Dir En Grey

Dir En GreyDir En Grey also stylized as DIRENGREY, DIR EN GREY, Dir en grey, and commonly referred to as Diru, is a Japanese metal band formed in 1997 and currently signed to Firewall Div., a sub-division of Free-Will.

As of 2008, they have recorded seven full-length records and while the group's lineup has remained consistent since its inception, numerous stylistic changes have made the genre of their music difficult to determine.

Hikaru Utada Quits From 2011

Hikaru UtadaJapanese pop star Hikaru Utada, one of the country's best-selling artists of all time, is calling it quits at the end of the year, but not before performing for fans this week in a concert that will be streamed live online.

The New York-born singer-songwriter shocked fans when she announced on her blog in August that she would be taking a hiatus starting in 2011 to focus on self-improvement. She hasn't said if the break is permanent or temporary.

Kobukuro Band

Kobukuro Band Kobukuro is a Japanese band, which formed in 1998 and made its major label debut in 2001.

The name is a portmanteau of the two family names, Kentar? Kobuchi and Shunsuke Kuroda.

Kat-tun Band

KAT-TUN Band KAT-TUN is a Japanese boy band formed by Johnny & Associates (Johnny's) in 2001.

The group's name is an acronym that was exclusively based on the first letter of each member's family name until the departure of Jin Akanishi in 2010. As of 2010, KAT-TUN stands for Kazuya KAmenashi, Junnosuke Taguchi, Koki Tanaka, Tatsuya Ueda and Yuichi Nakamaru.

Daishi Dance

Daishi DanceDAISHI DANCE is a Japanese pop, electronic, and house musician and DJ born in 1976.

He has worked with a number of related artists, some of which are STUDIO APARTMENT, FreeTEMPO, and COLDFEET. DAISHI DANCE records under the Apt. sublabel of indies label NEW WORLD RECORDS.

Taylor Swift Is In Japan

Taylor Swift in JapanTaylor Swift was all smiles as she landed in Japan today and was greeted by dozens of fans, who had arrived in the early hours of the morning, hoping to catch a glimpse of the singer.

The 20-year-old country star arrived on a flight from London, where she had reportedly enjoyed a whirlwind romantic weekend with rumoured boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal.

Sakamoto Maaya

Sakamoto MaayaSakamoto Maaya is a well-known seiyuu and Japanese pop singer-songwriter under flying DOG, a sub-label of Victor Entertainment.

She made both her musical and voice actress debuts in 1996 with the anime Tenkuu no Escaflowne. She is noted for her collaborations with Kanno Yoko.

Bump Of Chicken

Bump of ChickenBump of Chicken is a rock group from Sakura, Chiba, Japan.

Their members are Fujiwara Motoo, Hiroaki Masukawa, Yoshifumi Naoi and Hideo Masu. Since their inception in 1994, they have released fourteen singles and five albums. They are a popular group in Japan; every release since their third single, "Tentai Kansoku," has charted in the top ten on the Oricon Weekly Charts. Their music has been used in various video games and as theme songs for movies and television shows in Japan.

Exile Band

Exile JapanExile is a 14-member all-male Japanese pop band and dance group.

On artwork and promotional material, the band name is typeset in all capitals as "EXILE". 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

Ayumi Hamasaki

Ayumi HamasakiAyumi Hamasaki (born October 2, 1978) is a Japanese singer-song writer and former actress

Also called Ayu by her fans, Hamasaki has been dubbed the "Empress of Pop" because of her popularity and widespread influence in Japan

Arashi Boku No Miteiru F?kei

ArashiBoku no Miteiru F?kei is the ninth studio album by Japanese boy band Arashi.

The album was released on August 4, 2010 in Japan under their record label J Storm in two editions: a first press version and a regular version. The album debuted at number-one on the Oricon weekly album chart, selling around 731,000 copies.

Koshi Inaba

Koshi InabaKoshi Inaba is a Japanese vocalist. His real name is Hiroshi Inaba . He graduated from the Faculty of Education at the Yokohama National University, and has a degree in mathematics.

Inaba is the vocalist and lyricist for the Japanese hard rock band B'z. Their debut album, B'z, was released in 1988, and he started his solo career in 1997 with album Magma .

Chinza Dopeness

Chinza DopenessAs tens of thousands gathered at Chiba Marine Stadium to experience Summer Sonic headliner Stevie Wonder, Shunsuke Yano was preparing for his own show on the much smaller River Side Garden stage nearby.

On stage the Japanese rapper joked about the legend next door: "Why the heck did you choose to come here when Stevie's over there? We have to show our guest some hospitality!"

Shiho Ochi, Aka Superfly

Shiho Ochi, aka SuperflyReleased this week, her 10th single, "Wildflower," comes backed with a 15-track covers CD, compiling her versions of time-honored soul and rock 'n' roll songs that were included as B-sides on previous singles (usually as the third track) or recorded live. Because of the inclusion of this second disc, the single will be counted by Japanese chart compiler Oricon as an album, and is almost guaranteed to follow her self-titled 2008 debut and 2009's "Box Emotions" to the No. 1 spot.