Japanese Music – Japon Online http://japononline.net/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 20:40:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://japononline.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default1-150x150.png Japanese Music – Japon Online http://japononline.net/ 32 32 Fujii Kaze Releases ‘Kirari’ Remix EP – Billboard https://japononline.net/fujii-kaze-releases-kirari-remix-ep-billboard/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 20:40:59 +0000 https://japononline.net/fujii-kaze-releases-kirari-remix-ep-billboard/ J-pop singer-songwriter Fujii Kaze has released a remix EP of this hit song “Kirari”, featuring new renditions from artists across Asia. The 24-year-old artist made his major label debut in 2020 with his highly acclaimed studio album Help never hurt never. Last September, he live-streamed a solo concert from one of Japan’s biggest stadiums, performing […]]]>

J-pop singer-songwriter Fujii Kaze has released a remix EP of this hit song “Kirari”, featuring new renditions from artists across Asia.

The 24-year-old artist made his major label debut in 2020 with his highly acclaimed studio album Help never hurt never. Last September, he live-streamed a solo concert from one of Japan’s biggest stadiums, performing alone with just a piano for an hour in the rain. This show, titled Fujii Kaze “Free” Live 2021 at Nissan Stadium, was streamed live on YouTube simultaneously around the world and was hailed as a great example of the post-pandemic future of live music in Japan. He followed that up with a successful first-ever national tour and a stellar performance on the prestigious year-end music program, NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen.

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Fujii – his name is stylized in Japanese order, family name first – kicks off 2022 with his new EP Kirari Remixes (Asia Edition). The original version is an upbeat pop number infused with a funky disco flavor, illustrating the importance of “shining (Kirari)” moments of our daily lives in his lyrics. The track arranged by longtime collaborator Yaffle showed a new side to the rising young artist and has been streamed over 100 million times.

The new EP features a wide variety of remixes by artists from four Asian cities: Seoul (South Korea), Taipei (Taiwan), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Amoy (China), in addition to new renditions by Fujii and Yaffle. The cover was designed by Japanese collage artist Kosuke Kawamura.

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Sony Music takes initiative to support the mental wellbeing of artists https://japononline.net/sony-music-takes-initiative-to-support-the-mental-wellbeing-of-artists/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 01:00:19 +0000 https://japononline.net/sony-music-takes-initiative-to-support-the-mental-wellbeing-of-artists/ In Japan, where mental illness is still widely considered a taboo subject, the music unit of Sony Group Corp. launched a pioneering project to provide its signed artists with mental and physical health care. The company, which has stars such as LiSA and Akiko Yano on its books, acted in response to the consequences of […]]]>

In Japan, where mental illness is still widely considered a taboo subject, the music unit of Sony Group Corp. launched a pioneering project to provide its signed artists with mental and physical health care.

The company, which has stars such as LiSA and Akiko Yano on its books, acted in response to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on the professional lives of performers.

Since artists’ work styles and contracts vary, taking care of their health falls primarily on the artists themselves or their talent managers, unlike corporate workers, whose employers submit reviews to them. regular health.

Under the new program that started in August 2021, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. is offering its artists and creators 24-hour free online medical counseling, face-to-face counselling, and mental and physical examinations regular.

Shinji Obana, SMEJ’s vice president of global business strategy, said the kind of support provided by the new initiative, dubbed “B-side,” is very hard to come by in Japan, unlike in Europe and the United States. United States, where music companies cooperate with non-profit organizations to support the mental well-being of their artists.

“The regular mental exams, which started as a trial in the spring (of 2021), have been very well received by the artists,” says Obana, adding that some said they appreciated the company’s effort as it there had been no such measures before.

Industry adviser Yuri Ishii says the assumption that artists are happy with working long hours and other hardships they face in pursuit of their music is detrimental to artists’ mental well-being performers. | KYODO

“The number of people receiving advice is still small and cannot be disclosed, but artists, creators and staff are gradually starting to use it,” he says. Currently, about 400 to 500 people can benefit from B-side’s services.

Obana says the coronavirus pandemic prompted SMEJ to act as the company’s talent management department “expressed the need to help their artists as an organization” due to the difficulties artists were facing to organize concerts and fulfill their role as performers in other ways.

The company also plans to hold internal workshops for all employees to raise awareness about mental health and create an environment where people can talk more openly about the subject within the company.

Advisers who have worked in the music industry hailed the B-side initiative as “groundbreaking” in a country where people are reluctant to talk about mental health issues.

But they say the measures are not enough to fundamentally improve the situation.

Yuri Ishii, an industry adviser who has worked at major record companies for more than 30 years, including as an executive, says people in high positions in the industry need to let go of certain assumptions, namely that artists are happy to work long hours because music is what they love. and that the struggles they face go hand in hand with the job.

She says many seniors in the industry still expect young artists to endure and overcome hardship to build careers, based on their own experiences of surviving long hours and harassment to succeed. .

“Such hard work has paid off in the past as results have followed following an economic boom, but for those under 40, it doesn’t necessarily work,” says Ishii.

Young artists now have a variety of career goals, from performing in major concert halls to showcasing their work online, but if their elders don’t understand these changing aspirations, it can lead to harassment, including imposing a style. unsustainable labor to emerging artists. interpreters, she said.

