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NiziU, Babymetal to perform for 1st time on NHK's 'Kohaku' music show

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A popular New Year's Eve music show will feature first-time performances by artists including NiziU, a nine-member girl group formed via a joint project between South Korean and Japanese music label companies, the broadcaster said Monday.

Babymetal, a female group that mixes pop and heavy metal whose albums have ranked high in U.S. Billboard charts, will also appear for the first time on the annual "Kohaku Uta Gassen" song festival to be aired by public broadcaster NHK.

The music extravaganza will be held without an audience for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The returning guests will include all-male pop group Arashi, who will suspend their activities at the end of 2020, and LiSA, the singer of the opening theme and other songs from the blockbuster anime series "Demon Slayer."

The show, literally meaning "red and white song battle," will also feature Japanese singer-songwriter Eito who rose to fame after his 2019 song "Perfume" became a smash hit.

"We burst into tears," said one of the members of NiziU, produced by J.Y. Park, known for a host of K-pop acts. The group, whose members were chosen through an audition and whose journey was documented on the Hulu streaming site, has yet to make an official debut.

One of Babymetal's albums reached 39th in the U.S. Billboard top 200 albums list in 2016, becoming the first album by Japanese artists to break into the chart's top 40 in 53 years.

The show organized by NHK started in 1951 as a New Year radio program and two years later became a year-end TV program. A red group of female singers and white group of male singers battle it out, with judges and the audience voting to decide which side performed better.

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Kohaku? Is that ghastly show still going?

10 ( +19 / -9 )

As usual only the highest standard on this show... yikes...

13 ( +20 / -7 )

As usual only the highest standard on this show... yikes...

Hey! There's nothing wrong with Babymetal!

-6 ( +11 / -17 )

Big winner? Netflix et al!

4 ( +6 / -2 )

I would go all the way to Tokyo and risk virus to see Babymetal live!

-12 ( +7 / -19 )

I'll watch Juju and skip the rest.

-12 ( +2 / -14 )

Two more reasons to miss it...

9 ( +16 / -7 )

You don't have to watch it all to enjoy/like it. Just watch the ones you like, people.

That being said, though:

-Too much idol groups;

-No Miyamoto Hiroji (or Elephant Kashimashi);

-No Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra;

-No Wagakki Band.

Pass.

-9 ( +4 / -13 )

Been in Japan 20 plus years...watched it once... Never ever again....aural torture....yep, netflix or amazon prime or apple tv ( long way up is brilliant ).

This show is indicative of most Japanese tv; easy to make so requires very little thought, same tired sorry formula and full of people with very very little talent.

10 ( +16 / -6 )

Babymetal, ceased to be infants, even children, well, when nature deemed them adults.

Talented, backing band.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

I haven't really paid attention to J-Pop in a while, but I did enjoy "Little Glee Monster" the few times I saw them. I wouldn't mind checking out their performance.

The rest? Well, it's nice to have background TV on when your doing something else I guess.

I see Greeeeeeeeeeeen is on the bill.

Are they still pulling that "can't be seen" garbage? I "get it," they're professionals, or whatever and can't show their faces.

But then that opens up the question, why book an act that is supposed to perform on stage, but can't perform on stage? Japanese logic...............

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The music extravaganza will be held without an audience for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

I don't think they got the memo. They haven't had an audience for years.

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Sorry, but Babymetal is not a female group. Its singers are cute girls yes, but all the guitar, base, drums etc are being played by male musicians. At least thats what I would guess, but all their faces are covered up. And since one of the three original members left, there are two new members who rotate as the "third girl". Not so different from the boys bands, idol bands, etc, and all "produced" by some big agency.

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SpeedNov. 17  06:37 pm JST ****The music extravaganza will be held without an audience for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

I don't think they got the memo. They haven't had an audience for years.

You'd think so. But is this is the case, why does it continue?

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@vallum:

Shout-out for mentioning the Wagakki Band, I'm a huge fan. Am I their only fan outside Japan?

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