Do International Fans Support Asian Pop?


There is a heated debate among Asian pop fans who are non-native or international. In recent efforts SM Town hold their first ever concert in France. Featuring  Girls Generation (SNSD), Super Junior, TVXQ, Boa Kwon,SHINee and F(x). To connect with fans all over the world SM open a Facebook account and shared their performances via Youtube. The two biggest social networking catalyst sites that have catapulted K-pop to a much wider diverse audience. For years Japanese artist tour Europe and America to further expand beyond  Asia and enter neighboring music markets.

Everyone from Miyavi, Utada Hikaru, Dir En Grey,X-Japan, to former Kat-Tun member Akanishi Jin have toured or performed state side. Unlike their Korean cousins the ambitious spirit to place on America music charts whether via iTunes or on Billboards is becoming the primary focus for K-pop idols/soloist. From Se7en to Boa Kwon most recent Wonder Girls, K-pop is the most determine to usher in Asian pop wave to the west.

The admiration for Asian pop stars debuting state side is a mutual feeling for industry heads in America. Producer Teddy Riley team up with Raina for “Mr.Feel Good.” While Black Eyed Peas Will.I.Am producing tracks for 2ne1 for a possible state side debut. Wonder Girls currently working with Claude Kelly on a new American single. A follow up to their mini tour back in 2010 for “Two Different Tears.” Even JYJ team up with Rodney “Darkchild” Jenkins and Kanye West for their first English album The Beginning release last year.

Despite big name producers showing interest in Korean base artist native fans doubt international ones will support. Already available on iTunes anyone from Epik High to Big Bang have place top 10 on charts but not Billboard . Only Boa, Wonder Girls and former YG artists Stony Skunk have successful place on Billboards genre base charts and/or TOP100/200. Regardless if it was briefly or the TOP 100 of the year. The potential is their but will international fans make sure it happens?

V-blogger diskea disclosed the same excitement but concerns that maybe lingering over international fans on making K-pop successful on foreign soil.

Although K-pop has found success via Youtube outside it seem very concentrated. In America areas like Washington,New York, Los Angles and Seattle have warm up to the recent Asian pop wave. Other neighboring nations Valenzuela and Brazil have shown fan support and request for their favorite K-pop star to perform in their nation. On iTunes (America) the increase of K-pop is becoming more evident. Everyone from Beast(B2st), MBLAQ,2pm,etc… have released Korean singles via iTunes for state side fans to download.

The level of fandom differs for international fans verse native. While South Korea is the spic center of K-pop. Fan clubs of major K-pop idol groups have made it their goal to make sure their bias is #1 on something. Doesn’t matter if its on Melon,Bugs,Navar,Monkey3,Mnet,Gaon, Hanteo or music shows like Inkigayo,Music Core,M!Countdown to Music Bank. Making them a popular topic trend on Twitter and top view videos on Youtube. The level of commitment is far more important to Korean native fans verse international in some aspects.

For Koreans they have the option to view their favorite bias idol perform live on TV. Enabling them to be #1 creating this competing spirit among fan clubs. For international the only connection is through Youtbe and other social networking sites. The only other way international fans can show support is by buying music available  in their nation. Youtube has spark popularity with some K-pop MVs with 20 million hits but sale wise K-pop falls miserably flat.

Earning less then what normally a K-pop idol can create staying on native soil. Far less than on Japanese making the Americas and Europe risky business that may cost greatly. Only time will tell if international fans are ‘all in’ or just fascinated by a trend.  The only way K-pop will have any pedestal to stand on from international fans is by supporting them beyond the web. Radio request, downloads and free publicity has proven to be essential for an idol group/soloist success in Asia. Fans on the western side need to realize they must work harder to create some type of foundation and media notoriety for their favorite Asian idol or group.

At the end of the day if music is the universal language of the world, us international fans need to show it more greatly verse Asian native. I feel international fans are caught up on ‘who would have the most success‘ verse ‘wanting to support those who do debut.‘ Only time will tell if a group is destine or not but this power is created by the fans and not always determine by the media.

Miyavi What My Name World Tour

J-rock guitar god Miyavi will kick off a Japanese and European World Tour. Miyavi What’s My Name CD+DVD 2in 1 Limited Edition(Japanese version) available on yesasia (80.49). The album features “Survive” and “Torture”  with DVD footage of TOKYO SAMURAI BLACK WORLD TOUR vol.2. Follow with a re cut addition of the single “What’s My Name” with a guest bassist.With another CD+DVD combo of What’s My Name EP First Limited Edition featuring concert footage from <TOUR in Tokyo 2010> Screaming Out from TOKYO and EMI Rock Festival.

For those on a tight budget,What’s My Name (album only) Japanese Version available on and Korean version (15.99)

Japanese tickets sales start December 25th, Christmas day

Tour Dates/Location/ Venues/Time



February 9th – Aichi – Nagoya BOTTOM LINE /OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00

February 11th – Okayama – Okayama IMAGE /OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

February 17th – Osaka – umeda AKASO/OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00

February 19th – Fukuoka – DRUM Be-1/OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

February 24th – Miyagi – Sendai darwin/OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

February 26th – Hokkaido – Sapporo cube garden/OPEN 18:30 / START 19:00

March 9th – Tokyo – LIQUIDROOM ebisu/OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00


March 19th – London – HMV FORUM

March 22nd – Nantes France – La Carriere

March 23rd – Lyon France – Transbordeur

March 25th – Lille France – Le Splendid

March 26th – Starbourg France – Laiterie

March 27th – Paris France – Trianon

April 2nd – Hamburg Germany – Markthalle

April 3rd – Cologne Germany – Live Music Hall

April 4th – Munich Germany – Muffathalle


Miyavi What’s My Name?

