Japanese music industry is on the verge of perishing

Robert De Boron,  a producer and truck maker, released the first album in September, 2008 in Japan. Since the first album came out, his music has been smash hit at every turn he created it. Now he is the one of gun in music industry, and no one can ever drug him down from the position for the King of music.  His music has been off the chart  all the time ,winning the title as No. One in Japan and Korea as well. The artists engaging in his music are also the finest among others by a long shot.

It was almost 4 years ago that I listened to one of his music for the first time as I was looking for a music in English. Since I had just come back to Japan from the United State after staying there for a years as an exchange student, I wanted to do everything in English in order not to let  my English skill deteriorate. I was just netsurfing, browsing all kind of websites about Music. There was a song called “Shine a Light part 2” uploaded on one of websites I was looking at, and then I unconsciously pushed “Play”, which I always do whenever I find something relevant to something else I am looking for.

So, the music started.

At the beginning, it was alright, just like another song, but 21 seconds later , rapping started. It somehow caught my attention, and next moment, I was totally into its world where smooth melodies created by a piano , and mixed up with electronic sounds which  made up one unique world I had been looking for. I might have to say that ,to be honest, I did not know there was such a type of music here in Japan in the first place, but when I listed to it, I felt something  running through my veins. It is not something that can be explained in words. The cherry on top is that it was sang in English which was also suitable to my wish to keep developing my English skill, in other words, the song was impeccable to me!!

You might want to listen to it to understand what I meant clearly.

Here is the song.

On top of its smooth and peaceful melody, it is English!

By the way, According to one of articles from Live door News, Masahide Sakuma ,62 years-old music producer , says “Japanese music industry is now on the verge of perishing in all respects. Just a while ago, when there was a music festival, more Japanese artists would always be invited to perform, but nowadays the number of Japanese artists potentially invited dropped down sharply. Singapore is one of developed nations in music industry looking for a country to deal with, however they are not looking at Japan, in addition, they don’t even consider Japanese music as the one that they want to put themselves in the same level to”.

If this is the truth Japan have to face in the near future, It would give a huge headache to Japanese singers and producers. In addition to that, some says “Japanese music industry is not working well now. They will not come back to international stages again unless they will break the language barrier”

Masahide and those who believe Japanese music will be put in a compartmentalized isolation are both right on the MONEY in a sense, but step back and take a look at a big picture, there  are many Japanese artists and foreigners living in Japan, trying to succeed in the world or looking for a oppotunity to the world. For example, Utada Hikaru , a Japanese singer and song writer, made in top 69 out of 200 in the U.S. back in 2009, which was the first time for a Japanese to be on the billboard in the last 23 years.

What was the secret recipe to her successes?

I would have to say that it was done by breaking the language barrier for the most part. As a matter of fact, I had an oppotunity to have one of my American friend listened to her music released in the U.S., he told me that he thought she was American on account of her accent and pronunciation in English, and I made him listen to other music sang by other Japanese musician in English. Hate to break it to you all, but he said ” It is not my cup of tea”. I asked “why?”. “she stroke me as just an American wanna-be, trying to mimic us, but truth is, it is really obvious that she is trying hard to pronounce English words just like us, but at the same time, she has Japanese accents which makes the song sound little weird”.

So now let’s get to the point.

Utada, she made in top 69 which  was the first time for Japanese to archive in so many years, and what is more is that she recorded her music in English, the global language, fluently, and the Cherry on top is that, those who sang in Broken English in terms of accents could not make it in top 200. It comes in obvious that people in the countries especially where English is spoken as the first language, would not listen to Japanese music as long as Japanese artists keep singing in either Japanese or Broken English.

But, wait, take a deep breath. Did you listen to the music I posted above? They are fine and sing in English just like a native speaker, and Japanese artists just like them are everywhere in Japan ,just waiting for the time to come, I hope. It is not too late in my opinion.  Japanese music industry is rather transforming for the next stage than diving into the pit of hell.  Those who have sophisticated English have a potential to succeed in the World just like Utada did in the eyes of the world.

Maybe we just haven’t realized that the time Japanese singers take over the world may actually have been coming to its reality bit by bit.

Alright, Let’s get back to Robert De Boron.

As I said, his music is great, and has a lot of potentials to be successful in the World. It was sad , and I felt helpless when People said that they didn’t know his music. I wished I would have been able to tell them how awesome his music was, and how much I liked.

“Shine a light part 2”. As you can see from its name, this song is just one of series of “Shine a light”. So far, it has 4 series, and they compose a story as one.

