Under A Spell 2013 Year-End Awards [J-pop Edition]

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Are your tummies stuffed? Are your wish fulfilled? Can you make December’s rent? Probably not, but that’s okay! I’ll help you with all of that(okay… maybe not paying rent) with my end-of-the-year awards! I know, I know, you’ve seen these all other the interwebs–judging that artist, this artist, that genre, this genre. But whatever, what’s one more! From this point on, you’re under a spell!

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Arashi Outsell AKB48

If you know anything about the idol pop industry in Japan, you’d know that boy band Arashi and monster girl group AKB48 have had it out for each other for ages. Whenever an AKB single releases, the webiverse is quick to scan for a nearby Arashi release, ready to compare the two groups’ sales. It’s hard to tell if the rivalry for Japan’s ultimate idol group was formed by the groups themselves or the fans…

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