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J-Pop group Travis Japan’s worldwide major debut single 'Just Dance!' dances into the charts

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By Krista Rogers, SoraNews24

We’ve been following seven-member Johnny & Associates boy band Travis Japan for a while now, especially since its members made the decision to relocate and train in the U.S. in March of this year. The group’s infectious energy, unbridled joy, and quality dancing skills have netted plenty of fans at high-profile events such as the World of Dance Championships, "America’s Got Talent" and Anime Expo 2022 in Los Angeles, where we even caught up with them for an interview back in July.

While Travis Japan previously conducted activities as a Johnnys’ Junior [trainees] group, all of that hard work paid off in September when the group announced that it had signed a deal with Capitol Records for its worldwide major debut. Travis Japan’s first commercial single “Just Dance!” was then released on global streaming platforms on October 28.

▼ Travis Japan at the group’s major debut announcement

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Travis Japan now has its own dedicated YouTube channel which houses the music video for “Just Dance!” among dance practice videos and individual member spotlights. In just one week after the video’s release, it had garnered more than 10.27 million views (11.07 million as of this writing).

▼ “Just Dance!” music video

The momentum doesn’t stop there, either, since the November 12 edition of the Billboard Global Excluding the United States chart revealed that “Just Dance!” had landed in the fifth spot. This marks the first time that a Japanese artist has placed in the top 10 on that chart for a debut song.

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In celebration of Travis Japan’s successful debut, the Capitol Records Building in Los Angeles has also been displaying an image of the single’s cover on a nearby billboard since late last month. With a flurry of global events for the group to attend these days, including a performance at YouTube FanFest 2022 this past weekend in Singapore, we wish Travis Japan the best as the members continue worldwide promotions as a fully debuted group. Hopefully they’ll also remember to stop home in Japan sometimes and make partnerships with other dance-loving individuals.

Source: Nikkan Sports

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Got upto "phone" and had to stop watching. Rather listen to underwater farts. Colorful clothes though...

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Oh boy that's a bad song. Can we list J-Pop, K-Pop as part of the Plastic Problem in the world?

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3 ( +8 / -5 )

Hmm, I was a fan of the Scottish band Travis. They didn’t need to dance. I miss the 90’s.

8 ( +11 / -3 )

 I miss the 90’s.

Sure, 90's was the best of the best !!..

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 I miss the 90’s.

Sure, 90's was the best of the best !!..

When absolutely every music genre was on the radio. And even if it wasnt your kind of music, you could still keep it playing without changing stations. Most (manufactured to be) "pop" songs now are simply annoying and unlistenable even as bgm.

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When absolutely every music genre was on the radio. And even if it wasnt your kind of music, you could still keep it playing without changing stations. Most (manufactured to be) "pop" songs now are simply annoying and unlistenable even as bgm.

But now, I can speak a song I want to hear into the air, and my devices will play it for me instantly. I don't have to phone the radio station, make a request, and wait all day to see if they even play it.

Music distribution is much better now.

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Wow. Take another bands name Travis and stick Japan on it. Might as well create another group called “the Rolling Stones Japan. Or how about The who Japan. Nope! Gondor 1D Japan. Gotta love Travis, the original band. They just came to Japan too. Excellent band.

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But now, I can speak a song I want to hear into the air, and my devices will play it for me instantly. I don't have to phone the radio station, make a request, and wait all day to see if they even play it.

Music distribution is much better now.

You're comparing 2 different things here. Distribution is way better now. But quality is just awful.

I try to listen to "trending" music stations/playlists on Apple Music but everything is plain boring, noisy, unlistenable even as bgm while driving.

And this doesnt come from a grumpy old man in his middle 30s. Go to any 90s timeless music video on YT and notice half the comments are from young people utterly pissed for being born in the "wrong generation" of music.

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You're comparing 2 different things here. Distribution is way better now. But quality is just awful.

Well, we're comparing two time periods, you can't just pick and choose one metric or another when saying "this decade was the best", you need to look at the whole.

And music sounds great to me - I use lossless audio on Apple Music, with spacial audio. What are you using?

Or if you're talking musical talent, that's just silly. There is literally music for everyone and anyone out there now, with exception to maybe people who hate music, or the hearing impaired. There are even rappers making new music, '90s style.

I prefer now.

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While Travis Japan is the hardest trying Japanese group to date, I don't think they will succeed, and it's due to their English fluency or lack of it. It's sort of like PSY vs Pikotaro. PSY spoke fluent English and could crack up jokes at US late night talk shows, Pikotaro couldn't.

Just listen.

Travis Japan : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JBWbNleL-0

BTS : https://youtu.be/pRl2tawentY?t=79

This is why K-pop groups can tour the world but J-pop groups could not.

This was becoming obvious even a decade ago. https://youtu.be/50RKQp_o4Jg?t=245

The K-pop talents are the product of a decade long training, where potential talents are recruited at 5~6 years old, are trained for a decade complete with singing, dancing, and most importantly, languages, so that a typical team can cover English, Japanese, Mandarin, and Thai less frequently.

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All family-friendly stuff. Dancing seems to have improved a smidge but the music production is still 20 years out of date.

As for the 90's nostalgia fest. My God there was so much bad music then. If people actually, really prefer the awful indie landfill of the Scottish Travis then maybe you are beyond help.

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They were the laughingstock of Japan and the world on America’s got talent. This new single is even more laughable. Why they can’t understand that they don’t have talent. Who is guiding them?

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There’s good and bad music from most decades right back to the 40’s and 50’s. Personally I preferred the 70’s, and thought the 90’s was lacking overall. There were some great bands performing great music but it just became boring I thought… and now I can hardly name any bands that I really think are as memorable as bands from the 70’s and 80’s. Perhaps I just don’t listen as much as I used to.

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