Artists are also likely to believe that anxiety or pain is a necessary source of creativity, a view often shared by fans and producers. On top of the pressure to create a new song today, the artist is expected to promote it on social media whether he likes it or not, experts say.

Masahiko Teshima, an artist-turned-industry adviser and teacher at the Muse Academy of Music in Tokyo, says the weight of such an expectation could prevent artists from getting the rest they need, even if they get tired. feel stressed.

Industry adviser Masahiko Teshima said many artists he knows see social media use as a heavy burden that leaves them vulnerable to online harassment.  |  KYODO
Industry adviser Masahiko Teshima said many artists he knows see social media use as a heavy burden that leaves them vulnerable to online harassment. | KYODO

Teshima says many artists he knows, including those who graduated from his school, find using social media services “a heavy burden,” in part because it makes them more vulnerable to online attacks. line.

While Sony Music’s initiative has been important, he says, it’s also a “transition period” for fans to educate themselves about mental health, as such knowledge “could act as a brake” and prevent someone to send abusive messages directly to an artist.

“If fans, artists and record labels can create a basis of respect for the health of artists, I think the situation will improve,” Teshima said.

Advisors in Japan say many of the underlying issues are common to other industries and that public awareness of mental health care can be boosted if more artists become able to speak out about its importance. They cited foreign examples, such as American singer Billie Eilish or South Korean boy band BTS, who spoke openly about the challenges they face.

Teshima says artists are often described as “a canary in a coal mine” because they tend to suffer before others in society in exchange for starting something new.

“Japanese society lacks knowledge about mental health but has prejudices against it,” says Teshima. “But hopefully the potential of music and the arts will provide a signal for big change.”

Sony Music’s Obana says the company is willing to share its experience and collaborate with other companies in the industry. It is also open to cooperating with health care organizations to support artists, as is already done in Europe and the United States.

“I think a lot of people have realized in the middle of the pandemic how much they are helped by entertainment,” says Obana. “We want to create a better environment in which the artists, who have encouraged us, can work while remaining healthy.”

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Queer | Art Announces Queer Fellows | Art | Mentorship 2022 https://japononline.net/queer-art-announces-queer-fellows-art-mentorship-2022/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 00:35:06 +0000 https://japononline.net/queer-art-announces-queer-fellows-art-mentorship-2022/ Queer | Art has announced the twelve scholarship recipients accepted for the 2022 cycle of the Queer | Art | Mentoring program and the mentors they will work with: Jose Abad with Mentor, Will Rawls (Performance) JL Akagi with Mentor, Torrey Peters (Literature) Frances Arpaia with Mentor, Angelo Madsen Minax (Movie) Mariam Bazeed with Mentor, […]]]>

Queer | Art has announced the twelve scholarship recipients accepted for the 2022 cycle of the Queer | Art | Mentoring program and the mentors they will work with:

Jose Abad with Mentor, Will Rawls (Performance)

JL Akagi with Mentor, Torrey Peters (Literature)

Frances Arpaia with Mentor, Angelo Madsen Minax (Movie)

Mariam Bazeed with Mentor, Morgan Bassichis (Performance)

Clarissa Brooks with Mentor, Saeed Jones (Literature)

Antonius-Tin Bui with Mentor, Lola Flash (Visual Art)

Kei Kaimana with Mentor, Alexis De Veaux (Literature)

Ute Petit with Mentor, Jeffrey Gibson (Visual Art)

Xoài Pham with Mentor, Tourmaline (Film)

Joie Lou Shakur with Mentor, Silas Howard (Movie)

Anh Vo with Mentor, Julie Tolentino (Performance)

Agustine Zegers with Mentor, Constantina Zavitsanos (Visual Art)

Now in its 11th year, the organization’s renowned Creative and Professional Development program is expanding nationwide for the first time, supporting both remote and in-person participation among early-career LGBTQ + artists. and established across the country. By expanding nationwide, Queer | Art | Mentorship bridges the professional and social thresholds that often isolate artists by generation, discipline, and region. The 2022 cohort is made up of mentors and fellows participating in ten states: California, Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Vermont, and Virginia.

The program supports a one-year exchange between emerging and established LGBTQ + artists in four distinct fields: film, literature, performance and the visual arts. Fellows apply with a specific project they would like to work on during the program and meet with their mentors on a monthly basis to discuss their progress in preparing for that event. Fellows also meet monthly as a group to learn from each other and support each other throughout the year.

Over the past decade, Queer | Art | Mentorship has nurtured the creative and professional development of over 179 artists and propelled the careers of a new generation of creators. Program alumni include: Camilo Godoy, Ryan J. Haddad, Saeed Jones, Jeanne Vaccaro, Geo Wyeth, April Freely, Tourmaline, Sasha Wortzel, Jess barbagallo, Morgan Bassichis, Monstah Black, Yve Laris Cohen, Troy Michie, Angelo Madsen Minax, Tommy Pico, Justin sayre, Eva Reign, Jacolby Satterwhite, Guadalupe Rosales and Hugh Ryan, among others.

