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I've always wanted to listen to more J-Pop, but since I'm not immersed in the culture, I don't really know where to start in terms of keeping current with it.

Does anyone know of any good online sites or services that can be used to keep current with J-Pop? Would you recommend any Japanese radio stations, online radio stations, good J-Pop news sites, or other online music services?

As for services I've used, I'm currently using Recochoku on both my Japanese 3DS and on my Windows PC to download Japanese music, and there's a fun community over at AnimeNFO Radio that plays lots of Japanese music too (although that's obviously focused more on anime). I should take some time to look into those sites a bit more, but I'd like to know of other good quality places.
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I usually look up the top 40 Japan list to keep up with current music.
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Streaming radio. That's how I do it, at least. But time differences bite hard, so I have to accommodate. But sleep is highly overrated anyway.
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Constant visit to jpop download sites and news sites
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streamhopper wrote:

Streaming radio. That's how I do it, at least. But time differences bite hard, so I have to accommodate. But sleep is highly overrated anyway.


Do you have any suggestions for good streaming radio sites?
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streamhopper wrote:

Streaming radio. That's how I do it, at least. But time differences bite hard, so I have to accommodate. But sleep is highly overrated anyway.


Do you have any suggestions for good streaming radio sites?


This is our local alt rock station - not bad for a smaller market (maybe a million people in the listening area) - http://www.razor947.com/

I listen to that quite a bit. AccuRadio has a good selection of stations if you're looking for stuff you don't normally hear on the radio.
http://www.accuradio.com/alternative-rock/

Metal Hard out of Tokyo plays pretty good music, too, but again, time differences. Japanese radio doesn't seem to be 24 hour like ours is.. http://streema.com/radios/Metal_Hard
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http://www.nicovideo.jp/

and http://www.youtube.com can both be mazing tools (in a good way). A lot of the artists and record companies are putting up their own channels, debuting their new songs and videos there. Live365 radio and Shoutcast both have a TON of J-Pop/ J-Rock/Anime channels but a lot of them need a monthly Live365 or Shoutcast subscription to listen to. Finally, with Google Translate (on Firefox/IE/Chrome) you can easily access the artists/labels own sites where they debut new songs and videos too.
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...You think you have it bad. Try keeping up on Japanese underground noise artists. Doesn't help they pump out thousands of albums a year.
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Watch TONS of Anime!
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sonicriders02 wrote:

I've always wanted to listen to more J-Pop, but since I'm not immersed in the culture, I don't really know where to start in terms of keeping current with it.



that's going to be hard since J-music accessibility is a big issue. Many of the J-pop forum are no longer active. I only know couple of websites website where you can at least get some news from Japan:

Tokyo Girls Update

Jpopasia

Tokyohive

AramaJapan

These are all the website resource you need to keep up with J-music, I hope these help. It's not quite intensive like K-pop sites (ie: Kpopstarz, Kpop Herald, Koreaboo, Mwave, etc...), but it's some of the few I used to read music news from Japan.

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streamhopper wrote:


StriderShinryu wrote:


streamhopper wrote:

Streaming radio. That's how I do it, at least. But time differences bite hard, so I have to accommodate. But sleep is highly overrated anyway.


Do you have any suggestions for good streaming radio sites?


This is our local alt rock station - not bad for a smaller market (maybe a million people in the listening area) - http://www.razor947.com/

I listen to that quite a bit. AccuRadio has a good selection of stations if you're looking for stuff you don't normally hear on the radio.
http://www.accuradio.com/alternative-rock/

Metal Hard out of Tokyo plays pretty good music, too, but again, time differences. Japanese radio doesn't seem to be 24 hour like ours is.. http://streema.com/radios/Metal_Hard





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http://www.nicovideo.jp/

and http://www.youtube.com can both be mazing tools (in a good way). A lot of the artists and record companies are putting up their own channels, debuting their new songs and videos there. Live365 radio and Shoutcast both have a TON of J-Pop/ J-Rock/Anime channels but a lot of them need a monthly Live365 or Shoutcast subscription to listen to. Finally, with Google Translate (on Firefox/IE/Chrome) you can easily access the artists/labels own sites where they debut new songs and videos too.


Uh, quick question. Are those sites both of you mentioned are still active and accessible? Because Japan has been cracking down on J-pop copyright and several legitimate site that used to have J-pop no longer have them. Also let's not forget about J-pop MVs getting blocked on Youtube while some are still on. I know AKB48 YT channel are blocked regardless of Youtube Red.

