music

japanese idols

I first got into idol music back in the days of LiveJournal (~2002). I had been visiting random anime & Asian music websites I’d come across while surfing the web in the late 90’s and eventually found my way to LJ music sharing communities, where I was introduced to Minimoni., a subgroup of a larger idol group called Morning Musume.. I was instantly in love. The first idol song I ever heard was Minimoni. Hinamatsuri, which was a double A-side single with a song I liked much more, Mini. Strawberry Pie. From the moment I heard it, I was hooked: I learned as much as I could about this group and became very interested in idols (a term I’d never heard of before, maybe in manga or anime, but never really understanding what it meant) and began following the group and its subgroups new releases. To this day, Morning Musume. holds a place near and dear to my heart… >w<

Here’s a list of some idol groups I’ve followed over the years:

hello! project

momusu angerme beyooooonds berryz koubou c-ute v-u-den buono! milkyway W minimoni tanpopo


arc jewel
ange☆reve chu☆oh! dolly doll☆elements jewel☆neige lovely☆doll luce twinkle wink☆


codomomental

kaqriyoterror seireki13ya zenkimi


dearstage
arcana project cynhn dempagumi.inc ENGAG.ING kyurushite meme tokyo nijicon


wack
billie idle bis bish mameshiba no taigun kiss kiss


22/7 26ji no Masquerade afilia saga AKB48 ame no chi, halation appare! artemis no tsubasa #babababambi babymetal band ja nai mon! MAXX NAKAYOSHI bpm15q Candy Tune cheeky parade cy8er electric ribbon ever! be mayowanai!! fes☆tive fruits zipper gunjou no sekai hey!mommy! houkago princess kazehikaru fukurou kirameki anforent koutei camera girl magical punch line maybe me mewm musubizm neat and clean neln notall ototoi friday papipupepo wa muzukashii star fiorenerd summer rocket superbabys wa-suta yanakoto sotto mute you’ll melt more! yumemiru adolescence



oshi

The term oshimen (推しメン) comes from 推し, to cheer, and メンバー, member; so a member you cheer for (i.e. your best girl). The oshi you cheer for above all others may be known as a kamioshi (神推し), which adds the character 神 (meaning god) in front of the word, which can be used in Japanese to designate something as “the best” (神曲 kamikyoku, or literally “god song” meaning a really good song, for example). A bolded name denotes a member I am extremely fond of, and my kamioshi’s name is in bolded italics with a next to it.

hello! project

momusu

angerme

beyooooonds

berryz koubou

c-ute

v-u-den

milkyway


arcjewel

chu☆oh! dolly

luce twinkle wink☆


codomomental

kaqriyoterror

seireki13ya

  • 浮あかね Fuwa Akane AKA にこしゃま Nikoshama

zenkimi


dearstage

arcana project

CYNHN

dempagumi.inc

kyurushite

meme tokyo


wack

bis

bish

  • ハグ・ミィ Hug Mii AKA 雨谷碧莉 Amatani Midori
  • アイナ・ジ・エンド Aina the End

mameshiba no taigun


22/7

AKB48

ame no chi, halation

artemis no tsubasa

babababambi

babymetal

band ja nai mon! MAXX NAKAYOSHI

bpm15q

Candy Tune

electric ribbon

fes☆tive

  • 白石ぴあの Shiraishi Piano AKA 水瀬ぴあの Minase Piano

fruits zipper

kazehikaru fukurou

maybe me

mewm

neat and clean

notall

superbabys

wa-suta

you’ll melt more!

solo idols



korean idols

I heard my first Kpop in 2002 or so, when BoA released her first album. I followed kpop a little back then, but didn’t really get more into it until around 2007 when a friend who also liked hello! project introduced me to Girls’ Generation. I’ve followed it off and on since then.

SM Entertainment

aespa f(x) M.I.L.K. red velvet SNSD


apink april artms berry good billlie blackpink cherry bullet crayon pop CSR dalshabet everglow fanatics fifty fifty (g)i-dle gwsn honey popcorn ily:1 ive iz*one kep1er laboum lapillus lightsum le sserafim loona loossemble momoland newjeans orange caramel pinkfantasy purple kiss rocket punch stayc twice wjsn yellow bee



bias

I don’t know nearly as much about Korean idol culture as I do Japanese, but my understanding is that a bias is basically their version of an oshi, so it’s your favorite member in a group; the one you’re biased toward.

SNSD

billlie

blackpink

everglow

fanatics

ily:1

iz*one

kep1er

lapillus

le sserafim

lightsum

loona

loossemble

purple kiss

twice

soloists



producers & labels

What follows are some of my favorite producers, composers, netlabels, and collectives. bolded are favorites.

producers/composers/trackmakers

labels & collectives



everything else


singer-songwriters

units

bands

vocalists