Yusuke Kawai tries to start a para para dance halfway through his Sept. 5 DJ set, but the inside of an Apple Store isn’t an ideal space for this endeavor. …

Caught up with tofubeats in advance of his first major-label album, First Album, coming out this week (tomorrow). We talked at the start of the year, but that was actually before his life got really really busy…this time around we chatted about working with his favorite J-pop singers, the Internet and working with Mad Decent. There is a very real chance Diplo listened to a track based off of para para music and said “this is great, go with this.”

I’ll write more about the album itself later but it has become one of my favorite of the year (took a little bit). Very few albums capture the time-destroying qualities of the Internet like this one.

because i might as well start keeping track:

2009: Jaejoong, Yoochun, Junsu (TVXQ)
2010: Akanishi Jin (KAT-TUN)
2010: Jay Park (2PM)
2011: Han Geng (Super Junior)
2011: Morimoto Ryutarou (Hey! Say! JUMP)
2011: Yamashita Tomohisa (NEWS)
2011: Nishikido Ryo (NEWS)
2013: Tanaka Koki (KAT-TUN)
2013: Yookyung (A-Pink)
2013: Sohee (Wonder Girls)
2014: Kris (EXO)
2014: Nicole, Jiyoung (KARA)
2014: Jessica (SNSD)

The entire Jpop and Kpop fandom is having such a tumultuous day

Though “tumultuous” doesn’t quite cover it.

On one hand, as a fan of Morning Musume, I’m really excited for the 12ki. They all seem cute and I can’t wait to see them blossom into performers.

On the other hand, my heart is just aching for Girl’s Generation. I love this group, and I have since their very first single. I can’t believe SM would kick out a member with no fanfare, just “peace, bye”. The Kpop entertainment industry, SM especially, needs a serious kick in the balls because they seem to be abusive of their performers and this is not the first instance of this happening.

My heart aches for Jessica because I can only imagine what this kind of heartbreak feels like, being forced out of a group you’ve devoted your entire life to. And for the other members, because this must be strange and awkward and sad and upsetting. Like what can they do now? Did they have any say? Do they just keep performing and pretend that nothing is happening?

So, basically, the Kpop and Jpop fandoms this morning are experiencing something akin to a death and a birth in the same day. The death of a group they’ve loved up until this point, and the birth of a new generation for MM14/soon to be MM15.

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