This J-pop princess' songs have been downloaded over 40 million times with album sales over 950,000. Popular for not only her voice, but her style and relatable lyrics, her latest tour sold out to 100,000 fans, and also included stops in Taiwan and Hong Kong, cementing her spot as the next prominent diva from Japan.
Charan Po Rantan
Sisters Momo (vo) and Koharu (accordion) started as street performers in 2009. Calling their music “alternative gypsy chanson,” they continue to gain acclaim for their eccentric performances, colorful costumes and infectious music, including gigs in SXSW 2013, Canada, the UK and Taiwan.
Since her first major-label single "Level 42" was released in June 2004, Kaela has put out 19 singles and seven original albums. Now one of Japan’s prominent stars, she continues to appear on TV and in advertisements while also playing both festivals and her own solo tours. In March 2012, she put on a 3-day performance at Budokan, and most recently, her music video for "Wonder Volt" served as an inspiration for Tim Burton's animated film, Frankenweenie.
A new force in the Jpop-rock world, LiSA debuted with the 2010 anime series “Angel Beats!” and also sang theme songs for “Fate/Zero,”“Sword Art Online” and other hit anime. Her charismatic personality and energetic performances have charmed fans in Japan, Singapore, Shanghai, LA, Jakarta, Taipei, etc.
Since their famous Okuda Tamio-produced 1996 debut "Ajia no Junshin," this pop duo has put out a string of smash hits and had a US-based cartoon produced in their name. The band continues to actively engage as one of Japan's most iconic duos, and most recently rocked the stage at Taiwan's FORMOZ festival.
Open Reel Ensemble / Braun Tube Jazz Band
Formed by performance media-artist, Ei Wada, Open Reel uses reel decks and computers as instruments, while his solo project, The Braun Tube Jazz Band, involves striking Braun tubes. Well-regarded overseas, ORE perform at European festivals and at Issey Miyake's fashion shows.
Takeshi Hosomi / the HIATUS
As ex-ELLEGARDEN's frontman, English-speaking Hosomi formed the HIATUS in 2009 with 7 prominent musicians, and together continue to redefine genres with their experimental take on music. Most recently, Hosomi rocked the stage at Taiwan's MEGAPORT 2013 and Grand Mint Fes in Korea.
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