Miyavi is back and more sexier than ever. The god of J-rock once again captivates fans with another spectacular album. What’s My Name? couldn’t have been a better title. If you don’t know who Miyavi is by now , well damn you just don’t know good music.  The CD+DVD What’s My Name features his most recent single “Torture” and “Survive.”



Miyavi What’s My Name? available for pre-order (80.49)drops 13th of October


03 A-HA
11 SUPER HERO(Album ver.)
12 すてきな みらい
14 SURVIVE(Album ver.)


Pic of the Day

Myavi with his little chubby cheek munchkin of love.^___^ You know she was born to be a rockstar.

Miyavi For North America?

J-rock guitar god Mitavi is keeping his promise and is going to the west.During his Neo Tokyo Samurai Black World Tour he cancel all his Morth American dates due to illness.Miyavi plans on returning and will hit both American and Canada.Damn,he no where near freaking Florida,I hate this state.

San Diego, CA June 10

Los Angeles, CA June 12

Anaheim, CA June 13

San Francisco, CA June 15

Vancouver, BC June 17

Seattle, WA June 18

Chicago, IL June 23

Toronto, ON June 24

Boston, MA June 25

New York, NY June 27

Washington, DC June 29

Atlanta, GA July 1

Dallas, TX July 3

Houston, TX July 4

Miyavi:Greatest J-pop Guitarist

He is more flamboyant then G-Dragon could ever dream and the ability to twist his gender to perfection.While other visual Kei artist are able to do so, some how Miyavi sticks out from the rest.Miyavi is not noted for being trans dressing but more for his guitar skills that surpass those who try to compare.His influences are a mixture of musical genres from hip hop, rock, pop and even the blues.Which he values most while studying and mastering his guitar skills.Miyavi isn’t afraid to mix these influential genres into his own music.Instead of following the mainstream norm of Japanese pop stars he has created his own brand.Granting him international fame and like Dir En Grey he didn’t have to change a damn thing.

Miyavi(Takamasa Ishihara) was born in Konohana-Ku,Osaka Japan to a Japanese mother and second generation Zainichi Korean father.Many consider him mix because of this but Miyavi never really stress the issue.When he was young his family up and move to Hyōgo Prefecture, small area in Japan.When Miyavi was young he had a love for soccer which he still possesses today.When he was 15 years old Miyavi developed a taste for music.He set out to buy a bass guitar but instead went for regular guitar.He soon master guitar string skills and became part of rock band called Dué le quartz in 98.

Dué le quartz consist of three other members Sakito(vocals),Kikasa(bass),and Kasuki(guitar) and former member Ken(guitar).Ken left during the band’s early years back in 99 due to musical in differences.The brief time Dué le quartz existed Miyavi was under the name Miyabi.The absence of Ken allow him also to take the role of lead guitarist of the group.Dué le quartz created a buzz and release singles plus a greatest hits album by  2001.The group would remain short lived and disband by 2002.Miyabi being the groups break out star would shop around for record companies willing to support his reintroduction as a soloist.Universal Japanese label division took on the challenged and soon Miyabi was change to Miyavi.

In 2002 he release his album Gagaku which feature the song “Girls,Be Ambitious.” Staying true to his visual Kei style in 03 Galyuu then o5 with Miyavizum.The album title alone almost seems symbolic to the J-rock singer mega stardom as being the king of visual Kei.Also the newbie axe master of new the age modern Japanese pop rock sound.The album feature hits like “Rock ‘N’ Roll Is not Dead”,”Rock No Gyakushuu” and “Freedom Fighters“.In 06 Miyavi release his most ground breaking album to date MYP Pops.The album included a slew of hits like “Kimi ni Negai Wo”, “Are Your Ready To Rock“(Rhythm Battle Mix),”Senor,Senora,Senorita” and “Gigpig Boogie”.Along with a few others MYP Pops was the album that made Miyavi an international star.He soon will have a mini fan base developing in U.S thanks to those who are interested and a little help from anime.Later in 06 Miyavi release Miyaviuta-Dokusou- that had a blues rhythm inspired song “Selfish Love.” In past interviews Miyavi explain his inspiration for the song was from old African-America base blues guitarist.The song is unique in every term and shows off  just how elevated and complex Miyavi guitar skills could go.Beyond and above what most would consider not popular anymore.Miyavi was willing to show off  his roots and that of guitar rock.In 07 he perform at 2007 Anime Expo convention in Long Beach,California making Miyavi jaded for U.S success.

By time 09 came around Miyavi had release a slew of singles,remixes,DVDs, and rank up overseas tours  earning him enough experience for a world tour.Its been Miyavi goal to tour the world and gain new fans from different nations.Miyavi popularity has grown outside the island of Japan but into near by Asian nation.Who fallen in love with the visual Kei poster boy and his guitar playing magistracy.In 09 he release his latest full album This Iz the Japanese kanuki Rock in March with a special edition soon after.In April of 09 Miyavi announce his marriage to J-pop singer Melody.In June he release a single called “Superhero” by his MySpace page and possibility of a mini U.S Tour.In July Melody gave birth to their first child a baby girl Lovelie Miyavi Ishihara.In October Miyavi announce the disappointment of his U.S Tour cancel due to an injury.Keep in mind this isn’t the last we heard of Japanese singer as he continues his goals.In the mean time Miyavi has a new more challenging venture as being a  father to little bundle of joy who needs him most.I think fans are willing to wait for visual Kei master guitarist to make his return and claim his throne once again.


MySpace Page Official

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“Itoshii Hito”

“What A Wonderful World”

Nirvana “Blew” Cover by Miyavi

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