J-Pop Groups Worth Adding To Your Playlist | Clozette


K-pop may be the most trending Asian music genre today but little do most people know, J-pop highly influenced what we now know as 'idol-culture' in the music scene. Attributing its popularity to the fame of animé music globally, as well as the idea of multi-hyphenate artists doubling up as actors to promote their music via their filmography's soundtracks, many J-pop artists not only amass a global following but are also record-holders for selling millions and millions of records worldwide. Plus, lightsticks and hand fans with idol's faces often seen in today's K-pop scene have also taken its roots from J-pop concerts. Did this get you curious about J-pop artists? Scroll on to see which J-pop groups are worth adding to your playlist. 


Arashi



Debuted in 1999, Arashi (literally translated to 'storm') had a slow start in the J-pop industry for an ensemble that was hoped to 'take the world by storm'. But with the rise in fame of the drama Hana Yori Dango, where their member Matsumoto Jun played F4's leader Domyouji Tsukasa and their singles Wish and Love So Sweet were part of the drama's soundtracks, Arashi's success became inevitable.


Selling over 54 million copies of singles, albums, and videos by 2010, as well as ranking in the top 10 every single year at the Oricon music charts, they were named one of the best selling boy bands in Asia. At present, they're one of the longest-standing J-pop groups without any member fallout, hosting a collective as well as individual variety shows among their many drama and film projects. They are also one of the most influential figures in Japanese media today, being the faces of countless tourism initiatives and were even chosen to perform at the Emperor's ascension this month. 


King & Prince



Freshly debuting from last year, King & Prince (also known as Kinpuri) is also under the same agency as Arashi and is the last group debuted by Johnny Kitagawa, one of Japan's biggest talent managers who passed early this year. Mentored by Arashi's Matsumoto Jun, Kinpuri also gained their fame through Hana Yori Dango's sequel Hana Nochi Hare aired in 2018, where one of their members Hirano Sho played the protagonist Kaguragi Haruto. King & Prince's music varies from whimsical and romantic to sexy and flirty, following a similar approach to today's K-pop scene. Give their single Cinderella Girl and Koi-wazurai a listen but don't blame us for the LSS!

RADWIMPS



Moving on to non-Johnnys talents, we're sure you've heard of our next pick. Responsible for the amazing music accompanying Makoto Shinkai's works Kimi No Nawa (Your Name) and Tenki No Ko (Weathering With You), RADWIMPS has more to their lineup than these tear-jerking pieces. Since their debut in 2001, the group has released a variety of singles and albums, all following wistful storytelling and soothing arrangements. Now, they are one of the most favourite artists within the industry, even dubbed to be more successful in the coming years. 



GReeeeN



If you love folksy, straightforward, and heartfelt music, GReeeN is the band to listen to. Composed of four members who are still anonymous to the world to this day, the guys behind this group chose to keep their identities secret. The reason? Apparently, they're maintaining a career as dentists when they're not making music! Their song Kiseki (translated to 'miracle') released in 2008 was not only a chart-topper but also holds a Guinness Book of World Record for being the best selling single download in Japan with more than 2.3 million downloads at the time. In 2011, a semi-biographical movie was made to share the story of the members and their inspirations for their songs. 


One OK Rock



Last but certainly not least is One OK Rock. Initially headlining for a lot of music festivals in the country, they got their mark when their song The Beginning became part of the Rurouni Kenshin live-action movie soundtrack in 2012. With the manga and animé series having such a huge following, the much-anticipated movie became a massive break for One OK Rock's music to be heard and by the second part of the film Kyoto Inferno, their song Mighty Long Fall became as much of a global hit as the movie franchise. At present, the band has not only sang yet another amazing track for historical epic Kingdom, but they're also now signed under the agency Fueled By Ramen which handles the likes of Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Paramore, and Twenty One Pilots.


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Who would've known that straw bags will become timeless staples, especially during the summer? Fun and stylish, it's no wonder these bags have landed in many's wardrobes. Case in point: the Clozette Community. From baskets to round totes, it's time to curate your next summer vacation outfits with the help of these inspirations!



