Perfume dance on ice for UNIQLO

Perfume dance on ice for UNIQLO | Random J Pop

December is that time of year when Perfume roll out cross overs and product tie-in's like it's nobodies business, and one of their biggest is with clothing retailer UNIQLO.

This collaboration is nothing like the one Perfume had done with Japanese fashion brand Istean in 2016, which spawned a song specifically for it and had the girls pretty much dance in a damn Isetan store in its music video. Instead this collaboration has Perfume dancing to a generic song, in dresses that you actually can't buy from a UNIQLO store.

Music video: Namie Amuro - Fighter

Namie Amuro - Fighter | Random J Pop

I genuinely love that Namie was called up to deliver a theme song for a Death note film, because we all know that the bitch owns a black book full of names, and that the most frequent one which gets written is Ayumi Hamasaki.

Perfume debut new song "Houseki no ame" in some toothpaste commercial

Perfume x Ora2: Beauty project (featuring "Houseki no ame") | Random J Pop

In Perfume fashion, fresh off of a new tour and just before the year closes out, comes a new song in a TV commercial.

If you were hoping for hotness from Perfume to take into 2017 and erase the mess that were Perfume's singles and TV commercial tie-ins from 2016 ("Pick me up" being the ONLY exception), then I suggest you keep moving along.

Music video: Namie Amuro - Dear diary

Namie Amuro - Dear diary | Random J Pop

Namie's double A-side for the Death note movie Death Note: Light up the NEW world features a crub banger and a ballad. "Dear diary" being the latter. Namie's ballads are often a case of hit and miss. Ever since going the 'Urban route' in 2000 Namie had avoided ballads for years, finally relenting almost a decade later with the release of "The meaning of us". However, it has felt like every ballad of hers since then has been a re-shuffle of the same template. No ballad that she's delivered since has been able to match it, and as nice as "Dear diary" is, it is pretty cookie cutter and by numbers.

Music video: Daichi Miura - (Re)Play

Music video: Daichi Miura - (Re)Play | Random J Pop

I like to refer to Daichi as the male Namie Amuro. Because he drops hot pop bangers, paper thin vocals and has a face like he really don't give a shit about anything that he's doing. There must be something in the water in Okinawa. I really want a Daichi and Namie collabo. That shit would be like digital nyquil and I am here to have it.

Single review: Crystal Kay - Lovin' you

Single review: Crystal Kay - Lovin' you | Random J Pop

Ever since the commercial tanking of Crystal Kay's 2012 album Vivid, Crystal's musical trajectory had taken a turn downhill faster than BB-8 in the quicksand dunes of Jakku.

The sound that Crystal had cultivated for herself over her entire career has been completely jettisoned in favour of run of the mill ballads. This kick started with the 2015 release of "Kimi ga ita kara", but continued on the following year with "Sakura" and is now a hat trick with "Lovin' you".

Hikaru Utada performs "Sakura nagashi" live for the first time

Hikaru Utada - Sakura nagashi | Random J Pop

Hiklaru Utada's performances of songs from Fantôme hasn't been doing the album favours. Because they're making me like live renditions more than the studio album versions. I stupidly thought that a live performance of "Sakura nagashi" wasn't going to give me anything more that the song hadn't already given me, only to come out the other side with my edges scraped.

Music video: Lady Gaga - Perfect illusion

Lady Gaga - Perfect illusion | Random J Pop

The music video for "Perfect illusion" does what it said it would on the tin. The image of Gaga atop a crowd swinging a microphone, Gaga's performance of the song in some grotty British pub, Lady Gaga on the "Perfect illusion" single cover - they are all the music video in some form. So the music video itself wasn't much of a surprise visually.

Hikaru Utada's performs "Hanataba wo kimi ni" live and snatches her own wig

Hikaru Utada - Hanataba wo kimi ni | Random J Pop

Of all of the songs that Hikaru Utada has released / recorded post "Sakura nagashi", "Hanataba wo kimi ni" is my least favourite. But it grows on me more and more each day.

I never hated "Hanataba wo kimi ni", but I never loved it. The music video did a lot to give me a new appreciation for the song, and Hikaru's debut performance of it does the same; in large part due to her sounding so much better singing the song live than she does on the studio recording.

Hikaru Utada performs "Tomodachi" on Japanese national television and becomes Queen of the gays

Hikaru Utada featuring Nariaki Obukuro (Live @ NHK Songs) | Random J Pop

Fantôme is the album that keeps on giving ya'll. From the surprise that a new album from Hikaru Utada was even in existence, to it featuring way more bops that we ever thought, to the collaborations, to the subject matter. Hikaru won't let Fantôme rest until our scalps are as clean as Piccolo's from Dragon Ball Z.

When the track listing for the album was revealed, no one really had anything to say about "Tomodachi". Why would we? We all know that the word 'Tomodachi' is Japanese for 'Friend'. But Hikaru Utada shocked the nation and the Hikki fandom by opening up about the perspective from which the song was written. The song itself is about unrequited love. No big deal. However, "Tomodachi" is written from the perspective a gay falling for their friend. Now, I have questions.
  • Is Hikaru Utada a low key lesbian?
  • Is the song written about Kyoko Fukuda catching feelings for Hikaru?
  • Where Francesco's ass at!?

Review: Perfume's gallery experience

Perfume: A gallery experience (supported by the Rhizomatiks) | Random J Pop

Perfume held what they called a 'Gallery experience' for their London based fans, as a form of penance for there being no European leg of the Cosmic explorer tour or a hint of a World tour 4th. I cussed this out the second it was announced, but I ride for Perfume, so of course I was always going to go.

I went into this exhibition salty and not expecting much. But even I wasn't prepared for how dry this gallery experience was going to be.

Music video: The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk - Starboy

The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk - Starboy | Random J Pop

It's been barely a hot minute since The Weeknd hit the charts with "I can't feel my face", but he's back with a brand new single titled "Starboy", which features co-production and guest featured breathing from the illusive duo Daft Punk.

The song picks up from where the likes of Beauty behind the madness' "I can't feel my face" and "In the night" left off, with an 80s heavy gloss of production and a general vibe not unlike that of Michael Jackson. The Weeknd also debuts his lockless look and shows us what we'd get if Kylo Ren were a Christian Jedi with a penchant for a murderous 2-step.