Details on the projects each fellow will be working on are provided below.

About the Queer | Art | Mentorship Fellows 2020-2021 and their projects

Movie

Frances Arpaia (Brooklyn, NY) is a queer trans woman who makes films that explore everything from queer life in Brooklyn and the struggles of community and connection, to experimental performances and video art shitposts. Arpaia will work with mentor, Angelo Madsen Minax (Brooklyn, NY) on an experimental documentary that examines the Sapphic gaze between the Statue of Liberty and the Statue of Minerva in Brooklyn’s Greenwood Cemetery, which was specifically placed there to face to freedom in an eternal desire. .

Xoài Pham (Brooklyn, NY) is a Vietnamese trans woman with a long heritage of warriors, healers and shamans whose lifelong job is to dream of new futures where we are all limitless. Pham will work with Mentor, Tourmaline (Brooklyn, NY) on a series juxtaposing the complex and tangled relationships between trans immigrant women in New York City and the relationship they share with the criminal justice system.

Joie Lou Shakur (Durham, NC) is a Southern storyteller, drug maker, village organizer, and founding director of House of Pentacles, a film scholarship program and production house focused on cultural organization and narrative power led by and for black trans and gender. Non-compliant people. Shakur will work with Mentor, Silas Howard (Los Angeles, CA) on an experimental short that offers a glimpse into the shadowy world of young black transsexuals living with the trauma of parental abandonment, and the romantic bonds it takes. to heal and come home to ourselves.

Literature

JL Akagi (Brooklyn, NY) is a Japanese-American writer who blends elements of Japanese folklore and narrative structures in Western genres. Akagi will work with Mentor, Torrey Peters (New York / Vermont) on a speculative short story that explores the fetishization and appropriation of Asian bodies in late stage capitalism.

Clarissa Brooks (Atlanta, GA) is a writer, journalist and cultural worker using a black queer feminist lens to address her cultural critique and investigative reporting on topics such as hip-hop, black political power and various conditions cruel black women and girls survive every day. Brooks will work with mentor, Saeed Jones (Columbus, OH) on an investigative report into sexual violence at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU).

Kei Kaimana (Ann Arbor, MI) is a disabled non-binary trans writer, freelance scholar, and artist of Kanaka Maoli and black origin. Kaimana will work with Mentor, Alexis De Veaux (New Orleans, LA) on a visionary piece of fiction that asks the reader to imagine simultaneous realities where mothering is multidimensional, gods can be oblivious, and computers conspire with ghosts.

Performance

jose esteban abad (San Francisco, California) is a Filipino Afro-Caribbean choreographer, DJ and curator whose work focuses on collective experimental practices based on the processes of becoming and memory. abad will work with mentor Will Rawls (New York, NY) on a multimedia performance exploring the scope and future of black life in the diaspora, rooted in the radical Black tradition of experimentation, improvisation, collaboration and of intergenerational wisdom circles.

Mariam Bazeed (Brooklyn, NY) is an Egyptian immigrant, stage performer, actress, cook, and writer of prose, poetry, plays, and pantry. Bazeed will work with Mentor, Morgan Bassichis (Brooklyn, NY) on a solo cabaret of British standard melodies, sponsored by latest generation capitalist algorithms, with lyrics rewritten to reflect the everyday realities of Gulf Labor dystopia.

Anh Vo (Brooklyn, NY) is a Vietnamese dancer, writer, teacher, and activist. creation of works on pornography and queer relationships, being and form, identity and abstraction, and history and its colonial reality. Vo will work with mentor, Julie Tolentino (Joshua Tree, CA) on a color duology combining Vietnamese red music and yellow music to invoke the ideological death of communism and the death of the artist’s grandfather, the only Communist in their country. family.

Visual art

Antonius-Tin Bui (New Haven, CT) is a non-binary shapeshifter in identity and artistic practice, using hand-cut paper-cut, performances, flexible sculptures, and community engagement to visualize hybrid identities and stories who face the troubling present. Bui will work with Mentor, Lola Flash (New York, NY) to visually explore American futurism in the Asian Pacific Islands through photography, speculation and interviews.

Ut? ”Petit (New Orleans, LA) is an artist, transit, geography, and plant nerd who works as part of their family’s ancestral roles as quilters and farmers. will work with mentor Jeffrey Gibson (Hudson, NY) to manage the lot where his great-grandmother’s house flew up during Hurricane Katrina, transforming it into an African-native edible landscape, sculpture, playground of games and an energy park.

agustine zegers (Richmond, VA) is a Chilean artist, writer and bacterial community whose work uses text, smell, and ritual to understand and commune with ecological collapse flows and to question the pervasive systems that hold them back. produce. Zegers will work with Mentor, Constantina Zavitsanos (Brooklyn, NY) on a series of scent artwork, creating wearable scents that respond to ecological disaster scenarios.

For more information on Queer | Art | Mentorship and our new cohort of Fellows and Mentors, please visit our website at: www.queer-art.org/mentorship.