For the sake of the development of Japanese music industry and his career, I would like to post all the series of ” Shine a light” here. I hope many of you will find them great enough to be addicted to listen to all the time.

Shine a light

Shine a light part 2

Shine a light part 3

Shine a light part 4

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#musicweek Dawn Richard Goldenheart Album Review

She’s ready for war; she’s ready for battle; she’s ready to fight: the R&B singer Dawn Richard proclaims her battle with the music industry in her 2013 release—Goldenheart. Ready for downloads and hitting stores on January 15th, 2013, Goldenheart is Richard’s debut full-length album, reaching the No. 1 spot on I-Tunes R&B Chart, No. 137 on the Billboard Top 200, selling 3,000 copies. The former member both of Diddy Dirty Money and girl group Danity Kane is covering new ground as an independent act that is capable of creating top quality productions, top level music videos and a major album release.

Dawn Richard, a New Orleans native, started her career in the music industry as a contestant on MTV’s reality television show Making the Band, when Puff Daddy selected her from her audition at the Apollo Theater. She eventually beat 20 contestants to become one of the five girls who would make up the international pop music group—Danity Kane. Richard and the other five girls of Danity Kane eventually scored two platinum No.1 albums and two top ten singles. After a successful two and a half year run, Danity Kane came to an end. Richard continued her music career with Diddy Dirty Money, a trio comprised of Bad Boy Records Chairman Puff Daddy and Bad Boy Records songwriter Kelena, releasing the critically acclaimed R&B album, Last Train to Paris.

Dawn Richard co-wrote and co-produced all 16 tracks of Goldenheart. Conceptually, the album contains Richard’s life and experiences in the music industry, woven into progressive R&B sounds with allusions to medieval imagry and fantasy. It is a powerful record with songs about hope, love, loss, and war. Her lyrics are poetic and intelligently penned, showing her abilities as a songwriter.

Album highs include the album intro In the Hearts Tonight, the club jam Northern Lights, Riot, Warfaire and Return of a Queen. Richard makes a powerful claim of inner-strength on the song In the Hearts Tonight, she sings, “So get ready for war, Yea get ready for war, Put your battle suit on, You’s a champion, We can never be touched, Ain’t no stoppin us.” The album is littered with references to Richard’s struggle in the music industry, like in the song Warfaire, “I fight a battle everyday, Against discouragement and fear, Some foe stands always in my way, The path is never clear, I get ahead by fighting hard, The fighting keeps my spirit strong.” The undertone of struggle and determination throughout the record is inspiring, making you feel like you can accomplish anything. In songs like Goliath and 300, she makes Biblical and Medieval references that continue her theme and story about struggle, inner-strength and triumph.

Sonically, Goldenheart can be classified as progressive R&B–traditional elements of blues with dreamy electronic sounds and modern synthesizers. It has an atmospheric and experimental sound, much like Richard’s muse and main inspiration—Bjork. The ambient and house elements are reminiscent of 80’s funk and rock, much like Phil Collins and Prince. Mostly mid-tempo tracks, some a full ballads and some full dance tracks, trip-hop elements and beats are eclectically mixed with jazzy and folk instrumentals.

Employing religious imagery, heroic themes, fantasy, epic battles, tales of salvation, world domination and violence, Richard created one of the most conceptually unique albums of recent times, many critics hailing it as one of the best albums of 2013. Richard is pushing the envelop in multiple ways, musically, performance-wise, business wise: creating national indie tours in various clubs and small venues.

Goldenheart is only the first installment of a planned trilogy of albums, the other two being Blackheart and REDemptionheart. Goldenheart was described by Richard as the story of a naïve warrior who came to dominate, win wars and slay dragons. Coming next in the triology is Blackheart, which she claims is darker. It’s the story of a fallen warrior who lost many battles and is now feeling the blood on her hands. The mixed autobiographic and graphic themes propel her intriguing story.

Red Deer International is readily anticipating Blackheart and looking forward to a slew of progressive sounds, edgy fashion and spectacular dance routines.





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OH AFRICA by AKON, the man with A Senegalese background.

How many timeS have you heard his music on THE radio? I have been a fan of his music for about 4 years. He has been creating wonderful and spectacle songs, but especially this music – came out in 2010– caught my attention, more of like caught me off my guard when I heard it 3 years ago.

The melody and the rhythm in this music are the greatest among his other works in my opinion. This song, of course, starts with Akon saying “AKON!” as usual, but what I would like you to focus on more are the voices you hear at the beginning of this song. It makes me feel that I am in the middle of a vast field in Africa.

Here is little background of AKON.