Picnic Basket


Picnic Basket
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Mini Bucket


Mini Bucket
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Woven Circle Tote


Woven Circle Tote
Woven Circle Tote
Woven Circle Tote
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Shopper Bag


Shopper Bag
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Rattan Crossbody


Rattan Crossbody
Rattan Crossbody
Rattan Crossbody
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(Cover photo from: Lingwei)



Next, match these chunky sneakers to your summer outfit.

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It’s just the first week of the month, yet a lot has already happened. So before you go off to enjoy the weekend, read up on all the hottest buzz in the world of fashion and beauty. From the opening of the Armani Beauty Box in Singapore to the unveiling of the Vice Cosmetics x BT21 Collection to Forever 21 formally announcing their bankruptcy — we’ve rounded up all the juicy stuff you need to know.


Armani Beauty Box in Singapore


Armani Beauty Box Singapore


The itinerant Armani Beauty Box has made its stop in Singapore. Get a chance to discover and know more about Armani Beauty’s offerings through a series of interactive activities in the pop-up such as virtual makeup application and makeup consultations. Inspired by cinema, there’s also a “screen test,” where guests can try their hand at acting. You may also get your hands on limited-edition and novelty Armani Beauty products, including the award-winning Lip Maestro in shade 400G. You may check it out at the Singapore Changi International Airport. 



Vice Cosmetics x BT21 Collection is finally coming



That’s right — the much-awaited collab between Filipino beauty brand Vice Cosmetics and BT21 is finally launching in the Philippines. Though BT21 has partnered with a few cosmetic brands before, it’s the very first time they’re working with a Filipino brand, making this release doubly exciting for beauty junkies and ARMYs in the PH. Aside from releasing new shades of the Phenomenal Velvet Lipsticks, Water Gel Lip & Cheek Tints, the limited edition Vice Cosmetics x BT21 Collection will also include new highlighter duos and a 12-pan eyeshadow palette. Not only that, but they’re also releasing limited quantities of PR Kits with a cute freebie in select stores. Catch the beauty drop nationwide tomorrow, 5 October. 


It's official: Forever 21 has filed for bankruptcy


A screenshot of Forever 21 Philippines' tweet

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A month after bankruptcy rumours about the brand surfaced, Forever 21 has made it official. Once a big name in the fast-fashion industry, the fashion retailer’s profits dwindled as a result of people preferring to shop online. With over 800 stores worldwide, Forever 21 has announced that they will close most of their stores in North America, Europe, and Asia to slim down operations and restructure. Still, all isn’t lost for us in the region. Luckily for us, the brand will continue operations in some countries like the Philippines and Singapore, so we can still visit their stores for style essentials.


Desigual presents F/W ’19 collection and unveils a new logo


Unveiling of Desigual's new logo and collection in partnership with Zalora, along with the launch of Vice Cosmetics x BT21 collection are just some of the hottest news this week


On a happier note, Desigual’s presence in Singapore grows stronger than ever. More than a decade after the opening of their first store in the Lion City, the Spanish fashion brand partnered with ZALORA, their official online partner to present their F/W ’19 collection. During the event, they also permanently reversed their logo to highlight their spirit of uniqueness. The word “desigual” means “different” in Spanish, and the brand paid tribute to their essence by presenting their collection through a dance performance. Talk about fresh and cool, right? Shop for their hip and fun collection here



Build your perfect holiday at Klook Travel Festival




We all love planning our vacays. We enjoy being able to weigh our options and ultimately choose what fits our travel needs better. Make your itinerary plotting even more fun by stopping by Klook Travel Festival. Happening this 5 to 6 October all day long at Suntec Convention and Exhibit Centre, the event will let you experience Klook’s first-ever mobile-led, experiential travel fest. Aside from enjoying event-exclusive discounts, you can join fun activities, shop for your travel essentials, and even get a chance to win up to SGD50,000 worth of prizes. Travelling soon? Pre-book your admission tickets here to start building your holiday.



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