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Sony Music Entertainment UK triples its profits https://japononline.net/sony-music-entertainment-uk-triples-its-profits/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 21:50:09 +0000 https://japononline.net/sony-music-entertainment-uk-triples-its-profits/ Music giant behind Beyonce and Robbie Williams sees profits triple in UK branch after downplaying impact of record store closings By Alex Lawson, Financial Mail on Sunday Posted: 9:50 p.m. GMT, January 8, 2022 | Update: 22:58 GMT, January 8, 2022 The music giant behind Beyonce and Robbie Williams has seen its profits triple in […]]]>

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The music giant behind Beyonce and Robbie Williams has seen its profits triple in its UK branch after downplaying the impact of record store closings.

Sony Music Entertainment UK made a profit of £ 98million as of March 31, 2021, up from £ 31million the previous year. Turnover was flat at £ 280million, according to accounts filed with Companies House.

Directors of the company said that due to the pandemic, “there has been a decline in the market for sales of physical products and some ancillary revenue sources.” However, he said the continued growth and cost savings had “minimized” the impact.

In tune: Sony Music Entertainment UK reported a profit of £ 98million as of March 31, 2021, up from £ 31million the previous year

The UK branch of Sony is part of the Japanese conglomerate and has seen its profits increase due to a one-off increase in the group’s internal revenues. It did not pay a dividend last year.

The profit surge comes as a row rages on record label revenue from streaming. Last year, MPs called for artists to receive a greater share of streaming revenue.

The government asked the Competition and Markets Authority to conduct a study on the major record companies, Universal, Sony and Warner. Last week, independent music companies called for its extension to include Apple and Spotify.

The growth of streaming helped Universal Music Group float to $ 40 billion last year. But there are signs that streaming growth is slowing, with UK vinyl sales growth surpassing last year.


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Blue Ivy Carter’s Biggest Birthday Achievements https://japononline.net/blue-ivy-carters-biggest-birthday-achievements/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 18:03:38 +0000 https://japononline.net/blue-ivy-carters-biggest-birthday-achievements/ Blue ivy carter in 10 years ! In a short decade, the famous first child of Beyonce and Jay Z has already accomplished more than many people in their entire life. From song credits to prestigious awards, let’s take a look at some of Blue Ivy’s biggest accomplishments over the past 10 years. When it […]]]>

Blue ivy carter in 10 years !

In a short decade, the famous first child of Beyonce and Jay Z has already accomplished more than many people in their entire life. From song credits to prestigious awards, let’s take a look at some of Blue Ivy’s biggest accomplishments over the past 10 years.

When it comes to rewards, Blue has more than just a few pillars in the music industry. Last year, the 9-year-old girl and her mother won the award for best video for “Brown Skin Girl”. making her the second youngest winner in Grammy history.

That same year, she became the youngest recipient of the MTV Video Music Award for “Brown Skin Girl”, beating other nominees like Billie Eilish and Chance the rapper. The song also earned Blue her first BET Award nomination.

The accolades don’t end there: Blue also won the Outstanding Duo / Group Award for her contribution to “Brown Skin Girl” at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards, making her the youngest artist to win a major award.

While the 10-year-old is already a pro at receiving rewards, she is also here to spread the love. In a pre-recorded video, Blue Ivy joined her mom and other celebrities to recite some of Jay-Z’s famous lyrics in honor of his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in November 2021.

After working alongside her parents, the famous child also lent her talents to other worthy causes. In November 2020, Hair love author Matthew A. Cherry announced on social media that Blue is the narrator of the audio version of his beloved children’s book.

In addition to expressing incredible artwork, Blue Ivy has also been on camera. In the summer of 2020, when the little one had just turned 9, she made multiple cameos in Beyoncé’s Black is king visual album. This time, her younger siblings, twins Rumi and Sir, also made an appearance.


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Yoko Ono Tribute Album, with David Byrne and more, due next month https://japononline.net/yoko-ono-tribute-album-with-david-byrne-and-more-due-next-month/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 14:55:00 +0000 https://japononline.net/yoko-ono-tribute-album-with-david-byrne-and-more-due-next-month/ Death Cab for Cutie, David Byrne, Yo La Tengo, Japanese Breakfast, Sharon Van Etten and the Flaming Lips are among the artists featured on “Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono”, a tribute compilation “imagined and organized” by Death Cab’s Benjamin Gibbard and coming to Canvasback-Atlantic Records on February 18, Ono’s 89th birthday. The full tracklist […]]]>

Death Cab for Cutie, David Byrne, Yo La Tengo, Japanese Breakfast, Sharon Van Etten and the Flaming Lips are among the artists featured on “Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono”, a tribute compilation “imagined and organized” by Death Cab’s Benjamin Gibbard and coming to Canvasback-Atlantic Records on February 18, Ono’s 89th birthday. The full tracklist appears below.

The album also features US Girls, Jay Som, Stephin Merritt (of Magnetic Fields), Thao, Sudan Archives, We Are King and Amber Coffman. Three of the artists – Yo La Tengo, the Flaming Lips and Deerhoof – have already collaborated with Ono.

The cover of “Who Has Seen the Wind” by Byrne and Yo La Tengo is now available:

A portion of the album’s proceeds will be donated to WhyHunger, a nonprofit that Ono has supported for decades in their efforts to transform the global food system by strengthening social justice and addressing the root causes of hunger. and poverty. Ono has donated millions of dollars to charitable and non-violent causes over the years.