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Searching for channels on Shoutcast.com I find 11 JRock stations, 49 JPop stations, 40 hits for the term Japanese and 151 anime stations. Live365 seems to have hit an iceberg and sank like the Titanic. Spotify is slowly but surely building a solid JPOP/JRock artist-base also, unfortunately currently it's mostly the ones who have CDs available domestically to us.

You could also load up google translate or some online translator and join Nico Nico Douga. You can find tons of recent MVs there.
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Searching for channels on Shoutcast.com I find 11 JRock stations, 49 JPop stations, 40 hits for the term Japanese and 151 anime stations. Live365 seems to have hit an iceberg and sank like the Titanic. Spotify is slowly but surely building a solid JPOP/JRock artist-base also, unfortunately currently it's mostly the ones who have CDs available domestically to us.

You could also load up google translate or some online translator and join Nico Nico Douga. You can find tons of recent MVs there.


I'm not even sure if shoutcast can attract the same audiences that Iheartradio, Apple Music, and Spotify get. All three I mentioned are able to get over 1 million listeners, so I don't know if shoutcast can attract the same # of audiences that Iheartradio get. I mean more stations use iheartradio over Shoutcast. About Live365, sadly it's already closed just a few days ago.

But this is not helping J-pop, on Iheartradio there's no station dedicated for J-pop, I can find multiple stations on Iheartradio for K-pop but none for J-pop. Don't get your hope up for Itunes to get more J-pop, because that's not going to happen anytime soon. Meanwhile, K-pop is getting a big reception on US Itunes. I don't expect J-pop on Youtube to open up to international audiences anytime soon given some issue and it's not involving Youtube Red.

About Spotify, what J-pop and J-rock is available because I can't find them and I was told people couldn't find a lot on Spotify.

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First off, the difference between Shoutcast and Live365 is the fact that Shoutcast insisted that station owners prove that they have been paying royalties on all the music they play. That's what's kept them safe so far. Do I see them doing better than Spotify, Apple Music or Iheartradio? No, but then again they have never tried to be #1 just have their own place in the market. The latest info I could find is a bit dated. As of 2011 Shoutcast had 900,000 concurrent listeners at any time. As of 2014 Shoutcast had 50,000 radio stations in operation worldwide. Supposedly they've only experienced growth since then but I haven't been able to find exact numbers. They, unlike live365 have actually kept out of the RIAA's way by making sure royalties were collected.

Now some of the artists only have a few songs up but the way Spotify does it is, the more an artist is listened to the more CDs they license for the artist so it's a good thing to spread the word.

On Spotify I have the following in my favorites/following list:
AKB48
Angela
Egoist
Flumpool
Garnidelia
Hiroyuki Sawano
HiroyukiSawano, TakafumiWada & KengoTokusashi
Kalafina
Kana Nishino
Kanon Wakeshima
Kotoko
L'arc-en-ciel
Mika Kobayashi
Stereopony
Vamps
Yui


And notifications for upcoming artists follow (they have pages up but music hasn't been added yet):
Claris
Aimer
Eir Aoi
Ling Tosite Sigure
LiSA
Luna Haruna
Mashiro Ayano
Nana Mizuki
Shoko Nakagawa
Sid
UVERWorld


There are probably more but those are the ones I've found so far.

Edit: I just found a bunch more on Spotify, most already up and running not just placeholder pages...

Chihiro Onitsuka
Akeboshi
Miho Fukuhara
Kokia
Takayuki Miyauchi
Daishi Dance
Megumi Hayashibara
Eizo Japan
Shiroku
Anison Project
Yoshiki
Kylee
Cool Joke
Yoriko
Manga Star
Kiriko
Luck Ganriki
Yuria
Megumi
Kaori
Riryka
Marica
CooRie
Yozuca
Homemade Kazoku
Altima
Kageyama Hironobu
T.M. Revolution
Kimeru
RMaster
Anime Toonz Presents Yukari Fukui
Devparade
Harajuku Nation

There are tons more too. The best way of finding them is to go to the actual page of any artist you find there you like and click on the "related artists" link up top and surf it like a web wave from artist to new list of artists. Warning, some artists have been added using their symbolized Japanese names instead of the alphanumeric so if you cut and paste their Japanese written name it could possibly find them.
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