  1. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the U.S.A
  2. He moved to Senegal (he calls Senegal “his hometown”), and was raised by his father
  3. His father taught him a lot about music
  4. As a teenager, he made up his mind to move back  to the U.S. permanently

According to AFRICAN MUSIC SAFARIAkon brought a breath of fresh air into the R and B music industry as a rapper.  Most  rap artists back then were mainly making rap songs to boast about how they are smart in the street (Their street smarts), but his music, on the other hand, is full of loving and losing and loving again, which strikes me that he is truly the man who cares about others and knows how nice and gentle humans can be to each other. There is no right or wrong in how to create a song, but I would like to listen to music that shows some degree of care and loving. His music always satisfies my desire and expectations for music.  

 Here is his song, “OH AFRICA” Check this out ! Welcome to AFRICA!

Stay tuned!

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längst fram i taxin by a Swedish rap group “Snook”. Sick and tired of music in English? It is time to listen music in Swedish.

I was riding in a taxi for the longest time ever 

I believe that this is the correct translation of this title from Swedish to English language as a result of my careful observation of this music video and the words used in the title.

If I am wrong, Please let me know.

Do you have the time when you all of sudden want to get in a cab?

Yes, I do.  Then I always start listening to this song which makes me feel that I am in a cab in New York City.

I do not know what they are saying in this video, but it seems that they are having a fun time in the cab with a batch of ladies drinking and getting wasted.

I went to New York City about two months ago, and I could not find any cabs like this then. Maybe I was not in the right place at the right time.

They say in this song “Shut the Fu$k up and bla bla “Let me talk to you“.

I could not understand if they are having fun or getting annoyed.

However this song has a certain common rhythm everybody all around the world can get hyped up about.

Listen, Guys!

We present a Swedish rap group “SNOOP

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ShinJyuku Barricade – Japanese Vibration

We are so pleased to introduce the second song of Shinjyuku Barricade.

Japanese Vibration

As a Japanese person, this song encourages me a lot especially in the time of trouble. The main vocalist has been through all sorts of downsides of one’s life such as that a company he had been working for went bankrupt after the economic bubble bursted back in 90s, and in addition to that massive change, there was also a change in his family. For instance, his wife started working as a part time worker and his son felt a little lonely while everybody went out to work. He and his wife worked so hard for their kids in all respects.

He sings this song from the his son’s point of view around that time.

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Zion T

K-Pop’s mystery man Zion T. delivers a retro, soul and funk album equipped with all of today’s mesmerizing beats, free-styles and new-era swag. The Seoul, Korea native released his debut album Red Light in April 2013 following a number of collaborations with various K-Pop artists. After two years teasing the public with groovy singles like Click Me, Baybay and Miss Kim, the soul and R&B artist released his universally acclaimed debut album; a hit on social medial for his smooth and soulful voice and recognized for his vintage fashion, Zion T’s cult following supports his rising fame.

Red Light is a composite of everything hot in urban sound: free-style raps, smooth hooks and addictive beats. Zion T. stands out from the drill team Korean boy bands.  The sound is a modernized take on various 1900’s blues, adding synth and percussion to the soulful melodies. The song Miss Kim takes the sound to 1920’s blues, a mood looped with catchy beats and funky compositions. His break out song Click Me is rich with witty lyrics and beat-driven vocals; Zion T’s expressive performance demonstrates his lyrical skills combined with excellently produced instrumentals. Another stand out of the record, Baybay, loops stylized trumpets and saxophones to catchy beats, making for another  a moody, laid-back tune. The album’s unorthodox fusion of retro influences and progressive R&B challenges listeners while at the same time holding their attention.

A visual artist, Zion T’s fans appreciate his fashion: short shorts, polka-dot shirts, bowler hats, minimalist visuals, all black silhouettes, and cool stage presence. He is often seen in either monochromatic silhouettes reminiscent of early 1900’s retro fashion or clad in minimal combinations: button-up shirts, short shorts and bowler hats. An overall modern style is eye catching and translates into stylish music videos that fit well with his modern sound. Steering away from overly choreographed numbers and loud visuals, he performs with few distractions–a few back up singers and a live band compliment his smooth flow and calming vocals.

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Shinjyuku Barricade – Free Bird

Free Bird. When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. You still do not know what you are capable of, what  you are designed for.

This song will help you to encourage you and find a way out of normal boring life to the world of full of your dream.

Do not hegitate! Just take an action!

We have en exclusive partnership with this band.

If you are interested in, just give us messege!

fumiya.akashika@gmial.com

 

 

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