While Ono was a leading avant-garde artist long before meeting her future husband John Lennon in 1966, her sometimes divisive music was often overlooked or dismissed until years, if not decades later, when her influence became evident in artists ranging initially from B-52s and Sonic Youth to Galas Diamanda. A previous tribute album titled “Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him” ​​was released in 1984 and featured Lennon, Elvis Costello, Harry Nilsson, Rosanne Cash and others.

“Yoko makes art that teaches us all that peace is possible,” Gibbard said, adding that the album “was born out of both love and frustration. The ‘love’ part is enough. obvious; this is the seemingly bottomless well of inspiration and pleasure that Yoko Ono’s music has given me and I have to assume that everyone is present here on this compilation. The “frustration” part, on the other hand, goes back decades.

“As a lawyer, the biggest hurdle to overcome has always been the public’s ignorance of the scope of Yoko’s work,” he continued. “To put it in context, this is an artist whose production ranges from avant-garde to bubblegum pop, often on a single album. For years my position has been that his songwriting has been criminally neglected. She has always created melodies as memorable as those of the best pop writers. As a lyricist, she has always written with poignantness, sophistication and deep introspection.

“Some of his best songs have been covered and compiled here by a group of musicians spanning several generations for whom his work has meant so much. I sincerely hope that a new generation of Yoko Ono fans will fall in love with his writing, in part thanks to this album that we have composed.

“Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono” will be accompanied by an exclusive podcast, hosted by Gibbard and veteran music journalist Jenny Eliscu, featuring discussions of Ono’s music and legacy with many of the artists featured on the album . An official trailer – starring Byrne, Gibbard, Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner – is now streaming HERE.

List of tracks:

  1. Toy boat – Sharon Van Etten
  2. Who saw the wind? – David Byrne and Yo La Tengo
  3. Dogtown – Archives of Sudan
  4. Waiting for the Sunrise – Death Cab for Cutie
  5. Yellow Girl (Stand For Life) – Thao
  6. Born in a Prison – American Girls
  7. Growing Pain – Jay Som
  8. Listen, the snow is falling – Stephin Merritt (magnetic fields)
  9. No No No – Deerhoof
  10. Do not be afraid – We are king
  11. Mrs. Lennon – Flaming Lips
  12. Nobody Sees Me Like You – Japanese Breakfast
  13. There is no goodbye between us – Yo La Tengo
  14. Course Course Course – Amber Coffman


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2021 New Years celebrations across the United States as 15,000 revelers fill Times Square as Americans greet in 2022 https://japononline.net/2021-new-years-celebrations-across-the-united-states-as-15000-revelers-fill-times-square-as-americans-greet-in-2022/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 22:31:00 +0000 https://japononline.net/2021-new-years-celebrations-across-the-united-states-as-15000-revelers-fill-times-square-as-americans-greet-in-2022/ THOUSANDS of revelers greeted the New Year in Times Square in New York City as the US East Coast struck 2022. The New Years Eve celebration in Times Square continued with a small crowd. Only about 15,000 people with proof of vaccination and wearing face masks have been allowed to rally around Times Square to […]]]>

THOUSANDS of revelers greeted the New Year in Times Square in New York City as the US East Coast struck 2022.

The New Years Eve celebration in Times Square continued with a small crowd.

Only about 15,000 people with proof of vaccination and wearing face masks have been allowed to rally around Times Square to contain the spread of Omicron.

Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus threw a New Years Eve party in Miami, Florida, and Nashville, music stars such as Lady A performed at a concert at the Big Bash Bicentennial National Mall State Park.

The UK greeted in 2022 with a spectacular fireworks display and pyrotechnics show that lit up famous London locations to mark the end of 12 difficult months.

The “spectacular” fireworks display traveled through London to mark midnight and ended with a traditional performance by Auld Lang Syne performed by the West End musical choir.

The stunning Friday display was powered by lights, drones and fireworks as it marked the biggest moments in Britain over the past 12 months.

To celebrate, we bring you live updates from celebrations around the world, from fireworks in Sydney and Beijing, to parties in London, New York, Rio de Janeiro and everyone in between.

Read our New Years Live Blog below to keep up with all the latest actions …

  • Andy Cohen criticizes Bill DeBlasio

    CNN’s annual New Years Live was hosted for the fifth year in a row by reporter Anderson Cooper and talk show host Andy Cohen.

    Ringing in the new year, the Bravo star had a few words to say about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

    “Watching Mayor de Blasio do his victory dance after four years of the craziest tenure as New York mayor,” Cohen said.

    Bill de Blasio was seen dancing on stage at the famous deserted monument on New Years Eve with his wife, Chirlane McCray, after the city was asked to socially distance itself due to spikes in Covid-19 numbers.

    “The only thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on is what a horrible mayor he has been… So, sayonara, sucka!”

    Cooper attempted to intervene as Cohen spoke into the camera. You can hear him say to Cohen “don’t rant” and “is that how you want to start the new year?”

  • Pete Davidson toasts Betty White

    Just before midnight on New Years Eve, comedian Pete Davison encouraged viewers of his New Years special to toast Betty White.

