAT-TUN: No, They’re Not a Cartoon…They’re REAL
Oh KAT-TUN. They’ve had their fame, they’ve had their rough spots, and yet they still manage to look oh-so-sexy in their white shirts and ties. How do they do it, you ask? Pure magnetism.
Tohoshinki: The Group With the Ultimate Name Complex
Since I did a post on my newfound love for SHINee, I thought my next favorite Korean-Boy-Band-Turned-Japanese deserved a post too 😉
These guys have SO MANY NAMES it’s almost ridiculous. Check out this little quote from their Wikipedia entry:
SHINee? OH YES.
I can’t tell you how much I’ve fallen in LOVE with this Korean group. I had this whole thing against listing to Kpop because I thought it would mess with the must-listen-to-only-Japanese thing I had going on in my mind. As if somehow the Korean would invade my brain and mess up my nice, neat Japanese words…as if.
(OK, side note though, I couldn’t tell Japanese APART from Korean for a time, so it actually was a valid excuse. And to be perfectly honest, I STILL don’t listen to Kpop, but I digress…:D)