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Professional English-language press releases and media kits for artist promotion worldwide.

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English interviews with Japanese performing artists.

CD Reviews

Album reviews of Japanese CD releases

Event Management

Live J-Pop/J-Rock concert events

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Press Release: Anisong World Matsuri returns to Anime Expo 2018

April 4, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anime music festival Anisong World Matsuri returns to L.A.’s Microsoft Theater for the third year in a row with a three-day, multi-artist event at...


Press Release: JAMLAB. premieres video interview with Lantis founder Shunji Inoue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 30, 2018 Japan Anime Music Lab. (JAMLAB.) has released an informative new video interview with Lantis founder and label president Shunji Inoue. Presented as part of...


Press Release: X Japan partners with L.A.’s Grammy Museum for We Are X screening

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2018 As X JAPAN prepares to return to the U.S. next month for their debut performances at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, the group...


Selective Hearing: Interview with Kamen Joshi’s Moa Tsukino (2018)

Moa: The way I see it, it’s like we experience a total energy exchange with the audience. It’s a special, extraordinary moment together. In our music videos, we have a...


Arama Japan: Interview with Kamen Joshi’s Nanaka Kawamura (2018)

Nanaka: When I first saw the female fighters in the ring at Deep Jewels, they were powerful just like men and awe-inspiring. I said to myself, “Is there anyone who...


Metal Hammer: exist†trace – 5 Japanese bands to look out for in 2018

exist†trace is featured in Issue 307 of Metal Hammer magazine (UK) in the feature “5 Japanese bands to look out for in 2018″. Link:


Press Release: X JAPAN announces 10th Anniversary of Reunion PREMIUM GIGS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 8, 2018 X JAPAN ANNOUNCES 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF REUNION PREMIUM GIGS Special Pre-Coachella concerts at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo will feature guest guitarists Richard Fortus (Guns...


Press Release: URBANGARDE releases 10th Anniversary music video Atashi Fiction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 2, 2018 URBANGARDE has released their new music video “Atashi Fiction”, the lead track from their upcoming 10th anniversary album Shoujo Fiction (“Girl Fiction”) scheduled for...


Press Release: exist†trace launches Instagram and reveals new visual

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 1, 2018 Japanese rock band exist†trace launched their official Instagram account today, revealing their new visual and stunning shots of each band member. The band...


Press Release: Swinging Popsicle reveals track list and artwork for 20th Anniversary compilation TIME TRAVEL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 28, 2018 Swinging Popsicle has revealed the full track list and album art for the 2-disc compilation GOLDEN☆BEST Master TIME TRAVEL ~Sony Music Years Selection~, due...


Press Release: PROMIC Launches Japan Anime Music LAB. to Promote Anisong Industry Worldwide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 27, 2018 PROMIC, the leading Japanese entertainment industry foundation to support the growth of Japanese music internationally, has announced the launch of the Japan Anime Music...


Press Release: maidreamin collaborates with Candy holic for idol takeover event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2018 Japanese idol group Candy holic will take over maidreamin’s Akihabara Live Restaurant Heaven’s Gate on February 18th. The idols will wear maidreamin’s signature maid...


Press Release: X Japan named SSE Wembley Arena’s top concert of 2017

X Japan named Best Event of 2017 Over 1 million votes cast in SSE Live Awards competition FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 15, 2018 X Japan’s 2017 London concert has been...


Press Release: maidreamin celebrates Twin Tail Day in Japan

Akihabara-based maid cafe restaurant chain celebrates popular social holiday #TwinTailDay FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 3, 2018 Japanese maid cafe chain maidreamin celebrated “Twin Tail Day” (February 2nd) with special events...


Press Release: BRATS is back with new music video Kimarigoto

Rei Kuromiya returns with her rock band BRATS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 1, 2018 Japanese girls rock band BRATS has released the music video for their new song “Kimarigoto”. Shot...


Press Release: maidreamin featured in Fuji TV show Kuragehime

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 31, 2018 The cast of the Fuji TV program Kuragehime (“Princess Jellyfish”) dropped by maidreamin’s Ekimae store for a short dose of sweets in the romantic...


Press Release: URBANGARDE announces 10th anniversary album Shoujo Fiction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 31, 2018 URBANGARDE will release their 10th anniversary album Shoujo Fiction (“Girl Fiction”) on April 4, 2018. Since the 2008 release of Shoujo wa Nido Shinu...


Press Release: YOSHIKI returns to Russia for We Are X premiere events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 23, 2018 YOSHIKI will visit Moscow for the Russian theatrical premiere of We Are X on January 29. The award-winning film will be shown in a...


Honey’s Anime: Interview with maidreamin Mariru (2018)

Mariru: Akihabara is full of professional people who really put all of themselves into what they love. That’s a happy spirit that you can find everywhere in Akihabara — that...


BRATS – Video Message (2018)

BRATS Video Message for 2018


Press Release: Budo Grape celebrates UK memories with digital live EP

January 8, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Photo by Kenji Suzuki Japanese new wave band Budo Grape has announced a live show exclusive release of their digital EP Budo Grape Live...


Press Release: Swinging Popsicle previews Time Travel release at Christmas event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 5, 2018 Photo Credit: Kaoruko Hanawa/Popsicle Clip Japanese rock band Swinging Popsicle gave their fans a Christmas treat with a career-spanning selection of songs on December...


Press Release: X Japan returns to USA for Coachella 2018 debut

Biggest rock group in Japanese history X JAPAN returns to the U.S. for Coachella 2018 debut! Band leader & drummer YOSHIKI makes comeback in first rock concert after artificial disc...


Press Release: Yoshiki surprises worldwide audience with Kouhaku drum performance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 2, 2018 Yoshiki, leader of X Japan, made his return to the drums during a live television broadcast on New Year’s Eve, shocking the audience of...