    Pete co-hosted the event with Miley Cyrus, and he raised a drink in memory of Betty White, who passed away on New Years Eve.

    Previously, Betty White fans had asked the Golden Girls star to date Pete Davidson, 27, as part of her ultimate bucket list ahead of her 100th birthday.

  • NYE parties faced a champagne shortage

    Revelers rushed to find champagne as a champagne shortage threatened New Year’s celebrations.

    Wineries have felt the effects of the global supply chain crisis, such as delays at ports and shortages of drivers.

    The United States is currently in the early stages of a champagne shortage that is expected to last for several years, according to Wine Enthusiast magazine.

    Importers should have managed to order months in advance, as product delivery to the United States can take up to three times as long.

  • Big Ben marks midnight and 2022

    Minutes after Big Ben hit 12:00 p.m., a few fireworks were launched on January 1, 2022 in London, UK.

    The countries that make up the UK have different covid measures in place during the holiday season.

    In Scotland, a maximum of 500 people can attend outdoor events where a physical distance of one meter is in place, meaning the traditional Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations have been canceled.

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty
  • New Year’s asteroid passing through Earth

    An asteroid bigger than Big Ben is about to hit the Earth.

    The massive boulder was named 2013 YD48 by NASA who called it a “potentially dangerous object”.

    The asteroid is expected to pass within 3.48 million kilometers of Earth on January 11 – a relatively close call in astronomical terms.

    It is approximately 340 feet (104 m) wide, which makes it taller than Big Ben.

  • Times Square scenes

    Revelers gathered in Times Square ahead of the New Years celebrations.

    New York City has limited the number of people who can attend the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square to 15,000 due to the increase in the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

    Credit: PA: Press Association
  • New York Mayor Eric Adams is sworn in

    Last night, in the midst of New Years celebrations, Eric Adams was sworn in as New York’s new mayor.

  • How heavy is the Times Square balloon?

    Each year, a giant ball descends in Times Square to mark the arrival of the New Year in New York.

    According to Fox, the 2021-2022 balloon weighed 11,875 pounds.

    The first bullet fell in 1907 and weighed 700 pounds.

  • Blow up the question

    A man proposes marriage to a woman during New Years celebrations in Times Square.

    Credit: HANNAH BEIER
  • Miley Cyrus gets rid of a wardrobe malfunction

    The singer’s top came off during her performance of “We Can’t Stop” and “Party in the USA”

    She walked backstage in the middle of the performance and came back with a blazer, adding “Everyone’s definitely looking at me now,” channeling the lyrics to her song.

  • Wearing white in Brazil

    Everyone in Brazil wears white on New Years Eve.

    The color symbolizes luck and peace for the New Year and makes choosing the right outfit much easier.

  • Non-ash option in Russia

    If you don’t want to burn your vows, there is another option.

    You can write down your goal for next year, keep it in a jar, then read it and think about it next New Year’s Eve.

  • Ashen Champagne in Russia

    New Year’s champagne in Russia is known to be spicy.

    It is a tradition to write your wishes on a piece of paper, burn it, then sprinkle the ashes into your drink.

  • New Year’s resolutions go back

    Creating New Year’s resolutions is far from a recent tradition.

    The practice is estimated to be over 4000 years old.

    Historians believe the tradition may even go back to the Babylonians, one of the first cultures to celebrate the New Year.

  • Other states abandon other objects

    While the prom is a more well-known tradition, other states are abandoning different objects.

    A giant mushroom is deposited in Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin hosts a giant cheese deposit.

  • The NY Ball drop tradition began in 1907

    Times Square in New York has been hosting bullet drops since 1907.

    The sphere in use today weighs 11,875 pounds and is decorated with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles and 32,256 LEDs.

    The first New Year’s ball was simply made of iron and wood.

  • Covid-19 cases soar amid celebrations

    As thousands of people gathered last night to celebrate the New Year around the world, cases of Covid-19 have increased.

    In New York alone, more than 78,000 new cases have been reported.

  • New York Mayor Eric Adams is sworn in

    Last night, in the midst of New Years celebrations, Eric Adams was sworn in as New York’s new mayor.

  • Watch the ball fall!

    A Twitter user shared a clip of when the ball fell on New Years Eve in Times Square with Ryan Seacrest.

    Thousands of people have gathered to receive 2022 on ABC’s classic special.

  • First Spanish countdown

    Daddy Yankee, originally from Puerto Rico, performs on Dick Clark’s New Years Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022 during the show’s first-ever Spanish Countdown, from Distrito T-Mobile in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty
  • New Years in North Korea

    Citizens watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks display at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea on Saturday, January 1, 2022.

    North Korea was one of the first nations to welcome 2022.

    Credit: AP: Associated press
  • New Years in Quebec

    A lone man walks down rue Petit-Champlain in the historic old quarter of Champlain, a few minutes after 10 p.m. in Quebec City, Quebec, on Friday, December 31, 2021.

    The Quebec government has ordered a curfew until COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations decline.

    Credit: AP: Associated press
  • New Years in Denver

    Fireworks explode above the D&F May Tower along the Pedestrian Street of 16th Street during a New Years Eve celebration on Friday, December 31, 2021, in downtown Denver.

