the best of jpop 2021 so far

I have to admit, this was a harder list for me to create, but can you believe that we’re already at the half-way point for the year in J-pop?!

It’s been quite a few years already, and I’ve noticed big-time how the J-pop scene has changed so vastly during those years. Some of my favorite artists are no longer big names, and newer artists seem to show up every year… I can no longer keep track! That said, I’m still finding more and more through word of mouth and recommendations.

I can only hope these next fifteen tracks are worthy of your listening pleasure, as I consider them the best from what I have heard throughout this first part of the year. Will we share the same opinions? Let’s take a look!

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BEYOOOOONDS | 眼鏡の男の子 / ニッポンのD・N・A! / Go Waist

Ahem.

Hello! Project is at it again! The mega-group BEYOOOOONDS, ridiculousness aside, consists of two already-formed Hello! Project groups, joined with three winners of the ONLY YOU audition, makes their debut in the summer of 2019 with a triple A-side that addresses the hot topics: will that boy with glasses like me? Will we reach out to Japan? Will we get the body we want?!

I wonder if we get any of these answers through this single release and if they end up being the right ones… there’s only one way to find out!

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モーニング娘。’20 | KOKORO & KARADA / LOVEペディア / 人間関係No way way

2020 marks a new year, and it also marks a new number for Morning Musume to add to the end of their name (which has been going for about 6 years now, it really sticks!). Kicking things off for Hello! Project in this clear vision year is a new single release, introducing their fifteenth generation (yowza) members. There’s also a slight interesting quality to this single, proclaimed by Morning Musume themselves as something they’ve never done before.

With that said, is this going to be a new era for Morning Musume, prepping our minds and bodies for something amazing, or is this a bad start to our new year?

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