    Denver rings New Years at 2 a.m. EST.

    Credit: AP: Associated press
  • Nashville welcomes 2022

    A view of the fireworks during New Years Eve Live Nashville’s Big Bash at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville, Tennessee.

    The east coast of the United States is now in 2022!

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty
  • Falling bullet

    Fireworks go off and confetti fall in the hours leading up to New Years Day on New Year’s Day in Times Square in New York on Friday, December 31, 2021. New Years Eve celebration in Times Square, New York.

    Credit: Rex Features



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Top 20 “Rockin ‘Through The Pandemic” by L. Kent Wolgamott | Music https://japononline.net/top-20-rockin-through-the-pandemic-by-l-kent-wolgamott-music/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 06:00:00 +0000 https://japononline.net/top-20-rockin-through-the-pandemic-by-l-kent-wolgamott-music/ 12, Lincoln Exposed – Bull Face. Bull Face, the new band from Lincoln, who gave their first real show at Lincoln Exposed as the annual festival of local bands moved to July and became the “welcome” event for the Lincoln music community. 13. Lincoln Symphony with Keith Lockhart. The Boston Pops canceled their fall tour […]]]>

12, Lincoln Exposed – Bull Face. Bull Face, the new band from Lincoln, who gave their first real show at Lincoln Exposed as the annual festival of local bands moved to July and became the “welcome” event for the Lincoln music community.

13. Lincoln Symphony with Keith Lockhart. The Boston Pops canceled their fall tour of the Midwest, eliminating a Lincoln show where the orchestra was to perform John Williams’ film music. So the ever-resourceful Lied Center recruited Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, who got permission to play Williams ‘music and paired him up with Lincoln’s Symphony, who competently performed Williams’ sheet music. and sensitivity, powerfully reproducing music heard in movie theaters and on television. and grace in an October concert which was a blast to hear.

14. 311. The Omaha band’s return in September to Pinewood Bowl after 27 years was best viewed by the rock / reggae / rap group now residing in California. Mixing together old songs they’d played at the bowl years ago, with hits and newer material, the veteran five-piece group were tighter than tight and cleverly paced the set, mixing styles ranging from lush rock to heavy hip-hop rock at times, all in one song.

15. Bob Dylan, “Shadow Kingdom” Let old song and dance man Bob Dylan fake the audience for a live streaming concert and create one of the musical events of 2021. Filmed in black and white and set in a nonexistent smoky club, the film by 50 Minutes found Dylan with a band, probably working on pre-recorded tracks. Every time it was recorded Dylan had a terrific vocals and the rearrangements of “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”, “Forever Young” and other classics were “Rough and Rowdy Ways” cool.


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Jhené Aiko and Mila J sit down with Facebook and Billboard – Billboard https://japononline.net/jhene-aiko-and-mila-j-sit-down-with-facebook-and-billboard-billboard/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 14:28:49 +0000 https://japononline.net/jhene-aiko-and-mila-j-sit-down-with-facebook-and-billboard-billboard/ “What are you?” is a phrase that is often used when you are of mixed ancestry. There are times when these three words can be covered in venom, as if someone is placing the weight of suspicion all over your family tree. Other times, however, this question comes from a place of sheer curiosity, albeit […]]]>

“What are you?” is a phrase that is often used when you are of mixed ancestry. There are times when these three words can be covered in venom, as if someone is placing the weight of suspicion all over your family tree. Other times, however, this question comes from a place of sheer curiosity, albeit awkward. It’s someone who asks you questions about your past, your community, who you love.

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Sisters Jhené and Jamila Chilombo, better known by their chart-topping stage names Jhené Aiko and Mila J, know a bit more about this loaded question. They grew up with a mixed African-American and Japanese heritage in the Los Angeles enclave that they both call Slauson Hills, a small neighborhood nestled between Baldwin Hills and Inglewood. (And even this genetic summary sums up the sisters’ experience, as their tapestry of ethnic heirlooms contains even more detail.)

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Like so many mixed children, they did not recognize that their mixed heritage made them different until this inevitable question arose. “You would have every once in a while ‘What are you guys?’ And I would just say I’m mixed or human. I’m not sure if I was familiar with the concept of being mixed at the time, ”Jhené said in an interview with Billboard and Facebook, where she and her sister explored their AAPI heritage through some of their favorite foods. of childhood.

Billboard served five dishes for Jhené and Jamila: a special dry ramen inspired by their grandfather’s recipe; salmon teriyaki that reminded them both of the big batches of teriyaki sauce their families made and put on everything; the inari, the rice-stuffed tofu skins that they grew up calling them “footballers”; and soft, oblong clouds of Japanese cheesecake that MIla J calls “a little piece of heaven”.

Each plate sparked different memories for the sisters: how their grandfather brought back treats from Japanese grocery stores, their family “melting pot” in Los Angeles, celebrating the Japanese New Year with their friends. Being mixed “made us open-minded at such an elementary age,” Mila J says in the video. “We never grew up judging things… we were just open.”

Their willingness to explore cultures and influences has served the two sisters well in life and throughout their careers as a musician and artist. They both refuse to be locked in when it comes to the type of music they create, a fierce and shared independence that reflects how they refuse to be identified as one ethnicity. Instead, Jhené and Jamila focus on the commonalities between themselves and the music community at large. “We are more alike than we are different,” says Mila J. “Music is the universal language. “

Finding these commonalities has been a part of the lives of the two women since they were children and heard these funny questions asking them who they are. Jhené and Jamila know that curiosity can quickly metastasize unless it’s pointed in the right direction. For them, it’s about encouraging people to talk about their experiences without hesitation. “I think it’s important that people share their stories in general and that we should share them in order to learn from each other and not to judge,” Jhené explains. “We love each other, we love our family, we love our roots and everything that makes us who we are.”


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Japan’s local idol groups return to the scene amid new COVID-19 rules https://japononline.net/japans-local-idol-groups-return-to-the-scene-amid-new-covid-19-rules/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 01:00:46 +0000 https://japononline.net/japans-local-idol-groups-return-to-the-scene-amid-new-covid-19-rules/ Nagoya – Budding ‘idol’ song and dance numbers in Nagoya, said to be a hotbed for the emergence of new talent, attempt to rekindle the all-important close contact with fans after long struggling against restrictions on music. coronavirus. The audience’s proximity to the idol-pop performers, both boy and girl groups, and solo acts, is a […]]]>

Budding ‘idol’ song and dance numbers in Nagoya, said to be a hotbed for the emergence of new talent, attempt to rekindle the all-important close contact with fans after long struggling against restrictions on music. coronavirus.

The audience’s proximity to the idol-pop performers, both boy and girl groups, and solo acts, is a key part of the fan experience, but the opportunities to perform live have come. sharply declined due to restrictions on face-to-face activities introduced to combat the COVID-19 crisis.

Although performances have resumed in the central city of Japan, they come with a whole new set of rules, such as adhering to strict social distancing protocols and even registering names and contact details at events. in some cases.

Cool-X, a group of dancing and singing male idols, performed their repertoire in front of around 50 predominantly female audiences at a shopping complex in Sakae, an entertainment district, in mid-November.

“The opportunities to perform outdoors have been limited. We hope you will support us even though it might be the first time you’ve seen us, ”one of the members told the audience.

Competition among aspiring idols in Nagoya is intense, with more than 100 artists performing individually or in groups, according to an entertainment industry official.

Idol-pop outfits like OSU attempt to reconnect with fans in person, which is vital for their popularity. | KYODO

During the performance of Cool-X, the audience was required to wear masks, stand on fixed markers for social distancing, and were prohibited from cheering. Instead, they could clap and sway.

After the performance, Cool-X members chatted with fans who had purchased band-related products on offer at the venue.

As the COVID-19 infections spread, Cool-X broadcast live performances online and kept in touch with fans by phone. The band resumed live performances in October.

A 19-year-old student who was on the show said Cool-X helped ease her sense of isolation after the college she enrolled in switched to online classes last year.

While she enjoyed Cool-X’s performance, she admits the new COVID-19 rules in place aren’t ideal for having the best time.

“I felt sad because we had to keep away from the group. When they’re closer, I can dance with them, ”she says.

Junki Maeda, 27, one of the band members, admits: “The sooner the audience can raise their voices to encourage us again, the better to make our performances more exciting.”

The Nanairo Milky Way female idol group operates independently without belonging to an artistic agency. When the prefectural government of Aichi, of which Nagoya is the capital, asked companies to reduce their working hours as an anti-infective measure, the group saw its revenues plummet as its merchandise sales after the performance had to end more. earlier than usual.

Some Nanairo members are taking part-time jobs to make ends meet.

“Some of us have had economic difficulties,” said 23-year-old group leader Nako Sugino.

Although the group is growing in popularity, members are frustrated as performances planned in places like Tokyo and Osaka have been postponed due to the health crisis.

“Many idols belonging to small talent agencies or independent groups have dissolved or suspended their activities,” according to an entertainment industry official.

Referring to the difficult business conditions since last year, Kenichi Yufu, 49, owner of a business that runs entertainment idols and a club with live music, said: “You had no other choice than to laugh and overcome difficulties. “

The company lost millions of yen with the canceled performances and saw its revenue drop by half last year, Yufu said. Although business has resumed this year, he said the business is only halfway through a full recovery.

Despite this, Yufu takes a proactive approach in his plans to introduce new idol groups because, as he said, “there is an energy that can only be conveyed through face-to-face performances.” While launching a new idol group, he attracted over 100 people to an event held at his club in mid-November.

At the event, members of the public were required to wear masks and were not allowed to shout, but expressed their support for the performers by waving pen lights and swaying to the music.

Ami Natsukawa, the 22-year-old leader of OSU, a female idol group who performed at the event, said: “We hope to energize people, although a full return to the way things were previously or maybe impossible. “

Yufu says that at the moment, anyway, idol groups have no choice but to deal with the circumstances of the pandemic.

“I want people to see our efforts to get along effectively with the coronavirus by taking the right steps,” he says.

In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is urging residents and visitors to exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, concert halls and other public spaces.

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